Bill Maher’s Epic Defense Of California Governance

Credit where credit is due, Bill Maher’s latest New Rule: “Conservatives Who Love To Brag About American Exceptionalism Must Come Here To California” is the stuff of legend.

I won’t post it all here because that would be indiscreet, but the first paragraph bangs the drum of awesome and rumbles on from there.

New Rule: Conservatives who love to brag about American exceptionalism must come here to California, and see it in person. And then they should be afraid — very afraid. Because while the rest of the country is beset by stories of right-wing takeovers in places like North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin, California is going in the opposite direction and creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about. And not only can’t the rest of the country stop us — we’re going to drag you along with us.

It wasn’t that long ago that pundits were calling California a failed state and saying it was ungovernable. But in 2010, when other states were busy electing whatever Tea Partier claimed to hate government the most, we elected a guy who actually liked it, Jerry Brown.

Since then, everything Republicans say can’t or won’t work — gun control, immigration reform, high-speed rail — California is making work. And everything conservatives claim will unravel the fabric of our society — universal healthcare, higher taxes on the rich, gay marriage, medical marijuana — has only made California stronger. And all we had to do to accomplish that was vote out every single Republican. Without a Republican governor and without a legislature being cock-blocked by Republicans, a $27 billion deficit was turned into a surplus, continuing the proud American tradition of Republicans blowing a huge hole in the budget and then Democrats coming in and cleaning it up.

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It’s amazing what you can achieve when you show up to vote in support of the only political party in the country representing and accountable to the most diverse coalition of constituents in the world.  This is how we can have nice things!

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  • CL Nicholson

    When he’s right, he’s right. I’ve lived in California for almost 5 years and I wouldn’t live any other place. Even the most backwards places in SoCal are liberal meccas compared to most of the country.

  • muselet

    The lesson from California is clear: if you want government to do anything at all, vote out the Rs.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Right here is screeching like a troop of howler monkeys with their nuts caught in a vise, insisting that the Ds are out of control! and overspending! and driving business out of the state! and all the usual drivel, none of which is anywhere near true. State Rs have been reduced to claiming that Jerry Brown is (somehow) keeping the wild-eyed radical socialists in the legislature in check, the same Jerry Brown they ran ads against claiming he was a wild-eyed radical socialist. It would be funny if it weren’t so dreary and boring.

    If we could finally get out from under the mistake of Proposition 13, California could be truly great again.

    –alopecia

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      Take double advantage of all that soshulism in Cali so that I can live vicariously, pretty please!

      • muselet

        I’ll do my best.

        –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      If we could finally get out from under the mistake of Proposition 13, California could be truly great again.

      Word! Man, has that thing been a major catastrophe.

      • muselet

        Proposition 13 did exactly what its authors wanted: it gave owners of commercial property a mammoth break on property taxes and made rational funding of government difficult if not impossible. The Koch brothers would be proud.

        In 1978, property taxes were too high. The proper solution, though, would have been to tweak the rates or how property taxes were calculated, but that wasn’t good enough for the anti-government types, which is why we got vandalism instead.

        (And Howard Jarvis—if the Universe is just, currently roasting on a spit in a lonely, forgotten corner of hell—was just the shill. The brains of the operation never, as far as I can recall, stuck their heads above the parapet. Go figure.)

        –alopecia

  • Vic78

    Look out for Maryland. They’ve engaged in similar housecleaning.

  • Betsy

    I heartily concur. I have lived in CA for about 13 years and am loving what Jerry Brown has done for our state that Republicans only dream about when they are in an altered state. Kudos to our voters who saw the light after 8 years of “Arnold”‘s failed policies. I agree we need to overturn prop 13

  • MrDHalen

    California is great!!! Outside of our insane cost of living, it is a liberal paradise. But, when it’s 72 degrees most of the time and you can ski and surf in the same day, it’s going to cost you something!!

    Loving Cali for 18 years!!!