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Bill Maher: We Need a Recession to Save Us from Trump

Bill Maher: We Need a Recession to Save Us from Trump
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Okay, so Donald Trump is a dangerous damnable demon from the deepest depths of dark darkness. So if a few eggs are broken in our jihad, well, that’s how you make omelets. We get it.


At least, that seems to be the current message.

Recently, I wrote about the Republican or conservative voices pushing the idea that the right conservative position was to vote for Democrats in the 2018 election to “send a message” to Trump. As you may recall, I said: “the motives are pernicious and the outcome horrendous.” But if you thought that was the limit, well, you can depend on the Left to beat it.

To wit:

Quote: “One way you get rid of @realDonaldTrump is a crashing economy, so please bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it’s either root for a recession or lose your democracy.”

He is, at least, sorry it would hurt lots of people. Oh, probably not anyone he knows, of course: Bill’s got a $10 million salary and an estimated net worth of $100 million, so if the economy crashes he’s mainly going to be troubled by headlines and tut-tutting among his equally-wealthy friends. So “please bring on the recession.” It’s just little people in places like Indiana, West Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin — who probably voted for Trump anyway — so they deserve it.


Add to the mix Nancy Pelosi recently:

“Hip hip hooray,” she says sarcastically, “unemployment is down. What does that mean to me and my life?”

No, I’m not taking that out of context: she’s putting those words in the mouth of some poor benighted heathen out there hearing that for the first time in history, the number of job openings is greater than the number of people looking for work.

She goes on, speaking for that ungrateful proletarian, “I need a bigger paycheck.”

Nancy, here’s a little hint: “unemployment is down” means that for a lot of people, and disproportionally for poor people of color, they are actually getting a paycheck when they weren’t before. And “some paycheck” is always bigger than “no paycheck.”

The real giveaway, though, is in the second part of what Maher has to say: “… either root for a recession or lose your democracy.”

Now, I’m not sure who he’s talking to there. In my democracy, people voted for the presidential candidate they wanted more, and the congresspeople they wanted more, and the result was that they kicked Mad Granny’s corrupt ass — through the Electoral College, which is a vital part of my democracy, and which gave weight to the votes of those people in Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and the rest, who are seeing paychecks when they hadn’t been before.


Except, actually, I do know who he’s talking to, he just didn’t phrase it well. What he means is “save our democracy,” the one that elects polished politicians who went to the right schools and make their money the right way. They want democracy as long as it elects their people who do what they want.

If that means that a lot of the little people would get hurt, well, then that’s what it takes.

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