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ROBERT GIBBS, LIAR … RUSH LIMBAUGH, SPEAKING THE TRUTH

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 14, 2010

Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary, Liar

Clarification time …

What is with this White House? Is it necessary to be dishonest about everything? Is it just an ideological reflex? Is it a biological preinclination? Do they think that no one has the capability to check these things?

I know Rush Limbaugh is under fire for supposedly suggesting that people should not donate to relief efforts in Haiti. This disgusting lie was proffered by the greatest White House Press Secretary the human race has ever had the privilege to know, Robert Gibbs. According to him, in every crisis, there are people who will say “really stupid things,” and this time, Limbaugh was one of them.

But it is blatantly, provably untrue.

Rush Limbaugh never said people should not donate to relief efforts in Haiti. It was never suggested, implied or even hinted. What Limbaugh did say, however, was that people who really want to see help extended to Haiti should send aid through private charities, churches, or any number of non-government entities which, as he pointed out, have always been far more efficient and far more successful in disaster relief efforts than the feds.  Don’t count on government aid to do much of anything.

How on Earth can that be denied?

The inability of the federal government to handle finances with any degree of efficiency, accountability and responsibility also cannot be denied. This is an entity that has severely botched Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and has supposedly created or saved two million jobs – the overwhelming vast majority of which are government-based – by sending taxpayer dollars to phantom districts and zip codes.

And they’re to be trusted to handle disaster relief?

RUSH: We’re going to start in Raleigh, North Carolina. Justin you’re first today. Great to have you with us.

JUSTIN: Mega Rush Baby dittos. My question is, why did Obama in the sound bite you played earlier, when he’s talking about if you wanted to donate some money, you can go to WhiteHouse.gov —

RUSH: Yeah.

JUSTIN: — to direct you how to do so. If I want to donate money to the Red Cross, why do I need to go to the WhiteHouse.gov page and —

RUSH: Exactly. Would you trust that the money is going to go to Haiti?

JUSTIN: No.

RUSH: Would you trust that your name is going to end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes.

JUSTIN: Absolutely.

RUSH: Absolutely right.

JUSTIN: That’s the point.

RUSH: Besides, we’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the US income tax.

JUSTIN: Rush, my mother was going to be on a missionary trip. She was going to leave at 4:30 this morning to go to Haiti with our church.

RUSH: That’s another point, too. Churches —

JUSTIN: No government money, Rush.

RUSH: Exactly right. Look, there are people that do charitable work every day in Haiti. It’s not as though — like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it’s our fault. Reverend Wright, it’s our fault, there’s no excuse for such poverty when there’s a nation as rich as we are so close. 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. They don’t spread it around, and even if they did they’re not creating a permanent system where people can provide for themselves. It’s a simple matter of self-reliance. Nobody takes that approach down there because this has always been a country run by dictators and incompetent ones at that.

How is that unclear?

Where did Rush Limbaugh say that people should not give money to Haiti?

If people are genuinely moved to boost relief efforts, would they best be served to see their contributions (i.e., tax dollars) make it to Haiti via the United States federal government on their behalf? Is there anyone who believes that US Government donations wouldn’t be turned over directly to corrupt Haitian politicians and officials? Who will be held accountable for what happens to our tax dollars? Remember that Haiti was a man-made disaster before the earthquake flattened it. How much of the money filtered through the federal government would find its way into hungry politician pockets instead of the millions who really need it?

Despite Obamacrat thinking, Americans are the most generous people in the world. They will always come to the aid of those in need. The government need not siphon its citizens for unaccountable, mismanaged funds.

Recall yesterday, I wrote:

This is not to suggest that the United States should not call on its citizens to come to the aid of a nation that has been incalculably overwhelmed by such a disaster. The President, in fact, handled his response to this earthquake perfectly fine. I am of the mind that citizens of the United States must come to the assistance of fellow human beings in a time such as this. The America that President keeps apologizing for will step up, as always, and do what’s right. That’s what the American people do, despite who is in charge. That isn’t the issue.

Note I said it is perfectly alright for the President to ask the people to donate to assist in relief efforts.

The people.

I never suggested the government was the right vehicle.

I did, however, say that Robert Gibbs was a liar. (Just reinforcing).

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4 Responses to “ROBERT GIBBS, LIAR … RUSH LIMBAUGH, SPEAKING THE TRUTH”

  1. proof said

    You got his name wrong! It’s Robert Fibbs!

  2. gesvol said

    You do realize that if you go to whitehouse.gov, it simply provides a links to American Red Cross online donation site and The Center For International Disaster Information, as well as other information? It’s NOT asking for donations for the White House! You are not sending your contributions through the United States government. Not everything is a conspiracy.

  3. Andrew Roman said

    Gesvol,

    Thank you for your comment.

    The point I was making is that federal dollars have already been sent to Haiti, and will continue to be sent to Haiti in the future. That is money that will be taken from the American taxpayer. It is money that will be funneled and filtered through endless bureaucracy before it even finds its way to that beleaguered island. Once it arrives, it will have little or no chance of being properly accounted for. A government donation, on behalf of the American people, is a terrible waste.

    The implication of what I said is that people who wish to donate and want their money to have the maximum impact should always do so through private charity. Federal aid in terms of shoveling more taxpayer dollars over there will do next to nothing.

    When I originally wrote, “If people are genuinely interested in donating to Haitian relief efforts, and they are still on a first-name basis with their brains, why on earth would they send their contributions through the United States federal government?” it was written as a hypothetical. I was not trying to say that people will contribute directly to the government, although it is understandable how one could walk away with that inference. I was saying that the federal government sending taxpayer dollars over to Haiti on behalf of its citizenry is incredible more inefficient than through private means.

    I am most appreciative in you pointing out the incoherence in what I was attempting to say in that sentence.
    Without question, it could have been crafted better.

    However, my central point remains.

    Rush Limbaugh did not say what he was accused of saying. And government contributions to disaster relief is a monumental waste of resources – that is, if getting the job done efficiently is the goal.

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