Bill Maher’s Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

maherAbout a year and a half ago, I wrote a column on this website about comedian Bill Maher. It was in regard to an asinine comment he had recently made about then presidential candidate, Herman Cain. I made my opinion known, and decided afterwards that I wouldn’t bother wasting any more of my time writing about Maher because the guy is an attention-hungry buffoon whose egotistical sense of self-importance isn’t really deserving of any mindful analysis.

And let’s face it… Maher’s kind of a boring topic these days as well.

However, after reading online that he was on his HBO show last week, actually whining about how he’s being over-taxed, the display of absolutely epic hypocrisy was so rich that I felt compelled to break my vow.

Speaking to the show’s panel, Maher said, “You know what? Rich people – I’m sure you’d agree with this – actually do pay the freight in this country. I just saw these statistics, I mean, something like 70 percent. And here in California, I just want to say liberals – you could actually lose me. It’s outrageous what we’re paying – over 50 percent. I’m willing to pay my share, but yeah, it’s ridiculous.”

I found the comments to be stunning, even for him.

First of all, the fact that Maher “just saw” a statistic that’s been cited regularly on television and radio for nearly three years now is nothing short of pathetic. For a man who clearly considers himself an intellectual, that’s pretty darned embarrassing.

More importantly, Maher has for years made it a personal mission to excoriate the Tea Party movement for spreading the exact same message that he apparently now endorses himself. For having the gall to believe that Americans are taxed enough already, he has branded the Tea Party as a group of ignorant racists who are deserving of our disdain. Except now, he agrees with them.

It doesn’t get much dopier than that, folks!

I suppose this can all be explained away as one of those episodes of a liberal endorsing liberal policies only until they are the one being hurt by those policies. We see that kind of thing happen from time to time. But if that’s the case, this truly has to be one of the most dramatic examples of it. Maher, after all, donated one million dollars to President Obama’s Super PAC for the intended purpose of snuffing out the very policies that would have helped keep his overall taxes from going up. And now that they have gone up, he’s warning liberals that they may lose him because of it?

Hopefully there’s a psychologist on staff at the Playboy Mansion because Maher may very well need an evaluation.

Now, I don’t believe for a second that the liberals will ever lose Bill Maher in any sense of the word, but if they did, the ramifications could be quite serious…

What would aging political hacks like Paul Begala do without a platform to behave like attention-starved adolescents on national television while a young, not-so-bright studio-audience mindlessly applauds everything they say? Who would fill the void of delivering sexually deviant jokes about Sarah Palin and Elisabeth Hasselbeck while escaping all criticism from the mainstream media and feminist organizations? Where would fans go to find their weekly fix of Pope/Nazi comparisons, or hear awkward fantasies about our president going ‘gangsta’?

Hopefully, Maher will fall back in line soon, and this is just a temporary setback for the left. I’d hate for things to get messy, after all.

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John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems), and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. He is the author of the Sean Coleman Thriller series, which is available through all major retailers. John lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • michiganpatriot

    Dang Bernie – I thought this was a autobiography! Sounds just like you!

  • anonymous

    Shut the hell up and go fuck yourself. John’s right that you’re a hypocrite.

  • MivvleDvvle

    I pooped on his butt

    • anonymous

      That serves him right.

    • michiganpatriot

      Now doesn’t that sound like a typical right wing comment – nothing intelligent and having to do with a body function.

  • Rapper MC Jesus

    bill maher is probably one of the biggest wussbags on the planet. he wouldn’t last an hour in one of the minority neighborhoods he “loves” so much..

    complete waste of oxygen

    • anonymous

      Glad that I’m not the only one who hates his guts.

  • Jerry Camp

    Or, in other words, you’ve just been butt-hurt by facts and decided to take your widdle ball and go home rather than even attempt to respond to civil discourse.

    Yep, you’re a classic lefty, low-information ObamaBot.

    • anonymous

      Way to tell that loser. He deserves to be badmouthed for his nonsense.

  • drew

    I think the lawsuit with Trump is putting some stress on Mr. Bill’s thinking…and his finances.

    • Rapper MC Jesus


  • DestinedWinners

    So many celebs sold out for access to the President. Like love sick teenagers they swoon over this man who demonized them and their money every day. When Phil Mickels (sp?) spoke out he got attacked immediately – signal sent to all others who may wish to do the same. Let’s see if Maher gets attacked as well – his one million dollar donation to BO may buy him immunity for now. The young actress who said Romney got her vote found out rather quickly free speech is only free when you agree with the MSM and the Liberal Left — wonder what work she has found since then?

  • Freedom Fighter

    The big problem with “ihatefascists’s” [IHF] argument is that he’s been taught that there is only One Big Pie, and everyone is snarling and grabbing for a chunk of it.


    This is what happens: you plant more wheat, get more flour; bake More Pies, and there’s More for EVERYONE, including poor folks. IOW, the rich being rich doesn’t have anything to do with IHF. Freedom and the free market and FREE PEOPLE have CREATED more WEALTH for EVERYONE than any system in the history of the world.

    Funny true story: the old Pinkos (US Reds) thought that the movie “The Grapes of Wrath,” by famous leftist writer John Steinbeck and starring Henry Fonda, would be a good propaganda movie to send to the Soviet Union to help out their Communist comrades. It was about the Great Depression, the American “Dust Bowl,” and the Okies. But when the Communists screened it in Russia, they got a reaction they didn’t expect ….

    The Russian audiences saw the Joad family and their rickety old pickup truck piled high with all their worldly possessions, and said, “Damn! In America, even the POOR people have trucks!!!”

    • John Daly

      Yeah, the problem with the left is that they see a rich person as a societal injustice rather than an inspiring success story worthy of emulation.

      • michiganpatriot

        What is it I just heard Maher say…….”Trickle down economics is like having three dogs and giving one of them a hotdog and expecting it to share.”

      • michiganpatriot

        How does on become so blind, John Daly? No one should emulate greed, ever. Two years later and nothing has changed – the rich just keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. Has nothing to do with the poor wanting what the rich have – that’s a propaganda tool used by the right and you suck it up – hook, line and sinker. It has to do with being fair and humane towards ones fellow man. Not to keep hoarding money while your employees can barely get by.

        You ought to read some of Jesus’s words someday. See what he says about the rich.

  • sratch

    Maher spent a fortune on gasoline to get elected. It was not cheap..It is par for the course in California. Obama’s machine and the fragments of Acorn do not come cheap. Obama is the best organizer and the Republicans do not stand a chance as long as the King of Kenya lives.

    • michiganpatriot

      ACORN – ah yes, that group that it was proved had done nothing wrong – but, yet, James O’Keefe……what were the charges against him?

  • Wheels55

    He is a dumb azz for giving Obama $1 million and then complaining about taxation. Maybe he should move to another country – we can hope.

    • anonymous

      Nah, he’s better off dead.

  • sjangers

    I don’t think it matters if the liberals lose Bill Maher. Personally, I don’t care who loses him, as long as he just gets lost.

  • Dennis

    Is that what he is- a comedian?

    • John Daly


    • Rapper MC Jesus

      He’s a miserable buffoon who makes money off his audience of miserable feminists, white guilt liberals, victim-minded minorities, and liberal arts college undergrads.

      The creme of the crop I’ll tell ya

      • anonymous

        You bet that he is.

  • arj127

    Daly has no trouble calling Democrats on TV “political hacks”. Does he say the same about Republican pundits, like Tucker Carlson, for example. I doubt it.

    • John Daly

      Oh, there are no doubt Republican hacks on television. They just aren’t on Bill Maher’s show.

      • michiganpatriot

        Yeah they’re all on Fox News.

  • I Hate Fascists

    Maybe Maher will join Miller and O’Reilly on tour. I guess this means you guys win because we just can’t go on without him. If Maher wants to whine that’s his problem. I don’t feel sorry for him. The CBO estimates that between 1979 and 2007 the top 1% incomes increased by 275%, the next 19% incomes by 65%, the next 60% of incomes by 40%, and the bottom 20% by 18%. The share of total income for the top 1% rose from 11% in 1979 to over 20% in 2007. Now let’s put on our thinking caps. A 1% er’s income is maybe 25X the average 99% income. So if the average 99% er pays say 40% total tax, and the 1% pays say 75% total (that’s total folks, not marginal) the 1% er will still end up with 10X the average 99% after tax. Do you feel sorry for these guys? They are laughing at you all the way to the bank. But I have to admit I’ll miss Maher. I LMAO when he did his bit about Sarah Palin fantasizing that Todd is Kobe Bryant and Marcus Bachmann fantasizing that Michelle is Kobe Bryant.

    • John Daly

      Amusing to see that you still haven’t looked up what the word “fascist” means. lol. Oh, and like before… you entirely missed the point being made in the column. Oh well. You’ll hopefully get it one day.

      • I Hate Fascists

        I got the point. You hate Maher. No doubt you also hated Dennis Miller when he was a left winger. And apparently you hate mathematics as well.

        Fascism – a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, frequently bestowed on him by God, to whom he has a direct line and as such is infallible, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., such that all wealth flows to the ruling class and away from the underclass, and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism, hatred and persecution of easy targets. Also voter suppression, intimidation, and genetic engineering of the electoral college. Does any of this ring a bell?

        • John Daly

          I don’t hate anyone, kid. That’s your gimmick.

          I just feel that when one of the left’s heroes demonstrates how shallow and contradictory the ideology is, it’s worth pointing out.

          Now… Re-read that definition, digest it for a bit… And if you fail to recognize your own hypocrisy, you’ve proven exactly the point I made in my column. Thanks for your unwitting participation.

          • I Hate Fascists

            No doubt it’s worth pointing out, and you’ve done a brilliant job of pointing it out, whatever it is, but even more important than Bill Maher, believe it or not, is the growing income inequality in this country. There’s no point trying to reason with you, and the Koch Bros love you for it, and they are laughing all the way to the bank. But anyone out there with half a brain (or as you right wingers call it, gifted), do the math, and use your head.

          • John Daly

            You seem to be missing a very important distinction.

            Conservatives want EVERYONE to thrive. I want the Kochs to be rich. I want YOU to be rich. I want to be rich myself. With the creation of wealth comes opportunity.

            This concept of ‘income inequality’ is an utter sham. The government shouldn’t be dictating people’s success. They shouldn’t be limiting achievement and encouraging dependency out of this shallow notion that wealth should be distributed and not earned. It hurts society. It doesn’t help it.

          • I Hate Fascists

            Top 1% income increased by 275% between 1979 and 2007 while the bottom 20% by only 18%? Top 1% earned 20% of all income in the US? In 2006, the highest paid hedge fund manager in the United States made an amount equal to the salaries of all 80,000 New York City school teachers for the next three years? That’s no sham, bro. Conservatives see it as a game of survival, winners thrive, losers eat garbage. No one, not even BHO is saying throw all the money in a big pile and hand it out. No one is limiting achievement. This is a Capitalist country. But Capitalism needs checks and balances like everything else. Meaning progressive taxation, Medicaid, Obamacare, Food Stamps, etc. That doesn’t hurt society, no matter what the Koch Bros want you to believe. The reckless gambling of Wall St. hurt a lot of people, and I’ll bet that among them are some of the most stringent right wingers posting on this forum.

          • John Daly

            lol. Pretty amusing what you consider “checks and balances”.

            How about ‘checks’ on runaway government and ‘balanced’ budget? Then, you’ll get my attention.

            As much as you want to vilify the achievers, someone has to pay for the welfare state, so we should be making it easier for people to create wealth… not easier for people to be dependent on the wealth creators.

        • wally12

          Fascism. Sounds a lot like Obama. Time magazine showed his similarity to Christ, he imagines himself as infallible, he attempts to suppress opposition and criticism, he uses executive orders when he can’t get his way and he hasn’t improved the economy in any meaningful way throughout his term.

          • John Daly

            I does, and it’s funny that he doesn’t see it.

          • michiganpatriot

            You’ve got your presidents mixed up. You meant to write “George W. Bush”

          • wally12

            @michiganpatriot:disqus ! I thought I was slow on comments to others. You are an exceptional person. You have just commented on something I stated 2 years ago. But hey! i can’t complain. What I do disagree with is that Obama is the master at suppression and yes, he uses executive orders to create his own version of laws. Have a nice day.

          • John Daly

            He’s slow on multiple levels, from what I can tell.

          • wally12

            I agree.

        • Jerry Camp

          Yes, fascism…a leftist proposition; complete control of all economic and governmental activity at the federal level…sound familiar?

          The farthest right one can be would be an anarchist.

          Like most leftists, you have no self-awareness concerning how close to the farthest wing-nut left the current crop of progressives have become. You believe yourselves to be in the middle of the road when, in fact, you’ve veered so far left that you’ve run through the ditch, took out a few mailboxes, and are heading us straight towards a barn.

        • michiganpatriot

          George W. Bush?

  • UniterNotADivider

    What I can’t figure out is why so many young people gravitate towards this swine. This garbage would make Bob Hope leave the occupation – saw him in Seattle while in the service. This ‘made man’, and jerks like Letterman, in the comedy world are a cancer on America. No wonder, the Muslims despise us. He’s nothing but a filthy toilet mouthed brat who has a continuous ‘need to be heard’. What a schmuck.

    • John Daly

      I think he passes for “edgy” in the impressionable minds of our youth, despite being nothing more than a snarky know-nothing.

  • Lou

    I liked it better when Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) said it in the 1993 movie Tombstone.

    • John Daly

      You just reminded me that Val Kilmer used to be cool. 😉

  • Kevin L

    A liberal is only a liberal until their policies affect them negatively (higher taxes, higher health care premiums, etc). I imagine more liberals will find themselves looking toward conservative solutions in the next two years.

    • John Daly

      … while probably still blasting conservatives, I’d imagine.

    • Rapper MC Jesus

      My favorite liberals are the one’s like Piers Morgan who have armed bodyguards with loaded guns but wants the rest of us to carry baseball bats.


      I thought that loser’s show got cancelled? He should start another show in one of those downtrodden black youth neighborhoods. Those poor, at risk, black males and females could surely use the guidance of such a genius like Piers Moron