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The February 20, 2013 episode of The Daily Show discusses stagnation in the Senate, ratification of the 13th amendment and the personal finance industry with Helaine Olen.
Jon Stewart began the episode talking about Lincoln’s presidency and the two lessons we learned: (1) to make a cabinet of rivals, (2) not to kill vampires with an axe, you need a shotgun in it. President Obama has asked Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be the new Secretary of Defense. Senator Lindsay Graham (R) has refused to vote on the appointment until the current secretary, Leon Panetta, testifies about Benghazi. Panetta testified buy Graham still refused to vote. He demanded that Obama account for what Obama was doing during the incident in Benghazi. Stewart seemed to believe that Senator John McCain would disagree with Graham and want to move the Senate agenda along. However, McCain agreed and the whole thing was rather hypocritical. In regards to the Iraq War, McCain had said that investigations should not get in the way of the running of the country. McCain also said recently that one of the reasons no one wants to vote is Hagel badmouthed former President George W. Bush and no one likes him. Stewart argued that these actions goes against the Republican party’s motto – Country First.
The second segment was about Mississippi ratifying the 13th amendment banning slavery. The segment began with Stewart saying that the United States is like a boy band. Each state has its own distinct personality and these reputations are hard to change. Mississippi’s reputation includes their bad history with race relations. Mississippi just ratified the 13th amendment and is the last state to do so. They tried to ratify it in 1995, but the paperwork failed to make it to the federal level.
The guest for this episode was Helaine Olen promoting her book, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. For those of you unsure, like me, of what the personal finance industry is, it is the shows that try to tell you how to invest your money. The point Olen was making is that people do not realize that these people are trying to sell you products. The products might be stocks, books, tapes or any number of other things. Throughout the interview, Stewart and Olen also discuss what it might take to make income enough again so that people do not feel the need to invest.
Overall the episode was enjoyable. Nothing really stuck out to me as particularly funny, but the segments and the interview was interesting.