I suggest letting the whole thing rise. Go ahead, RAISE MY TAXES.
Don't make any changes to any taxes until the Bush Tax Cuts expire, period.
Then if the Republicans scream, and they will, introduce (drumroll)
THE OBAMA TAX CUTS!!! Full of nutritious pro-middle-class warfare! Under $250,000! Healthy and Tasty!
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And let the Republicans vote against them.
[photoshopped from the box of cereal designed by workers in Battle Creek, Michigan, for the President and Vice-President.]