Friday, October 17, 2008

The Political Self Interest of Joe the Plumber

After the debate the other night. The exaltation of Joe the Plumber (or non-Plumber, as we eventually found out), cultural close cousin of Joe Sixpack. And the polls that now 90% of the country feel that we are on the wrong track (WHO are the 10% who think things are just fine and dandy?!) - I'm left to wonder: how is it people still vote against their own interest?

Without all the hypocrisy and inconsistencies that show themselves on both sides - I really understand those who buy into a Republican ideology. Those who really believe, state why they believe pretty cogently - in a way that you can agree or disagree. Their self interest, at some level is involved.

But the Joe the Plumber metaphor, is my point:

Nowhere near making $250,000 a year

Nowhere near buying his bosses business (is it even for sale?)

Supporting a platform that would tax his health care benefits (it was admitted in the debates)

Would be helped by the tax cuts proposed by the opposition's tax plan

And yet mouthing the platitudes associated with extreme policies that have kept his wages flat, if not declining, and standing up for policies that promise that the opportunity to make $250,000 a year and own his bosses business would, some day, 'trickle down' to him!

The problem is, it hardly ever happens! What happens to most of Joe the Plumber and those like him, is that they tend to get poorer over time. And the 'class warfare' that happens is that they blame those who are poorer and immigrants, and those who are on Social Security, Medicare, for their plight.

I don't get it.


Linus said...

I don't get it either! I would also like to meet the 10% that believe life is dandy.

Shawn Williams said...

John McCain brought Joe the Plumber into the campaign, but the conservative talking heads are blaming the Obama campaign for the media scrutiny he is getting.

You think think the would have learned that any new faces in this campaign get vetted. Including the face of the Plumber.