I’m sorry, did I say Christmas? I meant “holiday season.” Whatever they’re calling it, Obama’s people are claiming that if a deal isn’t reached on the fiscal cliff, ie: Republicans agreeing to raise taxes while not cutting spending, then the Republicans will ruin it.
Any Republican refusal to accept President Barack Obama’s fiscal plan may ruin Christmas for the nation’s retailers, the White House claimed in a report released Monday morning.
“The National Retail Federation is forecasting that holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent this year … [but] if Congress does not act on the President’s plan to extend tax cuts for the middle-class, it will be risking one of the key contributors to growth and jobs in our economy at the most important time of the year for retail stores,” says the report, which was prepared by the Obama White House’s National Economic Council and the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.
“The holiday season is no time to threaten middle-class pocketbooks,” urges the report, titled “The Middle-Class Tax Cuts’ Impact On Consumer Spending & Retailers.” (Read More)
Obama’s had four years to reach some kind of deal on the fiscal cliff, but he was too busy campaigning. He still is campaigning, and is going to hit the road yet again to push for support for higher taxes. He’s also enlisting help from his online army of Obamabots.
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.
It seems to be working, because the idiots who reelected the guy also will blame Republicans if the fiscal cliff talks fail. Of course, if the cliff is avoided Obama will get all of the credit.
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