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Rush Limbaugh on Welfare & Poverty

Conservative Talk-show Host


War on poverty has failed; welfare destroys human potential

We want every American to be the best he or she chooses to be. We recognize that we are all individuals. We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains an inarguable truth that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. We conservatives think all three are under assault.

We don't want to tell anybody how to live. That's up to you. If you want to make the best of yourself, feel free. If you want to ruin your life, we'll try to stop it--but it's a waste. We look over the country as it is today, we see so much waste, human potential that's been destroyed by 50 years of a welfare state. By a failed war on poverty.

We resist the effort to group us. We resist the effort to make us feel that we're all the same, that we're no different than anybody else. We're all different. There are no two things or people in this world who are created in a way that they end up with equal outcomes. That's up to them

Source: Speech to 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference , Feb 28, 2009

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