Cut Punters - The Sequestration Myth

  • Aired:  04/29/13
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Aasif Mandvi investigates media reports suggesting that the deleterious effects of the sequester have been largely overblown. (2:53)

PEANUTS."

( LAUGHTER )

MEANWHILE, DID YOU KNOW THAT THE

SEQUESTER WAS ALSO AFFECTING

NON-CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE'S

LIVES?

YEAH.

>> FLIGHT DELAYS ASIDE, PUNDITS

HAVE IT MADE IT CLEAR THE

SEQUESTER HAS BEEN A WHOLE LOT

OF NOCT.

>> THE SEQUESTER TURNED OUT TIE

A NO-QUESTER.

>> IT'S WAY OVERBLOWN.

>> NOTHING REALLY BAD HAS

HAPPENED.

>> BUT NOT EVERYONE HAS GOTTEN

THE MEMO.

>> THERE WILL BE NO HAPPY

ENDING.

>> MR. FROWNY PANTS JOEL BERG OF

THE NEW YORK CITY COALITION

AGAINST HUNGER.

>> THE WHOLE REASON THE

SEQUESTRATION HASN'T GOTTEN MORE

MEDIA COVERAGE IS BECAUSE IT'S

AFFECTING POOR PEOPLE MOST.

>> SO NOBODY'S REALLY BEEN

AFFECTED.

>> TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

HAVE ALREADY BEEN AFFECTED.

IT'S A SHAME ON THE NATION.

>> SOñr IT'SÑi ALL OVERBLOWN THEN.

>> ALREADY, THERE'S BYE-BYE A

$5.1 MILLION CUT NATIONWIDE IN

SOUP AND MONEY GOING TO SOUP

KITCHENS.

>> SOUP CCHES, COME OEVERYBODY

KNOWS --

>> THE SEQUESTER SAY JOKE.

>> IT'S SO FUNNY, EVEN THE SOUP

KITCHENS ARE LAWFLG.

>> WE SERVE 1,000 PEOPLE A DAY

OR MORE, CUT ALMOST $200,000

EVERY YEAR FOR THE NEXT FOUR

YEARS.

WE'VE HAD TO CUT BACK ON SOME

THINGS WE SERVE.

( LAUGHTER )

FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT'S THE ONLY

FOOD THEY'RE GOING TO RECEIVE

FOR 24 HOURS.

( LAUGHTER )

>> I GUESS ANOTHER WAY TO SAY

THAT IS--

>>IS.-

>> NO SOUP FOR YOU!

>> THIS IS A MANUFACTURING

CRISIS THAT-- THAT THE PRESIDENT

IS TRYING TO MAKE OUT.

>> JUST ASK DR. VERSAKA, OF

NORTH SHORE HEMATOLOGY, ONCOLOGY

ASSOCIATES.

>> THE SEQUESTER CUTS HAVE MADE

IT TOO COSTLY FOR US TO TREAT UP

TO 5,000 PATIENTS HERE IN THE

CLINIC.

>> SEE, THAT THAT'S FUNNY.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, THE BIG

PICTURE IS THIS WILL ACTUALLY

COST THE TAXPAYER AROUND $1.6

BILLION BY SHIFTING CARE.

>> IT'S NOT LIKE YOU'RE CURING

CANCER, RIGHT?

>> AS A MATTER OF FACT WE ARE.

>> RIGHT, SO THAT'S BAD THEN.

>> JUST WHEN THE SEQUESTER WAS

ABOUT TO GET ME DOWN, I FOUND AN

ACTUAL SUCCESS STORY IN THE

SOUTHERN OHIO PUBLIC DEFENDER'S

OFFICE.

>> WELL, I HAVEN'T HAD TO FIRE

ANY EMPLOYEES.

>> THAT'S TERRIFIC.

THAT'S A SUCCESS STORY.

>> JUST SELECTED MYSELF FOR

TERMINATION.

>> WHAT?

>> I FIRED MYSELF.

>> THAT'S STUPID!

>> IT'S THE ONLY OPTION I HAD

BECAUSE OF SEQUESTRATION.

>> AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH

THE FACT THAT THE GUY YOU FIRED

WAS ( BLEEP ) YOUR WIFE.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

HE GETS IT.

TO CELEBRATE, WE WENT TO REFçó

REVEREND CHAWMER'S SOUP KITCHEN,

THE ONE PLACE STEVE COULD NOW

AFFORD TO EAT, THANKS TO THE

SEQUE

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