Rush Limbaugh: Don't Donate to Haiti Victims

We already have—'It’s called the US income tax,' says shock-jock

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 14, 2010 7:31 AM CST

(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh doesn’t see why you should donate to the Haiti earthquake relief effort. “We’ve already donated to Haiti!” he declared. “It’s called the US income tax!” He then goes on to point out that lots of churches and other groups are already trying to help. “There are people who do charitable work every day in Haiti. It’s not as though… it’s our fault.”

“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,” he continues, apparently having drifted onto the topic of Haitian poverty. Besides, even if the people did get the money, that would just stop them from bothering to support themselves. “It’s a simple matter of self-reliance.” (Unsurprisingly, reactions are pouring in, from everyone from Jon Stewart to Roger Ebert, who wants to "horsewhip" Limbaugh.)

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 in Indianapolis.
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009 in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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