When I was little, my mother would tell me that it is bad to "hate" someone, and that you should say "strongly dislike" instead. Well I hate Barney Frank. Don't know the man, don't plan to ever meet him, but I hate him. The reason I hate him is that he thinks he is smarter than everyone else, better than everyone else, and immune from criticism. As noted in this editorial, he was the one that wanted Fannie and Freddie to "roll the dice" ("wowl the dice" is more likely) toward subsidizing the housing market. There is no better indictment of his culpability in this disaster than the quotes contained here.
He now wants to lower lending standards for purchasing condominiums. There really are no words. What's sad, is that if this wasn't our economy he was screwing up, he would make a hilarious movie character. A Congressman that believes himself to be the smartest of them all makes deliberate move after deliberate move that cripple markets and make the situation worse. When he is criticized, he blusters through with nonsensical answers.
Maybe, one day, I will "strongly dislike" Barney Frank. But not today.