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  • Aired:  06/26/14
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Republicans eagerly pursue opportunities to send U.S. troops abroad to fight terrorism but fail to adopt protective policies at home. (7:49)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILYSHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, OH, WE LOVE,WE LOVE THIS WOMAN,

MELISSA McCARTHY IS GOING TO BEJOINING US TONIGHT.

WE'RE SO PLEASED ABOUT THAT.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]BUT FIRST, IT'S A FUNNY STORY,

REMEMBER THAT TIME WEINVADED IRAQ TO REMOVE THE

THREAT OF THE WORLD'S MOSTDANGEROUS PEOPLE USING THE

WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPONSAND IT TURNED OUT THE THREAT

WASN'T THERE? WELL, GOODNEWS, THE THREAT'S THERE NOW.

[LAUGHTER]IN SOME MEASURE DUE TO THE

DESTABILIZING EFFECT OF OURINTERVENTION.

AND, YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT THEPEOPLE WHO HYPED THE ORIGINAL

PLAN WOULD LIKE TO DO NOW.

>> WE MUST GRAPPLE WITH HOW BESTTO HELP IRAQ MEET THIS THREAT.

>> IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIALTHAT WE STOP ISIS FROM GAINING

THIS FOOTHOLD IN IRAQ.

>> WE NEED AIR POWER IMMEDIATELYTO STOP THE ADVANCE.

>> WE HAVE TO ACT.

WE MUST ACT.

>> Jon: WE MUST.

[LAUGHTER]ACT.

WELL, IF WE DO, I THINK YOU'REGOING TO NEED ACTING LESSONS.

LOOK. BUT I DO LOOK FORWARD TOYOU AND YOUR FRIENDS STARRING IN

A NEW PLAY CALLED "A STREETCARNAMED WE'RE ALWAYS WRONG."

[LAUGHTER]

ALL RIGHT. LISTEN UP.

HERE'S HOW WE DO IT -- BY THEWAY, IRAQ ISN'T THE ONLY PLACE

THAT THESE GUYS WANT THE PLAY TOOPEN.

>> I SUPPORT PUTTING PEOPLE INAFRICA.

THAT'S WHERE THIS WAR IS HEADED.

>> CHAD HAS BEEN SCREAMING FORHELP FROM THE UNITED STATES.

>> IN LIBYA WE CAN HAVE AINFLUENCE.

>> HELPING THE RESISTANCE INSYRIA.

>> WHATEVER THE KURDS NEED WESHOULD PROVIDE THEM.

>> HELP ARM THE UKRAINIANPEOPLE.

>> Jon: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTEFOR AMERICAN MILITARY

ASSISTANCE.

IN FACT, IN A BLIND WEAPONSTEST, NINE OUT OF TEN CLIENT

STATES PREFER WEAPONS FROM THEUNITED STATES TO THOSE FROM I

CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT AMERICA.

YES, THERE IS APPARENTLY NOCOUNTRY REPUBLICANS WILL NOT PUT

UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THEUNITED STATES.

EXCEPT ONE.

>> SENATE REPUBLICANS TODAYDEFEATED A $60 BILLION PLAN FOR

INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS.

>> SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCKING ABILL THAT WOULD RENEW EXPIRED

TAX BREAKS.

>> BLOCKED A $21 BILLIONVETERANS BILL.

>> BLOCKED AN INCREASE IN THEMINIMUM WAGE.

>> BLOCKED THE PAYCHECK FAIRNESSACT.

>> BLOCK UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

>> NO IS WHAT THE AMERICANPEOPLE WANT.

>> WE'RE THE PARTY OF HELL NO.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: WELL, I JUST WANT YOU

TO KNOW, THAT SOUNDS LIKE ATERRIBLE PARTY.

I MEAN, WITH WILL THERE BEDANCING AND PIZZA?

>> HELL NO.

>> Jon: OH! I GOT AN IDEA.

I GOT AN IDEA.

HOW ABOUT NOT MAKING IT HARDERFOR PEOPLE TO GET FOOD STAMPS.

>> HELL NO.

>> Jon: OKAY.

DO YOU DO ANYTHING BUT COMPLAINBITTERLY ANYMORE?

>> HELL NO.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: IF YOU'RE A DOODIE

HEAD, SAY "HELL NO."

>> HELL NO.[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: NOW, BUT SERIOUSLY, THEYMUST HAVE... THE REPUBLICANS

MUST HAVE GOOD REASONS FORBLOCKING EVERY DOMESTIC BILL

THAT COMES ACROSS THEIR DESKS.

>> WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.

WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE MONEY.

>> AMERICA'S GOING BROKE.

>> THE GOVERNMENT IS BROKE.

>> YOU CAN'T KEEP SPENDING MOREMONEY THAN YOU HAVE.

>> Jon: WE'RE SPENDING MONEYWILLY-NILLY.

AND DID YOU KNOW WE'RE SAVING UPTO GET A MORE PATRIOTIC

AMERICAN STATUE OF LIBERTY.

BA-BAM!

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE ALL KINDS OFREASONS WHY REPUBLICANS BELIEVE

DOMESTIC SPENDING IS FOLLY.

>> BIG GOVERNMENT DOESN'T WORK.

>> MASSIVE GOVERNMENT SPENDING,PARTICULARLY DEBT SPENDING, IS

NOT THE SOLUTION.

>> LAST THING WE WANT DO IS ADDTO THE DEBT AND DEFICIT.

>> THE NEGATIVE UNINTENDEDCONSEQUENCES OF OUR GOODINTENTIONS.

>> RAMPANT WASTE, FRAUD ANDABUSE.

>> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OURPROGRAMS ENCOURAGE WORK, NOT

DEPENDENCE.

>> OUR POLICY CANNOT BE TOSIMPLY RELEGATE MORE AND MORE OF

OUR CITIZENS TO DEPENDENCEON THE GOVERNMENT.

>> Jon: BY THE WAY, DOES OUT OFCONTROL GOVERNMENT SPENDING HAVE

THE SAME CORRUPTING EFFECT ONNON-AMERICANS.

>> AMERICA'S GOAL IN IRAQ WAS TOHELP THE IRAQI PEOPLE TO

BUILD A DEMOCRATIC NATION THATCAN GOVERN ITSELF.

>> CREATE REAL DEMOCRACY FORPEOPLE WHO WANT IT.

>> WE HELP AFGHANS BEGIN TOBUILD A NEW DEMOCRACY, BUILD

THEIR ECONOMY AND PROVIDE BASICSERVICE AND EXPAND HEALTH CARE

AS WELL AS OPEN UP SCHOOLS.

>> AND ALLOWING FOR FREEDOM TOSPREAD AROUND THE WORLD.

>> Jon: SO BASICALLY WHEN WEGIVE OTHER COUNTRIES GOVERNMENT

ASSISTANCE, THEY HANDLE ITGREAT.

BUT WHEN WE GET IT OURSELVES, WE[BLEEPED] IT ALL UP.

[LAUGHTER]WHY IS IT YOU DON'T SEEM TO CARE

ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES,WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE AND

CULTURE DEPENDENCY WHEN IT COMESTO THE UNLIMITED CHECKBOOK WE

HAVE FOR FOREIGNMILITARY ADVENTURES?

>> OF COURSE THE WAR HAS BEENCOSTLY, BUT WE'VE BEEN PROTECTED

FROM ATTACK HERE AT HOME.

>> Jon: BULL [BLEEPED].

PUTTING ASIDE THE QUESTIONABLECONTENTION THAT THE WARS IN IRAQ

AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE KEPT USSAFE HERE AT HOME, YOU DO KNOW

TERRORISM ISN'T THE ONLY THINGAMERICANS WOULD LIKE TO BE

PROTECTED FROM.

>> THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVILENGINEERS GIVES AMERICA'S

CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE AD-PLUS.

>> THE V.A. SAYS AT LEAST 23PEOPLE HAVE DIED WAITING FOR

CARE.

>> 50 MILLION AMERICANS LIVINGBELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY LINE.

>> TEMPERATURES COULD GO UP BY 9DEGREES THIS CENTURY, AND SEA

LEVELS COULD RISE AN EXTRA 10 TO21 INCHES.

>> 30 AMERICANS DIE FROM GUNVIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY EVERY

SINGLE DAY.

>> Jon: NONE OF IT ISTERRORISM, RIGHT?

BECAUSE THEN WE'D HAVE DOSOMETHING ABOUT IT.

IF THERE WAS ONE MAN WHOEMBODIED THE ETHOS OF THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THIS REGARD,I'D HAVE TO SAY, IT'S OUR OLD

FRIEND JEFF SESSIONS OF ALABAMA.NEVER MET A WAR APPROPRIATIONS

BILL HE DIDN'T LIKE. HAPPY TOSPEND THE MONEY OVERSEAS.

>> WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO OURTROOPS, AND THEY'RE PREPARED TO

PUT THEIR LIVES AT STAKE FOR US.

AND, I DON'T THINK THEY OUGHT TOBE THE SLIGHTEST SUGGESTION IN

ANY WAY THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TOHONOR THAT COMMITMENT.

>> WHO DO I MAKE THE CHECK OUTTO, SIR?

AND OF COURSE, HE'S NOT TOOWORRIED ABOUT HOW IT'S GOING TO

WORK OUT.

>> SO YOU HAVE FAITH THAT THECOST OF THIS WAR IN CASUALTIES

AND THE COST OF LIKE HALF ATRILLION DOLLARS OF RISKS IN

TERMS OF GETTING PEOPLE IN THEWORLD NOT LIKING WHAT WE'RE

DOING WHICH IS FAIRLY OBVIOUS ISALL WORTH IT BECAUSE IF WE DO

FAIL, THINGS FAIL, AND WE COMEHOME OR WE COME HOME AND AFTER

WE COME HOME, IT FAILS OVERTHERE, THEY GO BACK TO

SOME MILITARY COUP.

ISN'T THAT DANGER THAT WE CAN'TCHANGE THE COURSE OF A COUNTRY

IF WE'RE ONLY GOING TO BE THEREA LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME?

>> WELL, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT'SGOING TO HAPPEN.

>> Jon: OH, HE DOESN'T BELIEVEIT!

WHAT?

[LAUGHTER]UNLIMITED MONEY TO GO OVER

THERE.

I DON'T THINK ANYTHING BAD'SGOING TO HAPPEN.

WELL, HOW ABOUT SPENDING SOMEMONEY ON CLEANING UP THE MESS

YOU MADE HERE AT HOME FOR THEVETERANS.

>> WE NEED TO RESIST THETEMPTATION TO CREATE MORE

ENTITLEMENTS AND MOREENTITLEMENTS, WHICH IS ONE OF

THE REASONS THAT WE'RE HEADINGRECKLESSLY TO A FISCAL CRISIS.

BUT I DON'T THINK WE SHOULDCREATE A BLANK CHECK, AN

UNLIMITED ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMNOW.

>> Jon: GO [BLEEPED] YOURSELF.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M WORRIED.

I'M REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THEREPUBLICANS.

THEIR INABILITY TO WEANTHEMSELVES OFF OF MILITARY

INTERVENTION.

THEY HAVE A CULTURE OFDEFENDANCY, IF YOU, WILL AND I

BELIEVE IT'S TURNED THEM ALLINTO WARFARE QUEENS.

AND, I THINK WE NEED TO CUT THEMOFF FOR THEIR OWN GOOD.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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