Bill Maher’s Pizza Analogy

13 Mar

Painting by Tom Brown

New Rule: Television Networks Have to Quit Trying to Put a Happy Ending on America’s Wealth Disparity

Maher: America’s rich aren’t giving you money, they’re taking your money. Between the years 1980 and 2005 80% of all new income generated in this country went to the richest 1%. Let me put that in terms that even you ***** teabaggers, I’m sorry, can understand.

Say 100 Americans get together and order a 100 slice pizza. The pizza arrives and the first guy takes 80 slices. And if someone suggests, why don’t you just take 79 slices, that’s socialism! I know, I know. I know, I know, it’s just a TV show. But it does reinforce the stupid idea people have that rich people would love us and share with us if only they got to walk a mile in our cheap plastic shoes.

But they’re the reason the shoe factory moved to China. We have this fantasy that our interests and the interests of the super rich are the same. Like somehow the rich will eventually get so full that they’ll explode. And the candy will rain down on the rest of us.


Posted by on March 13, 2011 in Art, Current Events, News, Paintings, People, Politics


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5 responses to “Bill Maher’s Pizza Analogy

  1. Amy

    March 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    If the first guy owns the pizza shop, I’d say he can take as many damn slices as he wants. For that matter, the rest of the freeloaders should be thankful for the 20% he gives them.

  2. Gracie

    March 14, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I guess the other 99% of hard working Americans should be grateful for the morsels tossed their way despite long hours and low pay. Who said anything about freeloaders?

    Think you missed the whole point.

  3. heather

    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 am

    amy – everyone put in for the pizza. did he HAVE to say that? the pizza represents income generated. everyone that works, from the lowest janitor to the highest CEO, puts in for the pizza, and the CEO takes 80 slices. can you see that your take on his analogy to: “Between the years 1980 and 2005 80% of all new income generated in this country went to the richest 1%.” doesn’t make sense?

    i think you see the point but refuse to act on it. it’s some weird state of denial a lot of our country is into. you can see the rich getting richer but they shift your attention elsewhere like to anti-gay or anti-abortion issues, or whatever other issue which CANNOT BE AS IMPORTANT as 80% OF ALL NEW INCOME GENERATED WENT TO THE TOP 1%. we can’t be that stupid, can we?

  4. Gracie

    March 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Beautifully stated, Heather. I simply don’t have the patience anymore to TRY and explain things to the right wingers.

  5. JamesJ

    April 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I like how Amy completely ignored the logically sound analogy (everyone pitching in for the pizza, everyone investing in their country) and instead ran wild with a logically unsound analogy (one guy “owns” the entire economy and gets to do as he wishes while the majority of the population is happy to get scraps since they invested nothing). Sad really.


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