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You know what's coming in the next couple of days, don't you?  Media portrayals of "Joe the Plumber" as the everyman who speaks for regular people, and who just so happens to like McCain's plans better.  But take a look at this interview with Joe the Plumber and he has some interesting, Phil Gramm-like economic ideas:

His healthcare plan scares me. You know, I don’t like people going without healthcare, but it’s not my job to pay for everyone else’s healthcare. It’s hard enough paying for my own. I like the idea of deregulation as far as – nationally, you know, you only get insurance companies that can work in this state – if you deregulate that then you have more people competing and then the prices would go lower.

Yeah, that deregulation really worked for the financial system, didn't it?

Not only does Joe the Plumber believe in deregulation, but he also seems to think that the middle class is a welfare-consuming nation of whiners:

You start giving people stuff, and then they start expecting it – and that scares me. A lot of people expect it now. They get upset when their check’s late, they get upset when they don’t get as many benefits as they used to, or when different government agencies are cut or spending is cut here and there for whatever reason – people get upset at that. And that’s because they’re used to getting it and they want more. I mean, everyone’s always gonna want more. People work the system left and right to get more out of welfare, to get more out of state assistance, federal assistance. And if government’s there for them, they’re gonna keep on trying to manipulate it to get more out of it. You got people that come along and say, “Hey, I wanna help you people,” I mean, they’re all ears! They’re like, “Hey, you can help me more, I don’t have to work as hard, I don’t have to do as much, and you’re gonna give me this? Man, that’s great, you’re a good guy.”

Hey, Joe...have you heard of welfare reform? It happened in the 90's.  You still think there are Welfare Queens driving around in Cadillac's don't you?  

Do you know whose welfare check you are subsidizing?  Bailed-out wall street types who thrived under your preferred strategy of deregulation.   Some of them just took a nice vacation to a spa on your dime, buddy.  

And now that the housing market is weak, do you think as many people will be rehabbing their homes and putting in new bathrooms?  Do you think there will be as many new home constructions if the economy goes south?    Plumbers like you ain't cheap...and if the economy tanks, people will only call you when they absolutely have to.    

If McCain drives the economy into the shitter, people won't be able to pay you to unclog it.

Originally posted to RKA on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 09:31 PM PDT.

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  •  Would you let..... (2+ / 0-)
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    soms, RKA

    Would you let Joe the Plumber mend your
    drains? I think not!!!
    First of all, he does not know what
    deregulation means. Clearly.
    He probably would not understand 5% of
    what Obama says.
    As for me, I understood 0% of what
    McCain said, and it seems I didn't miss
    anything.
    cheerio from
    Blue Santa Fe

  •  I love Joe (0+ / 0-)
    Joe is one of those people that believes that he has what he has because he is so good, mighty and hardworking.

    He should vote REpublican because that is what he believes.

  •  Joe and Katie Couric (0+ / 0-)

    Katie Couric interviewed Joe here.
    Make of it what you will !

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    RKA

    Hey, Joe...have you heard of welfare reform? It happened in the 90's.  You still think there are Welfare Queens driving around in Cadillac's don't you?

    Sadly, one of my co-worker's was talking about "Welfare Queens" this past Tuesday!

    Fox News is Not a Real News Outlet

    by bunk on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 09:42:05 PM PDT

  •  I did a similar diary on the same topic (0+ / 0-)

    it slid off the list in like 5 minutes.

    Kos is crazy these days.

  •  Didn't I see coverage on CNN earlier today (2+ / 0-)
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    RKA, Tricky

    addressing a Governor who was trying to eat on three dollars a day.  

    Three dollars a day for food.  This is what we are giving the people who need assistance.

    Joe, I guarantee people who are trying to eat on three dollars a day can't afford plumbing repairs.

    Can anyone tell me if the company Joe wants to purchase has ever done any work for public housing complexes?

    Why should Joe or the company he wants to purchase ever be allowed to do any plumbing work on any building that is associated with my tax dollars.

    That would seem a bit too much like spreading the wealth to me.

    Droogie... I know you're in here somewhere.

    by blueocean on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 09:46:48 PM PDT

  •  See this is what happens (0+ / 0-)

    when you don't vet your ordinary Americans

  •  Repuglican plant. Compared BHO to Sammy David Jr. (1+ / 0-)
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    kurt

    Racist prick.

  •  Plumbing work for Joe. (0+ / 0-)

    Please don't do any work in any of the following:

    Public Schools
    Government Buildings
    Government run housing complexes
    Fire Departments
    Police Departments
    Public Works Facilities
    State or City Plumbing work
    Museums?
    Zoos?
    Public Hospitals

    What am I leaving out here?

    We don't need no stinking government spreading the wealth with our tax dollars.

    Private sector work only for Joe and his little business.  Hell let's take this approach for other companies as well.

    Droogie... I know you're in here somewhere.

    by blueocean on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 10:03:42 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, we get upset when our checks are late. (0+ / 0-)

    Pay up, dude. Or we'll stop doing the freakin' work.

  •  Gotta say it, Joe: (0+ / 0-)

    Teh stoopid, it burns!  Figures you're a McCain man.

    Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right? - Robert Orben

    by mentaldebris on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 11:02:01 PM PDT

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