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Gary Johnson visits The Daily Show

Last night, Gary Johnson, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico and current Libertarian Party nominee, stopped by The Daily Show to chat with Jon Stewart about his campaign, the differences — or lack thereof — between Democrats and Republicans, and the obstacles he faces in getting into the debate:

Jon Stewart knocks Bloomberg’s soda ban

Since annoucing his proposed soda ban, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has come under fire from all sides. They see this as taking the Nanny State too far, though most of us, looking at Bloomberg’s various crusades would that time came long ago.

But perhaps the most pointed and humorous criticism came from Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Stewart, who knocked Bloomberg for some other Nanny State pushes, said that the soda ban “combines the draconian overreach people love with the probable lack of results they expect.”

Here’s the video:

Jon Stewart on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

On Wednesday, Jon Stewart covered the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains language that would allow the federal government to detain American citizens indefinitely without formal charges or trial.

Listen carefully and call your members of Congress:

Hey Nancy, why didn’t Democrats pass a budget?

A frequent criticism of congressional Democrats from conservatives is that they didn’t pass a budget during their time in power. In fact, it has been over two years since Congress acted on one of its most basic functions. Keep in mind that Democrats held substantial margins in both chambers for two years, so there was really is no excuse to pass Continuing Resolution after Continuing Resolution.

Of course, if you listen to ex-Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, who discussed the subject with Jon Stewart on Wednesday, it’s all Republicans’ fault:

This is relevant because Republicans on the Super Committee have made some substantial concessions in a tax reform deal that would raise taxes, through closing loopholes, by $500 billion. This is a political risk for Republicans as it risk alienating their base, who is rightfully upset at the prospect of raising taxes. Many would no doubt agree that tax reform is a great idea, provided that the revenues are used to finance lower tax rates, not send more money to be wasted by bureaucrats and statists in Washington.

Jon Stewart on the Solyndra scandal

In case you haven’t heard about this, Solyndra was loaned more $500 million of taxpayers dollars as the White House deemed it to be the focal point of its green jobs initiatives. However, Solyandra, a politically-conntected company, wasn’t as advertised and it went belly up. Now the Obama Administration is dealing with the headache of a scandal.

Jon Stewart took a few minutes last week to poke fun at the Obama Administration’s incomptence over Solyndra:

Jon Stewarts pokes fun at Ed Shultz

Jon Stewart had a little fun with Ed Schultz, who recently took a truthful comment by Rick Perry about the national debt being a “big black cloud” over the nation as a racist dig at Barack Obama. Like the rest of us with a brain, Stewart can’t believe what he heard and hilarity ensues:

Jon Stewart on Osama bin Laden

Like most talk show hosts, Jon Stewart used Monday to express pleasure over the death of Osama bin Laden. He started his show discussing it, making his usual cracks, but he got serious. While admiting he couldn’t be rational about bin Laden’s death, he made some very good points about what it all means:

[Sunday] night was a good night; for me, and not just for New York or DC or America, but for human people. The face of the Arab world in America’s eyes for too long has been bin Laden; and now it is not. Now the face is only the young people in Egypt and Tunisia and all the Middle Eastern countries were freedom rises up. Al-Qaeda’s opportunity is gone.

Well said.

Here is video of the segment.

Jon Stewart on Obama’s tax plan

“What? ‘Spending reductions in the tax code’? The tax code isn’t where we spending, it’s where we collect. Oh, I guess what you said is ‘tax code.’ Code for raising taxes. You managed to talk about a tax hike as a spending reduction. Can we afford that and the royalty checks you’re gonna have to send to George Orwell. That’s the weirdest way…just say ‘tax hikes.’ That’s like saying, ‘I’m not going on a diet, I’m gonna as a calories to my excluded food intake.” - Jon Stewart

This has been sitting in my bookmarks for a few days, but I thought it would be good for a slow news day.

Last week after President Barack Obama gave his speech outlining generalities and the same tired rhetoric we’ve heard from him as far as reducing the budget deficit, Jon Stewart took some shots at part of his speech - specifically the part where Obama discusses dealing with “spending reductions in the tax code

Jon Stewart knocks Barack Obama over Libya

“So there is an exit strategy. We turned over the mission to NATO! Man, I feel bad for whoever the sucker is that’s the main driving force financially and weapon wise in that organization because those guys are…wait a minute! We’re NATO! That’s like Beyonce saying she’s seeding control to Sasha Fierce. We were gonna go with Garth Brooks and Chris Gaines until someone reminded me that I’m old.” - Jon Stewart

On The Daily Show a couple of days ago, Jon Stewart knocked Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya and his plans turnover control of the operations to NATO (the US is NATO):

Stephen Colbert breaks character to discuss Arizona shooting

“[W]e may never know what motivated this clearly unbalanced individual, but we do know that now is not the time to lay blame or politicize this tragedy.” - Stephen Colbert

Here is more sanity from Monday’s primetime shows on Comedy Central. I noted Jon Stewart’s reasoned approach to the tragedy yesterday, but I overlooked Stephen Colbert’s excellent comments at the opening of his show:

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