President Barack Obama is getting personal in his battle to find a solution for America’s fiscal cliff crisis. He is engaging the public as he takes his “fiscal-cliff” campaign to the home of a family in Northern Virginia on Thursday to illustrate the impact of letting taxes go up on the middle class,as signs emerge that Republicans are contemplating a change in strategy in their fight with Democrats over deficit reduction, according to Reuters.
The White House said Obama would visit the home of a family that responded to a presidential Twitter request for real-life stories about the burden of a tax increase on the middle class. With about three weeks left before steep tax hikes and budget cuts that comprise the so-called fiscal cliff are set to begin, Obama means business.
“A member of this family shared her story about how paying $2,200 more in taxes next year would impact them if Congress doesn’t act,” said a White House statement, which added that over 100,000 people responded to the Twitter request.
Reuters also reports that Obama and Democrats in Congress want the tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year to be extended for taxpayers with income below $250,000 a year, but not for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.
The president has said he is willing to consider significant spending cuts that include unspecified changes to “entitlement” programs such as Medicare, the government health insurance plan for seniors.
Republicans are holding out for an extension of all the tax cuts and have become increasingly divided over the past two weeks about whether they can prevail in the face of Obama’s firm stance and Republican control of only the House of Representatives but not the U.S. Senate.