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Want a sense of the President's priorities? Check out who he first met with about the impending fiscal cliff:
Labor leaders said Tuesday that President Obama remains committed to preserving tax cuts for middle class families and ensuring the wealthy pay more in taxes, outlining plans for a public campaign to pressure Republican lawmakers.
The heads of several labor unions and Democrat-leaning interest groups emerged from an hourlong meeting with Obama saying they were united with the president on how to avert the so-called ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ and prevent more financial hardships next year.
‘‘We are 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 AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Obama was kicking off a series of meetings this week with labor officials, business executives and congressional leaders aimed at finding consensus on the fiscal cliff. On Tuesday, legislators returned to the Capitol to start their lame-duck session.
That's from the Boston Globe.
Before he met with business creators or agencies from which he wants more tax revenue, he meets with the specialist of interests, organized labor.
Most interesting to me was the news that, out of this meeting, the President is going to hold campaign-style events across the country selling people on the positives of a depressed economy increased taxes on job creators the wealthy.
Then, after posing for pictures with the media he's ignored for months, the President will meet with CEOs, but only ones who support his positions. From The Daily Caller:
Several of the CEOs are part of the “Fix the Debt” campaign, which is a group with deep ties in Washington’s establishment. The group is formally headed by former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles, but many of its leaders are establishment figures comfortable with a large and growing government.
Simpson and Bowles co-chaired Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, whose proposals were largely ignored by Obama.
The “Fix the Debt” website does not push either of the two major debt-reduction strategies — government-boosting tax increases or government-shrinking spending cuts.
But the group’s website tilts towards raising taxes, both by suggesting that spending cuts should be postponed and by blaming GOP policies for the debt.
The President is squarely focused on making good his campaign promise of raising taxes, come Hell or high water. He seems disinterested in crafting a budget that reforms entitlement programs that have run unchecked or limiting the scope of government, which is causing massive deficits. He hasn't talked with people who actually know how to fix the problem, only people who are cheering on his solutions.