Republicans proposed individual mandates. Even instituted them in Mass. then lined up against them when Obama instituted them. Much of Obama care was from Republican proposals they refused to vote for. Closing tax loopholes was a republican proposal last year and now they refuse to support that idea. Only one conclusion can be drawn. The republicans want to see Obama fail more than they care about the economic state of the country. Why do they want to see this president fail? Why won't they attend White House dinners? Do I hear someone whistling Dixie?
They proposed closing loopholes and Pres. Obama refused. He wanted a tax increase, which he got. Now he wants tax loopholes closed, too. They've done their part. Let's see the spending increases reduced first. And no, I'm not calling them "cuts".
You've had 1.2 trillion in reduced spending increases. Do you like subsidizing oil companies or seeing wealth and income transferred from the middle class to the elite class? That is what those tax loopholes do.