October 17, 2008

Obama’s Socialism Exposed by Joe the Plumber; Race Is McCain’s to Win

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:39 am

“Obviously,” Joe the Plumber’s daring to challenge “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH, PUNK” (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein ObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters, Previously Unaccomplished Nonsupporter of Kin) means that a blue-collar guy’s tax liens are more important than the fact that an off-the-teleprompter Obama was goaded into saying unequivocally what he truly believes.

Not around here, because Joe’s not on the ballot, and all the character assassination in the world won’t erase this:

Obama: It’s not that I want to punish your success, I just want to make sure that everybody who gets behind you, that they’ve got the chance at success too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.

I’m left wondering how anyone has ever succeeded in America without Obama’s “wealth-spreading.” But succeed they have, to an extent found nowhere else in the world. Obama’s “wealth-spreading” ideas, if fully enacted, will do more to ruin entrepreneurs’ chances of success, and the economy’s chances of sustained long-term growth, than anything previously passed under any administration.

Once again (I hope), as seen in this post from June about his Social Security tax plan, Obama has shown that he doesn’t even understand the difference between “income” and “wealth” (or net worth). I say “I hope,” because the alternative is worse. If Obama does plan on taxing “wealth” too — beyond ramping up the death tax to pre-2001 levels — you’re going to see capital flee the country in a big way.

Joe the Plumber, who has been subjected to more scrutiny in the past 48 hours by Old Media than Obama has seen in 24 months, has also, I believe, virtually guaranteed that Obama will remain in a protective, public access-free cocoon for the next 2-1/2 weeks, lest another socialist utterance (yes, Jill – socialist) escape into public view.

People who follow football know that playing prevent defense all too often prevents winning the game, especially if the opponent’s offense doesn’t panic and patiently picks them apart.

Figuratively, there’s about 2:30 left in the fourth quarter. Even if you buy into the idea that McCain is behind (which I don’t), it’s by less than a touchdown.

Actually, Gallup’s latest indicates that it’s less than a field goal among those most likely to vote:


Joe the Plumber just stopped Team Obama on third and short, forcing a punt to Team McCain, which now has the ball at about its own 40. The GOP candidate’s Wednesday debate performance indicates that the campaign might actually try to utilize all available weapons in its its final drive. It had better. There is no tomorrow.

Returning to Obama — From the Saul Alinsky playbook, here’s the ridicule (Rule 5; HT NixGuy):

Mocking Joe the Plumber? Wow, blue-collar folks across America will just loooooove that.

Yeah, Obama really cares about average people (/sarc). Let me spell it out for you, pal — E-L-I-T-I-S-T.



  1. Isn’t it amazing what one person can do if they willingly suspend their disbelief to look past the sound bite propaganda line of “bottom up economy”. McCain was in rare form at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner. I think he should play this at the half time in opposition to Obama’s 30 min infomercial before the game. Actually, he should take his own joke seriously, fire his campaign staff and have Joe the Plumber do it all.

    Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goaj5V4tZoc&feature=related
    Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrqoSyKsAPw

    Comment by dscott — October 17, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  2. A couple weeks ago I was getting the sense of this campaign going south and felt that McCain’s only chance would be a major slip up by Obama. This may be it. There are a hundred different ways Obama could have replied to Joe. However, Obama chose to reveal his true nature and did it in a way that lends itself to an easily understandable ad. If you’re successful he wants to spread your success to the unsuccessful.

    Comment by largebill — October 17, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  3. I am a TAX & SPEND DEMOCRAT! I am in the mold of Harry Truman who mailed a letter to his mother from the Oval Office by pulling out a book of stamps he had purchased.

    I would take the federal budget and give it to six dairy farmers from Wisconsin, and tell them to find $18.00 milk in it!! Let them pare out unneeded costs, especially in the off-budget BUDGETS. How MUCH do WE THE PEOPLE really owe?

    Anyone, including Alaskans, should know how frugal one has to be to market milk from a dairy farm!!

    I am not a SPEND & DEFER to the national debt Republican. Yes, these rascals gave the top 1 percenters gracious tax breaks at the expense of driving Daisy off the road. Bush and the other thugs need to be sent directly to The Hague to stand trial for Hitleresque High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
    The Republicans spent, spent, stole, and spent 650 billion dollars over the past 8 years. And I warn YOU, if Dick Cheney dies, MANDATE AN OPEN CASKET. Else, he’ll be off to Dubai’s Islands “World” hiding with Old What’s His Name
    from Enron—YES, the infamous Ken Lay. I am like Quantrill’s captain, ” I don’t want to hear Josie Wales dead; I want to see Josie Wales DEAD!!

    Comment by Thomas Kenny — October 17, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  4. In Western Europe, two types of welfare state regimes prevail: the Social Democratic and the Christian Conservative. Both prescribe to “welfare capitalism” which is NOT SOCIALISM. Welfare capitalism believes in the market, but also believes that certain social benefits (health care, old-age pensions) are rights of CITIZENSHIP, not just luxuries for the wealthy. This sounds like the opposite of elitist to me.
    If we subscribed to a similar system, there would be much more visibility and a lot less opportunity for waste, which you seem so concerned about.

    Comment by Dems are NOT Socialists — October 17, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  5. #3, I know you didn’t mean to provide it — but folks, THAT’S entertainment!

    #4, Sorry, no sale. “Welfare capitalism” IS socialism in the areas it infests — softer, sometimes with a friendlier face, but STILL socialism.

    Socialism is the state owning the means of production. In Western Europe, the government OWNS the means of producing services in the health-care system. That’s socialism. Democrats who support nationalizing healthcare are, on that policy issue, socialists, and it’s not arguable.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 17, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  6. [...] You have heard Barack Obama’s sound bite decrying trickle down economics and calling for bottom up economics. As you shall see, this is an ironic twist that literally ends up hurting the poor. Unfortunately for Obama, someone asked a most impertinent question regarding his bottom up economics that up ended the sound bite. The now famous Joe the Plumber with dreams of becoming a self employed business owner realized Obam… [...]

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  7. Forget the character attacks, however deserved or not. Let’s deal with the actual issue that was raised. Here’s a relevant excerpt from the conservative Wall Street Journal’s article of OCTOBER 17, 2008, ‘As Joe the Plumber Grows Famous, the Politics Get Murkier’:

    “To reach a level that would be affected by Sen. Obama’s proposed tax increase, Mr. Smither said, a mom-and-pop plumbing company like Newell would have to clear $5 million in annual sales. [Joe’s company actually reports only $100,000 in sales.]

    Even if Mr. Wurzelbacher reaped taxable income from his business of $280,000 a
    year, he’d pay only about $900 more a year in taxes under Sen. Obama’s plan, which
    would raise the tax rate on the income between $250,000 and $280,000 to 36%
    from 33%.


    If Mr. Wurzelbacher earns the wages of a typical Ohio plumber, $40,600, and holds a $90,000 mortgage, he would see a TAX CUT (emphasis added) under Sen. Obama’s plan of more than $1,000, compared with no tax reduction under Sen. McCain’s.

    If he succeeds in buying the plumbing business where he works, he could see even more tax benefits, including Sen. Obama’s proposed elimination of capital-gains taxes for small-business investment, a 50% tax credit to purchase health insurance for employees and a $3,000 tax credit for every new hire over the next two years.”

    Other issues and ‘things we wish were true’ aside, better to acknowledge facts and deal with them objectively.

    Comment by UnaffiliatedIndie — October 18, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  8. The Media Needs to Tell the Truth About Obama

    In 2006, Barack Obama traveled to Africa on U.S. taxpayer money and for 6 days campaigned for Raila Odinga, who was running for the office of President of Kenya.

    By the time Obama joined him on the trail, Odinga, who claims to be Obama’s cousin, had already established a reputation as a powerful orator, running as the ‘CANDIDATE of CHANGE’ and drawing crowds who chanted in deafening unison, ‘YES WE CAN!’

    In ’07 Odinga lost the election and on that day, hundreds of his followers spilled into the streets wielding machetes and launched a months long ethnic cleansing rampage on the opposition party followers, burning churches, raping women and hacking villagers to death which resulted in the mass genocide of over 1400 innocent men, women and children.

    Later in 2007, as a way of bringing about compromise and ending violence, Odinga was able to muscle his way into a second top spot as Prime Minister, a new position created especially for him, and granted full Executive Priviledges over the government of Kenya.

    Odinga, who denied that he was a muslim for years, has only recently went public with it, is against the extradition of Muslim terrorists and has vowed to bring Sharia Law to Kenya. In 2007, he traveled to the U.S. to visit and support his friend Obama in his bid for the Democratic nomination.

    Obama campaign insiders have reported that Obama has continued to remain in contact with Odinga throughout his own Presidential campaign.

    Although reports abound on the internet about the Obama/Odinga relationship, the mainstream Press has silenced this story.

    As American citizens we are outraged at the failure of the Press to report pertinent facts surrounding the candidate Barack Obama and this and other associations, and believe that on the eve of our elections, this gross censorship may have placed our Democratic government and Natiional Security in “Clear and Present Danger.”

    As citizens for the Truth in Media, we demand the story of Obama/Odinga be reported to the American people in time to learn the facts before the November elections.

    We hereby petition CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, The New York Times, Washington Post and FOX TV NEWS to report this story and give it the attention it deserves as a LEAD Story NOW, before it is too late.

    10/16 Breaking News!!! WorldNet News Daily (see link on this page) has other stories that need to be investigated including claims that Obama -played a key role in Odinga’s government takeover strategy and also may have donated nearly $1 million of his own campaign money to Odinga’s presidential campaign, which would have made him one of Odinga’s biggest contributors along with the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi.

    Please sign the petition,post to blogs and get it out to your friends NOW. If we can get FOX to run this as a LEAD story, the others will have to report!

    Sign the petition

    Comment by Pollie — October 18, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  9. #7, you missed the following fact.

    Obama’s plan to apply Social Security tax on earnings over $250K — 12.4% originally, supposedly “only” 4% now — would force an additional tax of between $1200 and $3720 on earnings of $280K.

    And Zheesh, the higher income tax rates would apply almost ALL of his income, not just the $30K increment. That would be in the neighborhood of $6,000, not $900. It may be less than $6K, but when O says that he will keep the Bush tax cuts for those who make less than $200 or $250K, he DIDN’T say he would exempt the first $250K of EVERYONE’S income from the impact of the cuts. And he WON’T.

    The gimmicks cited would make up for some of that, but nowhere near all, and they would add to the already insufferable time-consuming and expensive paperwork.

    As you said, “better to acknowledge facts and deal with them objectively.” So please do.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 19, 2008 @ 1:27 am




    Comment by joetheplumber — October 19, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  11. “Democrats aren’t socialists…”

    Now I don’t care who you are, that’s funny!

    Comment by Rose — October 20, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

    A far left Media …
    A far left President …
    A far left Congress …
    A far left Senate …
    A far left Supreme Court …
    This would eliminate all the checks and
    balances that our democracy is based upon.
    Barack Obama formed his political and economic
    ideology, and his radical associations, during the
    TWENTY YEARS … yes, that’s TWENTY YEARS … when
    he followed Marxist Black Liberation Theology, in
    Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American, racist church.
    And, now, with our country on the brink of depression,
    Obama wants to impose new laws which would change
    America into a third world country.
    You may be upset with George Bush, but in spite
    of Obama’s slogans, John McCain is NOT George Bush …
    so don’t over react to Obama’s 600 million dollar
    Propaganda campaign designed to highjack America !!!
    A vote for Obama is a vote for changing America beyond
    recognition … and, it would be a vote for voter fraud,
    a corrupt media, socialism, and the end to America as we know it.
    Keep America free, strong, safe, and American …
    Elect McCain/Palin on November 4th.

    Comment by Howard — October 24, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

  13. [...] when bookended with his recent “spread the wealth around” comment to Joe the Plumber, Obama’s statements reveal a man [...]

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