Despite his liberalism, Bill Maher occasionally stands still. Take Friday when he called out to those in the media who were just talking about the collateral damage from the COVID-19 pandemic.
His message was something America needed to hear in 2020: The correct term is not “collateral damage,” it’s suicide.
In a clip from his HBO show Real Time, which the comedian shared on Twitter, Maher opened up about the horrifying statistics we’re just beginning to wake up to.
First, he read a headline that read, “‘The pandemic has wiped out two decades of progress in math and reading.'”
“Look, I have to say right away, this pisses me off. I see these headlines all the time,” Maher said.
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“The pandemic didn’t do that. Like us settled the pandemic has done that.”
“The pandemic was certainly one thing, but let’s not just say ‘the pandemic,'” he continued. “Because it wasn’t set in stone that we had to handle it the way we did.”
And just so we’re clear on how deep that self-inflicted damage went, Maher checked the boxes:
“ACT levels are lowest in 30 years, anxiety and depression are at the top. Body mass index went up, doubling for kids from 2 to 19,” he said. “Drug overdose deaths, homicides soaring, inflation at 40-year high, domestic violence on the rise. Oh, and my favorite, car accidents.”
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car accidents? With fewer cars on the road? Well, as Maher noted, the “experts” finally figured it out.
“People just went crazy. They just went crazy,” he said. “They say, ‘I’m home, the friggin’ kids are here all the time, my stupid husband is here all the time, I’ll just pull out on the freeway,’ and she did.”
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We are now learning how bad the post-pandemic “collateral damage” is. pic.twitter.com/ECw649U7do
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 18, 2022
However, as panelist Michael Smerconish, a CNN and talk radio host, noted, people sounded the alarm early. There were the signers of the Great Barrington Declaration, a petition by scientists urging officials to avoid lockdowns because they do more harm than good in the long run.
“I’ve had them on CNN, I’ve shown them on the radio regularly, and there was always a tremendous backlash because they said a lot of the things that you’re saying now,” Smerconish said.
Today, of course, those who have vehemently opposed anyone trying to reopen America are trying to make people forget what exactly they did to the country.
Take Tina Kotek, the Democratic nominee for governor of Oregon. Her party affiliation would normally make her a winner, although poll averages have put Republican challenger Christine Drazan by a slight margin.
One of the reasons: Even in deep blue Oregon, residents were fed up with the state’s harsh lockdowns, which were taking a toll on schoolchildren.
The Oregonian reported last month that “The literacy and numeracy skills of Oregon students have plummeted due to pandemic-related school disruptions, and students who are already far behind in grades have suffered the most damage, officials at the Oregon School said Oregon Department of Education.
“The staggering setbacks to students’ academic ability, as measured by the first reliable statewide test scores since spring 2019, could take years to repair and, in some cases, may never be recovered, they acknowledged,” the statement said Report.
Kotek was shocked – shocked! — on this message, demanding replies:
These numbers are unacceptable. As Governor, I will work to ensure that all children can read through 3rd grade, schools increase technical education, and we all work together to help every student succeed. #orpol
— Tina Kotek (@TinaKotek) 09/22/2022
If she wanted to hold those responsible accountable, argued National Review’s Nate Hochman, she should simply look in the mirror.
“Well, yes. Those numbers are unacceptable. But they are in no small part Kotek’s fault,” he said in a Sept. 23 article.
“As Chairman of the Oregon House, Kotek — a close ally of the state’s powerful teachers’ unions — repeatedly conducted votes along the party line to block Republican-led efforts to reopen the state’s schools,” Hochman wrote.
“And when pressured by Willamette Week earlier this year, she declined to — unlike other top Democrats — condemn the re-closure of many Portland public schools, which is bringing a third of the city’s high school students back to virtual.” learning sent. “Everyone is trying to do what is best for the students,” she told the publication.
Except they didn’t – especially Kotek – and the numbers tell the story. This was perfectly predictable and perfectly avoidable.
Now the left likes to refer to what happened after we sealed off the country as “collateral damage.”
At least Bill Maher knows it well enough to call it what it really is.
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