Yesterday, while at the gym doing my cardio, I looked up at one of the TV monitors to see the smug mug of Bill Maher on Eliot Spitzer’s solo CNN show, In the Arena. My first thought was why a program ostensibly offering commentary on the news would turn to such an ill-informed partisan self-styled comic as a kind of expert. He seemed the latest in the string of left-wingers on the former Democratic politician’s show. My second thought was, well, CNN does have the freedom to bring on whatever guests it wishes and to have ratings roughly one-quarter of those of FoxNews’s program in the same time slot.
In the interview, Maher demonstrated both his arrogance and his ignorance. He claimed to understand better the economic interests of Tea Party protesters than they do themselves:
The Tea Party is a party named after a tax revolt that does not know very much about taxes. It’s very hard to get effective policy in place if the people are voting against their own economic interests. . . . I mean, if your agenda is the same as a billionaire, you’re not really a populist movement, and if they’re supposed to be all about taxes and deficits and debt, most of the money, most of the deficit money, the debt money, was from under Bush. These are facts that they don’t care about.
Yeah, Bill, they have the same salary as you do, so they can easily bear the burdens of high taxes — and the increased cost of commodities (due, in large part to government regulation).
So, according to Mr. Maher, any movements backed by George Soros by definition cannot be populist. And then the unfunny comic goes on to argue that most of the deficit was under Bush. Um, Bill, have you read the constitution? It gives the power of the purse to Congress, controlled by Democrats since from 2007 until this January. And it was the budget passed the Democratic Congress elected in 2006, that saw deficits, declining before their eleciton, began to grow — as the rate of increase of federal spending accelerated.
He then faulted the president for failing to blame Republicans: “He never blames the Republicans for anything. He’s their best friend. He always helps them with their narrative.” This statement so shocked our reader Sonicfrog that he wonders if he had a memory lapse: [Read more…]