May 21, 2009

Maher: Superheroes can't save the state of California

Posted: 09:05 AM ET

By Bill Maher, host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher"

Stop believing you can solve your problems by electing a superhero. The skills they bring to problem-solving are different.For example, when Spider-Man catches someone robbing a bank, he knocks the guy through an armored car. Whereas President Obama writes them a check.

Here in California, we experimented with making an action hero our leader. He was going to build roads and schools, cut taxes and balance the budget. How? Simple. Because he was a hulking man-monster who could bend lampposts and have sex with a Kennedy and live.

Five years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was handsome, smiling Gov. Arnold. Now, it's Arnold as the Terminator with half a face.

Read More of Maher's column from the LA Times

Filed under: Bill Maher • Politics

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Dave of Detroit   May 21st, 2009 9:25 am ET

Bill-California could have been saved by the President and Legislators doing their jobs, enforcing our laws, and not getting in line for lobbyists that are willing to give them millions to cost billions and trillions in damage to the U.S. Economy, military, and budget. We have anywhere fro 13 to 20 million illegals in the Country that are using our safety nets, schools and hospitals that do not pay taxes and then our President and Congress is upset about rising Healthcare costs and reduced tax revenues-go figure! I have told Arnie personally in a E-Mail how to fix California's current Budget Deficit-Declare Martial Law, remove as many residents as he has to from L.A. to get at the huge Oil Reserves that exist under the city and start the Oil Revenues coming in. If the U.S. Oil Companies try to use their Congressional Clout to interfer with your competetion-Use States Rights to Counter them and/or join Texas in seceeding from the Union and become an independent Oil Producing Country!

CA -Taxpayer   May 21st, 2009 10:00 am ET

Bill – California could have been saved if the Liberals that have run this state for many years would quit blowing our money on illegal immigrants and all the problems they create, if they would quit giving out free school lunches that the taxpayers are footing the bill for, quit handing out welfare checks to every drug addict with kids. If only they would quit enabling people to NOT be responsible, these people would have to take care of themselves, instead of relying on the government to take it from working people to give it away to others. You try to blame Arnold, when you know the problem is the overspending democrats. We are sick and tired of being threatened with cuts to Police, Fire, Schools and you never heard a word about sacrificing benefits to illegals. Why? Because they think if they threaten the things we need, we will pay more. Wrong, we are fed up here and it is time for them to make serious cuts to the welfare programs. If the illegals were denied benefits we wouldn't be in this mess. Our schools wouldn't be overcrowded. Enough of the Liberals sucking the blood out of the working class. You're a Liberal, you can certainly give more of your money to the causes you believe in. That's your choice! No matter how much they take it is NEVER enough for them.

Simon/Orlando   May 21st, 2009 1:17 pm ET

People keep looking at the government to solve their problems, especially in California. Everbody has their hand out and nobody wants to pay the tab. Stars and celebrities seem to be getting the most out of the California lifestyle. Maybe they should impose a special one time $100,000 tax on them to help bail the state out of their financial crisis...including Mr. Maher...he can afford it.

Dodie ~ California   May 21st, 2009 7:11 pm ET

Larry, sorry but this will be a long blog.

All of the blogs above are correct. We, the middle class, are being squashed between the huge illegal population who have large families, filling up our prisons and are knowledgeable about using our resources; and the top government and corporate executives that continue to rake and strip all the natural resources for every bit of money they can grab!

((( A democracy will only work if EVERYONE contributes. ))

When you have 25% of the population sucking everything they can anywhere from general fund monies to welfare, to drug & alcohol treatments, to wanting the government to pay for their housing, kids, educations, who are in jail and in prison… on and on and on… none of which pay ANY TAXES…. Then you have the blood sucking top executives of corporations and local governments grabbing every dollar they can get their hands on… what do you expect???

I work for the local government for 25 years. I see everything that goes on. I see many people who cannot speak ONE WORD OF ENGLISH gathering medical and welfare for the huge families. I also see our government top executives, adding an additional 5% to their salaries even though they have laid-off nearly 400 social workers. Our local government is as corrupt as the corporations.

Who is being crushed are those who go to work on a daily basis, pay their taxes and are responsible. I am in that group of people, and I see this group dwindling. So as long as more people are having their hands out than contribute, California will continue to be a mess and ultimately will end up like the 3rd world.


Full investigation of every government level operating in California and remove “perks” for those at the top.
Full investigation of every welfare, medical, SSI, SSDI, low income housing claim
Deport every illegal person.
No tax credit for large families
Any family with more than 4 children will be charged additional taxes.
No Welfare for any woman with more than 2 children.
Prisoners in prison must work for their prison stay.
0 tolerance for gang members

If we do not increase people contributions and decrease corruption, nothing will change and California will go down in flames!!! The system is faulty!

Avis Cowan   May 21st, 2009 7:27 pm ET

I agree about Arnold. We should never have had that special election to get him in in the first place and then some people wanted to change the U.S. Constitution so they could run him for president He made California worse than it was when he took over.
I also do not believe in special elections. They are too expensive and we can't afford it. Can't they get that through their heads. Maybe he ought to try making a couple of movies {if anyone will go see them} and donate the money to the state. That might help a little. Thanks for letting me spout off a little. Avis Cowan

Purple Spider   May 21st, 2009 7:53 pm ET

This California Governor is only interested in his "special interest" groups, paying adequate salaries to the "do-nothing" California Legislature and protecting Illegal Aliens over Californians. Does this
Governor think that Californians are totally stupid? Does this Governor think that not doing a Budget, threatening to cut drastically, State services and the release of criminals from California prisons will solve everything? Governor Schwartzenegger, do you have a brain?
Bill Maher – Real Time – good show with lots of variety and spice!

stellastump   May 21st, 2009 9:08 pm ET

if your going to give vick a second chance, than put Pete Rose in basebasll hall of fame

Terry, TX   May 21st, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I agree with everybody on the California issue...just would like to add the political bums out of there.....starting with Nancy Pelosi, then Maxine Waters, Barney Franks, Boxer... on and on.

Terry, TX   May 21st, 2009 10:16 pm ET

The only one I won't listen Bill Maher....creepy left radical and his celebrity crowd ...are part of the problem.... Just ask him....will you agree to drill for oil and thus bring revenues in to California and make the US more energy paying for illegal aliens...he doesn't have a problem with it. So reading Maher in the LA got to be kidding...waste of Bugs Bunny would say...."what a marooon".

not from ca   May 22nd, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Well, think about it...Your governor is a republican...and you voted him into office.

Just like the country got screwed by republicans for years on out...

The same happened to your precious California, and many other states governed by "just so no to everything that makes sense".

Dodie - California   May 22nd, 2009 4:12 pm ET

I live in a state, which promotes synchronized baby strollers…. And everyone wonders why California is broke???

als   May 23rd, 2009 10:28 am ET

California is the mess of the Bush administration and Gov Arnald. We have a unbalanced system that lets the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. If you want this to happen again to the rest of the country elect another republican in office and you will see the domino effect of no return.

Dave of Detroit   May 23rd, 2009 12:51 pm ET

i am still waiting to see when it will occur to our President and Congress thaty we do not, repeat, Do Not, have the financial resources to support 13 to 20 million illegal aliens and this IS a major problem. Until these "Illegals" are arrested and returned to their Country of origin after being thoroughly finger printed and photographed and told that a repeat visit will result in jail time with hard labor and our borders are actually either fenced or guarded with National Guard Troops as well as the Border Patrol, we will continue to experience budget problems, high crime and insurance rates, drugs and drug violence, new disease vectors that our health system stamped out years ago, and really poor relationships with the Hispanics that are in the U.S. legally and trying not to be a part of the illegal group. I am NOT anti-Hispanic! I have worked in the Church with them for years and they are honest, hard working people with a strong faith in God and I really enjoy their company but the Border situation is out of control and the innocent are suffering for the crimes of those who desire to use our Country for their own purposes and politicains that are making a fortune while causing major grief in our Nation!

Ron Storteboom   February 16th, 2010 10:19 pm ET


I know you like to take on issues head on. I hope you'll agree that the largest threat to this country is the exploding federal debt. What would you do to fix it?

w thompson   February 16th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

mr. maher thinks we can add 30 million people to the health care rolls and save money and he calls the american people too stupid to know whats going on. Wonder who he thinks the american people think are stupid???

John Dafney   February 28th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Bill Maher Think Obama should legalize Marijuana and tax it.

John Dafney   February 28th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Bill Maher I find you very intelegent and a man of principal and not afraid to sand up for and defend your rincipals . I like you your funny too. Hmm to bad are politicians are not intelegen and funny not dumb and dumb

Kenneth   September 14th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

How would you suggest a politician be a good politician?

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