Obama can not and will not negotiate fairly, because he thinks that his ideas are best. Rather, he will continue to pursue the "fairness" theme, which is really a redistribution of income, approach. I personally think that the Republicans should accede to his increasing the top 2 tiers of tax rates to those rates which were in effect under Clinton (i.e., the top rate would rise from 35% to 39.6%), but insist on holding the rate on Cap Gains, Dividends, and Interest at the current rates. Then, they should insist on real, immediate, cuts in spending--not just promises to do so in the future. I could find $50 B per year in the DoD budget whisch would not harm national defense, before noon and without working up a sweat.