President Obama is enlisting social media to help him in negotiations with Republicans on the fiscal cliff. The president today asked people to tweet their congressional representatives to urge them to preserve middle-class tax cuts, and he even provided a hashtag: #My2k. “If there’s one thing that I’ve learned, when the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens,” he said. It's all part of a White House PR campaign just kicking into gear, reports the LA Times.
Also of note:
- GOP Rep. Tom Cole said Republicans should extend the Bush tax rates for 98% of Americans but let the top two rates rise. John Boehner immediately rejected the idea, but anti-tax-man Grover Norquist himself called it an "interesting tactic and strategy," reports Politico.
- Erskine Bowles, he of the president's deficit-reduction commission, doesn't sound optimistic, reports the New York Times. "I believe the probability is that we are going over the cliff, and I think that will be horrible," he said. “It will be devastating to the economy.”