As NewsBusters previously reported, HBO's Bill Maher said Friday that liberals could lose him because of the combined federal and state income taxes he now pays as a California resident.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh had some fun with this Tuesday saying, "It's amazing the things liberals do not know" (transcript follows with commentary):
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Friday night, Real Time with Bill Maher, it actually happened. Bill Maher actually said, and he was serious, that he doesn't know if he can stay in California with the high taxes. He may have reached his tipping point. He actually said on his show (paraphrasing), "Liberals, you may lose me." He said, "Look, I'm a liberal and I'm all for paying my fair share, but this is ridiculous." I'm paraphrasing. And then he said something that I was pleasantly amused by. He said he just learned -- now, you and I, you've known this for 20 years. This is instructive. He just learned that the top 1% are paying 40% of the taxes. And when he learned that, he was beside himself. He just learned it. He told everybody, "I just saw it today, I just saw the statistic." Here it is.
After playing some of the audio from Friday's Real Time first reported by NewsBusters, Limbaugh continued:
LIMBAUGH: So he said he just saw it. He just saw it. The top 5% paying 70%, he just saw that. It's amazing. It's amazing the things liberals do not know. It's amazing the things that they do know that are not right. Double whammy.
It is indeed amazing the things liberals do not know, but when it comes to liberal media members, it's downright frightening.
As NewsBusters readers know, it's a guilty pleasure of mine to point out virtually every Saturday the ignorant comments made by Maher the previous evening.
Yet despite his intellectual challenges, he like so many of his colleagues has a national television program to share his factually-challenged opinions to assist in the left's misinformation campaign on the public.
Consider that the data on income tax collection has been available for decades. Despite this, Maher actually discovered the truth in March 2013?
Did he REALLY just realize that a small percentage of the population pays the vast majority of the total taxes collected?
The fact of the matter is that such information in our internet world is available to anyone with a computer at no cost and with a couple of simple keystrokes.
That someone with Maher's resources just discovered what most on the right have known for decades is scary enough.
But that so many of his colleagues still haven't discovered it - or are so dishonest that they're not willing to share it with their viewers/listeners/readers - is almost criminal.