Rush: People Who Escape Poverty are Treated as 'Suspects,' 'Enemies of the Country'

James Beattie
By James Beattie | December 9, 2013 | 5:03 PM EST

Rush Limbaugh said that people who escape poverty are treated as 'suspects' in discussing the latest article by the Associated Press on income inequality, which calls financial success a barrier to equalizing income:

"Fully 20 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsize influence on America's economy and politics. This little-known group may pose the biggest barrier to reducing the nation's income inequality."

Here is what Limbaugh had to say:

"Lowering taxes gets more people hired.  If the business has to pay less in tax to the government, it's got more money to hire and pay people to work for it.  This is amazingly still a big argument.  And everything I just mentioned to you, the Democrat Party totally disagrees with.  They believe in redistribution.  Taking as much from everybody, and then giving it to people they think are disadvantaged or discriminated against.  And in the process, everybody becomes lower middle class over time.  So we have people in poverty, and the Democrat Party, leftists, and so forth speak of them as though they are the virtuous ones."

"The people who have worked hard, who have escaped poverty, who have gone through the various income levels to become middle class, upper middle class, rich, wealthy, they all of the sudden have become the enemies of the country.

"So, while we, on the one hand, encourage people to escape poverty, when they do, we treat them as suspects.  We target them, and then we start blaming them for the evils, the societal and economic evils that exist in the country.  And that's how you get asinine pieces like this in the Associated Press."