[from a post by Heather/Crooks & Liars, 03/10/2011]
[Bill Maher] “America’s rich aren’t giving you money, they’re taking your money. Between the years 1980 and 2005 80% of all new income generated in this country went to the richest 1%. Let me put that in terms that even you [deleted insult to people who have earned it] can understand.
‘Say 100 Americans get together and order a 100 slice pizza. The pizza arrives and the first guy takes 80 slices. And if someone suggests, why don’t you just take 79 slices, that’s socialism! I know, [the inane reality show Secret Millionaire] it’s just a TV show. But it does reinforce the stupid idea people have that rich people would love us and share with us if only they got to walk a mile in our cheap plastic shoes.
‘But they’re the reason the shoe factory moved to China. We have this fantasy that our interests and the interests of the super rich are the same. Like somehow the rich will eventually get so full that they’ll explode. And then the candy will rain down on the rest of us.
‘Like there’s some kind of pinata of benevolence. But here’s the thing about a pinata. It doesn’t open on its own. You have to beat it with a stick.”
“So I say, forget Secret Millionaire, I have a better idea for a show. Every week one of the men responsible for the global financial meltdown is dropped into a poor neighborhood and… and that’s it. No cameras. We just leave him there. I call it I’m Alan Greenspan, get me out of here!”
[But surely, this is uncharitable talk from a liberal humanist? Then again, maybe not. – LLF]