Here’s another example of the Progressive view of negotiations.
In public statements, [Treasury Secretary Timothy, who has joined the negotiations] Geithner has suggested he will hold the line on the core White House demand to raise tax rates on wealthier Americans. If “people look at this and look at it carefully, they’ll come to the judgment we reached,” he said at a Wall Street Journal conference earlier this month, adding that this meant “higher rates” and limits on tax deductions.
Because, of course, they’re right; anyone with any sense will agree with them, so that question is closed.
This is consistent with the new Obama position of being willing to discuss only tax raises, with spending cuts and entitlement reform completely off the table. Progressives will talk about them later. They promise.