Joe Wurzelbacher continues to go around the country motivating the grassroots the way that he did after he was first propelled onto the national scene as the Ohio man who dared to question President Obama’s tax schemes and was nicknamed “Joe the Plumber”. Touring around the State of Wisconsin with Americans for Prosperity during their recent Spending Revolt Tour, Joe addresses the crowds and inspires them with his no non-nonsense, common man conservative speech. In a beige flannel shirt and blue jeans, Joe talked to me on one of his stops for AFP, and was willing to answer some questions about why its important to him to continue to spread the message that has defined him.
1. YOU FIRST BECOME WELL-KNOWN IN THE SUMMER OF 2008 IN OHIO WHEN THEN-CANDIDATE OBAMA WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND YOU DECIDED TO ASK HIM A FEW POINTED QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS TAX PROPOSALS.
I was, quite frankly, tossing football with my son in my neighborhood and Obama was preparing for his 3rd and final debate and he just happened to show up in the neighborhood. Two weeks before he came to the neighborhood, my boss and I sat down and started talking about me taking over the business and the more I learned about the tax system and what I was going to be in for, the decision I made was that the government doesn’t really want me to own a business because I’m being penalized every time I turned around and so that’s the reason that I asked the question that I did.
2. NOW THAT YOU’VE GAINED FAME AROUND THE COUNTRY, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING ACCOMPLISH IN THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND YOUR INVOLVEMENT THERE?
Actually, I speak to TEA Party Groups, 9/12s, all kinds of groups out there around the country. I push education. I push involvement. I don’t push the Republican or Democrat parties because both of those are just big businesses. I push America, American pride, American spirit, and American culture and ultimately that is our responsibility that we have failed unless we get involved in the government; not politics, we need to be involved with that, but be involved with the government, exercise your American right that you have and hold these people accountable and make sure they’re doing good work and becoming educated and informed yourself and that’s what I push. I push the principles, it’s up to the voter to figure out the issues.
3. AS YOU CONTINUE TO GO AROUND THE COUNTRY, HAS THIS BECOME A PRIMARY CAREER FOR YOU OR ARE YOU STILL MAINLY INVOLVED IN THE PLUMBING BUSINESS?
Oh absolutely, I still do plumbing, I build houses, I cut trees down, I love working with my hands, I love building things, I get a sense of satisfaction. In the World of Politics, I don’t get much of a sense of satisfaction. You don’t see change right away. I takes a long time and so being man and enjoying building things, I still do that a lot but as far as this, I have a responsibility. There are a lot of people out there who support me and appreciate my voice because they don’t have one so I look at this as having a responsibility to go around and try to represent those people.
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