Now that Joe the Plumber didn’t work out so good, McCain seems to be searching around for other “small” business owners. But this is ridiculous.
First, at a rally in Sarasota, Florida, J. Robert Long was introduced as a “small businessman” and was dubbed “Bob the Boat Builder” by McCain. But most of Long’s career was spent at Wellcraft Marine — they reported revenues of $67 million last year.
But things really got silly when Senator Lindsey Graham described McCain’s wife Cindy as “a great small businesswoman.” Cindy inherited the already successful and third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the country from her dad, which had revenues of nearly $200 million last year.
No wonder McCain thinks Obama is going to raise taxes on small businesses. While Obama’s plan will not raise taxes on businesses making less than $250,000 (which includes 95% of small businesses), the man with more houses than he can remember seems to have a larger view of small.
UPDATE: J Robert Long (“Bob the Boat Builder”) responded to this post. For the sake of fairness, see his letter in the comments.