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Can Barney Frank Acknowledge his Mistakes?

Until recently, I never thought particularly highly of Bill O’Reilly. I found him boorish, self-important and a bit arrogant. He didn’t seem to allow his guests to express themselves. But, then once, I saw a bit of a conversation he had on the issues raised by the Terry Schiavo case. I was impressed at how well he understood the complexity of the situation.

Later, I saw (and read) portions of his interview with Hillary Clinton, again, tough but fair. It helped elevate my opinion of that Democrat whom I didn’t much care for. And he was aggressive in pursuing Obama for his non-answers in their exchange.

But, not until I saw him confront Barney Frank did I full appreciate the TV host’s style:

Despite being one of the major players on the House Banking Committee, Frank did little in his tenure to push for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. To be sure, he did get his reform bill through last year, but he’d been blocking reform going back at least to 1992, one year after he moved in with a Fannnie Mae executive.

In the summer of 2003, when “Freddie Mac’s multibillion-dollar accounting scandal” became public, the Massachusetts Democrat said, “I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis.” Later that year, he claimed Fannie and Freddie posed no “threat to the Treasury.”

Yet, when O’Reilly confronted him, Frank attempted to shift the blame to Republicans and the Administration. Barney leaves out how frequently he thwarted the Administration’s numerous pleas for reform. To be sure, given the scope of this crisis, there is much blame to go around. And many Republicans deserve considerable opprobrium.

Their responsibility for this mess pales in comparison to the Massachusetts Democrat.  Indeed, few Congress have as long a record of blocking reforms at Fannie and Freddie as does Barney Frank. (Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd may have a claim on that crown.)

At this time of year, we Jews examine our past, look at our mistakes and seek to correct them. Barney seems to have forgotten the spirit of the season; he won’t acknowledge any responsibility for the current mess. Kudos to Bill O’Reilly for calling him on that failure.

In any other industry, someone would a record like Barney Frank would have long since lost his job.

It’s simply amazing that this man who was so for so long spectacularly wrong on Fannie and Freddie’s financial health seek to pass judgment on Republicans who tried to do something to reform those two government-sponsored enterprises before their collapse posed a threat to our Treasury (a threat that Democrat dismissed).

For his past mistakes alone, Frank should step down as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.  His failure to take responsibility provides one more reason we shouldn’t have this man as the helm of this important committee as Congress attempts to fix teh current mess — and prevent it from ever happening again.

If the Obama Campaign thinks Keating 5 is a big deal . . .

. . . why is another Senator involved in the controversy introducing one of his surrogates?

John Glenn introduced Bruce Springsteen to “an Obama get-out-the-vote rally at Ohio State University.


UPDATE from Bruce (GayPatriot): I *thought* Obama was “rising above partisan politics” in his campaign?   Isn’t that what caused the Obamaniacs to fall in love in the first place? His willingness to get down in the dirt is quite apparent now.   Same old dirty Chicago politician.

Waxman Holds No Hearings on Freddie and Fannie

When I learned that my Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was holding hearings this week on Lehman Brothers and AIG, I decided to call his office to see if he was looking into problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

His aide, incredibly helpful and polite, told me that his committee has “jurisdiction over anything in the federal government.”  Fannie and Freddie are government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs).  But, since Waxman took over the committee in 2007, he has not held a single hearing into their meltdown.  Not one.

Politely, I asked his aide to tell the Congressman that this was a “gross dereliction of duty.”  It seems that for Henry Waxman, the only problems in this country are private enterprise and Republicans.

Fannie and Freddie were among the first to fall.  They’ve been having problems for years.  And the Democratic Chairman of the House Oversight Committeee has yet to look into their role in the current financial mess.

UPDATE: I wonder if it came out in Waxman’s hearings that Obama raised more money from Lehman employees than any other Senator save Hillary Clinton.

UP-UPDATE:  Waxman may want to dodge the issue, but at least one Republican, Connecticut’s Chris Shays wants to look into the GSEs shenanigans:

Republican Rep. Chris Shays called for hearings on the role of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the financial crisis Monday, accusing the two mortgage companies of “wretched manipulation” of Congress.

“We are not confronting the 800 pound gorilla in room…the role of Fannie and Freddie in this debacle,” said Shays at a congressional hearing on the financial crisis.

Shays wondered why Democrats will target Wall Street firms during their planned set of hearings, but not Fannie and Freddie, who he said offered the type of subprime loans that helped trigger the crisis.

(Via Jennifer Rubin).

Obama Silent on Ayers; McCain Forthcoming on Keating 5

Shortly after Sarah Palin mentioned that Barack Obama had been “palling around with terrorists,” the mainstream media finally began to take note of Obama’s association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. Of course, many outlets have attempted to use Palin’s words against her, with one news service making leaps of logic to say her comment amounted to racism.

No sooner did the MSM finally take note of this unsavory Obama association than the Obama campaign decided to dredge up John McCain’s involvement the Keating Five.

Having recently finished McCain’s book, Worth the Fighting For, I recall that he wrote at great length about that difficult time of his life. So, I wondered in either of his two books, did Obama mention his relationships to Ayers?

Having read both this year, I could not recall any such reference. So, I picked them up again. In the index to his second book, The Audacity of Hope, I could find no listings for Ayers, Dohrn (Bernadine, Ayers’ wife, also of the Weather Underground, Annenberg Challenge, Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Woods Fund.

His first book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, lacked an index. As I opened the book, I recalled it that ended when he set off for Harvard Law School and was originally published in 1995, about the time Ayers helped him launch his bid for the Illinois legislature.

So, there you have it. McCain has written about this episode in his life (where the Senate Ethics Committee while reprimanding him for “poor judgment,” acknowledged his innocence). Even Obama has said, “John McCain’s public record about issues that he has apologized for or written about are not germane to the presidency.

Yet, his campaign brings them up.

Obama, on the other hand, has not offered a full public accounting of his relationship to Ayers. It’s about time the media take notice. Now they need answer some serious questions, including why he misrepresented and downplayed this relationship in the Pennsylvania debate in April and on Bill O’Reilly’s show last month.

UPDATE:  Click on “more” to read a statement from the McCain campaign which gets at the very point of my post: (more…)

My fourth blogiversary

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:30 am - October 6, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging

Today, marks my fourth blogiversary, just one month and two days after Bruce set up this blog.

To honor that, I quote words the great Albert Camus wrote just after World War II, words that I used to enter the blogosphere four years ago today:

Something in us has been destroyed by the spectacle of the years just past. And this something is the eternal confidence of man, which has always made him believe that one could draw human reactions from another man by speaking to him in the language of humanity. We have seen lying, debasing, killing, deportations, torture, and each time it was not possible to persuade those who were doing it not to do it, because they were so sure of themselves and because one cannot persuade an abstraction, that is to say, the representative of an ideology.

The long conversation of mankind has just ended. And, of course, a man whom one cannot persuade is a man who frightens us….

We live in terror because persuasion is no longer possible, because man has been delivered entirely to history and because he can no longer turn to that part of himself, as true as the historical part, which he discovers in front of the beauty of the world and of human faces…

The Century of Fear from “Combat,” November 1946 (my translation).

After four years blogging, these words have become ever more poignant, given the amount of hate-mail I have received and the number of hate comments this blog has generated. It seems that some on the gay left don’t want to be persuaded by their conservative peers, no, not persuaded to become conservative, but persuaded that we are not self-loathing oxymorons. They refuse to believe we reached our conclusions through extended thought about the role of government in civil society and with careful consideration for the circumstances of the situation at hand.

That we have failed to persuaded them of the sincerity of our views suggests a certain hardness on their part. Alas, we do not always draw human reactions from our critics.

Even though Camus wrote those words before many of those critics were born, he did understand the nature of their hate. Some of them hate, not because of what we say (their regular misrepresentation and ignorance of our ideas shows that), but because of what they feel. They seem to have cut themselves off from a certain part of themselves, the part that finds humanity in our differences.

All that said, if “suffering” their hatred is the price one has to pay for the success I have enjoyed in this endeavor, then it has been well worth it. As I experienced in St. Paul last month and here Saturday night, this blog has helped me meet other like-minded individuals and become a forum for gay people who had not previously had a voice in the media. And it has helped me find opportunities I might otherwise have missed.

So, Bruce, thanks once again for inviting me to join you in this project that has succeeded beyond your wildest expectations. And readers, thank you for taking the time to read my posts and consider my ideas. That means more to me than you can possible imagine.

B. Daniel Blatt

Obama: Mispresenting his Relationship to ACORN?

Recall how back in 2004, after John Kerry lost the election, a lot of Democrats were trying to point out Republican tactics to intimidate voters.  But, they couldn’t come up with anythying more than a handful of anecdotes, most which they couldn’t document.  As the media reported those claims, they downplayed real charges of vote fraud and intimidation, brought in real courts of law, with indictments and convictions, against Democrats.

Now, the MSM seems to be ignoring the tactics, often illegal of a liberal group which the Democratic presidential nominee once represented.  According to John Fund:

A left-wing “community organizing” group called ACORN has seen its employees frequently convicted of voter registration fraud. This year its employees are under active investigation in several states. Perhaps one reason for ACORN’s go-for-broke behavior is that Barack Obama used to be a lawyer and top trainer for the group. In August, the Obama campaign was caught misidentifying an $800,000 payment it had made to an ACORN subsidiary for “election services.”

Fund isn’t the only one to look into Obama’s relationship to the group.

A student journalist at Indiana University finds that that Democrat has misrepresented his relationship to that shady organization. He contrasts what the Obama campaign says on its Fight the Smears web-site with the actual record.

For example, the Obama campaign contends its candidate neither trained nor worked for ACORN, yet it appears that he did in his “community organizing” days.

Once again, we have the Obama campaign saying one thing and the record indicating something entirely different. Isn’t this something that the MSM should be investigating? Let’s hope that media outlets in the coming years will be quick to hire student journalists doing the work they should be doing.

Check out this young journalist’s piece and wonder why more seasoned professionals aren’t engaged in the serious investigative reporting he is. At least when it comes to Democrats.

Angry Liberals Run Amok in Albemarle County, Virginia

What is it with some of the left that at the mere mention of someone with opposing views, they immediately lose all focus and rant against conservatives and Republicans in general or John McCain and Sarah Palin in particular.  They have long since transferred their hatred of Bush to McCain and Palin.

All this just proves is that their animosity against Republicans is only partly based on ideology or dislike of a supposedly incompetent and unintelligent executive, but primarily in their own neuroses.  They have some “need” to express their hatred against conservatives, verbally on their blogs and in person as well as physically against signs and bumper stickers promoting Republicans.

In the past few days, I have been surprised at the number of McCain-Palin bumper stickers I have seen in the West Hollywood/Hollywood area, impressed that these motorists are willing to risk having their cars keyed or otherwise vandalized, given how frequently that has happened in years past.

Now, blogress Cassy Fiano reports from Albemarle County, Virginia (my old stomping grounds when I was in law school about how these unhappy leftists have vandalized or stolen McCain campaign signs.  Not just that:

Two couples that put up signs expressing support for GOP candidates have had their signs stolen and have been receiving hate mail. And while Chris [Albemarle County GOP chairman Chris Schoenewald] told me they’re used to seeing some level of this kind of activity, this is the worst. “Large billboard signs that people are putting onto their property are being vandalized or stolen,” Chris said. “In past years, we haven’t seen that happen. We’ve been putting them on private property where the owners have been asking us to put them there. We’ve never seen a situation where there’s been this level of vandalism and theft. This is the first time that we’ve really seen this scale of activity.”

And I thought Bush-hatred was bad in 2004. This year, the vandalism has increased to levels never previously seen, at least in Virginia.

Albemarle County surrounds the City of Charlottesville, site of the University of Virginia. Interesting that we find the greatest amount of anti-Republican hatred near university campuses.

What is it about intellectuals who supposedly pursue the truth dispassionattely that makes them so passioantely intolerant of opposing viewpoints. Check out Cassy’s post to see photographic evidence of their intolerance. And to wonder why these people find it necessary to express themselves profanely when confronting conservatives.