"Joe the Plumber" is an Asshole
(Note: For this site's traffic, Joe the Plumber is the gift that keeps on giving. People still search for "Joe the Plumber asshole" and "Joe the Plumber jerk." Thanks, Joe, for being such a visible douchebag!)
(Update -- 8-18-09 -- Joe the Plumber wants to beat the livin' tar out of a woman! What an asshole!)
Was I the only one who thought Joe the Plumber sounds like a total dick? Here's a guy who's worried that if he makes over $250,000 a year, he'll end up paying more taxes. Cry me a fucking river, Joe. We should all have such concerns.
They say Joe the Plumber works 80 hours a week or whatever. Hey, I've got an idea for you, Joe, how about you work only 40 hours a week, spend a little time with your family, and make only $249,000 next year. That way, your taxes won't go up -- in fact, under Obama's plan they might even go down -- and you may actually develop some meaningful relationships and find out how to enjoy life!
Besides, Joe, if the economy keeps sliding, your business won't do so well, and if the federal budget continues being so grossly out of balance, the economy will definitely keep sliding. Remember the Clinton years? Balanced budgets do matter. They lead to a justifiably strong dollar and bring money into our markets. Not too many people are going to be installing new kitchens and bathrooms if the country goes bankrupt, Joe the Plumber, you jerk.
Wasn't McCain about "Country First" or something like that? This country needs to get its finances in order, and that's going to require some sacrifices. Since 95 percent of us are having a tough time making a go of it, it's up to the fortunate, the Joe the Plumbers of the world (and people who make 20 times as much as Joe, like Cindy McCain) to step up to the plate.
THIS JUST IN: Turns out that "Joe the Plumber" is related to Charles Keating. That's right, Charles Keating of McCain's Keating Five glory days. It did seem odd that the McCain campaign managed to get a record of this one conversation of Obama's; now it looks downright fishy.
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