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Friday, October 17, 2008

Joe the Dud

So Joe the plumber turns out not to be the winner of last nights debate. Not unless you consider it a win to let the world know that:

1. You are not a licensed plumber,

2. you cheat on your taxes,

3. you are not trying to buy a business that makes $250,0000 a year,

4. you belonged to the Natural Law Party, before joining the Republican party (some confusion over this as his name was misspelled on the voter lists).

The Natural Law Party was founded in 1992 in the United States by a group of educators, business leaders, and lawyers in Fairfield, Iowa who practiced Transcendental Meditation. The Natural Law Party was a transnational political party with national branches in over 80 countries.
The party based its platform on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's view that natural law is the supreme organizing principle that governs the universe, and that the problems of humanity are caused by people acting against this natural law. The Natural Law Party claimed that it could realign humanity with this organizing principle through techniques such as the practice of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program, and problems would be alleviated.
The various Natural Law Parties disbanded over a period of years from 2001-2006.

Yet the Republicans are still touting the guy as a hero. They can have him, after he made a "Sammy Davis" comment regarding Obama. Just another bigoted Republican hack. That's getting to be so commonplace, it's boring.

To get your mind off of politics for a bit, watch this. And be appreciative of "The Gays" for all they have brought to the world: Handbags, nice abs, women's basketball, gentrification, blogging, cargo shorts...and more! Thanks Mandy, and thanks Ty for the tip.



Back to being Joe the Stripper. That's wallpaper, of course.

4 comments:

oh brother said...

1. You are not a licensed plumber,

And apparently he quit an apprenticeship plumbing program. While he can technically do plumbing work in Ohio townships he needs the license to work in any municipality. Joe should probably get that license.

2. you cheat on your taxes,

I wouldn't say he cheated on his taxes but he defiantly didn't pay some. He had a tax lien of $1,183 placed on him for unpaid personal property taxes. News reports are conflicting as to whether he has paid these off or not.

This is not uncommon. Heck even our mayor had a lien placed on him that he paid off (for a MUCH higher amount). It happens all the time be it through lazy accounting or a tax notice being sent to the wrong address. It's an easy matter to correct.

3. you are not trying to buy a business that makes $250,0000 a year,

News reports state that he has been in takes with his employer to buy the business since he was first hired by the company. How serious he is I don't know but the interest is there.

4. you belonged to the Natural Law Party, before joining the Republican party (some confusion over this as his name was misspelled on the voter lists).

Why does it matter? They seem a bit kooky to me but more power to 'em. The National Law Party has endorsed such people as Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich (who I will personally say is a nice guy in person) for President. To me it seems out of place for him to go from the NLP to the GOP.

Also:

"he made a "Sammy Davis" comment regarding Obama"

Here is the quote:

"And unfortunately I asked the question but I still got a tap dance... Almost as good as Sammy Davis Jr," he said.

I don't take it as a racist comment. He feels Obama danced around the question and thus used a reference to an awesome dancer (and snappy dresser). Maybe if he referred to the "do a little side-step" dancing white politician from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas you would feel better. It's about as bad as saying that McCain danced around the debate answers like Fred Astaire. Just because the person of reference shares the same race as the person of comparison doesn't make the comment racist.

But why does any of this Joe the Plumber crap matter? He is a guy that saw Obama in his neighborhood and asked him a question. He was caught on camera and used by the candidates to score political points, SNL as a comedy skit and the media as a story of the moment. He himself has stated that he can't wait till his un-asked-for 15 minutes of fame is up.

Joe isn't an issue. Why do we want to make him one?

Joe Openshaw said...

Ask John McCain, he's the one who brought him up in the debate. Ask Sarah Palin, she's the one that seems to adore him.

I bet we see him (an actor really) on SNL,maybe since Palin will be on there they will meet.

oh brother said...

McCain may have brought him up but why try to discredit Plumber Joe? Why not attack the arguments that McCain was trying to make when he was using Joe as an example?

Joe Openshaw said...

Because I feel that his question was not legitimate. I feel that his purpose was to discredit Obama. He was known among right wing radio talk shows already, so I feel like he was totally partisan.