Jon Stewart mocked the new Republican “Pledge to America” Thursday, saying it sounds exactly like their old ideas.
Republican lawmakers unveiled their new 21-page plan on Thursday.
The Pledge is “filled with familiar proposals to slash taxes and spending and cut down on government regulation, as well as repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and end his stimulus program,” reports the Associated Press.
With polls showing voters disenchanted with Obama, worried about the economy and mad at elected officials, the agenda also vows to change the way Congress works — requiring every bill to cite its constitutional authority, for example, and to be made public for three days before a vote.
“Putting spending, putting the policy of economic growth in place and cleaning up the way Congress works is not only a stark contrast to this president and this Congress,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. “It’s a contrast to the way we conducted ourselves a decade ago. We spent to much money. We lost our way.”
On the Daily Show, Stewart began by showing clips of Republican lawmakers claiming that the Republican Party was going to reinvent itself as a “party of new ideas.”
Two years later, with mid-term elections around the corner and “House Republicans poised with a real chance to win huge,” Stewart displayed the “fruits of their labor” in a series of clips showing Republicans explaining their new “Pledge.”
“Who are these fresh faced young guns and their bold new ideas – wait a minute – wait a minute, that’s the same (bleep) as before,” exclaimed Stewart. “I think your fresh new ideas sound slightly like – sorry did I say ‘slightly like’ – exactly like your old ideas.”
“I don’t even know what to say,” Stewart said after running clips from the 1990’s and 2000’s of Republicans saying exactly what the new pledge said. “Not even a sequel, it’s like a shot by shot remake. I thought the pledge was you were humbled and going to come back with fresh new ideas.”
“Two years ago – just to get this straight – two years ago America broke up with you because you badly mistreated her and so you disappear, do some soul searching, get your head together and you come back rapping on our door and you say, ‘Baby, I know you left me but if we get back together, I pledge to you, I promise you, I will still try to (bleep) your sister every chance I get. It’s who I am, baby. It’s who I am. Now make up your mind, because I’m not going to ask you twice.”
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Sept. 22, 2010.
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