I admit, I was kind of amused to learn that “Joe the Plumber,” whom both John McCain and Barack Obama referenced numerous times during last night’s debate, is a real person. However, there seems to be some question about Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher’s plumbing credentials according to the local plumbers’ union in Toledo.
According to an article in the Toledo Blade, Joe doesn’t have a plumbing license, and is not registered to work as a plumber in the state of Ohio “which means he’s not a plumber.”
Mr. Wulzerbacher’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. Wulzerbacher didn’t undergo any apprenticeship training.
“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.”
Mr. Joseph said Mr. Wulzerbacher could only legally work in the townships, but not in any municipality in Lucas County or elsewhere in the country.
“This individual has got no schooling, no licenses, he’s never been to a training program, union or non-union, in the United States of America,” Mr. Joseph said.
The association has endorsed Barack Obama, according to Mr. Joseph.
McCain brought up Joe, out of his concern that Joe would need to pay taxes on his income of over $250,000 (putting him as earning over 95% of Americans, which would make him rich in my book, it not Mr. Seven Houses McCain’s) if he takes over the business from his boss. Turns out Joe probably has nothing to worry about, as he apparently earned about $40,000 in 2006, and still seems to live in modest surroundings. However, Joe is still worried about the “socialism” of getting taxed on over a quarter million dollars should he take over his boss’ business (where he currently works as an under-payed, unlicensed, worker, who probably shouldn’t have been bringing attention to himself).
I’d tell Joe to get some training and join the union; but I’m sure he just considers making union wages as “socialism” and wants to hold onto his building his plumbing empire dream.
Joe (and those like him) is how the wealthy Republicans who really run things get in power.
I’m with the real plumbers, and voting for Barack! Even though I’m going to win the lottery or make it as a famous stand up comedian (hey, I’m entitled to my American daydream, too). I’ll willingly pay more taxes when I make more than $250k.
Anyone who wants to give that much or more to me to test my sincerity – Bring it on!