Just when you thought the whole Joe the Plumber thing had finally played itself out ... plans are afoot to spring this idiot on us all over again.
Yes, Joe Wurzelbacher is apparently coming to Pittsburgh to speak out against the Employee Free Choice Act on March 30. Wurzelbacher, of course, is to politics what Paris Hilton is to Hollywood: proof that anyone can earn 15 minutes of fame and then some, provided they are willing to be utterly shameless. After playing the part of a bald sock puppet in the McCain campaign, he's done a laughable stint as a war correspondent ... in which he suggested that wars shouldn't have correspondents. There was also talk about hiim recording an album. We can only pray there isn't a sex tape in the works.
Anyway, now the talented Mr. Wurzelbacher is being offered up to us an expert on labor law.
EFCA, as you may have heard, is a measure desperately opposed by business groups, because it would help unionization efforts. Under current labor law, even if every employee signs a card indicating their desire to form a union, an employer can still require an election -- which gives the employer more time to intimidate workers into abandoning the effort. Naturally conservatives are opposing the measure under the pretext that it will ... allow UNIONS to intimidate employees.
Joe's visit coincides with Senator Arlen Specter's decision to oppose EFCA, dashing the hopes of many union supporters.
Coincidentally enough, Joe's visit ALSO comes just a week after janitors at the Carnegie Science Center held a demonstration at their workplace. The janitors contend that while they've all signed cards indicating their support for a union, the Science Center still refuses to recognize one.
It'd be nice if a couple of those janitors showed up to hear Joe hold forth on the bullying tactics of the union they are trying so desperately to join. I got a feeling somebody would be walking out of this event with a swirly.
I love Mel Packer!