The Benefits of Poverty

Media Matters caught Rush Limbaugh saying something characteristically idiotic

Rush Limbaugh blamed “the left” and the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) for “the latest crisis” of “obesity among those who are impoverished,” adding that Americans “[d]idn’t teach them how to … slaughter a cow to get the butter; we gave them the butter.” Limbaugh also called the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” campaign “[o]ne of the biggest scams on the face of the earth” because its goal was to “get everybody thinking the United Nations is feeding poor people.”

According to the transcript provided by Media Matters, Limbaugh claimed

I think you might then say that the obesity crisis could be the fault of government, liberal government. Food stamps, all those — you know, I’m gonna tell you people a story. I — just, well, the government, you could say, is killing these people because we know obesity kills, and the government’s killing the poor. The Bush administration is killing the poor with too much food.

Yeah, this cannot be attributed to the simple fact that healthy foods are generally far more expensive than unhealthy foods, so it must be that the poor are getting too much food.

As everyone knows, if there is one thing the poor are always complaining about, it’s having way too much food.