A lot of you have probably heard the exciting news that Joe the Plumber, the classic hard-working everyman held up by the McCain campaign as a paragon of American working class values, isn’t quite the paragon we were led to believe. Indeed, it seems that he may have more problems with taxes than he let on:

Wurzelbacher’s new notoriety has brought to light the fact that he owes nearly $1,200 in unpaid taxes.

“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.”

Losie said Wurzelbacher owes $1,182 from January 2007, but no action has been taken against him outside of filing the lien.

His righteous indignation also rings a little hollow:

Wurzelbacher conceded today that he is not in danger of being hit with the higher tax rate. He acknowledged that he wants to buy a plumbing company for $250,000 to $280,000. That wouldn’t be how much profit he would make from the firm.

He would make much less, he said.

That would seem to indicate that Wurzelbacher would not be subject to Obama’s proposed tax increase from 36 percent to 39 percent for those making more than $250,000 per family. Instead, he would be eligible for a tax cut that Obama is proposing.

And, as long as we’re on the subject, he may not actually be… you know… a plumber:

The morning after he emerged as the unexpected star of Wednesday evening’s U.S. presidential debate, Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio, found himself at the center of a media frenzy, with reporters camped out on his front lawn and his phone ringing off the hook.

But it wasn’t long before the Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics revealed that Wurzelbacher was not a licensed member of their trade.

“That means that he has not completed the training program necessary for him to sit for a license test,” said Tony Herrera, market recovery specialist for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 50 in Toledo, Ohio.

“It’s a shame that this guy has ended up in this situation because it seems like he’s misrepresented himself — and for that matter the plumbing and pipefitting industry.”

Now, I feel sorry for this guy because his personal business is being discussed on national television. On the other hand, that’s the risk you take by injecting yourself into a democratic debate, so there you go. Mostly, though, that heartbroken keening you’re hearing is John McCain’s campaign watching their new icon go into a nosedive.

And so it should come as no surprise that the McCain campaign has unearthed a new everyman to serve as an icon- Mario the Plumber:

Mario approached Barack Obama at a recent campaign stop and asked about what Obama would do to deal with the giant carnivorous plants erupting out of our sewers. Obama replied that the issue would have to be dealt with using a carefully developed plan.

McCain responded that giant carnivorous plants would be eliminated from our sewers within thirty seconds of his taking office. He also added:

“Friends, I know you’re hurting. Mario, not only will I help you get rid of those piranha plants- I’ll make sure that the next castle you visit actually contains your princess! I know how to find her- I’ll get her- I know how to get her!”

Most experts agree that McCain is unlikely to know which castle the princess is currently in.

As a side note: Yes, my image editing skills suck. On the other hand, I was working with a program that isn't even up to the standards of MSPaint, so give me a break.

3 thoughts on “d’oh!”

  1. I actually feel really sorry for the guy. I don’t think he really intended on being in the national spotlight.

    I liked the response from the CNN dial-things when McCain brought Joe up, they flat-lined on him, and I laughed. Then, like I was shouting during a football game, I said, “No, Obama, No, don’t do it!” But he did, he brought up Joe too.

    Apparently this cartoon everyman the candidates thought they found was actually nuanced and real… like a real person *gasp*.


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