.......CALLER: Real quickly with my story. You know, I started over 20 years ago, got a divorce, went and worked for a company, learned everything, and went on my own and built a corporation running about a thousand men. I'm in construction, I'm a female, and we're private, we're not union. And so over the last four years, I have laid off 800-plus men. And I have made up my mind that if Barack gets four more years, I am going to close. I'm going to close the company down. I'm down to maybe 200-plus men right now. And my stress comes from laying these people off, and now I'm getting the lawsuits for wrongful termination. Someone called someone an old man, so I'm being sued for six figures on that.
RUSH: Wait a second. Hold, hold, hold, hold, whoa, whoa, whoa, just a sec. Wait a minute. I want to get the picture of this. You, Madeleine, are the only woman in a company that had a thousand employees.
RUSH: You had to lay off 800 of these guys, you're in the construction business.
CALLER: Yes, over the last four years.
RUSH: Last four years. Did you get any stimulus money for shovel-ready jobs from President Obama?
CALLER: Not a dime. Please. Not a stinking dime, because if you are a private company and you take one dollar of government or state or county money, you have to sign a deal with the union. And there is no way. So I do track residential. The union guys do the commercial, and they're not involved --
RUSH: You see, I asked her that 'cause I knew what the answer was gonna be. The key here is that Obama insisted that every job that got stimulus money to assist had to be a union job, be it a bureaucrat in a state government office or on a construction job, so you didn't get a penny because you aren't union.
CALLER: No. No. And nor do I want to be. The union is the reason why the economy is so horrific, and why he doesn't understand that -- well, he does. But it's just a matter of here I've laid off over 800 people who had jobs, who took care of their families. I didn't fire them. I laid them off so they're collecting unemployment. But now the stress is they're finding ways to come back at me. Seven months later I have a lawsuit where a guy said one of my guys called him an old man, Rush. So he found an attorney in LA who would take his case and he is now suing me --
RUSH: Let me tell you something, Madeleine, I know people who have told me that they live in fear of what's happened to you. They have to lay people off, and they know they're setting themselves up for lawsuits like the ones you're getting. But you have no choice, right? I mean if you had a 15,000-employee firm, you're down to 200, you didn't do that because you're mean. Nobody wants their business to shrink that much, right?
CALLER: Right, 'cause there is no work, and whatever work there is right now, it's just a matter of no profit, rolling dollars just to keep the employees who have been with you 20- plus years going. And now as far as me, I still take a check, I would have shut down if I would have taken no check. Because that doesn't make sense to me to risk the liability, to risk everything --
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: -- and you're not even taking a dollar?
RUSH: I understand that, but you're gonna shut down if Obama's reelected?
CALLER: Yes, I am, sir. I certainly am.
RUSH: Specifically why?
CALLER: Because the worker's comp has doubled because of the lawsuits. Just I've had it, I've really had it, and there is no profit. You're rolling dollars. I'm not borrowing money because I've been a good business steward to keep it afloat, but there just is no more profit in it, and so why do I want to risk the lawsuits and the liability and the workers' comp, why do I want to risk all that? Workers comp has doubled.
RUSH: Right. Well, plus, health care is part of that, but on top of that, to boot, you'll be buried.
CALLER: Exactly. So it's bye-bye after 20 some years. I don't know where my employees who have been with me for 20 some years are gonna go and get a job because everybody's in this situation.
RUSH: Well, plus, it's California, so you got a double whammy.
CALLER: Double whammy. He's gonna raise the taxes and thinks anybody who makes over a certain amount wants to pay more so we're gonna vote for that. I mean, it's crazy. I'm headed to Texas where Governor Perry is.
RUSH: Wow. See, that's federalism, folks. You can move. But when the Feds start doing this stuff, there's nowhere to go to escape it. Madeleine, God bless. Good luck.