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Tom Grace, the Formerly Unemployed Novelist, Returning to Work as an Architect


RUSH: This is Tom in Dexter, Michigan.  You're next, sir.  Great to have you here.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Thanks for having me on.

RUSH:  You bet.

CALLER:  I really enjoyed the Hillsdale econ 101 course, and I like the professor's follow-up book on that, but I have a technical economics question for you that I wasn't able to answer with these two excellent books, or this series.

RUSH:  All right.

CALLER:  I've been out of work long enough that I don't count anymore in the economy.  And I'm about to take a new job, which means I'm gonna count back in the economy again.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Do I help or hurt the president's unemployment numbers since he's jiggering around with who exists --

RUSH:  The unemployment number that's reported anyway is bogus, so I wouldn't worry about it.  But if what was happening here was genuine, if what was happening was being reported honestly, yes, you going back to work would be a small tick on the positive side for employment.  You're going back to work and getting a job.

CALLER:  Which is a good thing.

RUSH:  Yeah, it's a good thing.  It's a good thing for America. It's a good thing for you.  And hopefully it's a good thing for the person hiring you.

CALLER:  I think it will be.

RUSH:  Yeah.  There's no question. Are you worried about helping Obama, and you might not take the job?  Is that what you're thinking?

CALLER:  Absolutely not.  I have no thought in my mind of doing anything good for Obama.

RUSH:  I've never heard of this.  Guy actually thinking maybe not take the job 'cause you don't -- that is loyalty.  But I know you're not thinking that.

CALLER:  No, I'm getting a good job and doing a good job for whoever hires me.

RUSH:  How long have you been out of work?

CALLER:  Almost three years.

RUSH:  And what do you do?

CALLER:  I'm an architect.  We're the first ones to die and the last ones to come back, when an economy goes bad.

RUSH:  And so you've been hired by an architectural firm?


RUSH:  In Dexter, Michigan?

CALLER:  Well, in Michigan.  Not in Dexter.

RUSH:  Okay.  So do you specialize in any particular kind of architecture, or just whatever --

CALLER:  Very high technical science and research facilities.

RUSH:  And how have you been supporting yourself these last three years?

CALLER:  I write novels.

RUSH:  You write novels.  Have you sold any?

CALLER:  Yeah, I've sold six, and I have a seventh one that is running around, but it's been a couple years since I had one so I haven't generated much money doing that.

RUSH:  Ah, I see.  I see.  What kind of novels?

CALLER:  Thrillers.

RUSH:  Thrillers.

CALLER:  Yeah, a lot of people end up dead in my books.

RUSH:  Well, let's play "What's My Line?"  Would we know you if we heard your full name?

CALLER:  You might.

RUSH:  Well, okay.  That's cool.

CALLER:  Tom Grace.

RUSH:  Tom Greece? 

CALLER:  Grace, like amazing.

RUSH:  Oh, Tom Grace.  Tom Grace.  Oh, yeah.  I never heard of -- I'm just kidding.  Of course I've heard of you.  Tom, it's great to have you on the program.

CALLER:  Well, it's nice to be back.

RUSH:  Well, and congratulations.  I didn't hear unemployment compensation in his answer about what he did when he was out of work.  He wrote novels. 


RUSH:  I just checked my iBooks library.  I have a Tom Grace book.  I've read it.  It's called The Liberty Intrigue, and it was great.  So that's who our last caller was, Tom Grace, noted thriller author and now going back to work as an architect, worried that he might be helping Obama's unemployment rate.  You can't have everything.



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