Skip to main content

Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber
The wingnut welfare must have run out for the man who became famous as "Joe the Plumber." Samuel Wurzelbacher, his real name, has had to get a job that involves something other than performing the role of the regular blue-collar white guy on the Republican speaking and media circuits—and it's a union job at Chrysler. Wurzelbacher took to Facebook sounding a wee bit defensive:
“In order to work for Chrysler, you are required to join the Union, in this case UAW. There’s no choice – it’s a union shop – the employees voted to have it that way and in America that’s the way it is,” he wrote.
(Not actually true. You're required to pay a fee covering the union's cost of representing you, but you don't have to join the union.)
"Private unions, such as the UAW, is a choice between employees and employers. If that is what they want then who am I to say you can’t have it?" he said.
Somehow I don't think the "who am I to say" logic has applied to most of what Wurzelbacher has said over the past five years. But for Republicans who are furrowing their brows at that last bit of convenient self-justification, never fear:
"Yes, I have a website that puts out conservative news. Yes, I am part owner of a gun company. Yes, I’m a Republican who was cast into the limelight for having the temerity to confront Barack Obama on the question of redistributing wealth… But I’m a working man and I’m working,” he wrote.
Oh, the temerity. Remember, too, that Wurzelbacher's initial question to Obama "on the question of redistributing wealth" involved the business he was supposedly about to buy that would leave him making $250,000 or more and therefore taxed at a higher rate under Obama's plans. In the grand scope of Republican scams, the ones built on this man's image are relatively minor, but let's not forget that the whole reason anyone ever cared about this guy is that he supposedly represented upward mobility, and some vague notion that guys making a lot of money shouldn't be taxed more if they had only just started making a lot of money ... or something like that, it was always incoherent. But even for someone who was taken up by the Right as a voice and a champion, upward mobility was out of reach. To make a living for the long term, he's turned to a union job, and I bet he knows he was lucky to get it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 06:49 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, Thumb, Alumbrados, Radiowalla, jexter, texaseditor, Gooserock, mndan, Sprinkles, Wintermute, eeff, rubyr, red moon dog, Heart of the Rockies, concernedamerican, bronte17, TracieLynn, brillig, annrose, CoolOnion, Aquarius40, roses, greenomanic, vmckimmey, dylanfan, sidnora, revsue, Texknight, SneakySnu, ksuwildkat, psnyder, Moody Loner, annan, TexDem, NYC Sophia, niteskolar, papercut, Diana in NoVa, econlibVA, Major Kong, mungley, randallt, WisVoter, NapaJulie, Black Max, DarkSyde, solesse413, Armand451, Frank Vyan Walton, sawgrass727, Gowrie Gal, Los Diablo, historys mysteries, Bluesee, radarlady, Tinfoil Hat, ichibon, wmc418, democracy inaction, basquebob, MT Spaces, dewtx, Brooke In Seattle, eru, cspivey, markdd, spunhard, FindingMyVoice, jilikins, laurel g 15942, begone, Mother Mags, MadGeorgiaDem, martini, BachFan, Kingsmeg, Mr Bojangles, BlueInARedState, smokeymonkey, blueoasis, EricMaderLin, gpoutney, The Hindsight Times, Rosaura, gooderservice, JVolvo, NearlyNormal, unclebucky, middleagedhousewife, onionjim, BlueMississippi, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, blueoregon, Statusquomustgo, Temmoku, AllanTBG, Cronesense, Habitat Vic, camlbacker, ksp, devis1, EdSF, puakev, karmsy, Matt Z, gustynpip, Dave in Northridge, Uncle Moji, Ninepatch, HCKAD, crose, jnhobbs, hopi13, Wreck Smurfy, JML9999, Assaf, TomP, Empower Ink, jwinIL14, mconvente, pdkesq, Lasgalen Lothir, JeffW, amyzex, Youffraita, Aureas2, Involuntary Exile, lineatus, jamess, monkeybrainpolitics, pamelabrown, pickandshovel, catly, No Exit, temptxan, watercarrier4diogenes, statsone, CIndyCasella, 207wickedgood, maggiejean, Bule Betawi, Ran3dy, WhizKid331, Dirtandiron, banjolele, RustyCannon, notrouble, NWTerriD, ArthurPoet, Tortmaster, jfromga, Vita Brevis, Lefty Ladig, Amber6541, Just Bob, rb137, willynel, The Jester, estreya, catwho, kjoftherock, Orlaine, lorla, mookins, Polly Syllabic, Things Come Undone, RJP9999, Eddie L, JoanMar, pixxer, ItsSimpleSimon, DerAmi, DiegoUK, Jaimas, Betty Pinson, kenwards, ericlewis0, fiercefilms, slice, verdeo, Mister Met, Mike08, Maximilien Robespierre, kerflooey, Front Toward Enemy, Bluefin, NJ elitist, oldmilitant, implicate order, Mr MadAsHell, La Gitane, FarWestGirl, mikejay611, OhioNatureMom, Nebraska68847Dem, Haf2Read, sethtriggs, Jasonhouse, IllanoyGal, thomask, ShowMeMoBlue, Santa Susanna Kid, BarackStarObama, RfrancisR, chickeeee, enhydra lutris, la58, stevie avebury, Joe Jackson, Hayate Yagami, ratcityreprobate, stlsophos, Chitown Kev, Rashaverak, caryltoo, suetiggers, OldDragon, anodnhajo, IndieGuy, hardwroc, chrysb52, AnnieR, a2nite, FloridaSNMOM, JGibson, Yonkers Boy, The Voice from the Cave, peachcreek, belinda ridgewood, Free Jazz at High Noon, reginahny, jts327, BusyinCA, MartyM, Buckeye54, avsp, cablecargal, Glen The Plumber, Little Bozo, ShoshannaD, Sue B, Silvia Nightshade, nuclear winter solstice, Lily O Lady, remembrance, BroadBlogs, twocrows1023, eyo, Says Who, SheilaKinBrooklyn, Aunt Pat, Smoh, BadKitties, TheDuckManCometh, bobwilk, RUNDOWN, Dodgerdog1, mymom51, supertascha, Capt Crunch, jbsoul, patbahn, Penny GC, thanatokephaloides, Skyye, ginimck, ptressel, politically indigo, wilywascal, boppersan, Damaged262, e2247, Kymidei, Cassandra2014, WRCousCous, Tascoma

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site