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It is because the fight against the harshest aspects
by 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

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

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

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

 

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith

Fighting not good. But if must fight... win.
- Miyagi: character in the movie The Next Karate Kid

Don't fight forces, use them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,
then they fight you, then you win.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Let your sympathies and your compassion
be always with the under dog in the fight -
this is magnanimity;
but bet on the other one - this is business.
- Mark Twain

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
- William Congreve

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.
- the movie Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

If you don't have any fight in you, you might as well be dead.
- Scott Caan

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth,
and I am a citizen of the world.
- Eugene V. Debs

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
- Phyllis Diller

A conservative is a man who is
too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
- Elbert Hubbard

No matter how much cats fight,
there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
- Abraham Lincoln

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

There are only two things we should fight for.
One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
- Smedley Butler

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier...
I put them in the same room and let them fight it out.
- Steven Wright

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
- Plato

I don't want to fight aging; I want to take good care of myself,
but plastic surgery and all that? I'm not interested.
- Christine Lahti

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
- Ansel Adams

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

Never fight an inanimate object.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.
- Thomas Kempis

The idea of trying to fight against extremism was written off as naive.
- Joichi Ito

You don't have to fight for your life anymore.
You're starting a new one.
- Eric Brown

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist.
I am willing to fight for peace.
Nothing will end war unless
the people themselves refuse to go to war.
- Albert Einstein

It's one thing to fight for what you believe in,
another thing to fight for what others believe in.
- James Wolcott

Everyone knows that if you've got a brother,
you're going to fight.
- Liam Gallagher

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I'm never going to get in a fight in public again.
- Scott Caan

I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians,
a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking
to fight his way back to happiness.
- Henry Ellis


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