Crisis in Dairyland - Revenge of the Curds

  • Aired:  02/21/11
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The Wisconsin protests against Scott Walker's plan to cut benefits and collective bargaining rights turns into the Bizarro Tea Party. (9:14)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILY

SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

OH, MAN!

DO I HAVE A TERRIBLE COLD.

WE DO HAVE A GREAT SHOW FOR

YOU TONIGHT.

FROM THE NEW SHOW OUR AMERICA

LISA LING WILL BE JOINING US.

PART OF OUR ALL NEW

ALLITERATION WEEK.

TOMORROW NIGHT TONY TUNE WILL

BE HERE.

TOMMY TUNE.

I DON'T KNOW IF MY EARS ARE

FOGGED OR IF THAT WAS GREETED

WITH COMPLETE AND TOTAL

SILENCE.

(LAUGHING)

AND MAY I SAY THIS.

YOU ARE CORRECT.

WE BEGIN' IN WISCONSIN WITH

OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF

(DRAMATIC MUSIC)

OH, NO.

OH, YES, OF COURSE.

THE POOR COWS JUST GOT MILK

ALL OVER THEM.

IN A FEW PLACES WAS THE TEA

PARTY'S SWEEP LAST NOVEMBER.

RUSS FEINGOLD WAS TOSSED FROM

THE SENATE.

OVERTURNED DEMOCRATIC

ASSEMBLYS AND FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN EIGHT YEARS ELECTED A

REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR SCOTT

WALKER.

>> SCHOOL DISTRICTS SPEND

MILLIONS MORE OF OUR TAX

DOLLARS THAN THEY NEED FOR

EMPLOYEE HEALTH CARE.

WE CAN SAVE $68 MILLION PER

YEAR JUST BY LETTING SCHOOLS

GET INTO THE STATE HEALTH

PLAN.

>> Jon: THAT RELAXED GUY ON

SOMEONE ELSE'S COUCH IS RIGHT.

SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WEISS CON

ONPEOPLE WERE PREPARED WHEN

THEIR NEWLY ELECTED GOVERNOR

TRIED TO INSTITUTE HIS COST-

SAVING PLAN AND WERE PREPARED

FOR THE... OH, WAIT.

I SEE NOW.

>> BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Jon: I UNDERSTAND.

GUYS!

HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO REVIS

IT THE BENEFIT PLANS OF

TEACHERS AND STATE WORKERS.

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

>> STATE WORKERS, A LOT OF

THEM TEACHERS, SERIOUS OVER...

FURIOUS OVER GOVERNOR'S PLAN

TO CUT THEIR BENEFITS AND

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS.

>> Jon: OH!

SO HE'S NOT ONLY CUTTING UNION

MEMBERS' BENEFITS.

HE ALSO WANTS THEM TO GIVE UP

THEIR ABILITY TO EVER ASK FOR

THEM AGAIN.

THAT KN BE RIGHT.

TAKE AWAY A UNION'S RIGHT TO

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

I BELIEVE THAT MAKES THEM JUST

A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WEARING

IDENTICAL T-SHIRTS.

CALL THEM THE GREEN BAY

PACKERS.

THEY KN PLAY FOOTBALL.

THEY'RE TELLING CRAIGSLIST NO

ADULT SERVICES.

IT REALLY DEFEATS THE PURPOSE.

I'M SURE THAT THAT IS NOT WHAT

THE PLEASANT CASUALLY DRESSED

MAN IN THE ADVERTISEMENT

MEANT.

>> FOR US THIS IS ABOUT

BALANCING THE BUDGET.

WE'VE GOT A $3.6 BILLION

BUDGET DEFICIT.

WE'RE BROKE.

JUST LIKE NEARLY EVERY OTHER

STATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE'RE

BROKE.

>> Jon: HE'S BROKE.

THE GUY IS WALKING AROUND WITH

NOTHING.

WELL, AS OF YET WALKER HASN'T

PROPOSED ANY OTHER SPECIFIC

CUTS TO THE BUDGET.

HE'S GOING TO DO IT TOMORROW.

AND HE'S EVEN PASSED A PLAN TO

FURTHER REDUCE REDUCE TAX

REVENUES FOR THE STATE AND TAX

BREAKS.

HE'S NOT LOOKING TO STRIP THE

UNION OF ITS POWER.

JUST LOOKING FOR SAVINGS.

>> THE DEAL WOULD BE THAT THE

UNIONS AGREE ON THE MONEY

ISSUES BUT THEY KEEP THEIR

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS.

GOVERNOR, ARE YOU WILLING TO

DO THAT?

>> WELL, NO.

>> Jon: SO TO CLOSE THE $3.6

BILLION BUDGET GAP THE UNION

MUST DIE.

LESS OF A FISCAL SACRIFICE

MORE OF A RITUAL SACRIFICE TO

APIECE THE GODS OF DEFICIT.

WELL, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, THE

REMAINING 14 STATE SENATE

DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO HAVE A

FIELD DAY WITH THIS DUDE.

>> IN AN EFFORT TO POSTPONE

THE VOTE, 14 DEMOCRATIC

SENATORS FLED THE STATE.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHEN THEY SAY

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE

TOUGH GET GOING.

I DON'T THINK THAT'S MEANT TO

BE TAKEN LITERALLY.

OH, HONEY, PACK YOUR BAGS.

THE GOING IS GETTING TOUGH.

THE PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN MAKE

THEIR CASE DIRECTLY.

THE ELEGANCE OF DIRECT

DEMOCRACY IN ITS PUREST FORM.

>> YOU TALK ABOUT COMING TO

THE TABLE.

THE GOVERNOR COME TO GO THE

TABLE.

DO YOU THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT

TACTIC FOR THE DEMOCRATIC

SENATORS?

>> UNITED WE STAND.

UNITED WE STAND.

UNITED WE STAND.

UNITED WE STAND.

UNITED WE STAND.

>> Jon: I'M SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

I'M BEING TOLD THAT WE HAVE A

SATELLITE DELAY TO THE '60s.

I'M SORRY.

THEY GOT ALL CHANTY ON HER.

ALL RIGHT.

A GOVERNOR ELECTED BY THE

PEOPLE TO CUT COSTS FIRST

ATTEMPT AT DOING SO COMES AT

THE EXPENSE OF THOSE THAT ARE

IN HIS EMPLOYEN RAGING THEM.

I BELIEVE THIS IS A RECIPE FOR

THE WORST CHRISTMAS PARTY

EVER.

BUT, B, THERE'S SOMETHING

FAMILIAR TO THE DYNAMICS OF

THIS POLITICAL BACK-AND-FORTH.

>> IS MADISON WISCONSIN,

CONGRESSMAN, THE TUNISIA OF

AMERICAN POLITICS NOW?

>> THERE IS A UNBELIEVABLE

PARALLEL TO PEOPLE IN THE

STREETS OF CAIRO AND THE

PEOPLE IN MADISON WISCONSIN.

>> THE THOUSANDS OF

DEMONSTRATORS ARE CLEARLY

INSPIRED BY THE PRO DEMOCRACY

PROTESTORS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

>> Jon: THEY'RE NOT THE SAME

IN ANY (BEEP) WAY, SHAPE, OR

FORM AT ALL.

AT ALL.

NOT AT ALL.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THIS IS THE SAME AS PEOPLE IN

THE MIDDLE EAST OVERTHROWING

YEARS OF DICTATORSHIP OR IS

THAT JUST THE LAST STORY YOU

SAW ON THE NEWS?

YOU KNOW, THE PROTESTS IN

WISCONSIN REMIND ME OF THE

STRUGGLES OF ACTOR CHARLIE

SHEEN.

BRAVELY FIGHTING HIS ADDICTION

WHICH IN THIS ANALOGY MAKES

GOVERNOR WALKER CRACK.

WAIT, NO.

LOOK, IF I MAY, THERE ARE A

FEW SMALL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

THIS AND CAIRO.

THE EGYPTIAN PROTESTORS RISK

BEING SHOT.

THE WISCONSIN PROTESTORS RISK

BEING CAUGHT IN A DRUM CIRCLE.

AS FOR PROTESTORS' CHA THAT

WALKER'S IS A TYRANT.

I REMIND YOU HE WAS ELECTED

WITH 54% OF THE VOTE.

TYRANTS WITH IN THE HIGH 90s.

REPORTERS WERE BRUTALLY

BEATEN.

I'M SURE YOU CAN COME UP WITH

A MORE APPROPRIATE COMPARISON.

>> MANY OTHER STATES

ULTIMATELY MAY NOT HAVE THE

SAME BALANCE SHEET AS

WISCONSIN BUT I THINK

ULTIMATELY COLLECT TIFF

BARGAINING FROM A FEDERAL

LEVEL THESE ARE BIG ISSUES.

THESE COSTS NEED TO BE PUT

UNDER CONTROL.

IF THE COUNTRY IS EVER

ATTACKED LIKE IT WAS ON 9/11,

WE ALL RESPOND WITH A SENSE OF

URGENCY.

WHAT'S GOING ON ON BALLANCE

SHEETS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

IS THE SAME TYPE OF ATTACK.

>> Jon: THANK... WAIT!

THAT'S INSANE.

COLLECTIVE PAR GAINING AND

UNIONS ARE THEN AL QAEDA FOR

BALANCE SHEETS?

WHAT DOES THAT MAKE WALL

STREET?

BY THE WAY YOU WORK FOR C-NBC

AND SINCE YOUR NETWORK HELPED

PROMOTE THAT DISASTER I GUESS

YOU'RE AL JAZEERA.

WELL, THE BUDGET CRISIS IS NOT

CAIRO.

IT'S NOT GROUND ZERO.

WHAT IS IT?

>> TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE

VITRIOL AND THE VIOLENT

RHETORIC BEING SPEWED BY THESE

LEFT WING UNIONS AT THESE

RALLIES.

PEOPLE LOOKING TO CREATE

CHAOS.

ON THE BACKS OF THE WORKER.

>> THESE UNION THUGS HAVE

TAKEN OVER THE CAPITAL.

THEY CERTAINLY HAVE A LOT

OF....

>> THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN

YOU DISAGREE WITH THE LEFT

WING IN AMERICA.

>> Jon: FIRST OF ALL CHUTZPA?

THAT'S GIVING ME A LOT OF...

WAIT A SECOND, FOX.

I THOUGHT YOU GUYS LOVED

PROTESTS AND THE AMERICANS TO

TAKE TO THE STREETS.

REMEMBER THE TEA PARTY.

>> THESE ARE ORDINARY DECENT

HARD WORKING AMERICANS.

>> THEY'RE SINGING GOD BLESS

AMERICA.

>> THESE ARE AVERAGE EVERYDAY

PEOPLE.

>> GOD FEARING FREEDOM LOVING

PATRIOTS.

>> Jon: WHAT HAPPENED?

BUT IF MY THEORIES ARE CORRECT,

IF MY ANALOGY IS TO WORK, THEN

THERE MUST BE ANOTHER NEWS

NETWORK THAT HATES THE TEA

PARTY PROTESTS BUT LOVES THE

WISCONSIN UNION PROTESTS.

>> TEA PARTY WHACKOS ARE DEAD

SET ON REREPEALING THE HEALTH

CARE LAW.

>> THESE ARE REAL AMERICAN

PEOPLE WHO WANT A FUTURE AND

FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING

DEPRIVED OF IT.

>> Jon: THEY'RE REAL PEOPLE

BUT THE OTHER PEOPLE WERE

WHACKOS.

DON'T YOU GET WHAT'S HAPPENING

HERE?

THE UNION WISCONSIN PROTEST IS

THE BIZARRE-O TEA PARTY.

YES!

YOU'VE ALL SEEN THAT EPISODE

OF SUPERMAN.

BUT, WAIT.

IF THIS IS CORRECT, TEA

PARTYERS WEAR TRI-CORNERED

HATS.

WHAT WOULD THE OPPOSITE OF

THAT BE?

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