Remember Joe the Plumber?

I’ve been thinking lately about Joe.  No, not Joe Biden.  Joe the Plumber.  Remember that little exchange?

The left went on the defense and the offense immediately.  Joe the Plumber had his life dissected and ruined by the Obama campaign.  All because Barack Obama was caught on film telling the truth–telling what he REALLY wanted to do as President.

And during the health care debate?  Oh yeah, “We’re going to add 32 million people to the roll and SAVE YOU MONEY.”  Do they think we’re idiots?  It seemed as if there must have another purpose for ramming it down our throats.  What could it be?

Ohhhhhhh.   NOW they tell us.  Al Sharpton, first.  “Anyone who voted for Barack Obama voted for socialism.”  Next we have Max Baucus on March 25, saying health reform is “an income shift,” and that the maldistribution of income in America has gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind.”  Our wonderful new health care legislation, “will have the effect of addressing that maldistribution of income in America.”

Next up, folks is Howard Dean.  Ok, so he’s a little weird and all, but here’s his take on the redistribution of wealth:  “When it gets out of whack, as it did in the 1920s, and it has now, you need to do some redistribution. This is a form of redistribution.”

Oh, ok.  Thanks for telling us now.  We were actually wondering about that when you were attacking us for questioning your motives.

Understand here – I am not concerned so much about MY POCKETBOOK.  I trust Someone far larger than the government for my daily bread.  But for some reason, when we question the socialization of our country, we get accused of being ‘selfish’ and ‘not wanting to share.’  I am a firm believer in generosity (as a sacrifice, not a token) and that those who have more should share with those in need.  But it should be voluntary.  Enforced generosity is stealing.  And when my liberal friends begin to count their TAXES as their CHARITY, I am disgusted.  Taxes should be for the basic needs of governmental administration, and charity should be a personal action based on personal conviction from one human being to another.  The government should not tell me how much to give and then have the authority to decide who gets what.

My ultimate beef with the health care reform legislation is the ‘fundamental transformation’ of our country.  Because of what the founders had endured at the hands of the king, they were intentional to limit federal powers, that the individual would remain free from the mandates imposed from the top.  Our country was destined to be one ruled by the people.

And yes, perhaps some will get ‘free’ health care out of this deal.  But at what price?  At the expense of freedom?  When the government puts its fingers into any segment of our society, it gains control and we lose freedom.  Period.  Yeeee-hahhh, you won the lottery!  But guess what?  You have to give over half of it to the government for taxes and now we’re going to tell you how to live and what to give.  Is it worth it?  I say no.

I say we were duped, and this is exactly what the American people are upset about.  We don’t want a socialist government.  We don’t want the administration to take over private industry and limit individual choice.  We want our freedom – freedom to take risks and succeed and the freedom to fail.  None of us are too big to fail.  Not even the United States.

Thanks, Joe, for warning us.  Too bad so few of us listened.

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One thought on “Remember Joe the Plumber?

  1. bbk 08.04.10 at 8.27 AM Reply

    Very well said. You go girl!

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