The Republicans have a bad hand and they are doing what they can.
President Obama wants to continue tax and spend with no change to the annual trillion dollar deficits.
The Obama administration has added the cost of two wars to the budget ad infinitum, thereby increasing the budget permanently each year as if two wars were being fought. Even if he cuts, the cuts will only be to the increases he has built into his spending.
Speaker Boehner does not want to raise tax rates and proposed eliminating some loopholes. President Obama proposed the same thing only a few short years ago. He was for it before he was against it.