For starters, let's call "revenue" what it really is - taxes. Some people seem to think that the federal government just has money falling from the heavens into the national treasury, but make no mistake about it: the only income the government has is what it confiscates in taxes. Obama doesn't have a "stash" - that money belongs to we, the people.
The president told Barbara Walters he doesn't believe Republicans will hold "middle class tax cuts hostage". Let's be clear here: no one is getting a tax cut next year. One of two things is going to happen: either the current tax rates stay the same, at least for most of us, or taxes will rise. But there are no cuts being discussed and the language being used is meant to deceive and mislead.
The political antics on both sides are frustrating and disgusting. Wouldn't it be refreshing if politicians, for once, stored their egos away and put the interest of the country first? I won't hold my breath on this one.