The Blog - Joe for Congress 2012 http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/blog American Pride, I Have It... Do You?!? <p>Why is everyone so shocked when a politician lies, cheats, flip-flops, backs out of a campaign promise, or shovels tax dollars to their friends and contributors?</p><p> I don't condone any of it, but is it so surprising given the fact that we just continue to re-elect them, year after year? I'm fully aware that an incumbent has a better chance to funnel money back to their state or district the longer they're in power, but herein lies the core problem: Everybody wants theirs.</p> <p>What happened to American Pride? It can't be, and simply must not be just a slogan; it has to mean something. And while we're on the subject: Where is our loyalty? Where is our honor? Who do you pledge allegiance too? Those are the big questions.</p> <p><br />It seems to me that it's not just politicians who are putting their "Party" or "cause" ahead of my Country. The Greatest Country in the world. America! I say my country, and I know a lot of other people feel that way, because they have served or have had family serve, or at least they honor what America has to offer and believe in her to this day.<br /><br />But now it seems that for too many of us, the goal is to become part of, or expand reliance on, the central government. For many more, it's only ignorance of this ever-increasing dependency which permits the wholesale denial of it. Could it even be possible that 45% of Americans live in households receiving Government handouts?<br /><br />And while we're blaming politicians, let's not forget who keeps reelecting them – it's the voters - and why? How about construction in your district, a bloated defense contract for a company in your State, any number of welfare giveaways, public grants, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah… It never ends. Politicians repeat the same behavior because they keep being returned to Congress.<br /><br />It doesn't resemble our American government, at least as my parents and grandparents knew it. Politicians are killing the Golden Goose for short term giveaways at every level, and they're doing so with complicit voter support. This "Progressive" governance happens in the name of people held out as being victimized, but unless we change course radically, we will all be victims.<br /><br />I love my country, and I want everyone to be successful Americans. A lot of your Union guys get it, our Veterans get it, our military members get it... what about the rest of the country? Save the whales; save the environment; save the owl; save, save, save…</p> <p>What about save America? There are so many out there that want to kick out everything that makes America, everything which afforded them the freedom to do all the ignorant BS they want to do... killing the very thing that got them where they are... I don't get that...</p> <p>… And once The Golden Goose is dead, it's dead, my friends – there's no reviving it.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:15:42 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/american_pride_i_have_it_do_you I Can See Russia From My Back Yard <p style="text-align: left;">Last week I released a video on the 2nd Amendment stating well-documented, historical facts about totalitarian leaders and their implementation of gun control laws prior to exterminating millions of their own citizens in 1911 Turkey and 1939 Nazi Germany. Unsurprisingly, the liberal media wasn't impressed</p> <p> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eBTDMLZwdpE?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Since I’m pro gun-ownership, I expected some push-back from the usual suspects, but the video landed on a group’s radar who, although fairly insignificant where the public is concerned, is part of the pervasive faction which spreads feigned phony outrage at conservatives across the web at breakneck speeds.</p> <p>Within hours, this far-left, anti-gun, liberal propaganda wing of the Center for American Progress organization - “Think Progress” - posted a false story with the blazing headline: <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/06/19/502331/joe-the-plumber-gun-control-caused-the-holocaust/">JOE THE PLUMBER: GUN CONTROL CAUSED THE HOLOCAUST</a>. As of this writing, that headline, or a similar variant thereof, is mentioned on the internet over 500,000 times, including the Associated Press, ABC, USA Today, and the Huffington Post to name a few. But none of these “journalists” checked to see if that is what I actually said. <br /><br />No matter; the mainstream media has become a propaganda machine. Their strategy is to create a fictional narrative and exploit it to identify, isolate, and destroy their target; it’s right out of the Saul Alinsky handbook. Case in point: Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her backyard– that was a Saturday Night Live skit. Same with attributing “strategery” to George W. Bush – that was Will Ferrell.</p> <p>I guess if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes &lt;del datetime="2012-06-25T03:34:30+00:00"&gt;a Talking Point&lt;/del&gt; the truth, but I’m not going to let them get away with it. They want an apology for trying to “exploit the painful memories of the Holocaust to advance“ my political ambitions. The fact is, this video was to let voters know what I believe about gun rights, and now it’s pretty easy to see that it’s the anti-gun liberals who are really using it to score political points. The only <a href="http://www.sgpaction.com/43940/busted_being_bias_in_cuyahoga_county">people who claimed to be offended by my video are left-wing liberals who donate to the Democrat Party</a> and want to take your gun away.</p> <p>The right to bear arms was put in the Constitution so the people of the United States could defend themselves against tyranny and oppression. It would be foolish to think unarmed citizens are the cause of mass murder; it’s the acts of narcissistic tyrants that result in mass murder. But when people are unarmed, it makes it easier and our Founding Fathers knew this.</p> <p>So why am I telling you all this? It's pretty simple: you see, the gun hating liberals want to re-write history, and they need people like me to shut up. I, for one, will not.</p> <p>I am asking you to stand with me and fight this onslaught of lies and distortions. I am running for Congress against Marcy Kaptur, a liberal Democrat who has been in office for nearly 30 years. She’s pro spending, pro big government, pro gun control and <a href="http://www.ontheissues.org/Notebook/Note_02n-NRA.htm">received an "F" rating</a> from the NRA for her consistent record of trying to take away your right to bear arms.</p> <p>Please <a href="https://joeforcongress2012.nationbuilder.com/donations">support to my campaign</a> so I can fight to preserve our 2nd Amendment and all the freedoms that make America the greatest country in history.</p> <p> </p> <p>This post can also be found at <a href="http://www.redstate.com/theplumber/2012/06/25/i-can-see-russia-from-my-backyard/">Redstate</a>.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:50:00 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/i_can_see_russia_from_my_backyard Contempt <p><span>Eric Holder's silence is deafening, but getting the full story from him about Fast &amp; Furious will tell us more than the Obama Administration and the left wing gun control activists want us to know. </span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zTzXu5Vs8S0?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: left;">What is Fast and Furious really about? And where's Marcy Kaptur on this? </span></p> <p><strong>There are a lot of unanswered questions in this story, and only Attorney General Holder has the answers.</strong><span> What is it going to take to get them?</span></p> <p><span><span>Please take a moment right now to watch this video and learn the answer to these important questions.</span><br /><br /><span>Sincerely, </span><br /><br /><span>Team Joe </span></span></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 21:29:00 -0400 Team Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/contempt If It Walks Like A Duck... <p><span>Here is something you won’t read in the mainstream press. </span></p><p>Not in the Toledo Blade, the Cleveland Plain Dealer or even USA Today: 1. Barack Obama is out of touch and opposed to the free-enterprise system. 2.  Marcy Kaptur is a member in good standing of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), founded by Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont.<br /><br />Now, I’m not knocking the CPC members but let’s be honest: the Democrat Party is the natural place for politicians whose goal is a more powerful centralized government. When Barack Obama was campaigning in my neighborhood for President in 2008, he told me to my face that he just wanted to “spread the wealth around,” and to that end, we now know he’s a man of his word<br /><br />But he could not have done it alone. Two years earlier, Democrat majorities were swept into the House and Senate and the 2006 Pelosi / Reid Congress provided the perfect vessel to ram through the failed stimulus, ObamaCare and $5 trillion more debt. And Marcy Kaptur was right there, rubber-stamping nearly every one of Barack Obama’s failed policies. In fact, for nearly 30 years, Ms. Kaptur has been a reliable vote for taxes, more regulation and bigger government.<br /><br />With Marcy Kaptur’s support, our government partially owns two of the three big automakers, and controls the lion’s share of mortgages through Freddie and Fannie. She voted for ObamaCare which puts control of the healthcare industry into the hands of government bureaucrats, against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Americans. <br /><br />If Barack Obama is re-elected, and enough Marcy Kaptur’s do their Liberal Democrat duty, the debt will continue to pile up until the bubble bursts - and the only place people will have to turn to is government. This is not a conspiracy theory, it’s basic economics. We’ll eventually collapse.<br /><br />According to reports, we now have hard evidence that while running for Senator in Illinois, Barack Obama was a member of the radical far left “New Party,” devoted to ridding our country of capitalism and replacing it with a European-style socialist system. He also signed a “contract” promising to publicly support, and associate himself with, the group while in office. However...<br /><br />When he ran for president, he not only lied about being a member of the New Party, but when Stanley Kurtz of the National Review called him out on it, his campaign said the claim was a “crackpot smear.” President Obama got busted, but have you read about it in the Toledo Blade, the Cleveland Plain Dealer or the USA Today? Nope. Is it kinda important? Yep.<br /><br />Then there’s Marcy Kaptur who is my opponent in the race for Congress in Ohio’s 9th District. I can’t stop telling you she’s been in office for nearly 30 years because I’m amazed by that. Who is she? What has she done? What does she believe in? Have you read all about her in the Toledo Blade, the Cleveland Plain Dealer or USA Today? <br /><br />Sure there are reports (even documents) of her being part of the Democrat Socialists of America, but let’s drop the labels and check where she’s been and what she’s done - then you make the call.<br /><br />Back in the 70’s when the hip, young, and impressionable Barry Obama was smoking marijuana  with the Choom gang in Hawaii, Marcy Kaptur was getting her government groove on. She worked for the county as an urban planner for five years and then as an “urban planning consultant’ for three more. This led to a job in the Jimmy Carter White House as Assistant Director for Urban Affairs.<br /><br />Cut to 1982: Marcy Kaptur is first elected to Congress. Wow. She must have despised Ronald Reagan, because Ms. Kaptur got busy opposing nearly everything he stood for, which, by the way, resulted in 25 years of uninterrupted prosperity, led to victory in the Cold War, and freedom for tens of millions when the Soviet Union collapsed.<br /><br />Reagan tax cuts? Kaptur: Nay. Shoring up our military? Kaptur: Nay. Repealing job-killing regulations? Kaptur: Nay... But thanks to that Reagan leadership, the hard working, innovative American workforce ramped up unprecedented levels of economic growth, which created millions of good, high-paying jobs with long-term prospects. Despite Marcy Kaptur's resistance, Ohio benefitted greatly from the Reagan Revolution.<br /><br />Through the 90’s, Marcy Kaptur continued to cast votes to grow government, raise taxes, gut our military and make it harder for businesses to thrive in America. After 9/11, she compared Osama bin Laden to American patriots in the Revolutionary War. You think I’m kidding, don’t you? <br /><br />Today, in addition to being one of the Democrats listed as having been part of the aforementioned “American Socialist Party,” Marcy Kaptur is a member of something called the “Congressional Progressive Caucus.” One of the “core principles” listed on their website is “economic justice,” which, of course, means ‘spread the wealth around’... You know, if it looks like a duck?<br /><br />I could go on. I will, in fact, because this is important.<br /><br />-- Along the way, Marcy Kaptur voted against aid to the Contra rebels, fighting the Soviet-backed, Marxist Sandinista dictatorship of Nicaragua in the 1980s<br /><br />-- She voted against establishing Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)<br /><a href="http://votesmart.org/bill/2745/7991/27016/contract-with-america-tax-relief-act-of-1995"></a><br />-- She voted against term limits. (Surprise!)<br /><br />-- She is not for lowering taxes. Marcy Kaptur voted against major tax cut proposals in April 1995, Sept. 1998, February 2000, March 2000, May 2001, May 2003, and May 2006... to list just a few.<br /><br />-- Marcy Kaptur claims to be a champion of energy independence, but in 2001, she voted against exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).<br /><br />-- In 2007, she voted against the surge in Iraq, which resulted in much-needed support for our troops and ultimately led to the war’s success.<br /><br />-- In 2011, she voted against barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.<br /><br />-- In 2011, she voted against the balanced budget amendment. <br /><br />Much has been made of last year’s redrawing of the 9th Congressional district in Ohio after the state lost TWO congressional seats.  Ohio residents, mostly young, are fleeing the state to find work. Businesses have been driven out by liberal policies and the jobs are simply gone. <br /><br />I don't really care what label you use to describe President Obama or Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Their actions -- high taxes, increased regulation - it all leads to businesses shutting down, packing up, and moving to where it’s less hostile. It’s Marcy Kaptur’s record we’re talking about here, not the name of any group she belongs to or associates with...<br /><br />… Then again, it’s probably a duck.</p> <p> </p> <p>[Cross-posted at <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/12/marcy-kaptur-thirty-years-of-failed-policies">Big Government.Com</a>]</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:31:15 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/if_it_walks_like_a_duck Marcy Kaptur: The Unknown Liberal <p>Representing Ohio in the 9th District is a name you might not know much about. You may never have even heard of Marcy Kaptur, primarily because of a lack of legislative leadership.</p><p>How do you have a job for 30 years without your employers even knowing your name? She has been there though, in the shadows, backing nearly every bad liberal idea that has come down the pike.</p> <p>Understanding a lawmaker like Kaptur requires a long trip down Liberal Lane, a ‘progressive’ mudslide where major cities, states and now the entire Federal government are being crushed by reckless spending, unbridled expansion of public agencies, and an unsustainable culture of Public entitlement. Combine these with a negligent disregard for the future, and you have a country on the brink of bankruptcy, considerably weakened in the eyes of the world.</p> <p>The failed policies and dark cloud of progressivism that Kaptur and others have built over America is what helped create a Scott Walker win in 2010, and the progressives’ failed recall attempt further reaffirms that America has had enough. Supporters throughout the nation came together in the Badger State to turn out the vote for Walker, with the lion’s share of support coming from various Tea Party groups, whose influence continues, unabated.</p> <p>The important question for Americans now is this: “It’s morning in Wisconsin - WHAT’S NEXT?”<br /><br />Walker’s victory is only the first of many battles to take back the country, and if Wisconsin is Lexington, then Ohio is Concord, with Marcy Kaptur in the role of the autocrat. As a reliable vote for increased regulation and high taxes, Ms. Kaptur seems to be a typical left-winger, friendly to environmental groups, abortionists, and any other liberal special interest who would help fill her campaign coffers.</p> <p>But contrary to liberal dogma, Marcy Kaptur has been quietly waging a 10-year war on women.</p> <p>My staff did an analysis of Congressional staff pay in Marcy Kaptur’s office from 2000-2010. What they found was that Marcy paid female staffers 5,000-19,000 dollars less on average in any given year. In commemorating the passage of the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Kaptur claimed that disparity in pay across genders amounts to “a glaring inequality” which “hampers our country’s economic growth.” Yet in her own Congressional office, Kaptur paid female staffers considerably less than their male counterparts for at least ten years.</p> <p>If that weren’t bad enough, last week Marcy Kaptur voted against a bill which would have prevented children from being aborted on the basis of their race or gender. My response to that is below and the press release can be <a href="http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/stop_the_war_unborn_women">found here</a>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wQ2DduWeNSw?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>My guess is Marcy Kaptur doesn’t want you to know her name, but the jig is up, friends. Liberals like Kaptur do their best work in the darkness, but I’m here to shine the light on their record.</p> <p>The Wisconsin recall victory for conservatives should spread across the country, causing a domino effect - and yes - I’m talking about defeating progressives who work to make government larger, wealthier and more powerful than the private sector. Ohio is next and I need your help to defeat a dyed in the wool, lifelong politician whose backers have fed at the teat of the taxpayer for nearly three decades. That's long enough.</p> <p>Wisconsin is now won. We must take this momentum and build to November.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:29:00 -0400 Team Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/marcy_kaptur_the_unknown_liberal Stop The War On Unborn Women <p dir="ltr">Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher says "Stop the war on unborn Women!"</p> <p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wQ2DduWeNSw?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr"> </p><p><em>Congressional candidate calls out Marcy Kaptur for opposing a ban on race and gender-based abortions.</em></p> <p>Toledo,OH-  Congressional candidate calls out Marcy Kaptur for opposing a ban on race and gender-based abortions.</p> <p>In the wake of videos showing Planned Parenthood employees counseling women on how to obtain an abortion based on the gender of their child, Congress considered H.R. 3541, a bill which would ban abortions based on race or gender.   Rep. Marcy Kaptur voted against the ban and referred to the bill as “superfluous,” because the Hyde amendment already prohibits federal funding of abortion.  Joe Wurzelbacher, a candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 9th district released the following statement in response:</p> <p dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;">“Unlike Marcy Kaptur, I actually read this bill and understand that it has nothing to do with federal funding and everything to do with preventing unborn children from being aborted based on their race or gender.  We need leaders in Washington who will stand up and oppose discriminatory abortions. Like a typical politician, Marcy Kaptur is avoiding and misrepresenting issues out of political convenience.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;">Marcy sent a strong message to voters in our district with this vote:  Saving face with special interests like Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women is more important than doing the right thing.</p> <p dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;">Supporting abortions based on gender and skin color runs against everything this country stands for. Because of policies like these, 58% of babies born in China are male.  If that isn’t a war on women, I don’t know what is!”  </p> <p>Wurzelbacher has been endorsed by Ohio Right to Life as well as National Right to Life.  As a Christian, he is steadfastly opposed to abortion. Joe for Congress 2012 also released the following video on this issue today. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ2DduWeNSw&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;noredirect=1">To view, click here.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ2DduWeNSw&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;noredirect=1"></a><em>Joe Wurzelbacher is a candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 9th District.  Joe rose to national fame as “Joe the Plumber” when he challenged then-candidate Barack Obama on his plans to raise taxes on the middle-class.  Since 2008, Wurzelbacher has spoken nationally in support of blue-collar workers, encouraging voters to get engaged in the political process.</em></p> <p><em>To schedule an interview or for more information, contact Phil Christofanelli 217-971-3754 or email christo@joeforcongress2012.com.</em></p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:07:33 -0400 Team Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/stop_the_war_on_unborn_women American Soldiers: Only Because Of Them Are We Free <p><img src="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/joeforcongress2012/pages/98/attachments/original/1338205607/Arlington_Cemetary.JPG?1338205607" height="338" alt="" width="450" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />It’s important to remember, especially on this day, that we are free - not because of politicians, reporters, celebrities, teachers, fireman or even policemen but - because of the service and sacrifices of the American soldier.</p><p>Each year, on the last Monday in May, America celebrates Memorial Day. For some it represents the first day of summer and the end (or near-end) of another school year; there are cookouts to be had, parades to attend, and - for those who can afford them - vacations to head out on. For others, however, this day is spent in somber remembrance, honoring the nearly <a href="http://www.militaryfactory.com/american_war_deaths.asp">1.5 million American men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice</a> over the last 230 plus years, protecting and defending our liberty and our freedom "from all enemies, foreign and domestic."</p> <p>This day is especially important to me. For the last 200 years, my family has served this country in one branch of the military or another. I had the honor and privilege to serve in the US Air Force where I learned the true definition of courage, the values that are expected to be displayed in day to day life, and the importance of respect for selfless leadership. Needless to say, I have a deep love and respect for anyone who has served this country in America’s Armed Forces.</p> <p>Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, having originated in the first years after the Civil War. It was meant to commemorate the fallen soldiers of that war by “<a href="http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp">decorat[ing] the graves of the war dead with flowers</a>." In the years since, it has become a great deal more than that; today we honor the fallen of <strong>every</strong> war in which Americans have fought, with parades, church and prayer services, and a Congressionally-declared 'National Moment of Remembrance'.</p> <p>A <a href="http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln8/1:255.1?rgn=div2;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=bixby">Presidential letter</a> to the widowed Mother of fallen sons during the Civil War very poignantly makes this point quite clear:</p> <blockquote>I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.</blockquote> <blockquote>I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.</blockquote> <p>On behalf of the entire Wurzelbacher family I offer our condolences, our gratitude, and our respect to the families, friends, and loved ones of all the fallen servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country; there is no greater sacrifice than to give your life in defense of freedom.</p> <p>Please join the Wurzelbachers at 3 p.m. (your local time) on Monday for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As 'Moment of Remembrance' founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”</p> <p>May you all have a safe and blessed Memorial day.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 08:31:00 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/american_soldiers_only_because_of_them_are_we_free Biden Disses Plumbers, Joe the Plumber Speaks Up <p align="center" style="text-align: left;">Toledo, OH – It’s no surprise that Vice President Joe Biden puts his foot in his mouth again when <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76646.html" target="_blank">speaking at a campaign event </a>in New Hampshire today, telling a crowd that neither “private equity guys” nor plumbers are qualified to be President.  </p> <p> </p><p>“Since when is it Joe Biden’s job to tell the American people who is and isn’t qualified to be President,” said Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 9<sup>th</sup> District.  </p> <p>Wurzelbacher continued, “This type of elitism and class warfare are the reasons why I’ve gotten into this campaign.  Instead of demeaning the workers who built our country, I’m going to stand up for all the blue collar voters and regular folks who feel left behind by political elitism and divisive politics.”  <br /><br />The same career politicians who have spent years bankrupting our country, heaping mounds of debt on our children, destroying our businesses, and stripping away our liberties are the ones who need to answer questions about being qualified to run this country.  <br /><br />Wurzelbacher concluded with a message for the Vice President, “Mr. Biden, killing jobs and raising taxes does not qualify you to be President.”<br /><br /><em>Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is a Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District.  Joe Wurzelbacher rose to national fame as Joe the Plumber when he challenged then-candidate Barack Obama on his plans to increase taxes for the middle class.  Since 2008, Wurzelbacher has spoken nationally in support of blue collar workers, encouraging voters to get engaged in the political process.</em><em>   </em> <br /><br /></p> <p align="center">###</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 23:52:00 -0400 TeamJoe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/biden_disses_plumbers_joe_the_plumber_speaks_up Joe kicks off 'Fun $5 Friday' <p style="text-align: left;">You know, with all the stuff going on in our lives, we sometimes forget to take a moment to pause and have a little fun; there’s always time to be serious, but every once in awhile we need to just kick back, relax, and have a few laughs. </p><p>Smiling is good for you too, ya know.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OiRNsDLsAlg?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>With that in mind, and starting today, I’m kicking off a new series called “Fun $5 Friday” which will offer up a little light-hearted fun and frivolity. It’s free, but a $5 donation will be greatly appreciated too.<br /><br />On some Fridays we’ll release a funny picture or video, on others, maybe a not-so-serious Twitter or Facebook post.  And of course, we’ll want your suggestions and ideas along the way. Come on by and have a little fun. In this day and age, we could use a little more of that. </p> <p>To kick things off right, enjoy our first installment.</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 12:38:00 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/joe_kicks_off_fun_5_friday Excellent Question For Ohioans <p>In <a href="http://www.redstate.com/gamecock/2012/05/09/plumbing-the-depths-of-buckeyes-kaptured-by-failed-democrat-policies/">a post over at Redstate</a>, author Mike gamecock DeVine did an excellent job of capturing the fundamental issues at stake in this year's election. We're pleased that he spoke well of Joe, and that he took a real close look at Marcy Kaptur's nearly 30 year career in Washington, but his basic theme is worth mentioning: does everyone really understand what's at stake here?</p> <p> </p><p>Near the end he cuts through all the mustard and poses an excellent question to Ohioans, and one that every American should be asking him or herself come election day:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>Will Ohioans make the connection, finally, between Democrats and their empty wallets?</em></p> <p>DeVine suggests that Kaptur's own record speaks for itself, and seems surprised by what she's still proud of and what still she touts as her proudest accomplishments according to her own website. He wonders why she hasn't distanced herself from some of the things she's supported in the past that ultimately turned out to have been very bad ideas (Solyndra anyone?), and leaves it to the reader to decide whether that means she's in the business of politics for the purposes of providing "favors for certain groups" or if she means to fight for "policies that produce rising tides that lift all boats."</p> <p><span>It's a fair question, and one every Ohioan shold be asking themselves in November.</span></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 22:43:07 -0400 Team Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/excellent_question_for_ohioans For Nearly Thirty Years... <p style="text-align: left;">In case you missed it, Joe has <strong><a href="http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/marcy-kaptor-has-failed-ohio">a new article at Big Government</a></strong> that takes a hard, no-nonsense look at what has happened to Ohio during the nearly thirty years Marcy Kaptur has been representing this great state.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nCI1G64AkEU?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p>The legacy of Rep. Kaptur’s liberal policies, speaks for itself: dramatically increased poverty and a crushing debt of epic proportions has become the “new” American way. But this is not the America where we were raised, and it’s not the America we should settle for.<br /><br />As Joe says in the Big Government article:<br /><em></em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em>This liberal Democratic train wreck which is bankrupting the nation and bloating the size of the federal government must be stopped come November. She no doubt has her heart in the right place, but Marcy Kaptur is just on the wrong end of what needs to be done to actually fix the problems of our economy.  She says she wants to be a voice of working men and women in Ohio, I’m saying she’s already had her chance.</em></p> <p dir="ltr" style="padding-left: 30px;"><em></em><em>Thirty-years worth.</em></p> <p>Marcy Kaptur has had her shot, and she’s come up short. It’s time for new eyes and new ideas. It’s time to clean up the mess. It’s time to send a plumber to Washington to unclog the pipes and clean this crap up.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 09:56:00 -0400 TeamJoe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/for_nearly_thirty_years Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher Calls on Kaptur to Support Unemployed Veterans <p><span>Toledo, OH – Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher today called on his opponent, Rep. Marcy Kaptur to get behind H.R. 4115, a bill which will help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to gain employment by having their military training recognized by states who issue certain licenses.  Marcy has recently been attacking Joe’s military service and his training in the Air Force.</span></p><p>“Marcy Kaptur needs to sign on as a co-sponsor for H.R. 4115 immediately,” said Wurzelbacher.  “This common sense bill will help our veterans, by assuring that their military training is acknowledged as they transition into civilian employment.”</p> <p>H.R. 4115 was introduced by Congressman Steve Stivers in February of this year.  It will require states to take into consideration military training when issuing commercial driver’s licenses, EMT certifications, and RN or CNA certifications.  </p> <p>“As a veteran who was trained as a plumber in the Air Force, I know first hand how difficult it can be once you transition into the civilian world.  Heck, even today Marcy’s campaign is still attacking my military training,” added Wurzelbacher. </p> <p>“It would be nice if Marcy would actually try to do something to help our veterans who are struggling to find jobs in this tough economy, instead of spending her time attacking my military training.”   </p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/vet.nr0.htm" target="_blank">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>, “young male veterans” between the ages of 18 and 24 had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent last year. Non-veteran males in the same age group had only a 17.6 percent unemployment rate.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher is a Republican candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District.  Joe Wurzelbacher rose to national fame as Joe the Plumber when he challenged then-candidate Barack Obama on his plans to increase taxes for the middle class.  Since 2008, Wurzelbacher has spoken nationally in support of blue collar workers, encouraging voters to get engaged in the political process.</em><em>   </em> <br /><br /></p> <p align="center">###</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 14:09:31 -0400 TeamJoe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/joe_calls_on_kaptur_to_support_unemployed_veterans Forward? <p>Dear Mister President:</p> <p>I stopped by your house the other day because I wanted to talk with you about what's happened since we last met.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/quVh3Xv1UfM?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p><p>I vividly remember the day you passed through my neighborhood during your 2008 campaign for President. I looked you in the eye and asked how your tax plan would affect a business I was going to buy. Ultimately, after describing a complicated tax scheme that seemed to require jumping through hoops to avoid being punished for success, you finished by saying that "when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody". Surely you remember that, don't you?</p> <p>In the time since we first met, a lot of folks have lost their job while you got the one for which you were applying. Funny how that worked out: millions of folks out here are living the nightmare of broken dreams, lost livelihoods, and crushing unemployment under your watch while you enjoy the perks of your new job being President of the greatest country on earth. It must be nice to get lavish vacations in exotic places for you and your family, playing unending rounds of golf at the world’s best country clubs while most of us Americans are just happy to be able to pay our bills.</p> <p>Your burdensome and punishing regulations made sure that job-creating small businesses suffer like never before. And yet, through it all, your friends, bundlers, and campaign contributors seem to be doing just fine. Thanks to your "spread the wealth" message, we’ve got people "occupying" legitimate businesses and industries, terrorizing the children of business leaders in their own homes, and calling for government control of everything and everybody. I thought you'd like to hear how all that is working out for us out here in the real world.</p> <p><strong>Mister President, I think it's time you and I continued our conversation.</strong></p> <p>I tried early and late, but you weren't home and I couldn't find anyone to take a message. Perhaps you had a good score at the golf course today? Any luck getting more campaign donations? I'm sure that's taking up a lot of your energy.</p> <p>By the way... you may have heard I am running for Congress in the OH-9 district. I'm going to win. Maybe you can stop by my office when you and your family visit DC and I’ll show you around my new digs. We can finish that chat then.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 11:16:00 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/forward Colonel Allen West Endorses Joe <p style="text-align: left;">Join Colonel Allen West in support of Joe the Plumber!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/poaEeZRR9gI?wmode=transparent&amp;fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p> </p><p>Joe is running against the liberal establishment which is bent on turning this country into a top-down, government-run, socialist quagmire. It’s obvious that the Obama Administration, Democrats in Congress and the liberal media will do anything and everything to keep control of our government and our lives.</p> <p>Our opponent, liberal career politician Marcy Kaptur, wants to take us down the path of higher taxes and bloated government spending like Greece, France and other European countries on the verge of ruin. Join Colonel Allen West in support of Joe the Plumber to stop them. Donate whatever you can to the cause so we don't have a repeat of 2008.  </p> <p>Please follow Colonel Allen West's lead and get involved in Joe's campaign right now by clicking <a href="http://joeforcongress2012.nationbuilder.com/donate">Contribute</a>, <a href="http://joeforcongress2012.nationbuilder.com/endorse">Endorse</a> and <a href="http://joeforcongress2012.nationbuilder.com/volunteer">Volunteer</a> on the right!</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:37:00 -0400 TeamJoe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/colonel_allen_west_endorses_joe Why Doesn’t Marcy Kaptur Respect Veterans? <p>My opponent, Marcy Kaptur, in a post on her Congressional website on March 12, <a href="http://kaptur.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3064:1&amp;catid=50:2012-press-releases">took Republicans to task</a> for being insensitive about “the plight of unemployed returning veterans” after they rejected her proposed amendment to the 2013 budget. </p><p>The amendment would have established a Veterans Job Corps, which she claims “would employ at least 20,000 veterans over 5 years in projects to preserve and restore America’s national parks, state parks, and other public lands.”<br /><br />This idea may sound good on paper. But it ignores several important questions that involve sensitivity, common sense and responsible government.<br /><br />Number One: Who was being more sensitive, thoughtful and responsible here? House Republicans who want to reduce out-of-control federal spending, borrowing and deficits – and reduce the size and intrusiveness of a federal bureaucracy that has become a massive legal and regulatory drag on our economy and job creation?  <br /><br />Or an out of touch Democrat politician who is determined to keep borrowing, spending and growing our government – and who rejects our veterans’ military backgrounds and wants to turn them into federally employed landscapers and groundskeepers? <br /><br />Is Kaptur suggesting that the military training and hands-on experience our veterans acquired during their time in service isn't good enough? Or that these jobs are the best they should expect? Or does she just not respect their service and training?<br /><br />Kaptur and her campaign staff certainly don’t respect my own military training. That’s obvious from the way they <a href="http://hoh.rollcall.com/the-price-of-plumber-has-gone-through-the-roof/">call me a “faux” plumber</a>. Are all our other veterans “fake” in their jobs too? Marcy’s campaign has denied my military experience several times before, each time proving that she and her staff don’t respect veterans and our military experience.<br /><br />This lack of respect goes a long way toward explaining why Kaptur is so willing to turn this nation's soldiers into landscapers and groundskeepers, when instead they could be transitioning to productive civilian lives in trades for which they have already received training. Heck, a few might even make pretty good plumbers.<br /><br />Number Two: What this nation needs – and what our veterans need, so that they can find good jobs – is an economy that is growing. Last year, growth didn’t even reach a lousy 2 percent. Our economic growth needs to get back to 4 or 5 percent a year, every year.<br /><br />For that to happen, government needs to stop borrowing and spending the money the private sector needs – the money private businesses would invest in new equipment, new hires and new ideas far better than government ever can. Government also needs to stop taxing and regulating everything in sight, dragging our economy down, far too often for no health or environmental benefit.<br /><br />Congress and the federal bureaucracy also need to stop wasting taxpayer money on worthless fake-energy wind, solar and algae schemes – and start letting companies drill again for oil and gas that power our economy and create real jobs and revenues.<br /><br />Just over the past few years, oil and gas “fracking” on state and federal lands created 600,000 jobs! It generated real energy that we can use, and billions of dollars in revenue! And here Kaptur is upset that the House rejected her proposal to borrow more money to create a lousy 20,000 menial jobs.<br /><br />According to the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/vet.nr0.htm">Bureau of Labor Statistics</a>, “young male veterans” between the ages of 18 and 24 had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent last year. Non-veteran males in the same age group had “only” a 17.6 percent unemployment rate – which is also intolerable, insensitive and unnecessary.<br /><br />It’s clear that America is in a crisis – which almost everyone outside of Washington, DC realizes. Ms. Kaptur, along with most other Washington politicians and bureaucrats, however, is isolated and insulated from this crisis. Both they and we should all be asking: Why are veterans, with all their training and experience, so much worse off than non-veterans, after having served and sacrificed so much for their country? And how much longer can we tolerate this destructive situation? <br /><br />Yes, Congress has tried repeatedly (and failed repeatedly), to “fix” the unemployment problem. But little has been accomplished beyond partisan bickering and political grandstanding. While our political “heroes” keep talking about unemployment, America’s real heroes continue returning home to live it.<br /><br />We need to focus on getting excessive government out of the way, so that the private sector can create jobs for our veterans and the millions of other Americans who so desperately want to work again.<br /><br />A soldier understands one thing above all others: results. Congress, as history continues to prove, doesn’t understand this concept. Worse, too many politicians keep coming up with crazy ideas that they think will get them votes – when what they will really do is make sure the problems remain unsolved. They obviously have no clue what they’re doing.<br /><br />Veterans deserve better than a 29% unemployment rate. Veterans deserve better than politicians who don’t respect what they went through and what they learned from military life. Veterans deserve respect, and an appreciation for what they’ve done for their country. <br /><br />Most of all, veterans deserve to be represented in Washington by people who understand and respect what they did, what they do, what they know, and what they have to offer their country when their military service is over.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:53:00 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/why_doesn_t_marcy_kaptur_respect_veterans I'm Blessed To Be A Christian <p>Not that long ago, I became a Christian. It was a magnificent event in my life that transformed me. It was, like many people have experienced, a moment of clarity. The weight came off my shoulders as I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior -- </p><p>-- Christianity has made me a better person. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I am forgiven. (Thank GOD)</p> <p>Now you may remember that Barack Obama and I have an unusual history together. We don’t share too many of the same political views, but we do have something in common: We’re both Christians. The President says he’s a follower of Christianity and I take him at his word. I don’t question his faith, and when I read or hear people claiming he’s not a Christian because of this or that, I don’t like it.</p> <p>It’s not … well, Christian. So before this election season gets into overdrive, I want to remind everyone that we’re all God’s children and our President should be given the love and respect the Golden Rule he puts forth. It’s the core of being a good Christian and if you can get that down, you’re close, my friend.<br /><br />One of the reasons I really dig Christianity is that it’s so incredibly powerful and amazing. The lives of millions of people have been given meaning by their faith in Christ. And what better confirmation of that strength do we have than the life story of President Obama?<br /><br />Imagine being the child of a mixed-race marriage – especially in the turbulent 60’s and free-wheeling 70’s. And when you throw in that dad was a Muslim and mom an atheist – you know it could not have been easy – and they were Communists for crying out loud! At age six, young Barry was shipped off to Indonesia and exposed to Islam for several years. His parents divorced, he returned to the US and Barack was placed with his grandparents. By the time he got to college, he was experimenting with cocaine, marijuana and even thought about using heroin.<br /><br />Hardly sounds like one who would become President of the United States, the most powerful man in the greatest, most powerful country in the history of the world, does it? It seems against all odds…</p> <p>… almost miraculous?<br /><br />After Barack Hussein Obama suddenly cast-off his Muslim roots, rejected his mother’s disbelief in God, turned tail on the Islam of his early life and converted to Christianity - BLAM - he’s elected President. Anyone who believes the two things are not connected, is being disingenuous at best. I don’t know how or when it happened, whether when he was partying at college or five minutes before he first decided to run for office, but it doesn’t matter - he came to Christ and he is my brother.<br /><br />Barack Obama once famously told me he just wanted to spread the wealth around and I take him at his word about that as well. After three years of watching the policies he’s put forth, the agenda he’s pushed and the detrimental effect it’s had on our country, I don’t question it one bit…</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:19:00 -0400 Joe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/i_m_blessed_to_be_a_christian Say What, Rep. Kaptur? Watch the video! <p>If your family is anything like mine, right around payday you sit down around the kitchen table and have a little budget meeting. You take a real close look at the "coming in" and the "gotta pay" columns, figure out how to get it all paid, and start writing checks.</p> <p>In these times we're living in, there are far too many families seeing the "gotta pay" column grow while the "coming in" column stays pretty much the same or gets even smaller. This is especially hard to take when you have children relying on you to keep them healthy, safe, fed, and clothed.<br /><br /></p> <p><br />                                  <a href="http://joeforcongress2012.nationbuilder.com/soul_food" target="_blank"><img src="http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/joeforcongress2012/mailings/4/attachments/original/Mary_Kaptur_say_what.png?1332463499" height="195" align="middle" alt="" width="320" /></a><br /><br /><br /></p><p>Out here in the real world, you can't just write endless checks pretending they won't bounce. You have to live within your means, set responsible priorities, pay your bills, and give up all of those "extras" you learn to live without. What you DON'T do is crumple your money up and and throw it away on silly things that don't help and don't matter... unless you're a politician in Washington of course.<br /><br />Rep. Kaptur, up here in Ohio, has been in DC for nearly 30 years. In all that time, you'd think she'd have learned a thing or two about doing the People's business and being a good steward of our money. You'd think so... but you'd be wrong.</p> <p>According to a story at <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/house/216873-pelosi-looms-over-contest-for-top-slot-on-approps" target="_blank">The Hill</a> the other day, Kaptur is next up in the good ol' boys &amp; girls club to be anointed to the top Democratic spot on the House Appropriations Committee. She's got seniority you see, but they're worried she may not be pro-abortion enough (I'll get to that at a later time). </p> <p>Now, I don't know about you folks, but it seems to me the time is over for perpetual life-long politicians who have lost touch with American reality and have no idea, anymore, what it's like out here. <br /><br />You HAVE to watch <a href="http://joeforcongress2012.nationbuilder.com/soul_food" target="_blank">this video</a>, and listen to how she wants to spend your money if we send her back to DC again.</p> <p><br />Seriously? Microwaveable soul food? This is how she wants to create jobs and revive the economy? </p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:26:00 -0400 TeamJoe http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/say_what_rep_kaptur_watch_the_video Joe Visits with StateHouseOnline <div class="entry-meta"> <p> </p> <p>In <a href="http://statehousenewsonline.com/2012/03/13/samuel-joe-the-plumber-wurzelbacher-discusses-unions-the-media-and-how-he-got-into-his-line-of-work/">an article published today</a>, Steve Miller describes his recent interview with Joe during which they discussed a wide range of topics. Covering everything from clothes to unions to his opponent to his favorite tools of the trade, Joe spoke openly and honestly about the things that matter most in his campaign.</p> </div> <div class="entry-content"> <p>Miller introduces the piece by pointing out how much Joe enjoys meeting folks and engaging them in direct conversation, listening to their thoughts and opinions on matters that effect them.</p> <p> </p> </div><p>Though quick to point out the uphill battle Joe faces against his opponent, the professional politician and incumbent Marcy Kaptur, Miller acknowledges that Joe is a regular guy – one of us – and that he’s well aware of what he has in front of him in order to unseat the nearly 30 year entrenched politician.</p> <p>Joe’s not afraid of a little work.</p> <p>In one of the best exchanges of the interview, Miller asks this: “OK, you have the book, you have the campaign, the name. The tools. What are you going to do if you get elected, have a condo in Georgetown, a driver? You’ll have to spend time there in D.C. and get into all of that.”</p> <p>To which Joe replied:</p> <blockquote> <p>I’ve seen it there in Washington, and I always feel dirtier when I leave. Last year I spent time in a shed in Alaska for my veterans, so the lifestyle in D.C. is not for me. I like to keep it simple, and sometimes it’s rhetoric, but ultimately, being in Congress is not the be-all and end-all for me. The important thing for me is to be a good husband and a good dad, and I will not sacrifice my family to become a congressman. I have to help my son with his homework and go to the park with my wife. I can’t change that, I’m going to be me and not apologize for it.</p> </blockquote> <p>The interview is a definite must-read, and can be found <a href="http://statehousenewsonline.com/2012/03/13/samuel-joe-the-plumber-wurzelbacher-discusses-unions-the-media-and-how-he-got-into-his-line-of-work/">here</a>.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:27:00 -0400 Ron Robinson http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/joe_visits_with_statehouseonline Former Kaptur-Kucinich Foes Unite Behind Joe the Plumber <h4> <strong>TRAKAS, CORRIGAN, AND IOTT</strong><strong> ENDORSE </strong><strong></strong><strong>SAMUEL J WURZELBACHER</strong> </h4> <p><strong>Toledo, OH</strong>-  Joe for Congress 2012 is happy to announce the support of Peter Corrigan, Rich Iott, andJim Trakas.  The former challengers to Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich all agree the Wurzelbacher is the right candidate to challenge the Democratic Nominee in November.</p> <p>“Joe is the real deal,” Iott stated, “He’s worked in the real world to make a real living. He can relate to his constituents and their needs. I’d be proud to have Joe represent me in Washington.”</p> <p> </p> <p> </p><p>“I am happy to help Joe in this effort” stated former Cuyahoga County GOP Chairman Jim Trakas. “Joe will go to Washington to lower energy and food costs that both Democrats have been responsible for raising and dramatically hurting working families.  Joe, a working man himself, knows less people are working now than in modern times and will focus on the job creation the Democrats promised but have not delivered.”</p> <p>“I want to help Joe in any way I can,” stated 2010 congressional candidate and Tea Party favorite, Peter Corrigan</p> <p>Wurzelbacher released the following statement regarding these endorsements:</p> <p>“I am grateful for the strong support that I have received from all over the district.  Whether it’s from former candidates, county GOPs, or area business leaders, it is clear that people are uniting behind my campaign to bring working class conservative values to Washington DC.  Whoever the Democrats decide to put up, we will be ready to put on a strong race all the way to November.”</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:30:00 -0500 Ron Robinson http://www.joeforcongress2012.org/former_kaptur_kucinich_foes_unite_behind_joe_the_plumber