we are both reasonable men, and willing to accept some compromise to work out a deal personally, I hate taxes and think they suck out the lifeblood of the economy but I will cave on raising the rates on the top 2% (even though I think it is a bad idea and opens up a slippery slope.) and we both agree the so called "defense" budget is bloated. He'll give up 10%, I think we could go a lot more before we would ever feel scared. But that's a deal. Social? Nobody in his right mind is going to cut funding for something like "The Program to Help Minority Kids Read Better" Do you really want your name on that bill? So he has agreed to cut social spending 10% across the board, without singleing out any one program which always has a good name. so that's what we agreed on. Keep the bush rates for 98%, raise the rates on the top 2% cut military by 10% cut social across the board by 10% none of us like it, and don't even know if it will help but it's a deal which at the moment seems reasonable, until we can come up with something better. then both of us can get together and discuss the solvency of medicare.