The Bush tax cuts combined with the deregulation and pointless wars is what took our country away from a path toward eliminating the national debt. Every service that gets cut in an effort to balance the budget now is placing more burden on the lower income brackets. Furthermore, broadening the base means raising taxes on the poor. There's no way around that.
Class warfare you say? Yup. By the rich. Against the everyone else. An independent study of Romney's tax proposal shows a 5% decrease in taxes for the wealthiest of the wealthy while everyone else feels a greater burden. Yup. That's class warfare indeed. By the rich. Against everyone else.
Jazz, you fail to acknowledge that there is more than one way to achieve that goal. You only look for the way that involves no government intervention. Repealing DOMA and affirming the equal protection clause also would get us to the same place.
Allowing a law to sunset as it was designed is not holding the country hostage. This situation and the debt ceiling are not relevantly similar and it is highly disingenuous to proclaim otherwise.
Also, good job ignoring Romney's government-backed-fake-do-it-yourselfers