Let's Get Political

What Would YOU Do with #$2,200?

I had an interview to work in a corporate office once, and when my soon-to-be-boss asked me if I had a Facebook, I hesitated slightly in my response, wondering why he would ask me such a question during an interview so professional I actually wore my hair in a bun. (Very unlike me.) I laughed, and told him I had had a Facebook since Facebook was invented, literally. He asked me if I was active on Twitter or any other social networking sites, and I answered honestly: like most people my age, I was incredibly active on the internet. (Sexy, I know.)

But imagine my surprise when politics started mixing with social networking, and I do not mean people tweeting about election results. For the second time now, President Obama and the current administration have decided to enact a social networking campaign to encourage regular ol’ American citizens to speak their minds. There is no purpose in denying the relevance of social networking, particularly Twitter, in spreading the word (even if “the word” happens to be a fake celebrity death rumor or something absurd), and relying on something Americans are already comfortable with in regards to sharing our opinions is, in my opinion, a sharp move on the government’s behalf.

Launched at the end of November, Obama’s administration introduced the hashtag #my2K (meaning “my two-thousand dollars,” not some obscure reference to the not-quite-realistic end-of-the-world scare from a few years ago) in hopes of sparking conversation that, ideally, would pressure Republicans in Congress to pass the extension of the current middle-class tax rates which are set to expire at the end of 2012. Republicans currently wish to extend the George W. Bush era tax rates across the board, which would not benefit middle-class Americans as much as the extension would benefit the rich. Extending tax rates for middle-class families (middle-class families are qualified as those making less than $250,000 in a year) would force wealthier households to pay more in taxes and receive less money back aka if you have more, you should give more.

Not as black and white as plenty of other Democrat v. Republican political issues we have faced in the past year, tax rates actually have plenty of people split even within their own parties. Reducing the national debt and averting the fiscal cliff is not a particularly light topic. (If you don’t know about fiscal cliffs, C. Montgomery Burns can help you out.)

The entire premise of the #my2K campaign is to discover what $2,200 means to you. Obama’s administration would like to hear from the people of America, taking advantage of the quickest way our voices are heard: the internet.

Over 250,000 tweets have hashed the tag, and over 100,000 personal stories have been shared via whitehouse.gov. Asking us to use our voices is effective in at least one way, and it will make social networking tools even more impressive if use of the hashtag actually influences Congress to side with Obama’s administration.

So, guys. What do you think? And what do you think of #my2K? Is relying on social networking as an important political move smart, or kind of silly? What would an extra $2,200 mean to you and your family?

When you are being asked to use your voice, you should really use your voice. Share with us here, tweet with the hashtag #my2K or submit your story to whitehouse.gov.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000104125338 Alex May McGregor

    Sounds like an easy way to trick people into thinking we should get that 2k

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048065433 Carly Vinkavich

    Just one time, Just once I would like to see an article on Hellogiggles that isn’t 100% one sided. ‘Let’s get political’ is a poor label for these articles that only discuss (with bias) one side of the story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001016783081 Jess Tholmer

      It is actually just a presentation of the campaign. I am sorry that you are too defensive that you can’t see that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048065433 Carly Vinkavich

        My comment was not meant to disrespect your side and your article. This article only covers one side of the story though. I would find it refreshing to see an article on this site that presents politics from multiple points of view. Maybe I should have said that the first time around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1444718209 Elisabeth Miller

    I think it’s a good way to get people a little more involved in politics and a little more aware of what’s out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=66501223 Rachel Pody Allen

    I think the struggle is what defines “rich” people who own small businesses often exceed that amount cut off but the money itself is tied up in the business. The way the plan is worded now will kill what is left of the small business. The upper upper class will not pay more than 2 percent of their income regardless, or they will do what some have already done and denounce their citizenship. It will also not help in government debt unless the budget it taken care of. I completely agree that tax cuts need to stay for the middle class, but i think it is ridiculous that we are still fighting sides instead of renewing the cuts across the board and figuring out what to do with the budget. I personally think Politicians should loose benefits and pay until we bring the budget to a place where significant dents are made and the structure of financing and taxes is streamlined. I think that might give them some incentive to actually agree on something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002534148027 MayMay McGregor

    Hes a trickster and i dont trust him. I also want you all to know media on tv is so biased it isnt even funny. So most people dont even know the real issues they just know Obamas biased side/

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540050362 Hilary June

      Why do I feel like you’re the kind of person who watches fox news and thinks we all need to watch it because it is “not bias”

      All media is biased … that’s kind of the point. All networks and stations and shows have specific angles and goals and things they need to promote and focus on. If you only watch one news show or one network, you’re obviously only going to get their point of view.

      It’s the responsibility of citizens to be informed and THINK about what we are told by the media and make INFORMED decisions and opinions. All opinions are biased as well, but at least if you come to those opinions by considering different angles and actually thinking about it, then you’re less likely to become a radical and bash people and groups without any solid evidence, reasons, or explanations.

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