Though 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.
“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.