Part of HuffPost News. For many people of a certain age, income level, and geographic location, it was commonplace. Make the neighborhood look nice, and good times and less lawbreaking will follow. That out of the way, I was a little embarrassed for Bill when I watched the September 15, 2017, episode of his show. That means if I find something funny, I’m going to (a) make a joke about it, or (b) laugh when someone else makes a joke about it. All of this is coming at a point when the Democrats have moved rapidly to the left with the emergence of new figureheads like AOC, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except for material where copyright is reserved by a party other than FEE. Bill wanted to know what Democrats should do differently in 2018. If there is graffiti, paint it over. Friday, April 5, 2019. But these people weren’t going to vote for Hillary no matter what. To say Broken Windows caused a decrease in crime, however, is a bit too much. To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-). Thankfully, since he is more than vocal about his extracurricular habits, Bill can say was stoned when he said it. It seems more as though Bill Maher has no idea what is happening in these countries and is simply assuming that any country doing better than the US has to be socialist. It makes me giggle, and it gets the synapses in my gray matter firing. According to Bret, the bit “practically explains the 2016 election.”. I think he’s a unique combination of smart and funny, and I tune in to Real Time weekly. I hope one of his writers corrected him after the show.

I don’t agree with him 100% of the time, but I have to admit it was both odd and rare to see Bill Maher miss the mark twice in one episode. But the ideas of the likes of Bill Maher's would only worsen it.

At school, your boots (and bread bags) would stay in your locker, and you’d put your shoes on for the school day. Hearing Bill Maher call a Rudi Giuliani program a success made me cock my head like a confused puppy, and I hope one of his writers corrected him after the show. Bret said, “I’ll give you an example that will make you feel uncomfortable…” and went on to explain that the last time he was on the show, January 2015, Bill did a bit about Iowa’s newest Senator, Joni Ernst. Bill Maher has a recurring comment: “If people in the Midwest want me to stop calling them stupid, they should stop being stupid.” Using those terms, the Midwest voters who helped send Drumpf into the White House weren’t going to stop acting stupid. Bread bags on your feet is neither a metaphor nor entirely literal, but a mix of the two. Instead, the problem with the American system is precisely that it is not a capitalist system but one mired in crony capitalism. The first fumble came in the opening segment, when Bill asked NY Times columnist Bret Stephens, “What do you think the liberals biggest flaw is?”. IMPORTANT! Bill Maher has a reoccurring comment: “If people in the Midwest want me to stop calling them stupid, they should stop being stupid.” Using those terms, the Midwest voters who helped send Trump into the White House weren’t going to stop acting stupid.

Polls have repeatedly reflected this, with almost half of young Americans saying they would prefer to live in a socialist country as members of the Democratic Party look more favorably upon socialism than capitalism—heck, even some conservatives are demanding big government now. This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Bill Maher and many others on social media like Aaron Rupar are blaming Jill Stein for 2016 and how it is her fault that Trump is putting on Conservative Catholic Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, who is a member of the controversial group People of Praise. The Freakonomics duo wrote about it, and the Hidden Brain podcast did an episode on the phenomena. All rights reserved. ©2020 Verizon Media. Bill Maher has every right to make fun of anything he sees fit. Please, enable JavaScript and reload the page to enjoy our modern features. These days, the Democratic Party is, indeed, in many regards much farther to the left than normal center-left parties in Europe, something unimaginable just a few years ago. It makes me giggle, and it gets the synapses in my gray matter firing. She was an intellectual, not a folksy pig farmer. I said two mistakes were made on the episode. Today is National Voter Registration Day! That just wasn’t going to happen. Even more curiously, in his list of “socialist-friendly” countries where people are happier than in the US, Maher includes Iceland, a country that has focused on reducing its debt on a massive scale in recent years by posting budget surpluses, Sweden, a country that partly privatized the health care system after the government version caused too many problems, and Switzerland of all places, one of the economically freest countries in the world.

The bit made fun of Joni’s habit of mentioning she wore bread bags on her feet as a child. Maybe he should reconsider his latest drift to the left. Which is true, but Bret’s argument isn’t rock solid. Missing the point on bread bags was one, and other item of note that night regarded a program known as “Broken Windows.”. Instead, those calling for socialism should embrace individual liberty and the market economy—the very system that has ushered in the prosperity we enjoy today.

… the system’s failures often deny citizens access to lifesaving care, leaving private doctors to heal the sick in Finland. This comes as reports show private citizens in Finland increasingly turning to the free market to meet the shortfalls of the nationalized system. Bill Maher has every right to make fun of anything he sees fit.

I think he’s a unique combination of smart and funny, and I tune in to Real Time weekly. Even if he hadn’t made the bread bags joke, people supporting Joni weren’t going to start loving on Mr. Maher anyway.

Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Instead, Maher emulates Bernie Sanders and presents Finland’s universal health care system—where it is much cheaper to have a baby than in the US—as a great socialist policy that America should adopt. That out of the way, I was a little embarrassed for Bill when I watched the September 15, 2017, episode of his show. Bill Maher almost did so a few years ago when he flirted with Rand Paul.

He himself admitted as much, calling it “Capitalism PLUS” because “socialism” has kind of a negative connotation. Hearing Bill Maher call a Rudi Giuliani program a success made me cock my head like a confused puppy.

Bill quickly became indignant, and made two comments. I also relate to Bill, in a way, because like him I am a liberal with a sense of humor. Maybe Bill Maher should reconsider his latest drift to the left. And it is here where socialism has always failed spectacularly, where it has caused misery and millions of deaths in the worst case scenarios. It’s difficult to get them to vote for a Democrat in the first place, but Hillary Clinton? As you might have guessed, the top countries in the index are the infamous Scandinavian countries like Norway, Denmark, and Finland, all of which are, per Maher, “socialist-friendly.” The myth of Nordic socialism is one that seems to die particularly hard even though it has been rebuked by political leaders of those countries themselves.

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