Jon Stewart Brilliantly Destroys the Republican Party for Demonizing the Poor, Defending the Rich

stewart1Though I love Jon Stewart’s show on Comedy Central, sometimes I wish he had a bigger platform strictly devoted to politics.  His brilliant and honest take on so many issues is refreshing in a day and age of horrifically poor “journalism.”

Take his recent comments where he absolutely destroyed the Republican party for vilifying the poor while defending the rich.

Stewart said:

“The left thinks it’s unfair because of systemic disadvantages for the less affluent, and the right thinks it’s unfair because those advantages aren’t systemic enough.”

The poor continue to struggle, the rich continue to flourish.  Yet if you listen to Republicans, they act like it’s the other way around.

He then went on to play numerous clips of popular conservatives demonizing the poor by perpetuating what he said is the Republican attempt to paint the poor as people who would rather “suck on the teat of the state” than get a job and support themselves.

Which of course is the typical ignorant stereotype conservatives perpetuate about poor people — that they’re all a bunch of moochers who don’t want to work, they just want a free government handout.  That may be true for a very small minority of people who rely on government assistance, but the majority of the people on these programs would much rather have jobs which pay them enough to support their families without any help from the government.

But the best part came when Stewart masterfully called out right-wing propaganda:

“If it’s a policy that benefits the rich, then it doesn’t have to be paid for, should last forever and is good for America.  But if it benefits the poor, we can’t afford it, should end it as soon as possible and it will destroy our nation from within.  Because if you give money to people who don’t have it, it corrupts them.  But when you give it to people who are already rich, they have a money immunity built up already. Handouts don’t hurt them.  Money is the root of all evil for people who don’t have any.”

And he’s 100 percent accurate.  If it’s a tax break, tax cut or any other program that benefits the rich — it’s essential for the American economy and our very way of life.

But if it’s something that helps the poor, then it’s a threat that might just tear this entire country apart and an attack on American values.

Hell, just look how Republicans behaved during the “fiscal cliff” standoff where many Republicans would have rather seen taxes go up on 100 percent of Americans just to try to protect the tax breaks for the very richest among us.

Yet they had absolutely no problem allowing millions of poor Americans to receive less government assistance to buy food for their families right before the holidays when they allowed an extension on those benefits to expire.  Not only did they allow this extension to expire, they then proposed $39 billion more in cuts to the SNAP program.

Now they’re fighting a hike in the minimum wage and an extension on unemployment benefits millions of Americans depend on to take care of their family.

Oh but I’m sure if President Obama and Democrats came out tomorrow and said they wanted a 10% tax cut for the richest Americans, Republicans would fall over themselves to pass that.  Well, if President Obama supported it — maybe not.  They’d probably pass it, but say it wasn’t enough.

It’s just clear with every move the GOP makes, their entire political ideology is built around helping the rich at the expense of the poor.

After all, that’s exactly what the scam known as trickle-down economics basically does.  It tells millions of poor people that they can become rich by giving rich people more money.

And that’s exactly what the entire Republican economic ideology is built upon.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Michael Siever

    Does anybody else find it a tad ironic that the mainstream political party in the United States with the word “public” in its name wants to privatize everything because they are in bed with the private sector?

  • Sandy Greer

    I can’t recall reading a better assessment of the GOP stance.

  • Pat

    “Greed” is a perpetual thing, and the rich among us are the greediest of the greedy. So sad that these wealthy individuals cannot get their priorities straight, in spite of their so-called “Christian values”. Good luck with that when you are standing before God.

    • Jim Bean

      None of these people are Christians. Proof-positive lies in the fact they fear no final judgment. No, on the contrary, they are all atheists despite what they may claim as are all the rapists, murderers, pedophiles, etc.

      • Drudger

        Oh please I know dozens of atheists and by and large they are more moral than folks like you. Go eat your frozen dinner, Matlock is on.

  • Bob

    We saw what the poor did with extra windfall money from Katrina. $1,500 purses for errrr body!!!!!

    • Allyson Harris

      what? Get real “Bob”.

      • Jack Clifford

        I don’t have to guess that you are NOT from the gulf Coast…

      • Allyson Harris

        Nope, I’m not. Are you really saying that the people who received “compensation” from Katrina all went out and bought $1,500 purses? Or….what the heck ARE you trying to say?

      • Jack Clifford

        actually…the comment was directed at Bob…my apologies….I went through Katrina…my wife and I lost everything, and like many…we got SOME help, but 1500- purses…most were more concerned with necessities. yes…there were some bad apples. But if
        you were from here, you’d know that many were also arrested, sued, and made to pay back fraudulent claims, etc.

    • BilbySA

      Are you for real? What a narrow, insular little world you must live in to think that the poor shouldn’t be allowed to have money because they don’t know how to spend it, based, no doubt, on what Fox News reported. There was a similar reaction from conservative/wealthy people here in Australia when the govt gave out one-off family payments as part of its stimulus package back in 2008. The intention was for people who normally couldn’t afford to shop for more than the basics to go out and shop for things they normally couldn’t afford.

      Most paid bills. This caused outrage from the right, because paying bills wouldn’t help stimulate the economy. But many people bought new fridges, washing machines, new clothes/shoes for the whole family, etc. Then the right-wingers b*tched about the money being “wasted on new fridges for the undeserving”!!

      It must be such an unpleasant existence to feel constant rage and hatred towards the poor because you’re judging an entire demographic by what Fox News said about a few individuals.

      Try going out into the real world a bit, Bob. Most poor people are just hard-working, underpaid people struggling to keep a roof over their families’ heads. To mock them is one of the lowest things you could do.

  • Jim Bean

    Perhaps its simply a matter of the issue being too complex for Liberals to grasp and I’m wondering if this analogy might help: Nearly all states, including the blue states, offer all sorts of tax breaks to entice the greedy, evil, corporations (the ones the Left despises), to locate their facilities in their states. In other words, the Left understands the merits of the Republican Party’s approach to promoting economic growth but they seem unable to recognize that what they think needs to happen and what the Pubs say needs to happen (to promote economic growth) are the same thing.

    • Michael P. Reidling

      We are experiencing economic growth right now, and have been ever since we got rid of Bush and elected Obama, but the poor and middle class aren’t seeing any of this growth, It’s all going to the Ceos and board of directors members of the greedy corporations. Republicans picture people receiving unemployment benefits or welfare as lazy couch potatoes. That’s because none of their friends or family have ever had to depend on government programs to survive and feed their kids. The rich have no idea what it is like to be out of work or financially broke. These money grubbers will never be satisfied no matter how many millions they have. A republican’s worst nightmare is that they would be taxed to help their fellow citizens who are less fortunate. I feel so sorry for the poor, poor, overtaxed rich people!

      • Keith

        What is so ironic to me is that some of the wealthy kids, who have lived off of Mom and Dad forever, are some of the laziest individuals you would ever want to meet. I know this to be fact because two of my sons went to college with a number of them, (flunk-outs, druggies, alcoholics,etc). No, I am not saying this is true of ALL wealthy kids, before someone gets on my case here.

      • Jim Bean

        Only 2% of those voting Republican are among the 1%. And I despise the selfishness of greedy as much as you or anyone else. I just don’t agree that the Lefts solution (tax the wealth away from them) is going to help. I think it will just make them do more offshoring and sheltering. You’re asking atheists to abide by the golden rule.

      • Jim Beam (not Bean)

        Oh it will help alright. Check out what the tax rate was for the wealthiest individuals in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, when the Country was doing very well. It was double plus what it is now. The wealthy know it will help and that’s why they are so against it, because they are so in love with all their money and don’t want it used to help our country. Even though they have used this country, and it’s people and government to help them get wealthy. You cannot say all of them are atheists, but many of them are sinfully greedy, that’s for sure.

      • Jim Bean

        In the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s, the USA was the only game in town for investors wanting to grow their wealth. Now, with the high corporate tax rates, the clamor for even higher tax rates, and smothering regulations, the USA has become the least attractive game in town. I don’t know what the solution is but I know its something that hasn’t been tried before and that its not found in a 50 year old playbook.

      • Pat

        You seem to be forgetting that there are plenty of wealthy Democrats who will also have to pay higher taxes, and if they make up the Left, I guess they are OK with it then.

      • Jim Bean

        I suspect that they are only “OK” with it because they are as confident they find away around them (additional taxes) as anyone else. The mechanics are in place to pay more taxes than you owe if you want to and none of them do it so I guess that tells you how fervently they support it.

      • Pat

        Most of the middle-class, (and we are far, far the majority), support tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, and Obama wants it also, but the wealthy politicians in the Congress, and Senate are against it, because of their greed, and the greed of the wealthy donors who give to their campaigns. The middle-class need a voice, and the way our political system is today, they don’t have anyone in majority on their side. So unfair, and so frustrating to say the least. Term limits and campaign finance reform is the only way to change things.

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t know any other way to say it. If you attempt to confiscate it (their wealth) they’re going to hide it/invest it in other countries, and you’ll get even less of it. Not saying I like it. Just saying I’m not to stubborn to acknowledge it.

      • Pat

        Not too stubborn huh? You seem to be quite stubborn indeed, Mr. Bean, with all your persistent comments trying to dispute everyone else you consider a Liberal!!! I understood exactly what you said, and you can say it all you want, but I still think we need to raise taxes on the wealthy anyway, and let those crooks who try to hide their money illegally do what they may. Many of them Dems, Repubs, etc. will tow the line and will pay it and that will lead to more money that is badly needed! Not enough to erase all of our debt, but it will be a good start. The middle class has not seen their income improve in the last 10 years, and the wealthy have just gotten richer and richer during that time, and now it’s time to pay the piper!!! Maybe you are wealthy and you are one of those who will hide your wealth since you seem so persistent about knowing what the wealthy are going to do!!!

      • Jim Bean

        You wrote: “we need to raise taxes on the wealthy anyway, and let those crooks who try to hide their money illegally do what they may.” Embodied in your declaration lies the reason why I take issue with liberals and why they summarily dismiss any idea I offer. They NEVER care whether their outcomes are bad, just as long as they can argue that their intentions were righteous. (And I know it makes no difference, but there is nothing ‘illegal’ about people not bringing money they made overseas back in to the USA so you can tax it. You wouldn’t do it either.)

      • Pat

        I really seem to have touched a nerve with you on the subject of more taxes! Hmmmmm, that’s a very typical sore spot for most of the conservatives I know. My thoughts about you are that you are just another self-righteous conservative who really only cares about yourself. You really aren’t interested in helping anyone else, or standing up for anyone else. Not the poor, the middle class, the elderly, etc., JUST YOURSELF. I don’t think the idea of increasing taxes on the wealthy would have a bad outcome, but maybe you do because you might have to pay more taxes, and maybe you should have to! I want my Country and my fellow Americans to do well, and that means not just a few do really, really well, like it is now. I want everyone to do well. I want the middle class to prosper, and when they do, (it has been proven already), everyone does well, and there isn’t such a huge amount of income inequality, WHICH SUCKS!!! The middle class are able to help the poor and give more to charities and such when they are doing well. They don’t ask to be filthy rich, they just want to be able to make ends meet, and have a little left for a vacation, help the kids a little with college, and buy a new car when they need one. Is that asking too much????? No, it’s not, and I would be willing to bet that most of middle class America agrees with me and NOT YOU. Most of the people I know would define you as an asshole, and I would have to agree!

      • Guest

        Your right. I’m wrong. You win. Either I agree with you unconditionally or I’m an advocate for your enemy. There’s nothing in between in the alternate universe of the Left.

    • Keith

      Why do you obviously hate Liberals so much, Jim? Were you dumped by some hippie girl in your younger days?

      • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

        Bwahaaaaahaaaa! Lub it! 😀

    • Erika Frensley

      And one of those problems with those sweetheart deals is that the companies max out the tax breaks and then leave for other tax breaks from other localities. Tax breaks given to corporations should be offset by the taxes and jobs that the corporations bring into the communities, but that doesn’t happen. This is not promoting economic growth in a locality – it’s basic economic exploitation of that locality, which then bears the cost for the expansion and the increased resources necessary for the corporation with no benefits in the long run. Maybe the situation is a bit more complex than you understand it to be?

      • Jim Bean

        I’ve seen it happen repeatedly in my own neighborhood, (their coming and going) and if you check, you’ll see I wasn’t advocating it – merely making an observation.

  • UndeclaredVoter

    What I don’t understand is why everyone uses the term “Raise taxes on the rich” when all we would actually be doing is taxing them at the same rate the poor get taxed. It is removing all the loopholes and tax CUTS for the rich that would even the scale and fix the American economy.