The Obama administration is able to blame the next recession, which will be worst than the last in my opinion, on the Republicans and pushed the country deeper into class warfare. Obama is deliberately driving us off the fiscal cliff so that the tax increases coincide with the healthcare increases that are coming due. The low information voter will not be able to distinguish between the two and will focus all the blame on the Republicans.
When the Republicans offered to tax millionaires and billionaires the media played the administration line that the Republicans by taxing millionaires and billionaires were actually giving the millionaires and billionaires a tax reduction. Go figure!