On Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart opened the show by discussing the recent fines levied against big banks and lenders like JPMorgan.
Framing the segment as an attempt to prove that corporations really aren’t “people,” Stewart suggested that if you can identify places where corporations don’t suffer the same consequences for breaking the law as human beings do, then you can prove outright that they are not people. That’s where the fines against the banks came in.
“Let’s just say that you or I sold 700,000 bad mortgages,” Stewart supposed, “What would happen to us?”
Clips were then played showing the amounts of fines that banks are being forced to pay for their role in the economic meltdown of 2007 and 2008. When compared to their revenues, the sums are just ridiculously small. “Because in corporate America there is a simple credo that exists to cover up any wrongdoing,” the comedian joked as a clip of Don Draper from “Mad Men” then shouted, “That’s what the money is for!”
“It’s like the old saying goes, ‘Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the nominal fine.'”
Watch the full clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central.