Thursday, October 16, 2008
Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio, is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame. Last week at a campaign swing outside Toledo, he told Barack Obama that he was planning on acquiring the plumbing business he worked for and asked whether he would pay higher taxes under Obama's tax plan since the business would earn $250,000 or $280,000. Obama discusses his tax philosophy in this exchange:
In last night's presidential debate, "Joe the Plumber" took center stage as the candidates mentioned him over twenty times. Perhaps the most memorable exchange was Obama's contention that his tax plan would "spread the wealth around," and McCain's retort that "Now, of all times in America, we need to cut people's taxes. We need to encourage business, create jobs, not spread the wealth around":
- Politico and Bloomberg report that the State of Ohio has a $1,182.92 tax lien against Joe the Plumber for back income taxes.
- The Associated Press reports that Joe the Plumber lacks a plumbing license.