Ah, yes, the famous "tax cuts for the rich," per Katie Couric, for example. This lie was repeated and repeated, ad nauseum.
Well, let them expire and we've read a number of statistics about the consequences. Now we know that those in the LOWEST tax bracket would see a 10% increase in their tax burden. Add this to the payroll tax holiday and we are hitting those people pretty hard. I think this gives the Republicans a lot of leverage in the negotiations, and if they go along with Obama's game they will have shown some pretty unattractive stripes. It's not ideology, not TEA Party, or any other boogey man. It's common sense.