Barney Frank

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Barney Frank
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Former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts's 4th District
From: January 5, 1981 - January 3, 2013
Predecessor Robert Drinan
Successor Joseph P. Kennedy III
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Jim Ready (2012-)
Religion Jewish

Barney Frank is a former multi-term liberal Democrat Representative from Massachusetts, representing districts in Boston since 1981. Prior to that he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is one of the few openly homosexual members of Congress and he only revealed his homosexual proclivities several years after he had been elected to the position. Frank is the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, a position he has held since 2007. [1] He has also held teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and at Boston University.

He announced in November 2011 that he will not seek another term in Congress.

Frank married his gay partner Jim Ready in July 2012.[2]

A typical liberal lie

  • Congressman Barney Frank, confronted with videotape of he himself saying earlier that Federal mortgage lenders Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac were financially sound, and that only enemies of poor people and minorities were calling their financial health into question, nevertheless simply denied, in a bald-faced lie, that he had ever said any such thing. [1]

Chairman of Financial Services

Fannie Mae

In the midst of the financial crisis of 2008, it was revealed that Frank's former homosexual partner [3], an executive at Fannie Mae, had been one of the foreleaders to deregulate the lending restrictions on the agency and that Frank may have acted through a conflict of interest in the 1990s.[4]

OneUnited Bank

Through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against Treasury, Judicial Watch received documents from the U.S. Department of Treasury about the controversial $12 million bailout grant provided to Boston-based OneUnited Bank. Internal Treasury emails describe the substandard condition of OneUnited prior to the taxpayer funded bailout. OneUnited Bank was in deep trouble due to incompetence and mismanagement. Government officials knew about these problematic issues, but they bent the rules and "invested" taxpayer funds in the floundering enterprise, which allegedly occurred at the unethical behest of Representatives Maxine Waters and Barney Frank.[5]

Finger of blame

Liberal Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin appearing on HBO's "Real Time," not only pointed fingers at Barney Frank for the current crisis, but also blamed former President Clinton and fellow Democrats. [6]

Statements prior to financial meltdown

As posted on Pajamasmedia, [7] “The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago,” The New York Times, September 11, 2003.

But someone intervened to stymie the Bush administration. Who? The New York Times reports:

Supporters of the companies said efforts to regulate the lenders tightly under those agencies might diminish their ability to finance loans for lower-income families. . . . “These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. “The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

As shown on CSPAN in 2004, Frank said at Office of the Federal Housing Enterprise Oversite (OFHEO) hearing regarding the report of illegal activity by Fannie Mae does not "raise safety and soundness of Fannie Mae investments problems at issue". [8]

Financial meltdown responsibility

Frank became abusive to a constituent at a townhalll meeting carrying a sign produced by the organization of two time Democratic presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.

Barney Frank says he wants some of those responsible for our current financial meltdown to be prosecuted. Investors Business Daily writes "it takes some chutzpah for someone such as Frank to suggest that he'll seek prosecutions for those behind the housing and financial crunch," and "For Frank, perhaps more than any single individual in private or public life, is responsible for both the housing market mess and subsequent bank disaster." [9]

Heathcare debacle

In August of 2009 during the Congressional Summer break at a townhall meeting on Obamacare, in response to questions from voters Frank displayed an ill temper by being abusive as he exploded at a constituent who was carrying a poster of President Obama produced by the Lyndon LaRouche organization. [2]


The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to defund ACORN, 345-75 on September 17, 2009. Seventy-five Democrats stood with ACORN while ACORN's biggest cheerleader Barney Frank decided not to cast a vote. [10]


Frank is the author of a bill to decriminalize marijuana for medical purposes. Also, Frank was present when authorities arrested his same-sex partner for marijuana possession, cultivation and use of drug paraphernalia in 2007. [11] He claimed he was unaware his partner had marijuana plants and that he wouldn't know what marijuana plants looked like[12] despite having personally introduced two pro-marijuana bills to Congress earlier in the year.[13]

Obamacare Protests

Liberals hold contempt for conservative women and call them either crazy or stupid. Like a child, Frank insults both Michele Bachmann and the average American citizen protesting government-run healthcare, [14]

Some of the people (at the rally) that wanted to engage me in conversation appeared to have been the losers in the 'Are you smarter than Michele Bachmann contest?

If Frank would read the Constitution, he would know the American people have a right to engage their representatives without being harassed.

Frank's arrogance shows his disdain for the people again as he spoke to liberal shill Rachel Maddow about March 20th Tea party protesters in Washington D.C. [15]

"I don't got a lot of respect for these people, to be honest."

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