On his Tuesday radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh, responding to a caller who described hearing a priest decry “greedy capitalism,” said capitalism is actually more helpful to the poor than organized charity.
“Look, I’m member of the Methodist church,” Limbaugh said. “The Methodist church has been taken over by these people. It’s the same stuff. That capitalism is evil and greedy because it’s unfair in the distribution of assets. It’s unequal in the distribution of wealth and success, and only liberalism and good socialism can compensate for the inequalities and unequalness of capitalism.”
“And, you know, capitalism has fed more poor people than charity ever has. Capitalism has created more wealth for these little irresponsible yokels to distribute than charity ever has. Capitalism has created more wealth than anything else except dictators confiscating it from the people of their countries. If you can get away with that, you can get rich pretty quick. Ask Hugo Chavez. Ask Fidel. Ask Mao Tse-tung. Ask any of the old Soviet leaders.”