I absolutely love Jon Stewart. I’ve said several times how I wish he was on a bigger platform than Comedy Central. Though I know Comedy Central is still a decent platform to be on, it’s often not exactly the “go-to” source for political discourse – and when it comes to Jon Stewart, I think it should be.
I’m sure many of you have heard about the fact that Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have provided education and health care benefits to our veterans. Some Republicans claimed it was because “it would add to our deficit” while others were insistent that any veterans package be saddled with new sanctions on Iran.
You know, because helping our veterans should come with strings attached, right?
Well, Jon Stewart ripped into Republicans for blocking these benefits. And rightfully so.
Stewart asked, “I guess my question is, why do these senators get to stay in office? Maybe if we frame their actions in ways that we know generate real outrage in America — by prioritizing sanctions on Iran over the health and safety of our existing veterans, I think these senators may have just tweeted out a picture of their enormous b*lls. Now can we kick them out?”
He also slammed their hypocrisy about “spending” as it relates to our veterans considering Republicans sure didn’t seem to mind sending our troops off to war.
“So the VA is wasteful, often, and ineffective. This is true, and adds to the debt for this bill. But apparently those were things that these senators didn’t worry about in 2008, when they voted to continue funding the Iraq war despite the Pentagon being unable to account for a missing $15 billion worth of sh*t that we bought.”
Stewart hit the nail on the head about everything.
The fact that these Senators would try to tie in new Iran sanctions with veterans’ benefits, or dare to say that “we can’t afford” to help those we sent off to war, is absolutely reprehensible.
How these senators can sit there and say they support our troops, while blocking an extension to veterans’ benefits, shows what absolute hypocrites they are.
And it also shows exactly where the Republican party sits as it relates to helping our veterans.
It’s okay to send them off to war – but they’ll only vote to help those veterans as long as it’s “cost effective” or new Iran sanctions are attached to the bill.
Yup, sounds like those “good, wholesome” Republican values to me.