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Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget deal (No more speaking, vacations, golf?)
The Hill ^ | 11/28/12 | Amie Parnes

Posted on 11/28/2012 7:23:28 PM PST by Libloather

Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget deal
By Amie Parnes - 11/28/12 07:57 PM ET

President Obama on Wednesday ramped up his sales pitch for Congress to accept a budget deal that includes tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, offering a stark warning to lawmakers that it’s “too important to screw this up.”

During brief remarks at the White House to a group of middle-class voters, Obama sought to push his proposal to extend tax rates only on households with annual income of $250,000 or less before those rates expire at the end of the year.

Obama, who will travel to Pennsylvania on Friday to tout his proposal, also urged Americans to take to Twitter and email to urge their lawmakers to prevent a tax hike on the middle class.

“I’ll go anywhere and I’ll do whatever it takes to get this done,” Obama said in his remarks. “It’s too important for Washington to screw this up. Now’s the time for us to work on what we all agree to, which is let’s keep middle-class taxes low. That’s what our economy needs. That’s what the American people deserve.”

Obama, who campaigned on raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, said the “fiscal-cliff” debate is not just about numbers. It’s a set of major decisions, he said, “that are gonna affect millions of families all across this country.”

Seeking to apply pressure on the GOP-led House, Obama noted the Senate has passed his tax plan.

The president said he was proposing a plan that is “fair and balanced” and said he believed both parties can agree to a framework in the coming weeks. He added that his “hope is to get this done before Christmas.”

Obama’s public-relations approach bears a strong resemblance to a strategy the White House employed last year during the payroll tax debate, when the president urged people to email and call their lawmakers and use social media networks like Twitter to explain what a tax increase would mean to them.

On Wednesday, Obama used his bully pulpit to urge people to tweet with the hashtag “My2K” to explain how a $2,000 tax hike would affect their lives.

White House aides have said that Obama will keep up the public campaign in an effort to keep the pressure on Congress, a tactic that worked not only in the payroll tax debate but with student loan legislation earlier this year.

“The American people are watching what we do,” Obama said. “When the American people speak loudly enough, lo and behold, Congress listens … The lesson is that when enough people get involved, we have a pretty good track record of actually making Congress work.”

Obama also spent part of Wednesday meeting with 14 business leaders, including Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein; Frank Blake, the chairman and chief executive of Home Depot Inc.; and Joe Echeverria, the chief executive of Deloitte LLP, to discuss the looming crisis.

“Everybody’s going to have to move to the center,” Echeverria said of the budget talks.

He added that the “notion that something is off the table, I don’t think is realistic.”

Arne Sorenson, the CEO of Marrioatt, added, “My personal request to the president and his team was, do as much as you possibly can now.

“Don’t just talk about down payments, small down payments, that leave the uncertainty hanging out over 2013, because I think the uncertainty will be a threat to the economy as well,” Sorenson said. “So you have to do something that is real and substantive today.”

On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Rob Nabors, the director of White House legislative affairs, are expected to hold individual meetings with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), along with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The meeting on Capitol Hill comes as a new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that 60 percent of those surveyed support raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year.

In his remarks on Wednesday, Obama said he remained hopeful that a deal could be struck. But he added, “I don’t think we’ll get it done tomorrow.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; deal; golf; vacations
White House aides have said that Obama will keep up the public campaign in an effort to keep the pressure on Congress

Zero takes zero time to do zero work. Zero blame when it eventually fails. Same plan as the last plan. FORE!

1 posted on 11/28/2012 7:23:37 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Obama would never talk to Congress ,that’s beneath him ,a king talking to the little people ,I say not


2 posted on 11/28/2012 7:26:29 PM PST by molson209
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To: Libloather
Bunch of B.S. He's back doing the only thing he knows how to do!!

He's out campaigning again!!!

3 posted on 11/28/2012 7:29:41 PM PST by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: LADY J

his sales pitch for Congress to accept a budget deal

what deal was that , “My way or the Highway “ ?


4 posted on 11/28/2012 7:32:51 PM PST by molson209
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To: Libloather

Best thing to do is to FIGHT this scumbag tooth and nail
on EVERTHING. Don’t give any ground on anything for the next four years. These statists depend on conservatives giving in, giving up. I believe we can beat this bastage back. You have to have a little backbone.


5 posted on 11/28/2012 7:33:50 PM PST by DOGHEAD
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To: Libloather

“budget deal” = raise taxes, no cuts

which will show the world this country is not serious about the debt and deficit


6 posted on 11/28/2012 7:34:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Libloather

Best thing to do is to FIGHT this scumbag tooth and nail
on EVERTHING. Don’t give any ground on anything for the next four years. These statists depend on conservatives giving in, giving up. I believe we can beat this bastage back. You have to have a little backbone.


7 posted on 11/28/2012 7:36:28 PM PST by DOGHEAD
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To: Libloather

Obama wants to maintain the Bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000, but not for people making more than that. He knows this doesn’t solve the problem (the government is spending more than it takes in), so why do it?
Let’s do a cost/benefit analysis. What are the costs associated with raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year?
What are the benefits of raising taxes on people making over $250,000 a year?


8 posted on 11/28/2012 7:36:43 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather
->>The meeting on Capitol Hill comes as a new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that 60 percent of those surveyed support raising taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year

Very legitimate stats. Ha! Polls skewed to put the propaganda out along with Obama’s part doing his non stop save the middle class by taxing the wealthy. Unbelievable!

9 posted on 11/28/2012 7:38:23 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: Libloather

Soetoro will take the credit if there is a deal but if there is no deal he’ll cry it’s the GOP’s fault. He won’t propose anything he’ll have to own. Total coward.


10 posted on 11/28/2012 7:38:30 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Libloather

Birth certificate or passport or school transcripts/records or documentation of name change.


11 posted on 11/28/2012 7:38:54 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Libloather
Obama: 'I'll do whatever it takes' for budget deal...

Translation:

There's nothing too vile, that I won't do it to get my way.

12 posted on 11/28/2012 7:39:22 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: Libloather

Yep these guys are really the runts of their litters. Balanced approach means raise taxes and kill the economy now, then we will get to cutting entitlements later. All we need now is for Dingy Harry to try and pass a rule limiting filabusters...oh guess he is trying that too. At this point going over the cliff might not be so bad afterall. Assclowns.


13 posted on 11/28/2012 7:40:44 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: blueunicorn6

What are the benefits of raising taxes on people making over $250,000 a year?

Obama could pay for the government for 8 days maybe


14 posted on 11/28/2012 7:41:16 PM PST by molson209
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To: blueunicorn6

Did you fall for the trap? Were you thinking of costs and benefits for our country? Is that the cost/benefit analysis that Obama and the Democrats do? Look again at the cost/benefit analysis, but instead of looking at the costs and benefits to the country, look at the costs and benefits to Obama and the Democrat party. Does a positive balance in the public treasury help them? Does a negative balance in the public treasury hurt them? If the public treasury doesn’t concern them, then what does? Where do they worry about costs and benefits? Never assume that the Democrats have the same concerns as you or even care about the same measurements that you do.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 7:44:52 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather
Obama disdains the people's Representatives. He won't lower himself to meeting with them.

Also, one on one meetings only serve to show how stupid he is.

The demogogue is going to get the mob riled up. That's the only thing the community organizer is good at.

16 posted on 11/28/2012 7:46:33 PM PST by what's up
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To: Libloather

A child of the fifties could tell you - if you ignore a top as it spins, it will wobble and eventually fall.

Ignore Bambi, ignore rhinos.

Ignore them all and let them fall.

They feed off of our reactions. Give them none.


18 posted on 11/28/2012 8:02:05 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: blueunicorn6

Republican response to Democrat proposal to continue Bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 but not for people making more than $250,000, and likely outcomes.

A - Oppose the Democrat plan. Outcome(s) - Democrat Senate will pass. Democrats will say that Republicans support the rich over the poor. Old media will broadcast this incessantly. Plan stalls in House. Tax rates increase for all. Costs to Democrats = people making over $250,000 are mad at Democrats. Benefits to Democrats = people making under $250,000 a year see Democrats as “caring more about them”. Increase of political capital. Costs to Republicans = people making under $250,000 a year angry at Republicans for raising taxes. People making over $250,000 still see taxes raised. Benefits = people making over $250,000 a year slightly favor Republicans but wonder why they can’t stop these tax hikes which makes Republicans look weak. Decrease of political capital.


19 posted on 11/28/2012 8:08:31 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

B - Support the Democrat plan. Possible outcome(s) - plan passes. Taxes increase on those making over $250,000 a year. Taxes stay the same for those making under $250,000. Media praises Democrats and largely puzzled by Republican response. Costs to Democrats = people making over $250,000 unhappy with Democrats. Benefits to Democrats = they are viewed as the winners by press and likely Democrat voters. Costs to Republicans = people making over $250,000 unhappy with Republicans.
Benefits to Republicans = they aren’t viewed as losers because they supported.


20 posted on 11/28/2012 8:17:01 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather
Really, whatever it takes? How about compromising with the GOP by getting the rich to pay more in taxes by broadening the tax-base -- Romney style by capping deductions -- rather than by raising marginal rates?

No?. . . So you won't do whatever it takes. . .

Actually, it's staggering how stupid the left is about this: empirical data shows that the rich pay a larger share of taxes when the top marginal rates are low than when they are high. All higher rates do is increase the priority given to tax avoidance in opposition to rate of return on investment. If they really want the rich to pay more in taxes, they should be rushing to pass the measures Romney proposed. (It's actually hilarious that a crowd so impervious to empirical evidence loudly shouts that we conservatives are "anti-science".)

21 posted on 11/28/2012 8:17:04 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Libloather

SCUM


22 posted on 11/28/2012 8:17:10 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: DOGHEAD

If the Republicans block any Tax increases on “the rich”, the Democrats and their Media sycophants will spend the next two years blaming them for the Economy while protecting the Evil Rich on the backs of the poor, which of course will result in Pelosi taking back the House in 2014.

Insist on real Budget Cuts and then give them their stupid Tax Increases on the Evil Rich that might raise $100 Billion, you know less than 10% of the Yearly Deficit.

Add a simpler Tax Code to the mix and make an issue about reversing Obama’s plan to halve the Child Tax Credit to $500. Pound it like it was Obama’s plan all along.

When things still suck in two years, use the “we did it their way argument” going into the Midterm Elections.

Heard today on Rush that Obama’s butt buddy Warren Buffet admitted that Taxing the Rich wouldn’t make a dent in the Deficit, but it would give the imaginary Middle Class a warm fuzzy feeling, thus proving that rich and sane are not mutually inclusive.

And yes, I know Democrats agree and then screw us over like they did with the Reagan Budget Cuts that never happened. The agreement has to be ironclad, period.


23 posted on 11/28/2012 8:21:55 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Looks like my Father was wrong, somebody else DOES owe you a living...)
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To: blueunicorn6

C - vote “Present”. Likely outcome(s) - taxes raised on people making over $250,000 a year. Taxes remain the same for those making less than $250,000 a year. Media praises Democrats and Democrat voters see this as a win. Media and Republican voters confused. Costs to Democrats - people making over $250,000 a year unhappy with Democrats. Benefits to Democrats - viewed as victory. People making less than $250,000 a year see Democrats as benefactors. Costs to Republicans - people making over $250,000 a year unhappy with Republicans. Republican voters confused. Benefits to Republicans - they can’t be blamed if Obama’s plan fails. They weren’t for it or against it.


24 posted on 11/28/2012 8:25:11 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: LADY J

No kidding, it’s absolutely embarrasing how much this clown is out begging for acceptance. Lou Dobbs was hilarious tonight when the Demonrat spokeshead tried to say there’d be a deal “because of the president’s leadership” and both Lou and the pubbie head started laughing.


25 posted on 11/28/2012 8:27:07 PM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: blueunicorn6

These are three possible strategies for the Republicans. It’s a lot of work and this is just very basic. The Democrats do this to a much finer detail. Are the Republicans doing this or just relying on their gut feelings? The Republicans are using political scientists. The Democrats are using psychologists and sociologists.


26 posted on 11/28/2012 8:30:02 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather

Mr. Obama - if you will do anything then how about this?

1. Pass “Bush tax cuts” as permanent changes to the tax code
2. Pass further permanent tax cuts across the board
3. Scrap ObamaCare
4. Institute across the board spending cuts for everything including defense. There is no way these turds can do it surgically. Just cut everything with same percentage until the budget is balanced.


27 posted on 11/28/2012 8:36:38 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Libloather

This is complete BS...

Why don’t the Republicans say this stuff and not mean it ?


28 posted on 11/28/2012 9:16:15 PM PST by mike_9958
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To: blueunicorn6

If Barry & Harry wipe the floor with Boehner and McConnell again we will have a Dem House in 2014. The GOP base will be totally demoralized and will sit out the mid term election.


29 posted on 11/29/2012 7:39:43 AM PST by lodi90
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