Saturday, October 18, 2008

Why Is Plumber Joe A Big Deal?

With all the heat on Joe from the in the tank media I think it would be a good idea to look at Obama's Joe Problem is not Joe. It is Obama.

Obama dropped the mask long enough to tell the truth to Toledo plumber Joe Wurzelbacher - who had asked the Democratic nominee why he wanted to jack up his taxes just for "fulfilling the American dream."

"I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year," Wurzelbacher had told Obama. "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?"

"It's not that I want to punish your success," Obama replied. "I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success, too . . . When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
Let me repeat the Money quote, just in case you missed it. Mr. Obama said:

When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.

Except that it was impossible to see that "spreading the wealth around" was not good for Joe the Plumber. Especially when Mr. Obama wanted to spread Joe's wealth around. Obama admitted he was a socialist. I think that is death in American politics. Which is why the Obama team has to change to subject.


spreading the wealth around

has one big deficit, every one imagines that it is their money that will get taken. Because it is true. In a system based on thievery the advantage is to the thieves.

It took a team of plumbers to derail Nixon. It looks like it only took one to do in Mr. Obama. As long as we focus on the answer and not the questioner.

1 comment:

Foobarista said...

This is the fundamental problem with the "What's the Matter with Kansas" thesis that Dem theorists have been grappling with. Working-class strivers don't dream about government handouts, even if they may benefit them at the moment. They dream about "making it big" by successfully growing their trade into a thriving business.

And they're well aware that the government is far of a hindrance than a help in the pursuit of this goal.