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Barney Frank Quotes

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There's a lot to be said for not displacing people.
- Barney Frank

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.
- Barney Frank

Capitalism works better from every perspective when
the economic decision makers are forced to share power
with those who will be affected by those decisions.
- Barney Frank

It seems to me that politicians ought to use the same words as other people.
- Barney Frank

 

And I think there is too much bloviating around from politicians.
- Barney Frank

The regulation of medicine has been a State function.
- Barney Frank

But it is also clear that left entirely untouched by public policy,
the capitalist system will produce more inequality
than is socially healthy or than is necessary for maximum efficiency.
- Barney Frank

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Today, many people take for granted the notion that
people whose lives are going to be very heavily affected
by public policies should have a say in how they are
formulated and carried out.
- Barney Frank

Now, most of the time I'm going to agree with the Democrats
and disagree with the Republicans.
- Barney Frank

Martin Luther King said, and it is sadly still true,
that one of the most segregated times in America is the hour of worship.
- Barney Frank

It is because the fight against the harshest aspects
of unrestricted capitalism is therefore a political
problem and not an intellectual one that community
action remains so essential.
- Barney Frank

What's troubling is that the Republicans to defend
Mr. DeLay are weakening the ethics process.
- Barney Frank

I hope we will not so characterize religious people
as being so narrow and so biased towards people not
of their own religion that they cannot even work with
them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.
- Barney Frank

Increasing inequality in income distribution in this
country has broader policy implications,
and there is also the growing problem of perverse incentives
that result from executives receiving grossly disproportionate
compensation based on decisions they themselves take.
- Barney Frank

When community action was put into federal law in the
early sixties as part of the effort to combat poverty and social injustice,
I supported it intellectually.
- Barney Frank

I think there was an absolute, deep gap between consensual
relations between adults,
which people may like or dislike, and people who physically
impose themselves on children or misuse their authority to impose on children.
- Barney Frank

Let us not say that we will decide on a political basis
at the national level that no State is competent to
regulate the practice of medicine in that State if
they decide to allow a doctor to prescribe marijuana,
because that is what we are talking about.
- Barney Frank

The fact that they're a congressionally chartered group
should no more incline people to give to that group
than the fact that it's National Pickle Month should
make them eat more pickles.
- Barney Frank

It is, of course, further indication that a fundamentalist
right has really taken over much of the Republican Party,
People might cite George Bush as proof that you can
be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.
- Barney Frank

Well, many of us believe that excessive media concentration
is a subject that ought to be addressed,
and it is, of course, the intention of the majority
party not to allow that to be discussed.
- Barney Frank

They appear to have become so attached to their outrage
that they are even more outraged that they won't be
able to be outraged anymore.
- Barney Frank

For many of those who had historically supported welfare
programs in the broadest sense,
it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in
which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them.
- Barney Frank

But when others suggested that the poor should not
simply be the objects of these programs but also the subjects -
that they should be actively involved in shaping the programs,
making decisions about how to spend the money etc.
- some of the previous supporters reconsidered.
- Barney Frank

But on those occasions when I do strongly disagree
with the Democrats and I don't say anything,
I think I forfeit my right to have people pay attention
to me when I say the things that I don't like about
what Republicans are saying.
- Barney Frank

The Clinton tax increase - which was an increase in
taxes primarily on upper-income people -
not only made the tax code more nearly progressive,
it preceded one of the most productive economic periods in American life.
- Barney Frank

In this view, the role of the great majority of Americans
is simply to buy the products produced,
work happily for their wages, and leave all of the
significant economic decisions to the capitalists.
- Barney Frank

This bill is the legislative equivalent of crack.
It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage
to the system and it's expensive to boot.
- Barney Frank

Community action is as valuable a principle on the
international level as it has been domestically.
- Barney Frank

But here too it should be noted that the President's
approach was to first ask the repressive and brutal
Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden to us,
and only after that government refused to do that did we invade.
- Barney Frank

The left and the right live in parallel universes.
The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the
Internet and they just reinforce one another.
They have no sense of reality.
I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet.
- Barney Frank

While I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively
high number of jobs created in April,
the fact is that job creation during this recovery
period has significantly lagged both historical experience in recovery,
and the projections of the Bush Administration.
- Barney Frank

I'm used to being in the minority.
I'm a left-handed gay Jew.
I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.
- Barney Frank

If people knew of ethics violations,
they should have sent them to the Ethics Committee.
If you think there was serious ethics violation that ought to be looked at,
you don't hold it back for retaliatory purposes.
- Barney Frank

Before this learning experience, I had assumed that
with regard to programs that sought to help people out of poverty,
the political world was essentially divided into two camps:
conservatives who opposed these for a variety of reasons,
and liberals who supported them.
- Barney Frank

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

When was the last time you took
a different route to work ... just because?
Consider shaking up your life a little (or a lot) ...
for no reason, except to do it.
Let your life be an adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can observe a lot by just watching.
- Yogi Berra

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Just remember, after they foreclose on your mortgage,
you get a lot more sunshine in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
- John Lennon

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today.
If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot
of worry and regret by choosing to permanently
erase it from your to-do list.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

Time goes by a lot slower when you miss the one you love.
- Anonymous

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A lot of baby boomers are baby bongers.
- Kevin Nealon

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
- Groucho Marx

My definition of success is to live your life in a way
that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain -
and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel
a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
- Tony Robbins

In order to be happy with a man,
you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot
and not try to understand her at all.
- Helen Rowland

If people are good only because they
fear punishment, and hope for reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed.
- Albert Einstein

I plant a lot of trees.
I am a great believer in planting things for future generations.
I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.
- Penelope Keith

I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars.
The rest I just squandered.
- George Best

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things,
but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- Andy Rooney

The cars we drive say a lot about us.
- Alexandra Paul

A lot of people are afraid of heights.
Not me, I'm afraid of widths.
- Steven Wright

Well tended garden is better than a neglected wood lot.
- Dixie Lee Ray

If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club,
they'd starve to death.
- Sam Snead

A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change.
- James Levine

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly.
Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime.
That's the toughest part of the day.
- Michael Jordan

Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother
rather than all major credit cards.
- Robert Orben

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy,
we go out and wreck something with it.
- David R. Brower

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot
of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers

A fool and his money get a lot of publicity.
- Al Bernstein

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so
much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

The triple is the most exciting play in baseball.
Home runs win a lot of games, but I never understood
why fans are so obsessed with them.
- Hank Aaron

A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
- Joey Adams


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