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Why is Jon Stewart shocked to see that big government is awful?

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Jon Stewart speaks at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City.Credit: Getty Images for The Robin Hood

For a guy who routinely mocks conservatives for favoring small-government policies, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart certainly seemed shocked last night by the ineffectiveness of one of the most notoriously lousy big-government programs.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is just one of many examples of government bureaucracy bogged down in inefficiency and drowning in red tape. In a segment called "Red Tape Diaries," The Daily Show looks at the incompetence and ineptitude driving the VA into the ground and leaving our veterans out in the cold:

Yet despite the agency's mind-numbing failure, liberals like Stewart reliably more government intervention in other areas, including business and health care. Go figure.

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