Obama's New Payroll Tax Pitch: What's $40 to You?
John Boehner, meanwhile, asks Obama to intercede
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 9:07 AM CST
The White House wants to know what $40 a paycheck buys you.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The White House launched a PR campaign to try to save the floundering payroll tax cut extension last night, asking supporters to chime in with what $40 meant to them—since that’s how much the average family stands to lose per paycheck if the extension doesn’t pass, CNN reports. Whitehouse.gov was inundated with more than 10,000 responses, and #40dollars soon topped Twitter’s trending chart, David Plouffe boasted in an email. Many respondents spoke of gas money, grocery bills, and health care costs.

“$40 less a paycheck means I will have to pick between my insulin and the water bill,” said one response highlighted on WhiteHouse.gov. Others were sillier; one respondent said it meant “40 Hot Wheels mainline cars.” The White House blog post says the campaign is aimed at an obstructing House. But in an op-ed in USA Today, John Boehner today paints Obama as his ally, since like Obama, he wants the payroll tax cut extended a full year. He laid the blame on Senate Democrats, and urged Obama to call on them to return to Washington to negotiate.