Oh, Fine. Let’s Talk More About Joe The (Unlicensed) Plumber

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

The New York Times has a nice analysis of the taxes that Joe Wurzelbacher would pay under the Obama and McCain plans:


So it looks like Joe would do better under either candidate, but slightly better under McCain.  Not surprising, since McCain gives greater tax benefits to those whose income is greater than $250,000 (which the above scenario assumes).  Of course, if Joe's plumbing business does less than $250,000 a year (which is likely — his boss's business, which he intends to but, doesn't make that much).

Of course, Joe has bigger more immediate problems to face:

He doesn't have a plumbing license required by the city of Toledo to practice, according to a staffer with the Toledo Division of Building Inspection. Wurzelbacher, who now works for Newell Plumbing & Heating Co., said the owner, Al Newell, has a plumbing license and that "because he works for someone else, he doesn't need a license."

But even that's not true, according to the Toledo Division of Building Inspection. Wurzelbacher can't legally do plumbing work without a license, regardless of his boss's certification.

A staff person with the Toledo Division of Building Inspection told On Call this afternoon that her division will contact Wurzelbacher to notify him that he can't work without a license.

"We're trying to track him down," she said.

According to the report, Joe…

registered as an apprentice with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council in November 2003, according to Dennis Evans, spokesman with the Department of Job and Family Services. Records show his training, which was sponsored by A & W Newell Co. of Toledo, should have wrapped last year.

"We don't have a record of completion," Evans said. "All we know is that he registered in the program and has gone through to the point where we should have record of completion, but we don't."

So he's not a real plumber; he just plays one on TV.  So much for the new poster boy of the right.