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For the Obama Campaign, It’s All About Taxes


The Obama campaign is telegraphing a narrow definition of "fiscal cliff" victory: higher taxes on the wealthy

The presidential election is over but the Obama campaign operation hasn’t been shut down. It still exists in a more limited form, actively engaging in public outreach and encouraging constituent lobbying.

What the Obama campaign is specifically pushing for at this moment, however, offers a telling insight into the thinking of the administration about the  so-called “fiscal cliff.”

There are dozens of important issues currently being discussed including taxes, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment benefits and Hurricane Sandy clean up, among others.  But the campaign is narrowly focusing on the issue of ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Currently the Obama campaign organization is encouraging supporters to call Congress to deliver this message. From

“Hi, I’m calling to make sure my voice is heard. As a voter from your district, I support the President’s plan to extend tax cuts for 98 percent of American families—$2,000 a year means a lot to me and to middle-class families here in our state. I urge my representative to sign the petition forcing the House to vote on the Senate-passed bill, and to vote “yes” if it reaches the floor.”

Notice that the message makes no mention of almost anything besides taxes. That is not a mistake. Over the past month the official Obama blog has not made a single reference to Medicare and only indirect mentions of Social Security in the stories of individuals about why they want the middle class tax cuts extended.

The campaign is telling supporters that victory for Obama has an extremely narrow definition.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at