For BO specifically, raising tax rates has nothing to do with raising revenue. He's stated it clearly himself. It's all about his warped, bastardized, corrupt, evil, wholly condemnable sense of fairness. He simply believes that people shouldn't be rich and that anyone that is has no right to their wealth. Don't delude yourself into thinking that you can negotiate with this 3rd rate psychopath. Quit negotiating - you're just digging a deeper hole. We should be preaching the benefits of the cliff. It will cause all of our tax rates to rise truly fairly. It actually flattens the tax rates even if they go up. Sure it would be better to raise revenue by eliminating deductions, but then BO can't force people to do what he wants.