Fiscal Cliff Action in Raleigh on Monday, Dec. 31st at 2 PM

The fiscal cliff negotiations are coming down to the wire in Washington, D.C. – which means our country faces a choice of protecting working families and the middle class, or going over the "cliff" in order to save tax breaks for the very wealthy. On Monday, Congress will likely be voting on several proposals to protect middle class families – which means now is the time for us to make our voices heard in public and in the media.

Please join us on Monday, December 31 at 2 PM in Raleigh near the Fayetteville Street New Year's Eve acorn drop site.
We will be gathering to urge Congress to "not drop the ball on the middle class" in order to protect tax breaks for the wealthy. This will be a public media event (so turnout will be important). It will also be an opportunity to make calls to Congress and to educate the public about the choices facing our country.

Event details:

“Don’t Drop the Ball on the Middle Class”

What: Triangle residents will meet on Fayetteville Street near the suspended acorn to urge members of Congress not to “drop the ball” on the middle class, and to encourage citizens to contact their Congressional members on the day of several critical votes in Washington, D.C.

Where: Near the acorn drop site on Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC (by the BB&T Building, 434 Fayetteville Street)

When: Meet at 2 PM on Monday, December 31.

Why: To urge members of Congress to work together to protect the middle class and working people while ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

If you intend to join us, please let us know by leaving a note in the Comments section.

We hope you can join us!
Progress NC Action


The "fiscal cliff" is fiction

The proper response to this artificial creation of Congress is to let this false deadline pass with no action by Congress.

I won't be at this event, and I urge anyone thinking about contacting their Senator or Representative to contact them and simply say, "Let the deadline pass and do nothing."


There appears to be a deal

A little sketchy on the details, but I heard something today about raising the no-tax-hike annual income level to $450,000. Which I have no problem with. There are a lot of genuine small business owners (including doctors) that fall into that zone.

I know many of you don't believe this was actually a crisis, and that Congress would step in and take care of all the people who were about to get screwed (it's a lot). But expecting Congress to do anything wise or humanitarian these days is a stretch, frankly. And putting the well-being of millions of children at risk for political principle is something I can't stomach.

some details on the deal:

Still needs to be approved by the House, though. From the N&O:

Under the Senate deal, taxes would remain steady for the middle class but rise at incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples - levels higher than President Barack Obama had campaigned for in his successful drive for a second term in office. Some liberal Democrats were disappointed that the White House did not stick to a harder line, while other Democrats sided with Republicans to force the White House to partially retreat on increases in taxes on multi-million-dollar estates.

The measure also allocates $24 billion in spending cuts and new revenues to defer, for two months, some $109 billion worth of automatic spending cuts that were set to slap the Pentagon and domestic programs starting this week. That would allow the White House and lawmakers time to regroup before plunging very quickly into a new round of budget brinkmanship, certain to revolve around Republican calls to rein in the cost of Medicare and other government benefit programs.

Officials also decided at the last minute to use the measure to prevent a $900 pay raise for lawmakers due to take effect this spring.

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Katy Munger,
Progress North Carolina Action

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