On Wednesday night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart took on Obama's new budget plan for 2012, his proposed cuts and the budget cuts the GOP would rather have made. To him, neither party seems to have the right idea.
President Obama's new budget, which calls for $3.8 trillion in spending, might not seem like much of a budget. But as Obama said in a press briefing, he also plans to save $1.1 trillion over 10 years by getting rid of government owned properties no longer in use. Unfortunately, that also means cuts to programs that benefit working, middle class families like Pell grants and home heating oil subsidies.
Stewart wasn't much more pleased with what conservatives have proposed to balance the budget: cuts to PBS, NPR, and Planned Parenthood among other services. Stewart started noticing a trend:
"At least both sides agree, our only way out of this mess is to cut programs that affect people who vote for Democrats."
However, there was one Republican at whom Stewart took specific aim: Senator Jeff Sessions, who slammed Obama's $1.1 trillion savings plan as "insignificant" and said that it "doesn't put us on the right track." That would be an interesting argument if he hadn't said on Fox News just recently that the GOP's plan to save the same amount over the same time span is "the way to get the budget balanced."
Tired of relying on our two-party system to balance the budget the right way, Stewart finally went all "Charles Grodin in 'Dave' on your a**," and broke out the green visor and adding machine to see what he could do about it.