Theodore's World: Barney Frank Vs. Voters at Townhall Meeting

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August 19, 2009

Barney Frank Vs. Voters at Townhall Meeting

“Who’s putting you down?” - Barney Frank

“You are!” - Lady in the Audience

“Article I gives Congress the right to declare war. It does not give Congress to implement healthcare.”

“I disagree with you on the Constitution, first of all George Bush....”


“offended you even asked that question of me”

“The Gentleman will suspend.

The Gentleman WILL suspend!

The Gentleman will SUSPEND!”

“Pre-existing conditions will not be excluded. There will be a cap on co-pays.”

playing with his fingernails again while constituent speaking

Barney Frank getting a bit condescending..

John Wayne in the Sons of Katie Elder on TMC at the same time Barney Frank having his townhall meeting...... Antidote to Barney Frank....heh heh

Already trying to wrap it up..people saying they pay his salary

“I don’t understand those of you with fear...”

Audience speakers get applause and some ‘organized groups’ in the background boo the speakers.

“You said we would be allowed a public option as well as a private option. How can private compete with the unlimited resources of public money?” - Questioner

“You won’t have the profit making.” - BF

“There will be no ongoing public subsidy of the public option.” - What about it’s tax exempt status? Isn’t that a subsidy?

“there will be no ongoing subsidy of the public option”

“We’re going to pay for it by raising taxes on wealthy people” - BF


Frank says the ‘public option’ will get ‘administrative’ funding at the start.

Thereafter, it will be ‘break even’ and will get no additional funding.

“He got an $80B concession from the pharmaceutical companies.”



"Do you really think that's thoughtful conversation? Do you really think that advances your arguments?... I mean I thought you were thoughtful people who were here to have a conversation... I guess I don't understand, is it because you don't like what I'm saying?... What's the matter with you all?... I don't understand your mentality. What do you think you accomplish by yelling?"

Barney Frank to Town Hall Constituents: What's Wrong With You People?


There were 300 people there.

Barney Frank asks “what’s the matter with you all? I don’t understand what you think you are accomplishing by yelling?”

Barney Frank Confronts Woman At Townhall Comparing Obama To Hitler


Greta Van Susteren shows highlights from Sen. Barney Frank's town hall meeting in Dartmouth, MA.

Then, Griff Jenkins interviews Sen. Frank after the meeting, and asked if he would support a bill without a public option. Frank says he doesn't negotiate with people who don't have botes, "and you aren't one."


Posted by Wild Thing at August 19, 2009 08:55 AM


"I tought I saw a puddy cat?" Senator Al Franken in Muzziesoda and Democrat Rep. Barny FWraaank in Taxachusetts? Our forfathers are rolling over in their graves!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 19, 2009 10:12 AM

"(Frank says he doesn't negotiate with people who don't have votes, "and you aren't one.")"

This arrogant little piece of shit. This is what the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent. Gerrymandering, where the Congressman picks his constituents. (That way he is continually re-elected.) The case they were trying to make that when the people fear the government there is tyranny and that is exactly what we have.

Posted by: Mark at August 19, 2009 10:15 AM

Barney Frank needs to be put in a home for the terminal stupid. He seems to have a fetish for his nails, kinda like a security blanket I guess.

Posted by: Old Soldier at August 19, 2009 10:34 AM

Those people continually reelected him so they're getting what they deserve. If they would campaign and vote against him, he wouldn't be in congress. Maybe now their eyes will be opened.

Posted by: BobF at August 19, 2009 03:17 PM

Darth, LOL good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2009 02:54 AM

Mark,arrogant is so right, what these
politicians still do not get,is that
on something like this that is not
a single State issue, this is all
across our land, it will be in every
State so who the heck cares if the
person votes for that guy or is not
in his voting area.

Good one Mark!

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2009 02:57 AM

Old Soldier, hi good to see you.
LOL yes he really seems to be
hung up on his nails and hands.


Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2009 02:59 AM

BobF., I agree, this better wake up
all Americans what these politicans
are about.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 20, 2009 03:03 AM

In the end ( as usual ) he didn't answer the question.
As head of the finance commitee, we never heard anything from this Barny Fake to prevent the financial colapse. NOT ONE WORD. Since then YA Can't shut this guy up. Verbal Diarrhea just spews from his mouth. Blaa Blaa Blaa. If it were up to me, he along with everyone else in Washington would not have health insurance until Americans ( ONLY Americans ) had a decent plan. They would get the same plan. PERIOD. NOT More/ NOT Less.

Posted by: Doc at August 21, 2009 02:39 PM

The townhall was about healthcare. And it went over allocated time about for over 30 minutes.

As Barney Frank said, you didn't come here to get answers.

Posted by: MarkusR at August 22, 2009 12:08 PM