President Barack Obama again pushed Congress Tuesday to extend payroll tax cut legislation “without drama and without delay.”
“I’m asking the American people to keep their stories coming. Tell us what $40 means to you,” Obama said. He has repeatedly said that losing the payroll tax cut would mean 40 dollars less in the average pay check. “Call, tweet, write your congressmen, write your senators, tell them, do not let up until this job gets done,” he said.
One citizen talked about what an extra $40 per paycheck meant when viewed of a span of several months:
"You’re getting $600. What can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything. But maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn’t pay down every bill every month.
“Barack’s approach is that the short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good. And it may even feel good that first [few] months when you get that [extra $40 in your] check. And then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings.”
That was Michelle Obama in 2008. It could not be confirmed whether she tweeted it to her congressmen. Perhaps it will come up over dinner?