while your heart is in the right place and you are correct, the best thing is for Republicans to just vote present and let Obama have all the tax hikes and spending he wants. It was clear from the last election the children blame Republicans. It's a PR war and we need to make Obama own it. Just let him have what he wants, things will go to hell even more so and he can't escape blame as long as Repubs don't obstruct. It will get worse but maybe a tough love is in order.