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‘Most Powerful’ Openly Gay Politician Announces Retirement

November 29, 2011 by  

‘Most Powerful’ Openly Gay Politician Announces Retirement

Democratic Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2012, ending a 32-year career in the House.

Frank, the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, will leave a political legacy most likely highlighted by the sweeping Wall Street regulatory reform that he drafted with former Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) which was enacted last year. The Dodd-Frank bill clamped down on lending practices and expanded consumer protections in an effort to prevent a repeat of the 2008 economic meltdown.

The 71-year-old Congressman has also been recognized as the Nation’s most powerful openly homosexual elected official. Frank was involved in a scandal two decades ago when he used his Congressional status on behalf of a male prostitute whom he had employed as a personal aide.

“I should have known better. I do now, but it’s a little too late,” Frank said at the time, according to The Associated Press.

Frank’s retirement announcement will create a scramble among Democrats to replace the longtime Massachusetts lawmaker as the ranking member on the Financial Services Committee. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is technically next in line as the ranking member on that committee.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Stan Smith

    That F*ggot Crook should be in prison!

    • mark

      Congratulations on your homophobic hatred. No doubt you are an equally despicable racist and misogynist. Your mindset is a glowing tribute to the level of inteligence and humanity one always finds on this webiste. Thank God, the majority of posters here will never hold any real power in our society – and will only remain like you – bitter, hateful, and inconsequential cranks.

      • APN

        Well Mark, the fact is, it is people like you that put a man with a depraved mind in a position of power, over an over an over again. And exactly how you would expect do get a different result, boggles the adult mind.

        Go back and study your history, specifically the Roman Empire. You may learn something about the consequences of perverted mindset.

        • LexRex

          Well said APN!!

        • mark

          Many of the heterosexuals I know have much more “depraved” minds than homosexuals. Homosexuality of itself is not a depraved condition. Irrational prejudice against them, is.

          • APN

            Well Mark, you’re wrong. Homosexuality is a perversion of the human body, the vessel given to us by the creator. That perversion will result in many many consequences, and unfortunately, they affect others outside of the individual performing the act. What comes out of the bottom end of the human being is call “waste” and it is a material that is highly toxic and carries numerous diseases. Only a depraved mind could not understand that fact. In fact, it would be less risky to eat garbage out of the local neighborhood dumpster. I’m sure it would be cleaner and that is the FACTS not some progressive nonsense based upon Billiary’s politically correct daycare mentality.

          • EyeDuhHoeAn

            Nope. Sorry Mike… homosexualism happens to be a mental disorder and a learned behavior. There is no such thing as a gay-gene, therefore you were not born “that way”… sorry lady googoo… There is nothing irrational about this except your argument. Homosexualism is not natural since it produces no branches on a family tree. Your gene pool ends with you, which is not what a gene pool is DESIGNED to do. Put this in your box of irrational fears of heterophobia, so go sit on some street corner and “occupy” it with your liberal socialist friends…

          • mark

            APN, this may be your opinion but fortunately we do not live a theocracy, although many of the born-againers on this site wished we did. Because of this our homosexual citizens, many of who serve in our military, by the way, and have for centuries, as well as in all other walks of life, have full constitutional protections. Religious bigotry against them by you and others does not change this. I am grateful that I live in a country where the hateful religious prejudices of others cannot impinge upon the rights of our citizenry. This came about after a long struggle by people of conscience to end all forms of discrimination in our land.

          • APN

            Mark, Mark, Mark!!! Never said anything about Barney Frank not having his constitutional rights. Re-read what I said and show me where I stated that?

            Religious Bigotry???? That is YOUR interpretation my friend. You can throw your little PC puppet words at me all you want and it really amounts to nothing of any substance. In fact, I think all we adults have long since grown tired of the brow beating by the self-anointed holier than thou progressives that have never taken any responsibility for their actions.

            Homosexuality is an abomination of the human body and none of your PC daycare mentality will change that fact. Live the perverted lifestyle and suffer the consequences of your perverted behavior……that simple. Facts my friend, nothing personal or hate filled about it. Just plain facts!

            Grow up and get a job!

          • patriot67

            You moron mark, commie limp-wrist POS. Nothing you said, say or ever will say has any relevance. Pretend to educated all you want, but it doesn’t hide the fact you are irrelevant. You and your little leftie/progressive/commie mind will ever mean anything in the world of thoughtfull conservative HUMANS.

          • patriot67

            There are mediacal and psychiatric cures for your sexual identity crisis mark. Get help.

          • Wewillie

            mark, you don’t know ANY hetrosexuals.

          • eddie47d

            Let’s put it this way APN and a few others. You are beyond hateful and very discriminatory and I know you will never admit it. You can’t say someone has Constitutional rights when you constantly try and deny them their rights. Patriot proved it all in his rant and that leaves me wondering what species of human he belongs to.Do you really think conservatives want to claim you?

          • Old Henry

            Well mark, God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.

            Homosexuality is an Abominationto God. It is depravity in its entirety. Satan never rests.

          • APN

            EddieISM said: Let’s put it this way APN and a few others. You are beyond hateful and very discriminatory and I know you will never admit it. You can’t say someone has Constitutional rights when you constantly try and deny them their rights. Patriot proved it all in his rant and that leaves me wondering what species of human he belongs to.Do you really think conservatives want to claim you?

            Eddie my man, you are making my case about you holier than thou progressives way to easy, my friend. You assume much and understand very little. This appears to be common thread with the progressive mindset.

            Never once in my life have I denied anyone of anything when it comes to their choices in life. Someone’s sexual choice is none of my business until THEY make it my business. If you think that Gay is OK then good for you. If you have a Gay person running for a position of power, and you like them, then vote for them.

            Now, I would expect the same respect of choice that I just gave you. I do not agree with the lifestyle because of the aforesaid reasons therefore I question a person’s judgement that would willingly and knowingly DAMAGE their bodies. Not to mention the LONG list of diseases that can be transmitted to other people. In the same way, I would not vote for a drunk or a pothead or someone that would CHEAT on their Spouse because it demonstrates a lack a basic good judgement that would not be conducive with a position of leadership. Example: Bill Clinton

            Now, you can attempt to assert yourself as someone that is on HIGH MORAL GROUND all you want but it will not change my opinion of the subject matter nor do I care if you like that or not.

            In other words, the brow beating attempts about my opinion of things in life, by the self-proclaimed progressively SUPERIORS in this country , is MEANINGLESS and is of no consequence to me nor do I place any weight on your misguided opinions.

      • Stan Smith

        The truth hurts eh! Libtard mark! Your F*ggot crooked Libtard pal caused the housing bubble to pop like a zit, So why don’t you crawl back to your libtard hate site dailykos!

        • Karolyn

          I see more hate and judgment on this site than any other. Just listen to yourselves!

      • LTC_Ray_Burke

        Typical pervert reaction. Talk about bitter and hateful !!!

      • Thomas B

        Mark, you are a gay, bitter, hateful, propaganda spewing, communist, occult m’rf’r. The truth doesn’t hurt you because you are from the parallel universe where everything is the opposite of everything we in the universe knows to be good and love related. You are the bottom of the barrel and you probably are evil and know it well too. You know God exists but you still seek the devil, because perhaps God has put you here to challenge us. Many of you exist submerged like alligators or hidden spiders, waiting for your next victim, usually Christians who abhor your ways. You write to posts like this to piss us off but we run right over you. Your team will lose the war; it’s already known. I’d wish you luck but it wouldn’t do you any good.

      • JUKEBOX

        The Pwesident fuwwy swupowts Bahney Fwank.

        • Old Henry

          Actually Little Barry the communis homosextual is one of them.

    • W. Harris

      hip hip ho-ray , another gay politician out of office . Now if we can just the rest of the gay’s out !

      • mark

        Yeah, like straight politicians don’t screw the American people a thousand times more! What planet are you living on? Virtually all the crooks in American politics and on Wall Street are heterosexuals. Only gay people steal? The idiocy on this website never fails to amaze me.

        • Brian

          Mark, that’s because MOST people are heterosexual! Politcians of all stripes and all sexual proclivites take advantage of people!

          • Brian

            THAT should be ‘proclivities’…!

      • Skyknight

        If we can rid of the gays and the Communist, we could fix the economy and the moral compus of America.

        • mark

          The problem isn’t the gays and the Communists. It is the straights and the Capitalists. They – the corporate elite – are the ones who screwed America! Have you opened a newspaper in the last 3 years? Highway robbery by rich, white, heterosexuals on Wall Street rewarded with billions in bonuses.

          • Brian

            Mark…Are you still looking at a NEWSPAPER? That is the MSM! Again,(I’ve said this before) don’t look at the MSM at all – Look at a number of things on the internet and you will soon tell that the Pubs and the Dims are two sides of the same coin…Politicians of all stripes will use ‘the people’ because that is what they do – they don’t manufacture anything except hot air!

          • Bus

            Mark Mark Mark, how can you say that those greedy crooks on wallstreet were all straight? That’s a pretty blatant stereotyping of an entire group.

          • skippy

            hey mark…are you talking about the Obammer bailouts for wall street?? just want to make sure…they did get HUGE bonuses last year…oh and gee…i think Fanny & Freddie did TOO…….hmmm..and just WHERE oh where did that $$$$ come from, huh??

          • JUKEBOX

            Mark, are you referring to Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and all of the other straight IPO beneficiaries. Oh, I’m not too sure about Obama’s sexual preference.

          • Lastmanstanding

            70% of the wealthy wall streeters are progressive democrats… whether they are bankers, politicians or corporatists.

        • Karolyn

          Oh, please, don’t make me laugh so hard; my stomach hurts! :-)

          • moonbeam

            You and me both, Karolyn. I tell you, sometimes I get on here and start reading, I can”t post because of laughing my head off. My mom hears me and wants to know what I’m laughing at! I’m talking good gut laughter. I’ve said it on here before. If you’re feeling a little down, come here and read. You will soon forget your trouble.

      • Bus

        I’m glad to see him stepping down before death opens up the seat for an appointed democrat, but Maxine Watters as the next in line, my G-d the depth of ineptitude in that committee is DEEP. Hopefully the Rep. will regain control and let her continue in her role as….nothing.

        • APN

          agreed…dumber than a box of rocks would be the understatement of the century!

          • JUKEBOX

            She would tell you “GO TO HELL” or “SUH, SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP”. Those are two of her pseudo intellectual statements.

      • Old Henry

        W:

        Personally I would rather concentrate on removing all the Communists that have snaked their way into our great Republic, but it is good that the litle criminal will be gone. Maybe we can get him into a jail cell before he dies.

  • s c

    I take issue with the idea and the image that an ‘openly gay’ politician can be powerful, but some folks are OK with just about anything – as long as it gets them into that rotting Big Tent. The tragic part of this staged debacle is in the fact that Fwank won’t spend even one day in prison for his major role in America’s economic woes. In fact, Mr. Fwank will be handsomely rewarded for shifting the blame to someone else.
    Whoever says crime doesn’t pay is a liar, a closet politician and wouldn’t know the truth if it was on sale at a local Bag-it-and-Drag-It. Crime DOES pay. Why do you think people get into politics, America?

    • eddie47d

      Maybe heads should roll with the Franks-Dodds missteps and that is worth considering. Unless you can put the heads of Citibank,Wells Fargo,Wachovia,Merrill Lynch ,Bank of America,JP Morgan,Goldman Sac,Morgan Stanley,et al into prison then you are still only blowing smoke up our posteriors. Someday maybe you’ll wake up and smell the other crooks who savaged our financial system. None of these banksters are short on funds and I’m sure their retirement packages are wrapped up with a pretty bow on it. I’ll even guarantee that that their salaries will make Barney look like a homeless person. Too bad that small narrow minds never look at the big picture which is one of your greatest faults SC

      • APN

        Eddie47d said: Too bad that small narrow minds never look at the big picture which is one of your greatest faults SC

        Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!!!! Small narrow minds?? Are you not smart enough to even understand that our private sector “Free Market” system is controlled by congress? Do you not understand that those you demonize are operating within the guidelines set by congress? Do you not understand that the only reason we have companies operating overseas is because CONGRESS allows them to??? Now, if you can outline what those individual business owners have done that is ILLEGAL, not approved by CONGRESS, then you have my attention. In contrast, can you think of anything that ole Barn has done to WE THE PEOPLE that is illegal? Can you name one thing he has done that would be considered to be unconstitutional or at least unethical?

        Typical shallow minded progressive…i.e.; no substance, blaming others for the errors of those in POWER of which THEY appointed.

        • Ken

          This has all been pretty funny so far. Sad, yet funny. Here are the facts. The government is controlled by the fed which is a privately held corporation (if you don’t think so, you’re delusional). Some of the banks listed above are stock holders of the fed. Therefore, it’s the banks that control monetary policy in, not only the US but, the world. So, yes the banks and the fed are responsible for the situation we’re in. As for large corporations, let’s take walmart for an example. Walmart corporate policy is to keep employee hours low so the government has to pay their healthcare. They also take out life insurance policies on their employees. Now tell me they’re good and honest. I don’t think so.

          What’s going here is a different matter. The division of our country is appalling. At this time in our country, we need to unify to get rid of all the crooks in both government and business. This division of our people is by design and meant as a precursor to conquering us. All of us, regardless of sexual orientation. Stop playing into their hands, talk to each other with respect and agree to disagree.

          I am one of those Christians that Mark is assaulting. However, I don’t hate him. Instead, in the spirit of our country and in the interest of its survival, I’d like to come to an agreement with him. If he’s gay, the fact is that he has a constitutional right to be so. I am not here to judge. As a Christian, my role is to care, help, and to alleviate pain if I can. The thought that these fellow countrymen can call us haters should cause all of you who call yourselves Christians to hang your heads in shame. I don’t know what will happen to Mark, but I can say that you’ll be answering for your actions.

          • APN

            Ken….If you think any entity , the Fed, business, bank or otherwise yields any real power, then respectfully, you are delusional. Any of the aforesaid are controlled by the people we place in CONGRESS and at any time they choose, the CONGRESS can reel in the FED. In fact, watch what happens to the FED in the very near future. At any given moment, at the choosing of CONGRESS, agents can appear at the door of the FED and people can leave in handcuffs. In contrast, give me an example of what REAL power the FED has other than monetary measures, which is ALLOWED by CONGRESS.

            Respectfully, the CONGRESS, outside of the Office of the Presidency, is the most powerful body in the republic. As a body, they YIELD POWER over the FED, BANKS, Businesses, and, you and I. No business, bank or the FED can force you to purchase something however CONGRESS along with King AMABO just mandated that you and I buy insurance. That is just the beginning my friend.

            In regards to Homosexuals, never said anything about them not having the same constitutional rights as straight people. That was a misguided interpretation by Mark or an assumption my Mark. I have nothing against gay folks personally other than their lifestyle is a reflection of a depraved mind and I would question anyone’s judgement that would choose that lifestyle. People choose to be Gay just like people choose to be a drunk or a drughead, all are very unhealthy activities that will result in serious consequences.

            Bottom line, personal choices that I have no control over and do not want any control over. People need to keep their sexual orientation to themselves and stop trying to convince the world that a very consequential behavior pattern is “OK”.

      • Brian

        The bankers only did what the GOVERNMENT enabled them to do…The GOVERNMENT is the problem here…

        • APN

          Yep, nothing more and nothing less. Throw the FED into this picture and think we are on the right track.

        • LTC_Ray_Burke

          Government is ALWAYS the problem…………EVERYWHERE !!!

        • Lastmanstanding

          brian, you’ve got it backwards…the govt did what the bankers told them to do…who lends the govt money?

      • JUKEBOX

        Do you realize John Corzine, DEMOCRAT, has been on both sides of that situation, as Goldman Sachs head, Senator, Governor, and then head of one of the biggest bankruptcies, all the while being a BILLIONAIRE, and never losing a dime.

    • mark

      Prison? At least Frank did not get a multi-million dollar bonus for the damage he did. That is what all the corporate pigs on Wall Street got for wrecking the global economy. And now they are upset that people are actually protesting them. No bother though, they land on their office building via heliports and beat the messy crowds. Then it is all smiles as the conference table as they decide how many millions they will steal today and how many millions of people they will screw for eternity. It’s called American capitalism, the greatest economic system on earth. Especially when you only travel by personal jet, helicopter, and chauffered limousine.

      • Dr. smith

        jealous mark? envy, our greatest sin.

        THE 10th COMMANDMENT-(coveting)
        Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour’s.”

        you should read the Bible mark.

        God says homosexuality is an abomination! period, get over it and leave the heterosexuals alone and stop the rhetoric.

        The Bible contains 9 specific references to homosexuality: 4 in the Old Testament (Genesis 19:1-25; Judges 19:22-30; Leviticus 18:22; andLeviticus 20:13) and 5 in the New Testament (Romans 1:24-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; 2 Peter 2:6-10; and Jude 7). The passage in Romans, in particular is so clear that it seems to have been written by St. Paul in anticipation that people might challenge the idea that homosexual behavior is wrong (in case you don’t get it, let me make it perfectly clear!). In addition, there are numerous other passages that touch on this topic indirectly through comments on the biblical view of marriage and family, promiscuity, and sexual purity. Included in these references areGenesis 2:18-25; Proverbs 18:22; Mark 7:21, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5;Romans 6:13, 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:13, 18-19; Galatians 5:19-21;Colossians 3:5; Revelation 21:8, 22:15.

        • Brian

          Dr. Smith – I agree!

        • JUKEBOX

          You left out “THOU SHALT NOT STEAL”.

      • LTC_Ray_Burke

        The successful are typically rewarded for their efforts. I expect the slackers to be resentful. Success breeds envy.

        • APN

          YEP! Basic stuff I learned as a child.

  • http://aol.com sean murrey ILLIniois

    That sausage sucker should be investigated for crimes.

    • JUKEBOX

      It should be easier to prosecute him after he is out of Congress.

      • APN

        That will depend on how many of those currently in congress get told to go home come November, 2012. So folks, if you want these people held accountable, then put people in power who are just as outraged as we are with a mandate of INVESTIGATING those who have raped our children and grandchildren. When found guilty, seize their assets and return it to OUR treasury, then put them in jail for life to have plenty of time to ponder the error of their ways.

      • moonbeam

        Judge Napolitano is calling for the same thing for Obama, for his part in putting a hit out on and murder of an American born terrorist.

        http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Napolitano-Obama-Impeached-Awlaki/2011/10/22/id/415400

        He says the guy probably was guilty, but that is not the point. The guy was denied due process under the law and our Constitution as an American Citizen. This means that Obama can put a hit out on any one of us at his whim. Executive order anyone?

        • APN

          Yep, sad but true. Our self-anointed KING can do just about anything he wants to do, IN THIS LIFETIME. After experiencing a 1/2 century of life, I can assure you that he will be held accountable for his actions, maybe not now, but in the end, accountability will come. Just like the subject matter of this blog, BF, accountability will come and it is inevitable.

          • JUKEBOX

            If McCain and Levin get their amendment to the military funding bill passed, Obama can put virtually anyone in a military prison for life, just like Castro and Chavez have done.

        • Old Henry

          Absolutely moonbean. Little Barry the communist half-breed Kenyan Chi Ka Go ganster can put a hit on anybody. That is the way gang banger Chi Ka Go gangsters operate. They murder with impunity.

    • mark

      He’ll have to take a number behind all the corporate pigs on Wall Street. They stole billions more than Frank could ever imagine and most of them are straight. They don’t screw other men, they just screw the American people. And the more they do it, the more suckers like you cheer them on – and sing the praises of capitalism! What a beautiful system they have. The suckers they rob love them and lick their boots like you!

      • APN

        Once again Mark, CONGRESS is the enabler, get it?

      • JUKEBOX

        John Corzine is a great example, and he has a big “D” after his name.

    • skippy

      LOL sean…not sure I ever heard that term before….hehhehheee

  • Les

    Please don’t steal from the Government because the Government doesn’t like the competition.

    I guess he’s leaving cause he’s done all the damage he could possibly do to the country.

    • mark

      Our gov’t is an amateur compared to the monumental, collossal thieves on Wall Street. But hey you have to love them – they’re all all-American capitalists! Just keep your eye on that black lady who gets a few hundred dollars in food stamps a year to feed her kids, while the giant crooks on Wall Street steal billions and get awards, bonuses, mansions, jets, whores, and accolades from all the suckers who think its so wonderful to get screwed everyday in the Land of the Free. Those corporate rapists are not the problem, it’s that lady who gets government assistance. She’s the devil, she’s the monster from hell, she’s the parasite. The CEOs are all Gods who we should thank everyday for throwing us a few crumbs – as long as we jump high enough for them – like trained seals.

      • John H.

        Oh, quit whining. This country was started by, prospered from, and runs on Capitalism. If you’re smart enough to get ahead, you could be living the high life like most of those guys. Hell, you don’t even have to be that smart — you just have to be willing to bust your hump and work your way up the corporate ladder. Most people simply aren’t willing to put in the time or effort to get to that level.

        Instead, far too many sit around on their butts complaining and looking for ways to get rich without putting in any real effort. I don’t begrudge any of those guys their millions, as long as they didn’t break any laws getting it. Those companies don’t have to answer to you or any of the poor sods in the OWS movement, they only have to answer to their stockholders. And before you ask, I’m a hardcore conservative and have been since before Barry Goldwater ran 50 years ago.

        • mark

          As long as they didn’t break any laws? WALL STREET BUYS THE POLITICIANS WHO WRITE THE LAWS – ALL IN THEIR FAVOR – DON’T YOU REALIZE THAT?!! The whole system is rotten to the core. Quit whining? The greatest corporate robbery in human history, no one goes to jail, and your advice is to quit whining?!! I’ll quit whining when they are all in prison, their assets seized to restore the economy they wrecked, and the system they feed off is fundamentally reformed. Then I will quit whining, sir. Is there anyone left in this country who still believes in the idea of JUSTICE? Apparently not as these crooks not only beat the rap but got giant bonuses for their collossal embezzlements. What a world, what a country.

        • APN

          Well put John but unfortunately it will fall on deaf ears. Mark is probably a by-product of Generation-x, y or z educated by some American hating professor that teaches “Social Justice”, whatever the heck that means! Lazier than a snail and dumber than a box of rocks. Their life is driven by hatred and greed never understanding or enjoying life. i.e.; you get out of life what you put into it and if you are foolish enough to place your happiness in the hands of another human being, well, good luck to you!

          I’m still waiting on him to come back and explain to us just exactly what system we are currently operating under. It sure as heck is not capitalism by any stretch of the imagination. However, based upon what I have witnessed over the past 1/2 century appears to be a form of Progressive- Marxism that is a direct result of the current economic disaster we have in America/World. I mean, the facts are in, as we “Progressively” go down the road to “Being like the rest of the world” then I’m sure these dumb kids will be burning cars in the street in the very near future. I would think that is by design, a progressive design, wouldn’t you?

          • action not words

            BINGO!! Not only that but the prophesied (one)new world order!! So get ready to either agree,shut up,or get locked up. So let’s say the gov’t stands behind homosexuality…..is this when the christians will be more severly persecuted? As predicted to resurface immensely. I don’t believe that anything as tragic as 911 or our current economic recession is by chance. With all the technology and intel we have at our disposal!? People need to start waking up!! It’s our gov’t putting US in crisis! Divide and conguer,what ever you want to call it. In my eyes all parties are working together towards this common goal. Marxism? New world Order? Dictatorship? Totalitarian? Do any of these sound like what we want as americans? It will be something similiar to these based on what we are seeing from our elected officials regardless of party. Unity,possibly with bloodshed, would be the only way were going to change the current course. Or could it be that the worlds higher officials are unwittingly doing God’s work to align to His prophecy? If so would they be rewarded in heaven for being instruments of God? What about Judas the betrayer? In both cases the work doesn’t appear pleasant to us but is requiured to uphold God’s truth!!

        • LTC_Ray_Burke

          Good for you, John !!! Well said !!! Unfortunately, we are dealing with human nature and homo sapiens are hard wired in the “pissed off” position.
          This is not about to change. We’ll just have to continue searching for “work arounds”.

  • SammysDad

    I’m impressed. Frank has figured it out. He will lose the next election, so he is getting out. He has been a thorn in the side of all Americans for years, and he, of all people complicit in the financial crisis, is the one who should have been prosecuted and placed in prison. Just the fact that he is not in prison proves how corrupt our Congress is. He is a disgusting little prevaricating deceitful individual, and America will be better off with him somewhere he can’t hurt us anymore.

    • Herb

      You hit nail on the head

    • marq

      one less sucking sound comming from congress

    • mark

      Oh yeah, once Barney Frank is gone all our problems are solved. What a brilliant analysis. What about the giant corporate lobby system that Wall Street uses to buy and sell politicians like Frank a dime a dozen? That corrupt system that Wall Street uses to rape the American people everyday is still operating and thriving like a well-oiled machine – along with billions in corporate bonuses to the crooks who bankrupted the American people. But as long as Frank steps down, we’ll all be fine. Right.

      • APN

        Nope, but it is a great start to fixing Washington. Hope to get a few more in November 2012!

      • patriot67

        Yes. Once everyone like Frank and you mark.

      • John H.

        No, Mark, it will take more than just getting rid of Barney. The next step should be to get rid of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Maxine Waters, Debbie what’s-her-name at the DNC, Chuckie Schumer, Dick Durban, and the rest of the ultra-liberal asshats that have screwed us sixteen ways from Sunday for the last 40 years. Oh, and let’s not forget the Imposter-In-Chief Barack Obama.

        I’m not naive enough to think it is only Democrats who are fault, because there have been plenty of Republicans who have contributed to the mess simply by not having the guts to stand up to the liberals. The majority of the damage, however, was done by 40 odd years of Democrats controlling the purse strings in the House (since the end of WWII). It wasn’t until the GOP Revolution in the 90′s that we got some fiscal relief. But its hard to reform things when half the country is feeding at the government trough, and the media is in the bag for liberal causes.

        You all have had your turn and damn near destroyed the country in the process. Now its our turn to try to save it once again. It remains to be seen if we have enough time to do that. Whatever happens, people like you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

        • APN

          WOW!!! Well put!! BEA-UTI-MUS!!!

    • LTC_Ray_Burke

      I have to sign on to that one !!!

  • Fred G.

    Many Dem career politicians are retiring. HMM! Could someone be getting real close to discovering their crimes while in office?

    • JUKEBOX

      He will be replaced on the finance comittee by the next biggest crook, Maxine “THE MOUTH” Waters.

    • APN

      Great point, and I think the same thing, however there will no place for these people to hide once the accountability process begins.

      Americans now have an idea of what has been done to them but they have NO IDEA as to the depth of the damage. They will in 2012, and once they do, the accountability process will become a mandate, not an option. I would not want to be one of the thieves that has participated in the demise of America. No place on earth can these people hide from the justice that is coming.

      • JUKEBOX

        It won’t happen as long as Obama and Holder are in power!

        • APN

          I think that will change in Nov 2012. Actually Jan 20th, 2013, if the Republic survives that long.

  • fiscalsoundbiteme

    Did Dodd do Frank or did Frank do Dodd? Doesn’t matter now does it! These twits raped our financial system and then tried to look like Hewoes to “fix” what they destroyed….they both should get “the chair” not a retirement! Sickening rats running from the ship they sank and now they want the fuel that ran it! Gayness has no bearing on the ineptitude, lawlessness and outright theivery!

    • mark

      Right, but who did Frank AND Dodd both work for? WALL STREET – just like all the other 435 members of Congress and 100 Senators – do. It is not the individuals, it’s the system. America is government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. Until the American people wake up to this, none of these resignations, elections, and campaign debates, matter. They are all just part of the facade that most people fall for.

      • APN

        …… and in all your progressive wisdom and experience, your solution is? Give us a clue and stop talking in riddles. Be specific as to what this great system would be to FREE us simple minded little Americans from the mean ole CEO’s?

        Will we be required to work in this system? Can we own a car or a home? Can we select our mate in life or will the all omnipotent ones in CONGRESS assign us a mate in life as well? Can I choose to be a doctor or will I have a GOVMENT assigned duty for the “Good of the Peoples”. Who makes these decisions for you and I? Do we elect them or do they just appoint themselves over the “Subjects” of this nation?

        I’m still waiting for you to outline this GREAT SOCIETY you have in mind for us little dumb peoples that are too stupid to live life as we choose. Boy, do I ever need someone like you to “Protect me from those mean ole CEO’s” and make my daily decisions for me.

        Maybe you can choose my Doctor for me? Wait a minute, AMABO has already done that so you will need to be in charge of something else. LOL!

        • Bus

          I want to help Mark out on this: Specific suggestions, kick all the bums out, establish term limits, end the senority system in Congress and take away all of the self appointed perks, make them live under the laws they pass.
          Now the hard part (That’s What BF said!) How to get the people to vote out their favorite politician? That isn’t as easy?

          • Brian

            Bus, I’ve long advocated term limits…And the rest of what you had to say is good too!

        • JUKEBOX

          If you read Saul Alinsky’s writings, you will learn what great “UTOPIA” the “PROGRESSIVES” have in mind for you. Then you could follow up with “MEIN KAMPF”.

      • Brian

        Mark – that is the first thing you have written that I partially agree with! Congratulations!

      • LTC_Ray_Burke

        When you deal with PEOPLE, what more can you expect?

  • Gringo Infidel

    Long overdue – this deviant has harmed this country in profound ways.

    Shame to those who kept voting for this criminal – they are the enablers of his criminal negligence.

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Gringo… I couldn’t agree more! Why are these worthless politicians voted in time and time again? Sad! But, the fact that Maxine Waters is next in line is just as convoluted! It’s time for a house cleaning!

      • LTC_Ray_Burke

        Quien Sabe? Maybe the Tea Party is our best hope. It is said that a new broom sweeps clean. Yet even a new broom often misses the corners.

        • moonbeam

          Not if you spray it with some caustic substance, like BLEACH, and burn the dirt left behind out of the corners.

    • mark

      He brought a lot of money back to his district. That is what all Congressmen, Democrat or Republic, do. If they don’t, they will never be reelected. Quit acting like a twelve year old. Grow up. This is the corporate-capitalist-political system of America. Wall Street runs it and everyone else is just a cog in the corporate wheel. Different names, different faces but the corporate Wall Street system goes on. It will survive these recent protests also. Because the national religion of American is and always has been – selfishness and greed. That is what has made our nation great. Without it we are nothing.

      • APN

        ….and your solution is?

      • JUKEBOX

        You are wrong, the Bureaucrats are the ones who run Congress.

    • APN

      BINGO….100% Correct!!!!

  • Caveman101

    Good Ol’ Barney as the serfs in Massachusetts call him. One of the most destructive politicians ever and in the end, despite all the posturing, totally self consumed. He traded western civilization for a portion of donkey and has brought the greatest nation in the world to it’s knees. The World Bank states that 400,000 children have died due to the economic downturn. Where does the word monster begin>

    • eddie47d

      ` On Wall Street,Big Banks,Corporate Headquarters and in Washington.

    • mark

      One of the most destructive politicians ever? What about Adolf Hitler? He deliberately started a war that killed 60 million people, around 10 million in death camps. You’re flattering Barney Frank, by giving him such earth-shattering importance. He was a typical pol, no better or worse than most. No better or worse than the average American.

      • APN

        …I think Hitler mandated a national healthcare system, didn’t he? So what is the difference in those how crammed this unconstitutional HC law down our throats and why? You better start thinking more and speaking less.

        • mark

          The people who voted for the healtcare reform bill did not deliberately start a world war that killed 60 million people. These Congressmen also did not round up 12 million Jews and Slavs and put them in gas chambers to kill them. That is one of the difference between these reformers and Adolf Hitler. To you this is probably a very small difference. To those who think rationally, it is a rather large one.

          • APN

            Well, I beg to differ, they just haven’t killed 60 million yet!

        • eddie47d

          Well, APN Bernie Maddoff was a Capitalist and plied his trade very well. Does that make all Capitalist evil? There are hundreds of Madoff’s out there so be careful how you answer. Bringing up health care and the fuhrer was a cheap shot if you get the drift.

          • APN

            I beg to differ. Bernie Maddoff was a crook and the system he was a crook under had nothing to do with anything. I have no sympathy for those that were foolish enough to invest in his dumb ponzi scheme. i.e.; get rich quick never works and people should know better

            In contrast, socializing or nationalizing things such as Healthcare is the oldest power play in the books. Control healthcare and you eventually control everything. Pretty simple stuff that has been repeated many times throughout history. Fact is, the day this unconstitutional bill was signed into law, will be a day that all of us will deeply regret.

          • eddie47d

            He was a crook because the Capitalist system allowed him to.

          • JUKEBOX

            Der Fuerher and Obama share a lot of common beliefs, like speaking at the Brandenburg Gate, not speaking until a few people had fainted, taking over the auto industry, invading foreign countries, and the national health care system, and oh yes a Socialist philosophy.

          • eddie47d

            More LOL for the folks ?

          • APN

            eddie47d thinks Bernie was a crook because Capitalism ALLOWED him to be?

            Your depth and understanding of how things work amazes me. LOL!!!

      • moonbeam

        But, the average American is not an openly practicing gay politician.

  • APN

    Well well, Barney heads home to enjoy the fruits of OUR labor! Who would have thunk it! Thanks ole Barn, I hope you enjoy your retirement at the expense of our children and grandchildren! Live it up BOY! I’m sure you can buy yourself a few boyfriends given the fact that you probably have MILLIONS stored away at the expense of our children, and to think, you progressives actually have the “Audacity” to demonize our CEO’s,business leaders and hard working Americans! Wow, you talk about arrogance!

    What was it you “progressives” said about those mean ole “Rich” folks??? Look in the mirror ole Barn! Are you going to include yourself in the proposed let’s soak the rich tax hikes???? I bet you may be exempt to that, right??? Come on Barn, give back a few of those Millions to the good ole taxpaying folks in America. It’s the least you could do in return for your lavish god like lifestyle that has been provided at the expense of future generations.

    We appreciate the fact that you were a key player over the past 32 years in destroying our constitution and spending future generations into economic slavery. WOW, how “progressive” of you. Did you ever stop to think that the constitution DOES NOT give you, as a member of congress, the power to spend money we do not have? You think that may be taxation without representation? DUH?

    Ole Barn, when you get up in the mornings, I want you to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror and reflect back on the destructive path of your life. I hope you enjoyed leaving our children and grandchildren a legacy of debt! I’m sure future generations will appreciate the fact that you were a key player in the destruction of America! Heck, if we can’t afford it, just pull out the ole Washington credit card and charge it off to the next generation! SMMMAAARRRTTTTT!!!! Thanks!!!! We certainly appreciate it!

    GREAT JOB BARN!!!!! Maybe you can be a consultant to the next progressive fool we send to Washington!

    PS: C U but wouldn’t want to be U. You got some explaining to do, hopefully in this lifetime, but, if not, I’m sure you will in the next one.

    • mark

      Frank is a pauper compared to the giant corporate pigs and thieves who you worship. They steal more in an hour than a Congressman like Frank could steal in a lifetime. And those pigs on Wall Street get billions in bonuses for all their hard work screwing the American people. But no matter how much they steal, no matter how many economies they wreck, you will ALWAYS, ALWAYS lick their boots like the good little trained corporate servant that you are.

      • APN

        …and your alternate system and solution is? Still waiting?

        I think you better take a long hard look at the FED, created by the CONGRESS, if you want to understand what has wrecked our economy and our currency. Again, CEO’s build businesses that produces wealth so your implications are misguided.

        Go back and read comments made by the FOUNDERS and see the WARNINGS about a centralized banking system and then an only then will you clearly understand what got us to this point.

      • Bus

        Mark were you one of Ol Barney’s pages?

    • LTC_Ray_Burke

      When compared to the political community, The vast majority of our corporate people come out smelling like the proverbial rose!!!

      • APN

        Yep! That is the way I see it! We need wealth creators not more silly Washington politicians.

  • kathy

    He is one of the most despicable humans raping the US under the guise of being a congressman. Damn right he should be in prison…along with Nazi Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, Tim Geithner, Eric Holder and the rest of the thugs that have destroyed this country. If the US people do not vote out all of these idiots, they are the idiots.

    • mark

      Yes, but thousands of corporate pigs should go into the clinker before them. They run Congress, they bought and paid for it. But these corporate pigs get billions in bonuses instead and live like Caligula while they throw a few of their servants like Frank to the suckers to keep that satisfied that justice is being done. What a sick joke. And what is worse, people fall for it.

      • Brian

        Mark – I’m still waiting to see what your alternate plan is…

        • APN

          ….me too!

          • s c

            APN, M probably has the same mental lisp that ‘e’ has. They will ramble and rant all day long, but they just can’t get to the point. Even when they manage to get close to the point, they have to throw in programmed cliches that utopians are obligated (by contract) to spew our way [it's GB's fault, mean-spirited, hateful, ignorant and all the other predictable, fecal remnants that make utopianism what it is].
            Utopians just can’t get it through their festering brains that there’s always a difference between fact and fantasy. Adults get it. Utopians don’t.
            As for Baaney Fwank, good riddance. Ship him to Than Franthithco. They can probably find a ‘position’ for him, as long as he spends some quality time on his knees in that “Big Tent.”

          • APN

            Yep! Sad but true! LMAO!!!

  • Michael Green

    We need to clean it up a bit people! Your arguments will have more credibility if you stick to the issues and refrain from label and name calling. I never cared for the politics of Congressman Frank, nor do I agree with his lifestyle. However, some of you are giving conservatives a bad name by resorting to the same tactics that liberals are known for, name calling, labeling, etc.. All I will say about Barney Frank’s retirement is that it is about time! Now if we can rid Congress of a few more “progressives”, we can the save the financial future of our children and grandchildren!

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Michael… I try very hard not to do name-calling about anyone. But, Barney Frank deserves what he gets. No one should argue that!

    • APN

      We are WAY PAST being nice and our current situation is a direct result of sugar coating the facts of the situation. Bottom line, time to call a spade a spade and get on about the business of fixing this 100 year old progressive nightmare or the republic will not survive.

      Time to be bold and direct. Time to hold these snakes accountable and it ain’t about being nice. Not sure about others on this blog but I’m not a conservative, liberal or libertarian however I am an AMERICAN PATRIOT that would willingly lay down my life to save the constitutional freedoms of future generations.

      Bottom line, I think we all have had just about enough of the lies and deceit coming out of Washington and it is time to have an adult conversation about getting it fixed. If that means getting mean and direct, then so be it. Sometimes that’s all these out of control self-anointed gods understand.

      We need answers and we need to REQUIRE those in power to explain where in the constitution does it give them the power to spend money that has not been earned thus placing future generations into economic slavery. That is taxation without representation….period.

      Yes, congress does have the power to tax but that requires a VOTE by each member and then those members can be held accountable by those of us who pay the bills. In contrast, we have COWARDS in Washington that understand that tax hikes will result in the loss of their seat so they just spend money we do not have and CHARGE IT to our grandchildren.

      Heck, let’s just let them charge 100 sextillion and we can all be “Rich”. That is the mindset we currently have in Washington and it needs to get fixed and soon.

      • eddie47d

        I see APN is still covering up for those wealthy CEOs who helped collaspe our economy and places all the blame on progressives. I didn’t know all those CEOs were progressives APN? Wow I learn something new everyday! That doesn’t mean that Franks and Dodds didn’t make their own blunders and should exit as soon as possible. You need to also take care of the COWARDS in our Corporate world who shamed America . You can cut off the tail but if the head is still functioning those corrupt CEOs will still be corrupt. That can go either way with Washington or Wall Street.

        • APN

          ….and I see you’re still as foolish now as you have been in the past. How did CEO’s collapse the Economy, my progressive friend? You want to explain that comment or is this just another parrot line out of your progressive handbook?

          Again, name those CEO’s that collapsed our economy. How did they do it? What laws did they break, specifically? Given the fact that CONGRESS controls our private sector, then how can a CEO “Collapse” our economy? Is this a progressive interpretation of the definition of an “Economy”???

          What benefit would a CEO have in collapsing the economy???? How would that improve the bottom line profitability of the business THEY are responsible for? Since CEO’s within the private sector are paid based upon performance then what incentive would they have in “Collapsing” the economy? In contrast, what were the CEO’s just paid at Fannie/Freddie for $BILLIONS in LOSSES??? Your comment appears to be mutually exclusive to the private sector but directly applicable to those government entities and the CONGRESS.

          In contrast, what was it Barney Frank did with the housing industry that was the catalyst in our economic meltdown? You want to explain the economic impact that had or just give us another parrot line.

          • Brian

            Couldn’t have said it better myself, APN!

        • patriot67

          You ought to know about cowards eddie47d.

          • eddie47d

            I know you unfortunately!

        • s c

          So, e, you admit that Baaney Fwank is a wealthy CEO. So how does he send himself to prison to pay for his crimes against America? It’s NOT FAIR for Bernie Madoff to be there alone [send Dodd, too]. And Reid and Queen Pelosi. Want the whole list?

          • APN

            …and what do they all have in common?

            GOD Haters
            Greed
            Power Hungry
            Lies
            deceit
            morally bankrupt
            mentally incompetent
            An ever growing need to “Feel” important
            Take from one and give to another but never give anything yourself
            Elitism or a better description…………Sociopaths
            etc
            etc
            etc

          • eddie47d

            You left out Boehner and company what a pity.

    • LTC_Ray_Burke

      Read: MANY more progressives………

  • http://n/a chuck malia

    I believe he and his partner in crime,chris should be investigated
    completely,they deserve nothing for what these two have done.
    (HANG THEM HIGH)

    • APN

      I do firmly agree that some in Washington have committed high crimes against the American people,…. both parties. Given that, they need to identified, brought to justice and punished accordingly.

  • steve in AZ

    yay

  • http://liberyalearts john p.

    THE DEMOCRATS AT THERE BEST,THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW .

    • David in MA

      Your lucky.
      why?
      because there is no law against stupid.
      That’s why your lucky…..
      But if obozo has his way there will be such a law,
      and then your luck will run out because of the puke’s you support!

    • eddie47d

      Will that mean you will vote for Gingrich who was also in bed with Freddie and Fannie. Making $1.6 million is not chump change especially when there were no positive results. Easy come and easy go involves both parties but gotta LOL at the bash the Democrats love fest that is going on. Maybe it’s okay when Republicans help themselves to the loot instead of helping others. We do have a sad bunch in Congress so I will pass up on your giddy celebration!

      • Brian

        Ron Paul is the only person that ANYONE should consider for president…However, I don’t think he can do it ALL himself – he has to ‘convince’ 435 other members of the house and senate to do what he has said…With that said, I don’t think he or anyone else will be able ‘convince’ them BUT he is the only ‘politician’ of any stripe that I would support…

        • APN

          I agree Brian but unfortunately it will never happen. Ron Paul is not a politician, he is a PATRIOT that understands how the constitution limits the size and scope of the federal government. I still think we have a good chance of improving things in 2012 but nowhere close to a REAL solution.

        • LTC_Ray_Burke

          Ron Paul doesn’t have a chinaman’s chance for the brass ring because he is much too forthright and honest. Those attributes scare the hell out of the establishment. He is not nearly sneaky and underhanded enough to ever pass muster. Really too bad because, despite his warts, he has more integrity than all of the others combined.

          • APN

            Yep! I agree with you 100%. This guy scares the xell out of Washington.

            I would love to see it but it will never happen.

    • Karolyn

      So are the repubs! They’re all the same!

      • APN

        Who cares about the repubs or dems??? It is the PROGRESSIVES stupid!

      • eddie47d

        No it’s the Elites no matter what party they hide in.

        • APN

          Well that makes up about 99.9% of the demorats, doesn’t it?

  • skyraider6

    What did the folks from eastern Mass.see in this blabber mouth for all these years?Voters wake UP.

    • mark

      He brought back a lot of money to his district as all successful Republican legislators also do. This is the corporate-capitalist-political system we all live under. Wall Street calls the tune and all the obedient suckers like yourself sing it on cue. Today the song is “That Evil Barney Frank” But the corporations will run the show, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The faces change but the corporate robbery goes on. And libertarians and conservatives applaud it!

      • patriot67

        Name one system in the world that has done a better job of taking care of it’s people and has offered them hope like America.

      • APN

        ….and your solution is??

  • David in MA

    Bad news from your doctor bwarney,
    or are you just another rat leaving
    the sinking (stinking) obozo ship of fools?

    • APN

      Pretty good analogy…….

  • Charles

    Good riddance to another, stupid,incompitant,liberal politician who did his fair share to destroy this country with his involvement in Fannie & Freddie and Dodd/Frank legislation. I agree He should be in jail with Chris Todd, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mr. O.

    When are we going to wise up and vote all of the stupid incompitant Legislators out of office.

  • http://personallibertydigest.com Naomi

    I can’t say I’m sorry to see Barney go, but Maxine Waters as a ranking member of the Financial Services Committee?! God Help Us! She’s dumber than a box of hair! What could she possibly contribute to this committee besides racism, anger, and hatred, which is all I’ve ever seen from her!

    • wandamurline

      The Demorats are leaving the nest because they know they will not be re-elected, so they are getting out now. Maxine Waters is still in line to not only be the ranking member, she is in line to be investigated for her role in obtaining TARP monies for her and her husband’s bank. I hope they wait until we have cleaned the sewage out of Washington in 2012, and if she is still there, maybe we can have a true investigation into her bailout monies instead of having it swept under the rug. Glad to see Frank, who is very much responsible for the housing mortgage bubble bursting as he was in charge of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack, leaving. He should be leaving in handcuffs.

      • mark

        Why should he be in handcuffs? When all the corporate pigs and thieves get billions in bonuses for their robbery? They’re all hailed as business geniuses while they steal and they steal and they steal 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Barney Frank lives in a pretty ordinary house in Fall River, Massachuesetts. You should see how the corporate pigs live! But you never will – as their sumptuous mansions are in gated communities with heliports, private airfields, and massive armed security. But no matter how much they screw the American people they still have millions of suckers like you who worship them for their rape and robbery. And they buy and sell shills like Frank to do their dirty work for them as they buy and sell underwear. Welcome to the Wonderful World of American Capitalism – where the people who get screwed cheer on the people who screw them! And express outrage at the butlers, janitors and servants of the crooks -like Frank – BUT NEVER AT THE CROOKS THEMSELVES! Talk about useful idiots!

        • APN

          Mark, how do they steal? How does the corporate CEO steal anything in a free market economy? Who gave them the money? Did the market give them the money or congress? You want to explain that to us?

          I mean you keep bashing our system like a parrot over an over again but you never provide any specificity in exactly why how those evil CEO’s are raping the country? Just like eddie47d, no substance, just parroted words out of your god hating progressive-marxist handbook. Envy and hatred my friend, that is what drives you and ole eddie, nothing more and nothing less.

          Both of you are so dumb as to how the world works that you don’t even understand the benefits of a TRUE capitalist system of which we have NOT been operating under for about a 100 years now!

          Example: Did your “GOVMENT” just bail out the most corrupt union controlled car building company on the planet???” How does that work in a “capitalist” system? I thought under capitalism that a business that is poorly managed would go bankrupt and then be consumed by the wolves of the open market? Which is it Mark/Eddie??? Are we currently running a capitalist system in America or a “Progressive-Marxist” system? How about the latest Solyndra scandle? What the heck does that have to do with capitalism? You want to explain that to us? How does CONGRESS have the power to pick winners and losers in a “Free Market” capitalist system? EXPLAIN IT for us dumb helpless “Free” market Americans.

          How about laying out your solution that will replace our current system. Which one is it Mark:

          1.) Marxism…… I bet you like that one, don’t you “Mark”?
          2.) Socialism
          3.) Communism
          4.) How about eddieISM

          I’m sure the all omnipotent eddie can fix this progressive nightmare.

          What is this great system that you have in mind for us helpless little Americans. Maybe we should let the “GOVMENT” handle all our daily needs and affairs since we are just too stupid to handle life? Oh, wait a minute, that is the system we have now! Go figure!!!!

          What is it about CONGRESS controlling our businesses and economy that you don’t understand? Name for me specifically what laws the BIG OLE BAD CEO’s have broken and the incentives they would have in destroying the very economy that drives the bottom line profitability of their businesses? That scenario would appear to be mutually exclusive and self-destructive. That is what Governments do not businesses.

          BEAM ME UP! The level of stupidity of the progressive mindset boggles the adult mind.

          • Brian

            APN…Bravo!

          • mark

            APN, haven’t you read any financial newspapers or books in the last several years? First, Wall Street successfully lobbied (bribed) Congress into overturning Glass-Steagal which had prevented commercial banks from over-leveraging into speculation like investment banks frequently do. Once they could break this wall between commercial and investment banking, long a Wall Street goal, they gained access to hundreds of thousands of commercial bank mortgages. They lowered borrowing standards with no-doc and stated-income mortgages plus deceptive ARM loans. These giant Wall Street investment firms had no problem writing these unstable, bad mortagages because they reaped big commissions from them and further commissions when they bundled them into giant securitized instruments that they sold to overseas banks. They simply reaped the profits and passed the risks onto other banks and onto other countries (this is why Warren Buffet called them Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction. Wall Street helped bring the whole world economy down!) The CEOs and their mid and upper-level minions made giant bonuses and profits writing and selling these fraudulent mortgages. They had no problem from Congress with this since they simply bought off opposition and got all the enabling legislation they needed to proceed. WALL STREET VIRTUALLY OWNS OUR GOV’T!

            Both the Clinton and Bush administration failed to introduce new regulations to keep up with these changes, so Wall Street basically did what it wanted. Plus Bush kept pushing for “an ownership society” in which all Americans could become home-owners. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cooperated (giving big contributions along with their investment bank partners to all sorts of Congressmen Democrat and Republican, including Frank – also $1.6 million to lobbyist Newt Gingrich). Of course much the securitized paper they wrote and sold was pure crap – like Enron stock or Credit Mobilier stock of the 1870s – and they knew it. Goldman Sachs even bet against the very CDOs they were selling to their own customers by using their in-house hedge fund division to gain further profits. (They later paid fines for this but again no one ever goes to jail for crimes involving billions – only if you’re poor and stick up a milk store, then you go to jail). The bulk of what Wall Street did in these years was immoral, unethical, and fraudulent by most standards. But was it illegal? Much of it was, but other portions were in a gray area and since Wall Street wrote the laws or deregulated them to their own benefit by lobbying (bribing) Congress and can afford a battery of corporate lawyers if the gov’t goes after them (all at shareholders’ expense), virtually all of them escaped prosecution. All throughout this process, they awarded themselves obscene bonuses and salaries for basically practicing fraud, which continued even after the whole financial system nearly collapsed in the fall of 2008. Then, of course, they received a $700 billion bail-out from the taxpayers. Once again behind the scenes, they lobbied (bribed) for this bail-out deal which they got also by extorting the whole country and in fact the whole world. IF WE GO DOWN, WE WILL TAKE THE WHOLE U.S. AND WORLD ECONOMY WITH US! This final high-stakes extortion worked – and may have even been true!

            These are the crimes that Wall Street committed and that virtually none of its CEOs and managers have paid for in anyway whatsover. In fact they have been and continue to be rewarded for their crimes. How would I changed the system? I am not a socialist but this kind of supercapitalism for plutocrats requires drastic reform. I would break up the big investment firms and banks into smaller, accountable institutions. No more TOO BIG TO FAIL finance. I would bring back Glass-Steagal as Paul Volker recommended 2 years ago. I would put into place a much stricter regulatatory regime that rein in the investment and hedge funds that participated in this fraud. This also would include reform of Fredddie Mac and Fannie Mae and eventual privatization of them as much smaller entities. And I would break the iron triangle of bribery between Wall Street, our federal gov’t, and the military-industrial complex. Zero corporate contributions to political campaigns, zero corporate lobbying of Congress, and I do mean zero. Probably public-funded, much shorter election cycles would be the way to go.

            But I am just a private citizen. WALL STREET Rules our nation, our politics, and our economy, and will NEVER ALLOW most of the changes I have suggested. All of which would have to be worked out through the democratic process by the way since I hate dictatorship as much as I hate Wall Street Super-capitalism.

          • APN

            Mark, good for you and well put. You finally presented me with something of substance! The only thing I would change in what you have stated is replace the words BIG BUSINESS, WALL STREET or the word CEO with the word CONGRESS and I think you hit the nail on the head. These are the PEOPLE who yield real POWER over the rest of us. CEO’s do not and if you don’t like your CEO then leave and go find another company to work for….. or….don’t buy their products!

            CONGRESS has ENABLED all of what you just stated, 100%.

            You did not mention the FED and how it has played a predominant role in the financial meltdown. Who is Freddie/Fannie? Isn’t this a government entity approved by Congress? Where does it state in our constitution that the federal government should be involved in the housing industry, medical industry or education, etc etc etc.

            Once again, please explain to me how you consider our system as capitalist when we are busy bailing out failed poorly managed car companies(UNIONS BROKE THEM) and cherry picking winners and losers like Solyndra? Explain that to me? Is that your interpretation of Capitalism, and if so, where exactly did you go to school because someone has mislead you.

            In closing, certainly you don’t think that capitalism has anything to do with what you just stated, do you? And if so, how, specifically. Do you think some other system would produce any different results given the fact that our “representatives” have completely ignored their SWORN duty to uphold the constitution? Just WHO allowed that to happen? Take A4S4 for example, just why are our elected officials in Washington not protecting us from INVASION by a foreign peoples? Explain it to me.

            Bottom line, and the cold hard facts, WE THE PEOPLE are totally responsible for the mire and the muck we currently find ourselves in. Our form of government depends solely on our ability to hold those accountable we place in power. We should never take our eye off Washington as to what they are up to and we should question everything they do, fearlessly. READ THE DARN BILL! When those like Mr. Franks do things that are unethical then we must hold him accountable or you just wrote a free pass for all that follows to do the same darn thing! Why would anyone vote this man back in office? Did a BIG CEO make them do it or Wallstreet?

            We have a MORAL issue in this country my friend and their is not a system or set of man made rules on this planet that will fix the progressive mess being made out of this country.

            Get back to honesty, hard work, decency, and each of us MINDING our own business and you will see some improvement. Anything else, you just get the same results, some worse than others.

          • eddie47d

            I like that one APN..eddieism! Has a ring to it! I hate to tell you APN but CEOs make outrageous demands (blackmail) to receive the loot they receive and are like kids in a toy store demanding everything. They get more perks than a pot of coffee. How many times do we have to tell you they have scammed the system and the shareholders are afraid to say no. They have become very spoiled brats and some of those toys need to be taken away from them.

          • APN

            Eddie..ISM Thank you for proving my point. Under EddieISM we can have people like you decide who gets what, when and how. Sounds like a great system for YOU.

        • patriot67

          You really like the word pig don’t you mark? An animal you can relate to?

          • mark

            I think the term appropriately describes Wall Street. Pigs at the trough. These CEOs and investment bankers can never have enough houses, jets, vacation homes, yachts, gold bars, multi-million dollar bonuses, giant bloated salaries, endless political corruption and influence with Congress. They can never say enough. Dick Grasso of Wall Street walked away with a $142 million severance package and he still wasn’t satisfied. I saw him on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto show saying he felt “underpaid.” That’s my definition of a pig. But to most of the participants of this blogs, these executives are patriots and people we should admire despite their massive salaries and federal bail-outs. I have more admiration for ordinary working men and women and for our troops who lay their lives on the lines for a pittance in comparison.

          • APN

            Well mark, your true colors are finally shining through for all to see. Typical hate filled progressive full of envy for your fellow man. Who placed you in the judgement seat when it comes to another man’s business or wealth?

            I’m sure if you had wealth, you would be SUPERIOR to those who have it now. Fact is Mark, you can take every dime from every American in this country, then redistribute that money equally to each citizen, and within less than one-two years, the same people who had it before will have it again. Those who did not have it before will not keep it because they do not understand how to make it maximally productive.

            No ideology will change the fact that some are wealth producers and most are not. Some have the intelligence to build and manage a business and most do not. That is by design or we would never produce anything of any real value. i.e.; nobody to build the products created by the people intelligent enough to design and market the products in a CAPITALIST system.

            In closing, no matter the system you choose, those who understand the system will thrive and those that do not, will not. In fact, you can have connections to the highest official in the land but if you lack the intelligence to produce, then once used up by that official, you’re done.

            Simple stuff!

          • eddie47d

            Well APN you are a hate filled Conservative who can’t see the fire beneath your feet.

          • APN

            Eddie47d….and I think your eddieism has made you delusional. Typical of the progressive mindset.

  • Ted Sharp

    That the normalcy-challenged Barney Frank is leaving is a good thing. Unfortunately that his “place” on the House Finance Committee may be filled by the economics-challenged Maxine Waters is no blessing. Rid of a Progressive to be plauged by a Socialist? We can not win, it seems.

    • APN

      I think ole Maxine has some issues coming her way as well. Typical progressive that thinks the constitution gives her the power to ” Socialize an American owned business”.

      I think the all omnipotent HC has made some similar comments about confiscating Big Oils profits to pay for healthcare. Bottom line, both of these individuals have a rude awakening coming in the very near future. It’s called rejection and being told to shut up and go home or WE THE PEOPLE will start digging a little deeper into their past activities.

    • eddie47d

      The right is digging a heck of a big hole too with all the clowns they hired to run for office. They have more baggage than a cruise ship. I’m not including Paul because he tries to be a Libertarian.

      • APN

        That is the first thing you have said that I partially agree with Eddie. However, their hole could fit in the demorats hole about 10 fold.

  • Joey Biden

    Finally that f*grat is leaving. I just hope the rest of the Demorats follow him.

  • FEDUP

    Good damn riddance!

    • APN

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phil F

    The drawback to this radical idiot retiring is that Maxine Waters is waiting in the wings and she’s even more radical than Blarney. Old Blarney should be in jail not retiring but at least the old fool is leaving.

  • John H.

    About damn time we got rid of this idiot! He has been pushing his proclivities and ideology on the American public for far too long. Who else but a gay ultraliberal Democrat could’ve gotten away with the stuff he has over the last 30 years?

    This country is much better off without him, but it really rankles that he isn’t likely to do any prison time for his handling of Freddie and Fanny and the banking industry.

    • mark

      Freddie and Fannie gave $1.8 million to Newt Gingrich as a lobbyist (he claims it was for his advice as an “historian”). This is far more money than they ever gave to Barney Frank.

      • APN

        ….and once again, who enabled this Government entity to do such a thing? CONGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • LTC_Ray_Burke

        REALLY? What makes you so sure? Few ripoffs are advertised.

        • APN

          Simple stuff my friend. Given the size of the fee, then the CEO would need to approve the expenditure, correct? Given that, who appointed the CEO? Who made both Freddie and Fannie a Government sponsored entity?

          C O N G R E S S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • eddie47d

          There you have your dilemma APN. Everyone blames Obama when it is Congress that is the problem. Thanks for sharing.

          • APN

            You’re welcome Eddie but not for reasons you think you understand. The process of cleaning out congress started in 2010 and will continue in 2012, both parties. Amabo will be gone as well, so yours and his attempt to run against a “Do nothing Congress” will be futile.

  • JR

    Hard to think anyone on the planet could be worse than Frank in the Finance Committee, but Waters may just fit the bill. Tough choice.

    • APN

      Yep! Flip a coin but it really doesn’t matter. I really don’t think she will have the option after Nov, 2012.

  • Steve

    Like every sitting politician, Barnie Frank represents the problem with American politics and the voters who elect these people. The only reason this guy was allowed to accomplish the distruction he did was because his constituents in Massachusetts voted him back into office time and again.

    If American voters want their country and freedom back, then every incumbant needs to be voted out of office in 2012, bar none.

    • LTC_Ray_Burke

      Don’t blame the politician. They are just playing the hand they were dealt -
      in their own selfish interests, of course. No, place the blame where it justly belongs – on that vast, festering swamp of humanity called the voting public. After all, they are only doing what their public servants do every day – acting in what they perceive to be in their own selfish interests. Where has all the integrity gone?

      • APN

        YEP! 100% correct!

        No law, system or otherwise will fix the moral decay of America.

  • Tim

    Being gay doesn’t matter, but he’s done more damage to this country than Hitler did.(Fanney Mae, and Freddie Mac) I’ve never seen anyone in office be so arrogant and condescending to his constituants, and still get re-elected. This guy is a lying ass. Makes you wonder about the I.Q of the people who voted for him.

    • APN

      ….all the folks getting the FREE STUFF at the expense of our children and grandchildren.

      • eddie47d

        Yup! All that free stuff Wall Street gets without earning it. Good point APN!

        • APN

          You’re welcome Eddie. We have to stop agreeing so much! Now, let’s get the demorats, the RINOS and AMABO out of Washington !!!

  • http://aol hralph

    I am so glad this SOb is leaving that I am jumping for joy.Now maine waters will take his place until we republican senate in controll and that will eliminate her .

  • Bill

    One less criminal in the mix. Unfortunately, there are plenty more in line to take his place. I don’t even care about his sexual orientation, the man is an egotistical, self righteous, unrepentant parasite. Plus, as he is retiring instead of being booted, he’ll still be living on the taxpayer’s money to some degree. BF is just one more organism that uses up resources and gives nothing back in return.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    WOW!! GOOD NEWS!! I wonder if Rush Limbaugh will celebrate now with Abba’s “Banking Queen” or Millie Small’s “My Boy Lollipop” songs. It is a good occasion for music. Barney ‘Elmer Fudd-voiced’ Fwank is wetiring!! Good widdance to this guy who should be in jail with Bernie Madoff!! ….. Well, let Elmer Fudd enjoy his wetirement. It’s better for all of us if Barney Fwank is just out hunting wabbits, instead of being in Washington DC scwewing up this countwy along with his fellow Democwaps!! HASTA LA VISTA Elmer Fudd!! Don’t hurt too many wabbits!!

    • Brian

      Earl, that’s funny!

    • 270 Win.

      Earl, Rush played it yesterday.

    • APN

      LMAO!!!!

  • Sirian

    HA, this has been a good read, top to bottom. But I have one question for Mark that I have yet to see an answer. OK Mark, just what is your solution to this entire problem? You know, to put America back up there as the shining beacon of freedom and justice. Seriously, just what would you do if you happened to be the POTUS or Attorney General or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Yeah, I know, stretching it a bit with that last one but you seem to be irritated and overly intelligent as to all of our problems in this hated country and you may have to use the military to settle things out decisively on Wall Street, right? Yes, we know, it has done no good for anyone since its inception clear back in the 1800′s. So, once again, what is your solution to all of our problems. Please don’t involve the Federal Reserve, their innocent as innocent can be. Now make sure that everyone will get their fair share of iPads, iPhones, X-Boxes, Chevy Volts etc. It wouldn’t be right otherwise, now would it? Is your tent wet?

  • Palin16

    Good riddance Bawney Fwank. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. On second thought, he’d probably enjoy that. I wonder if Bawney’s retirement coincides with the revelations of congressional insider trading. He’s getting out before the s*** hits the fan. I’m doing the happy dance today. Bawney Fwank should be arrested and thrown into Sherriff Arpaio’s jail and given some pink underwear.

    • Palin16

      PS. Hey Bawney, just to let ya know, they are having a sale on dentures here in Las Vegas only $495 complete set.

    • APN

      …. and how would that be punishment??? ):>

  • CaptTurbo

    Maxine Waters would be a perfect natural fit to replace such a piece of disgusting human slime.

  • Ed Taz

    Mark has his head up his a– so far that he could blow himself.
    That is why he can’t see the truth about Barney homo. I wonder if he is retiring because he has contracted a terminal disease?

  • LTC_Ray_Burke

    Thank you, Lord !!! You have answered my prayer. One less sexual pervert in the halls of Congress.

  • skippy

    WOW…if ONLY we could all split Bawney’s retirement cash…woohoo…what fun we’d all have!!! :)

    • APN

      That very well may happen! It is going to get real interesting in 2012 when we Americans uncover the depth of the damage folks like BF have done to the American people.

      • Angel Wannabe

        APN, The Damage is already starting to surface! ;)

    • eddie47d

      You must have meant WS …errr Wall Street! or CC ….errr Capitalistic Cronyism!

      • APN

        No, I actually meant exactly what I said.

  • Palin16

    Bawney fwank, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  • LTC_Ray_Burke

    Farewell, Barney. Enjoy your spoils.

  • Ken

    This has all been pretty funny so far. Sad, yet funny. Here are the facts. The government is controlled by the fed which is a privately held corporation (if you don’t think so, you’re delusional). Some of the banks listed above are stock holders of the fed. Therefore, it’s the banks that control monetary policy in, not only the US but, the world. So, yes the banks and the fed are responsible for the situation we’re in. As for large corporations, let’s take walmart for an example. Walmart corporate policy is to keep employee hours low so the government has to pay their healthcare. They also take out life insurance policies on their employees. Now tell me they’re good and honest. I don’t think so.

    What’s going here is a different matter. The division of our country is appalling. At this time in our country, we need to unify to get rid of all the crooks in both government and business. This division of our people is by design and meant as a precursor to conquering us. All of us, regardless of sexual orientation. Stop playing into their hands, talk to each other with respect and agree to disagree.

    I am one of those Christians that Mark is assaulting. However, I don’t hate him. Instead, in the spirit of our country and in the interest of its survival, I’d like to come to an agreement with him. If he’s gay, the fact is that he has a constitutional right to be so. I am not here to judge. As a Christian, my role is to care, help, and to alleviate pain if I can. The thought that these fellow countrymen can call us haters should cause all of you who call yourselves Christians to hang your heads in shame. I don’t know what will happen to Mark, but I can say that you’ll be answering for your actions.

  • Average Joe

    I am betting that Barney stops to let the doorknob hit him where the good Lord split him…on the way out….(his last hoorah on his way out of DC).

  • Angel Wannabe

    The corrupt are being chipped away one by one, aren’t they….They’re either retiring or being asked to step down, I wonder if Barney was given the option or forced out?__NO doubt Fwanks has created a life time nest egg from the spoils Freddy and Fanny!

  • Greg Brown

    Thank you Mark, for summarizing the situation succinctly. I now see that the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB) [Clinton signed this bill sponsored by 3 Republicans] was a large piece of the collapse of our economy.

    And thank you, Ken, for portraying Christians in a more positive light than the picture self-painted by the homophobic haters here.

  • Angel Wannabe

    Ho Hum, I’m little tired of the Homo lovers Political Crowd here. Let’s get this straight, I don’t care what people do in bed, its none of my business, unless they broadcast it to the world and our kids!!!__. But when one of our Congressman(tongue in cheek) has a Boyfriend, a’hem, who’s caught running a Whorehouse outta there apartment, and Fwanks says he knew nothing about, is cause for frickin alarm. __AND then stays a Congressman, without so much as a slap on the wrist??_is also head of the worlds largest Mortgage Company ???_Really??__Yeah then,That makes me a hateful Homo phobe!___We hate the sin, not the sinner!_-But stay outta my face with it!

    • Ken

      If you’re hinting at what I said, you’ll notice that I never mentioned Barney once. I wasn’t talking about him at all. I was speaking of the reactions to Mark. Barney should never been elected in the first place.I will, however, stand by my assertion that the discussion between Mark and many posters here (who claim to be Christian) continues to fuel the left’s idea that we are all ignorant hillbilly hate mongers. Like you, I only want what’s best for our country and that should start with unity. In addition, you show disdain for the world’s largest mortgage company. Isn’t OWS doing that also? Hmmm, am I detecting common ground. You don’t have to agree with somebody’s lifestyle in order to talk to them in the best interest of our country. Jesus talked to the sinners all the time. Look it up. Realize that both dems and reps are hurting right now. We all need relief from the mess that obama has created in this country. Be careful how you speak to dems as many are ready to vote for someone else. Don’t be the guy that drives them back to the worst president in modern history.

      • Angel Wannabe

        Ken, I think you need to do a little reading on the origins of OWS, they’re not who you think they are, they’re paid revolutionaries and wherever they protest, they’re mixed messages, pick up the downtrodden, some mentally unstable and the homeless, to them it makes them they are a part of something __As for being a Christian? I’m one too! BUT, does that mean we have to LOVE everything and accept anything that’s come down the pike_No, it doesn’t!
        The Bible gave us guidelines for life, the Ten Commandments and love thy Neighbor as you would love thyself. Example__If your neighbor breaks the commandment of “Thou Shalt not kill”, and kills someone, and he runs to you and your home for shelter and you hide him, are you not and accessory?__All are held accountable!!!

        • Ken

          My facts on OWS are pretty straight. There’s a mix down there that includes the kind of people you are talking about. Then there’s a bunch of them that want to audit the fed and hold banks accountable. That’s a good thing and will help the country in the long run (and maybe in 2012 too). The democratic socialists and communists are a lost cause, but I’m pretty sure that a good number of them want some of the same things that we want regarding a cleaning up of the corruption. I know because I’ve been trying to talk to some of them. As far as being a Christian goes, you need to realize what the dems are up to next. Obama is going to try to paint us all as racists and homophobes. If he succeeds, we might lose. Especially because there are a bunch of democrats ready to jump ship and vote republican. I don’t know about you but, I believe this country is on the brink of collapse and we can’t afford four more years of obama in office. Beyond that, we can’t afford any more of the corruption from the fed. The new stimulus that was just announced will pump who know how many trillions of dollars into the world economy. This will increase inflation even more. Now, consider the Chinese who are trying to convince the world to dump the dollar as the world’s currency. The second that happens, we will have hyperinflation here in the US because the dollar will be truly worthless. If you look at the book of Revelation, that’s the second horseman (a quart of wheat for a denari…). I know what you are trying to say. Believe me, as I look at history, I see that corruption and immorality have been the downfall of more than a few super powers (Greece and Rome come to mind). Beyond that, every country that has tried to police the world has ended up bankrupt (Great Britain prior to WW2). What I think we need to stress is to try to unite us all if possible. Even if it involves compromise. Right now, we have to pick our battles and we have some very big fish to fry. That’s why gay bashing can’t be tolerated by us. Jesus wouldn’t have done it and we shouldn’t either. Fight tooth and nail to keep them from being elected, but don’t ever get personal. If you truly believe what the Bible says, than you know that the next group of people the powers that be wish to slaughter is us. Don’t give them any more ammunition. Instead, let’s try to be the people that God wishes us to be. Remember that we can only hold the people accountable that respect us. Accountability works great with friends and terrible with strangers. Mark’s reaction to most of the posts proves that. One more thing about OWS. As winter comes and it gets too cold for standing around on the streets. I have a feeling that many of these people will spend a lot of time on the internet. I am already starting to see them on a bunch of websites. They will be coming here a trying to pick fights with us. Here’s an idea, why don’t we treat them with respect and try to simply talk to them and see what happens. Ignore the trolls that pop up and let’s find common ground with the sensible ones. The idea is to get rid of obama and they can help.

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    Seems Mark gives his self away as one of Barneys boys! Barney was sick in many ways,not just in his his choice of partners, some probably young enough to be a son. He used his postition to make himself richer and able to buy things for young guys, probably to get them in his bed. Barney was a sick crook and the old Lady
    [ Waters who will probably replace him is going to be just as bad if not worst and she really hates white people to!] And all the talk about the so call reform he brought about with the credit card crooks. He gave them a year more to screw customers and have time to come up with more new ways to screw customers and they are still doing a great job of that! I just wonder how much money they put in Barney’s pocket to give them the extra year. It’s sure funny how Homosexuals and people who love Homosexuals think that people who think that they and their actions are wrong as wrong can be, are the ones that are sick, rather than thinking that the Homosexuals are the real sick ones! I don’t like child molesters or bank robbers, or home invaders either and all of them are wrong too and it sure does not make me sick to not like them or their actions either! If they kept their actions to them selves instead of trying to ram their sickness down everyone’s throat and make us say that their being abnormal is normal and everyone that is normal is really abnormal they might be more accepted, but even that wont change the fact that they are the ones who are abnormal! AND Barney still was a crook and Maxine probably is too!

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    I wonder if Barney Frank is retiring before criminal charges are brought against him and he loses all the Government [ tax Payer] money he is leaving with would be taken from him?

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    Next election we need to sweep all the other crooks out of Washington that haven’t went for retirement yet!

  • bluejacket

    I’m glad he’s gone. He destroyed a lot of people’s lives while enriching his own. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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