Words don't lie, part IV: Candidates debate role of plumbers in the White House
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Words don't lie, part IV: Candidates debate role of plumbers in the
Although the candidates did occasionally discuss substantive issues
like school vouchers, abortion, and the principles they might use in
selecting Supreme Court justices, the most riveting part of last
night's third and final presidential debate, held at Long Island's
Hofstra University, came when John McCain looked straight into the
camera and asked the American people, "Why can't you ever get a
plumber when you need one?"
Blinking rapidly, McCain pointed at Sen. Obama and said, "The answer,
my friends, is that one."
Showing a firm hand at the tiller, McCain told the sad story of Joe
the Plumber, who has been working 12- and 14-hour days for years, and
now he's saved up a little money and he wants to buy the business.
Only he can't. The reason? Sen. Obama's soak-the-rich tax plan.
Sen. Obama patiently explained that his tax plan would mean tax cuts
for most Americans, and that, if he becomes a small business owner,
Joe won't have to buy his employees health care plans if he doesn't
Sen. Obama couldn't have known this – he was only eight years old at
the time – but the government failed to bail out plumbers twice
before. . . .
find out how the US failed its plumbers before. Read the rest of this
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