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Jon Stewart about being schooled by Fox News about welfare recipients “But, let’s take you at your word.  Perhaps you are merely a watchdog for the American people.  And, like most watchdogs, you do occasionally bark at burglars but mostly just the dishwasher and shadows.  For instance, what is the waste, fraud and abuse of the food stamp program?”

Reporter “More than 3 billion dollars has been lost to trafficking, fraud, and overpayments each year.”

Stewart “Well, you know what, that ain’t nothing.  That’s a lot.  And, I imagine you would agree with me that 3 billion dollars is a lot of money.”

Fox host (talking to a guest) “You and I know numbers.  You know numbers and I assume you know I know numbers.”

Stewart “Fine, so knowing numbers and hating waste and fraud, as you do, when Democrats were looking to raise a trillion dollars in revenue, in part by ending the very wasteful 4 billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies that go to already profitable oil companies, you said what?”

Fox host “the tax breaks, or credits or loopholes that we give to oil companies amount to about 4 billion dollars a year.  They’re a pittance compared to what they’re looking for.”

Stewart “Oooh, 4 billion is a pittance.  A pittance for the refrigerator set.  So, what I have learned today from my ‘teacher’ is that 3 billion dollars of taxpayer money is greater than 4 billion dollars in taxpayer money.  I think we’re done here.”–a-waste-odyssey

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Bill Maher “Now, when it comes to raising the minimum wage, conservatives always say it’s a non-starter because it cuts into profits.  Well yea, of course, paying workers is one of those unfortunate expenses of running a business.  You know, like taxes, or making a product.  If you want to get rich with a tax free enterprise that sells nothing, start a church.

You might think that paying people enough to live is so self-evident that even crazy people could understand it, but you would be wrong.  Michele Bachmann is not only against raising the minimum wage, she’s against having one at all.  She once said ‘if we took away the minimum wage…we could virtually wipe out unemployment..because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.’  Put that in your brain and smoke it.  You could hire everyone if you didn’t have to pay them.  And naturally, Ted Cruz agrees.  Ted Cruz thinks it’s a good thing, that when his Cuban father came to America, he was paid 50 cents an hour to work as a dish washer…

When did the American dream become this pathway to indentured servitude?  This economic death spiral where workers get paid next to nothing, so they can only afford to buy next to nothing, so businesses are forced to sell cheaper and cheaper stuff.  Walmart employees can only afford to shop at Walmart.  McDonald’s workers can only afford to eat at McDonald’s and Hooters waitresses have to wear shirts have to wear shirts they grew out of years ago.

And, look, even if you’re not moved by the, don’t be such a heartless prick, argument, consider the fact that most fast-food workers, who’s average age, by the way, now is 29 we’re not talking about kids, are on some form of public assistance, which is not surprising.  When even working people can’t make enough to live, they take money from the government in the form of food stamps, school lunches, housing assistance, daycare.  This is the welfare that conservatives hate, but they never stop to think if we raised the minimum wage and forced McDonald’s and Walmart to pay their employees enough to eat, we the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pick up the slack.  This is the question the right has to answer, do you want smaller government with less handouts or do you want a low minimum wage, because you cannot have both.  If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to.  And, I for one, am getting a little tired of helping highly profitable companies pay their workers.”