voices.washingtonpost.com — Call it the pre-prebuttal. Anticipating a heavy focus on reducing the deficit in President Obama's State of the Union address next week, liberal groups are already attacking the idea, arguing that deficit reduction should not come before further stimulus to help the economy.
“An activist group called the Campaign for America's Future and the liberal polling firm Democracy Corps released a survey Tuesday that they say illustrates that American voters care more about job creation than deficit reduction.
Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO coalition of major labor unions, will give a speech Wednesday in Washington criticizing what he calls a "misguided and shortsighted" focus on the deficit, according to aides who have released some of his prepared remarks."
The White House prematurely turned to deficit reduction," said Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America's Future. "Voters are clear, they care about the deficit, but their first priority is jobs and the economy.