Joe the Plumber for Congress?

‘Joe the Plumber’ May Run for Congress: ‘Maybe We Need Some Regular Guys in There.’

Please tell me he’s kidding. Lie to me if you have to.

I understand the desire to have “regular guys” in Congress. But not this regular guy. Why? He was the guy who was “about to buy” a plumbing business and was worried that Obama’s plan would tax him more. He became a Conservative icon and the darling of the McCain-Palin campaign. He was also:

  • Not a licensed plumber or registered to operate as one (worked under his employer’s license)
  • Not in a financial position to buy a business that wasn’t for sale

Hmm. Sounds like a fraud. More importantly, all of his questions were based on a hypothetical situation. His dream.

This makes him the perfect example of why I believe so many on the Right believe the wealthiest shouldn’t be taxed more. And why they vote against their own interests, financially. People like Joe the Plumber do not believe they are part of the working or middle class. They are about to be rich or will be rich. So, they will vote the way those who they emulate would vote. Instead of voting based on their reality now, they are voting based on their desired future reality.

This isn’t to begrudge their dreams and aspirations. More power. They just don’t have to throw others under the bus…those of us who accept and are working with our present realities.


21 responses to “Joe the Plumber for Congress?

  • Kendrick Macdowell

    How profoundly right you are, and how profoundly wrong. Those dreams are why we are the greatest nation on earth. Those aspirations are why our economy is massive, even in a recession. When a people cease to dream and aspire, because they are reconciled to “our present realities,” they cease to be the engine of growth. When a people cease to dream, more importantly, they cease to think large, Indeed, when a people cease to dream, as the Aborigines say, they die.

    • Spinny Liberal

      Birthdaysake, there will always be those who dream of bigger and better for themselves. And have the ambition to achieve that. More power. They don’t have to vote for things that will cut programs for those less fortunate than themselves and against things that will benefit them.

    • Terrance H.

      Dreaming is one thing, Kendrick. A drug-induced haze quite another.

  • Al Tecacca

    Joe fits the bill. Another conservative who knows his way around a toilet.

  • beaglezmom

    Joe the Plumber is nothing but a fictional character that happens to have developed around an actual person. He is no different that a Disney intern in a Mickey Mouse suit. If we must elect a media caricature for office – I’d rather have Jared from Subway. At least he actually DOES stuff.

    I work for a non profit agency directly funded by the government. Without the Ryan White Act and its funding my clients go without medication, housing and food. I definitely support the power of dreams – but when it comes to political office and the power to allocate resources for our nation – I want someone who understands constitutional law, monetary systems, and social policy theory — not just someone without experience who dreams they can make it better.

  • lbwoodgate

    Misrepresenting himself and the facts. Sounds like he’s qualified to run in the GOPTParty to me. 🙂

  • nonnie9999

    this is what the genius said about marriage equality when interviewed by christianity today:

    At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary–it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do–what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing.

  • Hansi

    I think Joe should skip congress and run as Sarah’s VP. What a ticket.

  • afrankangle

    Sounds like the Toledo area is short on viable candidates. Too many Tony Packo pickles must have adverse effects on sanity. (That’s hard to believe though). Maybe Minnesota’s Norm Coleman could move to Toledo to face Joe. After all, he’s already lost to a comedian and a pro wrestler.

  • Politics Room

    Let him run! He’s just an example why the Republican Party will become yesterday’s party if they continue their race to the bottom.

    Gotta love the lack of intellectual curiosity of so many. *rolls eyes*

  • 818-244-9274 Drain Cleaning Plumbers In 91344 Grenada hills

    Maybe a little off topic, however Hey There Spinny Liberal,
    I was wondering on a similar note, As a marketer of water damage restoration services, I probably visit about 100 plumbers a month. I know some of these plumbers for over 20 years.
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  • Chris

    Did you know that Joe the Plumber does not have a License? All 50 states in the U.S. require Barbers to have a License to cut hair but not all 50 states require plumbers to have a License. Ohio is one of them. Joe the Plumber says he is a Plumber but he don’t have a License. We keep ours is at the top of our Website. Joe’s is not to be found!! Who knows where his is! As far as we know he don’t know crap about Plumbing. Even if the though the state doesn’t require you to get one. You still have to get one from one of the towns or you can’t legally work in them. I think it is lazy on the States behalf to say well we are not gonna give them a License at the State Level and we will just give the Towns and Cities the power to License them and decide weather or not they should require a License or not. Sometimes the towns say ” well the state doesn’t require a License so why should we”? Next thing you know you got a bunch of people Practicing Plumbing on Commercial Jobs and in big building who don’t know what they are doing and are not qualified. I feel for the State in the future because they are gonna end up having some pretty bad issues before the law changes. Right now any of the towns can give out Plumbing License if they decide that they want to require that Plumbers be Licensed in their town and they can give the Exams and stuff like that. Basically if you know the right people I’m pretty sure it won’t be hard to get a License. Its very obvious that it is something that should be handled through the state. That way people don’t slip through the cracks everywhere.

    • Spinny Liberal

      I totally believe people should get their licenses. That means they have passed the necessary tests to prove they are capable of doing the work. Thank you for reading and commenting, Chris.

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