Bill Maher: Get rid of the Department of Homeland Security

HBO’s Bill Maher thinks the Department of Homeland Security has outlived its usefulness.

On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Maher and his guests debated the DHS’s usefulness during a discussion of the debate between Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

“There was a huge verbal slap by the Republican Party this week between Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, and Rand Paul,” Maher said. “And it was sort of I think a fight for the soul of the Republican Party — where they’re going to go because, OK, next month is the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Some people in the Republican Party are saying let’s move on. That’s Rand Paul. He is saying, you know, we spy on each other too much. We spend too much on defense. So Chris Christie is from the neocon-wing, fired back and said come to New Jersey and tell that to the widows and orphans. He played that Giuliani card, which I think is sleazy. And then Rand Paul made a fat joke. But who’s going to win this battle is my question to this panel in the Republican Party?”

Later in that segment, Maher suggested just eliminating the Department of Homeland Security.

“Do you think we could get rid of the Department of Homeland Security?” Maher said. “This is one of those monstrosities that came out of 9/11. It has, I think, 240,000 regular employees. Janet Napolitano quit at the top. The top 15 jobs there are vacant because no one wants to work there. It’s thankless because some shit is going to happen and it’s mostly luck whether or not you’re there when it happens. You can’t stop everything. No one wants the job. Why don’t we just get rid of it?”