Don’t like the recession? High gas prices? Inflation? John McCain Says the Problems Are All in Your Head

From Think Progress‘ transcript of McCain’s interview with Neil Cavuto:

CAVUTO: I think you know, Senator, we’ve been in and out another all time high for oil and gas prices today. Oil hovering around 113, 114 dollars a barrel. Many are sort of jumping on your proposal to nix the federal gas tax — a little north of 18 cents — throughout the summer. Are you afraid though, by the time we get to the summer, we’ll be up that much and more in gas prices?

MCCAIN: I’m very concerned about it, Neil. And obviously the way it’s been going up is just terrible. But I think psychologically — and a lot of our problems today, as you know, are psychological — the confidence, trust, the uncertainty about our economic future, ability to keep our own home. This might give them a little psychological boost.

Yes, John. The problems are psychological. When someone earning $8.00 an hour has a hard time making it to work or buying enough food for his or her family because of the inflation of food and energy prices, that situation is psychological. An extra three dollars in his pocket per fill-up during McCain’s gas-tax holiday will make low-income people FEEL so much better than they’ll stop worrying about the economy or inflation during the Summer of No Gas Tax and that psychological relief will have an economic multiplier effect and the recession will end.

Thanks, John.

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3 responses to “Don’t like the recession? High gas prices? Inflation? John McCain Says the Problems Are All in Your Head

  1. Let me get this straight. It’s John McCain’s fault that someone is stupid enough to try and raise a family when they are only making $8.00 an hour?

    Agree with him or not, at least he is offering some relief. Where are the compasionate liberals offering solutions? Oh, that’s right. They are currently tearing each other apart along racial and economic lines trying to get the nomination.

    Spare me your indignation at McCain’s comments. It’s the same political bickering I can get anywhere.

  2. B-Dub, thanks for your response.

    Did you read the post?

    The fact that many people earn $8.00 and hour while trying to make ends meet is certainly not McCain’s fault, nor did I suggest such a thing.

    As to whether people earning that wage being “stupid,” well, it happens —
    probably far more often than you think and for a multitude of reasons.

    McCain is not offering relief; he’s trying to score a political point by offering a solution that he knows won’t go anywhere.

    And I do think you missed the point of the post, which was McCain is showing how out of touch he really is by suggesting that economic problems are mostly psychological.

    Do you think that McCain’s gas-tax holiday is responsible from a fiscal perspective?

    And your statement that my nitpicking is the same political bickering you can get anywhere is odd. Political bickering is much of what I do on this site. If you can get it anywhere, I understand, but my feelings won’t be hurt if you find your political bickering elsewhere.

  3. Raford,

    I read your post and understood it entirely.

    You are a liberal trying to attack John McCain by misinterpreting his statement to mean what you want it to mean.

    In your original post you wrote:

    “When someone earning $8.00 an hour has a hard time making it to work or buying enough food for his or her family because of the inflation of food and energy prices, that situation is psychological.”

    McCain never raised the issue of any one making a low wage and trying to support a family as a psychological problem. You did. In fact, no where in that quote did he specifically state what he thought were “psychological problems”. His comments were typical political generalities meant to convince someone somewhere that he said something.

    I am in no way a McCain supporter. But, I view someone, such as yourself, who will take any innocuous quote by a Republican and try to twist it into something it clearly is not as part of the problem with American politics and not the solution.

    You will not allow yourself to view anything said by a Republican or conservative as a simple statement about nothing. Your mind has to analyze the comment and cook up a way in which you can manipulate it to serve your purpose…to make any Republican look like the Devil.

    That, my friend, explains my earlier comment that your blog is same political bickering found everywhere.

    Why don’t you put down your democrat flag and pick up an American one? Why don’t you care more about the fact the both Republicans and Democrats are lying bastards who have driven our country into the toilet in the quest for power and control?

    In other words, why don’t you join the solution instead of being part of the problem?

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