You're exactly right here. He's negotiating with himself. He's so desperate for a deal that he keeps making proposals only for each to be shot down all the while offering more and more concessions. Bring on the fiscal cliff. Taxes rates will rise and flatten addressing the deficit to a small degree - good. Spending will be sequestered - even better. I haven't any idea why the Republicans should oppose any of this. Sure we don't want to pay higher taxes, but if spending isn't in any way restrained, it's meaningless.