President Obama Uses Twitter to Push Plan on Fiscal Cliff

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What does 2,000 dollars mean to you? That's what President Obama asked people on Twitter on Monday.

He answered questions about the fiscal cliff and how his plan will work.

JMU Communications Professor Brian Kaylor says this is an effective strategy for the President.

"He's engaging American citizens, average people got to ask a question of the President or got to give their solution and got to be heard in real time, with Obama responding back, and so that's a different type of discussion than we could've had a decade or two ago," said Kaylor.

People asked Obama questions, and he answered.

In one tweet Obama said, 'we can reduce deficit in a balanced way by ending tax cuts for the top 2 percent.'

Republicans fired back with their own plan to take care of the fiscal cliff. They say instead of raising taxes, they'd like to see spending cuts.

Political science professor Bob Roberts says nothing will happen until both sides compromise.

"There is a compromise. The compromise is that the rates go up and the Democrats agree to more spending cuts, but politically it's very difficult for either of them to do that," said Roberts.

It's difficult to find compromise, so asking the people to decide is one way to do it.

Kaylor says other presidents in the past have reached out to the public to pressure Congress to support their plans. Usually it was on the radio or in a TV address.

This time, it's on Twitter.

"He's speaking to the people, hoping that they'll speak to Congress on his behalf. So this is a new way in 140 characters or less to do what presidents have been doing for decades," said Kaylor.

Kaylor says along with explaining his plan to people on Twitter today, Obama was also campaigning. That never stops.

Roberts says we likely won't see a compromise between parties on the fiscal cliff until we start feeling the negative effects of it next year.