Barney Franke Defends Big Govt

I’d just like to remind everyone who thinks Mr. Frank scored points here, attacking tax cuts on the day of the Boston Marathon Bombing … He promotes the overflowing bounties of Government at EVERY turn. Even in the face of reasonable requests for oversight.

Barney Frank On Boston Marathon Bombings: ‘No Tax Cut Would Have Helped Us Deal With This

Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that the response to the Boston Marathon bombings made the case for a robust government.

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

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

Frank retired from Congress in January after serving since 1981. He was a persistent, if pugnacious, advocate for liberalism while in office. In the aftermath of the attacks, he continued to make the argument for a strong government, even if it will likely be seen in some quarters as “too soon.”

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

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

Oh great Internets, we beseech thee… is he for realz?

Mr. Frank sets the record straight?

Does Fox News have it right?

Beware the Bureaucrat’s sweet words. Seemingly, defending the financial morass that is Fannie Mae/Mac would fit the definition of, if not myopic, extreme?

MSNBC: The Network America Turns to for Irresponsible Speculation About News

Stacy McCain nails it.

MSNBC: The Network America Turns to for Irresponsible Speculation About News


In other words, the important thing about this crime — the thing that made it worth eight minutes of national network air time — was that it gave Chris Matthews a chance to stoke the paranoia of MSNBC viewers with the bogeyman specter of dangerously violent racists who (as all MSNBC viewers know) are the core constituency of the Republican Party.

Fast-forward 11 days, and Chris Matthews is completely discredited by the latest headlines:

Which reminds me of another critique of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Occupy the Southern Poverty Law Center

“We’re not really set up to cover the extreme Left.”

Maybe because… they are the extreme Left?

Will Teachers Unions Kill Virtual Learning?

Will Teachers Unions Kill Virtual Learning?

Every few years, Washington goes through a spasm of education reform. Some of the highlights include 1983’s “A Nation at Risk,” which encapsulated the Reagan-era push to eliminate federal involvement in public education. The Goals 2000 Act, signed by Clinton in 1994, looked to boost graduation rates with extra tutoring. The bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 focused on testing and rankings and is long overdue for a makeover. Washington can’t make up its mind about education, which means the industry faces a significant amount of political risk. If pols turn against online education, pushing into an area so thoroughly dominated by public institutions may become even trickier. And laws designed to shoulder online ed companies out of the public sector could easily spill into the private side of the equation, creating a hostile regulatory environment or overly specific standards for state-certified graduation.

At the state level, a mishmash of laws and regulations means that battle