Obama has no intentions of compromising with the republicans. This is a sham and a farce.The reason the republicans always come out looking bad in these meetings is they are honorable men negotiating in good faith. They are not good at playing nasty hardball with the liars and dishonorable counterparts. Yes, they need to learn the gutsy techniques of their foes. When Obama gives the middle class a big sweet tax cut in January with out Congress, he will again be the savior and the tax cuts will forever be called the "Obama tax cuts"' not the bush tax cuts. Our side is just too honest, honorable and naive.