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The Best Thing Barney Frank Could Do For Gay People . . .

. . . would be to, without fanfare, retire from Congress, move to Miami Beach and keep away from all microphones, refraining from making any further public comment.

Not content to limit the salaries of financial institution executives receiving federal bailout money, that self-important House Financial Services Committee Chairman with an incapacity to admit mistakes now seeks to extend those salary curbs. So, even if you don’t take federal money, if ol’ Barney had his way, the feds could dictate your salary:

Congress will consider legislation to extend some of the curbs on executive pay that now apply only to those banks receiving federal assistance, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said.

. . . .

He said the compensation restrictions would apply to all financial institutions and might be extended to include all U.S. companies.

(H/t: The Corner via Instapundit).

Barney Frank, the most prominent openly gay person in American politics today, is becoming an embarrassment.  He favored rolling the dice with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, obstructing efforts to reform these two government-sponsored enterprises even as evidence of their financial woes became increasingly manifest.

Look, Mr. Frank, you’ve had more than a hand in the financial mess.  And you continue to promote schemes which would only serve to limit our freedom and hinder further economic growth.  You can’t admit your mistakes.

So, please, for the sake of America and for the sake of gay people, just leave.  We don’t want people to think that you speak for gay people;  you refuse to take responsiblity for your actions and attempt to further socialize our economy.

UPDATE:  As per comment #2, please note that I struck I word in the first full paragraph after the block quote.  Reader GUS, with inflammatory language expressing his outrage, ask if Barney said anything “about Jamie Gorelick making over $20 million from Fannie Mae.”  If he didn’t, it’s a sure sign of his hypocrisy.

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  1. Asking Barney Frank for financial advice is like asking me which tampon you should use.

    Comment by Attmay — February 7, 2009 @ 2:10 pm - February 7, 2009

  2. Becoming???

    Comment by sonicfrog — February 7, 2009 @ 2:30 pm - February 7, 2009

  3. Until this statement I believed things were politics as usual (just on the high point of the stupidity sin wave). This is the first statement in our new era that has truly shocked me and made me concerned that the country could become a place I don’t want to be.

    This, if taken at all seriously (and apparently Geithner has echoed Frank) is the beginning of a true war for the heart and soul of the country. The kind of war we must not lose. The stakes are unimaginable.

    I never talk this way. I feel I’m being radicalized. It’s disconcerting.

    Comment by Ronald Hayden — February 7, 2009 @ 2:52 pm - February 7, 2009

  4. Just an idle query:

    How many of the supposedly overpaid company executives mentioned by Barney Frank…happen to be gay?

    Comment by MarkJ — February 7, 2009 @ 3:02 pm - February 7, 2009

  5. What did Bawney Fwank say about Jamie Gorelick making over $20 million from Fannie Mae?

    We need to wake the fuck up folks.

    Comment by GUS — February 7, 2009 @ 3:06 pm - February 7, 2009

  6. I’m with sonicfrog, I agree with everything except that Bawney Frank (the Hutt) is “becoming” an embarrassment. He has been a national, catastrophic, nuclear, slobbering disgrace for some time now. He is so beyond help that he doesn’t even have blood pumping through his veins anymore–for him to exist at all, he must have constant, massive doses of arrogance, delusion, indignation and hubris being shoveled into his furnace second-by-second. How else could he continue to shamelessly function as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and not even consider resigning? Over the years he has clearly had to construct a metropolis of rationalization and denial in his head to keep his utter worthlessness a secret from himself. How else would he feel entitled to pop up on the blogs every few weeks to inform us of some new shocking plans he has for taking away our freedoms? Of course, this week he’s apparently decided that he and a bunch of other dumb fu*ks in Congress are going to dictate how much the self-made, producers in the private sector are going to earn. W…..T…..F?! In the vast multitude of liberal human garbage polluting Washington, he is by far THE WORST. It is only Fwank that helps me understand the pathology of BDS–I admit it–I want terrible, horrible, awful things to happen to him.

    Comment by Sean A — February 7, 2009 @ 3:29 pm - February 7, 2009

  7. I shudder now, I shudder more and more to what is happening to our country and my heart breaks deeper. Do I really want to come home now??

    Only ting that keeps me sane is Talk Radio and listening via TSL . right now interview with Gary Sinse on Michael Medved. If they take away free speech I know I will not want to come home.

    But I have to, looks like USA needs all the help it can get.

    Comment by Pamela — February 7, 2009 @ 4:28 pm - February 7, 2009

  8. I’m with Barney with one proviso: term limits for Congress along with a cap on how much they can make after leaving office lobbying (e.g. no more $1 million/year Daschle-like “consulting” fees). Zero sounds like a reasonable limit to me.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — February 7, 2009 @ 4:35 pm - February 7, 2009

  9. ***
    Bawney Fwank gives decent gay people a bad name. We don’t need any more Richard Nixon style wage and price controls on our economy.
    ***
    We don’t need financial advice and dictation from the clown (s) that brought us the Community Reinvestment Act, the Fannie May / Freddy Mac debacle, and the economic mess we are in now.
    ***
    This POS is a loser all around.
    ***
    John Bibb

    Comment by John Bibb — February 7, 2009 @ 5:13 pm - February 7, 2009

  10. The Best Thing Barney Frank Could Do For Gay People . . .

    aside from stepping down? Speech therapy.

    Comment by American Elephant — February 7, 2009 @ 5:28 pm - February 7, 2009

  11. #10: Good one. He talks like Elmer Fudd, and wishes he had the fashion sense of Bugs Bunny.

    And as for “becoming”, remember how it was revealed that he was gay. Not something for any of us to be proud of.

    Comment by Attmay — February 7, 2009 @ 5:32 pm - February 7, 2009

  12. Bawney has been an embarassment since he let his call boy operate a prostitution ring from his Washington home and had sex with him in the Congressional gymnasium. Ugh.
    But Mass is hellbent on sending the most immoral and depraved members to Congress, and we appear powerless to remove these miscreants because they have a D after their name. If vampires had Ds after their names they would still be roaming the earth and serving as legislators (well maybe Harry Reid and Nancy Peelousy are still roaming).

    Comment by eaglewingz08 — February 7, 2009 @ 6:14 pm - February 7, 2009

  13. I completely understand where the references to Bawney’s sexuality are coming from–he is the most prominent openly gay person in American politics as GPW mentioned. But it honestly has never occurred to me to discuss Fwank in terms of what an embarrassment he is to the gay community or how he’s giving gay people a bad name. When I see him or hear that sloppy gurgling thing he calls a voice advocating such vile policies his sexuality isn’t even on my radar (and it’s not just because he’s physically repulsive). I just see a person that I have absolutely nothing in common with and who stands for virtually everything that disgusts me. He may as well be a martian–someone who obviously doesn’t speak for me. I’m not concerned at all that what he’s doing is being construed as inevitably intertwined with all gays–I think conservatives judge him as a fascist, liberal moonbat (his sexuality, at most, incidental). As much as liberals like to promote the idea that those evil Republicans HATE all gays and want us all dead, I don’t buy it because at the end of the day conservatives judge people as individuals. It’s the liberals that have to compulsively put everyone in tidy little boxes with labels. It’s liberals that presumptively put someone like me in one of their imaginary, invisible groups like “the gay community” with the likes of Blathery Wank.

    Comment by Sean A — February 7, 2009 @ 6:19 pm - February 7, 2009

  14. That gays are somehow guilty (by the tenuous association of sexual orientation) of the shortcomings of Barney Frank in the narrow, undeveloped minds of some who engage in group-think doesn’t surprise me, but it does surprise me that there are gays who are so ready to agree. Anything he says and does reflects on me because we both happen to be attracted to men?

    Gays won’t have matured until they accept that there are no ‘representatives’, only individuals; such tokenism is unfair to Frank (although he may consider himself as such — that’s his fault) and unfair to me by false association. There are good people and bad people who are gay and what any of them say or do whether admirable or not does not reflect on me.

    Comment by Ignatius — February 7, 2009 @ 7:59 pm - February 7, 2009

  15. The reason is, Ignatius, because Barney Fag exploits his sexual orientation as some kind of get-out-of-jail-free card for gross and utter incompetence.

    And nobody calls him on it. Sort of like nobody calls Obama on his incompetence and stupidity because doing so is “racist”.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 7, 2009 @ 11:25 pm - February 7, 2009

  16. I agree with North Dallas Thirty. Not only does Frank use being gay as a get out of jail free card, the gay left does as well. If anyone disagrees with Frank, they are called a homophobe. I have posted on other blogs about my lack of trust and support of Frank and have been called “self-loathing.” Apparently, because I’m gay, I have to support a gay Congressman who has played a huge part in the economic problems in this country.

    With that said, I’m very glad that an openly gay man can serve in the US Congress. Lets just elect a better one.

    Comment by BC — February 8, 2009 @ 1:00 am - February 8, 2009

  17. What I want to know is what the hell is wrong with people in Massachusetts? Kennedy, Kerry, Frank? They actually choose these people- over and over?

    Comment by Patriot Goddess — February 8, 2009 @ 10:17 am - February 8, 2009

  18. Old Barney’s problem, Ignatius, is that he is a “professional homosexual”, much like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are “professional blacks”. As such, he gets judged, in large part, based upon that factor — and the group he “represents” gets judged based upon him.

    This is as opposed to folks like my cousin — a police officer who happens to be a lesbian. Her sexual orientation is not her reason for being or a job qualification, and is therefore a non-issue.

    Comment by Rhymes With Right — February 9, 2009 @ 8:54 am - February 9, 2009

  19. #17 – They must spike the tapwater or something.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 9, 2009 @ 10:46 am - February 9, 2009

  20. Well, I hope he doesn’t step down. After all, I can’t make *every* gay joke on my blog about Andrew “Sissypants” Sullivan.

    Comment by V the K — February 9, 2009 @ 1:51 pm - February 9, 2009

  21. #20 – You could always focus on the closeted ones like Chris “Tingles” Matthews, Anderson “Prada” Cooper and Matt “Metrosexual” Lauer.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 9, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - February 9, 2009

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