Stewart on Tax Deal: Like Trying to Lose Weight With Bacon Diet
'Lower taxes and more spending' makes no sense
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2010 4:45 AM CST

(Newser) – When Jon Stewart heard that a tax cut deal had been struck, he wondered, "Which side won? Lower taxes and less spending, or higher taxes and more spending?" Not surprisingly, he was baffled to discover that "the winner is ... lower taxes and more spending! Wait, that wasn't an option," he said last night on the Daily Show. "That'd be like, Hey, you know how we'll all get in shape after New Year's? Laziness and bacon."

Correspondent John Oliver explained it to him: "This is classic, Reagan-era trickle-down economics. The rich are above us, and if we allow them to drink from the fountain of wealth long enough, wealth can't help but trickle down. Think of it as a golden stream, showering us in slightly used, oddly hot champagne."