Friday, October 17, 2008
Joe the Plumber is a Fraud
The McCain campaign probably thought they had seized on something significant by having its candidate repeatedly invoke the name of Joe the Plumber in Wednesday night's final debate with Barack Obama. But Joe the Plumber is a fraud. Had they done their homework, the campaign would have discovered that the dude's first name isn't even Joe, it's Sam; that 95% of all small businesses don't earn $250,000 annually; that Joe Wurzelbacher's total earnings last year was $40,000 (which means that he would benefit from Obama's tax proposal); that he isn't licensed to practice plumbing in Ohio; and that he owes the state of Ohio $1,200 in back taxes, resulting in a lien against his property.