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Posted on August 20 2009 5:42 am
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Barney Frank, one of the most influential members of the socialist-leaning Progressive Caucus, managed to take a gratuitous shot at the war in Iraq while defending Obamacare. In response to a question at his town hall meeting concerning the huge cost of universal health care that taxpayers would be subsidizing (and that future generations would have to bear in the form of trillions of dollars of new government debt), Frank responded that the U.S. government’s most wasteful boondoggle has been the war in Iraq.  This non sequitur of an answer was aired during Bill O’Reilly’s talking points last night.

Aside from completely dismissing the sacrifices of our brave men and women fighting in Iraq, Congressman Frank also disrespected his audience by ducking a perfectly legitimate question on the topic at hand — voter concerns about universal health care.  According to a new NBC poll, 54 percent of Americans are concerned that the government will go too far in reforming the nation’s health care system, while 41 percent are more worried that the reform will not do enough to lower costs and cover the uninsured.  More Americans disapprove of the way that the President is handling the whole health care issue than approve.

As for Iraq, we will only have wasted precious lives and treasure if Obama precipitiously withdraws.  The war has resulted not only in the liberation of millions of Iraqis from the yoke of Saddam Hussein‘s tyrannical regime.  It also dealt a huge strategic defeat to al-Qaeda, as the people turned against that bloodthirsty organization after they had gotten to see the true face of radical Islam up close. 

If Barney Frank were ever to be frank about government waste, he would own up to the disgraceful role he himself played in pushing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into insolvency.  He did that, along with his fellow liberals in Congress, by resisting calls for more regulation of these two quasi-governmental entities, and by instead pressuring them to back ever-riskier subprime mortgage loans to people who could not afford them.  Now Frank and his fellow liberals are trying to foist yet another government-sponsored financial debacle on more than one-sixth of the American economy.

Frank derisively asked one of his questioners at his town hall meeting, what planet she was from. The same could be asked of the congressman.

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