It is so wild, that it should be a joke. If Rush Limbaugh claims not to be a Narcissist, and Pope Francis claims not to be a Marxist, which one is telling the truth?
“…The ideology of Marxism is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended,” Francis was quoted as saying. Defending his criticism of the “trickle-down” theory of economics, he added: “There was the promise that once the glass had become full it would overflow and the poor would benefit. But what happens is that when it’s full to the brim, the glass magically grows, and thus nothing ever comes out for the poor … I repeat: I did not talk as a specialist but according to the social doctrine of the church. And this does not mean being a Marxist.”..”
I guess the problem with Pope Francis is the fact that he’s actually read the Bible, and knows about the teachings of Christ.
If you pay attention to the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, FOX News, the Tea Parties, Glenn Beck, and so forth and so on, you may have heard that Pope Francis is a Marxist, primarily because he advocates the teachings of Christ. The other day, in an interview, he proved that he not only isn’t a Marxist, but keeps up with the world. Good thing he’s not Santa Claus, or Rush Limbaugh would be getting a big fat lump of coal in his stocking for Christmas.
“…Here’s one for the history books: Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, actually responded to by Rush Limbaugh. Yes. Really. Not by name, though, but His Holiness did address the accusation that he’s a Marxist, an accusation lobbed most notably by Limbaugh just a few weeks ago.
It hasn’t just been Limbaugh going after the Pope for his views on capitalism, it’s been other conservative and libertarian voices like Fox’s Andrew Napolitano, who wrote a scatting editorial on His Holiness, Sarah Palin, who found it striking how “liberal” the Catholic leader sounds, and a Fox News columnist who argued that Pope Francis is actually the “Catholic Church’s Obama.”…”
Do you really want to piss off the Pope?
The worst part is the fact that the Pope understands global economics better than Rush Limbaugh. Then again, the Pope is a far more educated man than Rush, who barely managed to graduate from high school.
“..In the discussions of why the US is not recovering, economists often mention metrics like economic growth and housing. They rarely mention the metrics that directly tell us we are failing our economic goals, like poverty and starvation. Those metrics of income inequality tell an accurate story of the depth of our economic malaise that new-home sales can’t. One-fifth of Americans, or 47 million people, are on food stamps; 50% of children born to single mothers live in poverty; and over 13 million people are out of work. Children are now not likely to do as well as their parents did as downward mobility takes hold for the first time in generations.
The bottom line, which Pope Francis correctly identifies, is that inequality is the biggest economic issue of our time – for everyone, not just the poor. Nearly any major economic metric – unemployment, growth, consumer confidence – comes down to the fact that the vast majority of Americans are struggling in some way. You don’t have to begrudge the rich their fortunes or ask for redistribution. It’s just hard to justify ignoring the financial problems of 47 million people who don’t have enough to eat. Until they have enough money to fill their pantries, we won’t have a widespread economic recovery. You can’t have a recovery if one-sixth of the world’s economically leading country is eating on $1.50 a day…”
Not to worry, far right tea party trash thinks he is ignorant because he’s never read Hazlitt, Hayek or Friedman. In other words, he is not a devotee of Ayn Rand, who hated Christ.
“…“There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the “trickle-down theories” which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist.” …”
Rush Limbaugh likes to talk about his talent being on loan from God. If he keeps criticizing the Pope the way he is, God’s going to pull that plug from His power, and recall it.