Bill Maher shreds Ronald Reagan

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As Jimmy Carter was leaving the presidency in 1979 one of his last acts was to install  solar panels on the White House. He said:

In the year 2000 the solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here, supplying cheap, efficient energy. A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.”

This solar panel over the West Wing of course was demolished by the incoming president Ronald Reagan  whom Carter identified as one of the worst presidents in American history, yet strangely adored by the US right. Last night on HBO  Bill Maher absolutely nailed the horrible legacy of Reagan:

Ronald Reagan was an anti-government, union busting, race bating, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-intellectual who cut rich people’s taxes in half, had an incurable case of the military industrial complex, and said Medicare was socialism that would destroy our freedom. It sounds to me like he would fit in just fine. …

Even though Reagan did a few things today’s GOP would not like, he wrote the playbook for them for every issue of consequence. Sure he raised taxes a few times, but when you look at where he started with taxes and where he ended, this is where our income inequality problems began. He invented voodoo economics. …

On race his ideas could not be more ‘Tea Party’. He ran on states’ rights. He invented the notion that black people get all the breaks. …

He described the New Deal as Fascism, Medicare recipients as waiting for handouts, unemployment insurance as prepaid vacation for freeloaders. When they hold up signs that say no socialized medicine, where do you think they got it from? …

Worst of all Reagan inspired a whole generation of people who hate government to get into government. …

Stop agreeing he was a saint especially when his two miracles were turning water into polluted water and walking on the poor.

Bill Maher did what few in today’s media are willing to do. He disregarded Ronald Reagan’s very amiable characteristics and tone, concentrating entirely on his campaigning method and policies. Most importantly Maher points out that the genesis of the path back to exploding inequality was a direct result of Ronald Reagan’s policies. Holding him in high regards is an affront to the poor and middle class.

8 Comments »

  1. Reagan’s farm policies were the first steps in the damaging path that food production has followed to the present time. Today, almost all food is controlled in North America by a group of 2 or 3 big companies,

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    wmgrace Says:

    Here’s a clip from Reagan’s movie, “Bedtime for Bonzo”. There’s a prescient line at the end of the clip, where Reagan says something to the effect that, he really has a lot to learn about taking on a paternal role.

    Much later in his life, he starred in “Bedtime for Democracy”.

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    Here’s a short interview that begins with a discussion about Reagan. It’s not with Bill Maher, but with someone who has slightly better credentials:

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    Una Kilkenny Says:

    Why can’t they all SEE what Bill sees?

    Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2013 15:24:54 +0000 To: kilkenny7@sympatico.ca

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    Yes, you are so right. Here’s Bill Maher and his beautiful rant against religion:

    I do agree with him. All religion is nuts, especially Christianity.

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    Here’s another commentary on Maher that shows he’s a credible authority on politics:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/03/19/maher-every-black-person-scares-republicans-unless-they-look-urkel-ta

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    Ronald Reagan was an anti-government,

    anti-big-government

    union busting

    translation: intelligent, wise, prudent. Isn’t our experience with unions proof positive that he was right?

    race bating

    what?

    anti-abortion

    Aren’t you anti-abortion? You were a Catholic religion teacher. Are you telling me you think it is okay to destroy a helpless child in the womb? This is justice? Have you lost your F*****g mind, Ted? Are you drunk?

    anti-gay

    what the hell does that mean? Are you telling me that fudge packing is morally okay? Have you gone that far down the road of depravity that what gay men do is, in your mind, loving? Fisting and gerbling? Have you wondered why the vast majority of proctologists’ patients are gay men? Do you really think this is healthy for the human body? Have you completely given up your common sense?

    anti-intellectual

    He read and understood Hayek. You’ve never read a thing by Hayek. You are economically illiterate. You couldn’t last 2 minutes in a debate with Reagan.

    who cut rich people’s taxes in half,

    As I said, economically illiterate. Harding and Coolidge and Kennedy understood that if we lower the tax rate, we increase tax revenue. Reagan did that and it worked. He balanced the budget. The video above also makes that point. Teddy boy, you just stopped studying. That’s the tragedy of your life. You were more interested in feeling like a progressive, intellectual, social justice advocate and voice of the poor than actually learning something intelligent, something that required long hours of study. You are the epitome of intellectual laziness. Typical Catholic teacher.

    and said Medicare was socialism that would destroy our freedom.

    It is socialism. It hasn’t worked. And Canada’s health care system (socialized medicine) is so bankrupt that China rejected it, refused to adopt it after studying it. What does that tell ya?

    Sure he raised taxes a few times, but when you look at where he started with taxes and where he ended, this is where our income inequality problems began. He invented voodoo economics. …

    You’re just plain ignorant. Our income inequality problems began? You mean there were no income inequalities before that? Has Obama done anything to bring about income equality? Finally, what the hell is income equality? Are you saying that a neurosurgeon should be paid the same as a janitor? What the hell are you saying? You are unbelievably illiterate both politically and economically, but especially economically!

    On race his ideas could not be more ‘Tea Party’. He ran on states’ rights. He invented the notion that black people get all the breaks. …

    He criticized affirmative action. It was unconstitutional, and he was right. And tell me, why did Blacks do better under Reagan than they are doing now under Obama? I’d like you to explain that.

    He described the New Deal as Fascism,

    It was. It actually prolonged the Depression. But you wouldn’t know that because you stopped studying a long time ago. Since then there has been some tremendous things written on this.

    Worst of all Reagan inspired a whole generation of people who hate government to get into government. …

    You forgot to add “big”.

    Stop agreeing he was a saint especially when his two miracles were turning water into polluted water and walking on the poor.

    Gosh you are unbelievably dumb.

    Bill Maher did what few in today’s media are willing to do.

    Speak with such hubris about an area he knows absolutely nothing about. He’s about as enlightened on these issues as your average first/second year university student.

    Ted, you are such an idiot! The thought that you stood in front of students for years on end and pretended to teach them how to think is seriously disconcerting. Someone is going to pay for allowing that to happen, some bureaucrat is going to pay dearly for the damage that you have done, either damage or at least wasted opportunity. Pure ideological nonsense, without even a reasoned argument with principles. Just ideological slogans. We have a generation of Catholic teachers who know absolutely nothing about Catholicism, absolutely nothing about politics and economics, but who operate with nothing but ideological slogans and assumptions, and who think that showing a Michael Moore film is true education. What a tragedy! And you think you are enlightened. God have mercy!


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