On Monday our president, in an effort to look strong, said he would veto any deficit reduction bill that comes short of giving him everything he wants.
In this case, he wants $1.5 trillion in tax increases on the upper 1 percent and corporations, mostly through letting the Bush tax rates expire and closing loopholes.
Before the sun set, or even before his words finished echoing through Washington, GOP leaders said “no way.” They said any proposed tax increase would be dead on arrival in Congress.
 More of the same. But the stakes are higher. Prepare for more than $1.2 trillion in defense and entitlement spending — labeled the automatic triggers — as a result of the debt ceiling legislation.
Both sides of the aisle have been working to undermine the joint House-Senate supercommittee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in cuts by firing shots across the other party’s bow. They’ve been taking options off the table, even before the committee began its work.
Our only hope of fixing what ails Washington is November 2012. When we go to the polls, we need to consider what has played out the past few years. The divide, one that seems to be the size of the Royal Gorge, between the competing visions of what is best for America (or at least core constituencies) seems irreconcilable.
If they can’t allow a committee to do its work, nor are willing to negotiate seemingly anything in good faith, we ask why they bother to put on the charade of trying.

— Kansan editorial board