Rush Limbaugh and His Army of Retired Government Moochers Don’t Want the Unemployed to Eat



On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the employment numbers for the month of April. For the most part, the news was very good and encouraging. The unemployment rate dropped down to 6.3%, which is the lowest it has been since September 2008. Also, the economy added 288,000 jobs, most of which were in the private sector, as has been the case throughout the recovery. Also, the job numbers for the previous two months were revised upwards. For the year, average monthly job growth has been 214,000. The labor force participation rate, however, did decline to 62.8%, after growing the previous three months.

There are various reasons for this besides people being discouraged and completely dropping out of the workforce. In fact, the majority of people who tend to drop out of the workforce do so because of retirement, disability or attending school full-time. However, Rush Limbaugh decided to focus on the reduction of the labor participation rate to suggest that President Obama is ‘cooking the books.’ This is a familiar conspiracy theory that first reared its ugly head just before the 2012 elections, when the unemployment rate finally dropped below 8%, robbing Romney of a nice talking point. At the time, former GE CEO Jack Welch accused the Obama Administration of lying about that September’s job numbers.

On his radio show Friday, Limbaugh not only accused the President of fudging the numbers, he also used the time to complain about the fact that unemployed people in this country are able to eat. Yes, he actually said this.

Below is from the transcript of his show (emphasis mine):

Have you heard about the great economic news?  I mean, this is the most amazing — I’m sorry, folks, I’m going to have to come up with some new descriptors, new descriptives, because I’m running out of them.  Most amazing, incredible, unbelievable, stunning, you name it.  The US labor force shrunk by more than 800,000 people in April.  For those of you in Rio Linda, that means 800,000 people stopped looking for work or quit working.  The labor force participation rate declined or decreased to 62%.  That is the lowest it has been since 1978.  What that means is only 62% of Americans of working age have job. 

The number of Americans not working, but eating and watching television, probably driving and making cell phone calls, 92,594,000.  So 92,594,000 Americans are not working.  They’re all eating.  “Mr. Limbaugh, what’s the big deal about that?  We’re a compassionate country.  When people don’t have jobs they should be able to eat.”  It used to not be that way Mr. New Castrati.  You used to have to work to eat.  There’s nothing good here, folks. 

You have to love the gall of an overweight radio host who sits in a mansion to do his show everyday, gets paid tens of millions of dollars every year despite losing his employers hundreds of millions of dollars, complaining about people in this country eating despite not having a job.

After whining about unemployed poor people getting meals, Limbaugh then went ahead and stated that the White House is ‘cooking the books’ when it comes to employment figures.

And the regime claims that 280,000 jobs were created in April, and that the unemployment rate has fallen from 6.7 to 6.3%.  Never mind that we were told just yesterday that the new unemployment claims have gone up three weeks in a row and economic growth is one-tenth of 1%.

The regime has even revised up the previous two months’ job numbers by 36,000 jobs. I don’t know how this is possible.  We were just told that the first quarter GDP was one-tenth of 1%. None of this adds up.  Nobody would suggest that the regime is cooking the books in the run-up to the midterm elections.  They would never do that.  Except we know that they did do that before the 2012 elections.  I mean, that would be like lying about the death of four Americans in order to win an election.  They’d never do that.  The regime would never lie about how four Americans died just months before an election.  They’d never do that, right?

Except that they did.

You have to love how Rush shoehorned Benghazi in there. With the GOP apparently trying to use Benghazi as their #1 big ticket campaign issue all the way to 2016, Rush needs to make sure that his listeners here that word at least every other minute. Also, the conspiracy theory about the White House messing with the jobs numbers prior to the 2012 election has been thoroughly debunked. However, things like facts and the truth don’t really faze Rush.

The irony about Rush whining about the labor participation rate and poor people eating is that he is directly insulting a large portion of his audience. In late 2012, Pew Research released a study where they took an in-depth look at the demographics of various news outlets. What they found is that 27% of Rush Limbaugh’s audience is 65 and older. Only Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Chris Mathews had a higher percentage. An additional 24% are between the ages of 50 and 64. Therefore, over half of his audience are senior citizens or close to retirement age. Yet, he’s railing on about the labor force participation rate, despite the fact that a very large portion of his audience isn’t working or will be retiring soon. I’d say it is likely his audience doesn’t get the irony in all of this either.

23 Replies to “Rush Limbaugh and His Army of Retired Government Moochers Don’t Want the Unemployed to Eat”

  1. There are many ‘conservatives’ whose sudden painful death would cause me no sorrow. Limpballs the Pig is only one of many in the Repig Party of Hate, Bigotry and Racism.

  2. Lard-Ass Limbaugh wants a bigger piece of the pie … literally.

    Remember, when financially-struggling families are able to feed their hungry children … then the terrorists have won!

  3. Why doesn’t it surprise me that he would sound the lame-ass ‘Unemployment is down – Obama is cooking the books’ cry?

  4. Rush Limbaugh looks like 500 pounds of hatred. Like his fat head is going to explode. Jesus said, “what you do to the least of them you do to Me.” I believe his chest pains awhile ago was a warning. You can only hate so much and mock God so much before you have to pay up.

  5. Limbaugh:”The number of Americans not working, but eating and watching television, probably driving and making cell phone calls, 92,594,000. So 92,594,000 Americans are not working. They’re all eating.”

    I wish I could tell this tool to his face that I’m one of them. I’m enjoying my retirement in comfort, using my cell phone, watching the TV programs I like, driving my car wherever I want to go, eating everyday, and doing whatever I d*mn well please because after working for 35 years in a row, I earned it.

  6. “It used to not be that way Mr. New Castrati. You used to have to work to eat.”

    The US has a long history of providing aid to the poor and it was not all done by the private sector as the GOP likes to claim.

    They want to distinguish between the “deserving” poor and the “undeserving” poor but they fail to realize that poverty is a complex issue and trying to make such distinctions is impossible. The problem with Rush and those who make similar comments is that they fail to analyze the issue, understand it, see how complex it is, and then try to determine how to deal with it.

    They don’t want to do that though because what they really want to do is make sweeping judgments about people they don’t know or care about.

    It’s much easier to just judge someone than it is to understand their plight. Thinking is much harder than judging.

  7. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    Matthew 25:35-40
    New International Version

  8. In the 22nd century people are going to look back on this period in US history and wrinkle their noses and look at it with the same distain that we do in the build up to the civil war. The 1850s were a terrible time of stupid jingoism, manipulative, hyperventilating news columnists, hubris and machismo against the federal government that resulted in the bloodiest conflict on US soil. Rush is one of those aiders and abetters of a new “us versus them” mentality that I hope does not culminate into another civil war.

    He is going to go down in history as one of the demagogues that was destructive to the US.

  9. As a 73 year old white male, retired police officer and US veteran, I can tell you for certain that Limbaugh is a drug addicted right-wing hippocritical first-class SCUMBAG who has never done anything worthwhile in his life !

  10. Fat-head Limbaugh clearly has not missed many meals. This is a classic example of the Rethugnican, “I’ve got mine, f*ck you.”

  11. People who actually like that……person must be loving to hear what they themselves hold in their own hearts and are afraid to express it. Afraid, because they KNOW how wrong it is and part of them is ashamed.

  12. name calling doesn’t work very well so better to know who is paying to keep this lowlife on the air and be sure not to use any of their products. easy to fine that out too as there many who have gone to the trouble to show us who the culprits are.

  13. It’s so sad that the over bloated wind bag Limpballs is on his way out. He has lost most all of his market share and has lost a huge amount of sponsorship from companies. He was dropped from the LA market and is rated 22nd in New York. Even ranking lower than 4 non English speaking networks. Karma is a bitch. to bad the scum is on his way out. Good riddance to the pig.

  14. Who is keeping fat drug addicted bastard on the air? Why wing nut welfare. There’s gold in peddling bullshit

  15. Going en-mass, to keep rush limp dic Limbaugh, off’ve your airwaves, is a very good idea. Who died and made him queen….errrrr…..king??

  16. Sir Lardbelly’s disdain for the poor matches his misogyny and his racism, so no vileness that comes from him is a surprise. He has done so much damage to political discourse in this country because he appeals to the absolute worst in human beings, especially those who are his followers. While he may be doing poorly in terms of sponsors and other corporate supporters, he continues to be a destructive force. But the saddest irony is that some of the very folks he has such contempt for can be found among his followers.

  17. Everything that is a positive–like the enrollment in ACA or drop in unemployment—is a ruse. Cooking the books. Everything bad—like lack of extended unemployment insurance etc.–is Obama’s fault even though Congress keeps blocking this stuff. The sad fact of the matter is that there are plenty of gullible people who believe this and will vote for a GOP candidate in the midterms. I see the GOP gaining the Senate–and then we will have 2 more years of nothing except investigation after investigation wasting our tax dollars. I’m so sick of this.

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