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President Obama: “Let’s keep middle-class taxes low”

President Obama explains what's at stake if Congress doesn't act to prevent a middle-class tax hike—and what you can do to spur your representatives to action.

President Obama explains what's at stake if Congress doesn't act to prevent a middle-class tax hike—and what you can do to spur your representatives to action:

"When enough people get involved, we have a pretty good track record of actually making Congress work. And that’s important, because this is our biggest challenge yet—and it’s one that we can only meet together.

"So in the interest of making sure that everybody makes their voices heard, last week we asked people to tell us what would a $2,000 tax hike mean to them. Some families told us it would make it more difficult for them to send their kids to college. Others said it would make it tougher for them to cover the cost of prescription drugs. Some said it would make it tough for them to make their mortgage. …

"So that’s what this debate is all about. And that’s why it’s so important that as many Americans as possible send a message that we need to keep moving forward. So today, I’m asking Congress to listen to the people who sent us here to serve. I’m asking Americans all across the country to make your voice heard: Tell members of Congress what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to you. Call your members of Congress, write them an email, post it on their Facebook walls. You can tweet it using the hashtag 'My2K.' …

"I'm going to be visiting Pennsylvania on Friday to talk with folks at a small business there that are trying to make sure that they're filling their Christmas orders. And I’ll go anywhere and I'll do whatever it takes to get this done. It’s too important for Washington to screw this up. Now is the time for us to work on what we all agree to, which is let's keep middle-class taxes low. That’s what our economy needs. That's what the American people deserve."

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