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Frank Talk About Barney

By on 11.29.11 | 9:45AM

In addition to Jim Antle's web piece on Barney Frank's role in the abuses of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I recommend National Review's editorial, which takes a look at other highlights of Frank's tenure: 

Rep. Barney Frank will be remembered for three things: First, he was not only the first openly gay member of Congress but the first involved in a gay-prostitution scandal. Second, he said, "I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness" regarding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as exercised with regard to other government-affiliated agencies, preferring, as he memorably put  it, to "roll the dice a little bit." Third, he was co-author of the Frank-Dodd financial-reform legislation. Which is to say, Representative Frank will be remembered as an embarrassment, a reckless gambler, and a legislative malefactor. 

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