Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who in 2008 signed a contract worth nearly a half-billion dollars, said that Americans should not feel compelled to contribute to grief-stricken Haiti because they already pay income tax.
President Obama, Limbaugh said on his radio show last week, “lives for serving those in misery,” while other leaders in the region do nothing. “By the way, I've checked it out, Cuba has offered nothing,” he said. “Venezuela has offered nothing.
“The Haitian economy is entirely dependent on foreign aid. … They produce nothing. Zilch, zero, nada. And it's been that way for the longest time. You know, I have been to Haiti way back a long time ago when it was a cruise ship stop, Port-au-Prince. And I've seen pictures of Haiti. It is a devastatingly poor place and nothing has ever changed.”
Obama is exploiting the crisis merely to curry favor among “dark-skinned” and “light-skinned” Black folks, continued Limbaugh, who was rushed to the hospital several days after suffering severe chest pains.
Obama has pledged that the United States would provided about $100 million to help the rubble-reduced nation buy life-saving equipment, food, water and medicine. "This investment will grow over the coming year as we embark on the long-term recovery from this unimaginable tragedy," he said.
But the American people already give enough, Limbaugh said.
“Yes, I think in the Haiti earthquake, ladies and gentlemen – in the words of Rahm Emanuel – we have another crisis simply too good to waste,” he said.
“This will play right into Obama's hands. He's humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish their, shall we say, "credibility" with the Black community – in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned Black community in this country. It's made to order for them. That's why he couldn't wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there.
As for Limbaugh’s assertion that the United States is the only country in the region to reach out to Haiti, Cuba already had 344 doctors and other health professionals working full time in Haiti under an agreement with the Haitian government. The Communist country has promised to send more doctors.
“The Cuban doctors have a lot of experience with our reality and a lot of desire to understand and help, and that’s what we most needed,” Victor Geneus, Haiti’s ambassador to Havana, told the Cuban News Agency.
In addition, Brazil said it was providing $10 million in immediate aid, while Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela also promised help.
Also, a full 10 months before the quake leveled Haiti, Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Haitian President Rene Preval signed an accord worth more than $100 million to assist Haiti with health care, energy and overall economic needs.