Ms Charen, Two points to reconsider. While Americans did re-elect Obama they also re-elected a republican house. I do not see this as a time to retreat on any ideological battle. The second point is this; if Americans were so behind this tax the rich mentality why do we not see 98% of people supporting higher taxes on 2% of people. You see this is a line in the concrete, not the sand. If our reps decide to redraw it, they will lose the confidence of the people who re-elected them and they also lose a great opportunity to speak to those Americans who do not understand the economic theory that rebutts anti-revenue tax the rich propaganda.