|Hal Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee|
Sometimes Jon Stewart is simply indispensable.
Tonight was one of those classic examples.
First, Stewart runs a montage of Fox News bimbos saying the Sequester turned out to be a big nothing--proving we can cut government spending drastically and nobody notices because government does nothing important. There's an air head blond saying, "It turns out to be a 'No-questor," and grinning, very pleased with herself.
Then Stewart shows the irate reaction of the chairman of the House Appropriations committee, a Republican named Hal Rogers, who is grilling the head of the FAA about the furlough of air traffic controllers which has inconvenienced Congressmen trying to fly home to their districts. "Why didn't you tell us this would happen?" the Congressman demands.
So Stewart rolls a montage of Obama official after official warning of this very outcome, of news people warning about air traffic control trouble if the sequester is allowed to go forth. Then he plays the Congressman intoning how outrageous this is, nobody told him! Stewart observes he must be one of those people who complains nobody told him the gun would go off if he pulled that trigger.
Then Stewart shows Susan Collins speaking on the Senate floor, all giddy that Congress was able to pass a law which returned all the air traffic controllers to work. "See how we can work together. We can cross party lines to get things done!"
To which Stewart replies, "Oh, we should be so happy we have a Congress which having created a problem for the many, has been able to solve one small part of that problem for the few, namely themselves, when the problem affects them."
He then sends correspondents out to soup kitchens, cancer treatment centers which have had to close their door because of the sequester.
So there we have it--Congress as the ultimate example of the old adage: The worse thing for a bad product is good advertising.