Comment of the day:
“What a bunch of crooks and cowards.” –agt1419cxtEN
With only hours left of what was deemed a critical August 2 deadline, the U.S. Congress passed a compromise bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling. The bill calls for up to $2.4 trillion in savings over the next decade while raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. The last-minute compromise allowed the U.S. to narrowly avert default which may have had serious economic consequences.
But it was the lengthy back-and-forth process – with few signs of genuine compromise - leading up to the legislation that left CNN.com readers feeling less than enthused:
DonkeyHoatie said, “Bring back Bill Clinton. We had a huge surplus when he was president.”
vj900 said, “Why now? Why did it take to the very last day before the two parties got some sense and found a way to work together after months of fighting, walking out of meetings, etc? This is why the American people don’t trust the Congress.”
CrunkSwaggaG said, “Nice to know that the burdens of this debt deal will fall solely on the middle class. God forbid we ask millionaires and billionaires to make a shared sacrifice. Thanks Republicans. I'll remember this next election.”
JDriver777 responded, “Who do you think supplied many of these reps and senators with campaign funds? ‘Millionaires and billionaires.’ there's your answer.”
BinaryTruth said, “Republicans should worry about people like my Christian-conservative aunt who is no longer voting Republican for the first time in her life because of this.”
oddjob3422 said, “Nothing was even suggested that really would hit ‘millionaires and billionaires,’ by anyone. It's a good political buzz phrase; one that the President just loves, but why not actually attempt to tax those people?”
dub1045 said, “If there was any indication that increasing taxes on corporations would affect their profitability, the first thing they would do is to shed employees. Instead, with the profits the oil companies are enjoying, they are spending billions to ensure the continuation of profits and supply. That is great news. There should be no effort made to tax the wealth of people in this country.”
cnwilli said, “And God forbid we stop creating a larger burden by overspending...”
FauxNewz said, “Duh, 46 percent of Congress are millionaires, what did you expect?”
Kim125 said, “How can any thinking human being who is not a billionaire, and a greedy uncaring one at that, be a Republican after viewing this incident? The Tea Party is dead, or it should be. I've never seen such stubborn idiocy, even for a bribe, which is obviously why they did it.”
But CorruptUS said, “Even though I think this is a lose, lose situation for everyone....now can we get back to job creation and the economy? ending 2 10 year+ wars plus all the other myriad of things we NEED to fix?!"
And fleetingfree said, “The good thing is that now this is done and the GOP can’t stop the Bush tax cuts from expiring.”
In his CNN.com column this week, LZ Granderson (also a columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com) says GOP members are not doing themselves any favors by pandering to the tea partiers. He writes that Boehner should work to censure them and deny them GOP resources. And because the country needs a third party, he says tea partiers could split off and create their own.
What did readers think of his column? Commenters mainly think the GOP should cut the tea party loose, while others said that would be a mistake.
truerunner said, “A good piece of advice for the GOP to remember, ‘never hitch your wagon to a falling star.’ It is becoming more evident daily that people in this country are losing their patience with those who'd put their temper tantrums ahead of the nation. GOP has played with fire. These last weeks they did a poor job of hiding their burns.
But brain419 responded, “Losing patience? Are you kidding me? It's the Tea Party that’s lost patience with incompetent politicians who have no idea of what fiscal responsibility is. Deal with it and stop killing the future with debt!”
giggie said, “Well said.....exactly my sentiments. Unfortunately, the polls still show that some people are still dazzled by the baggers. I just can't figure it out. What are these people voting for....a Christian country that rewards and worships Jesus and corporate America? The only poor people they want to protect is the unborn fetus. Once you’re born forget about their protections.”
HJCihak said, “Unfortunately, LZ, you've missed the point. The Republicans are kowtowing to the Tea Baggers because, without them, they won't be a majority party, and being the majority party is more important than anything else.”
leadbelly66 said, “Cut the Tea Party loose after the service they've done for the country? Are you kidding me? I applaud them for forcing an issue that both traditional parties would rather ignore.” RKen responded, “The Tea Party is the only one ignoring issues here. Did you notice the June job report was one of the lowest of the year? Did you read the article as to why? It was because government hiring was near-non-existent, and this will only get worse now that we’re cutting spending further.”
JenniferUCD said, “Hello Teabaggers. Your time is limited. Scream and kick all you want, but even your Republican cousins want you out. You've proved nothing with your arrogant and ignorant temper tantrums except that you are a bad for this country. Sure you've changed the discussion in politics, but you have ultimately shown that the Tea Party mantra of ‘I've got mine and I don't give a crap about you’ is an all out disaster when it comes to running a country of 300 million people.”
JustTruth1 said, “I don't agree with John McCain very often, but he hit the nail on the head referring to the actions of the Tea Party representatives as 'Bizarro.' ANYBODY who would hold our economy hostage for an amendment to the Constitution that the American people have not given FULL consideration to is more than just Bizarro. It's a traitorous act.” Guest responded, “It would have been even more awesome if, after saying that, McCain hadn't promptly gone on Hannity and claimed to like and respect the Tea Party. Remember, this is the guy who gave us Sarah Palin. I'd love to think his ‘bizarro’ comment was sincere, but I just can't be sure.”
JOSEMORALESS said, “What a hack. If the Tea Party wasn't around both parties would keep spending, spending, spending … The last time we got a balanced budget was when a Republican congress reigned in spending and grew the economy so without the TEA PARTY we wouldn't be talking about fiscal responsibility.”
freedom522 said, “Time to investigate the funding for the Tea Party; extremism destroys the country. We should know that by now.”
avon13 said, “Just hearing the name "Michele Bachmann" makes me cringe. Tea party supporters baffle me. notation responded, “They baffle me, too. But my reaction to those in power who use them to further an agenda is one of horror.”
On a much different note, there was cause for celebration at CNN.com; iReport, CNN’s citizen journalism initiative, turned 5 years old today. The team has come a long way - their first report was about a hot squirrel in Indiana and now they have thousands of iReporters around the world capturing major news and events, becoming an integral part of most major news stories in the past 5 years.
CNN.com readers and iReporters posted their congratulations:
apandrew said, “Happy Birthday team iReport!! Congrats on 5 amazing years! Here's to many more!”
RomaniaScene said, “La multi ani, iReport! CNN has made the Romania Peace Corps' third goal reach around the world!”
Sunsetlady said, “Congratulations to a great team whom we, iReporters, share common interests, values and passion.”
ander said, “Greetings from Iceland and Happy 5th birthday, CNN iReport.”
Sunethra said, “Happy Birthday from Sri Lanka. Love that photo of the team jumping down the steps; wish I had copy of it.”
Bellydancer said, “Happy Birthday! What a great forum! I can't believe I am still keeping up w/ it, but it has become part of my daily routine to read and comment on posts. Thanks CNN!”
seeitnow said, “Millions of iReporters on the ground and on the scene have contributed greatly to our world of eyewitness reporting. Perhaps the most inspiring aspect of iReports for me is the steadily increasing quality of the iReports. I am finding an ever increasing number of people that look to iReporters for their news. Congratulations Lila and your team and thank you so much for taking a chance on this/us! Much Metta. Percy"
queersmurf said, “I registered on iReport just after the 2008 election, not because of the election, but because the day after the election Prop. 8 passed in California. I happened to be on iReport that day reading through some of, what I've now come to know are the very typical and common anti-gay sound bytes and talking points, and was so moved by the sheer amount of hate and ignorance being tossed around on the topic that I decided to register so that I might at least do what I could to counter some of the more vile and completely unfounded opinions being offered up.
In the end, the significance of what iReport offers people who otherwise would feel that they have no voice at all, is at the very least a place that they can be creative, vent their frustrations, or simply post a report for no other reason than to start a conversation about a topic that they feel needs to be talked about more.”
ChrisMorrow said, “I think one of the coolest iReports I was a part of was giving 5th graders the opportunity to ask a question to astronauts in space. A truly out of this world experience. :)”
Punal said, “Congratulations! This is a window to the world. We look for it."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.