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

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."