Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe the Plumber

Last night we learned from McCain that Joe the Plumber maybe can't buy his business if Obama raises his taxes. That made McCain very animated and angry. OK. But, Obama will lower the taxes for many people who then can do good things like buy businesses or go to school. That makes most of the rest of us very happy!

Any way, Joe the Plumber not withstanding, lots of plumbers are for Obama. He received their union endorsement way back in January...

Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Endorses Obama

by Seth Michaels, Jan 10, 2008

The Plumbers and Pipe Fitters union (UA) has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the 2008 presidential race.

UA President William Hite said the endorsement, announced yesterday, was due to Obama’s record of service to working families.

Barack Obama is the UA’s choice because he has always fought for working people throughout his career and will do the best job of bringing badly needed change to Washington. Sen. Obama will help us keep existing jobs and work to develop new higher-paying jobs here in America, reform our health care system, fix our ailing schools and make sure that the pensions of our retirees are safe.

The UA is the first national AFL-CIO affiliated union to endorse Obama, who won the Iowa caucuses last week and came in a close second in this week’s New Hampshire primary. The UA represents 340,000 members.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who won the New Hampshire primary, has earned the endorsement of 12 unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO: AFSCME, AFT, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the Bricklayers (BAC), the Letter Carriers (NALC), the Machinists (IAM), the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU), the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA), TCU/IAM, the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the United Transportation Union (UTU).

IAM’s endorsement of Clinton in the Democratic primaries was accompanied by an endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Republican primaries.

Three national unions are backing former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) in the Democratic primaries: the Mine Workers (UMWA), Transport Workers (TWU) and United Steelworkers (USW).

In August, the AFL-CIO Executive Council said it would not yet make an endorsement for a 2008 candidate, freeing AFL-CIO unions to endorse candidates for the caucuses and primaries. The AFL-CIO will continue the Working Families Vote 2008 campaign to help elect a worker-friendly Congress and president.


DoulaMomma said...

I love how you make bookends of these two pieces of information!

Thought you might dig this & have fun doing it:

Idabel Oklahoma said...

And don't ya find it funny that Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is related to Charles Keating-of the Keating Five Scandal! Thought it seemed funny how Joe the Plumber just showed up out of nowhere.

Laura said...

...and he doesn't make anything near $250,000 a year. So all the nonsense about him wanting to buy this business, but he won't be able to because of Obama's tax policy, is bald faced lying once again by McCain supporter or associates. And, he owes the state of Ohio $1,200 so he doesn't believe in "fair" taxes--he believes in NO taxes. Yet, I'm sure he has taken the services that those taxes fund.

I think that makes him a thief.

Maria said...

I did find it rather funny that Joe the Plumber is not actually a plumber. hmm... damned facts getting in the way.

Laura said...

Maria, facts are just for elitist latte drinking liberals.

It doesn't matter that his name is Sam and not Joe. The point is if he made over $250,000 McCain said, incorrectly, that he would have a hard time buying the plumbing company he works for because of Obama's tax policies.

It doesn't matter that he's not an actual plumber, but does plumbing work occasionally. It doesn't matter that he's a registered Republican but pretended that he was unsure.

It also doesn't matter that the plumbers union endorsed Obama.

Facts, schmacts.


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