Point 1: The starting point for negotiation around the fiscal cliff is current law, and current law already raises tax rates on the wealthy, so we don't need to negotiate FOR that point AT ALL! If Republicans want to put that change in law back on the table, they need to offer something monumental in return!
Point 2: Is keeping lower taxes for the middle class a bargaining chip? If so, whose chip is it to offer and/or fight for? Democrats should OFFER to keep taxes low on the middle class in EXCHANGE for something we want and force the GOP to either fight for lower middle class taxes or admit that their "low tax" stance is a really just a pro-wealth stance. Am I missing something?