It’s amazing how feverishly Republicans oppose any kind of spending in this country to help our middle class or poor. Yet they’re typically the first ones to the podium calling for us to spend billions (or trillions) in another country, often for some kind of military operation.
How does the joke go? The United States should just declare war on itself, then Republicans will support spending money to help Americans.
Jon Stewart ripped into this Republican spending hypocrisy Thursday night, calling them “warfare queens” and telling Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions to “go f*ck yourself.”
He started off by showing numerous clips of various Republican members of Congress calling for, as he called it, “blank checks” to fight wars or aid other countries. Individuals like Marco Rubio, John McCain and Louie Gohmert imploring the United States “to act” against violence in places like Syria, Libya, Chad, Ukraine and of course Iraq.
Then he followed that with clips of news broadcasts listing different spending bills Republicans have blocked aimed at helping Americans, like jobs bills, veterans bills and tax credits. He then played several clips showing many of the same Republicans who’ve urged for us to spend billions in other countries, vehemently proclaiming the dire financial mess this country is in and that we cannot afford to spend money we don’t have.
Though he singled out perhaps the biggest hypocrite of the bunch, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Showing clips of the senator supporting bills that would send billions to other countries, followed by clips of him going on about how we can’t continue to write blank checks for entitlement programs here at home.
“Go f*ck yourself,” Stewart said following the Sessions clips.
He concluded the segment by hammering Republicans for the way they seem dependent on waging war.
“I’m really worried about the Republicans,” Stewart said. “Their inability to wean themselves off of military intervention. They have a culture of defendency, if you will. And I believe it’s turned them all into warfare queens. And I think we need to cut them off for their own good.”
And he’s exactly right.
Imagine what we could have done in this country if we invested all the money we spent in Iraq back here at home? Over $1 trillion spent helping Americans. But, no. Instead we spent it on a war based on lies, invading a country that wasn’t a threat and over a decade later we’re still having to deal with the mess created in Iraq thanks to the incompetence of the previous administration.
Though I’m still not sure exactly what we should do in Iraq, I do know one thing – we sure as hell shouldn’t listen to the opinions of those who got damn near everything wrong over a decade ago and in the years since.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: