We’ve all heard about “Joe the Plumber” by now. The guy out in Ohio who asked Obama about the ramifications of purchasing the plumbing business from his boss.
Obama’s answer about “sharing the wealth” allows his opponents to further paint him as a Marxist. Coupled with the Obama campaign’s “95% of Americans get a tax cut” (only about two thirds pay income tax) line and we find Obama in a situation where he comes off sounding like a guy who is trying to paint wealth distribution (Marxism) as a tax cut.
Now the rabid dogs on the left are going all out to discredit Joe Wurzelbacher. They point to him having tax liens on his property, not being a licensed plumber and possibly even being related to the Charles H. Keating, Jr. behind the Keating Five Scandel. The one thing they are not doing is discussing what Obama said to the man. (I’d link to these accounts but you can find them all by doing a Google search on your own.)
It does not matter if Joe Wurzelbacher was a plant or not. What matters is the answer Obama gave him. An answer that many are trying to ignore by attacking the questioner. It’s as if some people think that discrediting the man who asked the question will somehow remove the question (and its answer) from the political debate.
Did Barack “Spread the Wealth” Obama Just Blow the Election?by James Pethokoukis
Searching for Obama’s 95 Percent by Philip Klein