Cynical Synapse

Fri, 17 Oct 2008

Joe the Plumber, McCain, and Obama

Filed under: Economy, Michigan, Politics, Rants, Take action — cynicalsynapse @ 7:24 pm

A better title is probably “Nobody’s Perfect,” but that’s not likely to be as catching. In any case, it seems many things are not as they appear.

Turns out Joe the Plumber is neither Joe—his first name is actually Samuel—nor a plumber. At least he doesn’t have his own plumber’s license. Joe, er Sam, became a household name during presidential candidate debates on the 15th. Between them, John McCain and Barrack Obama referred to their Everyman no less than 32 times.

Even though “Joe the Plumber” would benefit from Obama’s proposed tax cuts, he’s opposed to tax hikes on making more than $200,000 ($250,000 per family). If Joe buys the company he’s thinking about and Obama gets his tax hike from 36 to 39%, Joe’s taxes will only go up no more than $900.

McCain claims to be standing up for “Joe,” saying he, and everyone, should be able to ask Obama tough questions. McCain says “Joe” was prompted by the Republicans but now he’s got the media in his front yard Obama’s campaign digging into his past. “Joe” is in the spotlight because McCain put him there. Apparently his campaign didn’t ensure “Joe” was squeaky clean. He appears to be an average Joe to me. He doesn’t need a plumber’s license since he works for someone else. Yes, he needs to pay his back taxes, but we’ve all had some rough spot to deal with. And while Obama’s campaign and the media may be dragging out those details, it was McCain that put “Joe” on point. I guess you’ve at least got to give the McCain credit for defending him.

Did Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers launch Obama’s political career as McCain said during the debate? According to the ABC News fact checkers, no. But there is a lot of overlap between Obama, Ayers, and ACORN. While McCain might not be accurate on his allegations, there’s enough to make reasonable people wonder what Obama’s agenda really is.

As for Obama’s denials of substantive ties to ACORN, it seems the Senator is not being truthful. Besides the motor voter law case, Obama provided leadership training for and both supported and was supported by ACORN. Then there’s that minor detail of Obama’s campaign giving $80,000 to ACORN and another $800,000 to an ACORN affiliate, supposedly to “get out the vote.” Helluva lot more than just a one-time attorney-client case. Does anybody know if Obama ate at the ACORN-sponsored breakfast during the Democratic National Convention?

“Joe” might not saying who he’s voting for, but here are some things to consider. Obama has lied about his ties with ACORN. McCain’s done a couple of things that caught his running mate off-guard, like when he pulled out of Michigan. What kind of leader makes such drastic decisions and leaves his entire staff in the dark? Voters don’t like being blown off. Obama’s pulling out of the primary didn’t sit well with me. Clinton’s leaving her name on the primary ballot, saying she didn’t want to alienate voters and then saying Michigan didn’t matter anyway actually angered me. So, McCain’s dissing Michigan is pathetic and short-sighted. Michigan’s economy is in the worst shape in the nation and to be so publicly dumped by the Republican candidate is to add insult to injury.

Interestingly, candidateAhmnodt Heare moved his headquarters to Michigan and car-hating Ralph Nader opened a Michigan office after McCain kicked the state to the curb. If you truly want change, vote for one of these guys and not for any of the incumbents. They’re the ones that brought us the trillion-dollar bailouts for banks, Wall Street, and AIG. How much of that did you get?



  1. I will never vote for Obama…

    Comment by Charlie Table — Fri, 31 Oct 2008 @ 4:44 pm

  2. I love Obama

    Comment by — Fri, 18 Feb 2011 @ 7:16 am

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