A reader writes:
It's important to note than in addition to being callous and out of touch, Rush Limbaugh's comments on unemployment benefits and welfare are based on an utterly bogus CNBC study, thoroughly debunked by Ryan Chittum at the Columbia Journalism Review.
Reading this post reminds me of my father-in-law and his wife.
You stated that, "One way to look at this is that when Rush Limbaugh really thinks the "sloth and laziness" of Americans mostly consists of jailed drunks on disability and equivalent cases." This is completely the way these two, both tea partiers and Limbaugh fans, see our welfare system. He receives social security and disability checks, both are Medicare recipients, but otherwise they feel that all other welfare is almost completely used by people who are abusing the system (and they sympathized with the protestor with the sign "Keep socialism away from my Medicare").
If I complain about insurance costs, I'm asked if it bothers me as much as it does them that because of some "drunks" who are covered by the government, my insurance costs are so high. Another big complaint is that food stamps are being used by people to make a profit. I normally respond that the amount of people who abuse the welfare system is pretty small, and that if the doctors at hospitals don't treat every person who really needs it (i.e. "those damn illegals"), it could become a medical crisis for everyone. But sane arguments are generally ignored.
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