Let the Republicans be intransigent on their wet-dream of cutting Social Security, Medicare and other programs helping the 99% while fighting for a bloated defense budget, favoring tax breaks for the massive agri-businesses masquerading as gentlemen farmers, refusing to adjust capital gains tax to a more equitable level vis-a-vis income tax and fighting for the elitist estate tax rates. You say Obama has no more leverage? Wait until the 2014 elections. He can pass off every economic misfortune onto the Republicans since the Republicans are still concerned with protecting the country-club class to everyone else's detriment. You plutocrats and your bootlickers are going to get a real comeuppance in 2014.