Now we learn: his name’s not Joe, he’s not a plumber and he would do better under Obama’s plan! You gotta love American politics!
Last weekend, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) visited a quiet neighborhood outside Toledo, OH, and ran into a man named Samuel J. Wurzelbacher. Wurzelbacher, known as “Joe,” asked Obama if he believed in the American Dream and expressed his concern about having to pay higher taxes should he fulfill his desire to own a small plumbing business. “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year,” he told Obama. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” Obama explained that his tax plan is premised on the idea that “if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re going to be better off if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you.” Obama then added, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Wurzelbacher became an instant conservative hero. Right-wing media immediately latched on to him — who called Obama’s economic plan “socialist” — and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) quickly jumped on the bandwagon, lionizing “Joe the Plumber” in the final presidential debate last Wednesday. “What you want to do to Joe the Plumber and millions more like him is have their taxes increased and not be able to realize the American Dream of owning their own business,” McCain said to Obama. But the reality is far different. In fact, a progressive tax policy is exactly how “millions” like “Joe the Plumber” can realize the American Dream — a concept that McCain once understood years ago.