Jon Stewart went after Republicans and their intransigence during the back and forth that is supposed to pass for negotiations over this so-called, self-inflicted "fiscal cliff" and I've got to say it was nice to see him leave the "both sides" false equivalencies out of the comedy routine this time around.
On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted that Republicans proposed a budget plan that was eerily familiar so-called fiscal cliff — the very thing their budget plan was supposed to avert.
The fiscal cliff would reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years through across-the-board spending cuts to domestic and defense programs. The budget proposed by Republicans would also cut approximately $1.2 trillion, but almost entirely from domestic spending.
“This has 1.2 trillion in cuts, but they’re saying, ‘Why don’t we just make the whole thing cuts to entitlements and domestic spending and not cut defense at all?” Stewart said. “Basically, they’re trying to entice the Democrats by saying, ‘I don’t want you to fall off this cliff, so why don’t you voluntarily jump off this steeper cliff? But don’t worry, your fall will be cushioned by lava.”
Stewart wrapped things up with this:
STEWART: You know what? Maybe it's just time to stop the back and forth of offers. It's pretty clear the Republicans aren't ever going to come to the table with anything even remotely reasonable, so I'll be the one to say it.
I know it will be disastrous. I know it will doom our economy for years to come, but let's just go over the f**king cliff. Fine! Let's just go. Just leave the negotiations and send us over the cliff, because you know why? At least for a few seconds, it will feel like we're flying.