Bill Maher and guests on last night's "Real Time with Bill Maher" discussed the GOP primaries, including why Mitt Romney's message is losing credibility on the stump.
The message sent by Romney in defending his track record at equity firm Bain Capital was attacked by both the right and the left, yet as the Maher panel noted Romney plows on to claim he is a job creator and a man who knows how the business of business really works.
What Maher pointed out is that corporate empire creators like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Henry Ford 100 years ago developed something called a product, that made money for them and those they hired to bring it to market. Bain Capital's product is money, made for the equity stakeholders in the company.
The fact that conservative voters decried the methodology of Romney and Bain's wealth creation was a revelation to the side of the Republican party that believes that making money for oneself in any legal way possible demonstrates the dream, sometimes called the American dream of others being able to achieve that kind of success.
During New Rules, the weekly concluding segment of the show, Maher used photos of Romney and his Bain Capital cohorts, waving dollar bills juxtaposed against images of rappers who do the same.
Maher's point was that Mitt Romney's celebration of his own wealth should not assure the public that he ever understood hardship or that he can help them gain it as well. Kanye, 50 Cent and others create music that leads fans to think the music moguls share their hard life.
Some of the stars came from the streets and knew what it was like, but no one can say they have touched or felt that side of life in a very long time. What they know now is enormous success and wealth that they flaunt in the faces of those still seeking it. Image: Wikimedia/Steve Jurveson