Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," is no fiscal conservative.
But even he was astounded to learn of all the special interest extras that have been crammed into the massive, $1.1 trillion government spending bill that the Senate passed Saturday night and President Barack Obama signed Tuesday night.
Some of those non-budgetary items: blocking the District of Columbia's legalization of marijuana, clarifying endangered species rules and a rule allowing schools to call white potatoes "fresh vegetables."
"The f***?" Stewart exploded. "If you write it in the budget now you can just make up words?"
Stewart also levied a questionable comparison, saying that because Senators had snuck in "toxic stuff" to the budget in the middle of the night when no one was watching for it, they'd created "the Bill Cosby of legislation" — a reference to Cosby's rape allegations that drew groans from Stewart's audience.
Stewart's biggest beef was with the reversal of Dodd-Frank financial rules, and while he popped off a few shots at Democrats, he returned to his usual form by the end of the segment, praising Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and portraying Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) as both a "mean girl" and a lizard.
Watch the clip below:
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