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As noted yesterday, Joe the Plumber is an unlicensed plumber - not approved by the government or The Union:
Mr. Wurzelbacher’s notoriety has raised the ire of Tom Joseph, business manager for Local 50 of the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Service Mechanics, who claimed that Mr. Wurzelbacher didn’t undergo any apprenticeship training.Actually, he's been working for six years - so in Joe's case experience isn't an issue.
"When you have guys going out there with no training whatsoever, it’s a little disreputable to start with," Mr. Joseph said. "We’re the real Joe the Plumber."
Not so in other cases. Meet Joe Shanks, "a licensed master plumber and owner of Joe's Plumbing Service"
Shanks, an independent voter, said he's supporting Republican Sen. John McCain, citing the official's career experience in office as the deciding factor for him. . . . Shanks likened the decision to a homeowner in need of a plumber - would you hire the guy who just got his trade license, he asked, or a seasoned professional?"Could it be possible that plumbers aren't a monolithic voting block - or that some would defy the Union?
...the way the pro-Obama media and bloggers, and Obama himself, have responded to Joe has got me nearly shaking with rage. They are attempting to destroy a man — a private citizen — who had the audacity to ask The One a question. Mind you, Joe was on his front lawn playing football with his son when Obama strolled up to give him his hopenchange spiel. Obama approached Joe, not the other way around. And Joe asked Obama an honest question. And Obama gave him an honest — and very, very revealing — answer. Again, mind you, the embarassment was on Obama's end, not Joe's. It wasn't a gotcha question.So once again prompting me to ask: Down the memory hole? Gosh, who could have seen that coming? (But then, I'm an experienced blogger...)
And yet, for that Joe is being pilloried, every aspect of his private and professional life being sorted through and exposed. To prove ... what? What does that have to do with Obama's answer? What does Joe's situation have to do with Obama's philosophical answer — that he wants to "spread the wealth"? Obama's answer goes down the memory hole while the nation concentrates its fire on obliterating Joe the Plumber.
But now that I think about it, this issue: "And yet, for that Joe is being pilloried, every aspect of his private and professional life being sorted through and exposed. To prove ... what?" ...is probably equally important, and equally revealing.
Of course, pointing that out is an "attack", right?
Update: Senator Obama ridicules: "How many plumbers do you know makin' a quarter million dollars a year?"
Actually, that's not what Joe said - and the Senator knows it:
I was impressed by the honesty (not the sentiment) of the Senator's unscripted answer to Joe (Obama: "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody"). But I suspect it's not polling well."I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year," Wurzelbacher said. "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"And for the record, Obama gave a long, thoughtful answer that indicated he understood that Joe was talking about business revenue - not personal income ("if your revenue is above 250 – then from 250 down, your taxes are going to stay the same")
Message to Joes everywhere: Go inside. Lock the door.
If Obama knocks, don't answer.
However, if cornered, the correct response is "Everything is fine sir, thanks to you."
Suddenly, the journalists who wouldn’t lift a finger to investigate Obama’s longtime relationships with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright sprang into action rifling through citizen Joe Wurzelbacher’s tax records. Politico.com reported breathlessly: “Samuel J. Wurzelbacher has a lien placed against him to the tune of $1,182.92. The lien is dated from January of ’07.” Press outlets probed his divorce records. The local plumbers union, which has endorsed Obama, claimed he didn’t do their required apprenticeship work and didn’t have a license to work outside his local township.Posted by James Wilson at October 17, 2008 10:46 AM
Yup - all the while pretty much missing the point - as they did in the Palin attacks - that "warts and all" Joe is indeed pretty much an "Average Joe". (Even if no one like him works in a newsroom in America, or could be found in a Journalism School.)Posted by Greyhawk at October 17, 2008 12:00 PM
I guess these goobers in the media and Obama's campaign don't understand the phrase will it play in Peoria.
Attacking an average, umm, Joe for asking a question just isn't going to sit well with pretty much anyone.Posted by I R A Darth Aggie at October 17, 2008 02:33 PM
In 2004 approx 38% of the union members in this state voted for Bush according to exit polls. I suspect it may have been higher and since I am one of them in the bldg trades union I have good reason to believe it will be higher this year.
Bldg trades people are not your typical Teamster, AFSME or UAW union person. Many are just blue collar, hard working, gun clinging and family oriented people who served in the military and believe in their rights and are willing to defend them. Don't tell anyone but some even believe in God. Shhh!
It's not polling well because it is Socialism: enforced equality.
That isn't American and people do not like to hear their politicians threatening it.Posted by Artist at October 17, 2008 11:02 PM
a year spent covering the Obama campaign and the media has never offered to confirm Barack has, or ever had, a license to practice law. I don't know what States he has passed the bar in...
24 hours after Joe spoke up, the press is openly discussing his lack of a license and reporting his tax difficulties. Pretty hollow when Rangel is under investgation for tax fraud.Posted by mark l. at October 17, 2008 11:57 PM
one other point...
Barack Obama has repeatedly said that his tax plan would not affect individuals below 250k.
The AP offers another version-
"Obama would increase the tax rate to 39 percent from 36 percent on joint income over $250,000 and individual income over $200,000."
It would appear that Obama doesn't know his own system of taxation. In this case, not only Obama failed to accurately report their proposed tax margin, but his disciples in the press and lefty blogs have continually used 250K as their number, admitting that they have not read Barack's tax plan.Posted by mark l. at October 18, 2008 12:09 AM
When McCain "goes negative", he attacks an unrepentant bomb-throwing terrorist.
When Obama goes negative he attacks a hard-working plumber.
Just about says it all, doesn't it?Posted by Gary Rosen at October 18, 2008 03:31 AM
How much do plumbers make? A quick search shows an average salary around $42,000/ year. But what about the business owner? I checked out plumbing businesses for sale at this website and the first few I checked ALL had annual revenues over $250,000- some had revenues well over $500,000.
I don't know what kind of taxes they pay now, but I think they have good reason to worry about what they will pay under an Obama administration.
Joe the Plumber is guilty:
Lèse majesté is the crime of violating majesty, an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state.He has embarrassed The 0ne. Off with his head! Posted by The Monster at October 18, 2008 04:42 AM
Its crazy how quickly the media will attack all of us (the average Joe) and will call us racists, religious fanatics, etc. Why won't the Left-wing illuminaties just admit that they all worship the "chosen one" and will protect the Prince of Change at all cost?Posted by mdrew at October 20, 2008 04:46 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(12) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)