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Grove writes: "The satirist says he's writing a very big check to support Obama in hopes that other rich liberals wake up to the looming threat from Republicans' super PACs in November."

Bill Maher during last season's finale broadcast, 11/11/11. (photo: Janet Van Ham/HBP/AP)
Bill Maher during last season's finale broadcast, 11/11/11. (photo: Janet Van Ham/HBP/AP)



Bill Maher's $1 Million Call-Out

By Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast

25 February 12

 

The satirist says he's writing a very big check to support Obama in hopes that other rich liberals wake up to the looming threat from Republicans' super PACs in November.

ho knew that professional cynic Bill Maher was such a starry-eyed idealist?

Maher won't admit as much, but no other explanation accounts for his surprise announcement Thursday night that he's donating $1 million of his hard-earned money to Priorities USA Action, the awkwardly named super PAC supporting President Obama's reelection campaign.

"No, I think it's practical," the comedian told me Friday afternoon when I accused him of being a political romantic. "The difference between a country governed by Obama and one governed by Rick Santorum is worth a million dollars to me. Not just because I think the country would be better, but because I think it would actually better protect the money I have left."

The sharp-tongued satirist, host of HBO's hit Friday night show Real Time With Bill Maher, revealed his eye-popping donation at the end of his standup routine at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Yahoo.

"I think Mitt Romney's going to get the [Republican] nomination, and then I hope Obama beats him like a runaway sister-wife," Maher told the crowd as a giant check was brought onstage. "If I had one bit of advice for our president, it would be stop trying to get everyone to like you. It's never gonna happen. About half the country wouldn't vote for you if you personally saved them from drowning."

Maher added another piece of advice for history's first black president: "Grow your hair out. That alone would change America."

The 56-year-old Maher, who is rich but by no means super-rich, told me he decided to become the Sheldon Adelson of the Obama campaign after attending several Grammy Awards parties a couple of weekends ago and despairing of the naivete of his fellow Hollywood liberals.

"All the liberals were saying it's in the bag for Obama - I guess because all the Republicans were making such fools of themselves and the economy was turning around, and because, very often, liberals don't pay that much attention to politics. And I was telling them, no, it's definitely not in the bag for Obama. He's being outspent and he's going to be outspent."

In order to achieve maximum impact for his gift, Maher kept his intentions a secret from everybody but his money manager. The irony, of course, is that Maher has been a frequent critic of super PACs and Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, the January 2010 Supreme Court decision that permits unlimited campaign contributions from rich folks and corporations alike to these supposedly independent political action committees.

Republican media consultant Larry McCarthy, who directs the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, was quick to lampoon Maher's donation.

"Bill Maher's made a fair number of jokes about super PACs," he told me. "I guess now he gets to add himself to the punch line." McCarthy added: "I didn't know he was a supporter of the Citizens United decision."

Maher responded: "This is what I hate about the Republicans. They know that what they're saying is bullshit, but they say it anyway because they know that the people who aren't paying as much attention won't know it. That, to me, is the ultimate definition of cynicism."

McCarthy "knows very well that as long as this is the game, we all have to play by the rules. As long as that is the rule of the game, we're going to play by it and we're going to try to win … Obama is not going to forgo this election on the principle of 'we don't believe in the Citizens United ruling.' No, we don't, and one of the reasons we want to elect Obama again is because perhaps he'll get to appoint one or two people to the Supreme Court in the second term and they would overturn Citizens United."

Maher, who has occasionally been critical of Obama for caving in to Republicans and falling short of his 2008 campaign promises, seems to have changed his views since November, when he told me that a President Romney would probably govern much like Obama - as a non-ideological "problem-solver."

"I must have been high," Maher said on Thursday. "I wasn't really high. What I was trying to say is that Romney's greatest virtue is that he's a shape-shifter, so that there's every possibility that when he got into office he would revert back to the moderate he was. But once you make these kinds of promises all year long, and you're beholden to the far right wing of your party, I don't know if that's possible."

As for his previous complaints about Obama, "It's my job, whoever the president is, to hold his feet to the fire," he said. "And I will continue to do that. There are lots of issues I have with the president - mostly on national security. I would rather he have Ron Paul's foreign policy and brought troops home and cut the defense budget and all that stuff, but part of it is I do think he has gotten better … I really think he's getting his mojo back."

He added that after watching the Republicans debate 20 times, "You listen to these people talking about vaginal probes and Satan and zero percent taxes on capital gains and the rest of this nonsense, you run back into the arms of Barack Obama."

Maher said his million bucks will be in the coffers of Priorities Action USA as early as Monday, and he will keenly feel the hole in his pocket.

"I want to make one key point: This hurts," he said. "I'm doing this to say to all the rich liberals out there … I've got some money, but I don't have, like, billionaire money - not even close. But if I can do it - if Bill Maher can do this - then a lot of other people can, too."

 

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+140 # molesoul 2012-02-25 14:02
Love you, Bill!
 
 
+140 # Barbara K 2012-02-25 14:18
I'm with Bill Maher. I hope other rich people give a big check to the Obama campaign too. We are being met with all the forces of moneyed lunatics with the most evil and disgusting of agendas in mind, that have nothing to do with running this country. Their only goal is to destroy it. We need to support Obama and give him more Dems to be able to get his agenda into law. Replace all the Republicans we can, they have made themselves moot with their nothing but NO votes and no progress at all in the government. Go President Obama!
 
 
+98 # LeeBlack 2012-02-25 14:20
Good for Maher. I will follow his example - I'll feel it, like Maher feels it; I'm sorry that the campaign won't benefit as much with my donation as it will be Maher's; but if lots of us do the same?....
 
 
+119 # jamal49 2012-02-25 14:43
Imagine a President Santorum. Now, imagine a Tea-Party majority in The House and The Senate. If those two thoughts do not shake up the complacent liberal-hood, nothing will. A saying I've heard is that people get the government they deserve. Perhaps America deserves a President Santorum and a republicon majority in Congress. I want to think not but just in case, I've got my passport ready.
 
 
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-25 23:23
Adios love those who are willing to fight back.
 
 
+1 # Michael Lee Bugg 2012-02-27 15:57
I am proud of Bill and disgusted with the silence of so many wealthy Democrats who just sit back and hope it all turns out O.K. by itself! Unfortunately money does not equal votes if the Republican message is more compelling than Obama's message. The Democrats have been terrible since LBJ left the White House about making a better case for our policies! Part of the problem is that Ovama and too many other Democrats are more concerned about the campaign dollars they get from wealthy peope and not concerned enough about the votes they must receive from working people!!'
 
 
+97 # Patriot 2012-02-25 14:50
I believe this is called putting your money where your mouth is. BRAVO!! Never thought I'd say this, but good for you, Bill Maher!
 
 
+28 # X Dane 2012-02-26 02:13
Darn Patriot, you beat me to it.
Bill has got a big mouth, and thank heaven a ditto wallet. Now I love him even more.
 
 
+123 # Bill Clements 2012-02-25 14:50
Maher is absolutely correct to warn liberals that Obama's reelection is definitely not "in the bag." Republicans, as we've learned over the years, will do ANYTHING to win, and that means ANYTHING. Especially when that person is Obama. Have you ever seen Republicans so full of unmitigated hatred and bile over a Democratic President? Clinton? That was a love fest by comparison.

If it looks like they won't be able to beat him with an avalanche of cash alone, then they'll go for voter fraud. Look at the coup d'tat theory pulled off against Gore! Look at how they dispatched Kerry.

If they played fair, it would be close. When they're more than willing to pull out all the stops, all bets are off.
 
 
+57 # Capn Canard 2012-02-25 18:13
Bill Clements, if by "anything" you mean cheating, stealing, or otherwise disregarding rules, laws, and fair play then YES, I believe we have plenty of evidence that the Republicans believe cheating IS WINNING. If only I could contribute a lime amount to insure we get rid of Citizens United.
 
 
+37 # Bill Clements 2012-02-25 19:43
Yes, anything means everything!

And this is what is crazy-making about Republicans: they present themselves on social issues, etc. as the party doing the right thing when it comes to abortion, marriage, fiscal responsibility, etc. but the reality of who these people are doesn't match up with their billboard persona.
 
 
-32 # RLF 2012-02-26 05:44
Why should it be 'in the bag' for Obama?

He has done every bailout, every pro-businness program and tax cut, he has licked the pastry from between the flanks of every right wing program there is. If this is the best the liberals can do, then let the republicans win...Let it get bad enough for the common working class moron that they can't stand republicans any more. Obama is a sell out...pay him and there is no reason for a Dem. in offce to be anything else...Clinton was a seell out, to me it is looking like the dems have nothing but sell outs to big money and business. I'm not going to help it happen again...my turn to vote against my best interests because the rewards are sooo small when a dem gets in that it hardly matters anymore.
 
 
+22 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 10:04
What is your solution? Do you hope to change things by not voting? At what cost? Would we be better off with sanitorium in office? Do you honestly believe there's no difference between Obama and sanitorium?

I have no problem with people trying to send a message to the Democratic Party by voting for a third party. I just don't get the "winning" strategy of not bothering to vote at all. The only message that sends is apathy. Are you apathetic about politics? If so, why even comment?
 
 
+13 # Risa de Angel 2012-02-26 14:47
NOT VOTING IS AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE STATUS QUO.
 
 
+20 # ellenandron 2012-02-25 14:57
God thanks you!!!!
 
 
-70 # paulrevere 2012-02-25 15:00
I love what Maher does most of the time. He, here and there reveals political naivity, as we all tend towards on the left.
For him to do this 'lesser of two evils', 'practical politics' routine places him dead center in the midst of the delusional-bots ...no personal offense meant Bill.
His take makes a mockery of the acknowledged validity of OWS's principled take on present day America.
 
 
+50 # genierae 2012-02-25 18:19
Why does it have to be the "lesser of two evils" paulrevere? Why not see it in a positive way, supporting the candidate who benefits the common good the most? Bill Maher is the ultimate realist, yet he has a good heart, and he truly cares about this country. He knows that if Obama loses, Republicans will finish the job that Bush began.
 
 
-19 # RLF 2012-02-26 05:47
Because the difference is soo miniscule that it hardly pays to vote Dem. The rep. want Obama to win because they know that it is all austerity for the next 4, then they will be able to do big programs. Look for the repubes to be serious in 2016, not this clown race.
 
 
-4 # paulrevere 2012-02-26 12:45
It has to be that because it is that! You folks believe in the process being presented. Haven't you figured out that your vote is a joke? Electronics have handed the power of our most sacred right to those who oversee the cast, tally and aggregate functions...
Two things...I'd like to hear someone rationalize the validity of electronics in our voting processes...and secondly why not take all that loot and make sure that the left OWNS THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. Obomber has proven in point after point after point to be a sell out to WETHEPEOPLE...t hat is unequivocal and here we have voices usually rational to the political process, doing a 'practical politics' dance...makes NO sense to me.
 
 
+31 # Buddha 2012-02-25 21:59
Why is recognizing that our choice IS a lesser of two evils "naivete"? And I was AT many of those Occupy protests (Los Angeles) and nobody I talked to said that just because we are disgusted with both parties doesn't mean that we shouldn't participate at the ballot box. As much as I think Obama has turned out far more disappointing and willing to continue most of W's policies, he's FAR better that what any of the GOP lunatics would be.

I also think we on the Progressive Left bear some responsibility for Obama's timid Centrism. As one politician famously put it, "MAKE me do it". We need to be in the streets standing up for what we believe Obama and Washington need to do. Where were the hundreds of thousands that should have been marching on Washington for "Medicare for All" during the Obamacare sausage-making? We mostly sat back, acted as if our vote in 2008 was enough, and waiting for him to do all the heavy lifting. And I down deep he ISN'T a Progressive, so he's going to need us to force him Left, kicking and screaming.
 
 
-6 # paulrevere 2012-02-26 15:49
Because the more often we settle for the watered down version, the farther into political inconsequence we all fall. The irrefutable drift to the right by the DNC/DLC/DCCC since Bill Clinton is the evidence.
As is obvious by the adamance towards not being coopted displayed by OWS, so the example of what I state above is its fuel...the left has been smoothly shuffled into irrevalence as exhibited by the Rahm's 'screw 'em' statements as Chief of Staff under the guy Maher just gave a million bucks to.
That guy has increased the drone slaughter of innocent women and children by 10 fold since bushco.
The left and voting for the lesser of two evils, reminds me of the mentality of that porcupine quilled pitbull that has been all over the internet...what could he have been thinking??!!
 
 
+12 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-25 23:26
Who would you rather have??????????

OWS gonna depend on a write in? You have not gotten any candidate in the primaries so what should America do elect the 1% dumb
 
 
-5 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 10:12
I agree. I think their supposed strategy is to make things better by making them MUCH MUCH worse for the next 100 years.
 
 
+76 # Maurjan 2012-02-25 15:03
Good for you Bill. That takes courage of conviction. Thanks for being a loud voice for reason.
 
 
+82 # MEBrowning 2012-02-25 15:08
Good for you, Bill! Actions always speak louder than words. Here's hoping those out-of-touch colleagues of yours will be at least half as generous.
 
 
+70 # Timaloha 2012-02-25 15:19
My respect for Bill Maher has just grown immeasurably. I sincerely hope other liberals - both wealthy and not-so-wealthy - take heed and contribute whatever they can to avoid the horror of a rabid Republican administration.
 
 
+51 # sheila Cee 2012-02-25 15:22
Thank you Bill Maher for setting an example. There are many people out there who could afford to do the same but won't because they think that just because they only have a few million they can't afford to part with one of them. They think they will feel impoverished if they part with one. These folks need to get real.
 
 
+63 # giraffee2012 2012-02-25 15:35
And everyone of us 99% who can afford even $5.00 "CAN DO IT TOO"

I shutter at the thought of a Romney beholden to the "far right"

Vote Obama and vote Dem period in 2012. Contact your local Dem headquarters to see what you can do to insure Dems get out to vote.

If you live in a state whose governor and legislator are making up new rules so not ALL U.S. citizens can vote - be sure to put the pressure on -- it is OUR right to vote!!

Go Bill Maher - I watch you every Friday night.
 
 
-13 # RLF 2012-02-26 05:51
Obama stabbed me in the back repeatedly...so I'm going to give him money again?? I think not! He didn't stab the 1% Bill Maher...the richies like him doing just fine...seen the Wall St. numbers lately? How much you got invested? Me...nada...to busy trying to not lose my house.
 
 
+13 # swissms 2012-02-26 14:44
Oh yeah, and the republicans are going to do so much better for ya, right? Dream on.
 
 
+17 # reiverpacific 2012-02-25 15:39
All this article points to is the overwhelmingly sad fact that US politics and results of elections are nothing but a spectator - sport for most people, who can't afford diddly-squitter.
No wonder that so many people don't vote and feel unrepresented, whatever their political leanings (or none).
I mean, whoop-de-bloody -do for Mr. Maher; he gets into the owners' enclosure at this Derby while the rest of us sit in the mid-field watching the race, with about as much say in the outcome.
Anybody else feel like we're being told "You riff-raff really don't count!"
Anybody hear of or remember Granny D's nationwide walk to try and get money out of politics?
This is NOT what Democracy looks like and yet another reason that we need "Occupy" and each other!
 
 
+17 # bluepilgrim 2012-02-25 19:14
Excellent observation.

If enough peole wake up enough to do some research and vote on the issues instead of what the adman on TV says then the voters could take control of the country from the money. It doesn't look like that's going to happen, though, so those of us without money are voiceless in elections -- and that's why there is an occupy movement.
 
 
+14 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-25 23:29
You are as voiceless as you want to be. Citizens make differences everyday, we do not loot, steal, burn, rape.
I believe in OWS principal but not your knowledge of who to allow in the fold. You can run around like a chicken without your head cut off, but It is almost Spring 2012 in USA, time to get us forward, not in Prison
 
 
-20 # RLF 2012-02-26 05:53
Time to make the Dems pay for their treachery...eve n if it hurts! That is the meaning of sacrifice.
 
 
+15 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 10:05
If sanitorium is in office we'll ALL pay for your indifference.
 
 
+49 # Risa de Angel 2012-02-25 15:44
Bravo, Bill! Your million $$ is a much-needed vote for REALITY. Of course it's tragic that democracy in the USA has become so diminished by one-percenters using Reaganomics that Democrats finally had to create one superPAC to compete with Republicans' numerous superPACS rolling in $$. But that, too, is REALITY, and maybe even too little too late, given that the corporatocracy has 5 Supreme Court Justices in its pocket. (Dear reader, I invite you to go to movetoamend.org and consider voting with your signature to undo what Citizens United hath wrought.)

As a progressive activist on a low fixed income, I too can't stand complacent, unconscious liberals, especially the wealthy ones who have the means to do so much more than they ever do while the rest of us put in beaucoup hours of volunteer work each election year.

Meanwhile, the bottom line is this: besides advancing corruption and destroying democracy, all the Republican Party has to offer the American people is 1952 all over again - but without the labor unions and GI Bill that created our post-war thriving middle class.
 
 
+70 # BobbyLip 2012-02-25 15:45
As Noam Chomsky said: If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you get less evil.
 
 
+54 # rangerrandy 2012-02-25 15:53
Mayers' got it right, as per usual. Kid around all you want, but bottom line in this mess we're in, our best and quickest way out of it is with our current president
 
 
+48 # Davethinks 2012-02-25 16:17
The conundrum of the day is whether Obama needs to accept super pac assistance or if he should still depend on little people support. I agree with Maher that the risk is very great. I am one of the little contributors because I have no big money, but I hope fellow progressives will give as much as they can to stop the very weird Republican offerings.
 
 
-69 # RMDC 2012-02-25 16:17
I guess it is OK if Bill Maher throws his money away. Obama is a Clinton protoge. He does whatever the neo-cons tell him to do. Now he is getting ready for a ground assault on Syria. Killer drones are flying over Syria every day. Obama has ordered Assad to leave, while his mercenaries blow up buildings and kill people in Syrian cities. I can't see ANY difference between Obama and the republicans. He's a mass murderer and a terrorist. Once Syria is out of the way, then a war against Iran will be possible. Syria has to be destroyed to prevent a war against Iran from growing into an attack from Syria into Israel. If this is what Maher thinks a liberal stands for, then pay the money. Send it to Obama so he can go on killing people all over the world. Maher can show the world that he is a $1 million dollar idiot.
 
 
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-25 23:31
Fine..who do you want in White House come 2013?
 
 
-18 # RLF 2012-02-26 05:55
Who cares! Really...the point is what difference does it make?
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 09:10
I'm really beginning to wonder who brought you here.
 
 
-12 # RLF 2012-02-26 05:55
Clinton protge? I heard a lieberman (the traitor) protege. Yuck!
 
 
+5 # terrison 2012-02-26 15:46
Do you even know what Assad is doing to his own people right now? He's bombing whole neighborhoods, filled with unarmed women and children- and men- he's got snipers set up shooting small children. YES Obama's trying to get Assad out of there, so is the UN, and the rest of the middle east. And it's about frigging time. Have you read about Assad or Syria over the last YEAR? Obama has stayed out of this conflict for a long time...too long IMO.
 
 
+21 # Risa de Angel 2012-02-25 16:24
Bravo, Bill! Your million $$ is a necessary vote for REALITY. Of course it's tragic that democracy in the USA has become so diminished by one-percenters using Reaganomics that Democrats had to create a superPAC. But that, too, is REALITY... maybe even too little too late, given that the corporatocracy has 5 Supreme Court Justices in its pocket who rigged the game in 2010. (Dear reader, I invite you to go to movetoamend.org and vote with your signature for a return to democracy.) As a progressive activist on a low fixed income, I too can't stand complacent, unconscious liberals, especially the wealthy ones who have the means to do SO much more than they ever do while the rest of us put in beaucoup hours of volunteer work each election year. But the bottom line is this: besides advancing corruption and destroying democracy, all the Republican Party has to offer the American people is 1952 all over again - but without the labor unions and GI Bill that created our post-war thriving middle class.
 
 
+42 # moby doug 2012-02-25 16:45
We don't have to imagine what a Sanctimonium or Wrongme Administration with Rethuglican controlled Congress would be like: we, and Maher, have already been through the cataclysmic hell of the Bush Administration. Never again. And don't forget the Repigs hounded Maher right off the air waves after 9/11....
 
 
+31 # Caballero69 2012-02-25 17:04
Thank you Bill!
 
 
+24 # Regina 2012-02-25 17:08
Sometimes we have to fight fire with fire. So now our firefighters have to set a containment ring of flame around the poisonous flares of the fascistic extremists who have ignited this election campaign. Then we must extinguish them permanently -- no dragging society back to the dark age of the 1800s.
 
 
-45 # Mark@nola-law.com 2012-02-25 17:36
Nauseating.
A complete "buy in" to the monstrous corruption know as Citizen's Unighted.
 
 
+61 # Bill Clements 2012-02-25 18:00
Yes, and we can thank the Supreme Court for this monstrosity, favored to benefit Republicans far more than Democrats.
 
 
+1 # futhark 2012-02-25 17:58
The bidding for the nation's highest office heats up! May the highest bidder win! ;-)
 
 
-14 # seeuingoa 2012-02-25 18:09
OK Bill Maher give him a million dollars but he doesn´t deserve it.
I was the biggest supporter in the world
of Obama on 2008, but the way he has been betraying his supporters:

Guantanamo,
Nobels Peace Prize,
Treatment of Bradley Manning,
Violation of 1st amendment against 99%,
taxcut for the rich,
BP off the hook in Lousianna,

How can I explain to my grandchildren
that I voted for a guy who against all my principles were just better than the
awful conservative alternatives.

Maybe Americans need to go down the drain and have 8 years with Gingrich
before they wake up.

In the Durban climate conference the Americans
only came up with, that there should be a new conference in 2020, 8 years too late,
and in the meantime the shrimps caught
in Louisianna have no eyes!

DONT´T VOTE - OCCUPY
 
 
+25 # Billy Bob 2012-02-25 22:53
Telling us not to vote makes me suspicious about your true motives.
 
 
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-25 23:34
So OWS wants America to lose everything they have..than you are the 1 percent

Was looking that way with all the harm you are doing to others. Nice going
 
 
-1 # Hey There 2012-02-28 23:33
I'm with you.
By participating in the game of who has the most political pull by donating to campaigns the system will NEVER be changed
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-01 09:47
You say "I was the biggest supporter in the world". Aside from the blatant bullshit of that statement, what you should say now is that "I am the biggest quitter in the world", and "I eat sour grapes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's the only way I can keep my sour, uncreative, disposition firmly stuck in its little rut."

You are right about the dreadful lack of positive progress to combat global warming. That is an issue we need to push Obama on. He seems too passive on that vital issue, but he has made some good moves. Supporting the algae biofuel project is an excellent idea, and in spite of the failure of Solyndra, the government support for solar and other renewable energy projects has been an overall success - just not enough of it. Obama can learn, and will pay attention. None of the Repuglicruds are smart enough to understand the danger we are in.
 
 
+7 # Douglas Jack 2012-02-25 18:19
RMDC 1984 George Orwell's 'hates' engross the left and the right. Maher recognizes the miracle of Ron Paul's peace-oratory in the face of America's biggest bullies, but as well as those military-indust rial complex servants commanded to assassinate and kill like Obama, while the rest of us watch. First Nation's as owners of their Production Societies knew that there can never be Political Democracy without Economic Democracy https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/8-economic-democracy I'm also worried about Republicans as pathogenic killers. Those who don't have big money to invest can organize fellow community stakeholders as entrepreneurs, workers, suppliers, consumers to invest time, talents, money, goods, services, in the multihome apartment and townhouse complexes, businesses, institutions, supermarkets and all that serves humanity.
 
 
+36 # unitedwestand 2012-02-25 18:19
Soon after President Obama got elected, it was prophesied that he would need a billion dollars to get re-elected. The Citizen United decision made that estimate a reality.

All elected officials spend most of their time trying to get more money instead of concentrating on what their representatives need, this needs to end.

Republicans would love to see us sit back and not play this dirty game and take their abuse like wimps from the bully in the schoolyard. I say NOW WAY, and THANK YOU BILL!!
 
 
-16 # wleming 2012-02-25 18:33
mahers perhaps not the "liberal" you think he is, consider his attitude to the cia- but hes got something very right about the rich. obama will protect their money...the price of security.?.. a million bucks.. hey folks, its america. where the rich can play either side- and still win.
 
 
+33 # Willman 2012-02-25 19:01
"Yes, and we can thank the Supreme Court for this monstrosity,"

And who anointed the last president who fortified the conservative majority?
GWB the gift that keeps on giving.
 
 
+16 # angelfish 2012-02-25 19:31
God Bless Bill Maher, a man who puts his money where his mouth is! If I had Big Bucks I'd kick in a Million too! I don't understand how wealthy Democrats can be so sure that the President has the Election "in the bag"! We all said the "shrub" (Thank you, Mollie Ivins!) couldn't get elected Dogcatcher and look what happened to THAT assumption! ANYTHING is possible now that the SCOTUS has made it so easy for the Presidency to be bought like a sack of potatoes! EVERYONE should give what EVER they can to neutralize the onslaught of the Koch Brothers, the Adelsons, the Friess's, the VanderSloots, et al. We MUST show them that the American People will NOT be sold down the river by the likes of THEM! Remember in November and Vote for Sanity and Reason! The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated!
 
 
-15 # CandH 2012-02-25 19:36
Place your bets ladies and gentlemen! Let the games begin. Thanks Bill...and Casino Capitalism lives on to reap and sow another day (and I bet your teevee show does too!)

BTW, the O Admin doesn't even need this publicly announced money. Not even the Catholics like Sanitorium or anyone else, because the majority of them all like O. This is just $lick rallying the team-sports-101 -man-ship before the team gathers at the meeting house in September.

(Oh, and Tzedakah says you do your charity quietly, but after this display, I'd like to see you donate some serious funds to homeless shelters/progra ms after disparaging those people at Occupy encampments during one of your teevee schticks.)
 
 
+28 # teineitalia 2012-02-25 19:48
It was an insane Supreme Court... and one of the worst decisions in their (previously venerated) history that got us into this Citizen's United mess... it is going to take a Democratic president to change the face of the court and overturn Citizens United once and for all.

I would rather give Obama the chance to appoint those new members of the Supreme court than any of the freak show candidates the Greedy Old Pigs are offering up for the presidency.

Maher is a realist... he knows that in order to win, we have no choice but to play the Super Pac game, as loathesome as it is to most of us.

As for me, it will be $10 here and $20 there, but if millions of us do that, it may actually be possible to counteract the hatred and lies that will surely flood the airwaves all summer.

We also need to support progressive/lib erals running for Congress to weaken the death grip the Toilet Paper Party has on the legislature.


Thanks, Bill, for your insight and your example. You've always been one of my favorites.
 
 
+24 # barbiedoll 2012-02-25 19:51
We have someone in Bill who is really thinking about the possibilities of a non-Obama administration. In this case, his actions are speaking louder than even his powerful words.

Please wake up America.
 
 
-12 # RMDC 2012-02-26 07:26
barbidoll -- a non-Obama administration would wake the nation up much better than another Obama administration. Obama has put the liberal class to sleep. If this were GW Bush lying and planing an aggressive war against Iran, if this were GW Bush licking the ass of Netanyahoo, if this were Bush murdering people with drones everyday -- there would be non-stop demonstrations in the streets. But now no one wants to protest Obama. I say bull shit. Obama is a CIA puppet president just as much as Bush and Clinton. I hope he loses. Then we will have a Romney and the people will return to the streets and the anti-war movement will wake up.
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 10:08
What makes you think that president sanitorium will allow you to even vote in 2016? What if he declares a national emergency and acts on the martiall law allowances that are already in place? It's too late to "wake up" once your movement is dead in the water.
 
 
-7 # RMDC 2012-02-26 17:01
Billy Bob -- it is already too late. The whole US regime belongs in a sanitorium, a prison for the criminally insane. The Washington regime cannot be reformed. It will collapse under its own corruption. It will go bankrupt. People do need to wake up so that they can rebuild when the Washington beltway is turned into 20 foot high razor wire fence and everyone inside declared insane.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 18:43
But you won't be able to rebuild it without the help of the government, ESPECIALLY with the government as your enemy. We can't even get a majority of CITIZENS to agree on anything. What makes you think that allowing things to get much much worse is a way of eventually making them better. It just doesn't work that way. The last dark ages took hundreds of years to creep out of. We escaped by the skin of our tail. The next dark ages may last until our extinction. I see no reason to lay down and play dead, and hope for the best.
 
 
-20 # lorenbliss 2012-02-25 20:50
As Mr. Maher says,"You listen to these (Republicans) talking about vaginal probes and Satan and zero percent taxes on capital gains and the rest of this nonsense, you run back into the arms of Barack Obama."

But in the rigged game of U.S. politics, that's exactly how the house -- actually the Ruling Class -- always wins. It's the same tactic used for extracting confessions: bad-cop Santorum the Sadist shows us his torture tools, and we run in terror when the "good" cop Barack the Betrayer promises we won't be tortured. But then of course we're tortured anyway...

Face it, people; the American Dream is as dead as the American experiment in constitutional governance. Life in the United States is already a nightmare -- and (just as we learned after we elected Obama), it will continue to go from bad to worse no matter who wins in November.

Frankly, anybody who thinks otherwise is not just a fool but a gullible fool -- a perfect mark for those people in both parties -- DemocRats and GOPorkers -- who are trying to sell us the same bogus bridge we so stupidly bought in 2008.

Note how Obama is George Bush III, then give your conscience a treat. Vote for a third party that stands for change you can really believe in: Socialist Alternative, Socialist Workers, Communist -- that or write in "none of the above."
 
 
-14 # RLF 2012-02-26 06:04
Don't see any reason to run to the polling place now that Obama has shown himself to be a lieing republicrat.
 
 
+6 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 09:12
Seriously, WHAT is your gameplan? By making sure none of us vote for Obama, what do expect to happen that will make things better?
 
 
-7 # lorenbliss 2012-02-26 13:12
That's exactly the point. Nothing short of a new party bringing us a non-violent revolution will make things better. Until then, things will only get worse: DemocRat or GOPorker, it makes no difference: that's the lesson of the past four years: Obama the Orator's transformation to Barack the Betrayer. And now we're supposed to believe he won't pull the same Big Lie trick on us again? Get real!
 
 
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 16:09
You don't seem to understand how unlikely a "non-violent revolution" is to work against an OPENLY VIOLENT resistence.
 
 
-2 # RMDC 2012-02-26 17:04
Billy Bob -- my gameplan is that Bill Maher should create a PAC for Occupy Wall Street. Maybe it could be a legal fund. It should grow to $1 billion dollars. Then the OWS should begin shutting banks and government agencies down. Shut the Pentagon down. No one goes to work today killing people. No one ever goes to work there. Same with the CIA.
 
 
+3 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 18:45
How does a billion dollars shut down banks works hundreds of billions and a Pentagon that spends trillions like it's Monopoly money? What do you expect to do with that billion? How do you plan to make people quit the jobs they CHOSE for themselves, because killing people is something they really really enjoy doing?
 
 
-3 # RMDC 2012-02-26 17:02
Lorenbliss -- excellent. You nailed it. The House -- ruling elite -- has rigged the game and they always win.
 
 
+33 # Pancho 2012-02-25 20:58
I ran as a senate district delegate to the congressional district for Obama in 2008. In my speech, I said that (with Kucinich and Edwards, who had a lot of us fooled, out of the race) we needed to get Obama elected and then hold his feet to the fire.

Unfortunately, he's got asbestos feet.

More unfortunately, we can't sit this one out. The Koch brothers' surrogates have disenfranchised millions of Americans... Students, minorities, union members, the elderly, and we're going to have a hell of a time winning seats in Congress this time around.

I appreciate Maher's gesture. Compare that, however, to David H. and Charles de Ganahl Koch who have pledged, respectively, to donate $20 and $40 million to the campaign of the Republican nominee. These are the guys who supported Herman Cain, to give you some idea!

Maher has recognized that you can't bring a knife to a gunfight, especially when the "R"s are bringing up the howitzers.
 
 
-17 # cordleycoit 2012-02-25 21:15
Any one who gives money to a politician can only be wanting something back from the slime. No matter if the other side did it first. Or how can we win if we don't buy them their office? That is Whorehouse politics as usual.It just plays into choiceless choice.
 
 
-16 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-25 23:39
I give no Political Campaign money because they are already sucking us dry with salary for doing very little, benefits while most Americans have none, pensions they do not deserve

I have worked on campaigns in past but they Dems4Change were the Yuppie TeaParty in disguise I will do what I can for people who deserve it, BFC, Animals Rights, People Groups but few National Groups.

I cannot see the difference in voting of the Dems or Repubs in Senate or Congress so until some changes occur...they are lucky I vote.
 
 
+11 # Majikman 2012-02-26 10:26
Of course we want something back from a politician to whom we contribute. In the case of progressives, we want justice, fairness and the common good to be paramount...not the game rigged in favor of the 1%.
 
 
+27 # Street Level 2012-02-25 21:40
I had to cancel my cable last year and have missed Bill's show dearly. I couldn't afford to see him live even though it was in my city but was really excited when I found out that it was going to be on the web for free.
Bill is right, we should all dig deep and send what we can to fight for what we believe in. We scraped together a few bucks for Elizabeth Warren and we'll do the same for the President.
 
 
+17 # myungbluth 2012-02-25 21:41
Hey Bill, thanks for the inspiration. I just gave to Obama's super PAC, and will give more to his campaign as the election gets closer. I encourage others to do the same.
 
 
+8 # grandma lynn 2012-02-25 21:56
The appointments to the U. S. Supreme Court and other levels of court are important to my life and my grandchildren's lives. So, we get one strengthened element of the 3-part system (4 if you think of newspapers as the 4th Estate), but the rest is downhill, the Executive and the Legislative. Get that strengthened if a Democrat appoints to the courts rather than a Repubican. Why aren't we able to hae an improved "the rest of it?"
 
 
+13 # Buddha 2012-02-25 22:01
I'm not sure I'm going to donate to Obama (but my fear of these loons in the GOP might make me do it), but I certainly going to donate to Elizabeth Warren's campaign...and I'm not even living in Massachusetts, and I've never given to a political campaign in my life...
 
 
-3 # Martintfre 2012-02-27 10:38
//and I've never given to a political campaign in my life.//
Not voluntarily at any rate.

However, the Democrats and Republicans have no problem reaching into your wallet as a tax payer to pay for their primaries and national nominating conventions.
 
 
-17 # Martintfre 2012-02-25 22:41
Frankly I am not very familiar with this particular comedian/commen tator and I definitely do not agree in adding $1,000,000 support to an official who campaigned on less war yet delivered more of it.
I could not support the politician who helped engineer the fascist banister bail out by generous 'loans' from the tax payers directly via TARP or indirectly via the Federal Reserve or the same politician who has helped expand the scope and invasive power of the TSA patriot act,NDAA,..

but ... it is Bill Maher's money because he earned - and if he sees fit to spend his that way so be it.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 09:56
I was wondering how long it would take for you to show your face again. I'm still issuing the SAME challenge. Can you answer me?:

Since it took you 2 1/2 days to answer my question about civil rights legislation, and you STILL avoided answering it directly, AND since you refused to answer my other question, I'll continue it on this thread:

Look at who the Democrats were who didn't vote for it initially. Look at where there were from and what their constituents decided to do afterward. This isn't just about politicians. THIS IS ABOUT VOTERS. What happened to Southern voter political affiliations after civil rights legislation was passed by that DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS and DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT.

How did the repuglicans pass LIBERAL legislation while Democrats controlled the House, the Senate, AND the White House, IN SPITE of the fact that Democrats didn’t want it because they were too conservative?

Was the Democratic Party TOO CONSERVATIVE to pass legislation THAT IT SPONSORED? If so, what happened to all of those CONSERVATIVE Democrats? Did they continue to make the Democratic Party too CONSERVATIVE, or did they join the EVEN MORE CONSERVATIVE repuglican party? Was the repuglican party actually the home of liberalism in America all along and you're just a repuglican because of your liberalism?

CONT.
 
 
-7 # Martintfre 2012-02-26 18:34
//Since it took you 2 1/2 days to answer my question about civil rights legislation, and you STILL avoided answering it directly, AND since you refused to answer my other question, I'll continue it on this thread:// you were wrong then as you are now - I even told you what to look up the percentages of how each party voted for the civil rights act - why, because I am right. The democrats were last to the table and grudgingly so at that. We can thank the efforts of republicans like MLK to help make that a reality.

2 1/2 days to respond, boo hoo - sorry to point this out but I never considered you or any other poster at this or any other blogging site important enough to take first priority in my life.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 19:51
You don't have to consider it a priority at all. BUT, you do come here as often as possible to create as much tension as possible. I just want you to know that I'm not letting you off the hook about this.

If you refuse to answer a simple question about what could motivate you to constantly repeat obvious misstatements, you'll be saying more about your motives than anything I could accuse you of.
 
 
-6 # Martintfre 2012-02-27 10:36
-12 and falling.
So what part is it that annoys ya - The fact that Maher spent his own money?

OR the fact that the guy he is supporting OBombya is the greats hand puppet the 1%'s have ever pulled strings on?
(supporting evidence 0.7 trillion tarp he and his party voted for as senator and he and his party executed as president) and the 16 trillion the FED gave away under the covers...

Just becasue Bush and company were thieving idiots - it is a poor rationalization to out thief and out idiot them.
 
 
+18 # lcarrier 2012-02-25 22:49
Bill Maher is on the money for Obama, but we've got to remember to contribute to progressive Congressional candidates; without them in office, Obama will have tough sledding.
 
 
+8 # brianf 2012-02-25 23:21
Maher is right that Obama doesn't have the election in the bag. Not even close. It's amazing how many votes money can buy, by turning people against the opposing candidate with attack ads. Look what happened to Kerry. The Republican nominee will have millions and millions of dollars to spend (through his "independent Super-PAC") to defeat Obama. Obama has to play the same game, even though he doesn't like it, or he will probably lose.

On the other hand, I just can't bring myself to give money to a politician who doesn't understand the dangers of global warming and climate change. Nothing else will matter in a few decades if climate change goes out of control. I will vote for Obama if the race is close in my state. I will vote for him if my vote might make a difference. But if he is sure to win in my state, I'll vote for the Green candidate or whoever is most serious about fighting global warming. I don't like throwing my vote away, so I'd rather use it to push the Democrats back to being Democrats again.

If Obama gets serious about global warming, then I'll support him with everything I've got. If he doesn't, I really don't think it matters who is president, not for the long term. Unlike most people, I care deeply about what will happen to the world after I'm dead.
 
 
+6 # Wilka 2012-02-26 03:06
We seem to have missed one of the subtle points here: Bill is giving to a superPAC, yes...BUT, he is openly acknowledging what he is giving and why. THAT is VERY different from "Buying Government" with "hidden money for a hidden agenda."
We also learned that having a good president is good, but having a good president with a good house and senate is better. I shudder to think about more RePugs in the Senate. Vote out EVERY Repug--state, local, national. Give the liberals and dems your votes, and just watch how much progress we can (finally) start making. Yes, Pres. Obama--grow your hair out, get rowdy!!--We'll back you with house and senate THINKERS such as E. Warren.
More than that, we'll send a message to the reicht that will be dam*ed hard to ignore.
 
 
0 # lorenbliss 2012-02-26 04:58
Trouble us, how do you know what Obama is serious about? He promised us public-option/s ingle-payer health care, Employee Free Choice and constitutional reform -- and then betrayed us on every one of those issues. How can anyone ever again regard him as even remotely trustworthy?
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-01 12:06
brianf, you say "On the other hand, I just can't bring myself to give money to a politician who doesn't understand the dangers of global warming and climate change."

Obama needs to do far more, but at least he is coming up with some decent programs. He has supported algae biofuel production, and that is a very good idea. Look up Jouleunlimited. com Here is a quote from their webpage.
"With its technology now proven and operating at pilot scale, Joule is advancing towards commercializati on and the worldwide deployment of production facilities that will yield high-volume, cost-competitiv e fuels and chemicals in an ecologically-so und process. Commercial production is expected to begin in 2013.

Founded in 2007 by Flagship VentureLabs, Joule is privately held and headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts."

This is the kind of project we all need to encourage, since Global Warming is the greatest danger we face. Obama is doing some good things, and needs to be reelected since none of the Repuglicants has the remotest idea that there even is a real problem. They are all focused on making money on their old ways of doing things. We do not have time to waste letting them ruin the country even more.

Vote for Obama, and donate whatever you can to his campaign, and help local senate and house candidates also. Lets get the country on a better path!
 
 
-2 # Hey There 2012-02-26 00:13
Even though it wouldn't solve the homeless problem,the unemployment problem, the underpaid workers problem,or change those members of congress who insist that getting rid of or lowering pay and benefits for government workers as well as eliminating their jobs is good for the country, I think the 1 million could be better spent addressing at least one of these problems.
 
 
+7 # lincolnimp 2012-02-26 00:41
"You listen to these people talking about vaginal probes and Satan and zero percent taxes on capital gains and the rest of this nonsense, you run back into the arms of Barack Obama."
AMEN, Bill Maher. I'm running back to the arms of the only candidate that deserves my precious vote. Now we have to find a way to make sure there are no "fun and games" with voting machines, etc. How do we go about preventing "hanging chads" and other types of tampering or gerrymandering, etc.?
 
 
+6 # JudyMichigan 2012-02-26 05:37
Thank you so much Bill. So many of us are making our $5, $10 and $25 contributions, the best that we can do, and I feel like you've been a surrogate for what I would love to do if I had enough money to make such a statement.
 
 
0 # infohiway 2012-02-26 06:10
Priorities USA Action?
PUSAA?
It looks and sounds like a new:
ultra-liberal,
left-wing-nut -
venereal disease
or
a rapper with a speech impediment?
 
 
-7 # WaldenPond 2012-02-26 06:43
That RSN promotes this donation to Obama, which is a donation to drone wars, to Guantanamo, to destruction of habeas corpus, to authorizing military rule in the USA, to giving 100s of billions to banks, etc., that RSN promotes this, and that so many commentators applaud this, makes me realize I am in the wrong community. RSN is now classified as spam in my PC.
 
 
-9 # futhark 2012-02-26 12:49
We have to realize that Obamism is possibly more dangerous than neoconism because it displays a veneer of liberalism, ethics, and reason, beneath which lurks the demons of militarism and the surveillance state. However, it's important to stay connected with Obamites in order to convince them that they need to demand their candidate start adhering to the ideals he promulgated in his 2008 campaign.

One of the major problems with Internet political forums is that they tend to attract and maintain communication among only like-minded individuals, with the thumbs up and thumbs down ratings acting as a kind of discipline to discourage or exclude those who have unconventional views, especially those who seek to find common ground among those positioned on differing points on the political spectrum. Finding common ground is one of the most useful things we can do in these forums. I encourage people to think independently and not submit to any kind of groupthink discipline.
 
 
+10 # ellenandron 2012-02-26 09:35
The Repubs want to win. And the difference is far from miniscule. Just the Supreme Court seats should be enough to help liberals see the difference.
Instead of voicing criticism, look at what has been accomplished despite all the road blocks the Repups have put up.
Wait til the convention. The Repubs won't let a clown run again...been there done that with Palin.
They also want to hold the House and take over the Senate. That's where an even bigger fight should be. We need to get behind Dem House and Senate Candidates as well.
Today's paper said Allen West, who is further right than Attila the Hun,in FL, has raised 5.8 million for the House seat he covets.http://w ww.sun-sentinel .com/news/elect ions/fl-allen-w est-outside-mon ey-20120226,0,3 141280.story We really need to defeat him, but with that kind of money it won't be easy.
But most importantly we need to support President Obama and all the Dems...strong or weak, agree or disagree, enough or too little. We also need to fight the Blue Dogs in the primaries. This is no time for Idealism.
 
 
+2 # diacad 2012-02-26 09:39
With all due respect to Maher's noble gesture, I believe trying to outdonate the Republican SuperPacs is futile. It may not even be necessary to equalize the war chests, given the serious money already behind Obama. As many have pointed out here, he isn't exactly an enemy of Wall Street and the big corporations. Voters will go with what they see as the lesser evil in November. The Republican candidates are helping far more than Maher by telling the truth about each other and lying about themselves.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 09:57
CONT.

MORE IMPORTANTLY - MY OTHER QUESTION:

I really want to know if you're making these misstatements about historical fact on purpose? What are you trying to accomplish?
 
 
0 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 10:10
Obviously, this comment is a continuation of the comment directed at Martinfre above. Sorry for any confusion.
 
 
-8 # Martintfre 2012-02-26 18:50
//I could not support the politician who helped engineer the fascist bankster bail out by generous 'loans' from the tax payers directly via TARP or indirectly via the Federal Reserve or the same politician who has helped expand the scope and invasive power of the TSA patriot act,NDAA,.. //

Ok BB - so they are not facts just verifiable opinions that are getting your nickers in a wad.
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 19:56
What are you even responding to here? The argument between us isn't about Obama. It's about you and your motives. It's also about bending historical facts to suit your purposes without acknowledging what really happened.

Trying to make it about Obama won't fool anyone. My "knickers" aren't in a wad, but you seem pretty defensive all of a sudden.
 
 
-6 # Martintfre 2012-02-27 08:57
So BB you do like the fact that hundreds of billions of tax payer dollars went to low people in high places - enslaving the masses for the 1%'s benefit... since that is what you support so be it, however I am opposed.
//Trying to make it about Obama won't fool anyone//?? that is a key part of the story above in case you have not noticed. Apparently your having an internal dialog that no one else is party to .. enjoy your on your own from here.
 
 
-4 # WFO 2012-02-26 10:09
Must see for all war lovers - neo-liberals and neo-cons may fool most Americans, but you can't fool the recipients of death and destruction in Libya. I bet most of you Demopubs don't want to even acknowledge what Obama and the Dems and Repubs did to Libya. Here's some women and children collateral damage for you. Rah, rah, Bill! 4 more years!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlxJXfdemW8&feature=player_embedded
 
 
+10 # Majikman 2012-02-26 10:33
To my fellow liberals who are so pissed off with Obama that you refuse to support him against the Rethugs, you remind me of a divorced spouse who is so hurt and furious at the ex, that you will go to any lengths to strike back...even if it means destroying the kids.
The marriage is done. Salvage the good.
 
 
+9 # jmillay 2012-02-26 12:12
Congratulations Bill Maher for putting your money where your mouth is. The corporate media hypnosis is causing great confusion about the real issues. It is shocking to me to hear folks, who now are disappointed with Obama, even consider voting for any lying republican. Can't they remember how the economic problems started?
 
 
+8 # lincolnimp 2012-02-26 14:05
As I read the comments of those who want to discourage my voting for Obama, I have to ask myself, "Are these commenters progressive liberals?" My answer is, "no." Then I have to ask myself "Are some of these people fomenters and even infiltrators?" My answer is, "probably." That being the case, I will not respond to them nor give them the attention I believe they want.
 
 
+3 # Risa de Angel 2012-02-26 16:34
Very wise, lincolnimp. Many rightwing bigots troll left-leaning websites because attacking Obama, Democrats, and lefties - who defend the rights of gays and people of color - gives them a momentary illusion of strength, identity, and purpose otherwise lacking in a life filled with hate.
 
 
-7 # Martintfre 2012-02-26 17:35
Great plan lincolnimp since it is a known fact that only Progressive liberals have any ideas worthy of consideration, stultifying conformity is vital..so much for diversity.

Parrish the thought of the capitalistic notion that in the market place of ideas many should be played out and let the best idea win.
 
 
+3 # Billy Bob 2012-02-26 18:47
Speaking of a "market place for ideas", why can't you answer my questions? Don't worry. I don't think you're a real troll. A troll would be more subtle and less obvious.
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-01 12:11
Don't respond to this jerk. He feeds on attention like a hungry rat. He does not think about or discuss the actual issues. Waste of time to even read his junk.
 
 
-2 # infohiway 2012-02-26 17:53
If that's a tax deductible contribution averaged over, say, 5 years, he's in Mitt park or zoo...

So - when you vote, you give your consent to be governed. If voting definitely assigns your sovereignty to the system, what does giving a million buck$ and refusing to vote accomplish?

When more than 50% do not vote, how can 'government' claim have a legitimate mandate - if it 'democratically ' ceases to exist because a clear majority rejects it altogether (right, left and center)?

BUT WE DON'T WANNA TALK ABOUT THAT!!!
 
 
+1 # noitall 2012-02-26 20:07
Good idea, then we could start saving again so that in 4 years we can buy our government again! anyone have any media stocks for sale?
 
 
0 # infohiway 2012-02-26 22:11
GOOGLE:
"gaza freedom flotilla" "uss liberty" "us citizen" countries -
then peruse the thumbnail reports.

Israel First or DUMP ISRAEL FIRST is the only question. In the quest for peace: Disarm them NOW!
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-26 22:44
I am glad you thumbs me down, dears. I am one of the OWS believers not some drones who vent on some web [page, hour after hour instead of going to meetings, starting groups.
Most of you here use words not actions. I laugh and share with others who like me actually do something about what is happening. I would guess half never went to any meetings in your area for government, organizations. But you sure can speak how bad everything is.
Keep the thumbs down on me...does me no never mind, I have been voting for46 years, involved in Organizations as long, March when needed. When I am called upon I go to help people and animals in need. What did you do today?
 
 
+1 # AKPatriot 2012-02-27 01:04
Attended a seminar given by a retired Superior Court Judge. She basically said that if we want to fight Citizens United, short of getting it reversed we have to learn how to use it to our advanage. Which is what all the Millionaire Liberals should be doing, and all of us who earn more than 100K per year should at least chip in a $100 or 2.
 
 
-4 # infohiway 2012-02-27 02:19
Come on! Bill (Lookie -at-me!) Maher and Donald (Oops! My bad!) Trump(ed) both know how to stay on air.

Ditto for every fed employee that desires to keep his or her job.

OTOH: Judge Napolitano's show, Freedom Watch was cancelled by FAUX noose-n-noise for examining and not swallowing the 'Official 9/11 CONspiracy' theory.

IF IT'S ALL JUST WALL-TO-WALL FRAUDS IN POWER, 'Houston, we have a problem,' - huh?
 
 
+3 # OrlandoDFree 2012-02-27 20:57
It's a great gesture, Bill, but you might want to persuade some of your fellow rich liberals to donate money to the Democratic Senate campaigns. That may be where the money is needed most.
 
 
0 # Dave45 2012-02-28 02:06
I should think that a thoughtful person like millionaire Bill Maher could certainly think of a better place or cause to which to donate a million dollars than a politician who has already sold out to Wall Street billionaires. For starters, how about OWS? Or Common Cause? Or ...? Some of these folks would actually notice a million dollar donation, even if no one else followed the example.
 
 
0 # James38 2012-03-01 12:20
We have to reelect Obama in order to have a chance to get positive things done, especially about global warming. Obama has not sold out, but he can do better with support and some pushing in the right direction. His consumer protection agency, for which he originally nominated Elizabeth Warren, is functioning in spite of massive Repuglicon opposition.

Donate what you can to both him and Congressional progressives. Organize the get-out-the-vot e drives.

Maher says giving the million was painful. To me at the moment, giving $50 is painful, but I did it, and will again as soon as I can. A million people giving only one dollar is another million. A million people giving $25 is $25 million. We can get it done if we try.
 

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