Barney Frank: The capitalists are overwhelming us

I have watched this video three times and I am still not sure what he is talking about. But Olbermann sums it up. It’s like we’re slaves or something.

Frank obviously is referring to the Citizen’s United case that allows corporations to contribute to issue advertising during elections. I’m a capitalist so my feeling is, if you are going to tax a corporation as if it’s an individual, it should be able to take public positions on issues that affect it as well. What’s more, as my Mom always taught me, there are no corporations, only people who make up corporations, and their interests as a whole, should be represented in a democracy.

But even setting that aside, Barney is quick to dismiss George Soros’ contributions to American political discourse, to the tune of $1 million for Media Matters. Or maybe the billions shoved by the unions to Democrats (that’s my money too). Still it’s his premise that there are two American economies, the haves a lot and haves a little and somehow the haves a lot aren’t part of a Democracy?

The money line comes at the end from Olbermann.

Loser. Maybe he’s whining because he had to lend his campaign $200,000?

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  1. Dimsdale on October 21, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Barney is an idiot (my state, I can say that), his brain ossified by years of incumbency.  Money isn't supposed to matter?  Didn't the SCOTUS rule the money (in the form of political support) IS covered under the aegis of free speech?


    If not money, then what, his record?  Nope, he is desperately trying to hide that, burying it under the insults and misdirection he reflexively lobs at his opponent (why does that sound familiar?  🙂 )


    Jim asks: "Still it’s his premise that there are two American economies, the haves a lot and haves a little and somehow the haves a lot aren’t part of a Democracy?"


    That's because the "haves" realize that there is no percentage for them with the Democrats, who use them as punching bags on a regular basis.  The "have nots" are kept down so they need the liberals as much as the liberals need their votes.  That is why the war on poverty will never be won, Social Security never fixed etc.   You have to ask yourself why liberal "utopias" like MA, CT, NY are in such dire straits.  Given that they are under the benevolent guiding hands of dominant Democrat control (and have been for decades), shouldn't they have cured all the ills of society by now?  Or would that simply put them out of a job?

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  2. Brian on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Barney Frank has got to go.

    I hope the residents of Massachusetts go all Scott Brown on him and vote him out.

  3. RoBrDona on October 21, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Barney is furious along with many other Ds that the playing field is roughly level this year for advertising funding. In the last two cycles the Ds outspent the Rs 2-1 at a minimum. 

    It is a dwedfool howor, weely a dwedfool howor.   

  4. steve418r on October 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I am completly surprised that Barney Frank is taken seriously at all. Given his association with people that use and distribute drugs, his condesending deminor, and his inability to articulate he should be replaced. I think his time will come soon.

  5. tmsheridan on October 22, 2010 at 8:28 am

    The only saving grace is that NOBODY watches MSNBC except for those who have already drank the kool-aid. As a matter of fact Jim, probably more people saw this on your site than watched it on MSNBC.


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