For months I’ve been chronicling Barack Obama’s Marxist ways, but I think I was not stretching far enough. It would appear that Communism is Obama’s ultimate goal. “Joe the Plumber” has been under a scrutiny from the media that Barack Obama has yet to experience. Joe has been under attack from both Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden. One of the biggest criticisms is that *gasp* Joe is not his real name. Joe’s full name is Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher. I always thought the name Joe was short for Joseph and that it was okay to go by one’s middle name, but I guess I was wrong. And *gasp* Joe doesn’t have a license. I guess he does not need one when he works for a plumbing business so what is the big deal. And *gasp* Joe owes back taxes. I myself am Diane the Housekeeper and I know a thing or two about paying taxes and how difficult that can be on a quarterly basis. If most of America had to pay taxes like I do, the pitchforks would come out. During a good year, I might bring home $26,000 and yet I pay over a $1,200 a quarter. That is why any talk of raising taxes grinds me. And even though the media has pointed out that people like Joe and myself will not pay more taxes under Obama, they are dead wrong. Raising taxes on businesses will trickle down to us and I agree with Joe when he asked where the limit would be in the future. Would Obama drop it to $100,000 eventually and then lower? And I could have sworn that the people Obama is trying to reach and promising to help are the middle class. I guess “Joe the Plumber” isn’t the kind of middle class Obama supports.
The real reason why Joe is under such attack has nothing to do with him and everything to do with Obama’s response to a question Joe asked him. The entire exchange has not been played on TV so I have the entire transcript below with my comments in blue:
“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year,” Wurzelbacher said. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”
Obama said, “First off, you would get a 50% tax credit so you’d get a tax cut for your healthcare costs….. if your revenue is above 250 – then from 250 down, your taxes are going to stay the same. Of course, if he doesn’t provide the healthcare he will get penalized with fees. It is true that from 250 up – from 250 – 300 or so, so for that additional amount, you’d go from 36 to 39%, which is what it was under Bill Clinton. And the reason why we’re doing that is because 95% of small businesses make less than 250. I would love to know where he got this number because an association for small businesses says that 3 out of 4 small businesses would get hit. So what I want to do is give them a tax cut. I want to give all these folks who are bus drivers, teachers, auto workers who make less, I want to give them a tax cut. And so what we’re doing is, we are saying that folks who make more than 250 that that marginal amount above 250 – they’re gonna be taxed at a 39 instead of a 36% rate.”
Responded Wurzelbacher, “the reason I ask you about the American dream, I mean I’ve worked hard. I’m a plumber. I work 10-12 hours a day and I’m buying this company and I’m going to continue working that way. I’m getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American dream.”
“Well,” said Obama, “here’s a way of thinking about it. How long have been a plumber?”
Wurzelbacher said 15 years.
Obama says, “Over the last 15 years, when you weren’t making 250, you would have been given a tax cut from me, so you’d actually have more money, which means you would have saved more, which means you would have gotten to the point where you could build your small business quicker than under the current tax code. So there are two ways of looking at it – I mean one way of looking at it is, now that you’ve become more successful through hard work – you don’t want to be taxed as much.” Obama just made Joe’s point here – we don’t need higher taxes on anyone.
“Exactly,” Wurzelbacher said.
Obama continued, “But another way of looking at it is 95% of folks who are making less than 250, they may be working hard too, but they’re being taxed at a higher rate than they would be under mine. So what I’m doing is, put yourself back 10 years ago when you were only making whatever, 60 or 70. Under my tax plan you would be keeping more of your paycheck, you’d be paying lower taxes, which means you would have saved…Now look, nobody likes high taxes.”
“No,” said Wurzelbacher.
“Of course not,” said Obama. “But what’s happened is that we end up – we’ve cut taxes a lot for folks like me who make a lot more than 250. We haven’t given a break to folks who make less, and as a consequence, the average wage and income for ordinary folks, the vast majority of Americans, (I wish Obama would actually cite where he gets this stuff because my wages have only ever gone up.) has actually gone down over the last eight years. So all I want to do is – I’ve got a tax cut. The only thing that changes, is I’m gonna cut taxes a little bit more (I hope people have heard this, “cut taxes a little bit more” – does a little bit really help?) for the folks who are most in need and for the 5% of the folks who are doing very well – even though they’ve been working hard and I appreciate that – I just want to make sure they’re paying a little bit more in order to pay for those other tax cuts. (Ah, now we see that the “rich” will be paying for the tax cuts, not the government cutting back and getting rid of wasteful spending.) Now, I respect the disagreement. I just want you to be clear – it’s not that I want to punish your success – I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you – that they’ve got a chance at success too.” (You can mince words, Obama, but it is punishing success and it will retard success because people will try to hold back from the threshold that will cause their taxes to go up.)
Wurzelbacher said it seemed as though Obama might support a flat tax.
Obama says, “you know, I would be open to it except here’s the problem with a flat tax is that if you actually put a flat tax together, in order for it to work and replace all the revenue that we’ve got, you’d probably end up having to make it like about a 40% sales tax. (Don’t know where the hell he gets 40% from.) I mean that’s the value added, making it up. Now some people say 23 or 25, but in truth when you add up all the revenue that would need to be raised, you’d have to slap on a whole bunch of sales taxes on. And I do believe for folks like me who have worked hard, but frankly also been lucky, I don’t mind paying just a little bit more than the waitress that I just met over there who’s things are slow and she can barely make the rent.”
Obama said, “My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, (This guy is a moron on economics because everybody knows that there is a trickle down effect not a rise from the bottom. Poor people don’t add to the economy in wages or jobs or even consumer spending.) it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re gonna be better off if you’re gonna be better off if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” And there is the line that reveals that Obama is a socialist moving towards Communism.
“But listen,” Obama said, shaking Wurzelbacher’s hand, “I respect what you do and I respect your question, and even if I don’t get your vote, I’m still gonna be working hard on your behalf, because small businesses are what creates jobs in this country and I want to encourage it.”
“Guys I gotta get out of here and go prepare for the debate,” Obama said, “but that was pretty good practice right there.”
What really shines a light on Obama’s move towards Communism is what has happened in the days following this exchange. If you criticize “the one” and shine light on his darkness, you will pay the price. Freedom of speech has been under attack from the Obama campaign from the time this race got started and I’ve chronicled it here on my blog. Now we see that the average “Joe” will not have freedom of speech either.