In the cliff dweller debate, the President poses the question to Middle Class Americans (those earning an income up to $250,000 a year), what does $2,000 a year mean to you? Doing this he is saying that by failing to act, Republicans will have the Middle Class bear at least $2,000 additional tax a year by default, or by refusing an increase on wealthy Americans, Republicans will stick the Middle Class with the bill.
That is a simple way to position his plan that is reflected in his budget versus the alternative.
He does not describe how he intends to sprinkle the pain. He does not address the entitlement actuarial problem that begins with Medicare and Medicaid.
It would be more helpful if the President would complete the equation by presenting the complete solution. Then, we could listen to the opposition and compare the alternatives side-by-side in a thoughtful manner.
So, who is it that is holding back the information. The President gave to us a budget and a Middle Class tax freeze combined with an increase on those earning greater than $250,000 a year.
What is the Republican alternative?
I see an air ball? What do you see?
It would mean I might have to move. It would mean I would like to see a price freeze or zero inflation. If I had a job, I would like to keep it.
Today, I met a woman named Lyn Lyon. She’s a senior citizen from Virginia, and we invited her to the White House because she wrote in to explain why it is so important for all of us to make sure that taxes don’t go up on the middle class.
“Let’s show the rest of the world we are adults,” she said. “Living in a democracy, we can solve our problems by working together.”
All of us here in Washington have a little more than a month to find the kind of solution that Lyn describes. If Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. A typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200. That means less money to buy groceries or fill a prescription. It means a tougher choice between paying the rent and paying tuition.
So right now, I’m asking you to join Lyn and thousands of other Americans who are speaking out. Add your voice to this debate, and I’ll ask Congress to listen to the people who sent us here to serve.
Tell us why you think it’s important to keep taxes from going up on the middle class.
A year ago, during our last fight to protect middle-class families, tens of thousands of working Americans took action. They wrote in to us, and we put their stories on the front page of the White House website. They called, tweeted, and brought in their friends on Facebook — and sure enough, it worked. Congress listened.
The same thing happened earlier this year, when college students across the country stood up and demanded that Congress keep rates low on student loans. Lawmakers got that message loud and clear.
When enough people get involved, we have a pretty good track record. And that’s important, because this is our biggest challenge yet — and it’s one we can only meet together. I’m going to do my part — not just by sitting down with CEOs, labor leaders, and leaders in Congress — but by taking this to the American people.
I’ll go anywhere and do anything it takes until we get this done. But I can’t do it alone.
So I’m asking you to join me — and folks like Lyn. Add your voice to ours, and share your story. Because this debate is too important for Washington to get it wrong.
Will you tell us what $2,000 means to you?
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