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Quotes

MAHERISMS:

"It's a little funny that the same conservatives who were all for the Patriot Act are now freaked out about this. You know, they're like, 'When we said the president could do whatever the f**k he wanted, we didn't mean a black guy.'" -Bill Maher

"Trusting the government to monitor your calls without listening. It's kind of like trusting Chris Christie to pick up the McDonald's and not eat the fries on the way home." -Bill Maher

"If you want privacy, shun technology. You should communicate via messenger pigeon. And you should buy everything with the gold standard."

ON AMERICA'S "UNWINDING:"

"The deal said, if you held down a job, if you worked, if you educated your kids, their chances in life would be better than yours, and you would have a place in society even if no one knew your name. And, over the last generation, which is the story that my book tells, that deal has come undone." -George Packer

"The structures and institutions that used to support ordinary people, like schools and media and government and even corporations, you know, began to erode or even collapse. And now we're kind of in a winners-and-losers society." -George Packer

PRIVACY & THE NSA:

"It's kind of a 50-50 thing. There is no doubt that we probably have stopped terrorist plots by doing this. But, it is a slippery slope. And I say that as someone who usually thinks a slippery slope argument is bullsh*t." -Bill Maher

"We had a number of programs like this already going on. It wasn't talked about as much at the time. But, they're not exactly new things. You know, you've got a lot of people on the right that are really taking advantage of it.There's an element of selective outrage, I think, there." -Kevin Williamson

"Should we, as Americans, have an expectation to privacy? Yes. Is it a realistic expectation? No. Basically, the IRS has turned into the DNC. The DOJ has turned into the KGB. And the NSA is Big Brother watching." -Ana Navarro

"If you want privacy, shun technology. You should communicate via messenger pigeon. And you should buy everything with the gold standard." -Ana Navarro

IMMIGRATION REFORM:

"I thought we were going to get an immigration bill. But, apparently, just like the gun bill, nothing can get done any more in Washington. Marco Rubio, who wrote the bill, said he is probably going to vote against his own bill." -Bill Maher

"I think we're going to see some sort of immigration action this year. But, listen, it's a very hard balance to achieve. They need to push it just enough and tighten it just enough so they can get the votes they need." -Ana Navarro

"That Latino voters aren't going to come and vote for Republicans, even a moderate guy -- moderate like John McCain." -Kevin Williamson

DNA SWABS:

"This was a Supreme Court ruling that said basically, 'Look, when you're arrested even if you haven't been convicted of anything, they can take your fingerprints.' Okay, a DNA swab is the same thing. It's just more high-tech. And I tend to agree with that." -Bill Maher

"I agree with you on what you just said, but I also think it's a bit intrusive to have somebody stick a swab in your mouth and take a, you know, thing of DNA." -Ana Navarro

"Once you've been convicted of a serious crime, okay, fine, keep it on record. But, we're talking about building a database just of people who have been brought in for something. You could have been, you know, arrested by, you know, just a simple mistake, anything else, and you're going to be in this database for the rest of your life." -Kevin Williamson

ON HAPPINESS & GIVING AWAY HIS WEALTH:

"We know now that money up to a certain point does improve your happiness; if you're hungry and you're homeless, it's going to improve your happiness. But, beyond, like, $50,000 to $75,000, depending where you live, it doesn't make you any happier." -Tom Shadyac

"Happiness is not a destination. It's a process. But, I feel much more robust, much more myself, much more alive." -Tom Shadyac

THE IRS' SCANDALS:

"I think there's a level of prudence and discipline and penny-pinching that I think is appropriate when you're handling someone else's money." -Kevin Williamson

"They don't want to pay taxes. So, if I'm a guy whose job is it to collect taxes, isn't it quite understandable for me to look extra closely at somebody going, 'I don't want to pay taxes!'" -Dana Gould

"There's a reason that's a serious crime, because you don't want to entrust people with power and then give them power to police the political system they use to keep them in line." -Kevin Williamson

"These are political groups, Tea Party groups. They were cheating. So were a lot of progressive groups. Cheating. But, it shouldn't be the job of these IRS workers. And they were just trying to control this -- find a way to deal with this flood of applications they had for something they shouldn't have been doing in the first place." -Bill Maher

"The only people that think that what's going on in the IRS is not political are people who are on the other side of this politically." -Ana Navarro

Episode 285

June 7, 2013