Obama to GOP: Iâ€™m Done Negotiating With Myself Perhaps the key lesson the White House took from the last couple of years is this: Donâ€™t negotiate with yourself. If Republicans want to cut Medicare, let them propose the cuts. If they want to raise revenue through tax reform, let them identify the deductions. If they want deeper cuts in discretionary spending, let them settle on a number. And, above all, if they donâ€™t like the White Houseâ€™s preferred policies, let them propose their own. That way, if the White House eventually does give in and agree to some of their demands, Republicans will feel like they got one over on the president. A compromise isnâ€™t measured by what you offer, itâ€™s measured by what the other side feels they made you concede.