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The December 4, 2012 episode of The Daily Show focuses on the fiscal cliff, diversity in the Republican party and R.A. Dickey.
The episode begins with Jon Stewart continuing the segment on the fiscal cliff, “Cliffpocalysemegeddonacaust: Totally Solvable Budget Problem.” Stewart argues that this could be easily solved if congress could show the most basic maturity and competence. However, no one is really making an effort to talk about the compromise, but there are numbers on paper from both sides. Stewart puts up the graphic for The White House Budget Proposal, which has both tax hikes and spending cuts. The Republican response to this is extremely dismissive. They repeatedly say that they are disappointed or laughed at the proposal. The GOP offered a counter proposal, which consisted of no tax hikes, closing some loopholes in the tax code and spending cuts in domestic spending but none in military spending. Stewart says that the Republicans are being unreasonable and he just wants to go over the cliff. It will mess up the economy for a long time to come, but at least for a few moments it will feel like we are flying.
In the second segment, Stewart talks about how the Republicans lack diversity and this is why they lost the presidential election. He says that the only way to fix this is to create a real space for women and minority groups in the party. Stewart immediately shifts into the picture of the members appointed to be House Committee Chairmen. These are all white men. This has lead to a number of complaints, of course, and the Republican Party explained that all these members were chosen for a reason, such as seniority. None of the Republican women holding chairs have been in office more than a couple of years. They have also appointed a woman to be chair of the House Administration Committee. Stewart reads the job description and it sounds an awful lot like a housewife.
The guest for this episode is R.A. Dickey, a pitcher, promoting his book, Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, and a documentary about him, Knuckleball!. Dickey and Stewart talk about Dickey being traded and possibly having to move his family anywhere in the country. They also discuss the knuckleball and what that has meant for Dickey’s career. If you are a baseball fan you will probably love this interview. If you do not, you will probably be as bored during it as I was. It was very informative, but not necessarily a general interest topic.
The rest of the episode was definitely enjoyable, though.