Obama Allies Urge Republican Lawmakers to Higher Taxes on Wealthier Americans
The White House and other Obama allies are trying to pressure the Republican lawmakers to accept higher taxes on wealthier Americans. Around 100 Obama campaign staff members have been recruited into the effort. They were hired by several state-level liberal activist groups after they were connected by the Common Purpose Project, which is an outside organization aligned with the administration.
The effort came as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner showed signs of willingness to reach a compromise before the new round of discussions regarding the spending and taxes known as the fiscal cliff.
It also showed the first sign that Democrats want to use the president’s praised political machinery and turn it into a permanent grassroots movement. It’s a similar attempt to the one after Obama’s 2008 victory that got mixed results.
Former campaign organizers will now be tasked to plan protests in front of the legislators’ offices and set up phone banks to call constituents. The effort will focus on GOP lawmakers from several states, including Maine, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee. These are the home states of Republican leaders or members who are considered moveable with regards to the tax rates proposals.
The plan shows President Obama’s confidence that’s evident after he won his re-election bid. He didn’t have it when he first tried to deal with the GOP leaders during summer of 2011. During the news conference last Wednesday and at the meetings with corporate executives and liberal allies, the president said that he has the advantage in the negotiations, which he didn’t have a year ago. He described the time when the negotiations about finding the solution for the nation’s debt problems broke down as the lowest point of his presidency.
The tax fight would start next week in Congress. White House and the GOP leaders would try to avoid the fiscal cliff, which is the combination of expiring tax breaks and large spending cuts that will take effect on January 2013.