I find it highly ironic that John McCain pulls in "Joe the Plumber" to try and prove his points on the economy. McCain's insistence that the fundamentals of the American economy--the American Worker--are strong, have rung hollow every step of the way. His reaching out to Joe the Plumber is just another attempt to connect with middle-class white men who are leaning towards Obama.
Let's see how McCain really feels about Joe the Plumber and all the other Joes and Janes out there in the work force.
- McCain supports free trade agreements without any restrictions requiring a true free trade for laborers and not just for businessmen.
- McCain was against the Ledbetter Act which would have allowed people to sue for an equal pay violation when they learn of it--not to be outsmarted by companies until the statute of limitations runs just to be out of luck when it comes to a lawsuit in federal court.
- McCain is against the Employee Free Choice Act, which would level the playing field for those workers wishing to join or form unions.
- McCain wants to tax health benefits and make it less likely that employers will pay for health care.
- McCain voted against an increase in the minimum wage as recently as 2007.
Oddly enough, Joe the Plumber might not be such a McCain fan....the major plumbers union in America endorses Obama.
Oh snap, indeed.