At a rally Wednesday, Samuel Wurzelbacher of Ohio, better known as “Joe the Plumber,” urged North Carolina’s legislature not to expand the sales tax to help balance our budget.
Well, Wurzelbacher might be America’s most famous “plumber,” but he doesn’t even have his plumbing license.
It’s tough to see why we should listen to a plumber from Ohio about what to do with our state’s budget. But it’s even more of a challenge to understand why we should listen to someone who is not even qualified to do his own job.
“It’s the wrong way of doing things,” Wurzelbacher said of adding taxes on services. “You can’t keep taking away from people.”
Instead, he thinks we should take away opportunities for children whose parents don’t qualify for Medicaid to receive health care through NC Health Choice for Children.
He thinks we should take away jobs in the public sector, one of the few areas of our state’s economy with increasing demand and jobs, thus cutting demand and boosting unemployment even further.
And he thinks we should take more than 10,000 teachers away from our state’s children — enough teachers to line U.S. 15-501 from Chapel Hill to Durham, and still have almost a thousand teachers left over.
If that’s his logic, I’m not sure I’d even want him to fix my toilet (not that he’s qualified).