I missed most of last night's debate (was watching our young turks get beat 2-1 by T&T's AARP-sponsored squad), so I missed the saga of "Joe The Plumber." As I understand it, "Joe" had a conversation with Barack Obama about Obama's tax plan during a campaign stop in Ohio a few days ago. "Joe" claimed that he was about to buy a business that was making more than $250,000 a year, the cutoff below which Obama has pledged to cut taxes and above which to raise them. He got brought up repeatedly during the debate last night.
It's a tasty anecdote for the GOPer faithful - regular guy undecided voter takes it to Obama on his tax plan. Except, as it turns out, the whole story was just too good to be true:
An official at Local 50 of the plumber’s union, based in Toledo, said Mr. Wurzelbacher does not hold a license. He also has never served an apprenticeship and does not belong to the union. (The national plumber’s union, the United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Service Mechanics, endorsed Mr. Obama, it should be noted.)But wait, there's more:
Wurzelbacher's new notoriety has brought to light the fact that he owes nearly $1,200 in unpaid taxes.Ah, but that's not even the best part (back to the Times blog):
'There is a judgment lien against him for nonpayment of income tax,' Barb Losie, deputy clerk of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, told ABCNews.com. 'The state files hundreds of liens a day. It means he owes that money.'
And his question to Mr. Obama about paying taxes? According to some tax analysts, if Mr. Wurzelbacher’s gross receipts from his business is $250,000 — and not his taxable income — then he would not have to pay higher taxes under Mr. Obama’s plan, and probably would be eligible for a tax cut.Hah!
To recap, "Joe" isn't actually a plumber, actually owes back taxes, and would likely benefit from Obama's tax plan. Reminds me of one of those "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong" bits from Dave Chapelle's show.