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Joe the Plumber is NOT even a licensed Plumber!

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Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber


Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher watches the presidential candidate debate in his home in Ohio on Oct. 15, 2008. (Lori King/Toledo Blade)

Updated 3:20 p.m.
By Robert Barnes
Joe the Plumber is not exactly a plumber, he’s “not even close” to making the kind of money that would result in higher taxes from Democrat Barack Obama’s proposals and has such an aversion to taxes that a lien was filed against him by the state of Ohio.

Such is the whirlwind of information that has come out about Joe Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio, since Republican John McCain made him famous in last night’s debate. McCain mentioned him more than 20 times to use him as a symbol of hard-working Americans who would be hurt by Obama’s tax policies. Obama and Wurzelbacher met earlier in the week in Toledo, where Wurzelbacher said Obama’s plans to raise taxes on those making $250,000 a year or more would penalize him in his plans to buy the plumbing business for which he works.

Wurzelbacher since then has been on Fox News, interviewed by CBS’s Katie Couric and appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Not all the attention has been welcomed. Wurzelbacher, 34, told the Associated Press that he was not a licensed plumber. Because he works for a small company that does residential work, he said, he doesn’t need to be licensed.

Wurzelbacher, whose legal name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, owes the state of Ohio $1,182 in personal income taxes, according to tax records that show a lien for that amount filed against him in January 2007.

Wurzelbacher said he is of modest means, but worried Obama’s tax plans would eventually hurt him. “You see my house. I don’t have a lot of bells and whistles in here, really. My truck’s a couple of years old and I’m going to have it for the next 10 years probably. So I don’t see [Obama] helping me out,” he told reporters this morning.

He also sounded concerned about the attention he is receiving. “I’m completely flabbergasted with this whole thing and just hope I’m not making too much of a fool of myself and hope I can get my message out there,” he said.

source: Washington Post

So he has the MONEY to buy a Quarter of a MILLION dollar company but he is NOT going to buy it because he will pay 3% more in taxes??  He actually will lose out on $250,000 because he will pay maybe $7k more in taxes?  AND when did middle America average JOE make $250,000 in a year!!!  He owes back taxes now, his home is ‘modest’ but he can afford a loan to buy this company?  AND does the company PROFIT $250,000 or GROSS $250,000???  If the company grosses $250,000 then with all the legal tax deductions his PROFIT is much less and he will receive the OBAMA tax break!!  IF the company PROFITS $250,000 then he SHOULD pay more taxes as the company probably grossed over $6 million.

JOE the PLUMBER is not the AVERAGE AMERICAN!  The family making $45,000 and struggling to pay for groceries and school supplies, or the single mom making $30,000 !!  They dont understand the WHINING of JOE the PLUMBER being taxed on $250,000 !!!  Pay up JOE! YOU ARE RICH!

btw……JOE supposedly isnt even registered to vote.  Hmmmm……can we say McCain shill? plant? ruse? trick?

The conversation caught on TV between Senator Obama and Joe right before the debate? hmmmm….makes ya think doesnt it?!!

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One Response to “Joe the Plumber is NOT even a licensed Plumber!”

  1. Is this true? I found it on another blog.

    Turns out that Joe Wurzelbacher from the Toledo event is a close relative of Robert Wurzelbacher of Milford, Ohio. Who’s Robert Wurzelbacher? Only Charles Keating’s son-in-law and the former senior vice president of American Continental, the parent company of the infamous Lincoln Savings and Loan. The now retired elder Wurzelbacher is also a major contributor to Republican causes giving well over $10,000 in the last few years.


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