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Published On: Tue, Apr 16th, 2013

Barney Franks praises response to Boston Marathon bombing as reason for big government, criticizes tax cuts

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that the response to the Boston Marathon bombings made the case for “Big Government.”

Barney_Frank“In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America … to criticize government, to belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care, here we saw government in two ways perform very well,” Frank said on CNN’s “Starting Point,” noting the cooperation between state, local and federal authorities.

“No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover,” he said. “This is very expensive.”

Frank retired from Congress after serving since 1981. In the wake of the attacks, Frank continued to make the argument for a strong government, even if it will likely be seen in some quarters as “too soon.”

“We’re not asking people, look, do you have private health insurance or not, can you afford this or not? Maybe the government’s going to have to pay for it,” he said. “And this is an example of why we need — if we want to be a civilized people — to put some of our resources into a common pool so we are able to deal with this, and to deal with it, you can’t simply be responsive once it happens.”

“I hope people aren’t going to think, ‘oh, okay, you spent these tens and tens of billions of dollars, which is probably a low estimate, let’s take that out of everything we have going forward,'” he said.

Frank was criticized by The Blaze, saying he turned the interview “into a discussion of fiscal policy that more or less reduced the bombing itself to a political prop.”

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  1. M Donohue says:

    Is there any other reason to be glad this nitwit is back in Cambridge crawling the streets. What a pea brained idiot! Another Obama robot, him and his other crooked pal Dodd authored the fiscal responsibility bill, great two do nothings who never worked a day in their lives authorizing a bill on fiscal responsibility…………..I guess they forgot where they worked, in the most fiscally inept places on earth!

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