Looks like someone threw a little tantrum recently … over $1:
Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank caused a scene when he demanded a $1 senior discount on his ferry fare to Fire Island’s popular gay haunt, The Pines, last Friday. Frank was turned down by ticket clerks at the dock in Sayville because he didn’t have the required Suffolk County Senior Citizens ID. A witness reports, “Frank made such a drama over the senior rate that I contemplated offering him the dollar to cool down the situation.” Frank made news last year when he was spotted looking uncomfortable around a bevy of topless, well-built men at the Pines Annual Ascension Beach Party. Frank’s spokesperson confirmed to Page Six that his partner, James Ready, asked the ticket office for a regular ticket for himself and a senior ticket for Frank, “but was turned down because Frank didn’t have a resident ID.”
Doug Powers spots the irony from miles away:
Fast and loose with bushels of our money, tight-fisted with one dollar of his own.
That’s okay, Barney — just pay yourself back out of Fannie & Freddie’s petty cash.
Kinda reminds me of how Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) got all puffy a few months ago over the issue of airlines charging fees for carry-on luggage. He was OUTRAGED over the fact that some airlines charge between $25 and $45 for your carry-on – outraged to the point that he threatened to propose legislation banning such fees. Because, you know, he was concerned for ‘the little guy.’
But apparently not concerned enough to vote against the trillion-dollar ObamaCare “reform” bill, which will soak the rich and poor alike.
Oh well. As they say, appearances and symbolism in politics are everything …