Live Vicariously Through Rep.Garrett's Forceful Letter to Rep. Frank
If one were to pass by my house on a weekday from 8:00-9:00 and hear a flurry of obscenities strung together in unprecedented ways, chances are I’m watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Thankfully, I’m not alone. Countdown elicits the same feverous rants from most conservatives and, apparently, even some Members of Congress. After watching Barney Frank’s appearance on Countdown, Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) wrote a vehement, but tasteful, letter to Rep. Frank looking to discredit Rep. Frank’s freight train of disinformation (Q&A with Olbermann).
Rep. Garrett’s letter systematically dismantles Rep. Frank’s mischaracterization of the Republican Party’s financial reform plans. Rep. Garrett has an axe to grind:
“Summarizing your remarks, you stated that Republicans are standing up for the big banks, don’t want any financial regulatory reform, and health care was the reason that every House Republican, as well as 27 members in the Democratic Caucus, voted against your financial regulatory reform bill passed by the House in December.
I believe these comments to be either an early April Fool’s Day joke or politically motivated posturing that is just plain wrong.”
Rep. Garrett keeps on grinding...
“You attempt to categorize opposition to your bill as a defense of big banks, opposition which I might add, includes 27 member of your own caucus in the House. However, you participated in a robust debate we had in the House Financial Services Committee as well as on the floor of the House of Representatives. I know you heard arguments the Members that opposed your legislation, and you must know they did so because it codifies the bailout policy employed during the financial crisis...”
The letter is short and best read in its entirety. Hats off to Congressman Garrett for confronting Rep. Frank and reaffirming why MSNBC’s ratings continue to plummet.