Obama Asks Americans to Tweet Congress Regarding Tax Cut Negotiations
President Barack Obama asked Americans to pressure Congress via Twitter and other social media to extend middle class tax cuts. He warned that if they get it wrong, the economy would go into another recession.
He made the statement at the White House as part of the public relations campaign to prevent the automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the start of next year. He said that if Congress does nothing, every family in the nation will see their taxes go up at the start of 2013.
President Obama urged Americans to send messages via Twitter to members of Congress with the hash-tag #My2K. They should also post on Facebook or send an email to support the president’s proposal not to increase taxes on families earning less than $250,000 a year. He said it would affect 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses.
The president mentions the #My2K hash-tag twice and it was featured on the screen behind White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when he made his televised afternoon briefing. Republican leaders in Congress didn’t like the president’s PR campaign.
Republicans said that President Obama is spending more time promoting his ideas with the public instead of meeting with congressional leaders. House Republicans want the president to unveil his proposal for spending cuts that are as detailed as his tax proposals.
A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said that Congress should work of reducing the national deficit instead of talking about reducing spending for Medicaid, Medicare, and other entitlement programs. According to an Obama aide, the president is flexible on tax rates and entitlement reform. He added that the president described long term deficit control as their ultimate goal. The president’s immediate goal is to get Congress to extend middle class tax cuts before they expire on December 31.