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Bill Maher agrees with Jonathan Gruber-Americans are stupid
by Nathan'ette Burdine: November 30, 2014

During this year’s final episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Bill Maher said that Obamacare architect Johnathan Gruber is right, “Americans are stupid.”

Gruber has been under fire for his comments about the American people being too "stupid" to understand the complexities of the Obamacare law and how it is set up to take from those who have and to give to those who don’t have.

To his credit, Maher admitted that he has been sending out warning signs about the depths and severity of the American public’s “stupidity.”

Maher played a series of clips that showed him saying just how “stupid” the American public is.

In one clip, Maher said, “But I would never put anything passed this stupid country; while in another clip the comedian said that the American “people are dummies” who “don’t know what’s going on.”

And in a clip that summed up Gruber’s explanation of why the Obama administration could not sit down and give the American public a quick economics lesson on how the government actually pays for government programs like Obamacare, Maher said, “They’re not bright enough to really understand the issues.”

As evidence of just how educationally challenged the American public is, Maher pointed out how a considerable amount of the American public doesn’t know basic information about the government.

For instance, a poll by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) shows that 36% of the people who were polled couldn’t name the three branches of government compared to 35% of the people who couldn’t name any branch of government.

The poll also shows that only 27% of those polled know that a presidential veto can be overridden by two thirds vote from both the House and the Senate; while less, 21%, believe that Congress votes on the legality of a 5-4 Supreme Court decision.

Maher also pointed out that Americans tend to get confused when their asked if they like Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.

And according to a CNBC poll, 30% of the poll’s respondents don’t know what the Affordable Care Act is compared to 12% who don’t know what Obamacare is.

And when respondents were asked if they support or oppose ACA and/or Obamacare, 29% said that they support Obamacare compared to 46% who oppose it; while 22% said that they support ACA compared to 37% who oppose it.

Maher did find support amongst two of his panelist, Chris Matthews and Roland Martin. Matthews joked about how many Americans believe most of the federal money goes to foreign aid, and how many people believe the story of Noah’s Ark because a movie was made about it.

For his part, Martin said that it’s about “being honest” about people not engaging in the democratic process and how voters are “stuck on stupid” due to their lack of engagement.

Canadian MP Chrystia Freeland tried to stick up for the poor American voters. She told the others that the problem rest with the politicians who don’t take time to talk to the voters and that it shouldn’t be about the “elites” ruling over the less fortunate.

However, Martin and Maher quickly knocked down Freeland’s arguments in support of the poor American voters. Martin said that the solution is simple, “Pick up a book, read.”

And as for Maher, he argued that people like Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann were elected through a democratic process and that “Somebody elected these morons because they represent them.”

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