Bill Maher

Either Bill Maher has been watching Dinesh D’Souza videos, or he has been playing Oregon Trail. Whatever the case, it seems as if something went off in his head because he’s finally acknowledging that there are an awful lot of people asking for an awful lot from the American taxpayer. Or perhaps Maher and D’Souza have the same accountant, and the guy explained the situation to each of them using the same wagon metaphor? Who knows.

The “Real Time” host used Friday night’s show to admit that Romney sorta-kinda had a valid point about America’s growing entitlement culture:

Maher: Okay, so basically what Mitt Romney was saying was, you know, “These spongers, these grifters, these people, I wouldn’t piss on them if their ass was on fire because they don’t pay in.” But it’s not really 47 percent. But I, here’s my question: It’s not zero percent either, takers. I mean, there are a lot of dirt bags in this country, and I think it’s somewhere in between 47 and zero. I think we should split the difference and say we have 23.5 percent dirt bags in America. I do. …

And here, listen to this about disability. People who take disability, who are on disability, in 1968 it was 51 to1, people on disability to people who worked. In 2001, not that long ago, it was 23 to 1. Now it’s 13 to 1, 13 people to one who are on disability. Now, of course, you know, some of that is real. We are an overworked, overstressed, polluted, ripped off and lied to people. So, I mean, obviously there are some people who really do have disabilities. But 13 to 1? You know, it just seems like there’s less people pulling the wagon and more people in the wagon, and at some point the wagon is going to break.

Compare the point Maher was making with Dinesh D’souza speaking to a group of college kids at Oregon State University in October, 2012:

Dinesh D’Souza: I’m simply saying that here we are as a country and for two centuries we’ve had people pulling the wagon. And we recognize, and I would agree, that there is a group of people — and you can disagree about how many — but I would say about 10 percent of people are weak and disadvantaged and need to sit in the wagon and need to have the rest of us pull that wagon. Again, you can disagree about how many people should pull the wagon, but that number [of people sitting in the cart] has been increasing considerably.

This is sort of what Romney was getting at. That at some point there are more people in the wagon than there are pulling. And then the people who are pulling begin to think, “Maybe I should stop pulling and get in the wagon. It’s kind of nicer in the wagon.” And what my criticism of Obama is, instead of saying: “Listen, I really want to thank the people who are pulling the wagon,” he goes, “The people who are pulling the wagon are greedy, selfish and materialistic, and the people sitting in the wagon are wonderful.” He is morally demonizing the wagon-pullers and championing the superior morality of the guys who are sitting int here.  And all I’m saying is, this is an inverted morality. The guys who are actually contributing to help the disadvantaged, these are the sacrificial members of our society, and they’re the ones who deserve a little more credit.

Bill Maher is a conundrum. He’s dumb enough to publicly say that “socialism works,” but he is smart enough to identify some of the accounting problems exacerbated by its philosophical implementation. Given that, one must assume that his real problem is that he’s just dishonest. He knows what’s on the horizon. He knows that we are speeding toward that cliff. He knows that the great big debt-tower is going to come crashing down. He knows it’s all a matter of time, but because he wedded himself to a philosophy years ago, he now spends most of his time figuring out ways to obscure its failures. And like Darth Vader, somewhere deep down inside there’s still a piece of him that seeks to do the right thing, and from time to time he’ll say something that makes his droids squirm.

Think about it: Bill Maher, the guy who donated $1 million dollars to Obama’s SuperPAC (and all he got were higher taxes) is now on the same page as the guy who starred in 2016: Obama’s America. Classic.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

9 comments

  1. Watch for Maher to join his buddy Gerard Depardieu as a guest of Putin when the tax bill hits him in his self-righteous Progressive posterior.

    May he invite his other unfunny pal Jon Stewart along for the duration.

    1. Do tell me what you know about tax bills. What was your effective tax rate last year? Does the IRS accept allowance money? With the proceed from your poetry slam night tip jar? Are interest payments to the Bank of Dad tax deductible? So many questions.

  2. I think Maher will be around for awhile. He likes the Playboy mansion too much. He’s going to be the creepy, old and single guy who continues to hit on women much too young for him.

    1. Methinks that D’Souza has one too many lady friends in his cart. Plus, you forget it’s not creepy if the old man is rich.

  3. I think the premise is very valid, and I think you’ll find that many people on both sides of the aisle agree, minus the inaccurate labels and dollops of partisan rhetoric added to the argument. If you strip away the class warfare rhetoric, and look deeper, it’s not a case of rich versus poor, but the erosion of the class that has pulled the cart since the end of the second World War: the middle class. That class is shrinking at an alarming rate. Home equity has tanked (thanks Wall Street), personal debt has skyrocketed (thanks Fed), the economy has lagged, jobs lost, taxes have risen (thanks both parties) resulting in the backbone of this country being picked clean by both the poor and the rich. Between the bankers fleecing 401k’s and the poor piling into the cart like a clown car, the middle class back is breaking.

    I would have thought you’d been excited that Maher agreed with you.

    1. I’m not excited that Maher agrees with me because he’s a dishonest jerk who portrayed Mitt Romney as evil incarnate … and now that the election is over he’s essentially like, “You know, he was kind of right about that entitlement stuff.” When Republicans “cut” programs (i.e., not actually cutting any programs, but simply slowing the growth of them), they’re likened to heartless bastards. Meanwhile, Democrats sit around with their thumbs up their butts, self-righteously saying things like, “Social Security and Medicare are off the table. We need more ‘revenues’.”

      Losers like Donna Brazile say “discretionary spending is at its lowest since 1953.” Umm, yeah, that’s because entitlement spending is through the roof. Like Bill Maher, she’s either purposefully misleading the American public about the real issues facing the nation, or she’s a complete moron.

      Anyone who tries to have an adult conversation about the real debt crisis barreling our way is attacked and ridiculed. It’s sad, but after the recent election … I’m at peace with it. Right now I’m just mentally setting up the lawn chair and getting out a few cigars so I can be comfortable when it all implodes.

      Speaking of wagons, I’m circling my own around my family. I’ll try my best not to give in to the schadenfreude when the economy tanks, but at this point I can’t promise anything.

  4. Funny, I thought the same thing when Bush won a second term. Then, Obama didn’t pan out. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Nothing changes.

    People mock the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, but at least they are trying to bring about change, however misguided they may be.

    1. I am empathetic to certain complaints made by the Occupy movement (or what’s left of it). The student loan issue is one I’m intimately familiar with… However, the anger they had was not channeled towards the real criminals. Wall Street will always be Wall Street, but Wall Street goes by the playbook Washington gives them. They go by the playbook Washington often allows them to write. And so, if there is blame to go around, I’m going to look at Washington, DC … much more than New York’s financial district.

  5. The evidence suggests that the increase in disability claims is not due to fraud, but rather to a) the baby boomers getting older (and therefore more likely to need disability), and b) women who entered the workforce in the 70s and 80s reaching the qualification level to claim disability (workers have to have worked at least a quarter of their adult lives to be eligible for disability benefits, so many women who were working between the 1969 and 2001 and became disabled weren’t able to claim disability).

    Source: http://www.cbpp.org/files/8-9-12ss.pdf

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