Monthly Archives: July 2016

Laboratories of Democracy

CRUDE LANGUAGE WARNING: Something else to think about from Bill Maher. I wish he’d clean up his language, but what he has to say is often too good to let how he says it (for those few of us who care) get in the way.

In this editorial New Rule, he makes the case that, if Republicans are going to call states the “laboratories of democracy,” they have to start looking at the results from the lab.” Original air date: July 1, 2016.

Comedian Bill Maher
Comedian Bill Maher

Remember a couple of years ago when California was virtually bankrupt? An “economic basket case,” we were told. “Unmanageable.” “A failed state.” They raised taxes on the wealthy. A lot, he says. “And our economy is booming.” He adds that “we just passed France and India to become … the world’s sixth largest economy.”

“A $26 billion deficit became an $11 billion surplus. For a rainy day,” he jokes, “whatever that is.” Well, evidently it takes more than a regime change to break a drought.

“The results from the lab are in,” he says. “Our mice are thriving. Yours are dead!”

Maher is tough on conservatives, but he’s tough on everybody when it’s called for. Maybe it’s time to pay attention.

Sam Harris Explains how Dangerous a Trump Presidency Could Be

It’s 30 minutes long, but it’s well worth watching. Or listening to, rather, because it’s really a podcast with a still picture of the speaker.

Sam Harris is unabashedly liberal in most ways, so it’s no surprise he probably prefers Hillary for President. But he is also a highly intelligent and informed thinker, trained as a neurosurgeon before he dedicated himself to informing the public. He explains the differences between the presumptive candidates of the two major American political parties far better than anybody else I’ve heard.

Get yourself a drink, sit back, and relax. Then listen carefully. You’ll find more information and clear thinking here in half-an-hour than you’ll ever get from your T.V. And really think about what you’ve heard.

Then remember in November when you go out to vote for the next President of the United States. I’ll remind you.