Here’s one big idea for today: the American public is bored. How do I know?
Joe the Plumber, the “hero of conservatives,” made the front page of the New York Times today. And his name’s not Joe. And he’s barely a plumber. And he’s captured the nation’s attention.
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Here’s another big idea: the American public needs a break, a chance to refuel and evaluate. How do I know?
We’re distracting ourselves with candy stories and imposter idols.
See, it turns out that “Joe’s” real name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher.
Sam-Joe is an unlicensed plummer in Toledo, Ohio, where he’s not even a member of the area plumber’s union (Local 50, UAPSSM).
Sam-Joe posed this question to Obama: “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes $250,000 to $280,000 a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more isn’t it?”
But Sam-Joe the un-plumber is battling back taxes, and is still the subject of at least one tax lien from the State of Ohio. Which means he’s not exactly in the financial position to be buying a business.
Was Sam-Joe one cog in the Republican media strategy wheel? Maybe. What role does the “liberal” media play in pumping this non-story up?
At the end of the Times article, Sam-Joe the non-plumber says he cornered Obama because he wanted “to ask one of these guys a question, and really corner them and get them to answer a question for once instead of tap dancing around it. And unfortunately I asked the question, but I still got a tap dance.” And Obama, he concluded, “was almost as good as Sammy Davis Jr.”
Here’s the last big idea: Do incindiary politics ever get around to serving the people?
Stay tuned for more and feel free to chime in with your thoughts.