It's tough to try to negotiate a deal to avert a disaster when one side of the negotiating wishes to precipitate a disaster.
Neville Chamberlain learned this much to his dismay.
In this case, however, there will not be a disaster if Obama refuses to negotiate a budget deal.
What will result is a massive amount of very hard and competent work for the President to prioritize spending to balance the budget.
Making the current President work hard and act competently at very difficult tasks really puts him, as Alinsky would say, out of his range of experience and at a big disadvantage.
As Chief Executive, he will have to make hard choices and piss people off.
Once he stops being able to be Mr Everything to Everyone and disguise and paper over our countries fiscal and economic problems by spending other people's borrowed money , he will crash and burn.
So will the rest of the Democrats.
That is why they are all in such a panic.
As to why the Socialist Democrats are panicking, I think you’ve hit the nail squarely on the head. They don’t want to work hard — making hard choices — they just want to feel good spending taxpayers’ money on the societal parasites.