Grecian Burn

  • Aired:  06/22/11
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Young people and the elderly throw incendiary devices and yogurt to protest Greece's proposed austerity measures. (3:53)

[THEME SONG PLAYING]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, AUTHOR

MITCHELL ZUCKOFF, AUTHOR OF A

NEW BOOK ON AN HEROIC WORLD WAR

II RESCUE MISSION.

AS WITH LAST NIGHT'S SHOW, I

WILL ASK HIM TO PERFORM LIVE

SURGERY ON THE SHOW.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU SAW LAST

NIGHT.

CAMERON DIAZ SEWED UP ONE OF MY

HEMORRHOIDS.

DID YOU SEE IT?

YOU GUYS DON'T WATCH THE SHOW,

DO YOU?

[LAUGHTER]

WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH A

QUESTION.

YOU EVER BEEN JUST FED UP, TO

THE BREAKING POINT?

YOU THINK, YOU KNOW WHAT, ENOUGH

WITH THE RAT RACE, CHASING SOME

MATERIALISTIC DREAM.

I'M GOING TO CHUCK IT ALL, SELL

MY STUFF, MOVE TO A FISHING

VILLAGE, DRINK OUZO, EAT LAMB

ALL DAY AND CHARM TOURISTS WHILE

EXISTING ON A PENSIONER'S

STIPEND.

SOUNDS NICE.

AND IT IS.

[LAUGHTER]

NOW, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF AN

ENTIRE COUNTRY HAD THAT IDEA?

[LAUGHTER]

AT THE SAME TIME.

I PRESENT TO YOU GREECE 2011.

>> YOUNG PROTESTERS WERE JOINED

BY THE ELDERLY, BATTLING THROUGH

TEAR GAS AND HURDLING ANYTHING

FROM INCENDIARY DEVICES TO GREEK

YOGURT.

>> YOUNG PEOPLE.

YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ELDERLY

THROWING INCENDIARY DEVICES AND

YOGURT.

[LAUGHTER]

I WONDER WHO WAS THROWING THE

INCENDIARY DEVICES AND WHO WAS

THROWING THE YOGURT.

[LAUGHTER]

THOSE RIOTERS ARE UPSET ABOUT

PROPOSED AUSTERITY MEASURES THAT

WOULD END GREEK CITIZEN BENEFITS

SUCH AS SIX PAID VACATION WEEKS

A YEAR AND RETIREMENT WITH 80%

PAY AND BENEFITS AT AGE 53.

AND WORD IS THE RIOTING MAY

SPREAD.

WHEN PEOPLE FIND OUT GREEKS GET

TO RETIRE WITH 80% PAY AT 53.

[LAUGHTER]

HOW CAN GREECE AFFORD THIS?

FUNNY STORY.

>> WITH A POPULATION OF 11

MILLION, IT HAS A DEBT OF NEARLY

HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS.

>> Jon: WHAT THE [BLEEPED]!

GREECE $480 BILLION DEBT FOR 11

MILLION PEOPLE.

YOU IRRESPONSIBLE CHILDREN.

THAT IS LIKE...

[LAUGHTER]

$44,000 OF DEBT PER PERSON.

DON'T GIVE ME, THAT WELL, THE

UNITED STATES HAS DEBT, TOO.

YES, YES, WE DO HAVE A $14

TRILLION DEBT, BUT WE HAVE 307

MILLION PEOPLE, SO OURS WORKS

OUT TO... WHAT'S THAT?

OH, $45,000 PER PERSON.

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

BUT WE GET TO RETIRE NEVER.

[LAUGHTER]

HEY, GREECE, HOW ARE YOU GUYS SO

GOOD WITH MONEY?

NOW, YOU MAY BE WONDERING, ASIDE

FROM THE COMICAL MENTAL IMAGE OF

OLD GREEK PEOPLE THROWING YOGURT

AT THE POLICE, WHY SHOULD WE

CARE ABOUT THE GREEK ECONOMY?

>> IN THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO,

ECONOMISTS SAY THE GREEK DEBT

CRISIS COULD BECOME EUROPE'S

LEHMAN BROTHERS, A CATASTROPHIC

FAILURE THAT FREEZES THE CREDIT

MARKETS AND INFECTS THE U.S.

ECONOMY.

>> Jon: THE U.S. ECONOMY?

BUT THAT'S WHERE WE LIVE.

[LAUGHTER]

SOMEONE, QUICK, GET ME SOME

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