Angry Progressives Shut Down WH Phone Lines With Calls Protesting Tax Cut Cave

Bernie Sanders isn't the only one who is in a fighting spirit after the recent "compromise" on the Bush Tax cuts.

Some progressives got so ticked off when they learned the Obama administration was going to cave on extending the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest Americans that they got organized, picked up their phone, and proceeded to tangle up and shut down not one, but two White House phone lines.

Liz Goodwin at Yahoo's Lookout blog spoke to Erica Payne, a Demoratic strategist who helped organize the group of millionaires who asked Obama to raise their taxes: 

Erica Payne tells The Lookout she emailed out the office number of Jarrett chief of staff Michael Strautmanis to an email list of about 10,000 progressive donors and groups Monday morning, urging those on the list to call and complain about a rumored--and since confirmed--compromise with Republicans that would allow all Bush tax cuts to remain in place for two years. She later blasted out Jarrett's own office number, after she said Strautmanis' had been shut down. That number was out of service for several hours but is now working again, she says.

Meanwhile, with objections from both sides both inside and outside congress, the deal Obama cut with Republicans faces a somewhat difficult road through the halls of power, writesSteve Benen of the Washington Monthly, who thinks eventually the unhappy compromise will "squeak by."

Read more at Yahoo! News.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 7, 2010, 5:50am

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