BLOG: Joe the Plumber unveils immigration reform plan

Tom Jackson
Aug 16, 2012

Republicans have nominated Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher to serve the U.S. House district that includes Sandusky. So how's Joe doing to make the Republican Party proud?

As the Plain Dealer reports, Joe announced his approach to immigration reform during a fundraiser in Arizona.

"Put troops on the border and start shooting. I bet that solves our illegal immigration problem real quick," Wurzelbacher said.

Like other politicians of Wurzelbacher's ilk, the candidate hid behind a spokesman when it was time to explain his remarks.

Wurzelbacher's spokesman is a guy named Phil Christofanelli, who defended his boss by carefully misquoting him.

"As a Congressman, Joe would empower the federal government to do whatever it takes to secure our borders. He believes that border security agents, like every law enforcement officer, should be permitted to use force when necessary in order to protect themselves and to prevent American laws from being violated," Christofanelli said.

Few people would argue that border security agents have no right to defend themselves.

But that has nothing to do with what Joe actually said, which was that "troops" should "start shooting" when they see illegal immigrants coming across the border.

I'm not a big fan of the Democratic Party these days. But to give the Dems their due, it's unlikely they'd nominate a candidate for the U.S. House who is as big a disgrace as Wurzelbacher.

Meanwhile, Joe will have to look for a new job when his campaign ends. Maybe he can sign on as the Ohio Republican Party's Hispanic outreach coordinator.




@ Justme...:

Democrats are serious about illegal immigration? LMAO!!!

Why are so many Democrat run municipalities like San Franciso a "sanctuary city"?

Aren't they breaking federal law?

Where's Eric Holder?????



The Big Dog's back

In Franklin County, Ohio, where Columbus is located, Doug Priese, the GOP County Chairman and a county Board of Election (BOE) member, explained his recent BOE vote against expanded weekend early voting hours in November, by saying he didn’t want to make it easier for Democratic Party organizers to turn out the African-American vote. 

“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban—read African-American—voter-turnout machine,” Preisse said, in The Columbus Dispatch. “Let’s be fair and reasonable.”

The Big Dog's back

 Lee Atwater, a head republican strategist, in an anonymous interview in 1981. He is admitting that republicans use coded-language to appeal to the racists in their base. Because, as he always said, “people vote their fears.”

Lee, who would eventually become the head of the Republican National Committee, helped Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush win their Presidential elections by teaching them to use overtly-racist tactics.

When the N-word became taboo, Republicans began referring to black people in less-direct ways, with terms like “welfare queens.” They learned how to say the N-word, without saying the N-word.

Sadly, this still continues today. As seen in Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama is a “food stamp President” and Rick Santorum’s assertion that he doesn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”


Although Joe may not have said it in the most politically correct of ways, and although you may not like it much, he's right. REAL border control means preventing illegal crossings.

That doesn't mean we put up signs and then forgive those who disobey them while acting all surprised that they have. It doesn't mean we put up fences and then forgive those who climb them or tunnel beneath them while lamenting the incursions of the drug cartels and the loss of American jobs. It doesn't mean we issue tourist visas and then don't bother to follow up on those who overstay their limits. And it certainly doesn't mean we decide to let children benefit from the illicit gains of their parents. It means we prevent illegal crossings in the first place, and when signs and fences don't do the job, it means force.

Without borders, we have no sovereignty. Without sovereignty, we have no law. And in THIS country, the law happens to provide for freedom. Just how much ARE people inclined to sacrifice for some termporary warm and fuzzy feeling, eh?

P.S. If you'd call 911 or fire shots at somebody who breaches the border of your home in the middle of the night, why would you do less for somebody who breaches the borders of OUR home? You may not know for sure if they're there to kill you and yours, but if they're sneaking in in the first place, you can be pretty certain it isn't for tea and crumpets!

the office cat

@sAMADAMS...   Why is Joe Not A Plumber so anxious to shoot Canadians?


The Big Dog's back

 sam a, if you want to be a mercenary I can hook you up. The Thinking that shooting people is the only way to solve problems maybe needs a dose of reality.


Them damn Canadians....  trying to sneak across our borders to steal our tea and crumpets... they deserve to be shot........      :}


Selling them weapons and laundering money for them hasnt helped, Maybe its time for somthing new.

the office cat

@DONEGAN  "Selling them weapons and laundering money for them hasnt helped, Maybe its time for somthing new"

Yeah, that Bush plan just didn't work out, did it?


Office cat

No it surely didnt work during bush, Is he still in office? Oh my bad the all impressive genius, Nobel award winning, Constitutional scholar is, Wonder why is bush is so bad and Obama is so great they keep the same policys? Hmm i must ponder why you guys elected Bush part deux ..........Err i mean Duh.

BTW, I cannot tell what gender Justin beiber is let alone where hes from. Most people can't either. LOL!

the office cat

@ DONNEGAN...   re: fast and furious and the Shrub.

Despite all your sarcasm, it was the Attorney General in the Administration of the Nobel Award-winning, etc., presidnet who STOPPED F&F and who Darrell Issa (polished criminal that he is) is now spenidng taxpayer money to take to court.

Too bad we can't censure you.

BTW... after you finish slamming the Bieber, be aware he is CANADIAN while his  Hispanic girlfriend is a 'natural-born' U. S. citizen - just like the PRESIDENT!!!



Nothing a liberal loves more than destroying rights huh?  Seriously wanting to censor someone because you are panicking and your golden messiah is loseing. Thats sad. They only stopped F&F after it ended up killing someone. Add that to the list of achievements the president has under his belt. Move to china they have censorship and communism, You would feel right at home! I do like the way you tried to work the race card in, But after 4 years of hearing you are barking up the wrong tree the citizens are sick of hearing it. Your desperation is showing.


Donegan - surprised that you can't understand that since this campaign started - it's been the Republicans who have been at the front in attempting to eliminate people's person rights to anything.  The war on women - the war on gays - the war on religion?  When does it it?  Don't tell anyone that it's the liberals who want to destroy rights in this country.  The only rights being protected by the GOP right now is the right of the rich to get richer all paid for by the poor and middle class - and THAT IS ALL.


When the liberals accepted the present admins excuse of "There is a difference between due process and judicial process" i completly understand they they will give this president a pass on anything he decides to do. Who controlled both congressional houses and who has let him get away with it? Bush passed the patriot act which the president promised to revoke, Instead he has stregnthened it and added the NDAA. Whos against rights again?  Who wants to censor who again? Guess you have more loyalty to a party than you ever had for your country.

the office cat


And since the Republican Platform Committee, with its Akin Amendment, is giving a free pass to the Representative from Missouri, we get a legitimate definition of 'legiitimate rape'..

"We Built This Place" is the theme of the opening night of the Republican Convention - in an arena built with $85 MILLION in public TAXPAYER funds.

"This is the Republican Party's Platform, not Mitt Romney's Platform" - Reince Preives, National Chairman of the GOP.  More 'legitimate nonsense".

the office cat


"We Built This Place" is the theme of the opening night of the Republican Convention - in an arena built with $85 MILLION in public TAXPAYER funds.

...which of course is - in some form - the story of virtually every business or undertaking.



Only the Democrats want Akin to run, The republicans have distanced themselves from him. The democrats embrace people who are screwed up as we can see by the list of weirdos they elect into office.

"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize."

The Big Dog's back

 That's all you can come up with dunny? Go back to Mom's basement.


Aww Dog cannot even come up with a good comeback.

I would go back to your moms basement but your already living there so ill just stay upstairswith her. <Now thats original.

the office cat

@DONNEGAN.. "wanting to censor someone ..."

CENSURE, you fool.   Like the House of Representatives CENSURED Eric Holder.

Not CENSOR, you fool, which means restrictiing your right of Free Speech - which is what the Firelands Patriots did on July 4 when a man DARED to disagree with them and was told Freedom of Speech did not apply to him in front of their tent.

More unfortunately, we can't CENSURE the ignorant or just plain stupid when they attack without knowledge.  This means you.

With every FREEDOM come RESPONSIBILITY....  another word I know you don't comprehend.

Swamp Fox

Once again I am not sure if Mr. Jackson your typical lib media person is trying to be funny or snide.    How about the racist Joe Biden remark on "trying to put you back in chains, yea all".  I guess I missed Mr Jackson's article on that.   We might be well served to put the military on the Mexican border to protect us from the drug cartels that were armed by our own ATF and covered up by the Obama/Holder justice department...



If Joe wants to shoot Mexicans maybe he should have the republicans get him a job with Border Patrol so he can show then how the job should be done.

Should be done according to the Gospel of an unlicensed plumber......

Reminds me of when I was in Berlin and saw the wall.

Joe's plan does save on the concrete and barbed wire.



There is a difference between Immigration reform and Border patrol. Immigration allows people to apply for citizenship and after a time jumping through the tons of paperwork they can become upstanding citizens with the same rights as you and me. Patroling our borders insures we arent invaded by people we do not want living here.  If you do believe They are the same, That would mean you are for having Drug cartels and unwanteds from other nations dumped into our country. For those of you that think our Border security is working please move to the border and see first hand the violence and drugs.


"I'm not a big fan of the Democratic Party these days. But to give the Dems their due, it's unlikely they'd nominate a candidate for the U.S. House who is as big a disgrace as Wurzelbacher."


Um...have you listened to anything Biden has said....ever?!?!?!


@Mr Sandusky.....LOLOLOLO.    when I get done going through this box of kleenx from laughing I will think of a crushing retort.  lololol  excuse me....I have to return to the bathroom


I don't mind 'em comin' here to work - just no "cash and prizes."

Once SS, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and every other liberal give-away program goes broke - open the borders.


Hey! Maybe AZ and TX should get buses and drive the captured "undocumented Democrats" to Washington DC and let 'em go?




Re:move to the border and see first hand the violence and drugs

Don't have to "go to the border" to see violence and drugs.

If I want see that, I will come to Sandusky and walk down Hancock St after dark.

I don't like drug dealers on a good day, but the simple fact of the matter is we are talking supply and demand. If there was no "demand" that would take care of "supply".

The bottom line is that "American" junkies support the drug cartels.

Not that I would support this solution, but it would be a hellava lot cheaper for Joe to shoot the junkies in Toledo.

No junkies = no drug problem.





@ Kimo:

One of your favorite countries, China, executes drug users.

Read about the "Laughing Girl":

The U.S. spends more money and has more laws against drugs than any other country in the world. Yet we have more drug users than anywhere else.

Prohibition ain't working.




Do you believe the border security is good?  I do agree, we have enough problems on our own but thats no reason to import more. The drug wars are over, The Gov lost. Alot of your fellow voters see legalizing certain drugs would be more benificial than spending billions that arent working. Stream line Immigration procedures, Tighten border restrictions, Problem solved. We get the good people while keeping the riff raff out.

"Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents."


This guy needs to go away! Period.  Yea, you don't mind if they pick your veggies and fruit, clean your house, take care of your children, keep your lawns manicured, and cook your food but "cash and prizes" aka, trying to survive because of the low pay received doing all those other things....forget about it!  Right?