Palin the Clueless and John McCrank

I’m thinking that Sarah Palin doesn’t even pay attention to the news. Maybe the campaign just doesn’t want to bother her with what is going on outside of her little bubble — that everything she thinks she knows is what is written down for her in her speeches.

Last week, when the Alaska state Legislature released their report saying that Governor Palin had indeed violated the ethics laws and abused her authority, she came out to say that she was glad the report vindicated her.

Today, at a rally in Lancaster, Palin praises Joe-the-Plumber for interrupting a “staged photo-op” by asking him a question on taxes.

“So when he left Joe’s neighborhood in Toledo, our opponent didn’t look real happy,” Palin, speaking in Pennsylvania, said of Obama. “Seems that the staged photo-op there got ruined by a real person’s question,” she said.

“So here’s a guy working — standing there in his neighborhood when a candidate for president shows up and he wanted more than just a handshake and a campaign button. He wanted some answers.”

it kinda leaves you speechless, doesn’t it? I mean, here is a woman who is running for the number two slot in our Executive Branch, who has said she wants to have more power than Dick Cheney, and it is like she’s missed the whole story following Joe-the-fake-Business Owner.

I don’t see where Obama wasn’t anything BUT happy with being asked about his economic plans. I think he may have smelled a rat when this ‘plumber’ is talking about buying a plumbing business that generates $280,000 when the median wage for the average plumber in the Toledo area is only $47,000. But he played along, by telling “Joe” he could expect a 3 percent hike on his taxes for just the amount that went over the $250,000 income range, and could actually expect a tax break overall.

As it turns out, Joe makes $42k and the business he works for generated $72k last year meaning that BOTH would have gotten a substantial cut under Obama.

At the rally in Lancaster on Saturday, Palin said that Wurzelbacher, “bless his heart,” is being “investigated” and “attacked” because the Obama campaign didn’t appreciate him asking Obama a question about his tax plan.

Actually, the press investigated “Joe” because your running mate inserted the poor guy’s name into the debate twenty-six times, holding Joe and his story up as a “real life example” as to what is wrong with Obama’s economic programs.

Does ANYONE believe that the press is just going to ignore something like this? After all, Joe was McCain’s centerpiece in the debate.

The thing is, McCain did the same thing with Joe that he did with Sarah Palin: he didn’t bother checking him, or his story out before thrusting Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher into the maws of the media.

McCain has been focusing on something that Obama said during the 5-minute Wurzelbacher exchange last weekend — he has been claiming that Obama told Joe he intended to “spread his wealth around”:

Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, during a speech on October 16 outside Philadelphia, recounted the story of “Joe the Plumber,” a man who held a conversation with Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama and who became the surprise star of the candidates’ October 15 debate when McCain gave an account of the story. McCain said the man told Obama, “‘Look, I’ve been working all my life 10, 12 hours. I want to buy the business I’m in, but you’re going to raise my taxes.’ And you know what Senator Obama had to say to Joe? He wanted to spread his wealth around. He wanted to spread his wealth around.” [Source: CNN Political Ticker Fact Check]

He has been repeating this same claim all week, and today he has taken it a step further and come out to label Obama’s economic proposals as being “Socialist”.

McCain cherry-picked four words out of a five minute detailed tax plan, to make those four words sound bad. As the CNN Political Ticker Fact Check explains,

Obama explained his tax plan during the roughly five-minute exchange telling Wurzelbacher that the tax rate on the portion of his income that was more than $250,000 would be increased from 36 percent to 39 percent. But he also mentioned that his plan includes a 50 percent small-business tax credit for health care and a proposal to eliminate the capital-gains tax for small businesses that increase in value. Obama said his tax plan, which he said focuses on bigger breaks for people making lower incomes, would be good for the economy. “If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re going to be better off if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you,” he said. “Right now, everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody. And I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” [Source: CNN Political Ticker Fact Check]

The funny thing is, John McCain wants to give money to the wealthiest people and corporations in this country. Under a McCain tax program, NONE of the small businesses — including Joe’s hypothetical fantasy — wouldn’t see one thin dime of a tax cut. If anything, they would see a drop in revenue, because their potential customer base would continue to dry up.

Here is an admission that McCain and Palin aren’t spreading around to their audiences:

In an interview with CNN on Thursday, October 16, Wurzelbacher said he had misunderstood Obama’s plan and that the company he wants to buy makes well less than $250,000 a year which Obama says means his taxes would not be increased.

Yes, by “well less” he means instead of $250k a year, the Newell Plumbing & Heating Co made only $72k last year, his taxes would not be increased, but they would go down considerably under the Obama tax plan.

Hey, but nice try.