Just 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: