There’s some wisdom (and yes, some bad language) in this commentary delivered by Bill Maher last night:
Stop believing you can solve your problems by electing a superhero… 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… Is it Arnold Schwarzeneggerâ€™s fault that California now has a worse credit rating than Louisiana, a state thatâ€™s half underwater and half in the bag? Not really. This is a man who came to America with nothing but a jar of protient powder and a nice jar of 36Dâ€™s and became a Hollywood action star despite never learning how to speak English.
No one can govern this state because itâ€™s illegal to do it. We govern by ballot initiative and we only write two kinds of those: Spend money on things I like and donâ€™t raise my taxes. We vote â€œyesâ€ on gain, â€œnoâ€ on pain. This is why Americaâ€™s founders wanted a representative democracy, because they knew if you gave the average guy a change, heâ€™d vote for a fantasyland with no taxes, free beer and [rated R].
And California used to be like the rest of America, following the instructions in the constitution and everything. But then we chucked that and now our state is governed by special interest people standing in front of the supermarket with clipboards asking â€œwill you sign this petition to make earthquakes illegal?â€ Theyâ€™re really starting to bother me. And Proposition 14C which mandates 2 weeks paid leave for hangovers. And universal teeth whitening paid for by farts. So California, which Iâ€™m sad to tell you is usually ahead of the rest of America, will probably go bankrupt. Weâ€™ll probably be closing the schools, but youâ€™ll want to keep your kids at home anyway because weâ€™ll also be closing the prisons and letting all the rapists out.
Truth is, Even a real superhero couldnâ€™t get us out the mess weâ€™re in now. Superman could stop bullets and crush coal to make diamonds between the cheeks of his ass, but he canâ€™t help us. He works for a newspaper, he needs a job. Batman canâ€™t help us because he canâ€™t get parts for his big stupid American car. And Wonder Woman canâ€™t help us because, well, we donâ€™t allow gays in uniform.