That’s Right Nate

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Gramm Notices Shortage of Gumption Too

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The latest whiners to complain about the economy are the airlines.  Today they are blaming “market manipulation” for doubling the cost of airplane fuel over the past year.  What’s wrong with free enterprise? People like these whiny Airlines want to blame everything on the Enron Loophole which they say has increase the cost of oil by 25% – 40%.

The Enron Loophole is the nickname for a provision written into the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA) of 2000 that was drafted by lobbyists for Enron and inserted in the bill by then Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) that deregulated an aspect of the market Enron sought to exploit with its “Enron On-Line” trading program, the first Internet-based commodities transaction system.

Now, chief financial adviser to John McCain, Phil Gramm puts the fault for the nation’s economic woes squarely where it belongs–on the whiners:

“We have sort of become a nation of whiners,” he said. “You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline” despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said. “We’ve never been more dominant; we’ve never had more natural advantages than we have today,” he said. “We have benefited greatly” from the globalization of the economy in the last 30 years.

I couldn’t have put it better myself.  This is the same sort of can do attitude my dad.  The only recession is the recession caused by people thinking there is a recession.  As Gramm said, “Its a mental recession”.   The export market is doing great and this economy is booming.  All we’re missing is that can do spirit and some gumption.  The future is right around the corner and its glorious.  If the airlines can’t see it then maybe they should refrain from commenting because this economy is soaring like a DC-10.


Written by thatsrightnate

July 10, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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  1. did you really just use the word “gumption?” what year is this?

    nothing wrong with free enterprise. the airlines are just complaining because their cost of doing business has tripled, and their profits have disappeared. wouldn’t you get pissy if your paycheck continued to get whittled down? i’m not saying i agree with the airlines. those bastards have been sticking it to travellers for years, while providing only the barest of services. i’m glad to see them swirling around the bowl.

    and it’s really only united and american airlines doing the whining. virgin american, jetblue and other airlines are thriving while offering lower fares. united and american just can’t keep up with their business model, and are suffering the way the dinosaurs did when the climate changed. and good riddance. i’d rather take the bus than fly either of those two.


    July 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

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