September 1, 2005, - 7:08 am

Bill Maher Passes Gas in America’s Face

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s crotchety liberal “comedian” Bill Maher’s dream come true.
And the rest of America’s nightmare.
American gas prices have reached near-European levels. Thanks to rising prices imposed by OPEC coupled with shut down oil drilling in America’s Hurricane Katrina-stricken Bayou, we are suffering the absurd reality Maher has selfishly wished on us in years of insane ranting.
Thanks, Bill.


On an August 2003 episode of his HBO show, “Real Time,” Maher said this:
“Stop whining about gas prices. It’s good that it costs a lot. . . . It’s also good if it makes you think of walking the three blocks from your house to Del Taco instead of taking the Land Cruiser. Gasoline costs a lot because we have to find it, bribe or kill the people who live on top of it, extract it, refine it, ship it and pump it. You’ll pay $2.00 a gallon and you’ll like it, because you know what the alternative is: riding on the bus with poor people.”
Don’t hold your breath for the day when Maher rides the bus with poor people. While the rest of us are, indeed, suffering–some carpooling, some considering riding the bus–Bill isn’t.
When he began these rantings on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect,” I was a frequent guest on the show. It was comical to hear Bill espouse eco-radical measures like high gas prices, while he rode to and from his luxury home in gas-guzzling chauffer driven limos and town cars. All of his show guests–mostly brainless liberal celebs–were also driven in gas-guzzling town cars and limos. The drivers always talked about how they also picked up Bill’s many girlfriends at LAX–again in the giant, gas-guzzling limos and town cars.
You know that Prius Bill brags about driving? Don’t look for it in the HBO parking lot. And even if he did dare drive it, NBC reported most hybrid cars save little gas until the fifth year of ownership, and even then it’s less than $100 per year. Another study showed the Prius is so unsafe, it could be fatal. Think of Bill Maher and his limos when you’re fatally injured driving your hybrid.
It’s beyond hilarious that the people running environmental group Sierra Club’s “Sierra Summit” invited Maher to “entertain” and spout his environmental views because he “drives a Prius.” Sure, he does. And Camryn Manheim is anorexic.
Like Maher, the rest of the entertainment industry’s environmentalism is phony. The only Hollyweirdo who rides his bike to work is Ed Begley, Jr. And the only “entertainment product” he’s acted in lately is the Cindy Sheehan show recently playing to a limited, unwashed audience in Crawford, Texas.
And those people who bribe and kill for gas? FYI, Bill, as much as you love to hate the average American, that’s not US. It’s our Islamofascist friends in the Middle East who bribe and kill for gas–like the ones in Saudi Arabia, who seized and nationalized the oil wells WE found and developed. If we had any guts at all, we’d enter Saudi Arabia (the country which would now be part of Greater Saddamia, had we not saved its very existence) and take the oil wells back. That move would single-handedly gain back the fear and respect of the Islamic world that is now laughing at our decline while it continues its disturbing fundamentalist revivalist phase.
CNN reported that vast parts of the Muslim World are happy that the Hurricane raised gas prices and added to American suffering, saying it’s part of their global jihad.
But don’t look for cowardly Maher to talk about that.

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Mind over Maher: Uncle Bill Wants YOU . . . to suffer at the pump.

As for the “Land Cruiser” that out-of-touch Maher presumes the rest of us drive, think again. The rest of America doesn’t live three blocks from Del Taco (or at a swanky Hollywood estate like Maher) and can’t afford a Land Cruiser. Millionaire Maher can afford several. The average American lives miles from work, their kids’ schools, and the nearest grocery store. They live in the hated Red States, with their vast expanses–where Hollywood likes to vacation and own ranches, but wouldn’t want to live.
But what does pampered Hollywoodite Bill Maher know about the average American?
Not much, if you listen to his bizarre views. Close your eyes, and you might think you’re listening to the Unabomber.
On an “Earth Day” show in April, this year, Maher repeated his Environmental Liberation Front-esque mantra:
“I hate to tell you this, folks, but gas doesn’t cost too much; it costs too little. Ooh, I know, I know. I know you hear about gas prices over two dollars a gallon and it makes you nearly choke on your four-dollar latte.”
Note to Bill: Not everyone outside of Hollywood has daily money to burn hanging with Britney and Paris at the “Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf” on Sunset Strip.
More Maher profundity: “We bitch about gas, but adjusted for inflation, it’s the same price it was back when the Pope was a Nazi. And that’s not the fault of ExxonMobil, either. That’s like Kirstie Alley saying her problem is that Arabs control all the fudge. Anyone who’s been to Europe knows that the price of gas over there is just a picture of an arm and a leg. And that’s because they tax it heavily and we don’t. How come we Americans accepted that you could do that to cigarettes – overtax them because they were bad – but burning oil into the atmosphere is okay? You can’t smoke in a bar, but you can drive through a restaurant?”
Question for Bill Maher: Have you ever tried to get to work or take kids to school on a magic flying cigarette? Guess what? Other than on the set of the failed “Bewitched” remake, it doesn’t seem to work.
Another tip: Average Americans–not your Hollywood activist friends like Rob Reiner–aren’t too happy about the cigarette tax. It’s a poor man’s tax, just like the gas tax you think is too low. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and shoplifter Winona Ryder can smoke up a storm. The tax doesn’t hit them or affect their yoga and soy lifestyle. Just like a gas tax won’t hit you and your limousine liberal glitterati friends.
Leave the $3 lattes to Bill Maher’s crowd. As for the rest of us, do you want to return to the days when Jimmy Carter told us to ride bikes to work in the sweltering summer and freezing cold winter?
It’s time Bill Maher got real and stopped passing gas in America’s face.
Anyone who wishes high gas prices on America is just an empty windbag. And, these days, wind is not a preferred energy source.

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23 Responses

Right on Debbie! America needs to put these Hollywood liberals where they belong, on the unemployment line. If everyone stopped watching his show, his ratings would plummet and HBO would boot him, but only in a perfect world. But it is nice to dream.

super j on September 1, 2005 at 8:05 am

This is just like RFK, Jr spouting his drivel about SUVs while refusing to discuss his use of his private jet to hop around the country. Thanks for calling “BS” on another elitist Hollywood wing nut!

Sean M. on September 1, 2005 at 8:29 am

Like most liberals, Bill wants the masses to stay off the road so he can get where he wants to go.
I have never worked with anyone who could car pool who did not. I have never worked with anyonee who could use public transit who did not. People do what they gotta do. It is a shame so many politicians try to herd them by taking away their choices.

Walter E. Wallis on September 1, 2005 at 8:38 am

Right on, Debbie!
I am hoping there is finally going to be a backlash against these pinko celebs after 9/11 and the Gulf Coast disaster. How can America keep letting these priviliged creeps wipe their feet on us? As a conservative I am all for people gaining wealth, but these liars have to be exposed.
Could attitudes like Maher’s be why Hollywood is in such a slump at this time? And, who in the world thinks Maher is a comedian and intelligent?

Jeff_W on September 1, 2005 at 9:10 am

This is well written and has some good points, but I think it kinda makes you sound ‘Coulter-psycho’ when every other word is ‘liberal.’ It’s fine if you have conservative views, but to paint the picture like there’s this group that is 100% evil and conservatives are 100% good is pretty juvenile, there are definitely shades of gray involved.

Romeo Foxtrot on September 1, 2005 at 9:20 am

“Romeo”, Thanks for the compliment, but while every other word is NOT “liberal”, the fact is that Bill Maher is liberal, as is his absurd policy of taxing gas and making it more expensive. John Kerry advocates this, too. And he is . . . liberal. Sorry, but on this one, it is a conservative-liberal divide.

Debbie Schlussel on September 1, 2005 at 9:52 am

Bill who? I would watch the show but I was busy reading conservative blogs in my pajamas (your column is one of my favorites :)

Arthur Clements on September 1, 2005 at 9:53 am

Debby you are right on concerning Bill and these people never cease to amaze me.I’m Vietnam Vet and any of these people would have learned a valuable lesson had they been there and we helped protect the rights of these far left liberals to spout out their vermon! Thank You!

John on September 1, 2005 at 9:56 am

Gee, why doesn’t that weird-looking dwarf, Bill Maher, do something for all those “poor people” (his words) who have been victimized by the hurricane?
No, the leprechaun wouldn’t take time away from his busy schedule on HBO trashing America and praising homicide plane hijackers. This lilliputian is so typical of the LIBERAL elites in Hollyweird – they hate this country but they love to live here, make millions, and enjoy their decadent lifestyles. These same LIBERAL hypocrites wouldn’t last two days living or working in any country run by the practitioners of the “Religion of Peace”.
These LIBERAL apologists are of the same mindset of those who gave aid and comfort to the enemy during the Viet Nam War, and the Cold War – and now the War on Terrorism.
As far as the war on terrorism is concerned, all one has to remember to define and understand the LIBERAL motive is this – LIBERALS hate religion, but they love Islam. Just as they hate Capitalism (even though they enjoy living in a Capitalist society – typical hypocrisy), they always made excuses for Communism during the Cold War. They hate America, but they love America’s enemies.
Typically conflicted LIBERAlS.
So, the next time anyone tunes into the midget with the funny face on HBO, ask yourself this: Would this typical LIBERAL hypocrite put his money where his mouth is, and pick up some poor person on his way to his show, and give him a lift in his limousine to the Del Taco?

Thee_Bruno on September 1, 2005 at 10:15 am

The last time I caught him,he and Michael’The Blimp’ Moore got on their knees in front of Ralph Nader.While they “begged” Nader to stay out of the election,”everybody” knows what these two
bitches had in mind.

jaywilton on September 1, 2005 at 10:43 am

Debbie, your mention of John Kerry in this column about gas prices (and the gaseous Bill Maher) reminds me that that’s another limousine liberal who talks the talk but won’t walk the walk. While he urges higher taxes at the gas pump to keep us ordinary folks from wasting so much fuel, Kerry regularly enjoys that million-dollar speedboat his wife bought him which reportedly gets two to three gallons per mile. Yes, that’s gallons per mile, not miles per gallon. The gas Kerry uses to get across Long Island Sound would carry the average plain old wage earner to work and home again for a few weeks.

Neil H. on September 1, 2005 at 10:49 am

Bill Maher is a failed comedian and is the face of this hypocricy coming out of Hollywood. Hollywood will continue to see plummeting profits and soaring losses until they drain, scrub, and sanitize that cess pool. I don’t waste my money on anything Hollywood offers me. No TV, no movies, no theme parks or studio tours, none of that crap!

Yiddish Steel on September 1, 2005 at 11:46 am

Debbie, I am no John Kerry fan (although I did see him as the lesser evil) but to be fair, he supported a gas tax years ago when gas was still dirt cheap, and the quote from Maher was also from 2 years ago when gas was relatively cheap. I’m not saying we should tax away, but not curbing demand/not looking for alternative types of fuel is going to get us in the not-so-long run.

Romeo Foxtrot on September 1, 2005 at 3:36 pm

HI FOLKS,
I’ve always found it interesting but fitting
that the name of Bill’s showboat is “Politically Incorrect”.
Like most things Liberal, that too is a flat out lie;
what sucks about the show is that it is in truth:
“Politically CORRECT”.

TallT on September 1, 2005 at 5:10 pm

“Romeo”, you did not read carefully. As I wrote, the second set of quotes is from “an ‘Earth Day’ show in April, THIS YEAR.” Also, not mentioned in the column, b/c I didn’t want to repeat the same thing over and over (but Bill has no prob doing that), Bill did an interview with the Sierra Club’s “Planet” in May (again, this year), saying exactly the same thing: http://www.sierrasummit2005.org/sierrasummit/interviews/maher_text.asp
This guy is a broken record. Time to shut down the phonograph.

Debbie Schlussel on September 1, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Maher’s shtick has never rubbed my funny bone, so I don’t consider him a “comedian.” He’s a leftist flame thrower with a forum. That’s okay; I don’t have to watch him.
As for Ms. Schlussel writing like a “Coulter-psycho,” I’ve never heard her, as I heard Ms. Coulter, proclaim Maher to be one her good friends. Since that acknowledged affiliation, I have wondered whether Ms. Coulter actually believes all she writes or uses it to earn a living. Again, it’s okay; I don’t have to buy her books.

Bachbone on September 1, 2005 at 9:23 pm

I used to enjoy Bill’s show even for a time after 9/11. But 9/11 changed me unlike most democrats who act like it never even happened. I’d be surprised to see that he gets much of anything for ratings. I finally just got completely fed up watching the ultra-leftists in his audience treating anyone who is a conservative with absolutely no respect. His show is really an embarassment as far as I am concerned. Thanks Debbie. Keep up the good work.

metal321 on September 2, 2005 at 4:56 am

I have listened to Billy boy rant for years. I learned early on that this guy has a big mouth and no brains. He certainly never met Economics 101. It is fun to watch him make a fool of himself, though.

Cour on September 2, 2005 at 7:39 am

Hey Deb, I couldn’t care less about that faggot. What I worry about though is that boneheads like Bush and Kerry who run for office. Well one Bonehead is in office and the Republican party is down the drain. Imagine this, supporting a terrorist country by uilding school, roads, police and fire department but telling Sharon and he complying to remove the Jews from the Gaza Strip and West Bank? And also giving more money to the military (not necessarily the troops) industrial complex and not to the innocent people in the south because they’re schwatzas? AAnd opening up the Goddamn border so that MS-13 (Salvadorean gang; Mara Salva Trucha) can bring them Dune Coons in and blow us up? Which b the way may have already occurred
Debbie my sweet Angel of God, I know ou’re a conservative and I a liberal but I think it’s time we group up and work together to protect our country, because, according to an author named Whitley Streiber, by allowing the Israeli Peace Plan, the religious right will stop at nothing to speed up the Rapture of the good Chistian. I hate them and I hope they end up in Hell.
Speaking about Bonehead, Kerry is one too. you know, Skull and Bones?

KOAJaps on September 2, 2005 at 12:04 pm

Why would anyone pick on Bill? Hes a great guy and a great comedian. I really enjoy his NEW RULES every week they send me belly laughs.
High Gas Prices? Yes, America deserves high gas prices until we can get off our dependency of foreign oil and get some electric cars, sunpower, windpower, and coal technology that is innovating more and more. But wait– NeoConservatives do not like change and do not like innovation or ambition they just like war and spending money on a damn country that is worthless.
Have you noticed that the word liberal is actually a nice word now… we embrace it! It means loving, caring, family, morals, etc. that you will not see with these neo’s.

moderatepolitics on October 1, 2006 at 7:48 am

Nice work, Debbie,
as a true Liberal I have to say that I do not claim Bill Maher as one of my own at all! he is a fat-cat hypocrite that is in no position to represent the common working-class liberal type, like myself.
He is just a rich guy who is faking being a liberal ’cause that is his job, but he might as well be Ronald Reagan as far as I can see–he is not a liberal he only plays one on TV,… and badly!

plplouise on November 5, 2007 at 3:47 am

Bill Maher is full of it just as Neil Young is on the environment, Neil Young did a concert in Calgary, Alberta,Canada for the environment, but all of the time the concert was going on he ran his four huge tour buses for over 4 hours to keep them warm for himself and his staff, what hypocrite. They both are so far out of touch with average person, give them minimum wage and let them live for a year on that, that will shut them up.

Ray Baron on June 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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