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Oct 11 2013

Joe the Plumber Still Trying to Milk Fleeting Fame

More than five years later, Joe the Plumber is still desperate to milk every last dollar out of his fleeting fame. His run for a House seat from Ohio was, predictably, a colossal failure. He probably isn’t getting invited to speak to right wing groups much anymore. So now he’ll come to your house, fix your plumbing problem and chat with you too — for a staggeringly ridiculous price.

This is for all you liberal scumbags: “Joe The Plumber” is for hire.

Every day, I get comments on Twitter, Facebook and through emails asking me to fix their toilet, install a water heater or someone needing their drains cleaned. But I’ve removed the language which would make it obvious they’re being demeaning, thinking they “got me” or insulting me. Sorry, doesn’t work fools – and here’s why:

First of all; I love plumbing. It’s a very honorable trade and is honest, hard work which takes a skill most people don’t have. Some people foolishly think it’s beneath them. They think people who plumb, build houses or work with their hands are beneath them as well.

Secondly, I would have no problem coming to anyone of your houses to make a repair, troubleshoot a leak or install your dishwasher. I enjoy working – it gives me and most of us that do this kind of work a sense of accomplishment most white collar workers don’t feel often. Sometimes we have to figure out what the problem is and sometimes through experience we already know what the problem is and we fix it. People’s problems go away and they’re happy. Nothing wrong with that.

Men in the trades are men of action. We don’t wait around and let someone else do the work – we see a problem and we want – in fact, we need to fix it. That’s how we are built. You on the other hand, are the ones we laugh at.

And here’s what he apparently removed from the post, captured by New York magazine:

JoethePlumber

I’d love to know how many people he scams with this.

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  1. 1
    zero6ix

    $1000 is the friendly rate? And that’s without travel? I assume that once finished, my pipes should never have to be repaired again. And I will get that lower rate, because I am a decent liar.

  2. 2
    badgersdaughter

    If he loves plumbing, and to tell me what to think and what to do, that much, he’d better be the one paying me for my time.

  3. 3
    Donovan

    As someone much closer to the white collar world than blue, I feel tremendous satisfaction with what I accomplish after a long day of difficult work solving problems through experience or observation. I know blue collar workers like Joe often look down on us and think we’re stupid, but I do love to work, I love my job, and I love doing something most people don’t know how to do.

    How about it, Joe? Pay me $1,000 a day and I’ll come to your house and explain biology to you. For those of you that think you know more about science than scientists, it’s $5,000 a day. 10% or more will be donated to my student loan debt (unlike plumbers, many white collar workers are financially crippled by the hurdles of getting our jobs, jobs like mending kids’ broken arms, defending people in families against evictions, preserving cheap and plentiful clean water, and designing those Chevy trucks).

  4. 4
    arakasi

    Did he ever manage to get certified as a plumber, or is he still a plumbing assistant? And I’m pretty sure that most states would require him to hold a trademan’s license for that state before he (over)charges for his services

  5. 5
    Alverant

    Does he has his plumber license? How do I know if he’ll do a professional job unless he’s approved by some objective standards?

  6. 6
    Artor

    As a tradesman myself, I can’t even advertise my services without a valid license, and that only in my own state. I know Joe thinks gov’t regulations are fascist commie bullshit, but if he hasn’t gotten his license together, I foresee some hefty fines for Joe. I normally don’t approve of the CCB much, as they are largely a tool of the big companies to keep small tradesmen out of the way, but facts are facts, and Joe has to live by the same rules as the rest of us.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    If tradesmen were in charge and running this country things would get “fixed” as in repaired not “fixed” as in corrupt the way they are now.

    Aren’t politicians the tradesmen of politics?

  8. 8
    Gregory in Seattle

    Installing and removing plumbing is tricky: the potential risks of a sloppy job are why plumbing is a skilled trade. But the majority of what on-call plumbers do — unclog drains and toilets, fix drippy faucets and the like — are pretty basic and doable by any homeowner willing to learn how.

    Somehow, I don’t see Joe going out to a construction site and actually installing a sewer system.

  9. 9
    d.c.wilson

    “I’d love to know how many people he scams with this.”

    I doubt there’s that many. I mean, people would have to give a rat’s ass about him first. The clock on his fifteen minutes ran out ages ago. Even Sarah Palin is probably ducking his calls.

  10. 10
    cry4turtles

    Wonder if Joe knows there’s a plumbers union? You know, an organization of plumbers who fight for their tradesmans’ rights, pay, etc. Yes, the same tradesman union the GOP would love to lay waste to.

  11. 11
    coffeehound

    Men in the trades are men of action. We don’t wait around and let someone else do the work – we see a problem and we want – in fact, we need to fix it. That’s how we are built. You on the other hand, are the ones we laugh at.

    YEAH!! We’re nothing like you pansy, do- nothing, liberal trade unionists!………..wait…..

  12. 12
    eoraptor

    I have to say, I’ve been a white-collar worker for the past, I dunno, 40 years, or so. In any event, I’ve had plenty of great, or Ah Ha, moments.

    OTOH, I have to agree with so much of Joey’s post that says trade-work, or just hand-work generally, is very rewarding and satisfying. I’m a woodworker hobbyist and I’d go absolutely guanophrenic if I didn’t have that to do after a bad day at the office. Indeed, I’d go so far as to say that modern society has lost much more than it realizes when it stopped respecting, and wanting, master craftspeople.

  13. 13
    sigurd jorsalfar

    The part that made me laugh the most was his promise to use 10% of the money he receives to help pay down the national debt.

    It’s laughable because:

    a) it shows no understanding of what the national debt is and the fact that it doesn’t ever have to paid down in this fashion – he might as well just set his 10% of his money on fire, it’s functionally the same thing;

    b) he will never come close to earning enough money to make any appreciable dent in the national debt anyway; and

    c) the idea of paying down the national debt through individual income earners handing their money over to the federal government, aka ‘taxation’, is anathema to the Tea Party which Joe purports to represent.

  14. 14
    LightningRose

    If I still lived in California I might take him up on his offer.

    IANAL, but SFAIK, without a valid State of California contractors license, I wouldn’t have to pay him for any work done.

  15. 15
    Bronze Dog

    Joe the Plumber? Oh, yeah, I remember him. Remember aluminum Christmas trees? People really get into the silliest fads.

  16. 16
    aaronbaker

    It’s true: awful people don’t know they’re awful.

  17. 17
    busterggi

    Five thousand a day plus travel? You mean like when he has to fly back home first class because he ‘forgot’ the tools he needed?

  18. 18
    Modusoperandi

    busterggi, he’s the only tool he needs.

  19. 19
    caseloweraz

    Some people foolishly think it’s beneath them. They think people who plumb, build houses or work with their hands are beneath them as well.

    Sure, Joe. And that applies to most of the people you’re trying to suck up to.

  20. 20
    Area Man

    So now he’ll come to your house, fix your plumbing problem and chat with you too — for a staggeringly ridiculous price.

    In other words, a normal plumber.

  21. 21
    Area Man

    Installing and removing plumbing is tricky: the potential risks of a sloppy job are why plumbing is a skilled trade. But the majority of what on-call plumbers do — unclog drains and toilets, fix drippy faucets and the like — are pretty basic and doable by any homeowner willing to learn how.

    Unless you’re going to plumb a whole house or something of that magnitude, there is very little of what plumbers do that homeowners can’t do themselves. Plumbing is one field where technology has made it much easier, not harder, for do-it-yourselfers. You don’t even need a torch anymore in most cases, the stuff they got now snaps together like tinker toys.

    I feel kinda bad for plumbers, because they’re just trying to make a living, but they are almost never worth what they charge.

  22. 22
    bahrfeldt

    Sigurd @ 13- I read his statement as he will not be reporting any income (perhaps in accordance with a previously implemented business model), will not be paying any Federal and State income taxes, will not be paying Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance, will not be paying any Union and Professional dues, but the faithful suckers are supposed to believe that out of the goodness of his moldy teabag heart, he will voluntarily kick in a contribution of 10% to the Federal government to help balance the budget of his beloved Kenyan Muslim Communist administartion.

  23. 23
    reverendrobbie

    Looks like the deleted bit is back on his page? Did he put it back since NY Mag called him out? Check it out and let me know the chronology.

    http://joeforamerica.com/2013/10/joe-plumber-hire/

  24. 24
    democommie

    I’ve done more plumbing than I’ve wanted to, over the years. There is no question in my mind that a competent, honest plumber (or other tradesman) is worth what he charges. I don’t doubt that there are plenty of incompetent, lying, venal douchebags like NotJoe, the NotPlumber out there as well, Always get references, always make sure that they have insurance for both you and themselves should they fuck something up or hurt themselves on your property.

  25. 25
    Pieter B, FCD

    I’d want to see his license first. That said, I’ve always loved this passage from John W Gardner’s Excellence

    We must learn to honor excellence in every socially accepted human activity, however humble the activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

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