Barney Frank Reclaims an Epithet


Recently Mr. Boehner gave a talk to bankers in which he encouraged them to balk efforts by Congress to impose stricter regulation. ‘Don’t let those little punk staffers take advantage of you, and stand up for yourselves,’ he urged — where by ‘taking advantage’ he meant imposing some conditions on the industry in return for government backing. Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, promptly had ‘Little Punk Staffer’ buttons made up and distributed to Congressional aides.” [Krugman/NYT]