Results 1 to 9 of 9
08-19-09, 08:55 PM #1
Barney Frank Attacks Critics At Town Hall Meeting, Asking One Lady, "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"
It was a tough crowd Tuesday night at the senior center in Dartmouth, Mass. But neither Rep. Barney Frank nor his critics seemed to back down.
The often contentious town hall-style event with the Democratic congressman, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, drew more than 500 people, some shouting and booing as Frank spoke.
The topics ranged from health care reform to financial issues, such as the federal bank bailouts. Big government policies fueled much of the outrage expressed at the forum, as has been the case at other town hall events attended this month by members of Congress.
VIDEO: Click to watch Rep. Frank confront voters
Several voters at the town hall wanted to know how the government would pay for the reforms without worsening a growing federal budget deficit.
"The economy is collapsing," one woman told Frank, suggesting that President Obama has chosen the wrong time to pursue health care reform.
Frank said some money could come from a tax hike on people making more than $325,000 a year and clamping down on foreign tax havens used by companies operating in the country.
When she compared the administration's policies to Germany under Hitler, Frank responded by asking her, "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"
Frank's response drew a mix of applause and shouts.
And while some critics went so far as to call Frank a "liar," the congressman hardly backed down from the confrontations.
"Do you really think that's thoughtful conversion?" Frank said at one point in response to the verbal attacks. "Do you really think that advances your argument? I mean, I thought you were thoughtful people here to have a conversation."
At least two dozen protesters gathered in small groups outside, handing out pamphlets and holding signs criticizing the overhaul, Obama and Frank. Some of the posters read: "It's the economy stupid, stop the spending" and "Healthcare reform yes, government takeover, no. Tort Reform Now"
Audrey Steele, 82, from New Bedford, said she does not want the government to get involved with health care because "they just make a mess of everything," referring to the $700 billion bailout of financial institutions that was used to pay for lavish conferences and hefty executive compensation.
Others at Tuesday's meeting were more supportive of reform.
Dr. Sheila Leavitt, a physician from Newton, said she hoped for changes that would support primary care physicians who aren't paid as much as specialists. She said some of the rowdy critics at Tuesday's meeting appeared to be using the same "talking points" as those who showed up at similar meetings around the country.
The health care system overhaul has generated controversy among Democrats and near unanimous opposition among Republicans.
Frank blamed cost of the war in Iraq as one reason it has been difficult to find the resources to cover domestic reforms.
Pulling U.S. troops from Iraq before the end of 2011, as President Obama plans, could save money that could be used to fund the reforms, Frank said.
"We are still there as referee in an internal fight," Frank said, referring to a power struggle between Iraq's Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.
Dartmouth Democratic party officials said people from as far as Martha's Vineyard, Boston and western Massachusetts had planned to attend the meeting.
Extra police were assigned to the meeting after angry protesters turned up at widely publicized town hall events held by Democratic lawmakers.
08-20-09, 12:19 AM #2
Barney is a pompous ass.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
08-20-09, 12:32 AM #3
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat
"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter." Ernest Hemingway
08-24-09, 08:54 AM #4
when commening on this, Rush stated that Barney Frank is from URANUS.
08-24-09, 09:41 AM #5
An issue that the politicians are not figuring out yet: Though townhall style meetings show you "care" about what the public thinks, it allows every two-tooth, trailer park, uneducated, angry, intoxicated, simpleton the opportunity to show his/her ass. The planet the woman was from was probably low-income, no medical, mobile home. A place Frank will never venture to.I'm not ruining your life, you are, and I'm just going to write a short story about it.
08-24-09, 01:38 PM #6
Not true. My civic center was recently the site of one of these meetings. It was invitation only.
08-26-09, 11:36 AM #7
It must be a decision by the politician leading the meeting. I have not seen any like that in my area yet.I'm not ruining your life, you are, and I'm just going to write a short story about it.
08-26-09, 03:40 PM #8
08-27-09, 02:23 AM #9
No wonder why he stinks.
Choose The Right. When you're doing whats right, then you have nothing to worry about.
Not a LEO
In memory of Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson 1965 - 2005. Ceres Police Dept.
In memory of Robert N. Panos 1955 - 2008 Ceres Police Dept.
Users Browsing this Thread
There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)