Dennis Miller Tells Seth Meyers ‘America is Built on Busting Your A**’

[Warning: Vulgarity ahead.] Dennis Miller has a response for those liberals who think this country is full of people who can't better their lives with new jobs: America "is built on busting your a**." Late Night host Seth Meyers on Tuesday night hosted his fellow Saturday Night Live alum. The radio host and comic was promoting his new stand up act, “America 180.”

Meyers asked Dennis Miller to explain a little bit about the theme of  his “America 180" act. The comedian explained that he grew skeptical when he heard Nancy Pelosi use the term “job lock," the idea of someone being stuck in a job simply for the benefits. According to Pelosi, that isn’t fair. She thinks people should be able to "free themselves" from this problem.

The radio host told Meyers,

"this country is always built on busting your ass, and if we’re going to start talking about jobs and unemployment as freeing yourself from job lock, we’re going down the crapper.”

Meyers fought back, suggesting that "job lock" is a very real thing for many Americans. But Miller retorted with his signature truthful humor stating that,

“I don’t care how much healthcare you have if you’re sitting on your ass blowing spliffs, watching cartoons all day, we’re all screwed.”

It was a humorous spin on a real issue and it was refreshing to see in a late night TV line-up that’s usually full of celebrities praising Obama or themselves.

The relevant portion is transcribed below:

MEYERS: You.. this is called "America 180" and that's basically -- the theme of it seems to be --

DENNIS MILLER: Listen, when I hear one of the two major parties talk about job lock -- when I heard Pelosi. And by the way, why do I want to hand my healthcare over to woman who chose that plastic surgeon, by the way?

MEYERS: I don’t know if that’s fair.

MILLER: How would you like to go through life looking like you're perpetually witnessing the docking of the Hindenburg? [ Laughter ] So, anyway -- so, when I hear her talking about freeing yourself up from job lock, that's "America 180" to me. You know, this country is always built on busting your ass, and if we're going to start talking about jobs and unemployment as freeing yourself from "job lock," we're going down the crapper.

MEYERS: Isn't it the idea that if you can get health insurance otherwise -- you won't stay in a job if you can get health insurance in other places?

MILLER: All I know is this -- I don't care how much healthcare you have if you're sitting on your ass, blowing spliffs, watching cartoons all day we're all screwed. [ Laughter ]

MEYERS: Well, I think if that was a job, we'd all be great.

MILLER: Well, exactly. You know, some of these -- listen, I've just had it with politicians. That's one thing that'll happen as you get older. I used to make jokes about them, just like you're doing now. I've just had it with them on both sides of the aisle.
 

Jackie Seal
Jackie Seal is a 2014 summer intern with the MRC's News Analysis Division.