Mary and DockyWocky, I'm not sure what you suggest. Your observations are fine--Obama's not serious, has a hidden agenda, etc. Of course that's true.
So my suggestion is that Republican House members hold fast to their position and let him walk over the "fiscal cliff." If they won't blink first Obama will own the tax increase AND the spending cuts. Delicious! Hoisted by his own petard.
If Republicans blink, as they usually do, no matter how well-conceived and/or well-articulated their plan they'll get hammered by the Dems and the media. They can't win that game.
I hope they stand pat. McConnell is right. The Obama volley is laugh-out-loud non-serious, and not worthy of a parry. Let him walk himself right into his own trap.