The so-called compromise which Obama has made concerning tax cuts and extension of unemployment benefits seems to me to be nothing other than a surrender. A surrender is not a compromise.
What did Congressional Progressives get for their gift to rich people? Nothing. Is there any promise that Republicans will cooperate in any other area the Democrats want to work on? Not that I've heard of. Who can doubt that the poor and middle class are now at the mercy of the "malefactors of great wealth" as President Roosevelt said 70 years ago? Not I.