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  • Tweet Untweet: Let's Hope Romney Has a Safety Net


    Tags: Mitt Romney, Poverty, Primaries, Tweet Untweet, Twitter
  • The Daily Show on Mitt Romney's Big Win in Florida

    I think we all learned something very valuable on Tuesday. If a bunch of elderly Jews, rollerblading gay dudes and crocodile-wrestling mulleteers can put aside their differences and settle for the tasteless inevitability of Mitt Romney, I think we all can.



    Coverage continues with Jason Jones and John Oliver  on the very rich and the very poor after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Florida, Jason Jones, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Poverty, Primaries, Republicans, The Daily Show, Video
  • Mitt Romney Should Concern Himself with Learning to Talk More Good

    Mitt Romney — the richest CEO-turned-presidential candidate to ever proudly declare that he likes "being able to fire people" — is already back at work diligently filling the Obama team's bag with easily-manipulatable quotes for their upcoming avalanche of campaign ads

    "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there," Romney told CNN. "If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."

    "The challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor," Romney responded, after repeating that he would fix any holes in the safety net. "And there’s no question it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor… My focus is on middle income Americans… we have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

    Okay, I think we all know what he's trying to say. But, come on! You just can't say stereotype-baiting shit like that when you're the third richest person ever to run for president. It's like being the governor of New Jersey and telling a female heckler to suck your dick. Or being a vehemently anti-gay candidate and proclaiming that your husband spent the day shopping for doggie sunglasses. It's just simply not done.

    Look, I can understand how a guy in Romney's position might find himself lulled into a false sense of security considering the crowd in which he's competing. But one day, many years from now, this Republican primary is going to end, and he's going to find himself campaigning against a person who is not a delusional megalomaniacal halfwit. And when that happens, he kind of has to start thinking about the words that come out of his mouth.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Mitt Romney, Poverty, Primaries, Republicans
  • House Republicans Solve Non-Existent Strip Club Problem

    Everyone knows that people on government assistance are just big welfare queens who go around having babies for fun and spending their taxpayer-funded income on gambling, booze and sex.

    Oh, wait. That's just a racist, classist myth perpetuated by conservatives to deny the working poor a minimum standard of living? Well, I guess nobody told GOP Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana

    A bill that GOP leaders are bringing to the House floor Wednesday would require states to prevent welfare recipients from accessing or spending their benefits at strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores.

    Republicans included the proposal in the payroll tax bill the House passed in December, and they are bringing it back up for a vote separately as part of a package of bills they want included in a final agreement extending the payroll tax cut and other measures through 2012.

    Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), the chief sponsor of the strip club loophole bill, said in an interview that the legislation was a response to press reports that recipients of benefits under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program were using state-issued debit cards containing the funds for gambling, alcohol and adult entertainment.

    Tax dollars shouldn't be going to strip clubs—that's what Republican donor money is for. As most politicians know, it's only acceptable for a poor single mother to be at a strip club if she's onstage in a thong.

    To be fair, most wealthy Republican congressmen know nothing about the lives of struggling families. When declaring that they spend all their money on blackjack and strippers, Rep. Boustany just based the assumption on his own life. Perhaps the leaders of the Republican National Committee saw a poor family at one of their famous "Eyes Wide Shut" fundraising parties.

    Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Economy, Gambling, House of Representatives, Louisiana, Poverty, Republicans, Sex, Taxes, Welfare
  • The Daily Show on Newt Gingrich and "Poor People"

    You know how Bill Clinton is often remembered as America's first black president? I'll bet you that Newt Gingrich will be remembered as America's first really really reeeeeaaaaalllllly white president.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.


    Tags: Jon Stewart, Larry Wilmore, Newt Gingrich, Poverty, Primaries, Republicans, Television, The Daily Show, Unemployment, Video