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Kevin the plumber…

17 Oct

Joe the plumber, a man who spoke up at a recent Obama rally and asked him some tough questions about his tax plan, unwittingly became the star of the debate last night.  He was mentioned 24 times, and both candidates spoke directly to him, telling him everything from “Congratulations Joe- you’re rich!” (a sarcasm laden McCain), to “what I want to do is to make sure that the plumber, the nurse, the firefighter, the teacher, the young entrepreneur who doesn’t yet have money, I want to give them a tax break now” (this coming from cool hand luke himself, Obama).

hard at work

hard at work

Now, my father, Kevin the plumber, would probably have something to say about all this.  First of all, my father has worked just as hard as Joe, if not harder.  Kevin the plumber owns his own business, which he started himself, and Kevin the plumber is pretty darn successful.  However, Kevin the plumber makes nowhere near 250,000 a year.  Let’s keep in mind that Joe doesn’t either.  He just wants to buy a business that might make him that much.  But really, his taxable income would still be waaaaay less than that.  Come on Joe, don’t you see?  With McCain you’re just getting more of the same Bush tax policies, which involve small cuts for the poor and big cuts for the rich.  With Obama, you might  really have a chance to buy that business, and it sounds like you’ll still be eligible for a tax cut.

Kevin the plumber knows this.  I think most plumbers do actually.  Because, as a plumbers daughter, I am well aware that plumbers don’t make 250,000 a year… not even close.  Joe the plumber, you have to clean an awful lot of drains for that much money.  Let’s get this straight.