Obama vindicates Joe the Plumber 

The subject of today's Examiner editorial is Obama's astounding comment that he's open to raising taxes despite a forceful campaign pledge otherwise:

President Obama has made it all but official -- better forget his 2008 presidential campaign promise to avoid raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 and individuals making less than $200,000. In an interview with Bloomberg News concerning his proposal for a bipartisan presidential commission on the federal budget, the chief executive said: "The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table. So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions." To further clarify that he was talking about across-the-productive-board tax increases, Obama added this observation: "The real problem has to do with the fact that there is just a mismatch between the amount of money coming in and the amount of money going out. And that is going to require some big, tough choices that, so far, the political system has been unable to deal with."

Today's New York Post editorial also addresses that same comment -- but they make a keen observation. This pretty much vindicates Joe the Plumber, doesn't it?:

Remember Joe the Plumber?

He was the blue-collar dude who confronted Barack Obama late in the 2008 campaign with this challenge: "Your new tax plan's going to tax me more, isn't it?"

Nonsense, replied the candidate: "From 250 [thousand dollars a year] down, your taxes are going to stay the same."

Indeed, he insisted, 95 percent of "working people" would see their taxes go down in his administration.

Well, think again.

A year into his presidency, Obama now says he's "agnostic" on what was the principal plank in his economic platform: No tax hikes for individuals making $200,000 a year or less -- or for households with a combined annual income under $250,000.

He may be an unlicensed plumber, but it turns out he's not a bad judge of character.


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