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Bill Maher and his Real Time panel ripped Democrats again on Friday for not setting themselves apart from Republicans when it comes to gun safety laws, pointing out that even Fort Hood shooter Ivan Lopez questioned how easy it was for a person with mental health issues to have access to firearms months before attacking the base.

“Our gun laws are so crazy, even crazy people know that they’re crazy,” Maher said.

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon agreed, mentioning the bipartisan gun bill that could not make it into law despite overwhelming public support following the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

“They were trying to close a loophole reflecting mental health,” Avlon said. “It is so nuts that we aren’t able to get through a law with 90 percent support? That shows how paralyzed we are.”

Maher and Avlon also mocked Georgia Democrats for not standing up against the Republican-backed “guns everywhere” bill making it easier to carry guns into churches, public facilities and bars.

“Common sense left the building a long time ago when we talk about guns in this country, the Georgia law being the most obvious,” Avlon told Maher. “Guns in bars? I mean, what could possibly go wrong?”

Bill Maher: ‘Our gun laws are so crazy, even crazy people know that they’re crazy’

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Posted April 26, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Bill Maher “In America we talk a lot about entitlements, and who are the takers and who are the makers, and here’s the bottom line from the current issue of Harper’s. Federal yearly spending per child $3,822. Federal yearly spending per senior $25,455. Seniors keep asking what kind of world are we leaving for our grandkids. Well, one where Head Start, nutrition assistance, and child welfare are being cut. These days, when grandpa finds a quarter behind your ear, he keeps it…..Let’s not kid ourselves where our dollar goes. It goes to grandma because she votes, and young people don’t.”

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Bill Maher “Now, when it comes to raising the minimum wage, conservatives always say it’s a non-starter because it cuts into profits.  Well yea, of course, paying workers is one of those unfortunate expenses of running a business.  You know, like taxes, or making a product.  If you want to get rich with a tax free enterprise that sells nothing, start a church.

You might think that paying people enough to live is so self-evident that even crazy people could understand it, but you would be wrong.  Michele Bachmann is not only against raising the minimum wage, she’s against having one at all.  She once said ‘if we took away the minimum wage…we could virtually wipe out unemployment..because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.’  Put that in your brain and smoke it.  You could hire everyone if you didn’t have to pay them.  And naturally, Ted Cruz agrees.  Ted Cruz thinks it’s a good thing, that when his Cuban father came to America, he was paid 50 cents an hour to work as a dish washer…

When did the American dream become this pathway to indentured servitude?  This economic death spiral where workers get paid next to nothing, so they can only afford to buy next to nothing, so businesses are forced to sell cheaper and cheaper stuff.  Walmart employees can only afford to shop at Walmart.  McDonald’s workers can only afford to eat at McDonald’s and Hooters waitresses have to wear shirts have to wear shirts they grew out of years ago.

And, look, even if you’re not moved by the, don’t be such a heartless prick, argument, consider the fact that most fast-food workers, who’s average age, by the way, now is 29 we’re not talking about kids, are on some form of public assistance, which is not surprising.  When even working people can’t make enough to live, they take money from the government in the form of food stamps, school lunches, housing assistance, daycare.  This is the welfare that conservatives hate, but they never stop to think if we raised the minimum wage and forced McDonald’s and Walmart to pay their employees enough to eat, we the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pick up the slack.  This is the question the right has to answer, do you want smaller government with less handouts or do you want a low minimum wage, because you cannot have both.  If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to.  And, I for one, am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers.”

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Bill Nye, The Science Guy on Real Time with Bill Mahr “South Africa has a space program because they know that if they get eight thousand PhD people running around in South Africa, their quality of life is going to go up.  So everybody, we have a mission going to Jupiter, that’s going to swing by Earth on October 9th, don’t miss it, if you can.  We have a mission, people say what’s your favorite planet?  Pluto, OK we’re gonna go to Pluto.  We’ll be there in 2015.  These things take an extraordinary amount of time.  We spend one and a half billion dollars on planetary science.  How long does it take us to spend one and a half billion in Afghanistan?  Twenty minutes?  A half hour?”