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Wednesday
Dec152010

Jon Stewart: Boehner Is Profoundly Retarded, Deficit Monster Is Going To Eat Our Babies (Must See)

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Editor's Note - I'm reposting this excellent clip in honor of Boehner's 60 Minutes appearance earlier this week.

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Daily Show Video:  Aired Aug. 12, 2010

  • "Republicans don't realize that extending the Bush tax cuts will strengthen the deficit monster that's going to eat our babies."
  • Jon Stewart didn't really know what to say last night about Republicans who complain about the deficit but advocate for renewing the Bush tax cuts. So he turned to House Minority Leader "and retired Syracuse mascot" John Boehner (R-OH) for a solution to the country's economic woes. Boehner has said that "the only way we're going to get our economy going again and solve our budget problems is to get the economy moving."
  • "The only way to get our economy going, is to get it moving?" Stewart asked. "That is either the most profound or most retarded statement I've ever heard. You know what, actually it's the most profoundly retarded statement I've ever heard."

Mission f'ing accomplished.  Seriously.  And for the record, I could care less about the Bush tax cuts and whether or not they're extended.  The top rate has alternated between 36% and 39% for 2 decades, and I honestly don't think it will make much difference if it shifts back to 39%.  Shoot me.  I believe that tax cuts generally encourage growth, but austerity is finally coming to our shores, and I prefer not to fight something I've been begging for.

Back to the mission.  Debt and deficit awareness.  That's all it's about.  It's why I launched the Bail.   I saw the train coming and knew there had to be a site to chronicle, curate, aggregate.  And frankly, after worrying about unfunded entitlements for most of my adult life, I am surprised, shocked even at the explosion of awareness in the past 18 months.  When John Stewart does a clip mocking deficit fear-mongering and the audience gets it and laughs their ass off, then public awareness has been achieved.  Even the kids have figured it out.  It's awesome stuff.  I'm happy.  Two decades I've been waiting for this.  Doesn't mean we've won.

So enjoy as Jon Stewart toasts John Boehner for deficit hypocrisy.  By the way, the same John Boehner who said last month that the Social Security retirement age needs to be raised to 70 in order to fund the wars.  Yes, he said that.  As Pitchfork said last night, you have to remember that war funding is more or less equivalent to the $700 billion TARP, each and every year.  And just like with TARP, we have little to show for the investment.  Wall Street and the defense industry are thriving, just as Bush-Obama would hope, while just about everyone else is sufferring or knows someone who is.  And I mean suffering.  No job, family to support, few prospects and a hell of a lot of fear and self doubt.  That's the aftermath of a 2-decade credit bubble in human terms.  

With victory comes hubris, so how about a Friday F You to a few of the architects of our destruction.  A large, collective middle finger aimed at Greenspan, Rubin, Summers, Nixon (gold standard), Roosevelt (gold standard), Wilson (Fed creation in 1914), Geithner, Bernanke, Clinton (glass-steagall), Phil Gramm and his wife Wendy, James Cramer, both Bushes, Hank Paulson, Dan Jensen, Stephen Friedman, Joseph Cassano, Obama, Paul Kanjorski, Gingrich, Boehner, McCain, Robert Byrd, Rostenkowski (I have a long memory), Reagan, Tip O'Neil, every single Kennedy ever, Reid, Pelosi, Mary Meeker, Frank Quattrone, Alan Blinder, every talking head who says: "No one saw it coming", the quasi-existent PPT (the FED has 400 traders now -- don't F with me), Ken Lewis, Stan O'Neill, Chuck Prince, that worthless piece of maggot shit John Thain, Dick Fuld, Jimmy Cayne, Neil Kashkari, Judd Gregg, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Paul Krugman.  Just for starters.

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@DB

Awesome post. Been waiting for this for a while. Keep up the great work.
Aug 13, 2010 at 2:10 PM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
Hey DB, funny how we both seem to be saying the same thing at the same time (sort of?).
The future hangs by a thread of awareness - an awareness of REALITY ...
http://letthemfail.us/
Aug 13, 2010 at 2:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterWil Martindale
thx spidey....
Aug 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
wil...great post...very-well written..do you want to publish it here?
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
To many conservatives, almost everything is a secret liberal plot: from fluoride in the water to medicare reimbursements for end-of-life planning with your doctor to efforts to teach evolution in schools. But Conservapedia founder and Eagle Forum University instructor Andy Schlafly -- Phyllis Schlafly's son -- has found one more liberal plot: the theory of relativity.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/conservapedia_founder_takes_on_the_notorious_liber.php

this is freaking nuts...
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Four Massachusetts community hospitals are investigating how thousands of patient health records, some containing Social Security numbers and sensitive medical diagnoses, ended up in a pile at a public dump.

The unshredded records included pathology reports with patients’ names, addresses, and results of breast, bone, and skin cancer tests, as well as the results of lab work following miscarriages.

http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2010/08/13/mass_hospitals_investigate_exposure_of_records/
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:14 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Happy to publish it--not completely sure how to...
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterWil Martindale
wil...i will publish it,,,didn't mean i expected you to do it.,..
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Maybe a picture will help Mr. Leibowitz.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_HChOeYner4c/SykU-F9-uOI/AAAAAAAAA74/JiUiMhXHy98/s400/Bush+vs+Obama+Deficit.jpg

Yes, I am sure we have seen this pic here before.
Aug 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
"With victory comes hubris, so how about a Friday F You to a few of the architects of our destruction. A large, collective middle finger aimed at Greenspan, Rubin, Summers, Nixon (gold standard), Roosevelt (gold standard), Wilson (Fed creation in 1914), Geithner, Bernanke, Clinton (glass-steagall), Phil Gramm and his wife Wendy, James Cramer, both Bushes, Hank Paulson, Dan Jensen, Stephen Friedman, Joseph Cassano, Obama, Paul Kanjorski, Gingrich, Boehner, McCain, Robert Byrd, Rostenkowski (I have a long memory), Reagan, Tip O'Neil, every single Kennedy ever, Reid, Pelosi, Mary Meeker, Frank Quattrone, Alan Blinder, every talking head who says: "No one saw it coming", the quasi-existent PPT (the FED has 400 traders now -- don't F with me), Ken Lewis, Stan O'Neill, Chuck Prince, that worthless piece of maggot shit John Thain, Dick Fuld, Jimmy Cayne, Neil Kashkari, Judd Gregg, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and Paul Krugman. Just for starters."

Oh the horror of it all, the sky is falling, THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!... There are lions lying with lambs, CATS and DOGS playing with one another. How can the ping pong game continue if everyone from both sides is caught in the same cookie jar...Without the holy ping pong between the two parties who do everything to quell the other parties from being allowed at the game, why the herds might wander off with no mighty distraction to stay their course. We may have the disalusioned and dismayed wandering aimlessly seeking shelter from the cold and loneliness...Some may choose the cliff...

http://zealoty.com/Omnis/html%20files/weird%20news.html

We must try to dissuade that behavior. Start at the 16 minute mark...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/322/wkrp-in-cincinnati-turkeys-away
Aug 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
gomp;..the 1st link is broken...
Aug 13, 2010 at 4:33 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Aug 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
now it works..must have been my internet connection...good story...
Aug 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Great post DB!

I'm gonna try to talk about taxing the rich. We've got two kinds of rich people right now. The kind that are rich because the understand value of the efficient use of capital & those who just like sipping champagne (they think someone should pay them to sip champagne too). If you tax the first group, they'll become even richer because they'll go out and find opportunity.

The second group is your vampire squids, the gimme gimmes - they steal from taxpayers and produce nothing in return. The problem is the two breeds can't coexist. When you subsidize the gimme gimmes, everybody stops thinking and starts coasting, hanging out at the country club etc....

Tax 'em like hell and the squids will be faced with a choice - go out and find some smart people: hire them, invest in them, etc...or give up the country club. Many will be forced to go back to the trailer park, where they belong. The ones who want to stay will find opportunity and in doing so will provide opportunity for others. That's why capitalism works

How this makes sense.
Aug 13, 2010 at 5:19 PM | Unregistered Commentermark mchugh
"HOPE" this makes sense (not drunk....tired)
Aug 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM | Unregistered Commentermark mchugh
There is nothing even remotely humorous or interesting about this. It is not a victory of any sort. When a mediocre comedian is the voice of your message, your message is dead.

If you really believe that increasing the tax rate on a small percentage of hard working, medium wage earners is the answer to deficit reduction, you are so f-ck'ed you have no business being in the discussion.

If it is an "expiring" tax cut, then let's eliminate all the "temporary" tax increases we've endured over the years.

Pence is right, it is apples and oranges. Cut the fucking spending. Get it, cut the fucking spending. Gut the sick fucking bastards that created the power class, (see the next generation of Quayle, the Bushes the Kennedy's, etc.) and the money cocoons they've created. And stop the ridiculous spending.

This is rocket science and it sure as hell isn't funny...
Aug 13, 2010 at 10:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterOberron4life
the victory i was discussing was about awareness of the deficit problem...and i stand by that...and i also stated that i could care less about the bush tax cuts...obviously i believe the solution will come from cutting spending...again, celebrating the awareness of deficit issues...and for the under 35 crowd, jon stewart is where many get their news...so it means something...you and i both know that the current congress couldn't find $300 billion in cuts (roughly 9% of the budget) if their lives hung in the balance...and i guarantee you that when the GOP has power soon they won't find $300 billion to cut either...
Aug 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
The boys took a beating on that one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20qB1dXAM78
Aug 13, 2010 at 11:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
"There is nothing even remotely humorous or interesting about this. It is not a victory of any sort. When a mediocre comedian is the voice of your message, your message is dead."

I think you missed the point about awareness, and how both parties are involved, check the names on Steve's list...

"If it is an "expiring" tax cut, then let's eliminate all the "temporary" tax increases we've endured over the years."

Agree entirely, I pay more now than before the Bush cuts between the "temporary" taxes that never expire, and other raised taxes, and that glorious AMT. The difference between some and the average sheep is that we know every f@cking penny of tax we pay in a year period, therefore we are not fooled by the whole "we are going to lower your taxes" scheme. Every time I have heard that in my life, I know I am about to pay more. For the super rich, now that is a different story...

Even the income tax started as a temporary tax, because it was found unconstitutional. So in 1913, they did the next best thing, changed the Constitution. And I am sure that if the Bush tax cuts expire, the other taxes that went up to cover lost revenues will stay in place and become "windfalls". It is after all, the nature of things...

http://history1900s.about.com/od/1910s/a/incometax.htm

"Pence is right, it is apples and oranges. Cut the fucking spending."

I hope we both know that never really happens, spending just gets diverted to appear as cuts, 500 dollar toilet seat anyone?

"This is rocket science and it sure as hell isn't funny..."

Not really, as long as the FED exists, the dollar will fall, and the debt will increase. Everything else is smoke and mirrors. By the way, the way things have been going for years, the hard working, medium wage earners are about to become dinosaurs. For years, one trade at a time has been attacked and destroyed in America going at least as far back as the textile workers.



Hope your balls feel better Gobie, that looked like it hurt.
Aug 14, 2010 at 2:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
With RLR gone (hope hope), glad to see that you, Gomp, never fail to come back with a humorless response.
Aug 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Hey Gobie, I was not trying to be funny...
Aug 14, 2010 at 5:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Ah, then well done.
Aug 14, 2010 at 5:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterZ
Talk about pitchfork...Boehner and all the fukks need to be rounded up and tarred and feathered and rolled into the Mississippi where they can flow down to the Gulf and bob in the oily muck. They need replaced with honest politicains and actual vote counting.
Aug 16, 2010 at 4:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterLAstevens
vote them all out...except ron paul...
Aug 17, 2010 at 2:29 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
thanks to rocky vega at daliy recloning for linking to this tirade...umm, i mean story...

http://dailyreckoning.com/jon-stewart-the-deficit-wants-to-eat-your-children/
Aug 17, 2010 at 3:53 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
.............."You Go Gurl"........................

House candidate drops bid so she can expose Obama
Calls president 'fraud,' promotes gatherings like Glenn Beck's 8/28 rally
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=195989
Aug 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Every single kennedy? I was under the impression that John was killed for taking to much action against the FED.
Sep 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterCasey
Casey...it's a common myth that Kennedy was trying to take currency control from the Fed...yet i read it virtually everywhere...check out these links for the truth...

Facts: Kennedy wrote E.O. 11,110 to phase out silver certificate currency, not to issue more of it. Records show Kennedy and the Federal Reserve were almost always in agreement on policy matters. He even signed legislation to give the Fed more authority to issue currency.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread451461/pg1

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http://abovethepresident.blogspot.com/2006/07/debunking-some-jfk-myths.html

http://www.publiceye.org/conspire/flaherty/flaherty9.html
Sep 8, 2010 at 5:00 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
When does fixing everything with a tax cut become treason. I say give the "government is the problem" "tax cuts create jobs" BS about 30 years of constant harping and you may just find your country about $800 billion dollars over the tax-cuts-are-good-for-you line. I also think the whole idea of cutting taxes during a war is just suicidal treason. But that's what you voted for America so I guess America gets what it wants. I want to be Canadian.
Dec 15, 2010 at 4:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavol
What's wrong with John Boehner? Is he some kind of space alien imposter adjusting the color of his human costume to something more natural looking. I think I know what's wrong with that guy. I see a drunk with an alchoholism problem. And I'm not a poker player, but I think his crying all the time is what they call "a tell". I'm not sure what it's telling. Maybe he cries when he's forced to lie his ass off about something he'd rather not lie about.
Dec 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavol
I see little point in delaying the inevitable. Cut taxes to 0 and inflate to pay for everything the government wants and then some. In 3 years we'll have societal breakdown and a revolution and maybe we can start the cycle over with a few smaller independent states. Or we can go even more broke paying higher taxes for a few years and push off the breakdown for a bit.

Normally I like Jon Stewart but this was less perceptive than he can be.
Dec 15, 2010 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobin hood

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