On Friday Bill Maher concluded his show by addressing something Republicans don’t like to talk about; California.
For years, since the Democrats took the majority of elected positions within the state, Republicans have decried California as a place from where businesses are running away. They frequently point to California’s higher taxes and strong regulations as “job killers.”
Republicans pounded the drum of how liberal economic policies were a disaster, and California was their go-to example.
But Maher exposed the conservative’s deception by pointing out how California had a 26.6 billion dollar deficit when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger left office in 2011, and how since Democrats took over every major elected position, California’s now has an 11 billion dollar surplus.
“A new rule, if Republicans are going to keep calling states laboratories of democracy, they have to start looking at the results from the lab.”
Maher pointed out that California and its liberal policies represent a successful experiment when compared to failed experiments like Kansas and Louisiana.
Both Kansas and Louisiana have mostly Republican-controlled governments, and both states have soaring deficits as well as tons of other economic issues. And let’s not forget about Mississippi, the poorest state in the country that’s been red (Republican) for as long as anyone can remember.
He noted that California had the world’s 6th largest economy, “soon to be fifth, thanks England!”
“We did all the stuff conservatives warned us would make things even worse, but the sky didn’t fall!”
The comedian’s argument was simple and effective. When Democrats run governments unimpeded by Republican obstruction, things tend to improve.
Or as Maher put it, “our mice are thriving, yours are dead.”
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