As the tax cuts draw closer to their expiration date, it appears that President Obama is dropping any illusions of wide spread tax reform, as suggested by Republicans in Congress.
As indicated by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney this morning, the President will call for Congress to pass a series of middle class tax cut extensions.
According to the White House, Obama will speak at 11:35 a.m. at the White House with "middle class Americans who would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend the middle class tax cuts."
“Today President Obama will call on Congress to extend middle-class tax cuts & asks all Americans to speak out,” he wrote on Twitter.
Carney shared a link to a website reminding Americans that a typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200 starting in 2013.
“Speak out to keep taxes from going up on the middle class,” encourages the message on the website. “Tell us what $2,000 means to you and your family.”
The tactic is familiar, as Obama successfully leveraged public outcry over the payroll tax cut at the end of 2011. The White House began their campaign by soliciting stories from Americans to remind Congress what $40 meant to them in their daily lives.