As the fiscal cliff looms, two questions for President Obama

The fiscal cliff is looming ever closer, and there is enough finger pointing from all parties on what to do about it. There is also enough blame directed at both parties, this administration as well as past administrations, on who is responsible. None of us know what is going on behind the scenes to solve this problem. We only hear what each party wants us to hear. On the surface, it seems the Republicans are offering up ideas for debate whereas the president says he won't consider any proposal unless the Republicans agree first to raise taxes on the rich, period.

Here are my two questions to our president. With a finite timeline to get a deal done, why are you spending your days away from Washington rallying the public to support your ideas instead of hashing ideas out with Congress? And secondly, if raising the marginal rates on the rich to 39 percent will bring in enough tax revenue to run our country for only eight days, than why is raising taxes such a sticking point with you? Eight days of revenue surely can't be worth the fear this is generating. Can it?

Bob Voelker, Timonium

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