RUSH: Matt in Tyner, North Carolina. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. It’s a pleasure. I’m a big fan.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: My story’s a little interesting. My job was actually exported to Mexico. I work in the offshore oil industry, and I’m currently working for — you know, through certain contracts — Pemex.
RUSH: Oh, yeah? Where in Mexico is your job?
CALLER: Off the Yucatan Peninsula.
RUSH: Well, there are some resorts there.
CALLER: Well, yes, there are, but there’s also a lot of oil and natural gas.
CALLER: My point is that Mexico is ramping up big time to drill oil.
RUSH: Oh, I know. You know, they had a huge find in the Gulf, didn’t they? We heard about it in the last couple years. By the way, did you used to work in the domestic oil business in the Gulf of Mexico?
CALLER: Yes, I did.
RUSH: So you were shut down because of the moratorium?
CALLER: That’s my whole point, Rush, is my job was exported from the United States to Mexico because of Obama’s oil policy.
RUSH: His moratorium.
CALLER: After the BP spill, of course.
CALLER: A lot of contracts for drilling that was supposed to happen did not. My company had to think out of the box and now we’re down in Mexico working for a Mexican company.
RUSH: What are you doing in North Carolina?
CALLER: Excuse me?
RUSH: What are you doing in North Carolina?
CALLER: Well, I fly back and forth, Rush.
RUSH: Okay. Well, pardon me.
CALLER: I live in North Carolina but I’m a captain on a vessel that is working down in Mexico.
RUSH: Well, I didn’t mean to be insulting. Really, forgive me. It’s nothing more than that. Like when I worked at a radio station, it was there every day, and so I thought maybe you might be on vacation or downtime or whatever. I don’t know how, for example, employees in the oil business are used. So I really meant, “If your job’s in Mexico, why are you in North Carolina?” I’m sure there’s a reason.
CALLER: Well in my particular situation, I fly to work and I spent two months ago down there and I’m home a month on vacation.
CALLER: Then I return.
RUSH: Okay cool.
CALLER: Do you remember the dredge that was working off your property down in West Palm about, I don’t know, five or six years ago?
RUSH: Yeah. It’s out there now. It was from New Orleans.
CALLER: Yes. I was actually working on that vessel at the time, and I saw you by binoculars walking around your beautiful piece of property.
RUSH: Is that right? Let me tell you what he’s talking about. Let me tell you what he’s talking about. (interruption) Now, people on the other side of the glass, Matt, are calling you a “stalker.” He’s not a stalker. The Palm Beach Inlet, which separates Singer Island from Palm Beach, has to be dredged so that cargo ships, cruise ships can get into the port of Palm Beach. And you’re on the dredger, right?
CALLER: Yes, I was.
RUSH: Now, what the dredger does is the dredger dredge all the sand.
RUSH: It does a couple different things, but what it does is dump outlet sand that it dredges on my beach.
CALLER: That’s correct.
RUSH: I mean, I can sit there and watch. I’ll be sitting there at two in the morning and I will see the lights and it looks like it’s right in the backyard. I say, “Whoa!” The first time I saw that, I said, “My God, there’s a UFO out there!”
CALLER: (chuckling) Right.
RUSH: So you’ve been on that dredger?
CALLER: Yes, I was, and I remember you were talking about it on air some years ago.
CALLER: And actually I was on there when you were talking about it. I had you tuned in to the radio. Yeah, you were talking about the turtles on the beach if you remember.
RUSH: Yeah, and I was hoping you were dumping sand on ’em. I remember.
CALLER: (laughing) No, we actually had turtle observers on the boat to make sure we didn’t kill any turtles.
RUSH: I know. I know. Believe me, I know. Folks, he’s right. They have “turtle observers” on the dredger.
CALLER: Yes, we did.
RUSH: But the thing is, you’re fine. The lights on the dredger on the water are fine. That would attract the hatchlings to the water, whatever happens to them there is fine as far as the environmentalist wackos are concerned. If they get eaten or crushed by your dredger, that’s cool.
CALLER: You probably don’t know this but when we do get a turtle on board a dredge it’s dead because it’s come through the dredge.
RUSH: Well, I figured that.
CALLER: So I’m not exactly sure what they’re observing unless they want to see a dead turtle.
RUSH: Well, what they’re observing is the hatchlings. See, the hatchlings are born underneath the sand. They hatch out of the eggs underneath the sand and they burrow up, and they’re supposed to go to the ocean. Now, folks, you’ve hit a sore spot here, Matt, I just want to tell you. The last thing that they want is for the turtle hatchlings to head to the shore.
RUSH: So we have to keep our lights off. But you on the dredger, your lights are on. That’s fine.
CALLER: Lit up like a Christmas tree.
RUSH: Exactly. They’re multicolored, he’s exactly right. If the hatchlings see light out over the ocean and they’re attracted, then that’s fine, the environmentalists are out there applauding, that’s nature. If your dredger happens to suck ’em up and they end up being dredged, that’s cool.
RUSH: But if they go toward the shore, then they want to make all of us who live on the beach criminals.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, can I get back to my point?
RUSH: I thought this was the point. But go ahead.
CALLER: No, no, no. I want to talk about Pemex which is the Mexican national organization.
RUSH: Sure. Fine. Fire away.
CALLER: It’s socialist organization. Anyway, they are ramping up big time, and they are going to eclipse us in oil production if we don’t get our act together soon.
RUSH: What do you mean they’re a socialist — you mean they’re just government-run?
CALLER: Yeah. Isn’t that socialist?
RUSH: Yeah. They’re gonna eclipse — but you’re not advocating socialism?
CALLER: No. No. Not at all. I’m saying is if we don’t ramp up our oil industry —
RUSH: And why do you think we’re not, Matt?
CALLER: Well, Rush, I understand what you’re saying. But —
CALLER: Well, you’re right. And I oppose it. I wish I was working off Louisiana, Texas, which I had been for the last seven or eight years until we had to go down to Mexico —
RUSH: I wish they’d discover oil off my beach. I’d welcome you and your oil derrick out there every day.
CALLER: I would be glad to be there and I’d drill a well right through a turtle’s head.
RUSH: No, no, no. We’re not interested in that.
CALLER: I’m joking.
RUSH: (laughing) No, I’d just like a direct line of diesel from the ocean right into my generator supply. Anyway, Matt, I appreciate the call. I get it. I know your point. He worked in the Gulf, Obama’s moratorium hits, his company shuts down and they have to go to Mexico. And the Mexican oil industry is thriving, even though it’s government-run. And it’s all about this environmentalist — you know, the environmentalists are shutting everybody down. Well, they’re not shutting everybody down except us. We’re even lending money to Mexico and Brazil so that they can drill. Obama lent $10 billion to the Brazilians, and I think to the Mexicans as well. We’re giving Pemex loans, which, along with student loans, will probably forgive them at some point. But we’re helping Mexico develop their oil while not developing our own. That’s why I have a hard time believing that the economic choices being made by this administration are on purpose. Stuff that’s being done is being done purposefully. Matt, thanks for the call.