We seriously need to break out of the two party system way of thinking...There is more to life than Democrats and Republicans...
It is hard to compromise when the two sides are so far apart. I see the federal government as the problem, others see it as the solution. I want to shrink the federal government, others want to expand it to take over large parts of the economy. I want individuals to take control of their lives, others see them as victims that can't help themselves.
Now - if you want to talk about minimizing the size of the Federal Government and lets tackle the other issues on the state or local level - I see room to compromise. Then I am willing to do more programs to help individuals out of poverty.
On the Federal level - no way - I can't compromise my beliefs, and I am not willing to surrender my liberty and freedom so someone else can be taken care of cradle to grave.