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Meet Joe the Plumber

October 16, 2008

YouTube – Obama Explains His Tax Cut Plans To Plumbing Business Owner

Tonight’s debate was interesting, but the real debate happened earlier with this guy Joe. Watch the whole thing if you haven’t seen it because I think it’s one of the most fascinating exchanges I’ve seen so far in this campaign. Only in America!

I think Obama comes off pretty well actually, if not on content but on the willingness to engage a regular American who asks some tough questions. From his stance, you can tell Joe would probably soon as tackle Obama than not, but he remains respectful (as he should) and Obama is clearly energized by the interaction.

The money quote is around 4:40 when Obama says “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody”.  He follows it up with a (sincere I think) declaration that even if he doesn’t get this guy’s vote, he’s still going to be “working hard on his behalf”, because “small businesses are what creates jobs in this country” and Obama wants to encourage it.

What to think?

My impression is that Obama is basically telling the guy that he’s going to take just a little of his money to help out people who need it. Whether Joe wants it or not. He then throws a lot of policy gobbeldygook at Joe, just to make it sound like he knows some stuff. Joe smiles and takes it like a man. What else can you do?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Toayminator permalink
    October 16, 2008 10:07 pm

    Unfortunately, the wisdom of a plumber-small businessman is lost on a Harvard lawyer.

    Despite the protestations of Timmy C, O’s policies ARE socialist. Or perhaps marxist. By which I mean, they intend to take- by force (of law- I mean what if you refuse to pay? You lose your house or business and / or go to jail.)- what some people have earned and give it to others who didn’t earn as much. If you or I did that- took from a neighbor what he rightfully earned, and gave it to a different neighbor, we’d be in prison.

    To be fair, this didn’t start with O. He’s just another in a long line of libs who’ve thought it was their right to take my money and give it to people “more deserving”.

    This is nothing more than legalized plunder by the powerful on behalf of the unaccountable.


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