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Construction Worker: My Shovel was Ready, but the Jobs Never Came

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RUSH: Cody in Seattle, Washington, as we head back to the phones. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Good morning, Rush. How you doing today?

RUSH: Very good.

CALLER: First-time caller.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I just started listening to you guys a couple months ago, you and Michael Medved, and I appreciate there's actually people out there who actually have some common sense anymore.

RUSH: You're 25, and you just started listening three months ago?

CALLER: Yeah, about three or four months ago.

RUSH: How did you find the program?

CALLER: I had heard about you, you know, the whole time I've been growing up. "Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush."

RUSH: Why didn't you tune in then?

CALLER: Because I just wasn't very politically interested. You know, I didn't know too much about politics.

RUSH: Right. It didn't seem to interest you much. But then something happened and you got interested in it?

CALLER: Exactly. I've been... You know, I'm just the average Joe. I like to work.

RUSH: Wait a second.

CALLER: So as soon as I heard all about that stimulus package --

RUSH: Wait. That's not average. (laughing)

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: Not anymore. You're special if you want to work. (laughing)

CALLER: I know, I know. And I just got excited because, you know, we heard about the stimulus package and I work in construction.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: And I've worked construction ever since I was 18 years old, and that's pretty much all I know is construction. So I depend a lot on these major projects starting up out there.

RUSH: So you were probably all excited when Obama announced the stimulus.

CALLER: Very excited. I was looking forward to working on the infrastructure -- the bridges, roads, everything.

RUSH: Right, but what happened?

CALLER: As soon as it got passed, work stopped.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: I mean, it completely stopped for almost three years.

RUSH: (laughing) I never heard it put that way. (laughing) I love it.

CALLER: Yeah, I mean, we wondered why.

RUSH: "As soon as it got passed..." (laughing) "As soon as it got passed, work stopped."

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: (laughing) Ohhhhh! (laughing) Yeah, well, I'm sorry to be laughing. You're a funny guy. It's the way you said that.

CALLER: I'm laughing with you, Rush. I'm totally laughing with ya.

RUSH: Well, look, you're not an average Joe. Let me tell you that. You want to work. You're part of that group of people that I say make the country work. Look, hang on here a minute. I've got more to ask you but I don't have any time.

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You kept Cody, right?  This is a 25-year-old guy who has been listening to the program for three months.  He's in construction.  When he heard about the stimulus, he thought, "Good, all kinds of construction work is gonna be coming our way."  As soon as it was passed, the work stopped, and we had to end the conversation because of time.  Welcome back, Cody.

CALLER:  Hey, how's it going, Rush?

RUSH:  So, are you working yet?  Have you found jobs?  Have you found work to go back to?

CALLER:  Oh, yeah, I stuck it out with my company for three years, working 15-hour weeks and it just started picking up about, say, two months ago.

RUSH:  Yeah.  Fifteen hour work weeks.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  That's not enough, is it? 

CALLER:  No.  No, no, no.  (unintelligible) with unemployment?  It's impossible.

RUSH:  Are you a member of a union?

CALLER:  No, sir.

RUSH:  Oh, you're not?  So it's, what, an independent construction company?

CALLER:  Pretty much.  Third party.

RUSH:  Third party.  Okay.

CALLER:  Third party construction.

RUSH:  So did you vote four years ago?

CALLER:  Oh, yes, sir.

RUSH:  Who did you vote for?

CALLER:  I voted for -- oh, gosh, what was his name?  I'm having a big brain fart right now.  I didn't vote for Obama.  I voted for -- gosh, I'm having a brain fart right now, Rush.

RUSH:  Let's see, who did Obama run against?

CALLER:  The Republican.

RUSH:  Uh, uh, I'm trying to -- who ran against Obama.

CALLER:  Obama four years ago.

RUSH:  McCain.

CALLER:  McCain, right. I voted for McCain.

RUSH:  You voted for McCain?

CALLER:  I talked about the president being in the military and should have served at least some time in the military.  I firmly believe in that.  So I voted for McCain that time.

RUSH:  I see.  Well, what did you think of Sarah Palin?

CALLER:  She's really pretty.  But other than that, she's a good speaker for the Tea Party.  I do have faith in Sarah.  I really -- I don't know.  It's kinda hard to explain.

RUSH:  No.  She's pretty.  That sums it up.

CALLER:  Oh, yeah.  Yes, definitely.  Well, see, I was out in a rural town out in the middle of the woods, so I kinda, you know, Alaska, out in the woods --

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah.  I know, you get those bonds of relatability there, small town.

CALLER:  Exactly.

RUSH:  Out in the middle of nowhere, she's pretty, not too many women around.

CALLER:  (laughing)  Oh, no, we're pretty close to Seattle.

RUSH:  Close enough.  Well, look, Cody --

CALLER:  Yep, close enough.

RUSH:  -- so you're not gonna vote for Obama this time, either, I guess --

CALLER:  No, sir.

RUSH:  -- that's safe to conclude.

CALLER:  No, sir.  With the way the economy is and with everything he has promised, I know, it's weird, Rush, but I quit watching the daily news because it's almost like a scare tactic.

RUSH:  Okay.

CALLER:  Like they're trying to scare you into voting for Obama.

RUSH:  Cody?

CALLER:  Yes, sir.

RUSH:  You are a smart guy.  You're smarter than even you know.

CALLER:  Well, thank you.  I do appreciate it.

RUSH:  Don't ever forget that.  I'm telling you, I appreciate your call.  Thanks very much.  Look what we just heard here.  This guy is 25 years old. He couldn't remember who he voted for.  It was McCain. I had a little brain lockup there, too, but Obama said nobody's paying attention.  Here's 25 years old, the yute of America.  This guy is up to speed on what's wrong with Obama.  He gets it.  And I'm telling you that that's far more widespread than anybody in the media and the Democrat Party would like to think.  Cody, I appreciate your call.  Thank you for holding on.  If the stimulus had worked, we'd-a lost Cody.  He was excited about it. This guy, in construction, he believed Obama.  He believed it.  He thought it was gonna launch his construction business. 

Now he's learned.  That was almost a trillion dollars and his construction business shut down because they didn't get any money.  Obama ended up laughing about the whole notion of shovel-ready jobs.  Cody, I don't know if you know where the money went. I don't know if you've been listening long enough.  That money that you thought was gonna go to shovel-ready jobs and construction jobs like you had, that money went to the states so that they could make sure that public sector union employees, like teachers and bureaucrats within the state government, did not lose their jobs during the recession.  That's where that money went. 

And I'll tell you why. That $787 billion, Cody... Cody, stop what you're doing. I want you to listen to this. That $787 billion, nearly a trillion dollars, was nothing more than a money-laundering scheme. And it's not the only one. The entire relationship between labor unions' (municipal-state worker union) arrangements with the Democrat Party is a money-laundering scheme. Here's the way it works: That $787 billion, where did the government get it? Well, theoretically, they had to take it from the private sector.

That's where the money is.

Either that or print it or borrow it. But the point is, they didn't have it themselves. Wherever they get it -- two out of the three places, if they borrow it or if they tax it -- they are taking it out of the private sector. And then they want us to believe that putting it back is gonna have some sort of stimulus or boost to economic growth. It's not possible, because it's a net zero or a deficit. They weren't taking a trillion dollars that wasn't somewhere and putting it somewhere else. They took a trillion dollars from somewhere and then put it back.

Net zero.

Nothing.

The money actually went to keep union workers employed. Union workers pay dues. The dues end up largely as campaign donations made by union leaders to the Democrat Party and individual Democrats. So, in effect, all the stimulus was was an insurance policy to make sure that in the recession union workers didn't lose their jobs, because they needed their dues to be collected so that the money would end up back at the Democrat Party or with Obama. That's all it was. It was a scam. And every other mini-stimulus that followed was the same thing.

They gave $16 billion or $26 billion (I forget which) to California for teachers, ostensibly, to be hired. Now, what the State of California did with the money in that instance was put it in the pension and health care funds. They didn't hire any new teachers. And then those people kept their jobs. And the dues were collected. And the dues ended up as campaign donations to the Democrats. A portion of the dues. Not all of it, but a portion, a large portion. So it's a money-laundering scheme. It's a way for Barack Obama to give himself some money. It's a way for the president of the United States to give his party some money, under the guise of making people like you think that your construction business was gonna be jump-started.

But, as you saw, that didn't happen. 

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