Real Plumbers Are Voting for Barack

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!


4 thoughts on “Real Plumbers Are Voting for Barack

  1. Obliged to try it, if you let me.

    Did you know, my friend, according to (Small Business Administration), that of the small business which created (and are most likely to) 100% job growth of the last year, of those which have 10 or more employees, 70% have AT LEAST $250,000 to their name!

    So if Obama thinks he can tax to death the business that create the jobs, increase the spending by another trillion, and still get us out of our financial stress, he should pick another line.

    I’m sorry that Joe, who earns little has the ability to buy the business he’s working for, because Obama will say, ‘You have enough now’, and “spread the wealth around” to people who either don’t work or don’t pay taxes (40% of the 95 Obama likes to quote)!

    Joe worked hard, and will fulfill the American dream. He should not be bridled in his attempt only because he’s getting more than his “fair” share. Whatever that means.

    Lastly, Colleen, please look this up. As I tell people, I desire to have my opinions not be opinions but facts, lest any biased thoughts ruin me. For I know the human mind can be made to believe the silliest of things.


  2. Colleen, I don’t recall Joe ever saying that he was a plumber, but merely wanted to purchase his bosses plumbing business, which makes this a huge assumption that he is a plumber. He even stated today that he is working toward his license. As for the Unions, I have seen the corruption that Unions bring to an organization and they don’t help anyone accept the Union leaders and the lazy.
    Just my humble opinion. You want job security, work harder and smarter than the next person and be skilled in the right area that will keep you employed.


  3. Actually, according to the New York Times, who got their info from the SBA:


    So will Americans who are in business for themselves have to pay more taxes if Mr. Obama is elected, as Mr. McCain asserted?

    According to figures compiled by the Small Business Administration, there are fewer than six million small businesses that actually have payrolls. The rest are so-called nonemployer firms that report income from hobbies or freelance work done by their registered owners, earning as little as $1,000 a year.

    Of these, according to a calculation by the independent, non-partisan Tax Policy Center, fewer than 700,000 taxpayers would have to pay higher taxes under Mr. Obama’s plan. But even some of these are not small-business owners in the traditional sense; they include lawyers, accountants and investors in real estate, all of them with incomes that put them in the top tax brackets.

    So are there “millions more like Joe the Plumber,” as Mr. McCain contended? Probably not. Mr. Obama may well have been correct when he stated that “98 percent of small businesses make less than $250,000.”


    It’s you who need to base your opinions on facts, not fears fed by the Republicans. Barack isn’t taxing small businesses out of existence. On the contrary, he’s providing more incentives for the creation of more American jobs.

    Also, actually, it’s Joe who doesn’t like to pay his taxes (as the article mentioned he owes $1,183 in property taxes). Where do you get your “statistics” on 40% of the 95% being unemployed (thankfully it’s not that bad yet, no thanks to Bush) or not paying their taxes? I make $20k a year and I pay taxes, and people making far less than I do have to pay them too. The fact is, the less you make, the higher percentage of taxes you pay, and you don’t have tax havens to get you out of paying them. We don’t get to itemize and deduct our charitable donations like the middle class or rich, either. Yet we still help out those less fortunate than ourselves.

    We have the greatest distance between rich and poor since before the Great Depression, and the middle class is disappearing.

    We need to elect President Barack Obama, and, yes, we can!


  4. It was the union (IBEW to be exact) that helped my late father (who was definately not lazy) earn enough to support our familiy when I was growing up. We need more unions! We need a living wage! Even Barack’s proposal to raise minimum wage is too small.


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