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Saturday, October 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

The better-known story is the retirement of Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who was never afraid to make people angry — or to make them laugh. But more on Frank in a moment. Far too little attention has been paid on these shores to a remarkable speech in Berlin on Monday by the Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski.

  • cacdian

    I enjoy reading your comments. You are so perceptive – agreat thinker with a solid understanding of politics and politicians.

    I, and I presume several others who follow politics around the world, admire the frankness of Bernie Frank and do look forward to his comments on TV in the very near future.
    I have always had my reservations about Germany in these and other matters to which you have alluded. Looking forward to future comments from you.

  • bsd4083

    At best he was dis-ingeniousness causing the Mortgage debacle for one. At worst he was a criminal–( see male prostitution) who was often self serving and self promoting.

    Summing it up….. HE WAS A VERY OVER PAID TOOL…

  • Totenkatz

    You forgot to mention that Poland is not in the Eurozone, Poland doesn’t use the Euro they have their own currency and this helped shield them from issues facing those countries using the Euro. I was in Poland just a few months ago on business so I know what I’m talking about. I’m of Polish heritage so I know a little something of Polish history and you totally missed Sikorski’s point. You also forgot to mention Rep Frank’s support of Freddy and Fanny that caused that housing bubble and then his denial when it burst. I only put this out to be fair and balanced.

  • orkneylad275

    If what Mr Frank did in connection with the financal debacle is considered to have given politicians a good name, I shouldn’t think that many politicians would want to share Mr Frank’s distinction.