Sunday, September 10, 2017

Natural Disasters Reveal All Kinds of Hypocrisy

There's nothing wrong with pointing out that Texas and, eventually, Florida, will need billions in Federal bailout money. There's also nothing wrong with pointing out that those two states are full of climate deniers and people who hate the Federal government, and will re-elect legislators who will, one day, vote against bailing out their neighbors to the north.

HBO host Bill Maher complained that it "seems a little unfair" for residents of conservative states like Texas to rely on federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 

"These places that got flooded, like Texas, okay, they have a low tax base," Maher said on his show "Real Time" on Friday. "So, the federal government bails them out. Their governors, their legislators they don’t believe in climate science.

"It seems like the responsible folks in this country, the people who pay a little more taxes and the people who believe in climate change are bailing out the people who hate government, except when they need government when they’re in trouble," he continued. "That seems a little unfair.

“Suddenly, socialism is not such a bad idea when you’re standing in toxic floodwater.”

To Republicans, it's not socialism if they're the ones being bailed out. It's just you bearing the costs for their inability to recognize that the climate change science is correct and that the government is actually here to help.

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