To the editor:

Good old “Joe the plumber” is getting a lot of play. I am told he represents the middle class. The facts bear that out. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2007 median household income for a “male householder, no wife present” is $49,839. Therefore, it seems that for a non-union plumber employed by a two-man company, it sounds reasonable that Joe is indeed part of the great “middle class.”

But as to those making more than $250,000 being part of the middle class, that is false. You see, according to the Census Bureau, less than 2 percent of American households make $250,000 or more. Hardly part of the middle class!