Republicans are getting closer to either admitting they work exclusively for a small handful of rich people or are just the party of those people who shout at clouds. Obama has put more budget cuts on the table than the majority of Republican voters are comfortable with and if they realized what it will really cost them they will be far less comfortable. In return Obama asked for the closing of a few loopholes the super rich enjoy, things no small or even medium sized business gets to take as deduction on taxes.
The Republican response is to trot out the same old talking points and even Republicans voters are starting to catch on. This is why Obama was able to raise record contributions and half were from new donors.
Trickle down from the rich, growth from austerity, cutting taxes raises revenue. Anybody with an IQ above room temperature should see these as obvious lies. Even if they sound appealing in the hypothetical (something for nothing by magic always is) and you picture yourself in the same boat with the millionaires who tell you these things so why would they lie, well the results of the last thirty years should be proof enough.
Thirty years ago there were no billionaires and now you have Wall Street pirates with multi-billion annual incomes and they pay 15% tax. The solution to the lack of jobs that all the Republican candidates are putting forth is to cut their taxes to zero. Taxes aren't for the job creators, after all taxes are for people who work for a living.
The fact is that the rich haven't stopped paying for government, they just pay for it from buying Treasuries. The trillions in revenue shortfall that we've had since the Bush tax cuts took effect has been made up by the rich. What else are they going to do with that much money? Create jobs? Please!
The rich don't want this problem fixed because it's not a problem. They just want to take public assets as payment until they own it all. Great scam if nobody catches on. But hey, once they own it all it will start to trickle down to the rest of us, won't it? "But, but, I've voted Republican all my life, why do I have to go live in a camp?"