18 October 2008
Just who is Joe the plumber?
Joe the plumber doesn't really exist. The man who does exist is a bovine slaphead named Sam who was put up to confront Barrack Obama over his plans to raise taxes on parasites earning over $250,000 a year.
You can sort of understand the Republican idea: create a Joe Sixpack bloke and turn him loose to damage the Democrats. The problem is that Joe Sixpack is the American version of the British man on the Clapham omnibus, the Everyman who has basically been battered down by life and who knows that nobody in power gives a shit about him.
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher is a far cry from that, but this wasn't about abortion or guns, so a genuine Joe Sixpack wouldn't fit the bill. Besides, time was pressing, and he was all the GOP could find at short notice, so they ran with him.
John McCain mentioned him about twenty times in last Wednesday's presidential debate, and then the GOP created an attack advert featuring their new celebrity - and that's when it all started to go horribly wrong for them.
The day after McCain made Wurzelbacher famous, he learned that his new pal: "owes back taxes. He is not a licensed plumber. And it turns out that Wurzelbacher makes less than $250,000 a year, which means he would receive a tax cut if Obama were elected president."
So who is this bloke? In his own words he emerges as a fantasist who doesn't make "even close" to $250,000. So why does he oppose Obama's plan to make the rich pay? “Why should they be penalized for being successful? That's a very socialist view,” replied this prime specimen of ragged trousered philanthropy.
We had to listen to mongs like this in Britain, over the past few years haven't we? They bought into the low-tax, easy credit life that Blatcherism offered them and now they are shitting their loads at the thought of losing it all.
Let's hope that they do - and let's hope that this goon joins them in the poorhouse.
Oh, and make the fucker pay his back taxes.