In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Bill Maher says that it’s unfair for Florida and Texas to request disaster aid. Maher appeals to the most tired and unsubstantiated social justice argument he can – that because Texas supposedly doesn’t pay enough in taxes, they somehow don’t deserve a federal bailout.

On Friday’s HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the host dedicated his monologue to every late night host’s favorite obsession, President Trump. He takes swings at the president over DACA and his response to Hurricane Harvey. He then lays the lumber to the victims of the floods:

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.

Not content with the scope of his attack, Maher then makes the claim that socialism is the only thing that can save us from natural disasters:

Suddenly, socialism is not such a bad idea when you’re standing in toxic floodwater.

Never mind that Texas provides the second most federal tax revenue collected by the IRS, behind only California. Never mind that those tax dollars actually belong to all of us. Never mind that, as one of the 50 states, Texas has just as much right to appeal to the federal government as any other state.

And, never mind that getting the tax money back into the state from which it was confiscated doesn’t actually amount to socialism.

Maher fails to make clear what climate science has to do with federal disaster assistance, especially considering that Harvey ended a 12 year streak of virtually no strong storms in the United States. It was over 4,300 days between major (Category 3, 4, or 5) hurricanes making landfall in the US – between Wilma in October 2005, and Harvey in August 2017.

Nope, Texas doesn’t deserve it because their politics are wrong. Thus spake Bill Maher. So it is spoken, so let it be done. Let’s all shun Texas.

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