I make no bones about what I believe: I’m against Barack Obama being President of the United States of America. I’m (reluctantly) voting for John McCain. I’m also a (reluctant) Republican. I’ve really got no other choice here.
I’m a Conservative first, and foremost. If there were a Democrat – who wasn’t a spawn of Marxist ideological hell – who echoed my views, I’d vote for them. There aren’t many of those around here in Michigan. So, my choices are limited. Ergo, my disdain for Barack Hussein Obama.
Which makes the whole Joe the Plumber (a.k.a. Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher) episode all the more profound and hilarious.
Here’s the original video:
I’ve provided a transcript of the meat of the conversation below (up to the part where Obama makes his big goof). You’ll have to excuse any transcription errors – I don’t do this kind of stuff for a living:
JTP: I’m getting ready to buy a company…
JTP: …that makes two-hundred – um – about two-hundred and fifty, two-hundred seventy, eighty- thousand dollars a year.
JTP: Your new tax plan’s gonna tax me more, isn’t it?
BHO: Well, here’s what’s gonna happen. The – uh – if you’re a small business…
BHO: …which you would qualify, first of all you get a fifteen-percent tax credit. So you’d get a cut in taxes for your healthcarecosts. You’d actually get a tax cut on that front. If your revenue is above two-fifty, then from two-fifty down your taxes are gonna stay the same. And is true (?) for say two-fifty up, from two-fifty to three-hundred or so…
JTP: Well here’s my question – the reason why…
BHO: I – I just want to answer your question.
BHO: The – uh. So the – uh – so for that additional amount you’d go from thirty-six to thirty-nine percent, which is what it was under Bill Clinton.
BHO: So the – uh. And the reason we’re doing that is because ninety-five percent of small businesses make less than two-fifty. So what I want to do is give them a tax cut. I wanna give all these folks who are bus drivers, teachers, autoworkers who make less – I wanna give them a tax cut. And so what we’re doing is, we are saying is that the folks who make more than two-fifty that – that marginal amount above two-fifty they’re gonna be taxed at a thirty-nine instead of a thirty-six percent rate.
JTP: Well, the reason why I ask you about the American dream – I mean, I work hard. I’m a plumber. You know, I work, you know, ten- twelve-hours a day. And I’m, you know, buying this company, and I’m gonna continue to work that way. Now, if I buy another truck, and add something else to it, and you know, build the company, you know, I’m getting taxed more and more. For fulfilling – for fulfilling the American dream. So you’re…
BHO: But here’s – but here’s – here’s – here’s a way of thinkin’ about it. Um – how – how long have you been a plumber? How long you’ve been working?
JTP: Uh – fifteen years.
BHO: Ok. So over the last fifteen years, when you weren’t making two-fifty, you would have been getting a tax cut from me. So you’d actually have more money, which means you would have saved more, which means you would have gotten to the point where you could build your small business quicker than under the current tax code. So, there are two ways of looking at it. I mean, one way of looking at it is, now that you’ve been more – become more successful…
JTP: Through hard work.
BHO: …through hard work, you don’t want to be taxed as much.
BHO: Which I – which I understand. But another way of looking at it is, ninety-five percent of folks who are making less than two-fifty, they may be working hard too.
BHO: But, they’re being taxed at a higher rate then they would be under mine. So – so what I’m doing is – you know – project – put yourself back ten years ago, when you were only making – whatever – sixty or seventy. Under my tax plan, you would be keeping more of your paycheck. You’d be spending lower taxes, which means you would have saved, and gotten to the point where you are, faster. Now look – I – nobody like high taxes. Right?
JTP: Not at all.
BHO: Of course not. But what’s happened is, we end up – we’ve cut taxes a lot for folks like me who make a lot more than two-fifty. We haven’t given a break to folks who make less, and as a consequence the average wage and income for just ordinary folks – the vast majority of Americans – has actually gone down over the last eight years. So all I wanna do so is – I – I got a net tax cut. The only thing that changes is, I’m gonna cut taxes a little bit more for the folks who are most in need, and will – will for the five-percent of the folks who are doing very well, even though they’ve been working hard – and I understand that, and I appreciate that – I just wanna make sure they’re paying a little bit more in order to pay for those other tax cuts. Now, I re– I respect the disagreement, but I just want you to be clear, it’s not that I want to punish your success. I just wanna make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success too.
JTP: It seems that – it seems that you’d be welcome to a flat tax then.
BHO: You know, I’d be open to it, except for here’s the problem with a flat tax – the – uh – is –that if you actually put a flat tax together…
BHO: ..,you’d prob – in order for it to work and replace all the revenue that we’ve got, you’d probably end up having to make it like a forty-percent sales tax. I mean, that’s the value-added – making it up. Now, some people say twenty-three or twenty-five, but in truth when you add up all the revenue that would need to be raised, you’d have to slap on a whole bunch of sales taxes. So the – uh – and I do believe that, for folks like me who are, you know, worked hard and, frankly, also been lucky…
BHO: …uh – I don’t mind paying just a little bit more than the waitress who I just met over there, who’s thing are slow, and she can barely make the rent, you know. Because my – my attitude is that – if – if the economy is good for the folks from the bottom-up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you got a plumbing business – uh – you’re gonna be better off if you got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you. And right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody. And – and I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
Now, it’s the “spread the wealth around” comment that opponents of Barack Obama are making hay with, because (outside of the rest of the stuff Obama says) it’s Marxist to its very core. Karl Marx would have written it a different way:
In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly — only then then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!
The people below $250,000.00 a year need the tax cut. The people – the ones whom Obama described as “lucky” – have the ability to pay.
Essentially, it was Joe the Plumber who drew Barack Hussein Obama out, and allowed him to proudly announce his Marxist ideology by asking a few simple questions, and engaging him in a small debate. Joe hardly said a thing. Obama- so assured that Joe would follow along with the class warfare crap – kept blathering on about how he wants to take more from people at “the top”, and essentially give it to people at “the bottom”.
What’s interesting about all of this is that, in addition to being a Marxist, Barack Obama attempted to confuse the issue when it came to taxes. He was talking about taxing businesses that made over $250,000 a year (which, despite what the Obama campaign says, is a real low sum for annual revenue), so that he can give low-income individuals income tax breaks. First, the top 10% of wage earners pay something like 64% of the nation’s income tax burden, whereas the bottom 20% of wage earners actually get back more than they paid in for income tax. So, the “tax break” for those people is completely made up. Second, not all small business owners are sole proprietorships. So the owner of the company is not pocketing revenue and/or profits. But, these are minor details compared to Obama’s Marxist ideology.
Nonetheless, Joe the Plumber has made quite a stir. In fact, he’s now under assault by the same same people who went after Sarah Palin. Yep, that’s right: the Obama Campaign and their sycophants are out to get Joe the Plumber.
Bizzare, isn’t it?
CNN did a poll of their people after the debate on the Joe the Plumber in a video clip called Voters Sour on ‘Joe the Plumber’.
Obama and Biden have started ripping into Joe the Plumber:
Biden’s attacks on Joe the Plumber were expanded:
“We’re worried about Joe the guy who owns the gas station, the barber, the grocer,” the Democratic vice-presidential nominee told Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer. “Ninety-eight percent of the small business people in America make less than $250,000 a year, and they’re going to get a real break under our plan. Joe the plumber, whose making over $250,000, is not going to get any more additional tax cuts with us.”
And this is is mild. Places like MSNBC and CNN have dug up how much the guy owes in back taxes, and whether the guy has a plumbing license or not. And this is tame compared to the stuff being hurled at Joe the Plumber from the moonbat left. Jonah Goldberg probably says it best:
Instead, they attacked and belittled a citizen who asked a candidate a question. They think he’s stupid or a liar for not understanding that a promised check from a President Obama is more valuable than some pipe dream about future success.
All this because the man asked a question of Obama, and Obama let it be known what he really believes.
Do you want to know the real reason why the Left has set their sights on Joe the Plumber? Because an Ohio plumber – with no Masters degrees or Ivory League heritage – tripped up their messiah. This lunch-bucket guy, who fondles a monkey wrench all day, did more damage to The Nazarine in a couple of minutes of casual conversation then John McCain did in three different debates. It’s the same reason why these same people have gone after Sarah Palin with the same vitriol and condescension: they’re (Palin and Wurzelbacher) are not as dumb as they looked. They connect with real people, not the self-absorbed coastline intelligentsia, or political insiders. People like Joe Wurzelbacher and Sarah Palin get ahead in life through things like hard work, ambition, and inventiveness. They don’t need an intellectual pedigree from places like Harvard. In short, Sarah Palin and Joe Wurzelbacher understand what the American Dream is all about.
That kind of crap threatens intellectuals on both the left and the right…but mostly on the left.
And here’s a a little hint about why intellectuals (and self-described intellectuals) don’t like average folks like Joe the Plumber: because the intellectuals aren’t all that smart.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in this short time I’ve spent on this earth, it is that if you write or speak well, people think you’re smarter then what you really are. If you’re able to express your ideas clearly, people have a higher opinion of you. In reality, all it means is that you can express your ideas clearly, and nothing more. What’s also not very well known is that such talent masks sheer idiocy. Some of the best writers I’ve read believe in things that I started to reject after I left high school.
You’ll find that most left-leaning intellectuals embrace things like communism and socialism, and hold religious ideals in utter disdain. They’re quick to point out that religion causes wars and strife. Yet, they’re not so quick to recognize that in some 100 years of humanist / atheist / Marxist thought, untold millions have been slaughtered for these aforementioned causes. Stalin killed over twenty-million in the gulag system alone. Mao starved millions of people because he wanted everyone to make steel, and not food. Yet, were it not for the tolerance for religions like Christianity and Judaism, the very intellectuals that revile these “opiates of the masses” would cease to even exist.
Generally, most self-described intellectuals are morons. They think like children, if they bother to think at all. It’s the reason why – if they don’t shout you down first – you can pin even the brightest of liberals in a debate.
So what we have here is a brilliant example of a guy who probably has no college education – that would be Joe the Plumber – tripping-up a Harvard-edumacated lawyer, and intellectual icon. And the Left ain’t too happy about that. Moreover, I think it speak volumes about a guy like Barack Obama. His intelligence is nothing but hype. His mask got ripped off in a very, very public way, and I think it’s hysterical.
What’s also more hysterical is the following thought: it very well may be that this election may be won or lost based on the calm action of a guy like Joe the Plumber. If the Obama camp thought Joe Wurzelbacher was insignificant, or the incident benign, they and their compatriots on the Left would have moved on to much bleaker pastures (leftists only thrive in the fruitless, barren, desperate places). Instead, they continue to pick at this puss-encrusted scab…on national TV no less. And I’m sure LOTS of people are seeing how “intelligent” and “caring” individuals like Barack Obama and Joe Biden treat others who don’t swallow their crap whole.
The most profound thing that I took away from Joe the Plumber was the following from an interview on Hannity and Colmes:
…there’s principles involved. I don’t want to make, or have my taxes cut if if means sombody who worked hard, or had a better break than I did, and take his money. I don’t want his money.
I don’t want someone else’s money who worked hard for it…no.
Some call that having a little bit of pride in one’s self. But most call it, “standing on principle.”
Maybe McCain should take notes? I dunno.