Bill Maher Slams Republican Hypocrisy, Mocks Sarah Palin’s Downfall (Video)

bill-maher-sarah-palin-1Just over a week removed from one of the most infamous political speeches we might ever see, Bill Maher took it upon himself to mock Sarah Palin’s incoherent idiocy and slam the Republican party for “having no shame” in pretending to care about the middle class.

He went off on the new talking point that we’re going to undoubtedly hear thousands of times between now and 2016 – “middle class economics” – and how the statement in and of itself is pure bullcrap, especially coming from the Republican party. It really is absurd to see members of the GOP suddenly say that they’re concerned about the middle class, when practically none of their policies actually benefit the middle class. Only in the GOP can you push for tax cuts for the rich, while blocking any attempt to raise the minimum wage, then claim that you “care about the middle class.”

It really is comical to see Republicans trying to paint President Obama and Democrats as this “party for the rich” when they’re the ones trying to cut programs that help the poor; opposing giving every American access to health care; fighting against a minimum wage increase and pushing for more tax breaks for the rich and powerful.

I’ve honestly reached a point with some Republicans where I don’t even know how to respond to them anymore. I really do try to be cordial and respectful, even when I’m faced with blinding ignorance, but at some point the absurdity simply becomes too much to ignore. How do you not openly mock people who sit there and try to claim they’re “fighting for the poor and middle class” – by opposing raising the minimum wage and pushing for more tax breaks for the rich?

It’s just ridiculous.

He then played a clip from Palin’s speech last week at the Iowa Freedom Summit where she apparently tried to discuss the middle class, but failed miserably.

“This raises a troubling question,” Maher said of Palin’s incoherent drivel. “If Sarah Palin suffers a stroke, how will we know? I don’t know from that if Sarah Palin is for or against helping the middle class. And there’s no way to know. But there’s a lot of that kind of talk going around.”

Now, aside from his questionable decision to make a joke about stroke victims, the context of what he was saying is that Palin’s behavior lately has become so bizarre that it’s not unreasonable for some people to wonder if something is going on with her. Heck, it’s a point that I wrote about a few months ago. Palin has never been someone I would call an intellectual scholar by any means, but her behavior the last year or so has become extremely odd and erratic even for her.

The points Maher made during this segment were pretty much spot-on. Lately the GOP has suddenly pretended to care about the middle class, and they’ve started using a lot of really nifty sounding talking points to talk about income inequality, but at the end of the day their economic policies remain exactly the same:

  • Cut taxes for the rich.
  • Deregulate big business.
  • Block any increase to the minimum wage.

And none of those will do a damn thing to help middle class Americans.

Watch the segment below via HBO:

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  • Listen up:

    Many poor people and middle class depend on the food chains to offer cost effective meals!

    If people like Maher who can always eat caviar and never have to eat a hamburger have their way by interfering with the cost structure of food franchises by imposing minimum wages than the low budget consumers will not be able to afford to eat! Since there are more of them than potential minimum wage earners than in sum total this more then anything else increases the starving masses!

    Why is Maher increasing the total amount of suffering by forcing more low cost food meal consumers to starve over the small increase in minimum wage workers?

    Why can’t Maher escape the damaging clutches of ‘Obama Economics’?

    • v2787

      What kind of crack are you smoking?

      • This ‘crack comment’ of yours highlights the total disconnect between the ‘Pretend Do-Gooders’ and the situation at ground zero where people ‘IN NEED’ shop at ‘Walmart’ or the ‘fast food franchises’ because that’s where for them the affordable pricing is!

        On top of that the incentive of ‘minimum wage laws’ for business to automate thus depriving the opportunity off many to start work and gain resume experience – in some cases work at ‘fast food outlets’ is one Job of many for those in a tough spot in their lives who want to get ahead!

        It’s easy to attack this as exploitation for cheap momentary election advantage while sinisterly not indicating that trade & balances already exist through market forces.

        Government already has wide powers to prevent ‘collusion’ and ‘price setting’ by industry. This is the most effective method by regulators to insure a fair wage for workers!

        ‘Minimum wages’ are a pain sedative for ‘open border promoters’ and ‘chamber of commerce chrony capitalists’ who have flooded the market place with ‘cheap illegal labour’ and now need to force innocent businesses to ignore ‘supply & demand’ realities that are caused by these same ‘open border chamber of commerce’ DO GOODER’ types – it’s the same tragedy repeated over and over – take a sludge hammer (minimum wages) to a problem caused by the ‘DO GOODERS’ while not admitting that you caused the problem in the first place!

      • alexday

        Fast food places can and do pay a decent wage and still remain profitable. It’s not that hard to research, but it’s a lot easier to use fear and ad hominem attacks to make your point.

      • I agree with you that they do!

        But the issue is one of government over reach into all facets of our lifes – Give to Caesar what belongs to him but don’t tie your dignity to Caesar – HE IS KNOWN TO DISAPPOINT!

      • Christopher C

        blah blah blah.What a horses ass

      • Chris relax, life is good!

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Listen up? You must be joking. Lay off of Glenn Beck’s short and curlies for a bit and try out the real world. It’s not so bad.

      • The real world is not the Obama/Democrat FANTASY that you been convinced of as being real!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        OK Leslie, please tell me what the GOP plan is that you admire so much since you are all about QE this week…..

      • Johnl.102

        Don’t hold your breath waiting for that answer..

      • I don’t think it’s necessary – the New President will be an Independent!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Bernie Sanders! Independent

      • Bernie who?

        Is he an American citizen?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Why would you care who is American or not as you don’t live here…..

      • America is a World Power – a force for good – WE DO CARE!

      • Johnl.102

        Did you even watch the video? What our government did in the 50s and 60s had nothing to do with Obama. Weather you like it or not, some degree of socialism can be a good thing , you live with it now and you like it .stop trying to act like Obama invented socialism. Most of the issues the right cries about these days were ideas brought to life by the same party your parents voted for. And now you vote for them.

      • I’ve already written about the Socialism we all should support!
        It’s more individual based than government based.
        Our democracy is ‘MESSY’ and I like it that way – I’m a Conservative so having the pendulum swing back towards the right is okay by me!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Yeah, it worked so well from 2001 to 2008….what is not to love? Good lord….

      • Christopher C

        The only difference between Leslie and a bucket of crap…… the bucket

      • I can see Maher is having a detrimental affect on you – I’ve occasionally forced myself to watch his stuff – it’s like smelling glue for hours on end – I haven’t done it so this is just conjecture, the glue smelling that is – the whining about meat/vacinations/global warming & pretty well every other imagined malady propagated by the ‘Fancy Pants Set’!

        DEPRESSING LIKE HELL – I haven’t done hell either but – AVOID MAHER LIKE THE PLAGUE!

  • v2787

    And yet, despite all the voluminous evidence to support the argument for adopting Democratic fiscal policies, half the country still chooses to vote for republicans–ostensibly because they still believe republicans are looking out for the public’s best interests. It’s simply astounding, and it’s a scathing indictment of the intelligence of conservatives.

    • Democrat Fiscal Policy is – print more money (quantitative easing).

      This is NOT POLICY it is a deliberate attempt to destroy the reputation of the dollar!

      Stay tuned to where that will take us!

      Foreign countries are already selling off their dollars – Currently America has an advantage based on the reality that America is still the World’s Top Cop for keeping world order – America’s citizens still believe in their dollars value – Democrates are exploiting these two sentiments for their own narrow gain!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Really? Who is telling you this Democrats’ fiscal policy? Rush? Grow up Leslie, and soon.

      • You haven’t heard of Quantitative Easing’ or the fact that the US is buying it’s own bonds because there is no market for it – okay there may be buyers but the buyers get double their money after only six months and a small interest – PONZAI!

        Okay so you are living in isolation somewhere in a small hut on an unmapped island and you think you are safe!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Oh, so this what you’ve been told to be angry about this week…. Got it.

      • We don’t do Angry – WE DO – this corruption will end!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        and what did you call the Bush disaster? Utopia? Total control of house, presidency and courts which led to the biggest disaster in mondern history. What YOU and the GOP “do” is incompetence.

      • Bush/Obama are two peas in the same pod – for some reason both think the dollar is monopoly money – but HELL every voter was assured that since both are ‘upstanding & sophisticated’ specimens of human perfection than President was their Destiny!
        Your right – its time for an INDEPENDENT!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I agree, it’s time for Bernie Sanders. The only true INDEPENDENT! If you mean a teabagger like some Ayn Rand worshipping idiot, you are dreaming.

      • Bernie who ?

        Palin whether running or not is at the center of the media stage.

        She has a for ever presence in the heart of the Nation !

        She is the only credible INDEPENDENT !

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Sarah and her “word buffet” is what you admire? She tosses out a few words that really don’t go together along with some GOP catch-phrases mixed in and you think she’s an idependent who has the heart of the Nation. Seek help my friend and up your meds while you’re at it.

      • My friend there is time for everyone’s campaign to work on the heart of the Nation.

        Sarah is positioned better than most but her campaign team has work to do!

        Walker is a proven warrior and I like him but is 2016 the year for a Women President? – who has more experience with media than Palin! – Walkers positions on ‘Common Core’ & ‘Open Borders’ are still not well known – in the end will the Republican Party shy away from Walkers true ‘bona vides’ as a Reformer? – Voters enthusiasms are drained by the duplicity of both established parties, is that enough for an Independent Option?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Yeah sure…..

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        The GOP runs on a platform of the “government doesn’t work”, then when they get elected they prove in fact that the “government doesn’t work”. Repubs don’t know how to govern, plain and simple. They only know how to bit** and moan that they know better even though they’ve never shown an answer to a real issue or the ability to solve large problems that don’t involve starting a war. They also love to harp on about some imaginary socialist coming to take their guns and some strange ‘war’ on christmas being fed to them by a small group of people who know which buttons to push that keep them scared.

        So pardon me if I don’t take your whine du’ jour seriously.

      • Your starting to sound like a Palin voter! Most of us eventually get there!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you really are on crack….she can’t spell “voter”. Palin is a punchline that just keeps on giving.

      • The punchbag is those that deplore her !

        There is not enough deplorers to stop her!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I really don’t understand why you have such a crush on Palin since you live in Canada. I guess you wouldn’t have to tolerate her the way American’s would. Why don’t you just stay out of American politics.

      • I follow the American Elections, have done so for the last three decades – America is an important neighbour, and we share a value system of freedom with our American Brothers & Sisters!

        We Conservatives are rooting for her to survive this dark period of socialist anarchy!

        In Canada we were able to reform and transform our government so that today we have a balanced budget and fiscal sanity – I wish the same for America!

        America is still the FORCE that assures world order – she bears a large cost fulfilling this responsibility!

        Canada needs America to work!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        She bears no such responsibility and I don’t think you understand the words you are using. LOL The American voters have spoken more than once about her ability to hold public office since 2008. Go ahead an deal with that while you admire our country from afar because I can guarantee that she will never be in a position to impact policy in the US. Maybe you and your nutty friends should encourage her to move to Canada and transform your country into this “FORCE” you dream of. LOL

      • America has been a FORCE for world order paid for by the blood & tears of countless American Patriots!

        Palin wears her love for America on her sleeves.

        She still gushes at the greatness that is America! She is an enthusiast for the project that is and will continue to be America!


        In Canada we build an INDEPENDENT MOVEMENT that reduced Canada’s Republican Party – comparing it to America’s Party System, it was like reducing the Republicans to one Senator and one Congress Representative – it was total OBLITERATION – after a number of election cycles in the wilderness, SANITY was restored!

        Palin’s job is to restore America’s POLITICAL SANITY and the best way to do this is to run for President in 2016 as an INDEPENDENT!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        My man, I have 20+ years of service in the US Army so get off your soapbox when replying to me. You have no idea about the blood or tears of American patriots. Just go away and take your bs with you.

      • Thanks for your goodbye!

        Its a guarantee that PALIN will have an IMPACT during this Election Cycle!

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        A Canadian’s ‘guarantee’ about the impact of a nitwit means so much…..thanks. LOL

      • It’s more the guarantee that ‘The Palin Message’ of positivness will impact this election cycle – Palin can sure deliver a message!

      • Christopher C

        There you go.An incoherent line,just like your heroine would use

      • Chris you are incoherent – Smell the Roses or something!

      • Christopher C

        Palin is a republican that millions of morons,much like yourself Leslie,voted for 2008.Face reality pal

      • Palin ran in 2008 – refresh me?

      • Christopher C

        yeah you do.You do nothing but talk smack with no ideas

      • Christopher

        Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today – your probably depressed because all the American Dollars you’ve been hoarding in your mattresses are worth less today due to the fact that Obama has siphoned off its value through Quantitative Easing!

      • Christopher C

        WTF are you talking about.Tax breaks for the rich and keep the minimum wage at unlivable levels?PONZA………whatever the hell that means in your Palinesque world of incoherent babbling.Quantititave easing is the reason the U.S is doing so much better economically than the European union Einstein.You’re living on fantasy island.Get your head out of your bum and turn the TV dial

      • Quantitative Easing strips all Americans who support the dollar of its value as it sits in their pockets or bank accounts because the presses are printing money independent of GDP Growth – it’s speculated gambling supported by ‘Pixie Dust Thinking’ that the extra dollars will create jobs rather than the free market but more probably it will create hyper inflation which is the actual bludgeon that will bludgeon the dollar to obscurity!

        There is some talk that the dollar has been targeted to fail purposelly by Obama so that the Euro can become the international Standart Currency but you can tell us more as you are more plucked into Obama than I am!

      • Christopher C

        Yeah and you vote for people like Sarah Palin.I guess you slept through the Bush Presidency.Clinton and Obama both have shepherded economies much stronger than their republican predecessors.You sound like a broken record pal.Just lot of noise and nothing of substance.

      • Clinton only shepherded because Newt Gingrich was there to make sure he took time from his dalliances to attend to the economy.

        I am still mad at Clinton for stripping ‘Airforce One’ of its ‘Gold Gilded’ door knobs on his way out! Maybe because you know him so well you can tell us what he did with them?

        Obama of course had no use for the American Economy – he preferred the Old Soviet Command Economy and that’s why 80 million on ‘Food Stamps’ – his legacy is already etched in stone, ‘FOOD STAMP PRESIDENT’!

  • Jesse

    His rant was very funny! The funnier thing was that he thinks that Democrats are interested in “saving” the middle class.

  • Christopher C

    Sarah Palin has ALWAYS spoken I an incoherent and jumbled manner.When she was McCains running mate in 2008,she veered off into incoherent drivel every time she spoke for more than 5 minutes.The GOP is just now cognizant of the fact Palin veers off into incoherent drivel EVERY time she speaks for more than five minutes?The fact that millions of people voted for this moron in 2008 is all you need know about republicans and their anti-intellectual party