According to Business Insider’s Josh Barro, our choice of health insurance is something we can take or leave. But we’d better cling fast to Big Government with all our might!

He sure does! Observe, peasants:

Silly rubes, believing in the freedom to choose!

Shorter Barro:

Indeed. The Founding Fathers were totes trippin’ when they championed individual rights.

Thank goodness we’ve got someone like Josh Barro to show us the light.

So do we.

But of course! Only leftists are in tune with our wants and needs.

Citizens are rightly repulsed by Barro’s shameless statism:

That’s a perfect description.

True, but it doesn’t make him any more appealing.

That’s a tall order. Might take some help:




Josh Barro: Maybe it’s better you can’t keep your health care plan after all

  • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

    Arrogant douche.

    • pinupartist

      Did he tell you to type that? Because I’m not sure unauthorized opinions are allowed anymore…..

      • Moto

        Did you get permission to be ignorant about which opinions you are allowed to express?

        • TheRealJackpineSavage

          Did you get permission to question him?
          Did I,….. Uh Oh.

  • DaMello ®

    So, which circle of hell is he going to…?

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      Most likely the hottest part of it. Evil f*ck isn’t he?

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        and so honest about it.. he must never want national office since he made sure that he couldn’t get elected town drunk anywhere but solidly blue enclaves.

        and yes.. he’s an evil little f*ck.

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          Unabashed arrogance and douchebaggery. I’d give this half a sissy a slap between coffee sips.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Unabashed arrogance and douchebaggery.

            So, run-of-the-mill Dem?

    • RblDiver

      Well, if we assume the sin of pride, I *think* that’s Level 7 (Violence). Of course, if we make him a flatterer (to the leftists), that’d be Level 8 (Or Level 8, Bolgia 6 – Hypocrites)

    • Spinmamma

      The one where Satan is frozen and unable to move because he is completely focused on himself.

    • me

      They’re building a tenth level for Josh Barro and his ilk. It’s going to be called the ‘elite circle’, and only a certain number of the billions of souls will be allowed in. The punishment is terrifying! Josh Barro and his ilk will have to spend eternity with no other company but each other….

      • TheRealJackpineSavage

        Now That is Cruel!

    • TheRealJackpineSavage

      Not up to me to decide. :op
      If I was a bettin’ man, I’d lay odds they’ll be adding a whole new wing for Barro and his ilk.

    • rssllue

      I am not sure which circle of hell he will be going to, but I am pretty sure that he has risen to the highest rank of barista that one can possibly achieve.

  • Fire and Adjust!

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

    Mr. Barro, I’m not sure what type of government is best for me…….. is it an Oligarchy, an Aristocrasy, an Autocrasy, a Monarchy, or just a good ol’ Socialist Republic?

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      They’ll let you know when they’re good and ready….k? Now back to work…taxes don’t pay themselves don’tcha know!

      • Suzyqpie

        Plus there is a couple of members of the Recipient Class who need part of your earnings. Because you don’t need all of that money and it is the right thing to do and it is more fair.

    • tjp77

      Yeah, and vast swathes of policy need to be removed. Nothing new.

  • cmerlo1

    Someone should assemble Barro’s tweets into a book called ‘Liberal Elitism Explained’, as they paint a perfect picture of what it is and the mentality behind it.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      I believe Alinsky penned this a while back if I’m not mistaken. Another “Great Organizer”.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      really… we should pay the smuck for outing in plain language for the public, what big government liberals think of them..

      I’ll hand him the check and laugh at him doing it.

      just make sure it’s big enough he has to pay taxes on it, and report it to the IRS so he can’t deny having it.

    • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      I have a collection of them, they started on a roll of paper but are in the septic tank now.

  • SpaceRacer423

    man this ignorant twit is on a role today.

    he also said this:
    @asymmetricinfo health insurance isn’t a “product” like a toaster. It’s a government benefit provided through private channels.

    If we follow through with that logic, then the toaster would also no longer be a product if the law forced you to buy it. At that point it would be a “government benefit.”
    I think “Business Insider” should “transition him” onto the unemployment roles.

  • thedumbblonde

    The smug. It smells.

    • me

      Reeks! Josh Barro is one odiferous prick!

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    Go start your own country, we have all the smug (_)_)holes we need in the Spite House.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      Not sure how much “in your face” evidence is needed to prove how hateful this administration feels towards the American people. Alright, gotta get back to work so I can save up for my registration prem… I mean “insurance” premium.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      oh…. if ONLY they’d take their solid blue states and just LEAVE.. we’ll keep the Constitution and other founding documents..

      it’s not like they’d ever use them.

      in 5 years they’d be putting up barbed wire to keep the starving from fleeing..

      • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

        More like five days, if that.

  • JC

    Well at least he’s pretty much admitting he’s a communist, would be nice for the President to have that kind of honesty!

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      Saving it for his last State of the Union… right before flipping the country off for being dumb enough to elect him..

  • Jack Deth

    Questions for Mr. Barro:

    Which is better for my M-1 Garand?

    30.06 Hard Ball? Or 7.62 NATO Armor Piercing?

    Oh, and nice take on Munch’s ‘The Scream’.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      If you have a recently made receiver, go with the armor piercing 7.62. That is as long as it’s not 30-06. I have two, one in 7.62 and one in 30-06.That’ll cover ya for just about any occasion. If it’s old, use the hardball. Nice weapon by the way. Still rocks after 70 years!

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        I dream of buying one of those.. 😛

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          Navy conversions to .308 (7.62) are getting rare. Fulton Armory sells them with brand new receivers. Not cheap, but fine weapons. Had them refurb my 1952 M1. Shoots like a champ. “The greatest battle implement ever devised”. GSP quote.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      Can’t speak to the weapons specs on a re-chambered 7.62 NATO..

      Best battle rifle ever made… I’d have traded that for my issue M-16 any day, never liked the 5.56mm.. not enough pick em up, slam em down ooomph..

      • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

        M1A Scout is a good ‘cure all’ weapon.

  • Marcy Cook

    If only the government actually DID collect taxes from everyone we wouldn’t be in this mess.

  • neoface

    The reason Obama put him in that position is because he is another useful idiot. Period!

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Couldn’t agree more! This Josh Barro guy obviously doesn’t realize it is best for him that he doesn’t tweet as it makes him look stupid. As a result, there should be a law that says he can’t do that. Since he doesn’t know what’s best for him and whatnot.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “BREAKING: Some decisions are best left up to individuals, others are best restricted by policy.”

    Like the decision you should make to quit while you’re still behind, Josh. And we wouldn’t dream of imposing any restriction on you– we’ll let you keep being a complete and utter assclown.

    And the restriction policy we would most be in favor of is that you and your ilk be restricted from enforcing your policies on us.

  • HanaFiveO

    I used to follow this guy on Twitter (know thy enemy), but I had to unfollow b/c he is such an elitist, pompous, contemptuous, fascist asshat. Hes also very thin skinned and got my other twitter account sent to Twitmo.

  • Markward

    I wonder he he calls himself Il Duce every morning.

    • FarmBoy11B

      no. Ill Douche

  • Jimni27

    Man this guy really got a big head after Obama cited him yesterday as one of his chosen few. The sad thing is the sheeple are all probably looking to him to ‘splain things to them now.

  • Karin_A

    Who is this asshat?

    • thedumbblonde

      Some people say he’s a conservative. Upside down world people.

  • rambler

    Anyone allowing the gov to take care of them is a loser of the highest order. There is a difference between a safety net and a gov created lifestyle. The private sector would do a better job with the safety net. The gov won’t allow that because it needs to have control to get votes.

    • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      They don’t want a safety net anymore. It’s more like a hammock that turns into a snare net.

      • rambler

        As long as being snared pays so well, they will stay put.

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        Well.. social security was originally only to make sure people weren’t retired with nothing.. disability, for those like me who had a catastrophic injury. and work was no longer possible..

        I don’t know anyone who thinks they’re bad ideas.. at least not offline.

        The issue is with government funded EBT and welfare.. finally in the 90’s we got welfare reform, and people started slowly moving back into the work force..

        Then Obastard guts it of any work requirements..

        I live on a low income street,.. retirees, a few working families, and about half on welfare and or ebt.. you could hear the high fives and cheers when they found out they didn’t actually have to do a work requirement or show proof they applied for work anymore.

        for someone born in 59… it was surreal..

        The idea of not wanting to work, if they could rebuild my spine and replace all the smashed discs, I’d be looking the day after they let me loose.. I derived a huge amount of pride from working, it devastated me when it was taken away.. and I still harbor some hope, after the current round of issues are resolved, I can go back to school, get a degree, and find maybe a teaching job where lifting isn’t required.. walking is.. difficult for very long, as is sitting upright.

        and dammit, I still miss it.. I was valued for what I did, was good at it.. I may have only been a grocer,. but I made my peace with it, and enjoyed talking to people.. it wasn’t like being in the cold war, but it was work, and there is always dignity in doing a necessary job well.

        now, all to often I meet people who are looking for ways to opt out of work completely as in, government funded low income vacation..

        Where.. when did the work ethic become optional?

        Thankfully, my kids.. and nephews seem untouched by that.. are already planning their first job options.. I like to think I had some small influence there, my nephews father abandoned them to their mother.. but I do see families where welfare is the family tradition..

        • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

          My mom got SS when my dad died and I was 12. I think the original name of Social Security included the words “Widows and Orphans” somewhere in the title. I never had much problem with that.

          When it started there were about 10 or 12 workers paying in for every recipient drawing out. Today I think it’s 2 or 3 workers for every recipient. There are also a bunch of other reasons that SS pays out. All the reasons were to get more votes for someone.

          It’s a program that is 80 years old and has never had a real good going over. I am about 10 from being eligible, if it’s still there, but I’m not counting on it. I seriously doubt I’ll ever see any of the money I put in.

        • TheRealJackpineSavage

          I know exactly what you mean. I disagree with “I was ‘Only’ a Grocer” though. I was a Carpenter for most of my adult life until a few years ago, when i was disabled. Now I build websites instead of houses. I wasn’t the President, but I never say I was “only” a Carpenter. I Loved my job, and I was damn good at it.
          If you loved what you were doing and you were good at it, you are never “only” a Grocer.

  • CobraJet428

    Barro:Eugenics is next and you’ll take it.

  • JDW

    That’s the excuse slavers used to keep black people in chains, is it not?

    • Scotty G.

      Still is.

  • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

    We ought to cut this boob a check, in his series of tweets, he’s perfectly displayed why you cannot trust a big government liberal…

    because we’re too stupid to make the choice they want us too… they simply remove choice from the equation.

    I’ll spot this choad twenty points and still make his IQ seem small..

    It’s all about them hating that we disagree.. so they’ll have their way by making it illegal to make a choice they don’t like. You can see why this arrogant ass is fine with the IRS and DOJ, DOD harassing conservatives, Jewish groups that support Israel, and libertarians..

    We don’t think right according to them..

  • anjullyn

    I don’t know what’s greater, progs arrogance or their chutzpah.

  • irishgirl91

    It’s as if The Onion and Cass Sunstein were able to make an arrogant little baby together.

  • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

    Josh Barro ✔
    Radical, fascist idea: government should collect taxes from everyone and make them educate their children, whether they like it or not.

    You seem to be confusing “educating” with “sending to public school”.

    Also, are you really that much of a p**sy or do you just maintain that persona on Twitter?

    • World B. Free

      Amen to that. If we were truly EDUCATING our children and not just sending them to union-run government mind control centers, our kids wouldn’t be ranking 34th in the world in math.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    I think from now on, if anyone asks what a Libertarian really is, I’ll just show them this arrogant tool’s tweets and say “This guy is the exact opposite of one.”

  • HeavyMetalPolkaMonkey

    I’m waiting to hear him spout something like “No Social Security reforms will be needed if gov’t raises retirement age to at least 814 years”…

  • Suzyqpie

    Any one know if this Barro guy has kids. He could improve the gene pool by staying out of it. Very awesome really, the Democrats are going apoplectic about the debris field of DemocratCare, but this is still very outlandish.

  • Ben Bollman

    Yes, the government that is currently $17 trillion in debt and barreling towards default clearly knows more than us plebs who live within our means.

  • ainsworth29

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

    Elitist moron should realize that the government doesn’t force me to buy milk or cars. Next far-fetched analogy please.

    Or did I missed the part that I would be taxed, er penalized, for not buying milk or cars? If so, I’ll go out and buy a Chevy Volt today!

  • Youschmuck

    That Government of the people, by the government, for the government should not diminish but cover the earth…..which is truly honestly sincerely in the best interest of the common plebes. What’s to confuse? Play your part man! Quit complaining, roll over, here it comes again. Sheesh.

  • Ben Bollman

    @jbarro Just throwing this out there but I really hope your health insurance premiums go up… a lot.

  • sb36695

    Do you trust a government that is bankrupt in every way? Then you are a “useful idiot”.

  • mtshark

    He is only saying what all the Founding Fathers said, right? Oh wait, it’s the exact opposite of what they said, silly me. It’s a good thing that the Government is here to straighten me out.

  • LegalizeShemp

    With liberals, the ignorance is unintentional, but the arrogance and condescension is quite intentional.

  • spaceycakes

    ‘elitist primal scream’. ..heh, good one

  • ashknothole

    Vast swathes of Barro’s brain are unusable. Hence his need for government policy. But they can’t even get that right.

  • Brown

    You know what’s crazy, I’ve seen some columnist describe him as a conservative or a Libertarian! I’m pretty sure Josh has also called him self a Republican before which is a huge stretch, to be honest I think he’s a big government Liberal who thinks the elite know what’s best.

  • LtColO

    Who are these smug, self-assured punk types? And I mean that sincerely? Just who does he think HE is??

    • Rhysalis

      What is interesting is that this creep’s Father is the famous Harvard economist Robert Barro, who called Obama’s stimulus package “Garbage”. I bet the father and son do not get along.

  • dogwonder

    Calling people stupid because they don’t think the government should get to pick their healthcare plan, now let me see the same government that paid a million bucks for a failed website. No the stupid person assumes Obama’s incompetent regime and his progressive water boys are intelligent enough to use a key board never mind smart enough to design a website.

    • Richard Jefferies

      The Canadian firm contracted to build was paid $93 Million. So that’s the low end of what it cost.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

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

    Is Josh saying that Obamacare is the exception that proves the rule? 😉

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

    But they don’t fine me if I choose not to buy milk or a car at all.

    “I can’t figure out if the people acting outraged at me about this are stupid or disingenuous. Or both. Probably both.”

    And that, class, is an example of “projection.”

    “BREAKING: Some decisions are best left up to individuals, others are best restricted by policy.”

    BREAKING: Obamacare rollout shows that healthcare decisions are best left up to individuals .

    “Radical, fascist idea: government should collect taxes from everyone and make them educate their children, whether they like it or not.”

    Radical, fascist idea: government shouldn’t force everyone to buy insurance that the government exempted itself from having to buy.

    “No, @jbarro. You & the government do NOT know what is best for me. You don’t even KNOW me.”

    So, what we have here is Josh telling women what’s best for them. Y’know, by the stand set by liberals, I could swear that’d be a War on Women matter.

  • toreilly

    Well, when you put it like that…

  • Acethepug

    Yes, Josh, you are both — stupid AND disingenuous.

    That you equate Obamacare to seat belts just underscores how deeply stupid and partisan you are.

    A little advice, Comrade: The Useful Idiots like you are usually put up against the wall first.

  • SonsOfMontesQ

    If government is made up of individuals elected to represent other individuals, and individuals don’t know what’s best for them, how then does government know what’s best…?

    behold, the eternally circular inconclusivity of liberal logic

    • rivers

      Well see that’s why you elect super smart people to do your thinking for you, like Maxine Waters. Charlie Rangel. Nancy Pelosi. Harry Reid. Debbie Wasserman Shulz…excuse me, I just threw up a little.

  • kenai

    I suppose that Josh agrees that Bush was right and people needed a war in Iraq but were just too stupid to know it.

  • John

    Everyone who got a cancellation notice should pay this arrogant jerk a visit–face to face, as it were.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    Crap! I gotta pee! Don’t know if I need toilet or refrigerator. Josh Barro, please illuminate this poor dumb peasant!

  • alanstorm

    At least the mask is off: The Left is officially stating their belief that you’re too stupid to take care of yourself.

    It’s been obvious for quite a while, but never stated openly like that.

    • TheRealJackpineSavage

      Kinda like when the aliens in V took off their human masks and showed the Lizard creatures beneath, Huh?

      • alanstorm

        ‘Cept these are uglier.

        At least the lizards were aliens, so they had an excuse.

  • littleones

    Heh! ‘He was a prominent supporter of the trillion dollar coin’

  • Zefal

    Yes, when seatbelt laws were passed there weren’t cars being sold with seatbelts and the law had to be written as to promise that you could keep buying cars without seatbelts because it wouldn’t have passed without it!

  • JR48

    Yes, we’re stupid because we don’t agree with you. Such a profound position. Shared by every narcissist on the planet with delusions of grandeur.


  • Guest

    Comrade Barro…living proof that you are what you eat,
    no offense to his boyfriend.

  • theslowrider

    This is why our founding fathers left England!

  • TocksNedlog

    “BREAKING: Some decisions are best left up to individuals, others are best restricted by policy.”
    — WE know what’s best for you!


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

    You’re not fined for not driving or buying milk

    • Bobby Duplenty

      Er, you are definitely fined for not wearing a seat belt.

  • Average Joe

    Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. No
    one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals
    are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions
    for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions,
    comrades, and then where should we be?

    Animal Farm

    Squealer, Chapter 5.

    • Richard Jefferies

      So very many squealers on Obama Manor.

  • BigTBoom

    The problem is we’re too busy trying to protect everyone by attempting to eliminate one of life’s greatest teaching tools…. failure.

  • Errol

    good grief, y’all are a bunch of morons. I happen to LIKE the fact that the government tells people that they can’t murder me, that restaurants have to have sanitary conditions, that there has to be operable fire exits and fire safety equipment at work.
    Oh, sorry, what was I thinking? let me follow more closely with the other commentaters here: waaaaaa! waaaaa! waaaaaa! you can’t tell ME what to do!

    • Richard Jefferies

      The government can’t tell people not to murder you. They can only suggest that there might be long term consequences if they are caught doing so.

  • Richard Jefferies

    Damnit. I was going to remind David Burge about Eros, but then he goes and links it. Stupid minds! Stupid! Stupid!

    Again this is more reductio ad absurdum fallacy from the left and a few posters. The idea that because a federal agency appoints people to oversea food safety that it is equal to to say that any opposition to Obamacare is equal to not wanting such food safety oversight is patently ridiculous. It is logic like that, or the lack thereof, that that allows the commerce clause to be used in ways it was never intended. Get your heads out of your asses. You are capable of discerning laws on a case by case basis without the need for illogical comparisons.

  • David


  • KenPrescott

    This is the mindset of those who never suffer for their failures; they simply make everyone else suffer for them.

  • 29Victor

    It’s time we call this philosophy of politics by it’s true name: Monarchy.