On Friday's broadcast of Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher began his 'New Rules' rant against over-regulation by denouncing a bill called the 'Hot Cars Act of 2017' proposed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) (and supported by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the House) that would make it mandatory for car companies to install an alert system in vehicles that children are in the car.
"Here's where someone says, 'but if it saves one life.' Oh fuck, you can put kids in bubble wrap all day and it would save some. But would it be worth it? We're never going to get this down to zero until we get rid of kids altogether," Maher complained.
"Until then all this will accomplish is to feed into the Republican message that Democrats don't want to help people they just want to micromanage their lives," Maher said. "It makes people hate us. It makes me hate us. And it prompts kickback."
"That's how you get an Environment Protection Agency headed by a man who cares nothing about environmental protection," he added.
"No one is for leaving babies in hot cars," the HBO host said. "Common sense tells most people this is an issue of personal responsibility. Especially when the liberal solution to your human frailty is me paying for more shit that can break in my car. Thanks, government. We'll get to gun control later. And that's the point. We do need regulation."
"For big things, real things like guns, and carbon emissions, and banks. But when Democrats get to regulating everything, regulation itself gets a bad name," he added.
"I don't want to let the right-wing own freedom," Maher said. "People want to drain the swamp, not ban Big Gulps. Yes, I understand, you have a thousand good ideas for how I should live my life, check my privilege and sort my recycling. I will get to that. But first we need to get some Democrats elected and that's hard when the movement to childproof the world has made Republicans the party of freedom and Democrats the party of poopers."