President Obama doesn’t want a deal on the fiscal cliff. If you don’t believe so, just read his own words. Last summer he called for a plan that is essentially what Republicans have offered, but now he says such a plan is essentially stupid, that it could never work.
President Obama, July 2011: “Give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates. It could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions and engaging in a tax reform process that could lower rates generally while broadening the base.”
President Obama, December 2012: “It’s just a matter of math. You know, there’s been a lot of talk, that somehow we can raise $800 billion or a trillion dollars worth of revenue just by closing loopholes and deductions. … That’s not a realistic option.”
He has never been serious about this fiscal cliff. He gets what he wants and then says the math doesn’t work. Sadly most people in this country are too stupid to look this type of stuff up and think that he cares and is serious because he gives a speech. They never look at his actions or how he changes the goal posts once he gets his way, just like with the debt ceiling debate last summer. Republicans caved and gave him what he wanted in tax increases and then he pushed his luck and yet the Republicans get the blame.