The Republican Party and conservatives in general have always been big on personal responsibility. If people are suffering, it is because of bad choices that they made (like being born poor) and they need to stop whining and take responsibility for their situation. Nothing annoys a true conservative more than other people blaming their problems on society or looking for government aid.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh claimed that liberals and the UN were responsible for the epidemic of obesity. Clearly, the big, fat, drug addict has fallen off the wagon again.
I love these kinds of stories, 'cause we're just getting them all over the place: Waistlines continue to grow in the United States. Another crisis story here, ladies and gentlemen, from our old buddies at the Associated Press. "The gravy train -- make that the sausage, biscuits, and gravy train -- just keep [sic] on rolling in most of America last year." Thirty-one states showing an increase in obesity. Mississippi continued to lead the way; an estimated 30 percent of adults there are considered obese, an increase of 1.1 percentage points when compared with last year's report. Indeed, "the five states with the highest obesity rates are Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Kentucky -- exhibit much higher rates of poverty than the national norm. Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest obesity have less poverty. They are Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont."
I think you might then say that the obesity crisis could be the fault of government, liberal government.
This is what happens when you let the left run things. We've been beat about the head. There are hungry people everywhere. UNICEF got it all started. We've seen the babies with the extended tummies, the walking skeletons, told that kids can't learn unless they're fed. We've been guilted into pouring resources on the problem. And now, now, the latest crisis is that there is obesity among those who are impoverished. Because we are sympathetic, we are compassionate people, we have responded by letting our government literally feed these people to the point of obesity.
Rush must be thankful he's independently wealthy and not in danger of becoming fat like those poor people who the liberals prey on.
Limbaugh also demonstrated his keen grasp of agricultural issues:
At least here in America, didn't teach them how to fish, we gave them the fish. Didn't teach them how to butcher a -- slaughter a cow to get the butter, we gave them the butter.
Rush, killing cows is not an effective way to get butter.