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November 28, 2012

Obama launches a new Twitter hashtag over tax breaks

President Obama is launching into full campaign mode to convince Congress to extend tax breaks for people making less than $250,000. The effort includes a trip Friday to Pennsylvania -- and a photo opp and Twitter launch today to encourage taxpayers to prod their members of Congress.

"The place where we already have, in theory at least, complete agreement right now is on middle-class taxes," Obama said from the White House, a crowd of supporters behind him. "If Congress does nothing, every family in America will see their taxes automatically go up at the beginning of next year. Starting January 1st, every family in America will see their taxes go up."

To amp up the pressure -- Republicans want to extend all the Bush-era tax cuts -- Obama is asking taxpayers to share what the estimated $2,000 would pay for -- and share it with their member of Congress.

"Write them an email, post it on their Facebook walls," Obama said. "You can tweet it using the hashtag 'My2K.' Not 'Y2K.' 'My2K.' "

The White House is retweeting the responses: "#My2k is almost one entire monthly paycheck," one woman wrote. "3 months of rent. It's food for a year. 5 student loan payments. It's life."


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