RUSH: Sergio in Brooklyn. Welcome, sir. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Yes, Mr. Limbaugh, right to the point. A few years ago I was forced prematurely to retire from industrial construction. A truck crushed both my kneecaps. So I had a vision about going into the toothbrush business, and I invented a toothbrush, it was in a package of 12. Each toothbrush said the month —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait.
CALLER: — January, February —
RUSH: Sergio? Sergio, slow down just a second here because I want to comprehend this.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: You were in essentially industrial construction, heavy construction?
RUSH: And a truck crushed you? Did you work in construction or just in the construction business?
CALLER: Thirty years. Thirty years.
RUSH: Okay. So a truck crushed both of your kneecaps, and you —
RUSH: — had a vision of going into the toothbrush business?
CALLER: Correct. And my toothbrushes were being sold in package of 12, with January, February, March, April, May June, so that people know when to change their toothbrush: Once a month. I hooked up with a first generation Chinese fellow in Baltimore who hooked me up with a manufacturing entity in China and what we did is, I named it Calendar Brush. I got the toothbrushes after years of jumping through the hoops and the US patent stuff. They arrived in Baltimore and I was following my toothbrushes saying, ‘Yep, yep. There they are.’ We had everything up ready to go, and I’m ready to take my toothbrushes over to customs into Baltimore and my friend Terry calls me up and he says, ‘Stop. You’re not getting your toothbrushes,’ and by that time I was out about 75 large. Well, for those in Rio Linda, that’s 75 grand. All right?
They said, ‘The Food and Drug Administration is now classing your toothbrushes as a medical device number. Now you’ve gotta go back to the FDA, which is the Food and Drug Administration, and come back around. We’re not releasing your toothbrushes until you produce us this medical device number.’ Now, I turned around and pretty much that was a death sentence. But what I did was my brother Vinny jumped through the hoops for five or six weeks, eight or $9,000 later I got my medical device number, and now my toothbrushes are here, and I’m just trying to get started. It’s a little rough getting started. Calendar Brush, that’s my toothbrushes. Yesterday I was reading. There’s a couple of bills that are going through Congress right now, Congress and the Senate. And how are they going to pay for this health care? And guess what? It hit me like a ton of bricks. It said they’re going to tax medical devices.
RUSH: Oh, yeah. This includes tampons, Sergio.