Joe The Plumber Wasn't A Real Plumber, Was Never Affected By Obama's Tax Policy
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Joseph Wurzelbacher (what kind of pinko name is that for an American icon?) was your typical average Jim until he got the chance to ask presidential candidate Barack Obama if his tax plan would raise taxes on the small plumbing business he was planning to buy. Obama's admittance that, yeah, his taxes might go up a bit prompted the John McCain camp to constantly reference "Joe the Plumber" as an average American who would get screwed if Obama took charge.
via New York Magazine
"Well, I disagree. Superman gets worked up lifting an island, while
Goku destroys planets. There's just no contest."
This would have been a powerful example ... if absolutely any of it were true. Joe's question was the loaded "I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year. Your new tax plan's going to tax me more, isn't it?" which the media morphed into "I am a plumber who makes over a quarter of a million dollars a year, because I plumb for the stars."
Also, "getting ready to buy a company" meant "I've talked about taking over for my boss one day, maybe." And "plumber" meant "unlicensed plumber." And "$250,000 to $280,000 a year" meant "it would sure be nice if I made that much someday, even though the average 'plumber' in my position makes between 40 and 70 grand."
"Barely enough to feed one of my three Seagals."