2010/10/09

Hmm, a little ticked off, are we?

A bit of background on Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher. During Campaign 2008, Wurzelbacher challenged presidential candidate Barack Obama on his plan to not renew Bush's tax cuts for people making over $250,000 a year. Slight truth and honesty problem arose. Did Wurzelbacher make $250,000? No, he hoped to buy the company he worked for for that price. That would cost him a one-time payment of $250,000. He himself most likely made about $60,000 to $70,000, $80,000 at the most. So the question that made him famous and which was used in the presidential debates was one that simply didn't apply to “Joe” (Actually named Samuel) in the first place.

Did Wurzelbacher do the slightest bit of research before delivering his opinions on puppy farms? There's no indication of that in the quotations reproduced by the World 'O Crap blogger S.Z. Reads instead like he read perhaps one piece on them and then committed his thoughts to the screen. S.Z. gets a bit hot under the collar as she obviously knows a bit about the puppy farms, but because Wurzelbacher has a much bigger megaphone than she ever will have, his audience is probably ten times bigger than hers ever will be.

S.Z. explains:

And why are national groups getting involved in trying to pass this legislation in MO? Well, MO is Puppy Mill Central — approximately 40% of all pet store puppies nationwide are bred in Missouri, where almost 200,000 breeding dogs produce up to a million puppies a year. Go here for more info.

But Wurzelbacher sees that America's liberties are at stake!

This would almost be comical if it weren’t for the OTHER, more insidious parts of this bill that hit at the very core of our liberties.


To which S.Z. responds:

The framers of the constitution would be rolling in their graves if they heard that your right to own more than 50 breeder dogs (and their attendant puppies, which could number in the 100-200 range at any given time) is in peril. Because the freedom to cruelly exploit puppies for profit is what our country was founded on!


Wurzelbacher:

This bill forces breeders to limit the number of dogs they can own – regardless of care. Think about this a minute . . . . Should the government have the right to limit the number of houses a realtor can sell?

S.Z. (This is a point that even needs to be made? This isn't obvious!?!?!)

If houses were living, breathing creatures that required adequate care,
facilities, and attention to be happy and healthy, then yeah, maybe the
government should have the right to limit the number of houses that a realtor could breed for sale.

The guy then goes on for a few more paragraphs about how terrible it is that those gosh-darn liberals are so mean to the poor, put-upon entrepreneur/puppy-mill owners who are, golly-gee, just tryin' to make a profit! Yep, sure enough is a sad tale of woe that Wurzelbacher tells us.

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