Bill Maher Explains the Budget with Dinner

February 27th, 2011

This is great (start at 3:39).

I’ve been saying all along that the thing the Tea Partiers never understood is that the bulk of Federal spending is in programs that people in the Tea Party actually like (like Social Security, Medicare and Defense).

The initial Republican budget goes after things like NPR, Planned Parenthood, earmarks (less than 1% of the budget), but as Maher points out, that is like trying to decrease your calorie intake by cutting back on the garnish on your giant plate of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese.

It’s easy to don a tri-corn hat and rage against how Obama’s a Socialist, but it’s harder to cut programs that you like and surveys consistently show that Americans like a lot of programs and don’t have a firm grasp on what their money is spent on.

The wake up call is coming.

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3 Responses to “Bill Maher Explains the Budget with Dinner”

  1. Sarah Palin Says:

    Here’s my suggestion- every portion should be cut equally – it’s only fair

    Cut the Mac and cheese (Defense) 10%
    Cut the Fried Chicken (Medicaid and Medicare) 10%
    Cut the Mashed Potatoes (Social Security) 10%
    Cut the Garnishes (All the Community Stuff) 10%

  2. Milazz Says:

    You betcha!


  3. Colleen Says:

    ummm. lets see this is kind of like my budget at home, huge big ticket items taking up much of our income are mortage, heat, utilities, insurance (for health, care, home, car), those are fixed, I can’t really change them without a drastic lifestyle change. BUT the small piece that is in my control is the other spending, entertainment, clothes, eating out, etc etc etc…you know where I can cut the budget and save money, you got it. and I do!!! and I save money and that is where all of my savings comes from, the money I don’t blow on the stuff I can’t afford and that I dont’ need to have. Should I just not do that????? I will work on the big things too, but should I ignore the little ones…really ignoring that savings is the answer. Wow, I should be eating out every night, I had it all wrong….