Comedian Bill Maher said Wednesday on MSNBC that Republicans hope for economic troubles because it will help them defeat President Barack Obama in 2012.

"They want the economy to tank, because that's their best ticket to beat Obama," he said. "And the bill they just forced him to sign is a great start to insure we have this double dip recession, and that unemployment stays high, and that nothing is moving in the economy."

"They're choking the recession in the crib. That's just what they want to do. And Obama signed along with it. I just don't understand this man."

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