Amidst the reheated rhetoric of the final presidential debate, McCain brought up a new character named Joe. This was not Biden, Lieberman, or even Six Pack, this was The Plumber. Yep, Joe Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe the Plumber, a plumber who claims he owns a business worth upwards 250k.
McCain gleefully related a conversation that Joe had with Obama on the Obama campaign trail. Joe, an Ohio native, claimed that he wanted to buy his business outright, and complained that under Obama’s plan, his taxes would increase. And with higher taxes, he is not sure that he could make the purchase. Joe presented his “predicament” to Obama on the campaign trail, and Obama said,
“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 to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
McCain latched on to the “spread the wealth around” line like a bulldog latching on to a peanut butter covered flank steak, insinuating that Obama’s tax plan was ludicrous and socialist. In fact, before he even brought Joe up, McCain stated that Obama’s tax model was based on “class warfare.” Class warfare!?! Do Marxists even use that term anymore? Perhaps Obama’s plan is a little more socialist, in that it would increase taxes on a certain segment of the population (those earning 250,000 and up). But, let’s be honest, America already socializes plenty–roads, SOCIAL security, education funding, and big corporate bail outs.
Furthermore, Obama’s tax plan does would only tax someone if they earned over 250k, it does not calculate income tax based on the net worth of your business. Even more titillating are claims that Joe is not even a plumber.
So what about Joe? Will he survive? Does he even have a job? Personally, I wouldn’t worry too much. McCain’s remarks tonight have ensured that Joe will get his 15 minutes in the sun. My advice to you Joe: sell your exclusive interview to the highest bidder, so that you can buy your business no matter who wins the election. As for me, this hollow debate reminded me of my political impotency in the current system. So I’m off to join my proletariat comrades and overthrow some rich plumbers.