As irritated as I can get with Bill Maher at times -- and tonight was no exception, with him putting on one of the embarrassments to my city on his show that rates right in there with The Gateway Pundit for making St. Louisians look like fools, namely Dana Loesch -- I'd say Maher got this one right, with reality television and the real income disparity in the United States that they're glossing over.
Maher: America's rich aren't giving you money, they're taking your money. Between the years 1980 and 2005 80% of all new income generated in this country went to the richest 1%. Let me put that in terms that even you fatass teabaggers, I'm sorry, can understand.
Say 100 Americans get together and order a 100 slice pizza. The pizza arrives and the first guy takes 80 slices. And if someone suggests, why don't you just take 79 slices, that's socialism! I know, I know. I know, I know, it's just a TV show. But it does reinforce the stupid idea people have that rich people would love us and share with us if only they got to walk a mile in our cheap plastic shoes.
But they're the reason the shoe factory moved to China. We have this fantasy that our interests and the interests of the super rich are the same. Like somehow the rich will eventually get so full that they'll explode. And the candy will rain down on the rest of us.
Like there's some kind of pinata of benevolence. But here's the thing about a pinata. It doesn't open on its own. You have to beat it with a stick.
To which teabagger Loesch gets terribly upset with the "tone" of Bill's rhetoric which he rightfully ignored because anyone who follows Maher knows he's not talking about literally beating the hell out of anyone here and it's a metaphor for forcing them to do what's right through other means like protests and the political process. That said, I'm sure him joking about dropping Greenspan in with a bunch of poor people will be something she'll be blogging about to take literally as well.
Maher: So I say, forget Secret Millionaire, I have a better idea for a show. Every week one of the men responsible for the global financial meltdown is dropped into a poor neighborhood and... and that's it. No cameras. We just leave him there. I call it I'm Alan Greenspan, get me out of here.
It's a sad state of affairs that our country has been left in by corporate greed and the fact that most of the have-mores could care less about the American worker. Thank you, Bill, for giving the working class a voice on the subject. It almost makes me want to forgive you for having Dana Loesch on as a guest. If you're running short on suggestions for who to have on your show, I could give you at least fifty or a hundred as I'm sure the readers here at C&L could as well who would make for better conversation than Loesch.