Liberal icon Barney Frank, congressman from Mass., eyes high-profile and well-paid retirement

  • Article by: STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 16, 2012 - 11:18 AM

WASHINGTON - Even in retirement, Barney Frank promises to antagonize the right wing.

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theagonybhoDec. 16, 1212:56 PM

Barney Frank is a great example of whats wrong with congress, we have to pay this guy huge money until he dies. There should be at max a 2 term limit, these jobs were never intended to be a career but instead being a public servant. New ideas and fresh faces may end this gridlock we have endured forever.

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jcinmnDec. 16, 12 3:56 PM

"Frank has retained Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel to ensure he is a paid fixture on cable television, the lecture circuit, in bookstores — and maybe the occasional sitcom or Broadway show. He has already sent his agent two book proposals, one offering a recipe for future liberal success and the other a "semi-memoir" about the history of the gay rights movement. And he leaves Washington with a particular disdain for Fox News." You're a bit late on that one Mr Frank. Deitrick and Goldfarb beat you by a year with the definitive how to for both parties in fact they have proven that there is no justification for the GOP in future government. Go ahead anyway though. Three voices shouting "you're no good, you're no good you're no damn good" may get through to more people than just two.

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jcinmnDec. 16, 12 4:06 PM

theagonybho "Barney Frank is a great example of whats wrong with congress, we have to pay this guy huge money until he dies. There should be at max a 2 term limit, these jobs were never intended to be a career but instead being a public servant. New ideas and fresh faces may end this gridlock we have endured forever" Actually it is the new ideas and fresh faces, aka Tea Party, which have caused the gridlock. As far as the rest of your argument "The pension amount is determined by a formula that takes into account the years served and the average pay for the top three years in terms of payment. In 2002, the average pension payment ranged from $41,000 to $55,000. For example, a member of Congress who worked for 22 years and had a top three-year average salary of $153,900 would be eligible for a pension payment of $84,645 per year (CNN Money - January 2006)" They didn't state how big a 3 term congressman would make but it must be considerably less than what a 22 year veteran would make.

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kieronDec. 16, 12 4:26 PM

"Liberal icon"? I'm a gay liberal, but Frank is not my icon. Politicians are paid handsomely during their careers and are assured lifetime income following their political tenure, and they apparently get free health care during their tenure, and have made themselves exempt from the laws they pass down on us plebes. Shame is not in their vocabulary.

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thankbhoDec. 16, 12 4:52 PM

Dodd/Frank was a huge factor in our economic downturn and he's being portrayed as an "icon?" What a waste of space this fool is.

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sek2undrstndDec. 16, 12 5:05 PM

The banking industry and financial services lobby have waged a pr campaign against Barney Frank in the same way the health insurance industry attacked Michael Moore after Sicko. Barney Frank was right on target in going after the Wall Street Banks and their profiteering which caused harm and had no social benefit.

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rufflesDec. 16, 12 5:23 PM

Please just go away Mr. Frank enough is more than enough

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potter101Dec. 16, 12 5:36 PM

Love it , there is no man in congress that the regressives made more lies about then this guy.

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obviousDec. 16, 12 7:46 PM

This guy should be spending his retirement in a jail cell ... His committee single handedly crashed this economy ... Forcing banks to hand out loans to ppl they knew could not pay off started this whole thing ... AND HE KNOWS IT !! ... Has anyone pointed that out yet ??

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