Much has been made of Samuel J. Wurzelbacher since his repeated mention in the third and final 2008 presidential debate. Despite John McCain’s propping him up as an everyday American who would be hurt by Obama’s tax policy, the truth has turned out to be anything but.
We now know that Wurzelbacher is not licensed as a plumber and can’t do any plumbing legally. He’s instead a general contractor. The business he said he’d been planning to buy, currently owned by his boss, doesn’t make the $250,000 a year that would bump up into a higher tax bracket as he claimed. Instead it makes less than half that, about $100,000 a year. Joe himself only makes about $40,000 a year, and couldn’t afford to buy the business anyway, even at the lower valuation.
In short, Joe Wurzelbacher lied on the national stage, misrepresenting himself in order to pose what John McCain might term a “gotcha question” to Obama.
What’s really tragic about this is that Joe is just a poor dupe conned by the Republican party into acting against his own best interests. At his current rate of income, Joe would actually get a tax cut under the Obama plan, allowing him to save more to buy a business of his own someday. But Joe isn’t working towards that. Instead, he’s working to pay more in taxes (since McCain will tax his medical benefits) and get further and further from his stated dream.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you make less than a million dollars a year, you have no business being a Republican. They are not looking out for you.