David Plouffe, Senior Advisor to President Obama, just sent the message below to the White House email list, asking people to tune in and watch President Obama talk about extending tax cuts for the middle class. If you didn't get the email, be sure to sign up.
Good afternoon --
Last night, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to shower the wealthiest two percent of people in America with a $1 trillion tax cut. That's what they're demanding in return for keeping taxes low for the middle class.
But here's the other thing that has happened over the past week: Tens of thousands of you from all across the country have started speaking out about why it's so important to prevent taxes from going up on 114 million middle-class families on January 1.
And tomorrow, when President Obama calls on Congress to stop holding the middle class tax cuts hostage, a group of you who have shared your stories on the White House website will be standing there beside him.
Even if you aren't one of the people in the room, we want you to tune in to hear what the President has to say. Will you watch with us tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. EDT?
- WHAT: President Obama speaks on the middle-class tax cuts
- WHEN: Friday, August 3 at 11:45 a.m. EDT
- WHERE: WhiteHouse.gov/We-Need-You
As dysfunctional as Washington can be, this fight is far from hopeless. We saw that last week when Republicans and Democrats in the Senate agreed to allow a vote on extending the middle-class tax cuts, and the legislation passed. Now the House needs to follow the Senate's lead and vote to ensure taxes don't go up on the middle class.
With so many of you adding your voices to the President's, we have a real chance to cut through the partisanship and the noise to get this done -- because the arguments we've heard from real people are all powerful.
Eileen from California wrote in to argue that "The middle class is the backbone of America. When the middle class thrives, so does America."
Katherine from Virginia told us "No one wants to pay more than their fair share of taxes, but the wealthiest of Americans CAN manage it, while still allowing the economy to continue to recover fully."
As it stands right now, House Republicans are the only folks in Washington who are willing to let a typical family of four pay an extra $2,200 in taxes next year. And if you continue to weigh in on this debate, they'll have to realize just how isolated they really are. So take the next step tomorrow and watch President Obama:
Senior Advisor to the President