Wisconsin Budget Protests

  • Aired:  02/22/11
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A Wisconsin protestor makes John Oliver wonder if it's possible to lose sympathy for such an objectively sympathetic cause. (4:12)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

JUST HOW BAD IS THE ONGOING

BUDGET SHOWDOWN IN WISCONSIN?

PART OF OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE

WE SENT JOHN OLIVER TO FIND OUT.

>> I'VE BEEN HEARING ALL WEEKEND

ABOUT WHAT THE SITUATION IN

WISCONSIN WAS LIKE.

>> IT'S LIKE CAIRO HAS MOVED TO

MADISON THESE DAYS.

>> AND NOW MADISON, WISCONSIN,

ALMOST LOOKS LIKE CAIRO.

>> THIS IS KIND OF LIKE YOU ARE

EGYPT.

>> BUT ONLY ONCE I TRAVELED TO

MADISON DID I REALIZE HOW TRUE

THAT ANALOGY WAS.

>> THERE ARE SIMILARITIES

BETWEEN HERE AND EGYPT IN BOTH

PLACES PEOPLE ARE STANDING UP

FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN,

THEY'RE STANDING UP AND SAYING

WE NEED TO BE HEARD.

>> I THINK BOTH PLACES AMERICA

HAS BEEN FUNDING THE MAN IN

POWER.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

THAT HAS BEEN THE CASE.

>> WE'VE BEEN HEARING THE RAGE

COMING OUT OF CAIRO FOR WEEKS.

>> WE NEED TO TELL PRESIDENT

MUBARAK YOU HAVE UGLY FACE!

>> Jon:

>> AND THESE MIDDLE WESTERNERS

WERE NO LESS PASSIONATE.

>> OH, GOSH, I DON'T THINK WE

NEED TO HAVE A RIOT.

WE'RE ALL PEACEFUL

>> WE'RE ALL HUMAN BEINGS.

WE'RE ALL LIKE EACH OTHER.

>> AS IN EGYPT, HERE THERE WAS

ALSO A SINISTER FORCE

THREATENING TO TAKE OVER THE

MOVEMENT.

>> I'M WITH THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS

ABSOLUTELY.

SUPPORT UNIONS, SUPPORT WORKING

MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS STATE AND

THIS COUNTRY.

>> HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A

MEMBER OF THE BROTHERHOOD?

>> 30 YEARS.

>> YOU KNOW, IF THAT'S QUITE A

FRIGHTENING GROUP FOR SOME

PEOPLE.

>> IT'S ONLY FRIGHTENING WHEN

YOU SEE THE NUMBERS.

>> PEOPLE GET A LITTLE FREAKED

OUT BY THIS MANY MUSLIMS IN ONE

PLACE.

>> MUSLIMS?

WE'RE NOT... WE'RE NOT... THERE

MAY BE MUSLIMS HERE, BUT I DON'T

THINK EVERYBODY HERE IS A MUSLIM

>> ONE THING WAS FOR CERTAIN,

THINGS WERE GUARANTEED TO TURN

UGLY.

AT WHAT POINT IS THIS GOING TO

GET OUT OF HAND.

>> I DON'T THINK IT WILL.

>> SOON?

>> NO.

>> RIGHT?

>> NO.

>> IT'S GOT TO BE SOON.

>> THE ATMOSPHERE HERE IS

STARTING TO TURN AND THIS MOB IS

GRADUALLY DETERIORATING.

STOP SMILING.

STOP SMILING.

THE FLASH POINT WAS A GOVERNOR

MERELY SUGGESTING HE WAS GOING

TO COMPLETELY ABOLISH THE

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT

TO HELP PAY FOR HIS ABSOLUTELY

VITAL 67 MILLION DOLLARS IN

CORPORATE TAX CUTS.

BUT IS IT NOT IMPORTANT IN THE

CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE TO TAX

THE TOP 2% OF PEOPLE EARNING $35

TO

$45,000 A YEAR?

>> WELL, COME ON, I MEAN, GEE,

YOU KNOW...

>> BUT IF YOU TAX THE TOP 2% OF

PEOPLE EARNING

$35,000 TO $45,000 THAT WILL

TRICKLE UP TO THE PEOPLE EARNING

OVER

$200,000 AND THEN IT MIGHT

TRICKLE BACK DOWN.

>> THAT'S BULL (BEEP).

>> THAT'S HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS.

OBVIOUSLY THESE PROTESTORS HAD

SERIOUS GRIEVANCES BUT NOTHING

LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO'D BEEN

LIVING UNDER OPPRESSIVE

DICTATORSHIPS, AND THEY KNEW

THAT, RIGHT?

IS WHAT HE'S DOING TYRANNICAL?

>> TYRANNICAL, NO.

>> EXACTLY.

EXACTLY.

EXACTLY.

>> TYRANNICAL NO.

>> EXACTLY.

>> NO IS THE ANSWER.

>> TYRANNICAL, NO.

>> A DICTATORSHIP, YES.

>> OH, FOR...

>> HE'S ABSOLUTELY BEHAVING IN A

DICTATORIAL WAY.

HE'S NOT ACTING LIKE HE LIVES IN

A DEMOCRACY.

>> SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS

LET'S UNDO THE DEMOCRATIC

PROCESS AND DO IT AGAIN UNTIL WE

GET IT RIGHT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> RIGHT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, ABSOLUTELY.

>> OKAY.

MAYBE IN THEIR PASSION FOR

PROTECTING TEACHERS SOME PEOPLE

GOT A LITTLE CARRIED AWAY.

BUT NO ONE WAS GOING TO BRING

OUT A SIGN WITH A SWASTIKA... OH

BOY.

WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT THESE

PEOPLE?

>> WE WOULD BE SUNK.

THE POPULATION WOULD BE

ILLITERATE, BACKWARD.

>> WE'D LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE

PEOPLE COULDN'T EVEN DRAW

SWASTIKAS THE RIGHT WAY AROUND.

>> YOU HAD TO DRAW IT MA WAY TO

MAKE THE L COME OUT.

>> RIGHT.

WOW.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOSE SYMPATHY

FOR SUCH AN OBJECTIVELY

SYMPATHETIC CAUSE?

>> NO.

>> NO?

EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE TRYING SO

HARD?

AFTER ALL THE INSPIRATIONAL

SITES I SAW HERE TODAY, ONE

THING IN PARTICULAR WILL REALLY

STICK WITH ME.

ONE OF THE THINGS I'D NEVER

THOUGHT I'D SEE HERE, 10,000

PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE IN

FEBRUARY IN WISCONSIN WHERE IT

IS...

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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