At the same time, he said any agreement must include increased government revenue. Attempting to blunt Republican criticism, he said he also wants to extend existing middle class tax cuts.
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"The tax cuts I'm proposing we get rid of are tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, tax breaks for oil companies and hedge fund companies and jet owners," he said.
Sound bites aren't going to solve this dilemma. Obama needs to go on the road and make speeches that rally support and create new supporters. He needs to move the numbers in the polls, in order to persuade politicians to stop playing games/threatening to not pay America's debts. He needs to take his case directly to the voters. Waiting another day for either political party to show real leadership is a waste of time.
When independents and moderate Republicans start telling pollsters they've changed their minds and decided to back the president, we'll see some progress.