POTUS' Day Ahead: Stretching #40dollars as far as it can go
December 22nd, 2011
06:41 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Stretching #40dollars as far as it can go

The president Thursday is seeking to capitalize on the outpouring of support for the the payroll tax extension on twitter, set to host several Americans at the White House who responded to the #40dollars twitter campaign earlier this week.  The White House social media gurus asked Americans on Twitter to explain how they use the estimated $40 dollars that the payroll tax holiday adds to their paycheck.

According to a White House official, more than 25,000 people responded and, seizing on the obvious PR benefits, the president will highlight some of these Americans at the event Thursday.

Meanwhile, the White House press corps remains on Obama vacation watch, but the president continues to remain mum on the issue.


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  1. Lefty

    Most will donate it to Obama's re-election campaign and complete the circle.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:13 am |
    • Jaamal

      I would put the $40 in a retirement fund, like socail security, so I wouldnt die from starvation when I am 60.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  2. Don

    Even if your family are doing OK, lets just say we all know someone or some family who $40 will make a huge difference to – especially at Christmastime. Are we so spoiled that we cannot see the clarity in this?

    December 22, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  3. Victoria avgam54

    The GOP is so out of touch with daily average american life they have no understanding of how much money $40 actually is to some people today.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  4. Trace

    ......with Don on this one. $40 would make a huge difference to a lot of families. Right this moment, I'm really upset with the GOP/Tea-Baggers. These people are breathtakingly vapid.

    Hey GOP/Tea-Bagger types; Its the Holiday Season, Our Soldiers are coming home, TIME TO ACT LIKE INTELLIGENT AMERICANS...If you are capable.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:25 am |
    • Trace

      ...BTW....I'm sending in as much as I can to the President's campaign. He and the Dems are the only one's fighting for middle class americans.

      December 22, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • Lizzie43

      Pres.Obama does not want this extension nor any democrat, smoke and mirrors and you buy into it like little obedient little minions. Next you tell us he is for jobs. So how many jobs has this SS holiday created. Or how come Reid and the President wanted no part of the pipeline which would have created thousands of good paying jobs, without government money. But all the democrats can think of is tax the rich, so they can spend more money on companies like solyndra and payoffs to their big donators.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:01 am |
      • Lefty

        You're exactly right!

        December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Trace


        I have an advanced degree. Obviously your expertise in this matter is shrouded in the stupidity, I can only imagine is afforded you by "Fake News".....LOL "llittle minions" HA HA. That's really clever but it doesn't speak to the facts.

        Now step over here for a little lesson; This country, since 1970 has forced money UP to a select few. Essentially, this country began the process of legalizing shams, and scams, including the bundling of securitized debt. I'd take the time to explain it to you, but I'm not too sure your little head wouldn't explode. Yet I digress....

        Remember when we declared war on the Taliban in Afghanistan and shortly thereafter, on Saddam Hussien? We did that on a credit card, courtesy of China. As much as this is hard for people of your analytical ilk to understand, those bills have now come due. So how would we pay those debts, without becoming annex by the Republic of China and our children speaking Mandarin? Um....let's think for a moment....don't strain your brain Lizzie, I'll help you....How about those that make over a million a year(?) And we're not even talking about the 1st million. We are talking about the dollars made AFTER that. So if you were lucky enough to make 1,000,000,001 dollars in one year...your taxes would rise to an extra 3.9 cents. ...That's almost 4 additional pennies.

        Now use that nogin of yours...How Many Billionaires/Millionaires would be really hurt by losing 3.9 cents for that extra dollar of income? I'd say NONE.

        Now go lay day, calm yourself and come back when you have a rational thought – OK?

        December 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  5. older than dirt

    Would be nice to see my doctor after the 1st of the year. I really don't want to go to the emergency room every time I need a refill on my prescriptions. You know you have to love the Tea Party- Republicans. They can't do a damn thing right.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  6. Lefty

    This money is supposed to be for the Social Security Trust Fund. Do you people want to see the elderly eating dog food out on the street? Obama is robbing the seniors! Nothing is free, not even $40.00. It's reasons like this that SS will probably be broke before most of us even get close to retirement.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Trace

      Uh...oh thoughtful one, SS is solvent through 2030. We need only make some minor adjustments to make the fund solvent in perpetuity.

      Rick Perry's "SS is a ponzi scheme" stupidity has got you snowed. Here's a little secret; Rick Perry isn't that smart in the head. You would do well to take a course in Macro Economics before someone thinks your posts about "seniors eating dog food in our lifetimes" makes you look silly....OOPs, you already did that.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  7. steveo

    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Senate skip town? If this was all that important to them why didn't they stay and get something done, regardless of how hard they may have had to fight! I will credit the President for staying in town! Where's everybody else?

    December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Trace


      The Senate did their work....The Passed the Legislation. How many pieces of legislation have you seen pass any branch of the congress with 90% of all members voting for it???? That would be NONE. Why would the Senate have to stay? So they could get 100%....Dude...you are too smart to ask such a silly question.

      Notwithstanding, they have been working on this for 6 months and this is the best that anyone could have expected. Remember April? Near Gov't Shutdown....Remember August....Downgrade of credit rating....All due to Congressional Gridlock. Again, Why would the Senate have to stay and look at panic strickened ideologs in the TEA-Potty House?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
      • steveo

        OK Trace, so we got an extra 2 months! Wasn't the goal to extend the benfits for a year? If so, nobody actually did their jobs! I didn't ask a silly question. Again, if the goal was 12 months and only 2 months were passed, the job wasn't done!

        December 23, 2011 at 9:18 am |
      • C-Lo


        "The Senate did their job..."? Yeah, about like a autobody shop throwing some Bond-o on a dent, slapping some paint over it and going home.

        All of the "stalemates" you mentioned–the House proposed multiple pieces of legislation each time, only to be held up on Harry Reid's desk or threatened with a veto. But of course that isn't well known because of the media spin.

        Why would the Senate have to stay around? Why do I have to stay around my job today, part of tomorrow and come in on Monday? Because there is work to be done and deadlines to meet, and I am reliant on others to do their part so I can finish mine. That's why the Senate, and Obama, needed to stick around–I guess the chickens flew the coop.

        December 23, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  8. george of the jungle

    40.00 dollars is a lot of money when you don't make all that much. Most peole can use it. I sure can. Thats a tank of gas or or water bill thats a doctor bill or groceries. The president is right on this one. And yes I would use some of it to donate to his campaign. You can sure tell the repos they don't seem to think 40.00 is much to be concerned about. Thats why the president is going up in the polls and will win next November.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Lefty

      Multiply that $40 by all that will get it and that's the amount you are shorting social security, which is already in fiscal trouble. If Obama said it was a good idea to drive a nail in your head you'd head right out to the hardware store. Don't you ever think for yourself?

      December 22, 2011 at 11:35 am |
      • Trace

        Wow...you are all "fox-ed up" Huh? Sean Hand-itchy and Rush Limberger appear to be your sources of expertise. Sad...sad ...that people make so much money, helping others to become completely misinformed.

        December 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • C-Lo

      That $40 is on someone making about $50k/ year ($2,000 every two weeks). As usual, the leftist media spins this in terms of $$'s to the poor, and IT DON'T ADD UP.

      Those who are NOT working are not receiving any "Tax holiday" as this is on PAYROLL Taxes and is only a 2% change. So someone making $35k/year will get about $25 "extra" per paycheck. That's great for them now, but what happens in 25 years when the same SS fund they are robbing now, and count on as their retirement nestegg is bankrupt? That $25 today won't seem so "expensive" will it? Maybe if they'd consider not putting their foodstamp groceries in the backs of their $45000 SUV's and get a basic cell phone without $250/month access, that $25 wouldn't feel like such a hit. just a thought.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:57 am |