POLITICAL observations & opinions

* AP: who’s “Joe the plumber”? who is Joe voting for?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 16, 2008

AP’s Philip Elliott writes …

  • In Toledo on Sunday, Wurzelbacher told Obama that he was preparing to buy the company, which earns more than $250,000 a year, and said: “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”
  • Obama said that under his proposal taxes on any revenue from $250,000 on down would stay the same, but that amounts above that level would be subject to a 39 percent tax, instead of the current 36 percent rate.
  • “And the reason why we’re doing that is because 95 percent of small businesses make less than 250 (thousand). So what I want to do is give them a tax cut. I want to give all these folks who are bus drivers, teachers, auto workers who make less, I want to give them a tax cut,” he said.
  • Wurzelbacher protested, saying he’s been a hardworking plumber for 15 years and why should he be taxed more.
  • “It’s not that I want to punish your success,” Obama said. “I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they’ve got a chance at success, too.”
  • Wurzelbacher declined to say which candidate would get his vote on Nov. 4.

Read the entire story at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081016/ap_on_el_pr/joe_the_plumber

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One Response to “* AP: who’s “Joe the plumber”? who is Joe voting for?”

  1. Ilene from The Big Apple said

    I just heard on MSNBC that the state of Ohio has never issued any kind of professional license to any Joseph Wurzelbacher.

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