Josh Barro Thinks He Is Smarter Than You!

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Every once in a while Vile Prog Fascists let the mask slip. They claim to be pro-choice, but that’s only if you make the correct choices. The truth is they don’t think the rest of us are smart enough to manage our own lives. So they want to do it for us.

It’s for our own good. Really, it is. If we were and smart and informed like they are we would agree with them. Unfortunately we are “low-info” types who don’t know what’s best for us. Basically, we’re like big third graders.

If you give a third grader a choice between junk food and a healthy nutritious diet, they’ll binge out on junk. So you have to make rules for them. And if they get some money for Christmas or their birthday you take most of it from them and save it cuz otherwise they’ll just blow it.

Of course in order to protect children you have to control them. You have to have authority over them. If you have to spank your kids it’s only because you love them. That’s why modern progressivism is paternalistic at it’s core. After all, father knows best.

It’s the modern version of the White Man’s Burden. It’s the Progressive’s Burden. (It’s just a coincidence that most progressives like Josh Barro are white males.)


Take up the White Man’s burden–
Send forth the best ye breed–
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the White Man’s burden–
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit,
And work another’s gain.

Take up the White Man’s burden–
The savage wars of peace–
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man’s burden–
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper–
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man’s burden–
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard–
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:–
“Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?”

Take up the White Man’s burden–
Ye dare not stoop to less–
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.

Take up the White Man’s burden–
Have done with childish days–
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!


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120 Responses to Josh Barro Thinks He Is Smarter Than You!

  1. The Klown says:

    FYI:

    Joshua A. “Josh” Barro is an American opinion journalist and the current politics editor at Business Insider.

    He has previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, as a real estate banker for Wells Fargo, and as the lead writer for the Ticker, an economics and politics blog hosted by Bloomberg L.P. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard.

    He appears regularly on Bloomberg Television and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO and on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. In early 2013, he was a prominent supporter of the trillion dollar coin, although by late 2013 he had changed his mind. Time named Barro’s Twitter feed one of “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013″, one of ten in the Politics category. In 2012, Forbes selected him as one of the “30 Under 30″ media “brightest stars under the age of 30″, and David Brooks listed him as part of the “vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.” A former aide of Barack Obama named Barro among a short list of the President’s favorite columnists.

    Barro describes himself as a neoliberal and a Republican, but has expressed opposition to many policies of the Republican party. He has been described by others as conservative, liberal and libertarian.

    Barro lives in Queens, New York. He is openly gay and has written in support of gay marriage. His father is macroeconomist Robert Barro.

    See, he’s a special snowflake!

    • DeniseVB says:

      An “opinion journalist” ? I guess that’s what we all are, so wear the label proudly guys :D We’re not just bloggers, we’re opinion journalists!

      • lyn says:

        I wonder if DiFi’s shield law also protects “opinion journalists.” In another time, they were called editorial writers.

  2. The Klown says:

    BTW: The plural of “swath” is “swaths”.

    • votermom says:

      Yup. Swath is the noun, swathe is the verb.
      Like breath / breathe.
      I guess Barro isn’t as edumacated as he thinks.

      • DeniseVB says:

        What’s with the Hahvahd edumacation? Twinkles down for the cost of that education that produces morons (see: Barack and Michelle).

        • elliesmom says:

          Hahvahd is “selective” about who gets in, but compared to the other colleges and universities in the Boston area, it’s a pretty easy ride once you’re there. There’s a famous video in science teacher circles where random Harvard students are asked at their graduation ceremony why we have seasons in Cambridge, and very few of them know. Which is middle school science. The video is called “A Private Universe”. It would be good for a laugh, if it wasn’t so sad.

  3. driguana says:

    Good Wednesday thought…

    Such an interesting and ironic poem,too…Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden”…. In September 1898 Kipling wrote to Roosevelt, stating ‘Now go in and put all the weight of your influence into hanging on permanently to the whole Philippines. America has gone and stuck a pickaxe into the foundations of a rotten house and she is morally bound to build the house over again from the foundations or have it fall about her ears’.[19] He forwarded the poem to Roosevelt in November of the same year, just after Roosevelt was elected Governor of New York.

    Ironic in that Roosevelt was a Republican but also part then of the progressive reform movement of the GOP and the short-lived Progressive Bullmoose Party. How time can twist things….

    Policy as a noble undertaking…now it has also become the calling of a black president….how ironic…and writers like Josh Barro have fallen right in line….

  4. votermom says:

    LOL

  5. Lulu says:

    His daddy is Robert Joseph Barro is an American classical macroeconomist and the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

    Josh was not smart enough to be a Harvard business professor so he writes a blog. He was however socialized to be a nasty elite SOB and think he is smarter than everyone else. Mostly he has been employed at places that would be connected to his daddy and be interested in faux conservative dribble. Throw in current “radical chic” social commentary mixed with Harvard-esque economic babble and he’s noticed by the looter in chief.

  6. driguana says:

    another interesting post this morning…guess he doesn’t seem like Mr. Osmartypants so much any more…

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/29/body-language-expert-obama-in-personal-crisis-mode-over-website-glitches/

    • Lulu says:

      That is very funny. He is upset with glitches? He is upset the whole thing is coming unraveled on the nightly news and CSPAN. ““The tension around the jaw is very prevalent, more than it was before. That signifies a lot of anger and a lot of tension and anxiety.” Anyone who has ever questionned closely a liar and fraud sees this exact behavior. They are pissed they got caught. They are angry someone is bugging them and stopping them from doing what they been doing.

  7. votermom says:

    Obama is going to MA today to speechify how wonderful MA’s gubmint healthcare insurance exchanges are & Obamacare is gonna be just like it *coughRomneyCareCough*

    • driguana says:

      What a farce!!! See, folks, why should Republicans and Tea Party people be opposing a healthcare system that is just like one that as a republican helped to create? Why, well, one works, I guess, and the other one doesn’t…

      • DeniseVB says:

        My first thought too, I doubt Romney’s system crashed, or he had to shut down his state to roll it out. So no, it’s not just like Romneycare.

      • angienc says:

        The vile progs can’t get it in their head that what works for a couple of millions people via centralized planning (Norway, MA) cannot be simply extrapolated to work for 300,000 million.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Hee, hee, Obama’s going for Historic again…..

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/10/30/obama-boston-visit-presents-security-nightmare/

    But police are also preparing for the possibility that Obama might decide to make an appearance at Fenway Park. Officials are praying he doesn’t, since it would make the game “a logistical nightmare,” in the words of one law enforcement official.

    Obama is often known to tie up traffic while raising money, particularly in New York City, where his frequent stops for cash in 2012 during rush hour regularly inconvenienced the city. But the presence of a fundraising president in a major city during rush hour and a World Series game is uncharted territory.

    • Lulu says:

      If they would only get on their knees and pull their forelock when he passes everything will be just fine. I’m sure a bunch of fans and partyiers at a baseball game will just love it. He can throw out the game ball. It will be great I’m sure. /s/

  9. angienc says:

    Ah, a little Rudyard Kipling to start the day.

    I’m surprised Barro didn’t call us peons. The best part is we heathen rubes were 100% right about what was in Obamacare (which our “betters” had to pass to find out what was in it), and yet they *still* think they are smarter than us.

    • Lulu says:

      Bob Beckel (who was Mondale’s best and brightest) called us “chump change” yesterday on Fox. What’s next “worthless eaters”, or soylent green? If you push their buttons hard enough a monster emerges. I hope they do it to “I don’t work for you” Sebelius today.

    • votermom says:

      OT
      Thoughtful speech from Mike Lee :

      The gaping hole in the middle of the Republican Party today – the one that separates the grassroots from establishment leaders – is precisely the size and shape of a new, unifying conservative reform agenda.

      For years, we have tried to bridge that gulf with tactics and personalities and spin. But it doesn’t work. To revive and reunify our movement, we must fill the void with new and innovative policy ideas. Today, as it was a generation ago, the establishment will not produce that agenda. And so, once again, conservatives must.

      We must.

      And three recent efforts show that we still can.

      Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, and Jeff Flake’s crusade against earmarks, Paul Ryan’s heroic work on Medicare reform, and Rand Paul’s stand against domestic drone-strike authority all demonstrate that thoughtful, idea-driven conservatism is as powerful today as it has ever been.

      It’s time for another Great Debate, and we should welcome all input.

      Grassroots and establishment. Conservatives and moderates. Libertarians and traditionalists. Interventionists and non-interventionists. Economic conservatives and social conservatives. All are part of our movement, and all are vital to our success – so all should be welcome in this debate.

      There are still nearly three years before Republicans will have a chance to select a new, unifying conservative leader. But together we can start debating and developing a new, unifying conservative agenda right now

      read the whole thing here

      http://townhall.com/tipsheet/conncarroll/2013/10/29/text-sen-mike-lee-on-whats-next-for-conservatives-n1733032

      • votermom says:

        Where do we begin?

        A generation ago, conservatives forged an agenda to meet the great challenges facing Americans in the late 1970s: inflation, poor growth, and Soviet aggression… along with a dispiriting pessimism about the future of the nation and their own families.

        I submit that the great challenge of our generation is America’s growing crisis of stagnation and sclerosis – a crisis that comes down to a shortage of opportunities.

        This opportunity crisis presents itself in three principal ways:

        – immobility among the poor, trapped in poverty;
        – insecurity in the middle class, where families just can’t seem to get ahead;
        – and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic elites unfairly profit at everyone else’s expense.
        The Republican Party should tackle these three crises head on.

      • Constance says:

        Gosh how will they ever make time to talk about birth control, thoughtless irresponsible abortion and trans-vaginal ultra sound.

  10. votermom says:

    Ace co-blogger goes window shopping on healthcare.gov and finds himself auto-enrolled into Medicaid without his consent or knowledge

    http://storify.com/tsrblke/ndh-marketplace

    • DeniseVB says:

      Good lesson there. Don’t go on the site even out of curiosity, sounds really effed up. It’s like dealing with Verizon Fios cable. Sign up for a free 6-month trial of a premium channel, but heaven help you if you forget, then it automatically subscribes you, then it takes months to cancel because you didn’t read the fine print they needed advance notice to stop the trial subscription….breathe….so you end up paying for 2-3 months before the cancellation drops the charge.

      Yep, sure sounds like Healthcare.gov :D

  11. votermom says:

    1948 short that 2013 should see
    Make Mine Freedom

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    Btw, healthcare dot gov is down right now. LOL

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    let’s stir some twitsh*t up

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  24. Lulu says:

    Sebelius saying I don’t know who made that decision is code for the White House.

  25. Lulu says:

    I really wish that these hearings had a rule that if the witness claims not to know something and they will provide it later (out of site of TV cameras) that they be required to return 7 days later and read it out loud on CSPAN to the hearing committee members. At meetings I had to give information I was expected to call the office and get the info before the damned meeting was over and I was just a flunky. Why a cabinet secretary and corporate officers don’t have anyone available to get their shit together is unacceptable.

  26. Anthony says:

    Jon Stewart: “I pretend I’m a character in a movie about the country falling apart”

    When you lose The Daily Show, you’re f**ked

  27. votermom says:

    Greta’s not getting a puppy coat either

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  30. Lulu says:

    Sebelius is blaming the insurers for canceled policies. Of course insurers love the excuse HHS gave them to cancel policies so they can be replaced with crappy more expensive ones. That was part of the lobbying. I wonder if they will push back?

    • t says:

      Thank you for watching her bullsh*t for me and providing the comedy filter. I blame the insurers too, for the cancelled policies, since they wrote the law.

      • Lulu says:

        She is quite stupid. She garbles her terminology and obviously doesn’t understand much. I can’t believe she was ever an insurance commissioner except for nepotism.

        • t says:

          Yes. A couple of days ago I read that she thought the Oct 1 deadline was in the law….no, Ms. Secretary, your office stipulated that.

          She’s a figurehead, just like Obama. She likely has never had a real job.

        • The Klown says:

          There are lots of “commissioner” jobs out there that are sinecures and patronage jobs. They don’t do much but they pay very well. They get handed out to wives and relatives of politicians, and occasionally a politician who is between jobs or who the voters sent into early retirement.

          You rarely hear about them but there are lots of them.

      • The Klown says:

        I watched a few minutes and turned it off. It is just another kabuki circle-jerk.

  31. Lulu says:

    Sebelius only allows reliable data to be released so she can’t release any currently. Yes she really said that.

  32. Lulu says:

    The entire system is unsecure. No security tests done. Complete clusterfuck to make it go online on October 1. The contractors ratted them out after last weeks hearings.

  33. Constance says:

    At least Barro identifies as an elitist, usually they call themselves “elite”.

  34. Lulu says:

    What did you actually decide on anything? she was asked. I didn’t do the website, or the contractors, or numbers or stuff.

    Now the insurers are telling Republican congressmen how many are enrolling for exchange plans. One insurer in PA cancelled 30,000 policies and which has been replaced by 10 exchange enrollees.

    Cancelled policy holders cannot find plans they can afford and buy food simultaneously. What can they do? Sebelius: Blah, blah, blah, blah.

  35. wmcb says:

    Dem Rep Doyle just testified that his 33 year old son, whose insurance they pay for, is getting a subsidy, so Ocare is just grand.

  36. Constance says:

    So since they were not ready to go to market with their stupid health care web site…..

    WHY DID THE DEMS SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT WHEN ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS DELAY THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE which was one of the bills the House passed very early on in the stand off????

    Now they look like a bunch of willful self-righteous idiots.

    • t says:

      But if they did that, they’d have handed the Republicans a win!…..I’m pretty sure the Republicans knew that this sh*t was primed and ready for the fan and they were just waiting it out, popcorn in hand, of course. LOL!

      Wish I didn’t have to suffer for it, but LOL!

      • Constance says:

        Well what do they think this total failure of big government is but a win for Republicans and conservative theory that the government is wasteful and can’t accomplish anything but waste and fuck ups. How stupid do Democrats have to be to consider the current situation a win?

  37. Constance says:

    I am very sick of Progressive Paternalism. I would like the incompetent government to just leave me alone. I give what I can to charity and I make sure that those charities are effective charities. I would like the government and their corporate cronies to get off my back!

    • wmcb says:

      HONK! I’m fed the hell up. I’ve always been on board with helping the needy, and legitimate govt projects. But this whole “we are the benevolent elites who know how to run the whole world, including your life, better than you peons do” makes me ill. And DC is filthy with that attitude, in both parties and the press.

      LEAVE. US. ALONE. I’m a grown ass woman, and my life and choices are my own.

      • Constance says:

        Seriously the elitists are out of control and this is the sort of attitude that inspires bloody revolution.

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      • Lulu says:

        “Butt out stupid.” That was the line told to a boss trying to break up a cat fight were I worked once. He left the room. I was standing by a window ready to crawl out. LOL.

    • leslie says:

      Last nite Hannity – who I forced myself to watch – had a panel of opinionated pundits and “experts” and among them were a few who said practically that ——“We know better than you what is good for you, you simpletons”
      I don’t know if this Barro child was one of them, but his face looked oddly familiar to me when I saw this post.
      I’d like to tell these bullies to F off, too.

      • Lulu says:

        That is all they got left. “You’re too stupid to buy your own insurance but you are smart enough to pay for it.” is the last line of defense. It is a kind of hateful bravado when the jig is up.

  38. Lulu says:

    I think there were several moving parts that had to hit sequentially. My husband called the health exchanges a “squeeze chute”. That is a contraption that traps cattle to be routed into a trailer, pen, to be innoculated, etc. The cancellation letters have to go out 90 days ahead of termination. So the timing had to hit correctly to force and confuse applicants into the exchanges before too much of the bad stuff leaked out. It was to give short timelines to hurry up the enrollment or face penalties and gaps in health insurance. Part of the plan was for it to be fait accompli and have everyone trapped, enrolled and extorted before they knew what hit them. Fucking up the website threw the timeline off which is always a critical part of a successful scam or sting.

  39. Lulu says:

    Many of the Dem Congresscritters look depressed and like they smell something bad. They really don’t want to be there running interference for the Secretary of Idiocy.

  40. Lulu says:

    The website completely crashed during her testimony. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/30/Minutes-Before-Sebelius-Testimony-ObamaCare-Site-Crashes
    She said the website never crashed just a while ago. “The website never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.”

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  42. The Klown says:

    The other day someone on Twitter challenged people to name one country that was better off because of Obama.

    I replied “Russia”.

    I won.

  43. t says:

    My Repubilcan credentials are 0. I am not Republican in any way. But the Republicans are the ones stating the truth, and Roy here, states it in perfect, clear, and concise terms:

    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s why the Dems won’t debate the GOP, the truth may come out. It’s a shame.

      I don’t claim either party, but I enjoy being in Ted Cruz’s back pocket :)

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  46. Lulu says:

    Sebelius says only Vile Progs can define what is “true insurance”. Lloyd’s of London says “poppycock”./s/

  47. t says:

    Another WRONG article. The people getting stiffed with price increases and doctor losses are not just the 5% that are on individual plans. They are the 5% on individual plans AND the 15% without insurance altogether….20% of folks on the individual market are potentially getting screwed over by Obamacare:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/10/obamacare_and_republican_criticism_the_health_care_law_s_early_missteps.html

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  51. driguana says:

    interesting from Romney…
    interesting read….comments, too…..up is down, over is under, left is right, right is left, the tower is babbling…

    http://www.ijreview.com/2013/10/90919-romneys-facebook-post-something-barack-obama-needs-read/

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