Let me break this down for you. You're NOT quite right. The repubs want the tax rate to stay the same for 100% Obama wants to exclude the top 2%, that's HIS condition.<quoted text>
Let me try to break this down for you.
President Obama thinks that tax rates for 98% of Americans should stay as they are now.
The GOP thinks that the tax rates for those very same 98% of Americans should stay as they are now.
They AGREE on that.
President Obama will sign that legislation today without any condition.
The GOP won't pass it.
Reasonable people don't have any problem looking at that scenario and knowing who is at fault.
Since you can't see that scenario, I guess that does NOT make you one of the reasonable ones on this issue.
It is guesstimated that the top 2% will be paying 80-85 billion more a year. Many are owners or heads of international companies. Do you think that most will leave their wealth open to such pillaging? Of course not. And that includes the Kennedys, Gates, Bush's, Soros, Clintons etc.
They will protect their money with trust funds & overseas investments. They are not stupid or they would not be wealthy. That is why doing away with or diminishing loop holes would be better than blatantly chasing their money away. It will do more good on shore than off shore.