Joe the Plumber's Run for Congress Is Good News for the 99 Percent

joe the plumberI'll admit I didn't pay all that much attention to Joe the Plumber during the 2008 presidential election. I guess I wrote him off right away as guilty by association. Yes, that was unfair on my part, but considering the characters he was associated with at the time (John McCain and Sarah Palin, who sort of co-opted the poor guy as their campaign mascot), I'm sure you can understand why.

But now Joe (real name: Samuel Wurzelbacher) is back in the spotlight, having announced yesterday that he'll be running for Congress again this year. And since he's not linked to two of my least favorite politicians ever this time, I've been paying attention. I still don't know much more about old Joe other than the fact that he's, y'know, everyday people, but I do think it's a great thing that an everyday person -- a working class hero -- is running for office in the first place.

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Think about it: Government is supposed to be by the people, for the people, right? And yet the average American doesn't have the means, connections, or education necessary to even get a foot in the congressional door. We accept this blindly, but there's something very ... unacceptable about the fact that the majority of our nation is represented by a demographic they can't relate to.

In fact, I would go so far as to say it's because of this very imbalance that we're in our current fix. What further proof of a communication breakdown between the classes does one need than Occupy Wall Street?

Clearly this whole 1 percent speaking for the 99 percent arrangement isn't working out. If Joe the Plumber's congressional run is a sign of the 99 percent getting a voice all their own, then I wish him all the best.

Would you vote for Joe the Plumber?

 

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