Saturday, October 25, 2008

Joe the Plumber: Country not Founded on Government Handouts

I've got Fox News on and a short time ago Neil Cavuto interviewed Joe the Plumber. Apparently, there are people willing to raise funds to help this guy run for Congress. He wouldn't say yes or no, but would consider it. I would like to see him go for it, but he is right - it is a sacrifice because you have to represent the people not get into it for yourself, an attitude lacking these days. He's got to consider the kind of invasions that I will discuss below. I'm sure he'll get all the funds he needs from hard-working Ohio folks and others.

One of the most impressive points he just made is that the country was founded on hard work, neighbors helping neighbors and Churches helping people, not on government handouts. I also heard him say something similarly impressive when asked if he would accept money raised by others for his back taxes. His response was that he had strong arms and a good back and he would rather work than use his hands for a handout. This came after first crediting his parents for giving him good values. If I find an uploaded video segment, I'll link it or embed it here.

In the same segment, it was revealed that Joe has had an even worse invasion of privacy than previously thought. Apparently, government computers may have been used to "hack" into his records illegally. It's shameful to see that a man who simply raises a question of Barack Obama ends up with, as he called it, "a proctology exam". From the Columbus Dispatch:

"State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about "Joe the Plumber."

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama's tax proposals.

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

Consider that if someone with the kind of past associations as Barack Obama applied for a job with the federal government he would not pass the background check. Forget the government - most of the mainstream media has spent more time investigating the private life of Joe the Plumber than they have on Barack Obama.

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