Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) got into a heated exchange with constituents recently, saying he was tired of banks and the private market being blamed for the economy's problems.
The feisty debate came at one of the congressman's "Cup of Joe" meetings back in Illinois on Sunday, as Walsh fiercely challenged complaints about the financial sector, arguing that more regulations will do more harm than good.
Walsh contended the government's housing goals pushed banks to offer riskier mortgages to less qualified borrowers, and that there are already tools in place to regulate Wall Street.
"All the marketplace does is respond to what the government does. The government sets the rules," he said. "Government screwed this problem up."
While making his case, Walsh got up close to a female constituent and spoke loudly.
"You don't have to scream at me, I'm not screaming at you," she said.
"This just pisses me off. Too many people don't listen," he responded. "There are already mechanisms in place to do that. Are they doing their job? No. But what do you want to do, you want to bombard them with more regulations?"
Shortly afterward, he told another constituent that he would ask him to leave if he did not be "quiet for a minute... you need to listen."
At the end of the exchange, Walsh announced he needed more coffee, as constituents laughed and called for decaf.