Jon Stewart On Obama’s Budget Speech

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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  1. Dave says:

    Leave it to Dodd and Jon Stewart to not understand the meaning of “tax expenditure.”

  2. Dave says:

    To follow-up, you guys have this flipped: There’s nothing Orwellian about Obama referring to the elimination of tax expenditures as cutting spending. The Orwellian move was by the folks who figured out how to increase government spending while calling it a “tax cut.”

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