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The arrogance and ignorance of Bill Maher

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:

Maybe I have a very short memory or something, but… if I recall… wasn’t blaming the Republicans for everything THE ENTIRE campaign strategy for Democrats in 2010???

Obama never blamed the Republicans for the debt, the mortgage crisisthe financial crisisderegulation of the banksthe wars, and… Gosh, what am I leaving out???

Read the whole thing. If you follow the news on a regular basis, it becomes relatively easy to challenge Bill Maher.  There are many facts he just doesn’t care about.

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18 Comments

  1. I don’t know what Maher has to complain about… he’s living proof that being an imbecile doesn’t stand in the way of fame and fortune.

    Just once I’d like to hear the interviewer ask [random rich lib] just how much they overpaid their taxes.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — March 23, 2011 @ 6:57 pm - March 23, 2011

  2. Years ago he was a comedian. Today, he’s just an angry man in search of a joke; however, he’s become the joke. He embodies everything wrong with the Left.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — March 23, 2011 @ 7:51 pm - March 23, 2011

  3. There is something about the leftist brain that confuses arrogance with intellect and smugness with authority; see also Rachel Maddow

    Comment by V the K — March 23, 2011 @ 8:52 pm - March 23, 2011

  4. The truly egregious thing, is the tea party does care about the Bush years. They talk about it all the time; Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor seem to apologize for the Bush deficits every chance they get. I mean, to say they don’t “care about the facts” is absurd. Remember when people were worrying if they would start a third party?

    Comment by joeedh — March 23, 2011 @ 8:53 pm - March 23, 2011

  5. Maher is the most smug liberal jerk I know. He is the king.

    Comment by Charles — March 23, 2011 @ 9:00 pm - March 23, 2011

  6. That’s truly rich coming from a pathetic, insignificant Republican Sodomite.

    Comment by Auntie Dogma — March 23, 2011 @ 9:00 pm - March 23, 2011

  7. “That’s truly rich coming from a pathetic, insignificant Republican Sodomite.” – Auntie Dogma

    Thanks for your input. I guess that you are a Bill Maher supporter?

    Comment by Charles — March 23, 2011 @ 9:03 pm - March 23, 2011

  8. The deficit has quadrupled under Obama. What in the world is Maher talking about? Are he and his mullet really that stupid?

    Comment by rspeicher — March 23, 2011 @ 10:10 pm - March 23, 2011

  9. When the barbarians (probably Islamist) finally invade, and defeat Know-Nothing 60s Hippie Narcissism by their sheer brutality, Bill Maher’s head will be one of the ones they stick on a pike as a warning at the city gates.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 23, 2011 @ 11:25 pm - March 23, 2011

  10. P.S. My comment above is NOT a wish on my part. Only a sadly-given prediction.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 24, 2011 @ 12:00 am - March 24, 2011

  11. …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.

    Thanks for pointing that out. A fact that Republicans and conservatives dont make anywhere near enough.

    I’d also point out that Bush also gets wrongly blamed, by both the left and the right, for the 2008 budget, Democrats first budget, one that tripled the deficit (before quadrupling THAT record busting budget with their second), and that Bush never signed, and never got the chance to sign, because he would have vetoed it. Democrats instead held it over into January 2009 for Obama to sign.

    Comment by American Elephant — March 24, 2011 @ 2:13 am - March 24, 2011

  12. Oh, and Bill Maher is just a bitter old perv who likes to get high and ##### little girls young enough to be his grand-daughter and hates Republicans, particularly Christians, because they tend to look down on dirty old men who want to get high and #### little girls young enough to be their grand-daughters.

    Thats his entire life in a nutshell.

    Comment by American Elephant — March 24, 2011 @ 2:22 am - March 24, 2011

  13. My, Miss Dogma, what a civil form of discourse we have.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 24, 2011 @ 2:53 am - March 24, 2011

  14. Auntie Dogma proves the point: If a member of a protected class goes against the democratic party, personal attacks will ensue. Dems will fight for gays right to marry, but not to disagree with their platforms.

    Comment by raugaj — March 24, 2011 @ 7:44 am - March 24, 2011

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  16. Re: Miss Dogma’s comment
    Isn’t it amazing how the hateFULL, liberal left can argue so very well with logic and reason, all while sticking to the subject. It’s like listening to an Islamo-terrorist with ADHD and Tourettes rationalize strapping a bomb to his own baby.

    Comment by Bobebarn — March 24, 2011 @ 10:33 am - March 24, 2011

  17. #6 – That’s truly rich coming from a pathetic, insignificant, socialist, AIDS-demented, Texas-hating sodomite.

    Fixed it for ya, Auntie Bigot.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 24, 2011 @ 10:51 am - March 24, 2011

  18. LOL…expecting a Liberal to have any desire to think or act in a logical manner

    Plain and simple…..Liberals are completely blinded by delusion.

    Conservatives are from Earth…Liberals are from La La Land!

    Comment by Art — March 24, 2011 @ 12:24 pm - March 24, 2011

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