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Jon Stewart Mocks the 'Utter Insanity' of the GOP's Gov't Shutdown: VIDEO


Jon Stewart brings the Republicans down peg by peg over their ransom-holding shutdown of the government, eventually getting to the absurd talking point trotted out this week that Obama will negotiate with Iranians but not Republicans.

Says Stewart:

"You’re not helping yourself. If it turns out that President Barack Obama can made a deal with the most intransigent, hardline, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not with Republicans, maybe he’s not the problem!"


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  1. If you are one of the millions who have lost their job, had their hours cut, been reduced from full time to part time with severance of benefits or received an insurance premium bill three times what you were paying prior to October 1st, this government impasse resulting in a shutdown is anything but insanity. It makes perfect sense. There is a lunatic in the White House acting in concert with the insanity of the Democratic party. Stay tuned.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 1, 2013 10:52:14 AM

  2. lol@ROBERT

    Posted by: MikeKV | Oct 1, 2013 10:58:51 AM

  3. Blow it out your ass Robert.

    Posted by: Androjai | Oct 1, 2013 11:01:20 AM

  4. Blow it out your ass Robert.

    Posted by: Androjai | Oct 1, 2013 11:01:20 AM

  5. Someone get this tea-bagging troll out of here.

    Posted by: Chaz | Oct 1, 2013 11:03:49 AM

  6. Robert - you're right, a single payer system would have been a better choice. However, the Democrats had to fight tooth and nail to get this program (which is basically the Republican plan from the nineties which was implemented in Massachusetts) Single payer would not have gotten through... consequently supporting the idiots who are now shutting the government down basically because an idea that their party put on the table is like shooting yourself in the foot. The Tea Party is not going to put restrictions on how much insurance companies can charge. They will not force employers to insurance employees regardless of hours. They will not bring in a single payer system that covers all Americans - even though we already spend more per capita than countries who have single payer.

    Posted by: Marshall | Oct 1, 2013 11:05:37 AM

  7. Wow, shut down piece #13.

    You mad??

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 1, 2013 11:05:45 AM

  8. if you're one of the millions who have never been able to afford insurance and now can, the gop's pandering to the tea party is despicable. if you're one of the millions whose premiums because of subsidies have been reduced by 30 t0 90 percent, obamacare is a godsend. now all we need to do is take the next step and go to single payer like the rest of the civilized world. the percent of gdp spent on health care would fall dramatically as the insurance industry could now longer grow fat off of people's health.

    Posted by: candide001 | Oct 1, 2013 11:07:39 AM

  9. Premiums reduced 30 to 90 percent? Oh LOL.
    Lemme guess: you aren't in charge of paying premiums.

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 1, 2013 11:11:05 AM

  10. @Robert - I'm curious: at what point does the President have any say AT ALL with what Congress does? Was the President forcing Republicans in the House of Representatives to keep pushing an extremist agenda that he was also saying that he would veto? Was the President forcing the Senate to reject the House's nonsense?

    How can this be the President's fault? Please, explain it to me.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Oct 1, 2013 11:11:09 AM

  11. It's the Presidents fault because he's black.

    Posted by: tea leaves | Oct 1, 2013 11:35:55 AM

  12. Compromises were given when the ACA was passed originally.
    You don't get a twofer. Or a threefer. Or a CONSTANT demand for kickbacks to do your job of paying the bills.

    The babying of bellyaching Republicans scared of Koch has got to stop. The GOP can stop it themselves or we'll stop it in the next election.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Oct 1, 2013 11:37:47 AM

  13. Jon Stewart is brilliant!

    Posted by: Howard | Oct 1, 2013 11:38:16 AM

  14. You got it Tea Leaves!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 1, 2013 11:39:21 AM

  15. I pity you poor Americans that have politicians holding your health and well being at ransom. I had a devastating cancer last year that probably cost close to $200 000 to treat.Here in Canada all I lost was a small amount in wages per month while I was off work, no medical bills to worry about, NONE. And that investment has me back working full time paying taxes again for the next 20-30 years. Repuglicans have got so many of your populace snowed into believing they are working for the individuals interest. bull-hockey!

    Posted by: 604Brian | Oct 1, 2013 12:19:52 PM

  16. I appreciate Stewart's taking the time to mock Republicans, but it is actually redundant. Republicans have now become the "self-mocking party" all on their own. FAIL!

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Oct 1, 2013 12:38:06 PM

  17. While you may be one paycheck away from disaster thanks to the Republicans looting the Treasure and destroying the global economy while war-profiteering, the Koch brothers have so much money, they can afford to pay professional trolls to appear on comment forums everywhere.

    But they don't want you to get insurance to cover your pre-existing condition.

    Maybe the Koch brothers shouldn't get want they want just because they're evil billionaires with inherited wealth and you're not.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 1, 2013 12:42:51 PM

  18. Oncemore — if your saying that Robert is a troll, he certainly isn't very professional.

    This is all so… unbelievably sophomoric, a comedy writer could not have done better. That said, Mr. Stewart has done a fine job of explaining the situation. Too bad the confederates, tea-baggers, scum-hogs and other assorted low life don't watch him. They might actually learn something.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 1, 2013 1:59:31 PM

  19. The rhetoric on this issue is off the charts, largely because of political grandstanding over Obamacare. However, past shutdowns have been big yawnfests and i don't expect anything new this time.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 1, 2013 6:53:05 PM

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