Obama Wants You to Tweet Congress on Fiscal Cliff
He's even got a hashtag
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 5:54 PM CST
President Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – 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.”

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radsenior
Dec 2, 2012 9:53 PM CST
To the 112th Congress - The fiscal cliff will produce major across-the-board spending cuts as punishment for Congress' gross failures to compromise. A $503 billion dollar cut in programs by September 2013 and $700 billion for 2013 calendar year. This includes expiration of Bush era tax cuts on income, investments, married couples with children and inheritances. Twenty-six million taxpayers will face the alternative minimum tax raising an average of $3,700.00 or $330 billion through September 2013. Additionally, a 9% cut in defense,($55 billion) $55 billion in domestic programs, including a 2% cut to Medicare providers. Also physicians would lose reimbursements totaling $11 billion dollars and Obama's 2% payroll tax.($95 billion) Another $65 billion cut from R&D, state sales tax will take effect beginning January 1, 2013! It's time for the public to get involved. Every member of the TEA-Republican parties will be responsible! Phone numbers: Eric Cantor - 202-225-2815 - Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541 - John Boeher 202-225-6205. It is now up to the public to get involved and send your Senators and Representatives an email, text, letter and call their offices to tell them their responsibility is to the voters and not special interest puppeteers. Senators http://www.senate.gov/general/... Representatives http://www.house.gov/represent... Come on, you know you want to! Contact your Senator and Representative and tell them they work for you and you want action on their part for the everyday middle class.
DalaiLama
Nov 29, 2012 7:26 AM CST
I Emailed both of my Senators and my Representative with my strong encouragement to not even think about tax increases without substantial spending cuts and some reform of Medicare and Social Security. Up yours, Obama. You are a one-man train wreck for this country.
JesusLovesSomeOfYou
Nov 28, 2012 10:00 PM CST
This is the first time I've ever been tempted to open a twitter account.