Bill Maher, liberal host of HBO’s “Real Time,” raised some eyebrows during the Friday airing of his show when he complained that he feels it’s “unfair” that residents of Texas — and other conservative states — are able to receive federal funds after natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.
Launching into background on why Maher feels it’s “unfair” that the federal government “bails” out places like Texas, Maher embarked on his tirade.
“These places that got flooded, like Texas, okay, they have a low tax base,” Maher said. “So, the federal government bails them out. Their governors, their legislators they don’t believe in climate science.”
He continued, “It seems like the responsible folks in this country, the people who pay a little more taxes and the people who believe in climate change are bailing out the people who hate government, except when they need government when they’re in trouble.”
“That seems a little unfair,” he complained. “Suddenly, socialism is not such a bad idea when you’re standing in toxic floodwater.”
Why Maher’s political rhetoric could be a little off-putting to some
Survivors of Hurricane Harvey endured a deadly storm, catastrophic flooding, the loss of life, and the damage as a result of the storm was recently estimated to go as high as $180 billion dollars.
Others who were unable to physically assist victims of Harvey donated large sums of money to relief efforts.
Despite Maher’s protestations, President Trump just signed a $15 billion relief package for Harvey survivors.
Other presidents — including former President Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush — teamed up to launch a campaign, The One America Appeal.
“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton began in the ad.
Obama added, “As former presidents, we wanted to help our fellow Americans begin to recover.”
Carter said, “Our friends in Texas, including presidents Bush 41 and 43, are doing just that.”
The younger Bush said, “People are hurting down here.”
“But as one Texan put it, we’ve got more love in Texas than water,” he continued.
The ad then features the elder Bush, who said, “We love you Texas.”