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Obama Lying is OK, Because People Don't Know What's Good For Them - 10-29-2013, 12:21 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journal...olumnist-Barro

Obama's Favorite 'Conservative' Columnist: 'People Don't Know What's Best For Them'

On Tuesday, President Obama’s favorite “conservative” columnist, Josh Barro of Business Insider, tweeted out that Obama’s lie that Americans could keep their insurance if they liked it was just fine, since Americans don’t know what’s best for them anyway:

Josh Barro ✔ @jbarro

Vast swathes of policy are based on the correct presumption that people don't know what's best for them. Nothing new.

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Josh Barro ✔ @jbarro

Elitist technocrats are also the ones making you buy pasteurized milk and buy cars with seat belts.

According to former Obama top aide Tommy Vietor, President Obama likes reading columnists who pen “smart, nerdy stuff.” Included among his favorite columnists: Josh Barro.

Another one of Obama’s favorite columnists, New York’s Jonathan Chait, wrote a simpering ode to Barro back in May. In it, he termed Barro “the Loneliest Republican,” and suggested, “In person he comes across just as he does in prose—spare, direct, razor-sharp, and unremittingly rational…. even the brief arc of Barro’s young career—at National Review, then Forbes, and now Bloomberg View—displays a man losing all patience with the Republican Party. Over time, Barro’s writing has fitfully evolved from muted, oblique criticism to polite, persistent criticism to, finally, firm opposition.”

It’s safe to say that basing policy on the principle that government knows what is best for Americans is well outside the mainstream of conservative thought. But Barro doesn’t mind. He’s happy to term himself an “elitist”:

Josh Barro ✔ @jbarro

I'm baffled when people call me an "elitist" and think I will take that as an insult.


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10-29-2013, 12:57 PM

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It’s safe to say that basing policy on the principle that government knows what is best for Americans is well outside the mainstream of conservative thought.
Except for the (arguably not that conservative) neo-cons, who became the face of conservatism through the recent Bush years. Many of them studied at the U of Chicago's Professor Strauss's knee, who advocates for the 'noble lie,' supposedly necessary exactly because the people don't know what's good for them. Oh, and also except for the founding fathers, which is why we have a representative system, and originally the senators were not trusted to popular election, but appointment by state legislatures. The founders as wealthy men (generally) thought the land owning few would better decide things than the mob, fearing pure democracy.

I think Barro's more a libertarian than a hard core conservative.

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10-29-2013, 08:50 PM

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Except for the (arguably not that conservative) neo-cons, who became the face of conservatism through the recent Bush years.
who says that ?

thats like me saying the new black panthers are the "face" of the democratic party
  
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