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      Only weeks after leaving office on January 20, 2017,
      former president Barack Hussein Obama discovers a leak under
      his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come out and fix it.

      Joe drives to Obama’s new house, which is located in a
      very exclusive, gated community near the White house where all the residents
      have a net income of more than $250,000 per year.

      Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. Joe is led to the
      guest bathroom that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Joe
      assesses the problem and tells Obama that it’s an easy repair that will
      take less than 10 minutes. Obama asks Joe how much it will cost.
      Joe checks his rate chart and says, “$9,500.”

      “What?! $9,500?” Obama asks, stunned,
      “But you said it’s an easy repair!
      Michelle will whip me if
      I pay a plumber that much!”

      Joe says, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make $250,000 per
      year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for
      free,” explains Joe.”This has always been my philosophy.
      As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed
      this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this
      way. It’s known as ‘Affordable Plumbing Act of 2016 ‘
      I’m surprised you haven’t heard of it.”

      In spite of that, Obama tells Joe there’s no way he’s paying that much
      for a small plumbing repair, so Joe leaves.

      Obama spends the next hour flipping through the phone book calling for
      another plumber, but he finds that all other plumbing businesses in
      the area have gone out of business.

      Not wanting to pay Joe’s price, Obama does nothing and
      the leak goes unrepaired for several more days.

      A week later the leak is so bad that Obama has had to put a bucket under
      the sink. Michelle is not happy as she has Oprah and guests arriving
      the next morning. The bucket fills up quickly and has to be emptied
      every hour and there’s a risk that the room will flood,
      so Obama calls Joe and pleads with him to return.

      Joe goes back to Obama’s house, looks at the leaky pipe, checks his new
      rate chart and says, “Let’s see, this will now cost you $21,000.”

      Obama quickly fires back, “What! A few days ago you told me it would
      cost $9,500!”

      Joe explains, “Well, because of the ‘Affordable Plumbing Act ,’ a
      lot of wealthier people are learning how to maintain and take care of
      their own plumbing, so there are fewer payers into the plumbing
      exchanges. As a result, the price I have to charge wealthy people
      like you keeps rising. Not only that, but for some reason the
      demand for plumbing work by those who get it for free has
      skyrocketed! There’s a long waiting list of those who need repairs
      but the amount we get doesn’t cover our costs.

      This unfortunately has put a lot of my fellow plumbers out of business,
      they’re not being replaced, and nobody is going into the plumbing
      business because they know they can’t make any money at it.

      I’m hurting, too, all thanks to greedy rich people like you who won’t pay
      their fair share.”

      Obama says, “Joe! This is really bad. If all the rich people learn
      how to fix and maintain their own plumbing and you can’t charge the
      poorer people, you’ll be broke! What will you do then?”

      Joe replies, “I may have to run for public office!”

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      Too true to be very funny, but you have to laugh to keep from crying.

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      To left out the surcharge for not having a plumber and the surcharge for having a plumber that is to good.

    • #27345
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      Oh man……….
      That is soooooooooo true.

    • #27347
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      I got it both ways last year just because I missed the open enrollment for the grands that hurt . Apparently my employer offers a Cadillac policy. ….it is a shadow of the insurance we had 17 yr ago. . So I pay and pay and pay. I haven’t used enough of it I the last 4 yr to meet the deductible s . Which I guess is why I fix my own pipes

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      Sounds like United way too… They came thru a few years ago demanding each employee “pay their fair share ” they had determined 1 hour of my pay a week they were entitled to

      I told them to take a hike .. several people were sent to change my mind .. I told every one they insulted me and Its not their place to decide if I even have a FAIR SHARE .. I’m working for it not them !!!

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      Smoke4320;n6234 wrote: Sounds like United way too… They came thru a few years ago demanding each employee “pay their fair share ” they had determined 1 hour of my pay a week they were entitled to

      I told them to take a hike .. several people were sent to change my mind .. I told every one they insulted me and Its not their place to decide if I even have a FAIR SHARE .. I’m working for it not them !!!

      Ah, corporate citizenship – The United Way did that one to me at one time – then I pointed out

      The third worst offender was again for the 7th time was, Brian Gallagher, President of the United Way receives a $375,000 base salary (U.S. funds), plus so many numerous expense benefits it’s hard to keep track as to what it is all worth, including a fully paid lifetime membership for 2 golf courses (1 in Canada, and 1 in the U.S.A.), 2 luxury vehicles, a yacht club membership, 3 major company gold credit cards for his personal expenses…and so on. This equates to about $0.51 per dollar of income that goes to the charity instead of to causes of need.

      And I compared that for them too

      The Salvation Army’s Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 Billion dollar organization. Which means about $0.93 per dollar earned, is readily available and goes back out to local charity causes… truly amazing… and well done “Sally Ann”.

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