Mr. Barone, put down the rag and tube of glue and back away slowly. Republicans have no need to compromise on the current terms. We control the House, which is where all spending bills originate, so merely pass a budget that eliminates the current, trillion dollar deficit, and provides for a 500 billion or so surplus. Accomplish this by zeroing out multiple Federal bureaucracies including the Dept.of Education, TSA, Fannie Mae/Freddie MAC, the absurd 'global-warming-I-mean-global-cooling-I-mean-climate-change-crisis' grants, and etc etc etc. -- Then start negotiations with Dems/progs from previous.