Since day one of the first day of his first term in office, President Barack Obama has “bent over backwards” to try and extend the courtesy of bi-partisanship to Republicans, without reciprocation from “across the aisle.” But, this time, the president says, “No more.” It has happened, again and again — the president compromising on the needs of the people of the United States in deference to the wants of the Republican Party and those whose interests they serve. According to a report from Associated Press, Friday, Sep. 27, “This is the confrontational Obama, the ‘Make my day’ president.” AP says “This time, President Barack Obama says, he's not budging.”
He has said in the past there would be no compromise, but has given certain concessions in order to get most of that for which he had initially requested of the Republican-majority House. “In this round, however, the president and his aides maintain that when it comes to raising the government's borrowing authority and meeting its debt obligations, there's no bargaining,” writes Jim Kuhnhenn for AP.
The president has recent history as a reminder that Republican bullying is bad for the American economy. In 2011, the GOP bullied and threatened the country into an economic stasis; the government was, virtually, without motion or development. AP comments “the mere threat of default in 2011 rattled the economy, causing a downgrade in U.S. credit.” Frankly, public opinion tends to agree on social media sites. According to the Democratic National Committee, over 90,000 Democrats were surveyed the week of Sep. 15 “and one thing is clear: Everyone’s worried about Republican extremism.” In a new video parodying House Republicans introduced in a post by The Hill’s Cameron Joseph, the DNC calls congressional Republicans “hostage-takers,” accusing them of using “government funding and the debt ceiling as leverage for their priorities.”