Obama's motivations are very clear, the author just refuses to see them. Obama has played the game to get the power, and all the promises of lower spending were just lies.. just ways to get/stay in power. The goal here is to make taxes match spending, not spending match taxes. This is why in the first two years of term #1 the spending rate was raised to a 1 trillion dollar deficit. That is the goad. He knew full well most of his base wouldn't care about the deficit, since they don't even understand its implications. The entire game is about raising taxes and turning us into a full blown entitlement state (even more than now). That solidifies the radical left's position in a fundamental and nearly irreversible way.