Barney Frank, one of the most influentialÂ members of the socialist-leaning Progressive Caucus,Â managed to take a gratuitous shot at the warÂ in Iraq while defending Obamacare.Â In response to a question at his town hall meeting concerning the huge cost of universal health careÂ 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’sÂ most wasteful boondoggleÂ has beenÂ the war in Iraq.Â This non sequitur of an answer was airedÂ during Bill O’Reilly’s talking points last night.
Aside fromÂ completely dismissing the sacrifices of our brave men and women fighting in Iraq,Â Congressman FrankÂ alsoÂ disrespected his audience by ducking a perfectly legitimate question on the topic at hand — voter concerns about universal health care.Â According to a new NBC poll, 54 percent of AmericansÂ are concerned that the government will go too far in reforming the nationâ€™s health care system, while 41 percentÂ are more worried that the reform will not do enough to lower costs and cover the uninsured.Â 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.Â The war has resulted not only in the liberation of millions of Iraqis from the yoke of Saddam Hussein‘s tyrannical regime.Â It also dealtÂ a huge strategic defeatÂ to al-Qaeda,Â as the people turned against that bloodthirsty organizationÂ after theyÂ had gotten to seeÂ the true face of radical Islam up close.Â
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.Â He did that, along with his fellow liberals in Congress, by resisting calls for more regulation of these two quasi-governmentalÂ entities, and by insteadÂ pressuring them to back ever-riskierÂ subprime mortgage loans to people who could not afford them.Â Now Frank and his fellow liberals are trying to foist yet another government-sponsored financial debacle on more than one-sixthÂ 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 theÂ congressman.