Friday, May 24, 2013

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By Bill Maher

"Who will buy this wonderful feeling?" -Oliver/General Dynamics

With everything happening in the world -- terrorism, disease, Reese Witherspoon going all "Onion Field" on our cops -- it's easy to lose track of what's really important. Like Egyptian economic reform. But don't worry, you're paying for it whether you pay attention or not.

Earlier this year, as The Sequester kicked in, Secretary of State Kerry announced that we still had $250 million to give the Land of the Pharaohs for "economic reform" -- against $1 billion, if we like what we see. The loan and the "economic reforms" are essential for Egypt to qualify for another loan, this one for $4.8 billion, from the IMF.

Who funds the IMF? Oh, that's you again. Over 17 percent of the IMF's funds come from the United States.
The Sequester also won't stop us from sending whoever's in charge in Egypt 20 F-16s and 20 M-1 Abrams tanks, a total prize package worth over a billion dollars, addressed to Occupant.
Weird how that tank keeps coming up.

Right-wing kooks and conspiracy loons think Obama loves Egypt because he makes Michelle wear a hijab around the house, but it's actually more banal than that. America is basically Chrysler, only instead of minivans, we make this tank. And we need someone to buy it, and this is our version of 0% financing. Because Egypt is much more than a semi-modern, semi-moderate, squint-and-you-can-believe-it's-true frenemy in the Middle East. It's also a customer.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Bill,

When are you going to have Noam Chomsky back on your show? It's been a long time since Episode 43. Real Time has come a long way since then. And so have your own political views. He is a much more peace committed intelectual than Hitchens or Rushdie. Ask him about the consequences of having an expanding military in the world to deal with different nations.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you 90%of the time even though I am a Catholic and you are not...however your comment about "a ticket to heaven"..Oxymoron for an atheist don't you think?You can't have it both ways....

sNapCat said...

Where can I post questions to Overtime?

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cheryl W said...

Your what's known as a LOW INFORMATION VOTER myer. You suckin his dick too?

Anonymous said...

Egypt? Now Syria? When are we going to take care of business first, and turn away from the Tar-baby that the Middle East is? When are we going to help our nation and our neighbors before we decide to invest millions in arming another group of "rebels" (read that as a group that will turn on itself or on us as soon as possible) against a "dicktator"? When does the plight of millions of Americans ever get put in front of the latest problem in the Middle East? How many more Americans have to die due to poverty, mental illness, poor medical treatment, violence and more before we send billions across the sea to others that would kill us and drag us behind their car down a street to show us how much they love us?

andrew braff said...

Maybe we need to approach the NRA gun issue in the USA differently? We keep looking at it from the outdated prospective of defending the 2nd amendment. This view is a joke. Instead......

Maybe the gun companies should be taken over by the Government and all their profits should go to the Government.

It would become un-American to own a non Government firearm. What are you a communist? You don't like the USA?

Then we could use all of the profits from the sale of firearms to grow the government and provide more services for the people, like health care for example. I guess that would create quite the quandary for the right.

More guns = more government

They should do the same thing with Pot too. The money is going to drug cartels and corporations and neither organization is giving back to the people. Legalize it and tax it so the cost remains the same. Then the government gets the money, not the "gangs."

Time for the good ole US of A to put itself on top of the pyramid scheme again.

And if Mitt Romney buys out a failing gun manufacturer and then moves manufacturing overseas to cut costs.......he better not get any tax breaks or government assistance. And if you get caught selling non government weed, well the penalty will be severe. No more playing around.

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Blacks hear more “Excuses” for why we (DON'T) get the job versus those who do. We hold more college degrees/certifications now than ever before, yet we are still forced to “Settle” for Civil Service jobs!

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Omaha Bill said...

Those must be some pretty dark rose colored glasses you're wearing. Evidentially you and I aren't looking at the same America.

The president took an oath to uphold the constitution and then immediately refused to enforce the laws he did not agree with. I didn't realize the president had the authority to pick and choose sections of the Constitution, the Amendments, and federal laws like you or I would pick out food at a buffet.

As to your comments about the IRS scandal, why hasn't someone been charged with misuse of government property and other equally despicable crimes?

And where do you stand regarding Benghazi? Four Americans died needlessly due to someone's incompetence. Their decision to deny multiple requests for additional security from the Embassy resulted in their deaths? Where is the individual responsible and why don't we see them being investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

As for the push for more gun controls, will someone please remind the president that none of the horrible events were carried out by law abiding citizens? And, there are already laws in place to prevent criminals and unstable persons from legally purchasing firearms. The problem isn't the lack of laws, but the lack of management and enforcement of these existing laws.

Why the snide comments about the outcome of the Zimmerman trial. I believe he was tried by a jury of impartial peers and they determined he was not guilty. Perhaps it's time to stop persecuting citizens who choose to defend themselves from criminal violence.

Do you truly believe we should be required to hand everything over to the criminals? And, do you believe that people should be treated like criminals if they choose to defend themselves and the property they worked hard to acquire? Even if in defending one’s life and property results in grave injury or death of the criminal, why should the victim be tried as a criminal? Was the victim looking to be assaulted? Was the victim breaking the law by being where he was? Who set the stage, who was the catalyst, and who was there with the specific purpose of robbing someone of their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness?

Our current president is a very sly spin doctor who uses events to draw attention away from his administration’s failures. Just once I'd like to see him man up and claim responsibility for the events and scandals that have occurred on his watch. If you can’t accept responsibilities for the failures, don’t expect to claim the credit for successes.

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Anonymous said...

Bill,

I like, enjoy, and watch your show regularly, but quite frankly, I find that your comments towards religionist, or just people who believe in God very offensive. I was raised a Catholic, but now am just a believer in God, and don't care for your non-acceptance of my belief in a higher power, of which I do not have a label for. I don't care that you are an atheist, nor will I try to impose my beliefs on you.

When you are putting down others beliefs about religion or God, you are sounding just like the people who push religion upon the rest of us. Please give it and me a break!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Bill

Republicans keep talking about "Entitlement" I do taxes for a living... If they want to talk about entitlement, maybe we should start with all the tax credits for corporations, including the railroads, or Capital Gains tax rates. All the tax breaks seem to be for those that don't even need the money. Seems to me the Republicans think they are more entitled than anyone.

Anonymous said...

Tax Evasion costs the U.S. $149 billion a year.

I don't know what group but it is a fact.

Income Disparity is highest ever except it is accelerating at a faster pace. They never see it coming and why it happens every few generations.

A U.S.Default immediately puts the budget in balance. This is true. 100% Tech Tax Deductions would go immediately. Mobile might have to pay taxes which they do not currently.


Anonymous said...

I still don’t like the fact that Obama grew up not knowing healthcare before HMOs and Insurance. My family paid hardly anything to the family doctor in those days. I remember being taken to surgery for a broken arm and to a doctor’s office for bleeding leg puncture from the one the palm trees. The cost was low, family had no trouble paying for it. Simple. No insurance payments involved. It would cost a fortune now, so many people making money off it. Lots of extra jobs have been created just to get a chunk of the money too paid to providers. They used to get a reasonable amount of money, but now they need lots of employees, consultants, and lawyers to fight the insurance companies to get paid.

I hated the day I heard patients being called consumers. I was working at MSJH. They held a whole hospital meeting and told us of the coming “white water” days in healthcare. It scared us all. Jobs would be lost, pay cuts. It was HMOs and insurance controlling medicine. It would be touch and go, very rough going for healthcare.

Maybe Hillary will put us on single payer when she gets in. Obama doesn’t know it’s inappropriate for employers to be responsible to provide healthcare insurance. That is another stumbling block. It’s unnecessary cost and interference. Get healthcare between providers and patients only. If we have to pay more taxes, it will save the country a lot of money and all of us a lot of money. Obamacare is too complicated and expensive with money being siphoned off to the insurance companies and drug companies.

Bill, Do you know what your parents paid for doctor visits, care?

Anonymous said...

Bill Maher brings up important points in his Show. The comments that struck me the irreverence regarding Republican religious position.

Do they realize the unprecedented military buildup will end up in the biblical nemesis hand. They really believe they are building weapons of destructive power to protect against this biblical character. That or a kind of retroactive abortion described in the Terminator movie of defense weaponry to defeat him and keep him from rising to power.

They really believe Jesus will save us from the letter of the Bible. The religious doctrine is based on two events. Anno Domino. Yes the lord never left. Two that the nemesis described in Islam and Christianity is the head of evil in the world. A powerful military will insure Jesus comes out of hiding from smoking his hooka with Morrison, Buddha, and Bruce Lee and uses his magical kung fu to blast all the enemies weapons out of the sky, land and water.

Did I miss something or do the Chinese spread influence by sending in 50,000 engineers that turn 3rd world countries garbage dumps into a profit while building irrigation and other infrastructure. They don't sell one tank or fighter plane.

Anonymous said...

The CIA airlifts hooka bud to Morrison and company up in heaven until they are ready to blow up all the worlds weapons of destruction and save the faithful. He is watching us from a safe distance.

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