On Monday night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart continued to criticize the lame duck congress, particularly the GOP for blocking important legislation such as a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Dream Act. But the most important item, which Stewart has repeatedly covered and dubbed the "Least We Can Do/No Brainer Act" of 2010, is the 9/11 First Responders bill.
"Since when do Republicans make 9/11 first responders stand over in the corner with the gays and Mexicans?" Stewart wondered.
Not only is the bill, which provides health care for those who helped save lives on 9/11, not passed, but no Republicans appeared on TV to say why they voted against it. The only person to explain was Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi, who said fiscally it did not make sense and that the government had already spent $475,000 on 9/11-related health care.
Stewart didn't let that go easy, and produced a quote from Enzi approving of $15 billion being spent on Iraq to how selected his fiscal responsibility was.
"And by the way, Mike. Bad news!" Stewart said. "You know, all of our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are technically 9/11 responders."
With this, Stewart made a declaration. He banned all Republicans from using 9/11 as a political device, including as an excuse for the Bush era or a reason to go to war with other countries and oppose mosques in our own, until the 9/11 First Responders bill is passed.
Naturally, Stewart ended things on a light note with a patriotic tribute to the tune of the ubiquitous "I'm proud to be an American" song for all the 9/11 "non-responders" who opposed the bill, complete with appropriate montage.