For TV viewers tired of the endless stream of politicians gracing their TV screen each, there appeared to be a glimmer of change ahead tonight. On the revised program listings for Tuesday night?? speeches passed out by the RNC a little after 6 PM, a curious name appeared: scheduled to speak between 8 and 9 PM, just shortly before President George Bush?? video appearance and speeches by First Lady Laura Bush and Senator Joe Lieberman, is one Bill Gross. Could it be that Bill Gross , the well-known fund manager with PIMCO?
With the press office unable to answer right away, a little research revealed that Gross has already had a few interesting words to say about the presidential election.
In an open letter to Barack Obama written in July, he wondered why the Senator from Illinois would even want the job, given the mess he might inherit. In what was essentially an analysis of Obama's tax and spending proposals and their impact on the economy, he began:
Dear President Obama:
You have inherited a mess. Your predecessor, fixated on emulating a former Republican icon from a far different economic era, chose to emphasize tax cuts for the rich and excessive consumption for all Americans. He promoted deregulation and free markets when, in fact, the markets and their institutions needed tough love. Over eight years, he failed to put forth a coherent energy policy. He needlessly invaded Iraq and lowered worldwide esteem for this nation as a symbol of freedom and benevolence.
But enough about W?? spilt milk. I??e already ticked off so many readers that they??e questioning my Republican Party voter registration.
Alas, it turns out it isn't that Bill Gross after all. Instead, it's the Bill Gross who founded Farm Rescue, a non-profit that helps family farms. Wonder what he thinks about the bond market?
Those waiting for a bit more business flavor from the podium, however, won't be disappointed. While the Democrats' didn't have any prominent business leaders during their convention speakers line-up, tomorrow the GOP will feature two. On Wednesday night, shortly before new vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin takes the stage, two prominent business backers of McCain will speak: former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former eBay head Meg Whitman will appear.