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Stephen Colbert comes to Congress

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This is not a joke. Stephen Colbert will be coming to Washington today, and it won't be to march to keep fear alive. Colbert will be in the nation's capital to testify before the House immigration subcommittee at a hearing titled "Protecting America's Harvest." He will be discussing his work with the United Farm Workers' "Take Our Jobs" campaign, in which the group counters claims that illegal immigrants take American jobs.

Congressmen should expect a show still. Colbert has said he will be testifying as his television character, the bombastic talk show host. Conservatives complained it was a huge waste of tax payers' dollars for Colbert to testify. On his show last night, Colbert promised to waste huge amounts of water and microphone power during his testimony.

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By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 9:01 AM ET
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Comments

What's the big deal? Barney Fwank is there every day impersonating Elmer Fudd.

Posted by: RickBooker | September 24, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Colbert should mind his own business. he is another progressive liberal with a ton of money who is disconnected from every day America.

He has no idea how tough it is becoming for the citizens of this country due to the invasion of illegals.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | September 24, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Colbert recognizes that no amount of data or statistical information convinces the right wing true believers that Americans will not harvest those crops so he thought perhaps if it were simplified in pictures they might get it. But for people who believe what Rush and Beck tell them facts are not relevant.

Posted by: withersb | September 24, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

PennyWisetheClown- You are delusional. Statements like your bring all this tea party nonsense in focus, you GOP mouthpiece. The whole point of the group Colbert is in congress to discuss is to prove that illegals are not endangering US jobs at all. No americans are up in arms because they can't get work as migrant farmers. No american is up in arms because he can't get steady work washing mall bathrooms. They do the work that we think we're too good for. American jobs, in manufacturing for example, are sent over-seas. Nike could employ flint michigan, but chinese kids are cheaper and there are no OSHA, NIOSH or EPA regulations that require Nike to keep them healthy, and the standard of living is so low, you can pay them pennies an hour.
You don't like Colbert because of what he's saying, and what he's saying is that you're an idiot.
I agree.

Posted by: oo7 | September 24, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

PennyWisetheClown- You are delusional. Statements like your bring all this tea party nonsense in focus, you GOP mouthpiece. The whole point of the group Colbert is in congress to discuss is to prove that illegals are not endangering US jobs at all. No Americans are up in arms because they can't get work as migrant farmers. No American is up in arms because he can't get steady work washing mall bathrooms. They do the work that we think we're too good for. American jobs, in manufacturing for example, are sent over-seas. Nike could employ flint Michigan, but chinese kids are cheaper and there are no OSHA, NIOSH or EPA regulations that require Nike to keep them healthy, and the standard of living is so low, you can pay them pennies an hour.
You don't like Colbert because of what he's saying, and what he's saying is that you're an idiot.
I agree.

Posted by: oo7 | September 24, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Apparently none of you have had any fast food lately. If your kid wants a summer job they better be here illegally.

Posted by: englundc | September 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

What's the big deal? John Boehner is there every day, impersonating Agent Orange.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | September 24, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad some people reading WaPo get it. For the rest of you guys, let me break this not so complicated issue down for you:

Colbert is at this committee because he actually took the United Farm Worker initiative and worked one day; something that the vast majority of us would be unwilling to do. We have no appreciation for the physical and emotional toll farm labor takes. These migrant workers/illegal immigrants are working these jobs because Americans don't want to. Americans don't want to accept awful wages and poor working conditions. I believe in immigration reform, but you guys truly don't get the situation (and listening to this testimony, neither does most of our govt) - these people wouldn't come here if there weren't jobs available and companies hiring them. Stop vilifying them and go after the big businesses that create these situations. Oh wait, you won't do that because that would go against your "Business is all good agenda."

Posted by: CTgirl3 | September 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

PennyWisetheClown should mind her own business. She is another regressive conservative shilling for the filthy-rich, who who is disconnected from every day America.

Sh has no idea how few Americans are willing to take these jobs. 1 MILLION acres of farmland were not even planted this year, because there aren't enough workers to work it. If Americans wanted these jobs, they could have them. Pull your head out of your butt and face reality. You just hate Mexicans. Bigotry IS the face of the Republican Party!

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | September 24, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Rickbooker, you are one funny dude - we should do some comedy together one day! Elmer fudd - OMG funny!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: perfectspeciman | September 25, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

I will comment once I read the official congressional transcript of Colbert's speech. Yahoo, you guys are as much a pretend reporting
vehicle as Colbert!

Yahoo, how dare you attempt to take Colbert's comments out of context - he is a harmless twit. But, yahoo you guys are a bunch of amateurs!!!!

Posted by: perfectspeciman | September 25, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Right... the best part of discussions on tv and internet are the talk of liberal elites. Two points regarding that, and one regarding the testimony:

Democracy is based on plurality, ie the more difference of opinion, the more functional a democracy.

Your posting on the internet is hilarious. 'Third World Countries' like India and China have internet access for people in the lowest income groups. Whereas America is lagging behind in Internet availability and pricing. Any who are complaining about liberal elites, are themselves merely slanderous and using those without their own outlet; IE the elites. Meaning to say, learn a more constructive way to criticize a person that disagrees with you other than slandering him/her for knowing 4 syllable words.

Lastly, in a time of economic hardship, which ever political spectrum your in or given any sense of humor, a comedian ought to be far more cherished than a thief.

Posted by: kanarie | September 25, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

As a Hispanic voter, I am disgusted by liberal Democrats who are using the illegal alien problem in the U.S. to pander to the extremist in their party.

What is next? A seance with Karl Marx?

Posted by: David1954 | September 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Fool. The purpose of Colbert and Rep. was to bring attention to the problem and the Bill. You are now aware so they succeeded and the JOKE IS ON YOU. Laugh. If you ape Fox you are excused as you didn’t bother to listen and couldn’t get the facts from your source, have a lot of baggage and no sense of humor.

Posted by: LMCyydP2 | September 27, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Fool. The purpose of Colbert and Rep. was to bring attention to the problem and the Bill. You are now aware so they succeeded and the JOKE IS ON YOU. Laugh. If you ape Fox you are excused as you didn’t bother to listen and couldn’t get the facts from your source, have a lot of baggage and no sense of humor.

Posted by: LMCyydP2 | September 27, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

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