Don’t people know by now that anytime you venture to have your 15 minutes of fame, you just subject yourself to a detailed review of your entire life? Hint: There is no right of privacy once you become a public figure.
I don’t know what Joe Worzelbacher (yes, that is the correct spelling, not Wurzelbacher) was thinking when he offered to throw himself into the political arena. But here are some of the facts:
1. He is a registered Republican.
2. He does not have a license to be a plumber. Sure, he can claim that he does not need one since he has an employer. But think about it? If you bring your car to a repair shop, you do expect the mechanics to have some sort of certification, right?
3. He is actually within the tax bracket that qualifies for Senator Obama’s tax break.
So, what is this all about? He had a chance encounter with Senator Obama. Rather than tell the truth that he is a registered Republican, he decided to play it coy. He pretended to be an independent voter and then make claims about the tax issues.
One more thought. Joe the plumber represents the Republican Party when it comes to deregulation. The same ideology that got us into this financial mess (that is, look the other way while I rob you). For someone who has parents living with social security, he seems to detest the idea of such a safety net. Does he want to give back the taxpayers all the money social security spent for his parents? Is he willing to invest his social security nestegg in the stock market? Maybe he should take care of his parents, like a dutiful son that he is, and give us the taxpayer a break. But. I would certainly not want him to do the plumbing of my house.
Edit: Ah, one more thing – He owes personal property taxes to the State of Ohio to the tune of $1,183. I wonder how many jobs he did under the table. Talk about being associated with undocumented immigrants!