Speaking to CNN's John Berman about yesterday's horrendous bombings in Boston, former Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank (D) said, "In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government." Frank also pointed out that the need for rapid emergency response should caution lawmakers against slashing taxes, stating, “No tax cut would have helped us deal with this — or will help us recover.” Watch:
FRANK: In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America and has been for some time to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well. ...You know, I never was as a member of Congress, one of the cheerleaders for less government, lower taxes. No tax cut would have helped us deal with this — or will help us recover. This is very expensive. ...And this is an example of why we need — if we want to be a civilized people — to put some of our resources into a common pool so we are able to deal with this. And to deal with it, you can’t simply be responsive once it happens. ...This is a terrible day for our society, but a day when I hope people will understand the centrality of having a government in place with the resources. ...This is an example of why we need to provide the resources for our common good.