“We are a nation of workers, dreamers, and doers. And we understand that we’ve got to work for everything that we’ve got.”—President Obama
When Joe rolled his modest hot dog cart into Durham a few years back, he was a one-man operation armed with a secret weapon.
The hot dogs?
Maybe—it’s true that Joe sells only the highest quality food. When you bite into one of his specialty hot dogs with mustard, onions, chili, and slaw, you can’t deny that there’s something special.
Joe’s dogs are iconic, but there’s something else that helped him grow his small cart into a full diner that’s helping to revitalize northeast Durham.
"Faith and hustle," said Joe.
Joe’s formula is the same one North Carolina families use every day—the same secret to success that Americans have used for generations. It's a simple expression that captures the enduring belief that a better tomorrow can be had with the hard work of today.
Joe may be a small business owner, but he’s not rich. Middle class families like Joe’s need all the support they can get. That’s why the President’s call to extend tax cuts for middle class families is so important.
If Congress doesn’t pass President Obama’s tax cuts for those making under $250,000, a middle class family like Joe’s could face a $2,200 tax burden.
When I asked Joe what that kind of money meant to his family. He just smiled and laughed.
“It means everything,” he said. “I’ve got a son in college. He’s got an academic scholarship, but that won’t cover everything, you know?”
When Joe hears about Mitt Romney outsourcing jobs to other countries, he gets worried that Mitt will only look out for the wealthiest Americans, not middle class people like him.
“We need someone who's looking out for regular folks in North Carolina,” said Joe. "We need to give President Obama another four years so the economy can continue to grow."
Faith and hustle.
Joe gets it. And President Obama does too.