Let us be clear, Obama is offering to raise income taxes on the upper middle class and if Republicans don't go along he will allow rates to increase on everybody else. We've heard the mantra, "tax cuts for the rich " so much we seem to believe it. Bush cuts were much larger on the lower brackets; they narrowed the base. Let it happen but in the mean time at least start pointing out that Obama wants to raise taxes on the lower brackets so he can spend more money, and Obama has never offered taxes on the super wealthy such as Buffett, Soros et al and other Obama supporters. Why is this so difficult for our dear leaders to say? Are they perhaps also picking our pockets?