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Obama Answers 'Fiscal Cliff' Questions on Twitter

Dec 3, 2012

Ira Kantor


President Obama took to Twitter this afternoon where the commander-in-chief hosted a live question-and-answer session to address concerns about the looming fiscal cliff deadline.

Obama answered eight questions on the social media site -- all under the hashtag My2k -- for less than an hour, specifically about the need to extend the middle-class tax cuts, to explain why Congress must act and to encourage people nationwide to continue to add their voices to the fiscal cliff debate.

While Obama skimped on proper capitalization at various times, he still kept his answers to 140 characters or less, ending each one with "-bo."

"high end tax cuts do least for economic growth & cost almost $1T. extending middle class cuts boosts consumer demand $ growth," Obama tweeted in response to a question asking why keeping tax rates low across the board wouldn't encourage more hires and therefore more tax revenue.

"As a recent college grad w/o a full time job, these cuts wouldn't help me, would they?" asked user @donbeaprat, to which Obama replied, "cuts w/out revenue (equals) reductions in student loans; work/study & college tax credits expire. Bad for growth. like your hair!"

User Emma Robertson, @soitgoesem, asked if she should worry deductions for homeowners would be at risk, to which Obama responded, "breaks for middle class impt for families & econ. if top rates don't go up, danger that middle class deductions get hit."

The White House Twitter feed also posted a picture of Obama's hands typing on a MacBook computer. Before urging users to "keep pressure on Congress. Call, email, tweet your Member & tell them what 2k means to you," Obama made sure to respond to one unrelated question, simply put forth as "#Bears?"

"da bears still gotta shot, despite sad loss this weekend!," Obama, an avid Chicago sports fan tweeted. "plus rose will return for playoffs!!!"

Source: (c)2012 the Boston Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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