#My2k: What $2,000 Means to Americans

If Congress fails to act before the end of the year, every American family’s taxes will automatically go up. A typical middle-class family of four would see their taxes rise $2,200 starting in 2013. Standing with middle-class families at the White House today, President Obama called on all Americans to speak out:

So today, I’m asking Congress to listen to the people who sent us here to serve. I’m asking Americans all across the country to make your voice heard. Tell members of Congress what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to you. Call your members of Congress, write them an email, post it on their Facebook walls. You can tweet it using the hashtag #My2K.

And they did. Take a look at what $2,000 means to Americans below, or over on Storify.

#My2k: What $2,000 means to Americans

If Congress fails to act before the end of the year, every American family’s taxes will automatically go up. A typical middle-class family would see its taxes rise by $2,200 next year. Americans across the country share what $2,000 means to them on Twitter with #My2k, facebook and at wh.gov/my2k.

Storified by The White House · Wed, Nov 28 2012 11:30:12

What does $2,000 mean to you? Tell us with #My2k http://pic.twitter.com/l0CBS0pWThe White House
#My2k is diapers, wipes, food & gas for me and my 2 year old son... We need this...Heather Martinez
Refinanced home 4 sons tuition, with higher payment a $2000 tax increase right now would be a hardship for me #MY2KMary Bademus
#My2K keeps my son in sports and guitar lessons for a year.Chelle Cleveland
#My2k pays rent, gas, food, student loans. Have to watch every dollar. Thank you @whitehouse for fighting for me.Jeff Strater
#My2k.. My wife and I agree with president, 2k a month means food on the table, medical bills paid and gas for our car. Do the right thing!LWJohnson
#My2K is needed to pay for my prescriptions. My neighbors need their 2K to help keep their son in college. Pass middle-class tax cut now!Basil Baker
I hope congress does the right thing and passes middle class tax cuts. #My2k is money that goes right back into the economygeejayeff
#My2k it means food on table, co-pays at the Drs office, gas in the car & our kids extra activities like gymnastics and swimming #RiseAbovePaige Peters
@whitehouse $2K is about what our family pays for therapy copays for our special needs children. #My2KDaniel Primavera
Helping buy a car for my daughter for college. I really need it!!!!!Maria Jacketti
#My2K is part of the house I'm saving up for with my husband, and the new car I need before my clunker finally bites it. Be nice to keep it.Leigh
#my2k is money to help my fiancee open her businessTony Dyche
#My2K would cover rent for a few monthsBen Waxman
#My2k means rent, student loans, and bills paid. It means gas in the car for work. Without it we would be forced to make some tough choices.Bridget Fraim
@whitehouse #2k means college tuition for my wife and I. We both work full time and go to school full time! #My2KDavid Reynoso
Gas in the car. My husband drive 83 miles one way to work 5 days a week. We spend a minimum of $100 a week just on gas.Sher Grotts

A year ago, during another big fight to protect middle class families, tens of thousands of working Americans called and tweeted and emailed to make their voices heard. The same thing happened earlier this year when college students across the country stood up and demanded that Congress keep rates low on student loans. When the American people speak out they help get things done in Washington -- and today, the President asked the American people to once again to add their voices to this effort.