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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Jon Stewart oddly unimpressed with ObamaSpeak on “spending reductions in tax code”

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - Via TaxProf Blog, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart manages to almost perfectly skewer Barack Obama’s rhetoric from his speech on Wednesday. First Stewart satirizes the anti-Ryan demagoguery with a depiction of seniors getting beaten to death with an Ayn Rand novel, and then he focuses on the new term we all learned this week — “spending reductions in the tax code.” 'What could that be', Stewart wonders for a moment, and then offers a couple of hilarious analogies in other areas of life. The final analogy is somewhat NSFW, and it’s funny enough that I left it off of the transcript below so that you’ll need to watch it through to the end:

Jon Stewart: "What? “Spending reductions in the tax code”? The tax code isn’t where we spend, it’s where we collect, and that…. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. 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 going to have to send to George Orwell? That’s the weirdest way of… just say “tax hike”! That’s like saying, “I’m not going on a diet, I’m going to add calories to my excluded food intake!”"


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