As wrong as he was about Islam, Maher was right on about this. I think part of the allure of "both the Left and the Right do it" is the desire to not look like you're hawking anything, to appear to your adversaries, and the undecided that you're "open-minded." I don't actually think it fools anyone.
It's the most effective anti-poverty program in U.S. history. So why do some people hate it?