Bill Maher used prescient examples as he slams the rich
Bill Maher went after the excesses of the rich on this week’s Real Time. He started the segment with the dentist who paid over fifty thousand dollars to hunt a beloved lion in Africa. “When a dentist has sixty grand to drop on a safari,” Bill Maher said. “That’s when we know there is too much sugar in the soda.”
He continued. “We do have a moral crisis in America,” Bill Maher said. “But it does not come from saggy pants, or gay wedding cakes, or Hillary’s emails. It comes from worshiping obscene wealth.”
He went on to illustrate how the not so rich poses and performs the senseless deeds of the rich in order to have the semblance of the super rich. “In the game of America money counts for everything,” Bill Maher said. “This is how you let other people know you won. Because you did something horrible and stupid that only rich people can get away with.”
Bill then made that prescient statement. “We always hear about the sick culture of poverty,” he said. “What about the sick culture of wealth?”
Maher continued by giving examples of the wealthy and selfish — the rich man who complains about trick or treaters from a different neighborhood, the Californians complaining about water rationing because they can afford to get as much as they need.
“I am sure that the majority of rich people have always been greedy and selfish,” Bill Maher said. “But this crowd today takes it to a whole new level. Somehow it is not enough to spend lavishly on themselves. They have to actively take from others, their water, their benefits, the last bits of beauty in the world.”
Maher then makes an important point. The rich likes to justify all their bad deeds as being legal. “Sure,” Maher said. “Because the rich buys politicians to write laws to say that whatever they want is legal.” He then pointed out that more than half of the money given to presidential candidates come from 400 families. For that purchase he suggests that the wealthy should not only be able to tell politicians what to do, they should be able to hunt them and use them as trophies like the dentist did the lion.