Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:29 PM
WillyT (72,631 posts)
NYT: Trying To Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies
Trying to Turn Obama Voters Into Tax Allies
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR - NYT
Published: November 25, 2012
WASHINGTON — When Tea Party activists swamped town hall-style meetings about health care in the summer of 2009, President Obama’s army of campaign volunteers largely stayed away, seemingly less interested in fighting for legislation than they had been in electing the nation’s first African-American president.
Now, Mr. Obama is seizing a second chance to keep his election-year supporters animated.
With lawmakers scheduled to return to work on Monday to begin intense discussions before a looming fiscal deadline, Mr. Obama’s aides are trying to harness the passions that returned him to the White House, hoping to pressure Republicans in Congress to accept tax increases on the wealthy. The president’s strategists are turning first to the millions of e-mail addresses assembled by the campaign and the White House.
Already, supporters are being asked to record YouTube videos of themselves talking about the importance of raising taxes on the rich. Aides said those videos would be shared on Facebook and Twitter and would be forwarded to centrist Democrats, as well as to mainstream Republicans, who they hope will break with their Tea Party colleagues.
An e-mail last week urged activists to share with their friends a graphic explaining the president’s tax argument. And Mr. Obama’s campaign manager sent an e-mail appeal asking supporters to fill out a survey about issues they would like to stay involved in.
The president is planning rallies in influential states to remind supporters of the need to keep the pressure on lawmakers during the fiscal talks. And should negotiations break down, Mr. Obama’s team is arranging for Republican lawmakers to hear from of tens of thousands of riled-up activists through angry Twitter posts, e-mails and Facebook messages.
“If Republicans refuse to move, if they refuse to cooperate, then you’ve got to be willing to engage the American public,” said Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat and important Obama ally. The campaign machinery, he said, “will respond to the president calling upon it to get engaged.”
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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 12:44 AM
limpyhobbler (8,244 posts)
1. The Bush tax cuts will expire if we just do nothing.
Then the Dems can come back the very next day and offer the tax cut for people under $250,000.
The real threat right now is that the Dems will trade away entitlement or safety-net programs in a pretend compromise.
repukes can't pass anything unless Obama signs it. Activists should focus on the Democrats, because they have more power right now.
Well, people can focus on both parties. But I wouldn't get totally distracted by the tax side of this compromise and then forget the other half of the compromise involves cutting vital social programs. I would rather see NO compromise than a crappy compromise. And from what we know right now, any deal they come up with is likely to be pretty bad.
Just because the GOP agrees to let taxes go up a little for the wealthy, that doesn't make it a good deal. People ought to look at what is being given away from benefits as part of that deal. We can get the tax part of the deal just by doing nothing and letting them expire.
The Dems have all the leverage and power right now.