Barton’s Bizarre Biblical Economics

David Barton must have some kind of secret decoder ring. How else to explain how he derives the most absurd ideas from various Bible verses, which he claims support his right wing political and economic positions? On a television show recently, he bizarrely declared that only companies that are government-regulated had to be bailed out in 2008 and 2009:

httpv://youtu.be/HaKs4vEToc0

Uh, what industries aren’t government-regulated? Please name one. But then he contradicts himself and declares, even more bizarrely, that 100% of all industries were “open and free and competitive,” but no longer are after TARP and the stimulus bill. Say what?

httpv://youtu.be/3JmayYJVwkc

It’s like he’s just making shit up, knowing that his audience is simply too stupid or delusional to recognize it.

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  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    It’s like hHe’s just making shit up, knowing that his audience is simply too stupid or delusional to recognize it.

    FTFY

  • naturalcynic

    There is one word of truth: unbelievable.

  • busterggi

    I have a pretty good collection of decoder badges, rings, etc (complete set for Radio Orphan Annie and for Captain Midnight and lots more) but none of them can translate Barton.

  • cottonnero

    It’s neither news nor information, it’s a huckster feeling the news at you, and if you’re already inclined to believe the socialism/UN black helicopters/internationalist takeover foofaraw, it’s warm and comforting, like Oprah for ignorant assholes.

  • cry4turtles

    May I enter a vote for stupid AND delusional? If Ronmey wins (due to delusional stupidity it is very likely) our nation will be at the mercy of a theocratic ruling class. Our battle for secular life may be crushed. I’m deeply disturbed by these prospects.

  • Doug Little

    He is the Sir Edmund Hillary of Bullshit Mountain™. What more is there to say.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    It’s amazing to me (not really) that the religious person’s biases are always upheld by their reading of the bible (or other religious text). I’d love to see a religious person say something like, “I was brought up to believe [some reprehensible attitude], but after looking at the bible, I now realize that was wrong.”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Gvlgeologist, FCD @ # 7: I’d love to see a religious person say something like, “I was brought up to believe [some reprehensible attitude], but after looking at the bible, I now realize that was wrong.”

    Such testimonials pop up fairly regularly all over FtB, usually with “[some reprehensible attitude]” replaced by “Christianity”.

  • jaranath

    I keep going back and forth with Barton. He definitely sounds like a charlatan, but I can just barely buy him as the kind of guy who believes everything that pops into his head. His cherry-picking expeditions through historic documents and the bible smack of cargo cult science, and without some clear peeks beneath the curtain I can’t be sure he doesn’t think he’s the real deal. Of course, both versions of Barton are annoying as hell.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Tie: 1975

    Hair: 1983

  • twincats

    I’m so glad I can come to FTB and Rachel Maddow to get this crap distilled for me. I can’t imagine having to sift through it all (okay, any of it) myself. I watched the last video and wanted to smack the blonde gal who kept squawking “Unbelievable!” As if Barton had actual proof or something.

    …it’s warm and comforting, like Oprah for ignorant assholes.

    But what’s Oprah for, then? (not that I have anything against Oprah, I just don’t have any use for her show. Or her network.)