On Monday night, Jon Stewart came back after a two-week hiatus and thoroughly slammed Mitt Romney, his record at Bain Capital, and his refusal to release more tax returns. It was a spectacular take-down that not only deserves to be read about, it deserves to be viewed by all.
Stewart got the show rolling by observing that Bain Capital shares it’s first name with the villain in The Dark Knight Rises movie and played audio of Romney saying that corporations are people over footage of Bane from the movie. Stewart thanked Jesus for blessing his show with Romney’s bad situation and then lit into Mitt and his business record, playing clips of Romney’s claim that he was running the 2002 Winter Olympics and had taken a leave of absence in 1999, and therefore was not to blame for any outsourcing during that time.
“One small problem with Romney’s explanation,” Stewart said.
“Between 1999 and 2002, Bain’s SEC filings stated that Romney was the Chief Executive Officer, President and Managing Director of the firm, and paid Romney at least $100,000 a year.”
Stewart played a clip of Romney giving an excuse blaming others, even though he was in charge.
“I was just the guy with the smoke screenish yet still legal title of CEO and Managing Director who was paid at least $100,000 a year to do what according to me, Mitt Romney, was nothing,” Stewart sarcastically responded. “And that’s the kind of common sense business experience I hope to bring to the White House.”
Stewart even mocked Romney advisor Ed Gillespie for claiming that Romney retroactively retired and therefore isn’t responsible for any outsourcing from 1999 onward.
“Wow,” Stewart said thankfully. “Retired retroactively. See in 2012 I realized the company I was legally CEO of in 1999 did things that would hurt my presidential run in the present so I retroactively wasn’t there…”
“This retroactive retirement is the worst use of a time machine I have ever seen,” Stewart declared.
Stewart then observed that since Romney doesn’t manage his firm nor his money, we can clear up this whole situation by seeing more of Romney’s tax returns.
“If you are a so-called job creator in the country, even if the jobs you create are in India or China, you are legally entitled to wonderful things like offshore tax havens…or $77,000 in business deductions for dressage horse competition expenses. Yeah $77,000 tax break to send your horse to the fucking prom. Here’s what Romney doesn’t get. Nobody cares that Mitt Romney is rich. It’s Romney’s inability to understand the institutional advantage that he gains from the government’s tax code largesse, that’s a little offensive to people, especially considering Romney’s view on anyone else who looks to the government for things like, I don’t know, food and medicine.”
At that point, Stewart reminded everyone about Romney telling the NAACP that if they want free stuff, they should vote for the other guy and that the private sector would be picking up the tab so it’s not really free.
To conclude, Stewart remarked, “And horse prom is black tie motherf*****s.”
But no one can really enjoy this segment of The Daily Show by merely reading about it, so here’s the video for your entertainment.
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