Liberals outline fiscal cliff demands for taxes, spending

A coalition of union and liberal groups instrumental to President Obama’s reelection on Thursday laid out their demands for the fiscal cliff.

“The 2012 elections are over, and the American people have spoken. We voted for strengthening the middle class and putting people back to work — not for job-killing budget cuts and attacks on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” the groups said in a manifesto advertised in The Washington Post

The groups make clear that they will not let Obama back out of his pledge to raise taxes on the wealthy. 

“The Bush tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year must not be extended,” they said. 

They are also demanding stimulus spending to support “jobs, education and infrastructure improvements.”

And are ruling out any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

The demands are signed by leading members of the left such as Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO, Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future, Justin Ruben of MoveOn.org, Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP, Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union, as well as about 20 others. 

Obama will have to contend with liberal pressure to resist targeted spending cuts from a host of constituencies as he sits down with congressional leaders to forge a deal on replacing the indiscriminate tax increases and spending cuts looming in January known as the fiscal cliff. House Republicans are also being watched closely by conservatives for any sign they are willing to raise taxes and avoid big cuts to entitlements.