Although his HBO show Real Time is on hiatus until August, Bill Maher took to the show’s blog on Monday to offer some thoughts on the Citizens United ruling, which opened the floodgates for so-called “dark money” in the U.S. election process.
“A recent New York Times poll shows that almost everybody hates Citizens United,” wrote Maher, “that 46 percent want to ‘completely rebuild’ our campaign finance system and another 39 percent want to ‘fundamentally change’ it. How come there’s no apparent clamoring for complete public financing of campaigns? Isn’t it the only thing we can do at this point?”
He went on, “For politicians, I don’t think the bar should be calling for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. The bar should be calling for complete public financing.”
Maher suggested using the “taxing power” of the Constitution to raise funds for these elections, saying that taking the private money out of elections would be “the greatest investment this country ever made.”
“Our elected officials wouldn’t be beholden to individual sugar daddies and lobbyists, and could spend their time on things other than telemarketing.,” he said.
“Isn’t this the most obvious thing in the world? Why is it still seen as a leftist fringe proposal?” he concluded.
Publicly funded elections are the law in several U.S. states, including North Carolina, Maine, Arizona, New Mexico and Vermont.
Norway, France and Germany make use of public funds in their national elections. Advocates point to nations like India, Russia and Brazil, which have no form of public funding for elections and staggering public corruption problems.
WATCH: Boris Johnson booed off the stage in Luxembourg while trying to talk about Brexit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was scheduled to hold a press conference in Luxembourg after talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.
But according to Business Insider, Johnson was forced to scrap the press conference when he was greeted with a giant mass of booing protestors. Some of the demonstrators played Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," — a symbol of the European Union — and others shouted "We are the smiling piccaninnies of Luxembourg," referencing Johnson's racist remarks about black Africans.
Justin Amash rips Trump for taking ‘orders’ from Saudi Arabia
Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) blasted President Donald Trump for taking "orders" from Saudi Arabia as he threatened a military strike against Iran.
The Republican-turned-independent lawmaker called on Congress to determine what response was necessary to an alleged attack on oil production facilities in the Saudi Arabia, after the president warned the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" and awaiting further instruction from the kingdom.
"Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia," Amash tweeted. "We don’t take orders from foreign powers."
Trump is all for preventing unintentional suicides — but not intentional homicides of Americans
How revealing that just six deaths from vaping prompted Donald Trump to move Wednesday against e-cigarettes, while at least 276 deaths in massacres since he took office haven’t prompted any presidential move against assault rifles and other guns.
Even applying the twisted logic of the Second Amendment absolutists, Trump’s action is surprising since e-cigarettes don’t kill, people who vape kill.
Vapers kill only themselves, while people firing military-style assault rifles and other guns massacre innocents—school children, people at prayer in houses of worship, shoppers in malls and concert-goers.