Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bill Maher Nails Dem Vs. Repub Economic Policy

From Heather at Crooks and Liars

I couldn't say it any better than Bill:

MAHER: So it's no surprise that some 100 million Americans will watch the Super
Bowl next week. That's forty million more than go to church on Christmas. Suck
on that Jesus! It's also 85 million more than watched the last game of the World
Series and in that is an economic lesson for America, because football is built
on an economic model of fairness and opportunity. And baseball is built on a
model with the rich always winning and the poor usually have no chance.

The World Series is like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills; you have
to be a rich bitch just to play. Where as the Superbowl is like Tila Tequilla,
anyone can get in. Or to put it another way, football is more like the
Democratic philosophy. Democrats don't want to eliminate capitalism or
competition, but they would like it if some kids didn't have to go to a crummy
school in a rotten neighborhood, while others get to go to a great school, and
their dad gets them into Harvard. Because when that happens, achieving the
American dream is easy for some and just a fantasy for others.

That's why the NFL literally shares the wealth. TV is their biggest source of revenue
and they put it all in a big Commie pot and split if thirty two ways. Because
they don't want anyone to fall too far behind. That's why the team that wins the
Superbowl in the next draft, picks last, or what the Republicans would call
“punishing success.”

Baseball... baseball on the other hand is exactly
like the Republicans. And I don't just mean it's incredibly boring. I mean their
economic theory is every man for himself. The small market Pittsburgh Steelers
go to the Superbowl more than anybody. But the Pittsburgh Pirates? Levi Johnston
has sperm that will not grow up and live long enough to see the Pirates in a
World Series. Their payroll is forty million. The Yankees is two hundred and six
million. The Pirates have about as much chance of getting to the playoffs as a
poor black teenager from Newark has of becoming the CEO of Halliburton.

That's why people stop going to Pirate games in May. Because if you're
not in the game, you become indifferent to the fate of the game and maybe even
get bitter. That's what's happening to the middle class in America. It's also
how Marie Antoinette lost her head. So you kind of have to laugh that the same
angry white males who hate Obama because he's “redistributing wealth” just love
football; a sport that succeeds because it does just that.

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