President Obama Talks Middle-Cla​ss Tax Cuts with Mayors and Their Constituen​ts

Yesterday, President Obama held a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders from around the country to discuss preventing an income tax increase on middle-class families.

Several of the mayors asked some of their constituents who had shared what a $2,000 tax increase next year would mean for their families to join the call as well.

Check out some photos and tweets from leaders who listened in from cities and towns nationwide.

President Obama Talks Middle-Class Tax Cuts with Mayors and Their Constituents

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 Last month’s election was a landmark for Democrats and our country. And as the new DSCC chairman, I can’t wait to start working to strengthen and secure the Democratic majority!

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Fiscal Showdown …

By ThinkProgress War Room

Public Overwhelmingly Backs Obama in the Fiscal Showdown

We know that President Obama won a mandate on the issue of taxes, but Republican leaders in Congress just haven’t gotten the message.

Just yesterday, Speaker Boehner made a new “offer” to the president that underscore the GOP’s tone deaf attitude and lack of seriousness. Rather than compromise, Boehner proposed one of the few ideas that is absolutely off the table: permanently extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

Making ridiculous offers like this shows that Republicans aren’t really serious about avoiding the fiscal cliff or reducing the deficit. They also show a complete disconnect from the wishes of the American people.

According to a new NBC News poll out last night, the public overwhelmingly believes that the election gave President Obama a “mandate” to:

  • 68 percent: cut taxes for working families earning less than $250,000 a year
  • 65 percent: reduce the federal deficit by both increasing taxes on the wealthy and reducing federal spending
  • 59 percent: eliminate the Bush tax cuts for those with higher incomes over $250,000

The poll also found that a whopping 76 percent of Americans believe that increasing taxes on the wealthy is an “acceptable” part of any deal to avert the fiscal cliff. This is all consistent with other polls out in recent days, including one that found nearly half of Republicans believe the election delivered the president a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy. Overall, the poll found that by a 2:1 margin Americans believe the president won both a mandate on taxes and to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits.

It’s also clear that the Republicans’ intransigence is taking its toll on the already-tarnished image of the party and its leaders:

And overall, nearly two-thirds of Americans agree that we need to address our fiscal problems using a balanced approach:

“Leaders in Congress should make compromises to gain consensus on the budget deficit, even if it means Democrats would have to accept targeted spending cuts in Social Security and Medicare and Republicans would have to accept targeted increases in tax rates.”

BOTTOM LINE: It’s time for Republicans to heed the will of the American people — and many of their own conservative voters — and agree to a balanced approach that includes asking the wealthiest Americans to pay higher tax rates, just like they did during the economic boom we experience under President Clinton.

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Gandhi’s 4-step recipe for victory and more from Joseph Huff-Hannon –

AvaazpixHave you heard Gandhi’s four-step recipe for victory? “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win,” he said. We’re seeing examples of this every day at Avaaz’s new petition site where members are launching their own campaigns to change the world in ways big and small.

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Here’s how the recipe works:

1. Tell friends about an issue you care about in your community or the world and ask them to show their support with our community petitions site.
2. If the petition goes viral, the media pays attention and the bad guys say: “You’ll never win!”
3. The Avaaz community charges in with global backing and resources to fight the opposition. Public support balloons and decision makers are forced to reckon with it. Together, we start turning the tide.
4. And then we win.

Now it’s your turn. Launch the next game changing campaign at Avaaz’s new community petitions site: :

The recipe worked for Shanker, an Avaaz member from India whose brother tragically took his own life when he couldn’t escape the clutches of a imperious employer. Shanker’s brother’s employer had lured him to Bahrain with a misleading job offer and then blocked him from ever leaving the country. When Shanker found out that 100 of his brother’s co-workers were trapped as well, he launched a petition on the Avaaz site and 20,000 people around the world joined it, leading the corporation to set all of it’s trapped workers free!

All of us have the power to spur changes like this. We just need to share our passion with each other and pool our voices. If there’s something happening in your community or the world that you’d like to change, start a petition today:

With hope,

Joseph, Ian, Ari, Ricken, Marie, Oli, Adam and the whole Avaaz team