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Rush Limbaugh: America's Biggest Welfare Recipient

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The OxyMoron, Rush Limbaugh, is always bitching and moaning about welfare recipients, slamming any working person who gets any kind of assistance from the government.

Limbaugh's hysterical screeds about the evils of "welfare" seem to get more extreme with each passing year. On Sept. 1, 2005, Rush even blamed "the welfare and entitlement thinking of government" for the humanitarian disaster that hit New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

But note that Rush only has a problem with poor people who get welfare. Exempt from his criticism are the rich, the politically-connected, and the corporations, who really collect most of the welfare in this country.

Our country's military war profiteers get vastly more welfare than all America's poor people combined. How many billions of dollars in closed, no-bid contracts did Halliburton alone receive in the Iraq War? And they're merely one of the pig-like, greedy corporations with their snouts at the trough of the bloated, wasteful Military Industrial Complex.

Of course, Rush also exempts himself from his screeds about welfare. After all, the Pig-Man gets loads of welfare himself. Indeed, Limbaugh's entire business is dependent on totally free usage of the public airwaves that WE THE PEOPLE own collectively.

Rush and his backers don't pay a penny for using OUR property. The airwaves we own are every bit as much a tangible asset as real estate or gold.

And Rush gets to use it to spread his disgusting hate speech for free.

And it's not like Rush's corporate backers are so broke that they couldn't afford to pay at least a small nominal fee to use our airwaves. (After all, these people just recently signed Rush up for a new contract that will pay him an eye-popping $400 million, on top of the tens of millions Limbaugh has already pocketed over the years).

If Rush's free ride on the public airwaves ain't welfare, then nothing is.

Of course, this isn't the first time in Rush's life that he's gotten a handout from the government. After all, in his 1996 book, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken noted that Rush once admitted on his radio show that he'd been receiving handouts from the government dole back when he was struggling in the 1980s. And now Rush has the gall to blast any and all government programs that offer a helping hand to working people.

Oh, and to all you wingnuts who constantly moan about poor people getting a "free ride" off the taxpayers: obviously, you've never been poor, yourselves. If you were, you'd know that America's skimpy, Scrooge-like social safety net hardly offers much of a helping hand to poor people. We're not living in Sweden, for Chrissakes. The vast majority of poor and working-class people in America get only scraps help from the government. Frankly, if you're poor in America, you're on your own these days.

The way I see it, Rush Limbaugh is literally and figuratively America's biggest welfare recipient.


The creator of the progressive site,, Marc McDonald is an award-winning journalist who worked for 15 years for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, before he quit his day job and set up shop (more...)

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Are you saying RL does not pay one penny in corpor... by Mad Jayhawk on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2009 at 11:52:46 AM
The author said RL pays nothing for the license to... by Gustav Wynn on Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 at 3:44:50 PM
Liberal/progessives crying and lying about Limbaug... by N B on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 1:50:40 AM
I see you hold the opinion welfare pay-outs to the... by Gustav Wynn on Saturday, Dec 5, 2009 at 4:25:31 PM
If it was "free" I would have my own radio station... by Gallaher on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 10:20:16 AM
Itis outrageousthat Limbaugh and his rightwing wan... by mary cale on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 2:30:06 PM
As usual people just don't get it. Rush Limbaugh i... by Starbuck on Thursday, Dec 3, 2009 at 9:37:00 PM
This supports my theory that the political Right a... by Perry Logan on Friday, Dec 4, 2009 at 6:05:19 AM
"--the historical and scientific evidence make it ... by Starbuck on Friday, Dec 4, 2009 at 11:59:02 AM
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