No, we're not talking the old Soviet Union, nor the right-wing dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos nor even Castro's Cuba.
It happened in Ohio, United States of America.
We all know the story, a man by the name of Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher had a chance encounter with Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama over the Senator's tax plans. Wurzelbacher, now better known as "Joe the Plumber" told Obama that he might like to someday buy the small plumbing company he worked for but was concerned that excessive taxation would have a negative impact on the business' ability to grow. Right or wrong, the story spread like wildfire and Joe become fodder for John McCain and the Republicans.
Now that should be about it but it looks like the Democrats and Obama can't take criticism. Following his "celebrity" Wurzelbacher was the subject of a number of "investigations" by government agencies. For what specific crime, we are not sure.
It has come to light that one of the investigations was conducted by a major supporter of Barack Obama who runs a state agency in Ohio. Helen Jones-Kelley, Director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Department authorized a review of Wurzelbacher's child support payments. Such a breach of public trust this was that Ohio Inspector General Thomas Charles has opened an investigation of the investigation.
Public records show that Jones donated the maximum amount to the Obama campaign. But we're certain that has nothing to do with her investigation of Joe.
The amazing thing is we haven't heard anything from the usual folks, like the ACLU, Democrats, etc. who would be all over this type of invasion of privacy by a government agency.
You may not like McCain and you may not like Joe. That's fine. But Americans should be concerned about what happened to Joe.