Joe the Plumber Done Right

As we near Election Day, both parties are ramping up their efforts to reach potential voters. The fictional “average Joe” and the more recent  “Joe six-pack” were pushed aside last week to make way for the headline-dominating “Joe the Plumber.” Incorporating the lives of real workers into the presidential debate is essential in both connecting with voters and in demonstrating that a campaign hasn’t forgotten who they should be focusing on. But the dialogue surrounding Joe the Plumber has missed what should be the main point of such stories: how good policies can help workers achieve the American dream.
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