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Rush, a man known for abusing Oxycontin ("hillbilly heroin"), and being caught with illegal Viagra on a trip (sex trip?) to the Caribbean, and just being a general pig has now given some advice to hungry children. I can't help but imagine that it's his own diet strategy, and I must say: Rush, you're a pig. What works for your drug-addled gasbag of a self is not appropriate for the nation's youth.

Below, I've included the entire transcript of Rush's remarks (telling hungry children to try dumpster diving and fast food) as well as the hunger advocacy group FRAC's response and - for fun - a song about Rush Limbaugh. And - at the bottom of this diary - I've also included action steps for anyone interested in helping child hunger and malnutrition.

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LIMBAUGH: Then, a companion story from AOL News: "Record Number of US Kids Facing Summer of Hunger." "With the sc-rewl year ending in communities across America, more than 16 million children face a summer of hunger." Now, Michelle Obama told us they're all so fat and out of shape and overweight that a summer off from government eating might be just the ticket.

Could it be possible -- "while classes were in session, they relied on free or discount"--

This, of course, takes into no account that the parents, I guess, just can sit around and let their kids starve. Why if the kids don't do it, they're gonna starve -- if the schools don't do it, the kids are going to starve.

"The children caught in the gap will likely spend the next few months cadging leftovers from their neighbors, chowing down on cheap junk, lining up with their families at food banks that are already overmatched or simply learning to live with a constant headache, growling stomach and chronic fatigue. When school rolls around again in the fall, they will be less healthy and less ready to learn than their peers."

God, this is just -- we can't escape these people. We just can't escape them. They live in the utter deniability of basic human nature. They actually have it in their heads somehow that parents are so rotten that they will let their kids go hungry and starve, unless the schools take care of it

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You know, one of the benefits of school being out, in addition to your kids losing weight because they're starving to death out there because there's no school meal being provided, one of the benefits of school being out, college campi being vacant this time of year, is that our audience levels go up. I think, you know what we're going to do here, we're going to start a feature on this program: "Where to find food." For young demographics, where to find food. Now that school is out, where to find food. We can have a daily feature on this. And this will take us all the way through the summer. Where to find food. And, of course, the first will be: "Try your house." It's a thing called the refrigerator. You probably already know about it. Try looking there. There are also things in what's called the kitchen of your house called cupboards. And in those cupboards, most likely you're going to find Ding-Dongs, Twinkies, Lays ridgy potato chips, all kinds of dips and maybe a can of corn that you don't want, but it will be there. If that doesn't work, try a Happy Meal at McDonald's. You know where McDonald's is. There's the Dollar Menu at McDonald's and if they don't have Chicken McNuggets, dial 911 and ask for Obama.

There's another place if none of these options work to find food; there's always the neighborhood dumpster. Now, you might find competition with homeless people there, but there are videos that have been produced to show you how to healthfully dine and how to dumpster dive and survive until school kicks back up in August. Can you imagine the benefit we would provide people?

FRAC - the hunger advocacy group - says the following in their press release:
In his comments, Rush Limbaugh suggests that children instead should seek cheap fast food or dumpster-dive to stave off hunger in the summer. Limbaugh's strained efforts to be provocative and over-the-top are neither insightful nor humorous. When the great satirist and cleric Jonathan Swift suggested in A Modest Proposal that starving Irish parents should sell their children as food to the rich, he did so with a moral purpose and moral clarity that has resonated down through the ages. When Limbaugh suggests children dumpster-dive, belittling the situation of hungry kids in America, he positions himself at the opposite end of the human spectrum from Swift. Swift's satire closes by mock-condemning such solutions as taxing introducing prudence and temperance learning to love our country [and] quitting our animosities. Limbaugh's stance, in contrast, is to actually belittle human decency.
ACTION: We're actually in the middle of the once-every-five-years debate on the Child Nutrition Re-authorization, which most notably authorizes WIC (for pregnant & breastfeeding moms and kids under age 5) and the school lunch program. There are also a bunch of other programs because, as Rush noted, hunger doesn't end when school gets out for the summer. Right now, there are a number of things I could say addressing the complexities of these programs but really, it all comes down to money. And money is the one thing the government does NOT want to give it.

At least in the House, we've got good people writing the bill. That's the Education & Labor Committee, under the strong progressive leadership of George Miller. He's given child nutrition programs an extra $8 billion over the next 10 years, which sounds like a lot, but the number to watch is the "reimbursement rate" - the amount schools are reimbursed for every free lunch they give out to a hungry kid. We need an increase of $1.00 in order to truly fix school lunch, and $.35 to just make up for what schools are LOSING with each lunch served. The bill gave it only $.06.

This is pathetic, to consider that 1/3 of a generation of children is going to develop diabetes during the course of their lives (and taxpayers will foot 50% of that bill when it happens) but we can't afford to feed them decently now to prevent that from occurring. And kids obviously eat food outside of school BUT a kid eating 5 or 10 meals (10 if the kid eats breakfast at school) out of 21 meals in a week at school gets a large percent of his or her calories from the school cafeteria. That's going to have a real, tangible effect on future health and I don't need a study to prove that.

Please write to your legislators and say that we need more money - REAL money - for school lunch and child nutrition. We need to add $1.00 to the reimbursement rate, and the PAYGO (pay as you go) strategy of Congress is not a good excuse for denying children the healthy food they need to be the next generation of healthy, strong, able adults in America. And if they truly DO need to pay for school lunch now by raising revenues elsewhere, I say try taxing millionaire hedge fund managers who pay 15% in taxes because their income is capital gains.

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Originally posted to Jill Richardson on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM PDT.

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