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Far-right spokesperson Rush Limbaugh called Pope Francis a Marxist because the Pope said trickle-down economics does not succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.

It seems easy for Rush to label and quickly dismiss any statement that does not agree with his worldview.

According to www.

celebritynetworth.com, Rush Limbaugh is worth $370 million and makes $70 million a year being a radio political pundit. The tax cuts of Reaganomics have worked well for Rush and the top 1 percent.

Labels and stereotyping help people dismiss and not critically think about statements that do not agree with their views. The labels “liberal” and “conservative” are used to help people be comfortable with their political views. “Liberals” are dismissed as socialists, communists, tree huggers, and usually vote Democrat. “Conservatives” are dismissed as fascists, hard-hearted, war-mongers, and usually vote Republican.

Pope Francis is Christian. Marx was an atheist.

An English teacher once said, “Name calling is the last refuge of someone who has lost the argument.” Rush is rich and does not seem to care about those losing food stamps and working for a minimum wage, which is a poverty wage.

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