The Politico article really titled Obama, left leaders discuss fiscal cliff campaign shows that perhaps, just perhaps Obama has finally figured out what it takes to be President.
Obama raised the possibility of a barnstorming tour to promote his position, while others in the room pledged to keep organizational pressure on Republicans to back Obama’s agenda.
Raised the possibility? Maybe he isn;t as serious as I thought. Maybe he will get some backbone if we pressure him.
The invited union leaders said they will mobilize their members to push Obama’s agenda.
“We’re very, very committed to making sure that the middle class and workers don’t end up paying the tab for a party that we didn’t get to go to and the president is committed to that as well,” said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.
That commitment, of course, is not unconditional. It comes with the expectation that Obama not cave on allowing cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and that he stick to his guns on refusing to allow an extension of the Bush tax cuts on annual income greater than $250,000.
Max Richtman, the president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, said he was “reassured” by Obama that any deal will maintain current spending levels for key entitlement programs.
And Trumka said Obama made it clear that he will have the wealthy, not the middle class, pay down the nation’s debt.
“The president, like we are, is committed to preserving tax breaks for the middle class and making sure that rich people pay their fair share,” Trumka said.
This won’t happen unless we keep blogging, emailing, commenting, letter to the editor writing, contacting our Congress critters, and whatever else you can think of.