[Re-posted from yesterday with many questions added by readers]
A brief bio of Barro:
He is the lead writer for the Ticker, an economics and politics blog hosted by Bloomberg L.P.. He appears regularly on Bloomberg Television and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. 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.” Barro describes himself as a Republican, but has expressed opposition to the policies of the Republican party.
He is, in my opinion, a rare breed indeed: an intellectually honest analyst of political and economic affairs who makes up his own mind, does not hew to any preset ideology and relies on facts to makes his arguments. People who disagree with him have labeled him conservative, liberal and libertarian. That’s not easy to achieve! Barro can wage total war against the notion that austerity is the correct prescription for our economic problems while at the same time arguing that public sector unions are bankrupting state governments. I follow him because I always learn something from him, even when I disagree with him. … Josh Barro is also the gay son of the famously arch-conservative economist Robert Barro, which makes him inherently interesting for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of his analysis, and everything to do with the social and cultural splits that define our current society.
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