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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:30 AM

Want Pentagon Cuts? Make Barney Frank a Senator

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Want-Pentagon-Cuts-Make-B-by-John-Nichols-130109-655.html



Former US Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) holds a news conference on issues before the House Financial Services Committee, November 3, 2009.

Want Pentagon Cuts? Make Barney Frank a Senator
By John Nichols
OpEdNews Op Eds 1/9/2013 at 15:59:38

Well, of course, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick should pick former Congressman Barney Frank to fill the US Senate vacancy that will be created when John Kerry is confirmed as the nation's 68th Secretary of State.

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Just days ago having finished serving 32 years as one of the most outspoken and engaged members of the US House of Representatives, he's actively campaigning for appointment to Kerry's seat.

Frank makes the best case for his selection, arguing that his experience as a former chairman of and ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee makes him uniquely qualified to serve during a period when -- because the "Fiscal Cliff" deal has set up huge fights over everything from raising the debt ceiling to sequester cuts -- the focus of the Congress will be on issues on which he's something of an expert.

~snip~

He is one of the most ardent and consistent advocates for cutting the Department of Defense budget. And it is hard to imagine how Congress gets beyond the current wrangling over debts and deficits without addressing what President Obama's designee for Secretary of Defense -- former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel -- refers to as a "bloated" Pentagon budget.

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unhappycamper Jan 2013 OP
global1 Jan 2013 #1
julian09 Jan 2013 #5
Tigress DEM Jan 2013 #2
liberalmike27 Jan 2013 #4
babylonsister Jan 2013 #3
Mass Jan 2013 #6
L0oniX Jan 2013 #7

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:40 AM

1. I Took In Lawrence's Show Last Evening And Agree....

we really could use Barney Frank in the Senate now - even if it is a temporary position.

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Response to global1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:49 AM

5. Barnney is just retired from US HOUSE and replaced by Kennedy

 

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:56 AM

2. Go BARNEY FRANK!! TO THE SENATE!

But how do they fill HIS House Seat?


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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:40 AM

4. He Retired

My only problem with this is that maybe they should try to choose the one they want running for the office in the special election, so they can show some effort before the election, and some experience.

But I like Barney, he's OK.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:23 AM

3. I'm also hoping

Mr. Patrick takes Barney up on his generous offer. This would be something fantastic to add to Barney's legacy, and something that needs doing.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:23 AM

6. As long as Barney remembers he is only there temporarily. We need the media to be focused on our

nominee when we have one, and my only worry is that Barney does not seem to know the meaning of the word "self-effacing").

Otherwise, he is obviously a great choice.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:56 AM

7. Pentagon = the ultimate gun lover.

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