Joe The Plumber and Obama

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  1. Don Buckbee

    Don Buckbee New Member

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    Barack Obama discovers a leak
    under his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come and fix
    it.


    Joe drives to Obama's house,
    which is located in a very nice neighborhood and where it's clear
    that all the residents make more than $250,000 per
    year.


    Joe arrives and takes his tools
    into the house. Joe is led to the room that contains the leaky
    pipe under a sink. Joe assesses the problem and tells Obama, who
    is standing near the door, that it's an easy repair that will take
    less than 10 minutes.


    Obama asks Joe how much it will
    cost. Joe immediately says, '$9,500.'


    '$9,500?' Obama asks, stunned.
    'But you said it's an easy repair!'


    'Yes, but what I do is charge a
    lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I
    can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for
    free,' explains Joe. 'It's always been my philosophy. As a matter
    of fact, I lobbied government to pass this philosophy as law, and
    it did pass earlier this year, so now all plumbers have to do
    business this way. It's known as 'Joe's Fair Plumbing Act of
    2008.' Surprised you haven't heard of it,
    senator.'


    In spite of that, Obama tells
    Joe there's no way he's paying that much for a small plumbing
    repair, so Joe leaves..


    Obama spends the next hour
    flipping through the phone book looking for another plumber, but
    he finds that all other plumbing businesses listed have gone out
    of business. Not wanting to pay Joe's price, Obama does nothing.
    The leak under Obama's sink goes unrepaired for the next several
    days.


    A week later the leak is so bad
    that Obama has had to put a bucket under the sink. The bucket
    fills up quickly and has to be emptied every hour, and there's a
    risk that the room will flood, so Obama calls Joe and pleads with
    him to return.


    Joe goes back to Obama's house,
    looks at the leaky pipe, and says 'Let's see – this will cost you
    about $21,000..'


    'A few days ago you told me it
    would cost $9,500!' Obama quickly fires
    back.


    Joe explains the reason for the
    dramatic increase. 'Well, because of the 'Joe's Fair Plumbing
    Act,' a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own
    plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free
    plumbing I'm doing for the people who make less than $250,000. As
    a result, the rate I have to charge my wealthy paying customers
    rises every day.


    'Not only that, but for some
    reason the demand for plumbing work from the group of people who
    get it for free has skyrocketed, and there's a long waiting list
    of those who need repairs. This has put a lot of my fellow
    plumbers out of business, and they're not being replaced – nobody
    is going into the plumbing business because they know they won't
    make any money. I'm hurting now too – all thanks to greedy rich
    people like you who won't pay their fair
    share.'


    Obama tries to straighten out
    the plumber: 'Of course you're hurting, Joe! Don't you get it? If
    all the rich people learn how to fix their own plumbing and you
    refuse to charge the poorer people for your services, you'll be
    broke, and then what will you do?'


    Joe immediately replies, 'Run
    for President, apparently.'
  2. Shellback

    Shellback New Member

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    Hummm maybe I can learn somthing from this. :rolleyes::confused:;):rolleyes::confused:;)
    Tim
  3. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

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    That's a pretty fair satire of what will happen if taxes on the rich, entrepreneurs and investors are raised, while funneling free money to those who do not contribute to business creation...

    I believe it's poetic justice that McCain gets Joe, the Plumber and Obama is stuck with Joe, the Dumber... :D
  4. artabr

    artabr New Member

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    I believe you've nailed it on both accounts Pony. ;)

    Thanks for this Don. I may need to use this if you don't mind. :)


    Art
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
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    Bruce FLinch New Member

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