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rior to October 14, 2008 few people outside of Holland, Ohio (and most of those living there) had ever heard of Joe Wurzelbacher. Today, if the Springfield, Ohio native could be inserted into the race for Ohio's 9th US congressional seat, which is held by Marcy Kaptur, Wurzelbacher would give the 13th term Toledo congresswoman a run for her money. Kaptur, who has held her seat since 1982, will easily defeat her current Republican rival, steelworker and US Navy veteran Bradley Leavitt. If GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain [R-AZ] and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin [R-AK] prevail in the voting booths on Nov. 4, it will be solely because of one man"Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher.
Likewise, Joe's entering Sen. Barack Obama's life on Tues., Oct. 14 was the turning point in Barack Obama's campaign. As Obama made his way through a handshaking campaign swing in Holland, Ohio, he was approached by Wurzelbacher who asked him to explain his tax plan, and the impact it would have on his own plan to buy a local plumbing business that was grossing $250 to $280 thousand per year in sales.
"It's not that I want to punish your success," Obama replied. "I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success, too. My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody...I think if you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." When you think like a Marxist, that argument makes sense. In reality, while Obama poses as a middle-income tax cutter, logic defies his argument since when you spread the wealth from the bottom up, the tax payers who are going to feel the tax bite are not the wealthiest 5% whose wealth is sheltered from the tax-man by tax-exempt foundations, but middle-class families, working 10-to-12 hours a day and earning $65 to $150 thousand per yearJoe-the-Plumber, Joe-the-Baker, Joe-the-Mechanic, or Joe-the-next-door-neighbor.
Obama told Joe that he didn't want to punish Joe's success but Joe, he remarked, needed to be prepared to help those who weren't quite as successful as Joe with the "excess of his success." That's what he meant when he told Joe that "...if you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody." Obama made it clear what he meant by spreading the wealth around when he addressed the NAACP during their 99th Annual Conference at Cincinnati's Fountain Square on July 14, 2008. "Social justice," he told his black audience, "is not enough...It matters little if you have the right to sit at the lunch counter if you can't afford the lunch." After outlining a litany of new welfare programs for black Americans, Obama pledged to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to include most working families (this will be the tax cut he promised 95% of the American people). Obama pledged to the NAACP that he would begin the redistribution of wealth on Inauguration Day. He assured his NAACP audience that he would return to their podium after having achieved social and economic justice for all "...next year on the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, and I will stand before you as the President of the United States of America. At that moment, you and I will truly know that a new day has come in this country we love."
Speaking later in an online chat on Washington Times.com, Wurzelbacher observed, "When I was face-to-face with him, my honest impression was that I expected something more. I had heard so much about 'his presence,' in the media that I was suprised to find that he seemed so average. My gut feeling as he answered my questions? I was scared for America." Commenting about Obama's remark about wealth, Joe the Plumber continued: "What worries me is that he is deciding that $250 thousand is rich right now, but what's to stop him from changing his mind? As we know, politicians change their minds at the drop of a poll. Personally, I think it will have to go lower. How else will he pay for all he wants big government to do?"
Sounds scary, doesn't it? Wurzelbacher, who has become known as Joe the Plumber on the conservative radio talk show circuit, started the firestorm that is actually making the American voter look at the facts-and-fiction of Obama's tax rhetoric. Obama's plan actually does begin with a tax increase on the top 5% of the taxpayers, starting at gross incomes of $250,000 or more. However, it does not stop there. The far left has been secretly assembling a litany of new tax laws and spending bills they intend to spring on Congress as soon as the 111th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 6, 2009. The most important of these is the rehashing of Hillary Clinton's failed Health Security Act of 1993 which would have nationalized 1/7th of the US economyand force the US taxpayer to pay a new national healthcare tax that will take as large a bite from their paycheck as their income taxes. But, to Obama, the health care tax is not a taxits a national healthcare premium.. The welfare class, of course, will once again get a free ride on the backs of the working class.
If the left's predictionssupported by approximately 15.4 million Barack Obama and George Soros-financed ACORN voter registrationsare correct, the far left will have a veto-proof Congress (something the country has not seen since FDR's New Deal years when Franklin Delano Roosevelt's socialist legislature wrote the laws that made the American people enemies of its own government. The New Deal Emergency Banking Relief Act of March 9, 1933 let international bankers steal the wealth of America by outlawing the private ownership of gold (with a 10-year prison sentence for any American found with any gold coins or gold certificates in their possession). The authority to unconstitutionally (albeit temporarily until 1976) removed our currency from the gold standard was not found in the Emergency Banking Relief Act or the Gold Reserve Act of 1934, where one would expect to find such an important monetary authorization. Instead, it was found, innocuously concealed, as Title Three (The Thomas Amendment) of the Agriculture Adjustment Act of March 12, 1933also passed in one day with no member of Congress being allowed to read it..
What was a provision to remove America's money supply from the gold standard doing in a farm bill instead the Banking bill, or better yet, a bill on the gold reserve? It wasn't because the Democrats were afraid that Republicans would find the measure in either bill since, with the super majority the Democrats had in the House and Senate, there was absolutely no debate on the Banking Relief Act of 1933, nor three days later on the Agriculture Adjustment Act. One hour of debate on each bill was granted by the House and Senate leadershipduring which time no member of either the House or Senate had ever seen the legislation they were about to enact into law. Not even the members of the House or Senate Banking Committees had seen the legislation since the bills were written by the bankers themselves and not Congress. The GOP protested.
When the discussion period ended, the vote was cast andwithout a single member of either House ever seeing the legislation they were voting onthose elected by the American people as their advocates before the government of the United States, blindly voted for the rape of the financial wealth of the working class. Whenever one party has absolute control over every branch of governmentexecutive, legislative and judicial (as FDR didthat government becomes arbitrarily totalitarian.
Between 1933 and 1936, most of the New Deal laws that gave the newly created, very unconstitutional federal bureaucracy capricious control over life in America were ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court. It was not until the high court believed FDR had the votes to add 3 to 6 more justices to the high court, or at the least, force high court justices to retire at age 65 or 70, that the justices softened their position on the illegality of the New Deal laws. They reexamined the laws they had previously overturned and suddenly discovered new, heretofore unknown, legal ground for almost all of them based on FDR's trite "national emergency" (the recession which, because of FDR's meddling, became a decade long depression that was blamed, by the revisionist Democratic media, on President Herbert Hoover). Hoover carried the stigma into history. The "national emergency" executive powers FDR used to manipulate the New Deal economy was actually declared a "national emergency" in 1917 by Woodrow Wilson. The United States remained in a state of national emergency until Congress took that power away from the President in 1976. The "national emergency" served its purpose for the bankers because it allowed the President of the United States, aided by a super majority of Democrats, to redefine the ownership of private property in the United States. (As you know, today, the right to seize the property and assets of US citizens without due process is now one of the paramount weapons of government. The IRS uses it. The Department of Homeland Security now uses it. And, your local, county and state law enforcement agencies use that power to "arrest" your property when you commit a crimeproposition a prostitute or get stopped with an illegal substance in your car even if you are not arrested at the same time. They seize your property only because they can. The separation of powers that is supposed to protect you has merged into a supra government agency controlled by the bureaucracy that is answerable and accountable to no one.)
Forty-nine year old Ethel Hylton had her entire life savings seized by the DEA at Houston's Hobby Airport. Drug-sniffing dogs liked Hylton's carry-on luggage. DEA agents searched her luggage and found $39,110 in cash. Hylton, who worked as a hotel maid and as a janitor in a local hospital, explained she didn't trust banks, and carried her money with her when she traveled. Even though the DEA found no drugs, nor any traces of drugs in her luggage or on her person when they strip-searched her they "arrested" her retirement nest egg. They did not arrest her because she had done nothing wrong.
Sam Thach was traveling by train from Fullerton, California to Boston. He paid for his Amtrak ticket with cash but refused to give the ticket agent his home phone number as required by Amtrak for cash purchases over a specified amount. The Amtrak agent called the DEA. DEA agents boarded the train in Albuquerque, New Mexico and searched him. They found $147 thousand in cash in his suitcase. He had no drugs. Nor did drug-sniffing dogs pick up the scent of drugs on him. He had done nothing illegal. But, because he, like Hylton, didn't trust banks, they seized his money. Neither Hylton nor Thach got their money back.
Kathy and Mark Schrama were arrested a few days before Christmas in 1990 in their New Jersey home. Kathy Schrama was charged with stealing UPS packages valued at $500 from neighbor's porch. Mark Schrama , who had no knowledge what his wife had done, was charged with receiving stolen goods at his place of residence. A neighbor witnessed Schrama take the packages and called the police. Local police seized the Schrama's $150 thousand homeincluding its furnishings, clothes and even the Christmas presents they had lawfully purchased for their 10-year old son. Schrama was not wearing his prescription eyeglasses when the police forfeiture squad arrived with a court order allowing them to seize 100% of the assets at the "crime scene." Schrama was not allowed to take his eyeglasses with him when they were forcibly evicted from their home. There was no due process. Liberal judges simply ignored the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Amendments and arbitrarily seize the assets of people by classifying those assets as "people" and not property. This is what happens to a nation when the people stupidly give any political party a super majority over the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
People wonder how Benito Mussolini, who was duly elected in a Republican form of government could successfully overthrow that government and become a dictator. They likewise wonder how Adolph Hitler, whose National Socialist Party was elected as a minority party in a Republican form of government could, within 33 days, become the Chancellor of Germany and dictator, and ultimately, possess the power of life and death over two third of Europe.
Give any political party veto-proof supra-control over the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government and a dictatorship will result every time. Franklin D. Roosevelt assumed office with a super majority on March 6, 1933. He held that office until his death on April 12. 1945. FDR ruled as a democratic dictator with the help of the socialist liberal media and the Democratic leadership in Congress.
Roosevelt, the New Deal Congress and the New Deal federal judges that the Democratic super majority appointed to safeguard the New Deal, rubber-stamped laws that violated the separation of powers and began the slow process of erasing the tenets of liberty by changing the rules of how free elections are held, and who gets to vote, in order to give the far left an edge by changing the equation of liberal vs conservative mindsets in the country on election day. By easing voting restrictions under the guise of protecting democracy by making sure everyone in the country has a right to vote, the far left has been able to register millions of people who, because they are not citizens, they are felons, they are dead, or they are minors, are simply not eligible to vote.
On Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, US District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a Bill Clinton-appointed federal magistrate, ruled on the lawsuit filed by former Pennsylvania Assistant Attorney General Philip J. Berg, Berg v. Obama. Berg's lawsuit demanded that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Hussein Obama produce a Certificate of Live Birth to refute Berg-offered evidence to support his argument that not only was Obama not born in Hawaii, he was born in Kenya. Berg further offered evidence showing that Obama forfeited his US citizenship when his step father, Lolo Soetoro adopted him in Indonesia. For that reason, Berg's lawsuit demanded that Obama produce [a] a Certificate of Live Birth, [b] his certified birth certificate and [c] his Certificate of Citizenship together with a certified copy of his Oath of Allegiance. (If you or I was suspected by the Dept. of Immigration Control and Enforcement [ICE] of being in this country illegally, they would demand those documents and we would be obligated to produce them or face deportation.)
Yet a man running for a job for which the Constitution of the United States says he must be a natural born citizen is not required, in the view of Judge Surrick, to prove he is qualified by birth to be President of the United States. Or rather, the left-of-center federal magistrate insisted in his ruling, that ordinary citizens have no legal authority to question whether or not candidates for federal office are qualified.
Surrick said that "...ordinary citizens can't sue to ensure that a presidential candidate actually meets the constitutional requirements of the office." Surrick added that only Congress has the right to challenge the credentials of a candidate. "Until that time," Surrick concluded, "voters do not have standing to bring the sort of challenge that Plaintiff attempts to bring..."
When citizens of the United States discovered that fraud by the US government took place in the ratifications of both the 16th and 17th Amendments, Assistant US Attorney David Brown, prosecuting US v. George & Marion House, in June, 1983 admitted that fraud took place in 1913 by a long dead Secretary of State (Philander Knox) and an equally long dead Solicitor General (Joshua Reuben Clark) but argued that correcting the error fell solely on Congress. The trial judge agreed.
The 1st Amendment guarantees citizens of the United States the right to redress their grievances. How does an ordinary citizen do that? Ask Bob Shulz, the head of the We The People Foundation who spent eight years trying to get the Clinton Administration to sit down with his group, listen to their arguments on why they believe the 16th Amendment was fraudulently declared ratified, and simply explain the government's logic why it was not. Nothing happened. Shulz then spent another eight more years petitioning the Bush-43 Administration to allow him his constitutional prerogative to address his grievances with the government.
Since that did not appear to work well, what's left? The courts. Oops...if ordinary citizens do not have the right to address their grievances against public officials, or those wanting to become the leader of the free world, how do they exercise their right under the 1st Amendment to seek redress of their grievances? The courts are all that's left. If the federal judiciary has joined forces with the power players in the Executive and Legislative branches to usurp the constitutional rights of the people, then liberty is dead and freedom is a socialist myth that can be practiced only in your own homeunless you want to smoke a cigarette while ranting at your pregnant minor daughter whose school-supplied condoms didn't work.
Think of the 15.4 million illegal voters who have been registered since 2000 by ACORN and other far left socialist, antiwar voter registration advocacy groups as a computer virus that you uploaded into your own computer believing it was a helpful aid that would protect your computer. Unfortunately, the virus is now self-perpetuating. There is no anti-viral solution that can get rid of it because the key swing States that ACORN targeted to steal the White House for Obama are also the States where the key Senate races the left plans to steal to gain their super majority are also taking place. It's one of those two-birds-with-one-stone propositions. If Obama wins the White House, the Senate gets its filibuster-proof super majority.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole, whose husband was the designated loser in 1996 against Bill Clinton and Al Gore, knows that ACORN, Obama and socialist billionaire George Soros have rigged the vote in North Carolina. Dole understands how the illegal voting works. There are no split votes. The surrogate who votes the registration votes straight partyDemocratic. If ACORN has delivered 400 thousand votes in North Carolina, both McCain and Dole lose North Carolina. Dole apparently thinks its that close since her latest commercial argues that the American people cannot afford for the far left to get a super majority. She's right. If they do, the United States is lost. And, the Election of 2010 will not resemble US elections of the past. Dole believes she can convince the voters of her State to separate the two, and keep her job. She's wrong. If ACORN has delivered enough votes to give North Carolina's 15 electoral votes to Obama, then they have enough votes to elect 5th term State Senator Kay Hagan who has aligned herself with the Secular Coalition of America and advocates on behalf of atheists and humanists to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Hagan also advocated on behalf of the right of homosexuals to be Cub Scout and Boy Scout troop leaders. If ACORN has supplied enough illegal votes to elect Obama, then Dole's seat in the US Senate is gone as well.
Even if the States woke up and realized what was happening and invalidated every ACORN voter registration it would be too late. Why? Because in each of those States where Democratically-controlled statehouses were able to enact legislation allowing newly-registered voters to cast absentee ballots before their rights to vote was verified, those votes have already been separated from the voters who cast the ballots. (While we know that 100% of the voter registrations processed by ACORN were Democratic since those were the only votes ACORN was hired to find, the Democrats controlling most of the State election boards will argue there is no way of knowing how the absentee ballot voter voted. Logic tells us if any of those voters cast their ballot for McCAIN-PALIN that ballot would have been changed by the ACORN vote-recruiter, or it would have simply been thrown away and that registration would have been voted on election day by one of any number of caravan voters who go from precinct to precinct voting the dead whose names have either not been removed from the voting rolls, or painstakingly re-added to the voting rolls as a new voter by any of a number of Soros-funded get-out-and-vote advocacy groups across the country.
Senator Obama's cocky assuredness that he is going to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States is not based on his faith that the voters of the United States will elect him. He, like every other far left liberal, knows that no more than 35% of the voters will legitimately cast their votes for a socialist in the United States. His self-assuredness comes from his knowledge that enough fraudulent votes have been fabricated to guarantee that regardless how many conservatives turn out to cast their votes for McCAIN-PALIN, he is going to prevail when the votes are counted.
When Joe the Plumberlike most supplysiders who understand that prosperity comes from investing in your own sweat equity and not from the largess of governmentshowed up at an Obama Campaign swing event to ask the candidate himself. The revealing exchange (video at top of article) was caught by Toledo's local ABC affiliate and immediately swept the nation, making Joe the Plumber an overnight conservative icon. In fact, one of those who watched the exchange was Sen. John McCain who introduced the name of Joe the Plumber in his debate with Obama that evening. McCain touted his tax plan over Obama's, noting that "...[e]ntrepreneurs are at the heart of American innovation and growth. Entrepreneurs create the ultimate job securitya new, better opportunity if your current job goes away." McCain pledged to keep taxes low and make the Bush-43 tax cut permanent not only for Joe the Plumber, Joe the Butcher and Joe Factory Worker but for every working class stiff who wants low taxes and does not want his income seized by an affirmative action president who believes those who refuse to work because jobs don't pay enough aren't entitled to a slice of their earnings.
In fact, during the final debatewhich resonated well with the votersMcCain chided Obama's use of the Marxist mantra. A day later, the usually liberal AOL election poll showed McCain trouncing Obama 71% to 29%. And, while McCain's people believed the Senator won the debate with his remark that if Obama wanted to run against Bush he should have run four years earlier, the Obama people knew Joe the Plumber won the debate and somehow turned the tide of the election rhetoric . They were thankful that the election was only two weeks off. They knew if McCain had a month and the use of Joe the Plumber in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, he likely would have to turned the election on its ear. Everytime McCain mentioned Wurzelbacher, Obama wincedand squirmed. And everytime he did, America remembered Obama's Marxist remark about redistributing Joe's wealth to his less fortunate neighbors. And, the following morning Joe Biden took a shot at Joe as well. On NBC's Today Show, Biden challenged the veracity of Joe the Plumber, suggesting he might have been a GOP ringer. Biden said, "I don't any Joe the Plumbers in my neighborhood that make $250 thousand a year." Obama's blogsphere reported that Wurzelbacher was not even registered to vote. It's hard to guess where they checked, but Joe is registered in Lucas County, Ohio. He voted Republican in the primary and, I'd bet, will vote Republican on Nov. 6. Biden even went so far as to denounce Joe the Plumber as a fraud because his staff found several Joe the Plumbers listed in various telephone directories. Biden conveniently forgets that Wurzelbacher didn't call himself Joe the Plumber, the media did.
Had Biden been listening, Wurzelbacher never claimed to be making a quarter million dollars a year, he told Obama he was contemplating buying a company that was making from $250 to $280 thousand a year." Nevertheless, the Obama War Machine declared war on Joe the Plumber. And although the Democratic Party insists its the party of the little guy, the dirt-diggers got out their spades and began digging for dirt about Joe the Plumber. They checked with the Ohio DMV for possible driving violationsnot once but four times, hoping they might be lucky enough to dig up some charges for drunk driving or some other egregious offense that would make him look bad. None. They did find that Average Joe owed some back taxes to the State of Ohio$1,200.00. The State of Ohio immediately filed a levy. And, they thought they really scored pay dirt when they discovered that Joe did not have a plumbers license. They were disappointed to discover that because Joe the Plumber works for someone else, and is covered by his employer's license, he doesn't need one.
Joe the Plumber said he hoped other Americans wouldn't be afraid to question the political candidates seeking to run our country because of the microscope he was put under. "If we are too afraid to question our elected officials, the America I grew up in and love, is gone. Maybe if enough of us are willing to question our government and those in other places of power, perhaps we can take back our country." He said the media chose to dig into his private life to find something that would embarrass himor John McCain"...because the media has an agenda, plain and simple."
As for himself, Wurzelbacher said he planned to vote "...for a real American...who isn't going to lead us into socialism and despair. I want a president that can stand amongst some of the great leaders of our past." Clearly, Barack Obama cannot. In the view of this writer, Barack Hussein Obama can only stand shoulder-to-shoulder with political pirates like Karl Marx, or terrorists like Yassar Arafat or Cambodian dictator Saloth Sar, more commonly known as Pol Pot . But with a step ladder, the best he will ever become is knee high to Ronald Reagan.