Everyone is discussing Barack Obama's attempt to explain to a plumber why it is a great idea to take more money away from people like this hard working plumber, and give the money to other people who would never do a plumber's job:
"Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the plumber asked, complaining that he was being taxed "more and more for fulfilling the American dream.""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 for success too," Obama responded. "My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." - (Found at National Review's 'The Corner')
Who is behind a plumber? Growing up I had two neighbors who were plumbers. They both owned their own businesses. Despite being owners they both did most of their own work, although one was a bigger business than the other and employed other plumbers. Two of my brothers would work with them over the summer. I didn't, well simply because I saw how difficult the work was and decided that it was not for me. I am not sure who Obama thinks is behind a plumber, but in my experience, you are not standing behind a plumber for very long unless you are doing hard work. After all, pipes don't fix themselves.
I do find is very amusing that Obama is telling a plumber that the reason he wants to increase his taxes is to 'spread the wealth' that the plumber is earning through hard work with people not willing or able to do that work themselves. For some reason Obama seems to think that these people are providing some sort of support with his reference to 'everyone behind him'. Well, I know that if you are standing behind a plumber, you going to be put to work, either holding a flashlight, handing a wrench or lifting some pipe, a radiator or even a water heater. In exchange the plumber then pays them a salary. That is how the system works, when politicians are not promising people a salary for doing nothing. (Other than voting Democrat). That's called welfare.
However, for most people, the only 'support' they are going to provide a plumber is when they put their 'behind' on a toilet and when done flush it. Maybe the plumber should have advised Senator Obama that he has plenty of something other than money that he can share and doesn't need any more of it in the form of the Senator's tax plan BS.
Update: See video of the conversation at The Patriot Room.
** More tax comments can be found in the posts linked below. **
Obama 2008: Taxing out of Spite and Socialism - 7 Oct 2008
"Bad Social Engineering" Caused The Credit Crisis - Video - 27 Sept 2008
Total BS: Obama to Cut Taxes "for 95 percent of all working families" - 9 Sept 2008
Obama, McCain, Your Money and Theirs... - 3 Sept 2008