Joe the Plumber is a complete phony, mysteryman. He was a bad choice to symbolize the American "everyman".
Joe the Plumber shot to fame by saying that Obama's tax plan would penalize him, and other small business owners, after his planned purchase of his own small plumbing business.
Sounds good, doesn't it? Average, hard-working guy plans to buy his own business and fulfill the American dream. He doesn't want to see profits eroded by high taxes.
Trouble is, Joe the Plumber has no plumber's license, which makes him questionably a real plumber. Joe the Plumber also failed to pay all of his state income taxes, which prompted the state to get a lien against him. And, this week, when "Joe" signed a book deal, he said he did so because he is unemployed and broke. So much for the phony story that he was planning to buy a small business.
If you want to teach your children right from wrong, mysteryman, and you want them to support their country (including paying their taxes), and not lie or misrepresent themselves, you would do well not to hold up Joe the Plumber as an example, or compare yourself to him.
What Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin have in common is rather naked opportunism. They are also self promoters whose ambitions far exceed their actual qualifications. And both clearly enjoy the media limelight and are likely to continue to milk it for all it's worth.
Sarah and "Joe" have both run their course as novelty acts, and have nothing noteworthy to offer right now. I'm rather bored with hearing anything more about either of them.