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A Plumber's Crack

Joe the Plumber's Story Is Not Coming Together

by Richard Mr. Moo Moore
October 19, 2008

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A Plumber's Crack
If you watched the final presidential debate this past week, you were introduced to Joe the Plumber. Joe is a real guy. Joe approached Sen. Obama on the campaign trail in Toledo, Ohio last Sunday and asked how his tax plan would affect him and other small businesses.
Joe talked about a business he was in and was going to purchase. He was concerned that President Obama's tax plan would hurt his bottom line. Fortunately, Obama didn't say something foolish like "it's patriotic to pay taxes".  Obama dealt with the question on the stump but it was Sen. McCain that made Joe a household name.
Joe wasn't quite up front with Obama.
First of all he said he was going to purchase a business. His current employer's business. WRONG. The business is not for sale according to the owner. And how is he going to buy the business, even if it was for sale, on a salary of $40,000?
Second, he gave Obama the gross income of the business at around $250,000. WRONG. The owner claims that's about double of last years' receipts.
Third, Joe the Plumber is a misnomer. Why? Joe's not even a licensed plumber.
Fourth, Joe probably would have additional problems when folks find out that there is a 2007 lien against him for $1,000 for, drum roll please, not paying his taxes.
Well, Joe got his 15 minutes or so of fame. After over 20 mentions of Joe in the debate, everyone was talking Joe the Plumber. The next day, John McCain said that the real winner in last night's debate "Joe the Plumber".
If McCain really thinks Joe was the winner in the debate, with all the falsehoods that have surfaced, McCain is in trouble.
What we can hope the real winner of the campaign when it concludes on November 4th, is the American people.
But I have to wonder if that's possible.

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esther mcamis from 98801 writes:
October 20, 2008
The REAL "Joe the Plumber" serves Ventura County in Southern California. Unlike McCain's "Joe the Plumber" who lives in Ohio and is unlicensed, the REAL "Joe the Plumber" is a licensed plumber; State Contractors License # 896908. In spite of McCain's campaign knowing the real facts, at McCain's rally yesterday -- McCain continues his let's pretend game, lauds his Joe who formally lived in Alaska. Ring a bell! McCain said, -"Joe is like so many of you out there." Say what?

To surmise that McCain's Joe might have been a plant McCain/Palin can't let go off now that it has badly backfired just might not be too far fetched considering we have seen how low they are willing to sink to clog this race to the White House.

This is what the REAL Joe the Plumber had to say:

"Since the debate Wednesday between John McCain and Barrack Obama, I have received: 160,758 hits on my website, over 300 phone calls, and hundreds of e-mails. I have been interviewed for several publications and appeared on Television 4 times, interviewed for the Radio 3 times, made the cover of the Local newspaper twice and met alot of people and signed two dozen Autographs. All in a three day period. Peace!Joe Lara

Please be advised that I am NOT the unlicensed Plumber from Ohio who was mentioned over 20 times in Wednesdays Debate."

Christina from Florida writes:
November 7, 2008
Don't kill the messenger because you don't like the message. My husband does not have a license but he was a plumber with the college. you only have to have a license if you are practicing on your own. Plus you can own a plumbing business and still not be a plumber. I think it was awfull what was done to this man. I can't believe that in America you can't ask a question.

elm from 98801 writes:
November 16, 2008
Important to note: Joe The Plumber was exploited by John McCain and Sarah Palin to bolster their own campaign against Obama. Obama didn't go looking for Joe or attack Joe. Nothing Joe learned from Obama's reply to him was any different than Obama's health care program and tax plan that came out way before Joe The Plumber arrived on McCain's buck-shot list. McCain and Palin USED Joe The Plumber over and over and rode it to death while the media kept reporting on it. Then suddenly, the twist was that Joe The Plumber was under seige. More canned bull-meat. McCain's "Joe The Plumber" game failed to be a vore getter - just as Palin's "Six-Pack Joe" line failed to be a vote getter. Joe The Plumber had no message, he only asked a question and got a straight answer from Obama. One that McCain's camp spun, twisted and blew clear out of porportion. More canned-bull-meat! Not only did McCain's camp try to kill the messanger they also tried to kill the message. Bottom line, they attacked Obama and his message. This year Americans everywhere got it, closely scrutinized the game of dirty politics that they had long grown weary of and voted for CHANGE! Thank God it's over!

Those who don't like the result - need to pick up some Cheese and Crackers to go with your WHINE.

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