Bill Maher, the liberal, foul-mouthed host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” says its “a little unfair” that residents of conservative states, such as Texas, receive federal assistance.
After Hurricane Harvey devastated the state, Texas needed billions of dollars in help.
On Friday, President Donald J. Trump signed a $15.25 billion disaster relief bill, which includes $7.4 billion for direct assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey; $450 million for the Small Business Administration to help small businesses get back on their feet; and an additional $7.4 billion in community development block grants for all disasters this year, including for Hurricane Irma.
On Friday’s show, Maher said:
“These places that got flooded, like Texas, okay, they have a low tax base. 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.
That seems a little unfair.
Suddenly, socialism is not such a bad idea when you’re standing in toxic floodwater.”
Hurricane Harvey made landfall two weeks ago in southeast Texas, and the resulting Tropical Storm Harvey further damaged the storm-torn state, creating the need for a massive relief, repair and aid effort.
On Twitter, some users felt Maher’s comments lacked compassion, and others argued that Texas pays Federal taxes, just like blue states do.
— Kimberly Ross (@SouthernKeeks) September 10, 2017
— 🇺🇸Patriot 24/7🇺🇸 (@TrumpTrain45Pac) September 10, 2017
@billmaher you complain about Texas receiving federal aid they paid the same amount of Federal taxes as everybody else moron.
— Tom Parks (@d_bjames) September 10, 2017
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