Jon Stewart: IRS Abuses Almost Imply that Government Is Incompetent at Doing Good but Pretty Good at Doing Evil

May 20, 2013

Via Eternity Matters: Even liberal Jon Stewart finds it troubling that the federal government targeted Tea Party groups because of their political views (warning: language):

(You don’t have to be familiar with the Daily Show; it’s clear even just from this clip that Jon Stewart is plenty liberal.  He talks as if, apart from these scandals, it would be some kooky fringe crackpot theory to say that the federal government is too big, which it is.)

Hot Air’s Mary Katharine Ham sums it up well:

In which the host of “The Daily Show” expresses pretty much my entire political philosophy after suddenly realizing, hey, maybe there’s something to this whole skepticism of the federal government thing.

“This has, in one seismic moment, shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil behatted to the government. The VA claims backlog and the bounced checks and foreclosure [rude word] had already given government competence fetishists fits. And now this. In a few short weeks, you’ve managed to show that when the government wants to do good things, your managerial competence falls somewhere between David Brent and a cat chasing a laser pointer. But when government wants to flex its more malevolent muscles, YOU’RE [rude word] IRON MAN!!”

. . .

He’s no convert; he’s more bemoaning the blow the idea of government competence will take in the wake of this and other scandals, thereby preventing President Obama from making a good-government argument in the future. The thing is, though, it’s the government that’s dealing the blows. Skepticism of a giant federal government’s ability to deliver on promises and treat citizens fairly is not some paranoid preoccupation, but a pretty decent assessment of the facts on the ground and experience with said giant federal government.


Correction (May 23rd, 2013): Spelling of “Jon” fixed.

6 Responses to “Jon Stewart: IRS Abuses Almost Imply that Government Is Incompetent at Doing Good but Pretty Good at Doing Evil”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    The funny thing is that this entire scandal was perpetrated by a dozen or so incompetents in Cincinnati. From the looks of things, the federal government is actually understaffed.

  2. […] isn’t a partisan issue, if you like; many liberals (see, e.g., the hilarious Jon Stewart) and conservatives agree, the IRS shouldn’t be able to do to anyone what it has done to, say, […]

  3. The Youtube video has been taken down (copyright claim), but as of right now, the video is still up at Hot Air.

  4. […] “Jon Stewart: IRS Abuses Almost Imply that Government Is Incompetent at Doing Good but Pretty Good at…” […]

  5. […] full-length documentary about the IRS abuses, Unfair, will be showing on the big screen, possibly at a theater near you, possibly tomorrow only […]

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