If he is anything like the asshole who charged me damn near $120 just to look at my washer, I would say, nothing.
But Mr. Morton is invoking his name on the campaign trail like he is his new running mate. Did you hear how many times he and the O man called his name in the debate? I think it was something like 25 times. And I still can't figure out why. Why the fuck do we hold plumbers or any of these trade union guys to the standard of the everyman in this country? The last time I checked; journeymen plumbers in Philly's Local 690, for instance, earned $40 an hour. So they will be just fine. And here is a dirty little secret about the trades in places like Philly, and I am sure in Ohio where "Joe the Plumber" is from: They don't let too many people of color into their little fraternity. In fact, they damn near go out of their way to exclude us. They are some of the most racist mofos in our fine city. For years the only way to get a union job in places like Philly was to have a family member vouch for you. So given the history of the whiteout here with our high paying trades, I am sure you know what that means. Consequently, the only trade union with people of color here in Philly is the Laborers, and not surprisingly, they are at the bottom of the wage rate totem poll.
Looking at "Joe the Plumber" made me think of some of our own trade guys here in the city. And somehow I got the feeling that if Obama had promised him $100,000.00 the day he got inaugurated he wouldn't have voted for his ass. (Did you hear his little crack about the O man tap dancing like Sammy Davis?) I bet Mr. Morton wished that there were millions of "Joe the Plumbers" out there. I bet he would have been elected for sure. Although, as it turns out, Joe might have been committing voter fraud for all these years in Ohio. Joe, we might have to lump you with those dreadful Acorn people. Yep, Joe is somewhat of a fraud himself. Owes back taxes; and doesn't even have a plumbing license? "Say it ain't so Joe".
I bet if Joe did have his own business he wouldn't give his workers a living wage or provide them with health care. So why should he be able to get his own business? I say fuck Joe. He don't seem so average to me. In fact, he reminds me of a lot of people I don't like too much.