Stewart points out: “Outraged, [Fox News' false-outrage-exploitation-engine] will storm the barricades to make sure these, maybe, 100 veterans get into the [WWII] Memorial while forgetting that it’s their allies asinine budget shenanigans that not only shut it in the first place, but also put Meals on Wheels at risk–a program that serves meals to over 500,000 veterans a year.”
After playing a montage of Republicans describing their love for “small government,” Stewart summarizes: “You hate the government. Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits YOU like are taken away.” Echoing a famous scene from Steve Martin’s The Jerk, he says, “I don’t need any government… except these memorials… and Social Security… and the paddle game.”
He continues, “And THEN, in the middle of your outrage and sadness over the government shutdown, well… you always wind up giving away the bullshit game.” Stewart cuts to a video of Michele Bachmann saying, “We’re really very energized today, we’re very strong. This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time.”
WashingtonPost – One of the last remaining veterans of World War II in Congress called Thursday afternoon for his colleagues to end the government shutdown, suggesting that members of the legislative body who have appeared at the World War II memorial this week are not doing enough to support those who served in the conflict. “If this Congress truly wishes to recognize the sacrifice and bravery of our World War II veterans and all who’ve come after, it will end this shutdown and reopen our government now,” John Dingell (D-Mich.) said in a joint statement issued with former Republican senator Bob Dole of Kansas, a combat-injured veteran of World War II.
What? Photo ops with WWII veterans in wheelchairs isn’t doing enough for veterans during the shutdown? That must be a mistake.