Bill Maher is an interesting character. I don’t find him particularly funny, and his politics are far to the left of mine, but that is not to say that we always disagree.
Back in 2013, for example, recall that he threatened to leave California due to high taxes. Rachel Maddow was suggesting that Paul Ryan’s budget proposal was about giving rich people “relief from confiscatory tax rates.” Heretically, Maher responded, citing that millionaires in California pay nearly 40% in federal taxes and another 15% to the state:
You know what? Rich people – I’m sure you’d agree with this – actually do pay the freight in this country… I just want to say, liberals, you could actually lose me. It’s outrageous what we’re paying – over 50%. I’m willing to pay my share, but yeah, it’s ridiculous.
A month later, after the Tsarnaev brothers bombed the Boston Marathon, the Left became committed to an all-out propaganda campaign to create moral equivalence between Christianity and Islam. When his guest, Brian Levin of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, reminded his audience that Christians and Jews also do some “not-so-nice” things, Maher responded, “[y]ou know what, yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s liberal bullshit right there.” “There’s only one faith,” he goes on, that “wants to kill you for renouncing the faith,” or for blasphemy.