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On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on the legitimate scandal at the IRS, which involves the targeting of Tea Party groups, and explained how it gives conspiracy theorists a leg to stand on. After having a good laugh about how the IRS can just apologize for anything, Stewart went straight to the top: "Well, congratulations, President Barack Obama," he said. "Conspiracy theorists, who generally can survive in anaerobic environments, just had an algae bloom dropped on their f--king heads, thus removing the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver." 

Stewart went on to compare how the government works when it wants to be good and bad. It's not pretty. Turning back to Obama, he continued: "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," he said. "But when government wants to flex its more malevolent muscles, you're f--king Iron Man." 


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