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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Play it again Sam

If Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher didn't exist, Barack Obama would have to create him.

It seems "Joe the Plumber," the Ohio tradesman who engaged in a debate over taxes with Obama -- and whose cause was taken up by John McCain in last night's debate -- isn't really a licensed plumber. And his name is not Joe.

But he does owe $1,200 in back taxes. No wonder he's upset about the Obama plan that he says would prevent him from buying a $250,000 plumbing business.

I had some doubts earlier today that Joe would become the economic symbol that McCain would need to turn the tide in the campaign. After all, critics have repeatedly said Obama has failed to connect with the public on the topic because he hasn't put a human face to the problem.

McCain thought he could use Joe as the GOP metaphor. But got more than he bargained for.

Wurzelbacher was putting the pipe elbow before the wrench when he lamented Obama would prevent him from buying a business. Why? Because he isn't considered professionally qualified to run the shop.
Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics revealed that Wurzelbacher was not a licensed member of their trade.

"That means that he has not completed the training program necessary for him to sit for a license test," said Tony Herrera, market recovery specialist for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 50 in Toledo, Ohio.

Not only is Wurzelbacher only qualified to work for someone else with a master license, but he seems to have an, ahem, tax problem.
According to records on file with the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the state filed a tax lien against Samuel J. Wurzelbacher for $1,182.98 on Jan. 26, 2007, that is still active.
In other words, Wurzelbacher believes laws and regulations don't apply to him. Funny, that does put him in the company of many Republican business types.

The McCain camp's failure to vet Joe the Plumber before holding him up as an icon is yet another in a long list of snap decisions made for political gain without thinking through the possibilities.

You know, like Sarah Palin.

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Anonymous Pedestrian Observer GB said...

If McCain brought up the problem with and not the problem of Joe the Plunderer responsible for our diminishing if not gone 401K... he probably would have scored big time on the undecideds........ but the way it is it only shows they are out of touch like Joe the Plumber, lol.

October 16, 2008 9:29 PM  
Anonymous adamg said...

And what's all this about him being related to Charles Keating?

October 16, 2008 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOE THE NON-UNION, UNLISCENED, SCAB PLUMBER gives a bad name for Unionized Journeymen plumbers.

Using McCain’s 6-Day 10hr shifts Joe could have made in excess of $250,000.00 WITHOUT EVEN OWNING THE BUSINESS!

You say how? An PRIMARY "A" DIVISION JOURNEYMEN in LOCAL #1 makes $80.26 per hr (including benefits) X 6 days a week 10 hrs a day = $3,210.40 Regular Time + 20 hrs OT @ $120.29 = $2405.80 = $5616.20 x 52= $292,042.40!

So JOE THE "SCAB" PLUMBER could pay his TAXES and get a new van if he was a PROUD AMERICAN "A" DIVISION JOURNEYMEN in LOCAL #1.

Don't believe the numbers? Call the Joint board and check!

(718) 752-9630 or I can post a link to the wages.


Vote Union Today = OBAMA 2008!

October 17, 2008 3:56 AM  

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