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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who Is Joe The Plumber?

(Cartoon compliments of Americans for Limited Government)

During last night's Debate a name rang out, Joe the Plumber aka Joe Wurzelbacher and many wonder who the heck Joe the Plumber is.

He is you, he is me, he is every hard working American that has busted his butt in his chosen profession to the point where after years of working hard, he might finally be able to buy a plumbing business, hire people, and run his own company.

Why has his name popped up all of a sudden?

As we discussed yesterday, Joe Wurzelbacher managed to ask Barack Obama a question about Obama's tax plan and he directly asked him why a man like himself would be punished for his hard work and abilities under Obama's tax plan, to which Obama finally, publicly stated the words which capture the essence of who and what Obama is.

Obama said Joe's hard earned money would be taken so that Obama could "spread the wealth."

Joe isn't a rich man and has worked his whole life as a plumber, saved, paid his bills, and got himself in the position where he could buy his own business and if his business succeeds, Obama would raise his taxes to hand out to others that have not done as well as Joe.


After the presidential debate last night, Joe the plumber was questioned about Obama's responses to which he says that Obama does "a tap dance...almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr."

Mr. Obama didn't win Mr. Wurzelbacher's support on Sunday, and he didn't change his mind last night.

He did allow, "Obama, you can't take away that he's a damn good speaker."

Overall, though, Mr. Wurzelbacher was pleased with Mr. McCain's performance.

"McCain was doing much better this time," he said. "McCain came across with some solid points. I like his tax cuts."

But he said Mr. Obama's health-care plan scares him.

"It's just one step closer to socialism," he said.

He said he hopes both candidates will talk about family and family values before the November election because he believes problems such as education and senior health care should come back to families taking care of each other. "Sense of family has to be brought back," Mr. Wurzelbacher said.

He added: "I believe there was too much emphasis put on me. The debate was more important."

Mr. Wurzelbacher is embarrassed that so much attention is being paid to him, but I disagree about people not being interested in him. He is representative of many Americans, not rich, not poor, just a hard working man that would suffer from Obama's Tax plan.

Fact is Joe is us, he is the hard working man or woman, considered middle class, that gets to a point in their lives when they can grab that brass ring and Obama's tax plan scares them because if they do the right thing, if they work hard enough, if they do a good enough job, they will succeed to the point where they will make enough for their "wealth to be spread around" to others who have not done the work.

ABC reports that Nightline's Terry Moran spoke to Joe Wurzelbacher:

"Joe The Plumber" has weighed in on Wednesday's presidential debate and he says that Barack Obama's tax plan "infuriates me."

"To be honest with you, that infuriates me," plumber Joe Wurzelbacher told Nightline's Terry Moran. "It's not right for someone to decide you made too much---that you've done too good and now we're going to take some of it back."

"That's just completely wrong," he added.

I think Joe's final words in that interview pretty much says it all.

"I don't like it. "You know, me or -- you know, Bill Gates, I don't care who you are. If you worked for it, if it was your idea, and you implemented it, it's not right for someone to decide you made too much."