Bill Maher Drops A Reality Bomb On Republicans Who Pretend To Care About The Middle Class

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Bill Maher called out the Republican frauds who are pretending to care about the middle-class by hitting them on the head with the reality of where the middle-class came from.

Video:

http://youtu.be/ymrG_IeK4as

After quoting Sarah Palin, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney’s recent comments blaming Democrats for the plight of the middle-class, Maher said:

Yeah, those damn Democrats. Always fighting the Republican Party’s efforts to stick up for the little guy. There is no shame in the Republican game. This is the party that used to like to say a rising tide lifts all boats, which is easy to say when you’re on the yacht. So what’s happening is the Democrats are proposing to nibble around the edges of our middle-class problem, and the Republicans are pretending to care while they go back to servicing eight rich d***heads who own coal mines, and no one is telling the truth, which is that the large thriving middle-class that America used to have didn’t just appear out of the blue.

It was created using an economic tool called socialism.

Oh, I know when never use that word here in buzzword nation, but that is exactly what our government did after World War II. It taxed the rich up to ninety percent and massively redistributed that money through the GI Bill so that more than half the population benefitted from free college, free job training, cheap mortgages, and much much more. Yes, for a brief shining moment, we were Finland. Now we can debate whether that is a good thing or bad thing to go back to, but what is beyond debate is that is what happened. The Fifties and Sixties are the era of socialism in America.

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Here’s the reality. A middle-class is actually not the byproduct of capitalism. Ask any historian, a middle-class is actually a fluke in history.

It is obvious that Republicans have been told by their focus groups that saying the words middle-class will make them more popular with voters, but here’s the problem, Republican policies are what killed the middle-class. Republicans, more than ever before, are being driven by an ideology that is thirsting for pure capitalism. In a purely capitalistic system, there is no middle-class. There are buyers and sellers, haves and have nots. There is no room for a whole class of people in the middle.

Maher was correct. The middle-class was an intentional policy creation. Policy after WWII was designed to help those returning from war. It was a downward redistribution of wealth. In contrast, current Republican policies are designed to redistribute wealth upwards.

One of the byproducts of the Great Recession has been the decline in popularity of trickle-down economics. Conservative economic philosophy brought about an economic collapse. The American people still have a bitter taste in their mouths after the last conservative experiment. That lingering feeling looms over all political debate.

The current political climate in the United States is defined by the ideological struggle between liberalism and conservatism. Republicans won a heavily regionalized election in 2014, but it the left that has been gaining all the ground since 2012. The Republican mouthing of the term middle-class is nothing more than conservatives trying to give their trickle down emperor some new clothes.

The reality is that there is only one party that is willing to put the policies in place that are needed to create a new middle-class, and it isn’t the Republicans.

23 Replies to “Bill Maher Drops A Reality Bomb On Republicans Who Pretend To Care About The Middle Class”

  1. Here’s a question that isn’t being asked (or I haven’t seen it being asked), “at those high tax rates in the 50s & 60s, did the wealthy class become poor”? In fact, what ARE the reasons that cause a wealthy person to lose their wealth? Is it taxes??? (I’m thinking ‘not’, but some evidence would be useful).

  2. Republicans love to rewrite history to suit their views of the week. They’ve managed to brainwash the weak minds of their party into defending policies that are counter active to themselves. Propaganda parrots.

  3. so true so true

    the GOP is the party of harmful ideas for Americans in poverty and formerly middle class

    a party that refuses to acknowledge that tax cuts for the rich AKA as “trickle down economics” doesn’t work

    yet, the American political establishment remains utterly devoted to such mythical economic theories.

  4. There was a time in American history when the term “snake oil salesman” described an individual that sold worthless products to people proclaiming them the be miracle cures for ailments. That is what the GOP represents.

  5. Let me be clear, 90% of my rants I’ve posted here over the last two years are of a racial nature, WHY? because race unfortunately is still a huge issue in this country, how else do you explain a political party that’s 98% caucasian that constantly uses dog whistle racism and since 2008 just blatant racism tactics to whip up it’s base? It amazes me how the GOP sells it nonsensical FAILED economic policies over and over again to the very people it destroys! Like LBJ said, you can take away ANYTHING from most white americans, just as long as they feel their doing just a little better than the average black person!!

  6. Memo to all those conservatives who want to take back their country to the 1950’s…..it’s actually socialism that you yearn for. Be careful about what you wish for.

  7. The rich are a product of the state that coddles and protects them. Police, courts, laws the rich can use to protect their property. Preferential tax codes that allow deductions on things that are pure luxury; for example Mitt Romney’s horses. Corporations and the insidious limited liability laws which protect the foolish rich from facing the consequences of their own incompetent decisions. If the rich are so smart they don’t need to be coddled.

  8. “Our merchants [businessmen in today’s language]… complain much about the bad effects of high wages in raising [prices] and lessening… sale[sales]. They say nothing the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains.” — Adam Smith, classical liberal and no friend to the coddled rich who he viewed with contempt.

  9. One of the benefits of the high tax on the wealthy is that because of tax write offs they invested in their businesses the moneys they would have been taxed on. This created a rolling economic wave; more sales of business equipment, creating more jobs for workers, creating a larger consumer class, creating more demand for product, creating more need for more business equipment, creating more wealth in spite of high tax rates. The wealthy became more wealthy and still owned the business creating both more profit and more stable wealth. When tax rates went down the wealthy had less reason to invest in their companies and took all (or most) profits as cash leaving business (and the economy) to languish.

  10. We have more socialism now in the US than Bill Maher’s magical age.

    We have the FHA, HUD, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Community Reinvestment Act, Social Security, Medicare, Student Loan Programs, Obamacare/ACA, Earned Income Tax Credit, Unemployment Insurance Program and more.

    So his theory is false and the opposite is true. Socialism hurts the middle class.

    Big government equals more income inequality. Smaller government equals less income inequality.

  11. Bill Maher is seriously a nincompoop when it comes to economics in America. Where did he get the notion that we had pure socialism back in the mid 1900s when the middle class was booming? The reason why the middle class was strong is because in those decades ago we had much more economic freedom. The key to building a prosperous middle class is a free market economy with only a few laws protecting stakeholders. The truth is that what we have today is corporatism aka crony capitalism, which is a far cry from real capitalism. Instead of draconian socialism, why not hold all crony capitalists accountable, end the FED & huge banks, and give all Americans a shot at liberty and economic opportunity. Low taxes, gold instead of worthless paper currency, limited constitutional government, rule of law, personal responsibility and accountability. Ron Paul agrees with all that!

  12. Ron Paul is all for freedom of corporations. Not so much for you

    Anyone who thinks corporations will regulate themselves would buy into what Paul says. Didnt the recent Wall Street crash tell you anything?

  13. Those tax rates were to pay for World War 2. There were 24 brackets in that period. 92% was not on one’s whole income but only income over a certain level (300K or so). Not very many people were rich enough to pay it. The real effective rate for the period was between 30 and 50%. Eventually Kennedy, a Democrat, started pushing to lower the rates to get economic growth going. Reagan built on that in the 80s.

    Tax rates were not at 92% because it was considered positive for economic growth, they were that high because we had a war to pay for. We have a War to pay for now, but also an entitlement system that is growing in expensive so quickly that tax increases of that magnitude today wouldn’t help our overall situation the way it would have in the 50s.

    We need cuts and mechanisms to slow the increase in the costs of entitlement programs.

    Sorry, didn’t meant to let facts and common sense spoil liberal propaganda.

  14. What war was we paying for when Eisenhower was in office and going by your logic since we are at war now shouldn’t we raise taxes to pay for it? Sorry, didn’t meant to let facts and common sense spoil your teabaggery

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