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While Bill Maher is one of many of us who are looking forward to the “big party” once the pandemic is over, he’s not confident that America has handled COVID-19 in a fiscally responsible way. He likened the impending celebration and economic boost to the Roaring Twenties, which came after the 1918 flu epidemic. “Only this time,” he says, we can do without the economic crash that came afterwards and the baffling Prohibition that was enacted during the era.
How can we do this you might ask? Maher feels strongly that ending our seemingly bipartisan War on Drugs here in the States and cutting our excessive spending is a good place to start.
“The Roaring Twenties became the Broke-Ass Thirties,” Maher said.
Last night on Real Time With Bill Maher, the host said that America’s economy is “divorced from reality,” with unemployment, bankruptcies and shuttered businesses occurring alongside an exceptionally high stock market. Government spending, he said, has lost all boundaries, with “the word billion” now replaced with “trillion” as long as “the Feds have ink.”
The U.S. has thus far spent $6 trillion fighting the novel coronavirus, he said, which is $2 million more than we spent battling “a murderer’s row of bad guys all over the world” in World War II. Different times, yes, but still a staggering comparison.
“We’re spending money like it had an expiration date on it,” said the HBO host.
In an attempt to drive home his point, Maher displayed significant images from WWII that included Nazi troops and atomic bombs and contrasted them to an image of a young adult “bro” relaxing on his couch at home. The late night host failed to mention the families who have been unable to afford food and rent for over a year now.
Maher then compared the 1920s Prohibition to the modern-day Drug Wars, insisting that many of today’s social struggles stem from poor drug policy. “But seriously,” he asked. “This time can we have the party without worrying about getting arrested for doing the drugs that keep the party going?”
Refugees flee their countries to come here because of dangerous drug cartels while we have an imbalanced mass incarceration rate due to disastrous drug laws. “Other people get it,” he added. “Mexico legalized weed this month… Canada did it two years ago.”
“Why are we always the last at everything now?”
“Let’s get rid of our own Prohibition aka the drug war and go straight to the part where we admit it doesn’t work.”
You can check out the full “New Rule” segment above.
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