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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