Barney Frank

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Barney Frank is a long-time U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, reputed for his sharp wit.


  • These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.
    • The New York Times, September 11, 2003.[1]
  • Here's the story: There's a terrible crisis affecting the American economy. We have come together on a bill to alleviate the crisis. And because somebody hurt their feelings they decide to punish the country. I mean, I would not have imputed that degree of pettiness and hypersensitivity [...] But think about this: Somebody hurt my feelings so I will punish the country. I mean, that's hardly plausible. And there are 12 Republican members who were ready to stand up for the economic interests of America but not if anybody insulted them. I'll make an offer: Give me those 12 people's names and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them and tell them what wonderful people they are and maybe they'll now think about the country.


  • There are a lot of ways to mispronounce my name. That is the least common […] I checked with my mother. In 50 years no one's ever called her "Elsie Fag".
  • Moderate Republicans are reverse Houdinis. They tie themselves up in knots and then tell you they can't do anything because they're tied up in knots.
  • Adults are entitled to do with their money what they want to do.
    • In opposition to proposed internet gambling ban in U.S., March 15, 2006
    • Unidentified publication/date
  • What kind of social, cultural authoritarianism are we practicing here? I think [the bill] is a great infringement on liberty. When it comes to an individual decision on how to spend your own time and money, that's not my position. That's not my business. I am skeptical of people who want to protect people from themselves.
    • In opposition to proposed internet gambling ban in U.S., July 11, 2006
    • Unidentified publication/date
  • We're told "don't take things personally", but I take this personally. I take it personally when people decide to take political batting practice with my life.

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