- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Politicians in Congress should stop playing the partisan blame game and do what is right for the country.

Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, is a typical politician who points fingers and plays the blame game. He is one of the leaders who pushed banks to grant mortgages to those who couldn’t afford them and helped create our financial crisis. He also pushed and voted for the partisan so-called stimulus package developed by the majority party. It would spend about $1 trillion without any assurance that it would help solve economic problems Mr. Frank helped create.

Then on Sunday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Frank had the audacity to criticize Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican (” ‘Bloated spending’ ricochets on GOP,” Page 1, Monday) stating that Mr. Ensign had helped the Bush administration for six years to create the spending mess the nation is in today.

Mr. Frank omits the fact that presidents can’t spend money unless Congress authorizes such spending. Mr. Frank probably voted for every spending bill for which he now criticizes and blames Mr. Ensign.

Congress should wake up and do what is right for the people, and it should quit playing political games that only hurt average working Americans.

FRANK MEDICO

Mount Vernon

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