After returning from Afghanistan with a renewed sense of pride in America, Daily Show host Jon Stewart was relieved to find a “Ramadan miracle.” Congress passed a debt deal. However, when he found out what was included in the deal, passing a kidney stone might have made him feel better.
Apparently he wanted what the rest of us wanted which was a deal that included spending cuts AND revenue increases. But there are no revenue increases in this deal:
No, no, that can’t be right. Yeah no that’s uuuh… They must have forgotten to add: “And with the new balanced approach to deficit reduction forged by rational adults, there are some revenue increases closing the budget gasp whilst preserving some vital government functions.” Can we role the clip of that please?
President Obama felt it was necessary to thank the American people for the deal but Stewart wouldn’t accept the blame: “Let me just stop you right there. You’re not pinning this turd on us. The last time I checked the buck stops with you not the Twitterverse.”
More importantly, Stewart emphasized the fact that Obama could have included a debt ceiling raise in previous legislation that the Republicans were desperate for in order to prevent the Republicans from having such strong leverage over him in these negotiations. In particular he referred to the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts back in December.
He even showed a clip of a reporter from the National Journal who, using Jedi mind tricks, was able to predict the future of debt ceiling negotiations and the fact that the Republicans would have a significant amount of leverage over the White House.
Obama’s response? “When you say it will seem they’ll have a significant amount of leverage over the White House, what do you mean?”
Yeah… uh… he means you’re gonna get your arse kicked over the debt ceiling, Mr. President.
As for the Tea Party who can’t seem to take a win when they get one, Stewart had this to say:
What the F***, Tea Partiers?! What the fee, fie, foe, f***?! You control less half of one chamber of Congress and yet have somehow convince everybody they’ve got to slash trillions in spending because of the “deficit crisis.” Many Republicans supported extending the largest contributing policy piece to our deficit – the Bush Tax Cuts! Take the win!
What are you so angry about? Yes government still exists. We still have “traffic lights.” We’re sorry!
Not everybody defines freedom as the ability to not pay taxes. Government isn’t perfect but some people wish it was better, not gone!
Priceless. Really, priceless. The Tea Party wouldn’t let me buy it.
Watch the clips:
Dealageddon! – A Compromise Without Revenues
Dealageddon! – Angry Tea Party
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