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President Obama's Complete Twitter Q and A Session

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 12:39:10 pm

From the The White House on Twitter, here's the complete question/answer session from today, as the President took questions from Twitter users on the fiscal cliff.

Introduction:

Good to see lots of folks on twitter speaking out on extending middle class tax cuts. I'll answer some Qs on that at 2ET. Ask w/ #My2k -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

hey guys - this is barack.ready to answer your questions on fiscal cliff & #my2k.Let's get started. -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On entitlement reform:

Mr. President, can you assure us that any "fiscal cliff" negotiations regarding entitlement reform will not hurt the most needy? #My2K

— Phillip M. McKenzie (@pmmckenzie) December 3, 2012

.@pmmckenzie we can reduce deficit in balanced way by ending tax cuts for top 2% + reforms that strengthen safety net & invest in future -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On the benefits of letting high end tax cuts expire:

Mr. President, why won't keeping tax rates low across the board encourage more hires and therefore more tax revenue? #my2k

— Mike Vanderwyst (@mike5673) December 3, 2012

.@mike5673 high end tax cuts do least for economic growth & cost almost $1T. extending middle class cuts boosts consumer demand & growth -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On how the cuts benefit students and recent graduates:

@barackobama #My2k As a recent college grad w/o a full time job, these cuts wouldn't help me, would they?

— Mandi (@dontbeaprat) December 3, 2012

.@dontbeaprat cuts w/out revenue = reductions in student loans; work/study & college tax credits expire. Bad for growth. like your hair! -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On deductions instead of high end rate raise:

@whitehouse what is your opposition to taking away deductions for the 2% rather than up the rate? Seems like a reasonable compromise #My2K

— Hunter Tredway (@huntertred) December 3, 2012

.@huntertred not enough revenue, unless you end charitable deductions, etc. less revenue=more cuts in education etc wh.gov/5rTh -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On reducing spending:

@barackobama Mr. President, Why not place more emphasis on reducing government spending, than on raising revenues? #My2K #WHChat

— David Osteen (@davidosteen) December 3, 2012

.@davidosteen (part 1) already cut $1T+ in gov spending last yr. Discretionary spending lowest as % of GDP since ike. #my2k

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

.@davidosteen (part 2) Open to more smart cuts but not in areas like R&D, edu that help growth & jobs, or hurt vulnerable (eg disabled) - bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On home-owner's deductions:

As a home owner, I worry deductions for home owners are at risk. Is that the case? #My2k

— Emma Robertson (@soitgoesem) December 3, 2012

.@soitgoesem breaks for middle class impt for families & econ. if top rates don't go up, danger that middle class deductions get hit - bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On a "minimum ratio" of spending cuts to revenue increases:

@whitehouse Is there a minimum ratio of revenue increases to spending cuts that you're looking for, or simply a balanced approach? #my2k

— Jason Feinman (@jjfein) December 3, 2012

.@jjfein don't expect 100% my budget; room to negotiate. if you incl $1T+ in cuts already made, rough balance b/w rev & cuts does trick -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

On da Bears:

Who will win it all first: Chicago #WhiteSox, #Bulls, or #Bears? #NFL #NBA #MLB cc: #My2k @barackobama @whitehouse

— Mica (@Mica4Life) December 3, 2012

.@mica4life da bears still gotta shot, despite sad loss this weekend! plus rose will return for playoffs!!! -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

The wrap-up:

Gotta go.Thx.Keep pressure on Congress. Call, email, tweet your Member & tell them what 2k means to you. Lets get it done. #my2k -bo

— The White House (@whitehouse) December 3, 2012

And an amusing postscript:

@mstevesmithjr OH MY GOD THE PRESIDENT ANSWERED ME! And he likes the purple hair I had a few years ago. I AM SHAKING.

— Mandi (@dontbeaprat) December 3, 2012