Most Americans don’t think too highly of former US Senator Phil Gramm. You may remember that Gramm led the charge to deregulate Wall Street shortly before Bush took office, which helped spur the great Recession. And while working on John McCain’s presidential campaign, he told us that America was a nation of “whiners.” Gramm’s history as a hard line neocon gives us plenty of reason to worry about Rick Perry, because Gramm just happens to be one of Perry’s mentors.