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Jon Stewart: Congress either a$$holes or five-year-olds

By Eric W. Dolan
Friday, July 27, 2012 0:00 EDT
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On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart called out “the assholes” in his newest segment, named “Jon Stewart Fingers Some Assholes Then Gives Them A Vigorous Tongue-Lashing.”

The first “assholery” that Stewart called out was former CEO of Citigroup Sanford Weill, who recently said the United States should split up investment banking from banking. But Stewart noted that under Weill’s leadership, Citigroup had lobbied aggressively against the Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking.

“The guy that reaped enormous riches by pulling the last Jenga piece out of what was holding up our economy now thinks we shouldn’t have done that,” Stewart said. “That’s OK. We can do that. Congress can always reinstate that kind of regulation — unless they’re a bunch of assholes. Get ready.”

Stewart explained that House Republicans have proposed allowing financial regulation, but only until the unemployment rate drops to 6 percent. Unfortunately for Republicans, in their legislation they mistakenly used the word “employment” instead of “unemployment.”

When House Republican’s sought unanimous consent to fix the typo, Democrats declined.

“Lets be clear what just happened,” Stewart said. “Republicans made a typo, they asked the Democrats if they wouldn’t mind if they went back to correct it, and the Democrats said, ‘Yeah, fuck that.’”

Watch video, via Mediaite, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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