The Rev. Jesse Jackson had a few things to say about the recent debt crisis. Jackson claims that President Obama should have been “tougher” with the Republicans and less willing to compromise.
“He has a propensity to be trusting, on the side of reconciliation,” Jackson said to POLITICO. “He kind of underestimates how ideological these guys are and how determined they are to destroy him.”
Jackson felt that the White House was too quick to let Republicans get away with protecting the wealthy from tax increases and preventing cuts to defense, leaving President Obama to cut programs that assist the needy. He felt that the Republicans have been driving the debate.
“I think they’ve gotten used to watching him at some level give more ground,” said Jackson. “They feel they can keep pushing and he’ll keep giving. They have not seen a stiffness.”
Jackson felt that Obama should have drawn a line in the sand early on, stating that he would act unilaterally if Congress did not move on the matter.
“It’s going to be raised. The question is, what will the deal be?” Jackson said. “While we’ve been looking up at the ceiling being raised, the floor is sinking.”
Jackson felt that Obama needs to step up his game and become a more stubborn voice for working class, poor and middle class Americans.
“The people on the ground need a clearer, stronger, LBJ-type voice,” Jackson said. “He has that voice. It has to be used.”