Joe Wurzelbacher: The New Symbol Of American Small Business

ABC‘s Teddy Davis has a report about Joe Wurzelbacher, the plumber who asked Barack Obama about taxing small businesses, and the plumber’s views on those taxes. Joe has come to symbolize the small business in America and the frustration small businesses deal with when having to face government bureaucarcy and tax laws.

Here is a recap of the exchange between Joe and Obama:

“Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed “more and more for fulfilling the American dream.””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 for success too,” Obama responded. “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”

In a moment of unscripted speech, Barack Obama let slip that he is, in fact, a socialist and wants to redistribute America’s wealth by taking money away from those who worked to earn it and giving it to those who did not work to earn it.

Thus, it is completely understandable why Joe Wurzelbacher is so infuriated. Here is what he said on Nightline:

“To be honest with you, that infuriates me,” plumber Joe Wurzelbacher told Nightline’s Terry Moran. “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,” he added.

Wurzelbacher, who says no one from the McCain campaign got in touch with him before Wednesday, was a centerpiece of the third and final presidential debate.

And a majority of small businesses across the American landscape feel the same. Why work to succeed and grow if the government is going to come in and confiscate your earnings? Barack Obama’s tax plan would effectively put a roof on how large a business can get, which in turn, also limits how many people a business can employ and how much those employees can get paid.

Joe was trying to make Barack Obama aware of this, but socialists don’t listen to such rational arguments.

Now, some libs in the media are starting to parse words and argue semantics over who would get taxed for how much, but they completely miss the relevent point that the Obama plan is still a socialist tax increase that will have devastating effects on our economy.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Joe The Plumber: Obama Tax Plan ‘Infuriates Me’
Teddy Davis
ABC News
October 16, 2008

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2 Responses

  1. In the worst case, Joe benefits from Obama. According to tax analysts, if Mr. Wurzelbacher’s gross business receipts were $250,000, then he would NOT have to pay higher taxes under Mr. Obama’s plan. Joe is actually eligble for a tax cut. More at the NYT.

    Let’s hope Joe is a better plumber than a financial decoy for the GOP, because that hot water heater is ready to blow.

  2. mrb,

    The IRS doesn’t agree with the New York Times. You can see the real statistics by accessing my other post on this topic:

    https://84rules.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/joe-biden-attacks-joe-wurzelbacher-small-businesses-and-middle-america/

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