Of course, he’s not really a plumber, but what the hell does that matter? Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, threw his wrench into the race for Ohio’s 9th District, facing long-serving incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur. He made his announcement with 40 family members, friends and supporters at a local eatery in Toledo last evening. He lives in Springfield Township adjacent to Toledo.
Wurzelbacher said he’s seeking office ‘because he’s seen too many people forced out of their homes and leave Ohio because of the poor economy.’ Apparently he knows something about that because he told the Toledo Blade that his house is under water. He also said, in Tea Party style, his goal is to create jobs by reforming the tax system and by simplifying regulation. There’s that tired old GOP canard for chrissake!
Taxes and regulations, again. If only….
Interestingly, it was regulations that dampened Mr. Fix-it’s aspirations to become a full-time plumber. Perhaps that’s why Joe-the-non-plumber is angry at rules and regulations. Seems that he never acquired a plumber’s license nor did he go through plumber’s training. Those damned regulations, eh, Joe?
He said he’s angry about the effects that big government and big business — specifically the banks — have had on the economy, the Toledo Blade report stated. “Their actions are having a direct impact on the American people in a bad way,” he said.
Big government, taxes and regulations. Now there’s the complete Tea Party manifesto.
But wait! Didn’t he just point out his anger with ‘the banks?’ The banks! Apparently he does not remember that his fellow Republicans gutted the Glass–Steagall Act in November 1999. Perhaps a better question for Mr. Wurtzelbacher might be whether he even knows what the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act actually did? Do you know that fact, Mr. Wurzelbacher? Do you further know that the main sponsors of this act are all Republicans? Could it be that the houses in your neighborhood to which you refer that are bank-owned were a victim of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act?
It was the regulation of banks, Mr. Wurtzelbacker, specifically The Banking Act of 1933, that kept home ownership afloat from 1933 through November 1999. It was the de-regulation of banks by your fellow Republicans that initiated the mortgage fiasco and ignited the economic collapse of 2008. But you don’t know that, do you Mr. Wurtzelbacher?
That’s why you are just a blowhard, mindless Tea Party aficionado pandering the usual mindless pap about taxes, Big Government and regulations.
What a putz!