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Barney Frank Comments on Boston Bombing Response: VIDEO


Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke with CNN's Starting Point about the response in Boston:

"In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, has been for some time, to criticize government, to belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care,. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well...No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover. This is very expensive."

Added Frank: "This is an example of why we need - if we want to be a civilized people - to put some of our resources into a common pool so we are able to deal with this, and to deal with it, you can't simply be responsive once it happens."


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  1. Way to sound like a complete politicking douchehole by rambling on about tax cuts and governmental funding when people have lost their limbs and lives. Barney Frank is an opportunistic slobbering knob.

    Posted by: Bollux | Apr 16, 2013 10:37:50 AM

  2. How is it opportunistic? It's reality.

    These people didn't run from the explosion, they ran into it to help those who were being injured and killed. That volume of amazing people would not have been there without government funding.

    Posted by: David | Apr 16, 2013 10:57:09 AM

  3. Amen, David. Amen.

    Posted by: JP | Apr 16, 2013 11:05:36 AM

  4. Do I understand his point? Yes. But it seems tacky to throw politics into this before the bodies are even cold.

    Posted by: WhatWhat | Apr 16, 2013 11:52:37 AM

  5. Anyone seen how far the Freepers and Malkin's band of dingbats have gone? This is absolutely polite by comparison...he's trying to beat *those* people back!

    Posted by: Cody | Apr 16, 2013 12:21:31 PM

  6. To take the opportunity of a huge tragedy and use it to make a political stump speech is slimy in the extreme. When you have been a political whore for as long as Frank has, everything essentially becomes about the partisan fight.

    Posted by: John Farmer | Apr 16, 2013 12:22:32 PM

  7. Sorry, but all of the criticism that good ol' Barn is describing is aimed at fat-cat politicos like him. No one is looking to decimate any of the first responders except maybe fat-cat politicos who are desperately trying to deflect from the obscenity of their own pensions and golden parachute bennies.

    Posted by: CVP | Apr 16, 2013 12:46:14 PM

  8. Yes, it's tacky. But dude's a tacky guy.

    Mr. Frank has no problem with out of control $ spent on law enforcement O.T. and other gubmint employees. He has no problem with the miserable manner VERY WELL PAID AND COMPENSATED gubmint employees here at the city level especially are hired [two words: nepotism and affirmative action]. Finally, ironically, yesterday, marathon day, is a state holiday.

    State holiday = municipal and state workers a paid day off, 'essential' gubmint workers are probably getting holiday double time.

    The most of the rest of us slobs who don't work for the city, state or feral gubmint it's just another daily grind day. Not even holiday double time.

    People who like to call themselves progressives and love all things gubmint do realize why many people get p*ssed off over what I wrote about above? You do realize it's legitimate anger?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 16, 2013 12:56:36 PM

  9. I see how some folk view Frank's video as opportunistic, but given the general tenor of tea party rhetoric, the need to point out that government emergency response is something that is threatened by the tax cuts folk are calling for. The folk calling for cuts in spending may show up for a photo-op with first responders, but they will also vote to cut programs that fund the paychecks for those self-same first responders. That said, I think Barney could have waited a couple of days to make his point.

    Posted by: Jonathan OZ | Apr 16, 2013 1:26:38 PM

  10. I see nothing wrong with what Barney said. It's true...he's not minimizing the event and what happened; he is, in fact, pointing out how wonderful the first responders are--how well trained they are, how professional they are, and how they were able to respond so quickly. Given the hype over the "fiscal cliff" and the Bush crash when so many fire departments around me were forced to close and the hype of conservatives now, Barney is pointing out the obvious (well to normal people...ultra conservatives are tone deaf)that this is what you get with a well-financed government that's actually able to help it's people. What a greater tragedy it could have been otherwise.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 16, 2013 1:43:35 PM

  11. if you wanna get riled up about "spinning" this story, take a gander at what America's Saddest Homosexuals have to say about it...

    get your barf-bag ready.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 1:46:41 PM

  12. I think, when you're naming yourself "ILoveCapitalism," you give a quite clear indication of just which golden calf you're worshiping...

    Can we kick them out of the community? ^_^

    Posted by: Cody | Apr 16, 2013 1:55:56 PM

  13. @Cody - they've already annexed themselves, thank god.

    "oh, typical intolerant liberals from the gay left!"

    yeah. we rock, btw :D

    Frank's comments may strike some as "too soon" - he has a very valid point.

    there's much to be angry about in today's responses to yesterday's tragedy. this isn't one of them.

    already, the internet and twitterverse are awash in xenophobic, racist, gallingly bigoted ugliness.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 2:04:07 PM

  14. LK: I'm gonna post something on my FB page tonight (or tomorrow, depending on how much initiative I have!) re: a few things I've been reading from your blog :) It won't be taking issue, per se: it will be more a teasing out of the arguments re: gender constructs coming from the perspective of someone who lives in the middle of Teabagistan, Ohio :D

    Was thinking about doing this mainly because I've been thinking about some of the things that people like Rick/RB/David have been going on about in the past and, while I might not agree with them on *principle*, there seem to be a few points of minutia that do seem like they hold for these sorta farm-areas...

    (Just thought I'd alert ya to it...*shameless self-promotion?* ^_^)

    Posted by: Cody | Apr 16, 2013 4:19:24 PM

  15. i'll check in with you then and will take off ONE of my boxing gloves ;-)


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 16, 2013 4:24:00 PM

  16. I don't have a problem with it at all.

    Frank, has represented Massachusetts for most of his life and is no longer running for any office. I'm going to trust him, to best know his constituency, even though, as some have pointed out, in MA some of the practices (State Cops at every roadside construction sites & obsolete holidays) are a little absurd.

    And besides that, even with those misgivings aside, the man is absolutely correct.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Apr 16, 2013 5:34:25 PM

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