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Nation of Whiners

Are You A Winner Or A Whiner?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

Choosing to whine and blame is a choice just as much as choosing to do something about your circumstances, but one is more likely to produce a meaningful result than the other.

Friday Talking Points [48] -- Throwing Out The Rulebook

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in Volume 36 of this Friday Talking Points column, I pointed out what seemed to me to be an obvious observation -- that the media was going a lot...

Gramm: McCain Supporters Aren't The "Whiners"

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm, who stepped aside as John McCain's campaign co-chairman in July after an uproar over comments that those worried abou...

Friday Talking Points [45] -- Lessons Democrats Should Learn From Obama's Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I know that just about the entire blogosphere is talking about John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin (who?) for his running mate, but I, for one, refuse t...

Would You Really Buy a Mortgage From John McCain?

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

McCain has Herbert Hoovered-up his slivers of economic theory from this man -- but who is Phil Gramm? His chuckle-headed ideological fanaticism nearly brought the global economy down -- twice.

In Defense of Whining

Karen Nussbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Nussbaum

As the executive director of Working America, the two-million-member community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, I like to encourage people to complain, and even to whine, about the problems they face on the job.

McCain Owes Us More Than Gramm's Resignation

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

McCain wants us to put him in charge of the world's leading economy, but he is outsourcing his intellectual and philosophical responsibilities in that area. It seems to be part of who he is, just like Bush.

McCain Okay With Phil Gramm Again

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Novak reports that all is well between John McCain and Phil Gramm once again: After Sen. John McCain publicly repudiated his close friend and...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Phil Gramm obviously had the quote of the week. Voters dealing with skyrocketing gas prices and collapsing home values just love being called "whiners" by a millionaire. This kind of out-of-touch condescension comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed Gramm's career. He's left his fingerprints on some of the worst economic debacles in U.S. history. He was a champion of energy deregulation, which gave us Enron and blackouts and price gouging. He was a champion of deregulating the savings-and-loan industry, the bailout of which cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. And his leadership on banking deregulation helped create the current sub-prime mortgage crisis. Republicans love to talk about Obama's lack of experience. I'll take fresh blood over Gramm's kind of track record any day of the week.