Hero of the Week Award: April 13, Barney Frank

13 Apr

Rep. Barney Frank (D – MA) has never been one to mince words. This week he was particularly clear as he dismantled the chicanery that is the budget proposed by House Budget Chair Rep. Paul (I hate the 99%) Ryan (R – WI – of course). Reneging on every promise the House Republicans made during negotiations with the White House, Ryan’s plan is heavy on defense, light on needed tax reform, and brutal to the poor and needy (who cares about marginalized populations). For some reason, most of the media focus on his claims that he’s pushing needed belt tightening. Well, Barney Frank will have none of that. In an interview with TPM, he lays it out clearly.

It’s not deficit reduction when you increase military spending so that you can make up for that by cutting Medicare and Medicaid. That’s not budget reduction. That’s ideology. That’s the right wing. The other great scam for Ryan is to say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to help the rich people … I’m going to lower their rates and get rid of loopholes,’ although he doesn’t mention a single loophole that he’ll get rid of.

He’s also stern with the press, making the clear case that being independent of partisanship is very different from picking topics from both parties for “balance.”

Here’s the deal. The pundits don’t want to consider themselves to be siding with the Democrats. It’s important for their self-image that they be seen as centrist. The problem is the Republican Party has given them fewer and fewer things that they can identify with, because they’ve moved so far to the right. … So they have to find something they can support on the Republican side to maintain this self-image that they’re somehow independent of the parties. And so they pick up the Ryan budget.

Well said, Rep. Frank! After 30 years in the House, he has decided to retire and announced his forthcoming marriage to his long-time partner, James Ready.  Frank’s irascible wit and straightforward approach to politics will be sorely missed. We wish him much happiness in the next phase of his life. Who will pick up the torch and speak truth to power to help the disenfranchised?

10 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: April 13, Barney Frank”

  1. Nancy Campbell Mead April 13, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    Barney probably deserves at least a “Hero of the Month” award! I can’t blame him one bit for wanting out of the Beltway, but he will be “sorely missed”. He has always been a “breath of fresh air”. I wish him much happiness.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 7:50 am #

      I, too, will miss him. I suspect our Elizabeth Warren will become a HERO for many people in the United States!

  2. James Queale April 13, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I agree, I think Elizabeth with be a strong voice. I wish there were more voices in congress that spoke up. Perhaps then they could raise the approval rating above 9%.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      We have to unite as a country and start electing officials that value human life and honor and promote civil rights. Currently, John Boehner’s House of Reps has earned that 9% approval rating.

      • James Queale April 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

        So true! John Boehner annoys me to no end. He is as fake as his spray-on tan.

        I agree with Bonnie, I would love to see you run for office. I would gladly be one of your staff.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

        Y’all both are way too kind to me. Thank you. If ever I decide to run for office I shall count you both.

  3. nevercontrary April 13, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    I think he is leaving a spot open for you!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      You are so wonderful! I fear my politics are sadly just a bit left of what my cohort would be in congress.

      • nevercontrary April 13, 2012 at 11:53 am #

        I think it is time the left stood up. The super right walk around like they own the place.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 11:55 am #

        Amen to that!

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