This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal, December, 2011
Bill Maher just four years ago who supported Ron Paul for President in the Republican primaries, who I'm guessing would've voted for Ron Paul for President had Paul won the Republican nomination (and we all moved to Mars tomorrow because of course that will never happen) and now seems to be in love with the welfare state and big government. And probably prays to it every night before going to bed. Because after all Socialists actually do have a God its called Welfare State. I'm not sure how you go from an anti-big government Libertarian to a pro-big government Socialist. But I guess only Bill Maher can answer that.
I'm not sure how you go from wanting government off your back to believing government should sit on your back protecting you from making bad decisions. Should do even more than it's doing now, especially the Federal Government. But only Bill Maher can answer that question, because he might be the one who's made that transition. Maher probably would've liked Ron Paul's position on health care four years ago which was basically the decision in whether to buy health insurance or not should be left up to individuals. To now where Maher believes that the Federal Government should make that decision for the people.
And we should all have to pay for government health insurance better known as Single Payer Medicare For All. Bill Maher or someone like him with his politics, could've been Ron Paul's running mate in 2008 (had their been an August blizzard in South Florida to make that possible). Because ideologically they were very similar, to now he's calling Paul out of touch and making fun of his age. If it's popularity and ratings that Bill Maher is interested in and attracting young viewers, then he should've stuck with his libertarian message and I would argue liberal message of maximize freedom and responsibility for the individual.
Because young people tend to be liberal to libertarian (at least now) and want to be left alone to live our own lives. I'm a perfect example of this, government should be there to protect, defend, negotiate and regulate. Do for the society what individuals can't do for ourselves or better. Not tell us what health insurance we should buy, school we should send our kids to. Who we can sleep, with, who we can marry, what we can do with our own money. Basically as long as we are not hurting anyone else with what we are doing.
Not tax us till we are working two jobs. One job to survive the other job to pay the taxes. On the first and second jobs and if you tax business's to death they might not be able to afford workers who are looking for second jobs to pay their taxes. Maybe they'll start another business to go with their first business, so they can pay their taxes. Young voters don't tend to be progressive to socialist, but they have some voters as well. Too many in the Democratic Party for my taste, but I'm not President of the Club or Chairman of the DNC Membership Committee (yet) so I can't kick them out.
Maybe Bill Maher has concluded that he was wrong about libertarianism the first time and has decided that people are generally stupid. And that "we need government to look after us and protect us from ourselves". And if it cost him libertarian viewers, screw them! (To put it mildly) This is what he believes or maybe after President Obama is reelected he will have another vision of the world. And decide that eight years of a Democratic President is enough we need to bring neoconservatism back to the White House. Or maybe Maher will find a religious God and decide we need a theocracy. I guess it may depend on the highest bidder. And that's show business for you in the 21st Century.