Bill Maher fancies himself a funny guy. Personally, I think he’s a poor man’s George Carlin, an atheist without Carlin’s intellectual curiosity about the human condition or the polish that shines when someone truly loves their craft. Regardless, I watched the entirety of his Yahoo stand up routine, CrazyStupidPolitics because it’s important to never let yourself become isolated from differing points of view. I might not agree with George Carlin’s analysis of The Ten Commandments, but I know talent when I see it—and he had it. Maher? He’s just a bitter liberal guy who strings together pseudo-witty personal attacks on people he doesn’t like. He’s essentially made the same handful of jokes over and over again for the last decade (e.g., religious people are dumb, Republicans hate poor people and black people). And that’s fine. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning and I never get tired of it, just like people who hate Sarah Palin never get tired of hearing the same jokes recycled from the 2008 presidential campaign. It’s just a shame I don’t get paid big bucks to eat raisin bread with peanut butter like certain comedians get paid to tell slightly different iterations of the same stale routine…but I digress.
What bothers me about Maher isn’t that he calls guys like me a “tea bagger” for the 100th time and still laughs at his own jokes—what bothers me is that he’s a liar. Let’s take Bill’s riff on the debt:
“The Republicans are the ones who ran up most of this debt. That’s just the facts. Fact in there! Hello! You can not get that fact in that Bush ran up the debt, even though it’s in numbers, black and white. Republicans when they’re in office, they act like drunken sailors. Nothing is paid for. As soon as they get voted out they’re like, “Oh my God, I blacked out. What happened? Who ran up all this debt? Who spent all this money, it has to stop right now!”
Since Bill likes black and white numbers I went to the Obama Administration’s 2013 Budget. The graph provided above, with Bill’s rolling head added as a bonus, shows the incredibly sharp slope our nation’s debt takes on the not-so-distant horizon, so much so that the comedian’s cranium get’s wedged between the debt and the percentage of American GDP it takes up. That’s not coming from me, the so-called racist conservative—that’s coming from the administration Bill Maher just donated 1 million dollars to through a SuperPac (those vehicles for influencing elections that Barack Obama was against until the money came rolling in). Entitlement spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—and now with Obamacare—are the primary drivers of our debt. FACT.
Don’t like charts, Bill? Neither did Timothy Geithner when Paul Ryan took him to the intellectual woodshed with the administration’s own numbers. How about the text from the Obama 2013 budget:
“Beyond 2022, however, the fiscal position gradually deteriorates mainly because of the aging of the population and the high continuing cost of the Government’s health programs. By 2030, the deficit is projected to be 4.5 percent of GDP, and by 2040 it is nearly 6 percent. The deficit continues to rise for the next 75 years, and the publicly-held debt is also projected to rise persistently relative to GDP (see Chart 5-1),” (Obama Administration 2013 Budget, emphasis added).
A good chuck of CrazyStupidPolitics is spent on making fun of Republicans for allegedly wanting to hurt poor people and minorities by curtailing spending. What Bill refuses to understand is that we’re broke. We’re dead broke. When you promise all sorts of goodies to people to win their votes on election day, eventually you run out of other people’s money or it becomes time to pay the bill. And when that happens to a nation of debtors you end up like Greece. Since America’s economy dwarfs Greece’s, think back to the old saying, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” Get it? Bill Maher doesn’t. At one point he actually proposes raising taxes and cutting military spending as the answer to our problem. Again, Maher proves just how woefully out of his league he is when it comes to actually knowing the numbers. The White House’s OMB proves Maher is either a liar or an idiot. No amount of taxation can fill the canyon we’ve dug for ourselves:
Look how much the “Big Three” entitlement programs suck up in spending for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. We only allot three Bill Maher’s for education, which might be why guys like him don’t understand that 58% of spending (and growing rapidly) constitutes entitlement programs. The dangers of the interest alone could take up another blog post…
In short, the very thing liberals want more of is the very thing that is going to bring the nation to its knees. Instead of honestly talking about it with the American people, entertainers like Bill Maher gin up hate, animosity, and anger.
Bill Maher is laughing all the way to the bank, but it’s his fans who aren’t going to think it’s funny when the economy crashes and burns. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Demetri Martin to listen to.