Last week, we, the people, went to the polls and overwhelmingly voted to send a message loud and clear to Congress. "We don't like these assholes who've been running things for four years! We want those other assholes in charge!" So it is voted, so it is done. Now — to help us all get acquainted with some of the people who will be banging the gavels, calling the shots and shaping opinion into policy — let's think of this collection of The Daily Show clips as a sort of Getting to Know You exercise, shall we?
A Boner in the GOP
More clips after the jump.
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Tags: Eric Cantor, House of Representatives, Joe Barton, Joe Wilson, John Boehner, Jon Stewart, Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence, Republicans, The Daily Show, Video
On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart talked about the movement by Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. And while allowing the cuts to expire would cut our deficit by up to 30%, it's important to remember that taking money out of the pockets of the richest Americans could in turn have a detrimental effect on the things the wealthy buy most. Like solid-diamond guest-yachts, unicorn sex-slaves, and GOP Congresspeople.
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Tags: Deficit, Economy, Eric Cantor, Fareed Zakaria, George W. Bush, John Boehner, Jon Stewart, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Sarah Palin, Taxes, The Daily Show, Video
As we all know, spending billions of federal dollars is bad and terrible and wasteful, unless it's for a war. Luckily, the $106 billion emergency war funding bill that passed the House of Representatives last night has the words 'emergency' and 'war' right there in the title, and also, duh, funding is funding. Spending's just pork.
But here's the weird part. House Republicans — previously gung-ho-ish about war spending — voted en masse against this particular funding bill. Explain please?
Along with providing more than $82 billion in war-related funding, the bill includes $5 billion to secure $108 billion in loans to the IMF and $1 billion to pay for “cash for clunkers” vouchers to those who trade in their vehicles for more fuel- efficient models. It also would allow detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be transferred to the U.S. for trial. [...]
All but five of the 175 House Republicans who voted yesterday opposed the legislation, largely because of the IMF provision.
“Passing a $108 billion global bailout on the backs of our soldiers is just not right,” said Representative Mike Pence of Indiana, the chamber’s No. 3 Republican. “Emergency war funding bills should be about emergency war funding.”
One of those voting yes was Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who had earlier said that he opposed the war funding. "We are in the process of wrapping up the wars. The president needed our support. But the substance still sucks," Weiner said.
Yay! Everybody wins!
Tags: Anthony Weiner, House of Representatives, Mike Pence
Chris Matthews tries in vain to get Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) to make any kind of definitive statement on his own — and by extention, his party's — beliefs about, and commitment to, science and scientific education.
Starts at minute 6:27, but it really gets good at 8:05 when Matthews asks Pence if he believes in evolution…
You've really gotta admire a guy like Pence who can dance around a question for that long.
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, House of Representatives, Mike Pence, Religion, Republicans, Science & Technology, Stem Cells
It's bad enough that Barack Obama thinks Sarah Palin is a pig and seeks to "destroy her" and American women in general. But it gets worse: Research shows he was beaten to the punch by 13 of his Congressional colleagues!
Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, did a little digging into the Congressional Record and found 16 variations of the "lipstick on a pig" phrase have been uttered by 13 separate members of the 110th Congress. Behold the list of chauvinist, unpatriotic community organizers currently disgracing our government…
* Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) on the Peru free-trade agreement: "Same old model with a little lipstick."
* Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) on trade policy: "You know the old saying about lipstick on a pig? Well, I smell bacon."
* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) on withdrawal in Iraq: "Calling this surrender a 'withdrawal' or a 'redeployment' is like putting lipstick on a pig. No matter what you call it, it is still a pig."
* Rep. Lynn "Uppity" Westmoreland (R-Ga.) on energy policy: "The energy bills that were brought out this week was kind of like putting lipstick on a pig."
* Westmoreland, again on energy policy: "It's almost like putting lipstick on a pig. You can make it look good, but it's only going to be a pig."
* Westmoreland, yet again on energy policy: "So while we are passing these bills … it's been putting lipstick on a pig."
* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on an omnibus spending bill: "There has been lipstick placed on this pig, but it's still a pig."
* Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) on an ethics proposal: "They may have put lipstick on that pig, but it is still a pig."
* Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) on the president's veto of a children's health bill: "There's just no lipstick to pretty up this pig."
* Ortiz on language in a border-wall bill: "That puts a little lipstick on the pig."
* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Republican moves on carbon emissions: "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig."
* Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) on a children's health bill alternative: "We have a saying in Texas, if you put lipstick on a pig, it will still be a pig."
* Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.) on equal-pay legislation: "This amendment is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig."
* Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on wiretapping legislation: "It's very difficult to put lipstick on a pig."
* Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) on Medicare legislation: "… trying to put lipstick on this legislative pig."
* Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) on a college- cost bill: "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig."
Doesn't Obama have any ideas of his own? Is he so desperate for fresh sexist comments that he resorts to stealing them from Republican women like Virginia Foxx?
At the very least, he could have broadened the statement to include other members of the animal kingdom, like former UN Ambassador John Bolton, who stated…
"We want a butterfly. We're not going to put lipstick on a caterpillar and declare it a success."
Now that is an example of a non-sexist statement, and for two obvious reasons. One, here we're applying lipstick to a caterpillar instead of a pig. Two, Bolton is a Republican.
Tags: Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, David Dreier, House of Representatives, Howard McKeon, John Bolton, John Ensign, Linda Sanchez, Lynn Westmoreland, Mike Michaud, Mike Pence, Sarah Palin, Senate, Sheila Jackson, Virginia Foxx