I agree with Joe 145 - the president would not get the blame. The Republicans would be blamed because they wouldn't raise taxes on "the rich". Simple as that. Never mind that if the government seized ALL of the income of the top 1% or 2%, it would barely make a dent in the deficit. We know that - but most voters don't. Unless the GOP gives 0bama everything he wants, they will be blamed for the economy not being able to recover. And we know that if they DO give him everything he wants, the economy will collapse. I say that's what we do. We're going to hell anyway - might as well speed things up so we can start the cleanup sooner.