Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pull the plug on "Joe the Plumber"

Joe McCain mentioned "Joe the Plumber" 22 times in last night's presidential debate. Joe, aka, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, is plumber in Ohio. McCain injected him into the debate as an example of a hard working American who would "suffer" under Obama's tax plan. It seems Joe wants to buy a business and McCain claims he would have to pay higher taxes on that business if Obama were President, something Joe doesn't like.

You see Joe isn't a big fan of taxes -- that's why he hasn't always paid them. A filing with the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas shows that he has had state tax liens filed against him because he was either delinquent or didn't fully pay taxes that he owed.

Given that Joe is in arrears on his taxes, you'd think he would actually support Obama. According to ABC, Joe would certainly get a tax cut under Obama's plan because his business wouldn't make anywhere near $250,000 in profits - which is the higher tax threshold.

For his part, Joe is milking his 15 minutes of fame. He held an impromptu press conference on his front lawn Thursday and discussed his political views, which includes lower taxes and a dislike for Social Security. I think someone should check the McCain campaign's payroll and make sure this guy isn't on it and then pull the plug on this guy's microphone.


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