It seems that John Boehner and the Republican leadership are also trying to join the Santa Claus act, as this source illustrates. Boehner proposed a tax increase of $800 billion, a cut of spending by $1.4 trillion, but NO substantive reforms to entitlement programs. In a letter to Obama, Boehner said, "… we [Republican leadership] recognize it would be counterproductive to publicly or privately propose entitlement reforms that you and the leaders of your party appear unwilling to support in the near term."
To paraphrase someone (oh, yeah, Reverend Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright), "the chickens are coming home to roost." But, hey, you DLPs should be more than happy to bail out Detroit and its profligate spending. After all, it's only tax money.
But that's just my opinion.