Ridiculous. You seem to forget that existing law is to let ALL of the temporary Bush tax cuts expire. THAT is the status quo. At this point, we can let all of the Bush tax cuts expire as Democrats want, we can let none of them expire as Republicans want, or we can let some of them expire and others remain.
Which position is the compromise?
You also seem to forget that the Bush tax cuts were considered so extreme at the time--when Republicans had full control of Congress and the White House--that their expiration was explicitly written into the law. Making ANY of the Bush tax cuts permanent is a compromise.
Yes, a small group of extremists has relentlessly adopted positions more and more extreme than ten years ago (and ridiculously more extreme by Reagan's standard). By no means does that mean the rest of us will or should follow you off that cliff.
Again, Obama is showing his leadership skills. He hasn't talked with the Speaker since July and just when he goes on TV to say he wants this done quickly and he will sign it, he is leaving the country for a week. How is he going to lead from the Far East?
His compromise is first increase taxes, then we will talk about cuts
which never happens.. and he offered no plan on his 4 trillion cuts??
He has not even offered a budget,, as he knows it will be trillions over budget
and he knows it.