You know... its pretty obvious that the only reason why Republicans are unwilling to accept any deal that involves raising taxes on the wealthy. It's NOT because it may or may not directly or indirectly affect them monetarily, its that they know that raising the taxes will work. Confused? Its simple really, and its been the unspoken truth of this presidency. RACISIM! These old white representatives never accepted Obama simply because he's black. Since day 1 they have done everything to contradict and hurt the president even at the expense of the will of the people. Their prejudice is SO deep, they can't stand the fact that a black president will be accredited with saving the economy which in turn will save this country. So their only recourse is to reject it outright. Sad really, I wish they would introduce term limits because we really need to purge these dying, corrupt, racist old white guys with agendas.