Monday, June 18, 2012

The Right Shift

By Bill Maher

Good news: last month, for the first time in weeks, Congress passed a bill! And wait until you hear what you get: by a vote of 78 to 20, the Senate voted to extend the life of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. …People, please! Control yourselves!

Yes, the Import-Export Bank. It’s been around for 80 years. They re-upped it for another three. Now, what do you 80% of Americans who disapprove of the job Congress is doing have to say about that?? Hit the links, Speaker Boehner! You’ve earned it.

Now, if I were a Washington pundit, I’d launch into some boring speech about how both sides are equally to blame, and then I’d call it a day and we’d all meet at Katherine Graham’s house for cocktails. Which is weird because Katherine Graham is dead. But this is why you never see us booking George Will and Peggy Noonan on my show (besides the fact that they wouldn’t do it): Because the same old Washington pundits haven’t said anything interesting since disco. Also because the idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horseshit and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, “The Rise of the Party of the Apes.”

In fact, recently Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, two old wonks who have been in Washington as long as the Potomac, wrote a book called “It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism” in which they basically say, flat out, what I say every week: it’s the Republicans who are crazy. And they wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post to go along with the book called, “Let’s Just Say It: The Republicans Are the Problem.”

They write: “We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.” And they’re not saying Democrats are blameless and perfect. We all know there’s only been one perfect man in human history. And that’s David Beckham.

But it reminded me of something Barney Frank recently said: “…people have said to me, well, why can't you work things out with the Republicans, and my answer to my friends has been: Exactly on what issues do you think Michele Bachmann and I can compromise?” Basically Barney is saying, look, how do you expect me to work on the 2+2=4 bill when their side believes math is a liberal plot to turn your kid queer?

Take Dick Lugar. Who was always a staunch conservative, just not the modern-day insane variety. He was just throttled in the Republican Senate primary in Indiana by a Tea Party guy named Richard Mourdock. And after Mourdock won he said this about working with the other side: “I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.” Which is sort of like saying to your girlfriend, “I think both our sexual needs will best be fulfilled by you blowing me.”

Or take Allen West. Seriously, take him to the padded cell and give him 20 CCs of the high test. Ornstein and Mann start off their Post op-ed by noting that recently Rep. Allen West said that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. And not one Republican said, “Allen, come on. You’re making us look dumb.” Not one of the Republican candidates for president said anything. Because in today’s Republican Party, that’s not even edgy anymore. They probably saw him later on and were like, “Word, Allen. Word.” Because that’s how they think black people talk.

128 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sanders is right. The only thing he could even debate with Bachmann is hypocrisy, and they wouldn't even agree on that. Earth v. The Pod People.

But math does make your kids into queers! Queer little multibillionaires, yes indeed, moving out & going straight to Hell they are. Yes yes. Math is Not Of This World.

Anonymous said...

We're the indians in this game.

Anonymous said...

The House, led by speaker Boehner, j has passed many bills including budgets because it is controlled by Republicans. The Senate, controlled by Dems had done nothing. Maher hopes his readers are dumb enough not to know the difference! By the way, real classy calling West an ape. No wonder the dems are the party of kkk.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Maher,

here is a suggestion: lock yourself in a room with Col. West, guarded by MPs, talk your trash to him personally (don't forget to tell him you think that because he is a Republican he is nothing more than an ape), and let the best man exit the room.

Oh, and make sure your health care premiums are current before you enter that room, as I fear you will need access to their services after your meeting with Col. West.

Unfortunately you will probably only be asked to shine Col. West's shoes, a job that you are not remotely qualified to do.

Anonymous said...

Bill, last Friday on your show David Frum said the problem is people don't trust the government anymore. Too bad no one said, "Yeah, Dave, and it started with your hero, Ronald Reagan, who said, 'government is not the solution, it's the problem.'"

My mom said it's always easy to tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. One will lend you a hand. The other will give you the finger.

Anonymous said...

Lol Republican ape responds to ape claims with apey comment. Ooga booga we gunna beat you up!

EBL said...

You are losing it. You need to chill.

Anonymous said...

Bill the best part of you ran down your mammys leg after the ape was done buggering her.

Transsylvania Phoenix said...

Bill Maher: your IQ can make the intellect of an aphid to look towering in comparison.

Good thing you quit snorting cocaine and found an alternative to get high in 2008. However... keep in mind that being hooked on sniffing the skid marks on Obama's underpants may kill your last two functioning brain cells.
Wishing you all the best,
TP

Anonymous said...

This from a self admitted wanker.

Consider the train wreck of the European welfare state and our own unsustainably toxic finances. Then consider the fact that we have not done a thing to limit government, but rather expand its reach beyond imagination.

Or consider a president who has attempted to grab more power than any of his predecessors. If there were an R behind his name he would have been crucified.

Assassination without accountability is now official policy.

Scandal after scandal after scandal and all you have is name calling. Pathetic.

Go grab a copy of one of your mysogynistic men's mags and dash off to the dressing room for some quick relief....

Anonymous said...

Drop HBO and they will drop this little bully. Crude and offensive isn't funny. Racism and sexism isn't funny. Your subscription to HBO pays for this vicious little sh*t's salery. Drop HBO.

Anonymous said...

Unintelligent and unfunny...maher is just as poor at his commentary as he was an actor.

Anonymous said...

Maher, you are a BIGOT! You leftist lunatics with your f*ing race baiting attempt to portray consercatives as racist against Obama. Your blog post here clearly proves YOU are a racist pig.

Anonymous said...

Bill's just another anus-licking Coprocrat and proud member of NAMBLA.

Anonymous said...

The federal government does have a very critical mission: defense and security. It can also print currency, deliver the mail, and enter into treaties. It shouldn't do much else. Hurrah for a do-little Congress. Actually, Congress should get really busy for a while repealing everything in the New Deal and Great Society. Then it can settle down again.

Anonymous said...

2 wrongs don't make a right, but 3 do. The christian zombies are heerre

Anonymous said...

President Ohomo has no need for toilet tissue as Maher tosses his salad daily.

Anonymous said...

The ruling class must be laughing their asses off. All these stupid people hating each other on command.
That which is not sustainable will not be sustained. Conversely, its amazing what can be sustained, and for how long.

GTaylor said...

Bill,

You're totally off base here. Republicans are not apes. They are the underground mutants who wear masks to hide their true nature and are religious zealots that worship a nuclear missle. ;-)

Anonymous said...

GTaylor, of course you voted for the semi-simian that presently infests the half-white House. Have you stopped raping your sons?

Plan B said...

The levee's going to break

Anonymous said...

How come racism is bad unless Maher is the one being the racist?

Oh, that's right. It's still bad.

justoffal said...

Hey Bill I think it's great to see you criticize Allen West from a distance and call him big, complex Freudian names. When you come out of the closet ( whatsamatta not PC? ) some day you might find another vent for your clandestine frustrations.

I know, I know...your used to having your minorities on a leash but Allen just won't submit. Hey I know big guy...why don't you go sere a few tours of active combat duty like Colonel West. I hear you can even brag about your sexual orientation in the Military now with no consequences and maybe a real American Hero Like Allen West will save your sorry milk-toast ass
from an actual enemy instead of a the teddy bears you probably sleep with.

Anonymous said...

You know, if you read the bible there's this guy Jesus who proposed investing to grow the economy. Thats right, he said to plant lots of seeds, and not to make bad investments. And to stfu if you don't. Otherwise he was a totally zapped out hippy freak, way into peace & love & freedom & music... you know where all that bliss leads.

Pontius Pilate is the role model of the modern religulous asshatfucktards trolling this bitstream.

Matt Taibbi @ work

Anonymous said...

In the olde days they hung thieves & gave their stuff to the victims.
I know exactly who's got my money.

Zen Grouch said...

I honestly miss the way Washington was when Tricky Dick Nixon was in the White House...

Anonymous said...

Maher's the poster child for botched abortions.

ed waldo said...

"Maher's the poster child for botched abortions," elegantly and succinctly sums up and validates Mr. Maher's post.

The simple truth is that Republican trolls, feebs, boors and haters have no actual arguments, and rely entirely on fallacies, or, as in this case, vicious juvenile snark.

Haw haw. Way to nail 'em Jethro!

Just think: thirty years of failed policies, two bank meltdowns, the rise of insane hatred and irrational, absurdist policies as answers when selfsame have been tried and found utterly bankrupt ... all refuted (according to this gutless troll) by one infantile snark that wouldn't merit comment in a club setting.

I'd actually like to set a club in this yahoo's face, but I mean that metaphorically only -- since such an actual sentiment would cause HannityHoftLimbo to wet his/its pants and knot the panties of the Usual Suspects: Malkin, Krauthammer, Coulter et al, ad nauseum, ad infinitum. Amen.

Nancy Valle said...

Maher is one of the "desperate idiots for Obama" and not a very useful one. Mr. Maher has found himself alone, unnoticed by B.O. and made to earn a living by preaching to his choir of other small minds. Maher is one of a stable of court jesters who licked B.O's boots and now wallow in their anger and frustration over this tragic joke in the White House. But they don't give up. They are some of the best Donkey's in Donkey business. Mr. Maher can't forget the paltry million dollars he dropped into the bucket and then was not even considered for an ambassadorship to Russia or Israel.

Anonymous said...

Frum should consider that one reason we don't trust government is that when they get exploited and lose our money, they cover it up and lie instead of prosecuting the villains, absolutely because they can be prosecuted themselves for their own misconduct. So we distrust obviously dishonest government. Where is the surprise in this? That the propaganda isn't working?

Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis fails when the antithesis is extinction. Do the math, n x 0 = 0. Always.

GTaylor said...

I just love people who cowardly post racist comments without signing their name.

Adam Wood said...

Typical racist Bill Maher. Nothing new here. It's OK to call Allen West a primate because he doesn't subscribe to leftist extremist views, but God forbid someone denigrate Barack Obamessiah's lack of intelligence by pointing out that he's stupider than a monkey. My God, that would be fucking RACISM! ZOMG!


Maher, I long for the day when you are raped in prison with a chainsaw, because you are such sub-human filth that this would be the the humane thing to do for you. Stupid fucking cunt.



Now I'll watch this get deleted and/or never posted because, as usual, the Left believe so much in the freedom of speech!

Maria said...

Bill, sometimes GOP idea of bipartisanship is expecting the other side to do all the work. For example, the Farm Bill severely cuts SNAP funding to the needy, while subsidizing large agri biz. Thank goodness Senator Gillibrand is introducing an amendment to put back the much needed food dollars. Also, thanks for your support and making us aware of women raped in the military via your interview with Susan Burke and her quest to help these women. See www.invisiblewarmovie.com :) Maria

Anonymous said...

Bill you are one ugly motherfucker..and the only reason you get photographed with hot women is to cover your homosexuality. good thing obama likes white homes once in a while,,for a change from his dyke wife...or else you would have no love life except for your right hand,

Mike said...

It's hilarious that the republitards are desperately trying to turn this into a racist post, when they are in fact the truly racist ones, who automatically think of African Americans when they hear the word "apes". And yet they are the same ones who constantly talk about us using "the race card."

Doumor99 said...

Look Matt Taibbi's Comment asshatfucktard's. I love it but you have to have balls to fuck and none of these have even the slightest balls enough to put their name on their slanderous comments. A bit like the Muslim Taliban and the scarfs covering their identity wouldn't you say.

Arcturus said...

Wow, the right-wing morons really came out in force on this one. I love them trying to defend that moron Alan West. Thanks for proving Bill's point.

Anonymous said...

Too bad this forum doesn't have a stupid filter. There are some very asinine replies. I'm sorry that I read some of them. How hateful and ignorant these rebuttals are. I look forward to Friday, Bill!

SINGMAN00 said...

Bill, I'd twist your nose for lying but I only have two hands.

Anonymous said...

Wow who knew that republicans were so sensitive?

Guys (I use the term loosely), maybe you should plan have a support group ready for you all before you read the next Bill Maher post, huh?

I love how conservatives somehow believe the corporate take over of government represents freedom.
BTW, I believe that it's always important to keep an eye on the government- both parties included. However, the republicans will just steer more resources into the hands of their already rich campaign donors and screw the average American.

Somehow, this will be perceived as "freedom." Like the freedom we have to be overcharged for health care so that HMO's executives can be wealthy or the freedom I have to pay for billions in oil subsidies for companies making billions in quarterly profits.

Good thinking, right wingers.

shirtsbyeric said...

Wow, I thought Karl Pilkington was the biggest idiot on HBO.

Peter David said...

Absolutely great commentary. Unfortunately I could feel myself leaking IQ points in reading the responses, but you gotta take the bad with the good, I suppose.

Anonymous said...

I find it amusing that supporters of "Col. West" don't: (1) refer to him as "Lt. Col. West" (that was his actual rank upon his departure from the US Army); and (2) do portray him as a "war hero tough guy" when, in fact, Lt. Col. West left active service after having accepted an Article 15 (non-judicial punishment in lieu of court-martial) for felony violations of military law--he admitted to violations of UCMJ articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) for his conduct in Iraq. Look it up: by definition, your man is an apparent war criminal.

(And by the way, I am also a retired military officer--a Lt. Col. with post 9-11 combat experience and JAG experience. Face it: Lt. Col. West was drummed out of the Army. Google it if you don't believe me.)

Now, I'm NOT suggesting Lt. Col. West isn't in good company by virtue of his membership in Congress. (Plenty of criminal types there.) But I AM suggesting that his supporters on this website remind one of slithering sycophants. Is West an "ape?" Nah, of course not. Is he a criminal? Well, the United States Army thought so--and by virtue of his decision to accept the Article 15, lt. Col. West thought so, too.

Cheers!

tsawyer said...

Wow, its one thing to hate and its another to be a dumb little bunny about it. Fucktards, Allen West's and the Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes joke don't even appear in the same paragraph. That's quite the stretch little brains.

Anonymous said...

LOL, look at all these moronic GOP posts. Bill, I think you might have been mentioned on a conservative whack-jobs blog or Fox News, because they always send out their Brown Shirts to intimidate anyone that doesn't agree with them and this has all the symptoms.

I completely agree with you. I've been saying it for years. The GOP IS the problem. I think they like to use the Hitler reference because as always, the GOP attacks first on issues they are reeking of guilt. I hate to use a passe fascist reference, (see how they did that), though these guys have a striking resemblance to fascism.

Spending massive money on military and promote militarist agenda, check.
Give the banks and big businesses whatever they want including welfare, check.
Blame someone else for the problems, and center hate on them through any means, check.
Resist compromise as a show of weakness, check.
Actively talk about a one party system, check.
Intimidate, lie, cheat, in elections, check.
Limiting the rights of voters, check.

Now I'm not saying they are anywhere near being Nazis but they share a great deal with fascist ideals. I hate to think what they could do if the D-Baggers get control of the Presidency and the Senate. These guys are downright scary.

Just look at all the geniuses that posted here. They are trying to intimidate you and anyone that follows you because it's the only thing they know how to do: be bullies.

You are on the money Bill. If you're making them squirm, then you know you're getting under their skin. Keep bringin' the pain to these connies.

Anonymous said...

I like all the intellectual giants suggesting that Bill fight Allen West. Well, if you put Alen West in with a grizzly bear, he would get eviscerated. Does that mean you geniuses will vote the bear into office

StewartIII said...

NewsBusters: Bill Maher Calls GOP 'Party of the Apes' As He Attacks Allen West
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/06/20/bill-maher-calls-gop-party-apes-he-attacks-allen-west

Enzo said...

Geez there are a lot of haters here. Why comment if you're going to spew idiocy out of your ass?

Bill, it's hard to have hope these days, when being an ape is applauded. These people are as much to blame as the people they keep electing. They simply don't understand that they are constantly voting for sellouts who have non interest in them. I can't stand them, but I wish them help, they're the ones who refuse it most however.

Anonymous said...

When the fuck have Obama, Pelosi, or Reid compromised -- that is other than compromising what little integrity they may have once had

Anonymous said...

Why do republicans even bother to comment? You know little and that's why you are republicans.

Try to bring sanity back into your party before it is too late.

Anonymous said...

I recall Sen. Alan Simpson dressing your sorry ass down a few years back after one of your snarky comments, and you were shaking like a bully who'd just had the crap knocked out of him. Would you please post that interview on your little blog? I am sure your fans would like to see it.

Anonymous said...

Why does Bill hate women so much?

The Frolicking Gadfly said...

Ahh yes - by the looks of the comments section it appears that the HuffPo/AOL wingnut trolls have huddled together and decided to go after Maher with the old spittle flying NEENER-NEENER-NEENER routine. Look at everyone of their posts. Nothing of substance to respond to Maher with (who btw they seem to have forgotten is a comedian) just the usual trailer-trash crayon scribblings and my dick is bigger than your dick ramblings. What a sad bunch of childish losers.

Anonymous said...

bill maher is a little peckered punk. he isn't good enough to clean Allen Wests shoes.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Bill Mahers' spineless comments about West only confirm my belief that Maher wouldn't make a good pimple on the Colonels ass. Michell Malkin has Maher pegged right; ‘He’s an Invertebrate Coward Who Cloaks Left-Wing Talk Hate in Humor’

Looking, back, $1.50 a gallon gas wasn't so bad. Thanks Barry.. Barack.. whatever.. I miss G.W.!!

Joojeh said...

GOP base has been hijacked by a bunch of white angry old lunatics who feed on phony outrage and are stimulated by fake controversy. These people live under right wing echo chamber enclosed by Faux 'News' and daytime radio talk shows.
Majority of Republicans know this but are too afraid to say anything because unfortunately, the "lunatic base" is the one showing up in GOP primaries...

Joojeh said...

Oh yeah you moron, "Oooobama is the one setting the gas prices..."!This is what happens to your brain when you live under Faux News bubble.
On one side, we have right wing politicians beating the war drums with oil rich Iran and Syria, and on the other side, we have right wing tools who complain about rising gas prices!
GOP, Party of apes is an insult to apes.

Joojeh said...

By the way, Allen West once complained about the "COEXIST" bumper sticker! What is the alternative you imbecile? A second civil war among the different religions in USA?????
Comparing these morons to apes is an injustice to apes.

Anonymous said...

Senate: filibuster my friend, they simply can't pass anything technically
Budget: been passed by the senate as well. And all hell would break lose if they failed to pass and the public would finally pay attention to republican methods.... so, politically unwise move not pass it.
Ape: he called all Republican Apes, not just the black ones, so it's just mean, not racists. And all these KKK democrats.... well, you know who the South startes to vote for after the Civil Rights Mvmt and LBJ legislation.... This backfired, mhm.

Anonymous said...

The welfare state has nothing to do with Europe's problems (look at Sweden, denmark, germany, netherlands, austria.... Even france ist better of than the US in terms of debt and deficit). The problem is the EURO which was ill conceived

Anonymous said...

My friend, we already had these glorious times and we call them the gildef age. Corporations sucking workers dry and them leaving them homeless and starving when the depressions hit.

Matt said...

The reading comprehension from the Bill Maher haters is really bad. I guess they only skim through and understand a few words here and there. If you disagree with Bill I would like read some thoughtful comments that actually saying something. You know Bill doesn't read these comments and you are not going to Troll him and hurt his feelings. I can't believe the guy who said Half White House can even type or use a computer. How are you that hateful and still have half a brain to use a keypad? I blame voice command, Siri must understand redneck

Anonymous said...

To the frolickinggladfly: Bill Maher didn't say anything intelligent, OR funny about West.. what he said, " The Rise of the Party of the Apes" has nothing but hate insinuations. Maher is NOT a comedian.. he's a hate monger. What West said about communism is from someone who served his country, to enable you to 'frolic'. With his first hand knowledge of how the government works, it's easy to see how West would think that the democratic party has so many communists. BTW, has Bill Maher ever served his country, or does his livelihood depend on destroying it? Spineless comes to mind.. but, funny.. no. A lot of people aren't laughing right now.. go ahead and 'frolic' though. Some of us actually give a shit enough to put our lives on the line so you can do that!

sabrinabee said...

Bill, you insult apes. Even they have more sense than half the anon posters here.

The Man With No Name said...

You can't serve God & Mammon both.

Christian H. said...

I hate Anonymous posters who blather about bravery and righteousness.

Maher is a comedian who tells the truth. Sometimes his "non-support" of Obama during the "season of intractability" totally pissed me off, but he's not racist or sexist.

The Man With No Name said...

RNC: the no fun party of God & Mammon both.

-.-

peacebewithyou said...

Love your show, Bill. You are very often wrong, but I love your show, nonetheless!

Anonymous said...

I did not know so many republicans hate your guts Bill. Well done. I guess American Crossroads and the Koch brothers are really job creators. 10 cents a comment servants, really?

Anonymous said...

How does an illiterate person access a text based internet?
How do you know thats 1 or more functional illiterate Republicans?
Rule #29

Anonymous said...

Time for Chris Mooney to explain The Republican Brain to the centrists who think harmony can result from talking to the American Taliban (Republican) Party.

Prometheus72 said...

You're right! Our American political system has always been based on who could win a cage match. Brains and wit are for queers like Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison...

Anonymous said...

I'm just sayng that there is so much sponsored propaganda on the web that the semantic, spelling and grammar errors are as likely due to propaganda coming from places where 10 cents a post is good money, as from teenagers on summer break, hanging around developing a bad news jones at an early age, instead of developing necessary skills to live fulfilling sex lives and ultimately, personal freedom.

Its a Brave New World and you don't know anything. This is global psiwar and marketers are the new special forces. You should use the internet to study this and make yourself useful to the rest of us. Isn't all this emotional knee jerking to anonymous taunts & jeers beneath you? You people are gullible but whats worse, you stoop to counter at the same level. You better wise up, Janet Weiss.

Be afraid, be very afraid. Its good for business.

Beware. There will be no mercy.

BenjaminK said...

I hope you didn't just give us a spoiler of this weeks shows closing monologue, Bill. I look forward to that every episode.

BenjaminK said...

I hope you didn't just give us a spoiler of this weeks shows closing monologue, Bill. I look forward to that every episode.

Benny B. said...

Wow. Michele Bachmann, Dick Lugar, Richard Mourdock all mentioned as well...but clearly this post is about Allen West being an "Ape"" b/c he was mentioned in the last paragraph? Please.

I know I should;t be doing this because it will open no eyes or serve any purpose, but for all the haters screaming "RACISM" against Marher (while simultaneously spewing & encouraging violent homophobic rhetoric): There was this movie that came out recently, called 'Rise of the Planet of The Apes'. It's that movie he is comparing the entire tea-party hijacked republican party to. You see it's a metaphor comparing the intelligence of those that believe that Democrats are communist; or those that believe in no compromise with democrats; or those those that believe invasive vaginal procedures should be mandatory while blaming Obama for taking away their "freedoms"; to. It's actually quite funny.

What's not funny is the first thing that comes to the minds of these hate mongers that are posting here (and sure to be on a 48 hour news cycle on fox news) is race. As if they are searching for justification for their behavior. It's that "False equivalency that Bill talks about a lot on his show and in his posts.

In the words of Bill "All Republicans aren't racist, but if you are a racist, you're probably a republican.

Binky said...

Wow Bill! I can always count on you to shoot straight and true, and give me a little giggle at the end.

Yes it is all the Republicans fault, because somewhere along the line they forgot that the constitution didn't just protect all the things they hold dear, but also the things I hold dear, and that if you take away my freedoms yours won't be too far behind.

My fondest wish in life is that every republican gets hooked up to a lie detector test and asked if they really believe the crap that spouts from their mouths. I want to see that dial dance. Would the democrats squeak through? Maybe it would simply depend on how you phrased the questions. Republicans on the other hand would fail in every which way.

As for the Anon's on here, really get a life, you spend more time name calling than actually convincing anyone that you are right. All it does is further prove your ignorance, do yourself a favor and turn off Fox News I think you have been drinking the KoolAid too long. Also please stop using the bible as proof, it isn't, it's just the work of a few very talented writers and a lot of editors.

jstan442 said...

hey bill have west come on your program--he will clean your clock you abusive j@ck@$$

Anonymous said...

Forty-six million Americans (one in seven) are on food stamps.

One in seven is unemployed or underemployed.

The percentage of those out of work defined as long-term unemployed is the highest (42%) since the Great Depression.

54% of college graduates younger than 25 are unemployed or underemployed.

47% of Americans receive some form of government assistance.

Employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds is now 75.7%, lower than when the recession “ended” in June 2009.

There are 7.7 million fewer full-time workers now than before the recession, and 3.3 million more part-time workers.

Eight million people have left the labor force since the recession “ended” — adding those back in would put the unemployment rate at 12% instead of 8.2%.

The number of unemployed looking for work for at least 27 weeks jumped 310,000 in May, the sharpest increase in a year.

Over 7.5 million homes have been foreclosed upon by the Wall Street bankers since 2008.

The National Debt has increased by $5.7 trillion (57% increase) since September 2008, while real GDP has risen by $305 billion (2.3% increase) since the 3rd quarter of 2008.

Interest income paid to senior citizens and savers has declined by $400 billion (29% decline) since September of 2008 due to Ben Bernanke’s ZIRP.

Government transfer payments have risen by $500 billion (32% increase) since September 2008, while private industry wages have risen by $200 billion (4.7% increase).

The price of a gallon of gas has risen from $1.70 in December 2008 to $3.53 today.

Food prices have risen by 7% to 10% since late 2008, even using the falsified BLS data. A true assessment by anyone who actually goes to a grocery store (not Bernanke – his maid does the shopping) would be a 10% to 20% increase.

Anonymous said...

The vilest fraud in the history of man was perpetrated by these evil men and not one executive of these firms has been prosecuted. Obama, the champion of the little people, has proven to be nothing but a figurehead for the powers that be. Proof that the Wall Street syndicate is winning the war couldn’t be any clearer than the fact that the top six criminal banks now have 40% more of the nation’s assets in their vaults than they did before they burned down the economy.
The demonization of the victims continues, while the perpetrators prosper. The sociopaths appear to be winning; just as they seemed to be winning in the later stages of the Roman Empire. - Tyler Durden

Anonymous said...

Its the Ghostbusters, nigga!

Anonymous said...

Bill, I love you, love your show, your wit and honesty. Reading all the posts just makes me very sad for the state of humanity in this country.

Anonymous said...

Financial "Crisis" in Greece

lattn said...

Next time Darrell Issa is on ask him about his push to get rid of 100.000 postal jobs. I'd like to see him explain why that would save the Post Office.Got to get humor where you can find it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ybkkiH2Ho

Anonymous said...

The UPS driver brings dog biscuits. My dog wags his tail when he hears the truck.

The USPS driver carries mace. My dog regards him as an intruder.

Even dogs get it.

Not counting benefits, 100,000 postal jobs costs us > $5 BILLION a year. The post office has never turned a profit. Even competing with this unprofitable, protected insider racket, private freight carriers turn a profit. Until recently UPS set the floor for rates in their sector with such integrity that as the shipper of first resort for domestic small businesses, they have functioned as a national deterrent against inflation. So, fuck the parasitic postal monopoly, formerly aka the Bank of Congress, a job the Guidos took over while driving all the small businesses out of business.

Anonymous said...

All State mandated fetters that tax the shit out of us for "our benefit" make it impossible for me to do in America the charity work I do in Africa. I would love to bring it home; can't do it.
Warn Charlie, before he gives a minute of time or a dime to a charity, find out who benefits. Remember the 2-3 BILLION donated by Americans to help Haiti after the earthquake? Have you been to Haiti lately?

crweaver said...

PTo those who sense the gop has become Nazified, as indicated by one or two posters, this might shed some light:
http://www.bartcop.com/nazigop.htm

The seeds were planted long ago - what we are seeing is the fruit.

Anonymous said...

And who says politics aren't polarized by the parties?

Really, it's *all* the fault of the GOPers?

Seems to me government, regardless of party, has been failing for many, many decades.

Until people begin to realize the problem *is* the government, nothing is ever going to change. Looking to that which caused the problem for the solution seems... well... stuck.

Learn to see the forest through the trees. And remember that truly good people have no victims.

Unknown said...

It's rare to see anyone like maher. This full of hate and filth...bill, you're always wishing for this man and that woman to die. Trust, there are plenty of us out here marking the days to piss on your grave. You don't deserve to suck in the same air that gives life to good people.

Anonymous said...

Bill Just want to let you know....that I am An American Living in the UK.I totally get what you're saying as I can tell there is a huge sanity GAP between the Conservatives here - who primarily side with the Tory party and those in the GOP. I disagree with much of the UK conservatives' agenda but at least I want to hear what they have to say as their agruments, unlike the GOP are based on rationale thinking and not statements pulled out of their butts.

Why is that??..perhaps the GOP should hire political consultants from the UK.

Dennis Sweet said...

Bill Mayer wouldn't make a pimple on Allen West ass. Bill Mayer is scared to take on Allen West in person. Allen West would chew him up and spit him out in a heart beat !!! So like all these stupid news media people, he spews his slander from behind his desk.. There are a lot of Allen West fans out there and I am one of them. So Bill Mayer you the others can kiss my ass !!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

I don't know what is funnier, Bill's spot on blog comparing the retarded right wing to apes, or all the illiterate and irrational right wing apes attempting to comment.

Wait, no, it's the latter.

;)

Paul Guthro said...

Bill, you rock. Keep on talking and blogging! Don't let the idiot apes grind you down. Bush nearly destroyed the US - we can't let Romney finish the job.

shanen said...

I think it's too late. The most corrupt businessmen have bribed the cheapest politicians (most neo-GOP fools), and the game is broken.

There is a tiny hope for democracy in America. President Obama must turn his back on Romney and go after the worst of the lunatics, starting with Allen West. He needs to make that lunatic a national issue and he needs to flip his district.

Rove will have to pump money in--but on a district level it is relatively visible. Romney will have to jump in to defend against Obama. Fools like West and Steve King and others are just indefensible black holes.

However, I think Obama should mostly stay out of the details of the local issues and just focus on a Constitutional Amendment to break Citizens United.

http://wh.gov/OBF3

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shanen said...

I think it's too late for America to recover, but a narrow victory by President Obama is worthless. The obstructionist neo-GOP Congress needs to be CRUSHED.

Small hope, but Obama should turn his back on Romney and go after Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, and some of the other lunatics. Force the neo-GOP to pour their black money into the worst holes and drag Romney to their defense.

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Bill; Urge you suggest those who desire gun control, join NRA and oust Wayne La Pierre and henchmen..I'm assuming 3-5 million members demanding policy change would get results. L.T. Smith MD

Anonymous said...

SO, REPUBLICANS ARE APES,,,WELL, I ASK YOU BILL MAHER, WHAT IS THE MASCOT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY?? IF YOU CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT, TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR,,OR,LOOK AT A PICTURE OF YOUR PRESIDENT!! BOTH OF YOU ARE THE BIGGIST JACKASSES AROUND...BUT, WHAT THE HELL?? YOU'RE JUST THE TWO THAT BRAYS THE LOUDEST!! COME THIS FALL, WITH LOTS OF HARD WORK & SOME LUCK TO GO WITH IT, WE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO PUT YOUR SORRY ASSES "OUT TO PASTURE" FOR A WHILE...AND, CLEAN UP THE MESS YOU LEFT BEHIND!!

shanen said...

Screaming in upper case does not give any weight to your ideas.

By the way, it would be much easier to clean up the mess Dubya left behind if the neo-GOP politicians and their moronic supporters were actually as concerned about the good of the nation as they are concerned with pandering to their personal deficiencies.

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God loves you and sent his son,Jesus, to die for your sins! He is worthy of praise and honor and service! Give glory ton Him!

CJW said...

Hey Bill, Here's a thought. .more than losing the election, what would be Mitt's greatest fear? Losing the LDS church! Can that be why he's not revealing his tax forms? Consider that he is hiding the information from the church. LDS requires a tithe of 10% of gross income. .bet they'd like to see the returns too !!

Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to vote for either candidate, when both have failed to understand their role and position as servant to the people. Both talk of change, but neither have the courage to truly be a voice that represents the people. Most Americans are waiting and desperately hoping to have a leader that stands above the influence of a few; a few that exert their power, to silence the voice of many through fear and various forms of influence. This type of corruption shatters the constitutional foundation of our government and country; laying to waste the true patriotic spirit of our citizens. Our citizens weigh light on the scale of truth and justice to the heavy weight of the hidden faceless entities of power that has become too powerful.

Neither candidate is willing to risk everything, to be a leader of truth, but rather fade into weak positions of vague thought. They debate and debase one another in areas so distant from the pain and hemorrhaging of most Americans. The cry of the citizens to be heard is deafened by the empty rhetoric they throw at one another and We the People.

Both candidates are so full of fear and confusion that they are unwilling and perhaps, quite sadly, unable to come to a place of leadership that embodies this phrase, "Of the people. By the people. For the people." Their actions have decimated this phrase.

They send letters to me; calling me friend. I say be careful when you call someone a friend. A friend is someone you listen to. And friends can learn from on another. How can you be my friend? You do not hear me. You do not learn from me.

I don't want to hear a candidate say, "Money is what wins elections." Because if that is true, then who really wins when a candidate gets elected? Answer: Those with money....

I doubt this will even be allowed to be shown to either can as their advisors, will not allow them to be misguided by the words of a simple citizen.

If any president wants to win an election, they should be very clear, as to their intentions. And if those intentions deviate from the representation, of the voting citizens, as a whole, then they diminish their commitment to their position; leaving truth and justice shattered upon the foundation built by our great forefathers.

Anonymous said...

For those of you still in a cloud of ignorance. Here are some obvious points.

1) This is NOT a free country.
2) Our government expresses opposition to human rights. Especially, where it concerns large business transactions in other countries; ie weapons sales.
3) One person, or one administration can not destroy a country. However, extensive corruption within a government can destroy your constitution and rights.
4) People are NOT apathetic, but rather feel helpless and afraid to speak out.
How can WE the PEOPLE really fight against the sleeping arrangements made between such corrupt creatures such as the FDA and Pharmas.
5)WE the PEOPLE no longer own the rights to be represented by the government. That has been stolen and given away.
6)Our governmental and economic systems are broken.
7)Leaders in congress, choose not to lead.
8)A strong leader in congress is considered be in in a position of weakness.
9)Political leaders have replaced integrity with whoredom.
10)And the last point. It is not a Republican or Democratic problem. It is quite simply a money problem. Our government is quickly being purchased by a small number of faceless entities of power; a power that will NEVER allow balance and freedom the right to live.

WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE! THOSE FEW WANT US TO ARGUE BACK AND FORTH VIA OUR POLITICAL PARTIES. If you divide, you conquer. If you unite, things might change. But maybe that is too late. Currently, in our country, "Truth will not set you free", but rather give the government the rope to hang you as a terrorist. Being a truthful patriot can be quite dangerous now. Especially when our government insists on contradicting the Constitution. The unrestrained monster attacks at night, knowing full well that the light of day would expose its wrong doings to the masses. The intelligence of the unrestrained monster, reveals small wrongdoings, to distract the masses, from the larger wrongdoings. This is a basic tactic of warfare. Similar ideas expressed in the Chinese writings, 'The Art of War'.

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Anonymous said...

Bill, did you happen to hear Paul Ryan's 'defence' of Akin rape comment on NPR? He said, "Rape, there's no splitting hair on this issue, Rape is..." Really? I'm paraphrasing here, but I'm sure your staff can have some fun with this one, so get the quote exact. Is he implying that rape is okay if there is no hair to split? And what does that imply? Again is this camp flip-flopping or just having it their hair-brained way?

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Why was this old thread revived?

Anyway, since then I'll add to my comment that I've realized that it really is both sides to blame: both side of the neo-GOP.

One neo-GOP side is extremely rich, greedy, and corrupt businessmen who are only focused on making more money. Small government? Not if it would cut into their profits. They WANT big customers, but even better if the big customer is too dysfunctional to do anything about swindles.

The other neo-GOP side consists of fanatics, who would be pretty much harmless without the money from the first side. The key is that it's cheap to bribe fanatics and you just pick the ones that seem useful--until they go out of control like Frankenstein's monster. At this point, many of the neo-GOP fanatics are bound and determined to 'Destroy the government in order to save it!'

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The last few comments are just spam and should be deleted (since they weren't moderated). Spammers add NO positive value to ANYTHING.

Harga Terbaru said...

Why was this old thread revived?

Anyway, since then I'll add to my comment that I've realized that it really is both sides to blame: both side of the neo-GOP.

One neo-GOP side is extremely rich, greedy, and corrupt businessmen who are only focused on making more money. Small government? Not if it would cut into their profits. They WANT big customers, but even better if the big customer is too dysfunctional to do anything about swindles.

The other neo-GOP side consists of fanatics, who would be pretty much harmless without the money from the first side. The key is that it's cheap to bribe fanatics and you just pick the ones that seem useful--until they go out of control like Frankenstein's monster. At this point, many of the neo-GOP fanatics are bound and determined to 'Destroy the government in order to save it!'

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