That's right, America's latest celebrity plumber—"Joe the Plumber," or Joe Wurzelbacher—was brought up in a Senate hearing Thursday on the nation's economic crisis. (Thank you, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.)
From Democratic Senator Brown's prepared opening statement:
The last thing Toledo's Joe Wurzelbacher has to worry about is the tax rate he might pay if he is lucky enough to have a quarter million dollar profit in his business. My guess is he needs to worry a lot more about how he is going to finance the purchase of that business and what his cash flow will look like so long as residential and commercial real estate markets are stalled.