Liberal activists and voters, as noted in this blog post by Joe Garoli of the Chronicle and this blog post by Foon Rhee of The Sacramento Bee, do not like President Obama’s deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.

The Bay Area congressional contingent appears similarly disinclined to go along with the deal, if one takes their public positions at face value. Lynn Woolsey and Mike Thompson aren’t on board. Pete Stark and Barbara Lee signed a letter to Nancy Pelosi calling it “fiscally irresponsible” and “grossly unfair.” Anna Eshoo doesn’t seem down with it, and George Miller said he’s “not happy with it.” Sam Farr went on TV to argue against it.

As for San Francisco-Peninsula Congresswoman Jackie Speier, you can hear her opinion in this interview with KQED’s Cy Musiker. She called the deal “a lot of wishful thinking,” among other things, just before she went off to get jawboned on the agreement’s merits by Vice President Joe Biden.

Listen to Cy Musiker interview Jackie Speier on Obama tax deal



Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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