BARNEY FRANK: In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, has been for some time, to criticize government, belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their assessment of health care. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well. First of all, the city government in charge moved efficiently and rapidly and bravely.
Secondly, there has been seamless cooperation as you have shown on the program. You don't know when it's state, and when it's federal, and when it's the city. The police commissioner on the screen, with the head of the FBI in Boston and the Governor and that also goes to the recovery. Again, 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. At a time like this, no one thinks about saving pennies.