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RUSH LIMBAUGH HAITI COMMENTS…facts, video, transcripts

Posted by FactReal on January 15, 2010

Rush Limbaugh said Americans help Haiti (via taxes, churches) as a response to Democrats already blaming the U.S. for the Haitian plight.
Rush said donating to Haiti via cell phone will be easy.

Why did Rush Limbaugh say that?
Rush was suspicious of why Obama wanted donations via his White House website.
Many people ignore the U.S. sends millions in foreign aid to Haiti and other countries (Census)

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

OBAMA WANTS DONATIONS VIA WHITEHOUSE WEBSITE:
Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here at home, I would encourage those Americans who want to support the urgent humanitarian efforts to go to WhiteHouse.gov where you can learn how to contribute. We’ll be resolute in our response, and I pledge to the people of Haiti that you will have a friend and partner in the United States of America today and going forward. May God bless the people of Haiti and those working on their behalf.

SUMMARY: WHAT DID RUSH LIMBAUGH SAY? (transcript )
1. A caller questions why Obama wants people to donate via the White House website, instead via the Red Cross.
2. Rush Limbaugh is also suspicious of why Obama wants donations via the White House.
3. Rush says Americans help Haiti (via taxes, churches) as a response to Democrats already blaming the U.S. for the Haitian plight:

Summary of what Rush said:
– Caller Justin asks Rush: “…why did Obama…[say] to donate some money, you can go to WhiteHouse.gov…If I want to donate money to the Red Cross, why do I need to go to the WhiteHouse.gov page”
– Rush asks: “Would you trust that the money is going to go to Haiti?”
– Rush continues: “Would you trust that your name is going to end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes.”
[Rush refers to the White House unsolicited email scandal pushing for Obama’s policies]
– Rush: “Besides, we’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the US income tax.”
– The caller mentions missionaries go to help Haiti.
– Rush: “That’s another point, too. Churches”
– Caller summarizes their points: “No government money, Rush.”
– Rush explains the reality in Haiti and responds to Democrats: “Look, there are people that do charitable work every day in Haiti. It’s not as though — like [Democrat] Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it’s our fault. Reverend Wright, it’s our fault, there’s no excuse for such poverty when there’s a nation as rich as we are so close. There are people that have been trying to save Haiti just as we’re trying to save Africa. You just can’t keep throwing money at it because the dictatorships there just take it all. They don’t spread it around, and even if they did they’re not creating a permanent system where people can provide for themselves. It’s a simple matter of self-reliance. Nobody takes that approach down there because this has always been a country run by dictators and incompetent ones at that.

4. Rush concludes by reading the Whitehouse.gov guide to donate to Haiti and affirms that donating via cell phone is easy:

Rush: “Now, that’s pretty easy, text Haiti and you’re gonna get billed for ten bucks and that money ostensibly is going to go to Haiti.”

CONTEXT OF WHAT RUSH LIMBAUGH SAID (transcript )
– Rush starts by pointing out that Obama responded faster to the Haiti crisis than to the Christmas terrorist attack:
“…it took [Obama] three days to respond to the Christmas Day Fruit of Kaboom Bomber, three days…He comes out here in less than 24 hours to speak about Haiti.”

– Since Obama has been going around the world apologizing and blaming America for almost everything, Rush teased with “…I wonder did he apologize for America before acknowledging we are the only people on earth that can possibly help ’em out down there in any significant way?”

– Rush reminds people how the U.S. leads in donations and foreign aid: “We are the most charitable and the most generous people on the face of the earth. Each and every time a natural disaster like this happens, we step up. We are there.”

– Rush describes how poor Haiti is: “[Haiti] is a devastatingly poor place and nothing has ever changed. And right across a mountain ridge in the middle you’ve got the Dominican Republic, which is like night and day. It’s like night and day. And what’s the one common factor?

That place, Haiti, has been run by dictators and communists, and how long is it going to be before we hear Obama and the left in this country say that what we really need to do is reinstate the communist Aristide to the leadership position down there to coordinate putting the country back together? The Haitian economy is entirely dependent on foreign aid. They produce nothing. Zilch, zero, nada. And it’s been that way for the longest time.”

– Rush knew a Democrat would blame the U.S. for Haiti’s situation:
“…[Democrat Wasserman Schultz] essentially says that Haiti and its current plight is our fault.”

– To prove Wasserman Schultz wrong, Rush provides history and facts of Haiti that have led it to be one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere: dictator Duvalier, secret police Tontons Macoutes, the communist Aristide, military coups, the Organization of American States and United Nations led trade boycotts to try to force Aristide’s return to power, etc.

– At the end, Rush reads the Whitehouse.gov guide to donate to Haiti and
says that donating via cell phone is easy:

Rush: “I had somebody go to WhiteHouse.gov to see what the donation process is. And this is all the guidance you get on donating to Haiti at the White House site. What I’m going to read to you is buried in a very long blog post about what Obama said about the earthquake. You get that first, you gotta read what Obama said, the maximum leader, you gotta read what he says and then you get to the bottom and here’s what it says. “You can also help, immediately, by donating to the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online here, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting Haiti. Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.” So that’s all the guidance you get. Now, that’s pretty easy, text Haiti and you’re gonna get billed for ten bucks and that money ostensibly is going to go to Haiti.

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