Obama has been negotiating in good faith. He has compromised more than half way.
But the Republican extremists controlled by Grover Norquist refuse to raise taxes on million dollar incomes. Millionaires and billionaires are being protected by the billionaire Koch Bros thru their lobbyist Grover Norquist.
Grover won't allow taxes to be raised on millionaires and billionaires even though the rates are the lowest in 60 years!
They will not compromise because Grover will primary challenge against any congressman that does compromise.