While left-winged cable news channels seek to discredit “Joe the Plumber” because he doesn’t have a license, some are missing the point.
Even if “Joe the Plumber” were a cartoon character, he still represents millions of Americans who want to preserve the American Dream. Sen. Barack Obama’s self-confessed mandate to “redistribute wealth” is a socialistic notion is not mistakable.
But while the controversy around Joe the Plumber swirls, Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr is looking to shift the focus away from the plumber and onto the builder. As Barr sees it, “Joe the Plumber” doesn't need Obama or Sen. John McCain. He needs 'Bob the Builder.' Barr is speaking emphatically about himself.
"While Senators Obama and McCain seek only to put government patches on today's problems, 'Joe the Plumber' needs a leader who will rebuild our government into one that serves the interests of the people; not the interests of Washington," says Barr.
"Senator McCain wants to make 'Joe the Plumber' responsible for his neighbor's mortgage, and Senator Obama wants to tax 'Joe the Plumber' for being successful. Both Senators Obama and McCain want to spend 'Joe the Plumber's' tax dollars on wasteful projects, such as the $850 billion dollar bailout of Wall Street."
Barr is not pulling any punches. He is declaring in no uncertain terms that neither Obama nor McCain are a friend to Joe the Plumber. But “Bob the Builder is.” For example, “Bob the Builder” says that Joe should be able to keep the fruits of his labor, and shouldn't be responsible for the mistakes of other people, Barr says.
What’s more, “Bob the Builder” says Joe shouldn't be asked to shoulder Wall Street, and shouldn't have his son sent off to die in a war that should have never been started. And “Bob the Builder” wants to build a government that is limited to its Constitutional authority, spends less of Joe's money and stays out of Joe's life.
"America needs a builder, not a patch-job," says Barr. "Senators Obama and McCain are a part of our problems—they are not the solution. America needs a leader with the vision and the courage to stand up against government, and truly reform it, where it once again begins serving the interest of every Joe and Jane across America. America needs Bob Barr."
Jennifer LeClaire is the editor of The Voice magazine and author of "Doubtless: Faith that Overcomes the World." You can also visit her online at www.jenniferleclaire.org.