5. I think the President is doing this because it's the only bait left that might get Rs to the table.
Think about that for a minute. Obama's trying to negotiate with people who will be satisfied with nothing less than the destruction of our safety net. Instead of adopting their memes, he needs to call them out for what they are: destroyers of America.
The current crop of Republicans will never play nice, and it's time to stop pretending they might.