Must-see morning clip: America's Shame-O-Meter is off

Jon Stewart blasts the GOP for prioritizing Iran sanctions ahead of America's veterans

Prachi Gupta
March 6, 2014 6:45PM (UTC)

When the Internet had a stronger reaction to John Travolta's "Adele Dazeem" Oscars flub than the Senate's failure to pass a veterans benefits bill last week, Jon Stewart realized that something is off with America's sense of shame.

"The outcry disparity between the instantaneous Travolta name-flub-shaming and the relative lack of shaming aimed at Republican senators fucking over veterans, shows, I think, a real problem with our nation's Shame-O-Meter," said Stewart on Wednesday night's "Daily Show."


Republicans blocked the bill -- which would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans -- arguing that the $24 billion bill would break the budget. "But apparently those were things that these senators didn't worry about in 2008," Stewart reminded America, "when they voted to continue funding the Iraq war despite the Pentagon being unable to account for a missing $15 billion worth of shit that we bought."

Adding insult to injury, senators introduced an Iran sanctions amendment to the veterans bill.


According to Sen. Richard Burr, "it's the only way we can get this to the floor! It's because we're denied any other attempt to do it!"

"You're right, you're the victim here," Stewart mocked, pointing out the senator's hypocrisy. "You've been denied something that you need, by an impersonal government bureaucracy. How can anyone know the anguish that you must feel?"

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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