Ultra right refuses to govern
The problem is, people who don't believe in government, can't (won't) govern. (In a democracy governing is not the same as just wielding power). The president of the United States can't solve this problem because it is not his job to write revenue bills -- those bills must by law originate in the House of Representatives. Thus, the Senate also cannot solve this problem because they can only accept or reject or reconcile revenue bills originated in the House and then passed again by the House. The dis-functionality of this system is built in, if the people responsible for writing a reasonable budget bill won't act to do so. We will either go over the so called "cliff" or we will get a stopgap measure that is really not going to solve any long term budget problems. The president's only real tool in all of this is the power to veto any bill that he deems irresponsible or too slanted in the favor of the "rich" vs. the "poor." Good luck everyone.