How about this as something that the House GOP could do, if they could muster the testosterone?
-- make the current rates permanent for just about everybody or maybe even lower them a bit,
-- actually RAISE rates substantially for those making more than some suitable amount,
-- adjourn for Christmas.
The question is whose taxes are going to be raised. That should be easy. Find out the threshold at which 99% of small business owners are left untouched and then sock it to the likes of Soros, Buffett, etc.: wages, salaries, tips, cap gains, dividends--you name it--let them have it, good and hard. Buffett pays 90% on his cap gains? Oh, too bad! Boo hoo!