Joe the Plumber – hating taxes, except for the things like Medicaid, etc.
Joe is in NC today railing against higher taxes. Turns out though he’s really a health and human services advocate. When Time Magazine asked him about the issue last month, the magazine reported:
Big Government is never popular in theory, but the disaster aid, school lunches and prescription drugs that make up Big Government have become wildly popular in practice, especially now that so many people are hurting. Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, tells TIME he’s so outraged by GOP overspending, he’s quitting the party — and he’s the bull’s-eye of its target audience. But he also said he wouldn’t support any cuts in defense, Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid — which, along with debt payments, would put more than two-thirds of the budget off limits. It’s no coincidence that many Republicans who voted against the stimulus have claimed credit for stimulus projects in their district — or that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal stopped ridiculing volcano-monitoring programs after a volcano erupted in Alaska. “We can’t be the antigovernment party,” Snowe says. “That’s not what people want.”
Let’s hope any reporter who quotes Joe’s rants against taxes asks him about this stance on the huge cuts to NC’s Medicaid program and health insurance for children.