RUSH: Here’s Bob in east-central Ohio, as we go back to the phones. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Yeah, hi.
RUSH: Hey, hi.
CALLER: Hey, well, good to hear your voice.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: We’re on some kind of a delay, I guess, but I can hear you. I turned my radio off.
RUSH: Yeah, do that, we’re on a very long delay. A lot of callers use profanity.
CALLER: Oh, don’t worry, I’m okay.
CALLER: You, too.
RUSH: Well, you never hear it because we bleep it out. We really have had some profane people on the phone here over the years, so we’ve got a very long delay so we can decide whether or not we want to allow the profanity or not.
CALLER: Yeah. Hey, at any rate, I just wanted to let you know that things, I would hope, are better than worse. The cup is more than half full in east-central Ohio, Tuscarawas County. I feel comfortable, I’m 65 years old, 30% taxpayer, 30% of my flow, but I can see coal picking up. I know they’ve closed some plants, electric production plants down, but there’s enough picking up in the coal industry that we’re still making coal here. And also we’ve been blessed here in the three-county area to about two — and I’m gonna use the word B, billion, two billion influx of money, so because of that last year, I think it was two months ago, we were at about 7% unemployment, and this year we’re at about six. So everything created equally, I just have more hope. All of us are in this shining city on the hill that we read about. And don’t get so bogged down in a few things that we can’t say thanks for what we got. Price of wood’s up, too, in case you want to sell a log.
RUSH: You know what, I was wondering about that. I have some logs, and I’ve been holding on to ’em.
CALLER: There you go. Well, you know, as long as they’re still alive, it’s the best investment and you can make, and you can cash ’em in and you’re not limited to market. See, I even have friends that have sawmills. So everybody just pitches in and we’re getting along in Ohio, and I want you to think that things are better than some people say.
RUSH: Well, now, you’re in east-central Ohio?
CALLER: Yeah, Tuscarawas County, south of Canton, Ohio.
RUSH: Okay, yeah, big, big log area, I know, and I know Obama’s in Ohio right now.
RUSH: There might be a correlation, the log business being up and Obama being in town or being in the state. I mean, who knows.
CALLER: That was couple years ago.
RUSH: What was a couple years ago?
CALLER: When he was in Tuscarawas County.
RUSH: No, he’s there now. Well, I don’t know if he’s in your county —
RUSH: — but he’s in Ohio right now.
RUSH: But, I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t put too much hope in coal, with Obama lurking around, if I were you. I mean, you may not have heard this, but he has targeted coal as something he wants to put out of business.
CALLER: Well, I was involved in several projects over the last 20 years increasing the efficiency of coal burns, particularly in —
RUSH: He doesn’t care about that.
CALLER: Once the EPA set the standard, we evolved the technology to meet it. I was a little upset because after we met it and built conveyors for ten plants in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, three or four in each, I think it was, right now we can’t do it anymore. The only way they can — oh. They were dropping whole tires down into the burn when they were making concrete. And what it meant was the temperature increased —
RUSH: You gotta —
CALLER: It increased efficiency and burned out the —
RUSH: You’ve got it all going on. You’ve got logs. You got tires. You got concrete. You’ve got coal. You got Mexico involved, that’s NAFTA, and you’ve got Obama in the state. Why, you are in nirvana.
CALLER: (laughing) Well, to tell you the truth, I wasn’t too pleased about somebody that didn’t volunteer militarily to go, but, on the other hand, now we got two running, both Obama and publican guy didn’t choose to volunteer early in life.
RUSH: Yeah. Obama and the Republican guy.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. No, I didn’t say Republican, I said publican.
CALLER: Yeah, with a P. Just like when you use the word Democrat with a small D.
RUSH: Right. I’m not quite sure as I’m sitting here talking to you. Who are you voting for?
CALLER: I’m gonna surprise a lot of people and say that I’m going to vote for Obama this time.
RUSH: No, you’re not surprising anybody.