Joe the Plumber is actually a real guy. You probably knew that, but I missed that during last night’s debate. I thought he was a clever metaphor. Anyway…I love Joe!!!
So, who is Joe? He’s Joe Wurzelbacher from Ohio. He’s been working 12-hour shifts for years, and now he’s going to buy himself a business. Here’s his concern.
“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year, Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” He said to Obama.
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 brought this up in the debate last night, and consequently Joe’s been getting a lot of press. Here are some of my other favorite Joe Quotes.
“It’s not right for someone to decide you made too much—that you’ve done too good and now we’re going to take some of it back…That’s just completely wrong”
“You know, me or…Bill Gates, I don’t care who you are. If you worked for it, if it was your idea, and you implemented it, it’s not right for someone to decide you made too much.”
“Robin Hood stole from greedy rich people and redistributed it to the peasants, so to speak, so if he’s calling us peasants, I kind of resent that”
“[if] you work hard. You’re going to get what you want eventually.” (On the American Dream)
“So he does want to punish me, he does want to punish me for working harder”
“He said he wants to distribute wealth. And I mean…that’s kind of a socialist viewpoint. You know, I work…it’s my discretion who I want to give my money to, it’s not the government decide that I make a little too much and so I need to share it with other people…that’s not the American Dream.”
“His (Obama’s) answer actually scared me.”
Don’t you love Joe too?? http://www.conservatismtoday.com/my_weblog/2008/10/joe-the-plumber-press-conference.html also has some awesome Joe Info.