16 October 2008

This "Joe the Plumber" Guy

McCain keeps bringing up "Joe the Plumber" in this third and final nasty debate, so who the fuck is this guy? From Fox News:

Barack Obama told a tax-burdened plumber over the weekend that his economic philosophy is to "spread the wealth around" -- a comment that may only draw fire from riled-up John McCain supporters who have taken to calling Obama a "socialist" at the Republican's rallies.

Obama made the remark, caught on camera, after fielding some tough questions from the plumber Sunday in Ohio, where the Democratic candidate canvassed neighborhoods and encouraged residents to vote early.

"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed "more and more for fulfilling the American dream."

"It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too," Obama responded. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

Eric Dondero has more on Mr. Joe, and the bald plumber is being gussied up like a modern day John Galt. Probably because he cuts through the bullshit and wonders why his tax dollars have to be foisted upon social parasites that blew their money on homes they couldn't afford. I'm not against taxes per se, if they actually went to pay down our outrageous debt and were spent on government functions specifically called out in the Constitution (like defense). But politicians these days think have no qualms with looting the public trust to give money to certain sectors of the population that are on the fence (this is a problem with both Repubs and Dems). Attitudes like Joe's show that America still has some common sense and isn't willing to capitulate like a bunch of wimps "for our own good".