I think Obama wants taxes to go up on everyone. He wants to continue to increase spending, revenues have to come from somewhere. He seems to think that if he is able to raise taxes on everyone, he will have more to spend. It is the flawed logic of the economic illiterate. But, this way he will blame the Republicans for allowing taxes to increase. He will claim he wants a compromise, but will continue to obfuscate and change what he wants in a deal. Just remember, if you want to fundementally change society, you have to destroy the old society first.