Overheard on CNN.com: Beyond frustrated with debt stalemate
July 26th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Beyond frustrated with debt stalemate

As debt ceiling talks continue, last night both sides presented reasons for a stalled solution. President Barack Obama called the political showdown "no way to run the greatest country on Earth" while House Speaker John Boehner insisted that excessive government spending is the root cause of America's financial problems and that expenditure cuts are the only solution.

Based on their comments, CNN.com readers are frustrated by the deadlock and many blame Republicans and House Speaker Boehner for not being willing to compromise.

Comment of the morning:

“It's looking to me kinda like grandma won't get her SS check because we invaded Iraq needlessly. That's pretty hard to swallow.” - ArooMadazda

Where’s the compromise?

Here's what else our readers had to say on the issue:

MasterJ51503 said, “Other than surrendering himself for impeachment, President Obama has given the Republican party EVERYTHING they desire. This is about as much compromise from Democratic leadership I have seen in decades, and the Republicans un-willingness to strike a deal on such circumstances that favor them tremendously only shows their true agenda: they want to paint Obama as a "failure.”

aahawks said, “No matter which side you are on, the President said one important word: "Compromise." From what I see, Obama is willing to make cuts and meet in the middle. The Republicans are not willing to meet in the middle. It’s their way or no way. Compromise is how we get things done.”

TorukMakto said, “Can we get the approval ratings for Boehner? I thought Bush was bad, but I have never seen a politician so openly threaten to let the U.S. economy get destroyed as long as the wealthy and corporations continue to enjoy the Bush TAX CUT.”

adamThegr8 said, “Obama speaks to you. Bohner speaks at you.”

Samuel27 said, “Boehner's speech boiled down to ‘Do what I say, and no one gets hurt!’”

TryLogic said, “Hey, Boehner: It's not a blank check. It's a debt ceiling increase, which has happened 74 times since 1962. And it's for exactly $2.4 trillion. Stop holding our nation hostage with politics.”

TheRealist20 said, “Boehner chooses to make extra cuts to Medicare and Social Security so he can preserve tax CUTS that were supposed to expire anyway, for the wealthiest 2 percent of the population. What a total slime ball.

Switters02 said, “Boehner cannot get his 'plan' passed by the House – 39 Republican Representatives have SIGNED A PLEDGE not to vote for it. Priceless.......”

anonyname said, “Remember, Speaker Boehner, if you break, it you own it. While you try to blackmail the President to keep millionaires and billionaires from paying more taxes, you are in GRAVE danger of being the guy who places the last straw that craters our economy. Do you want to be remembered forever as the guy who did that?”

Guest responded, “It's the President who doesn't UNDERSTAND the economy. He has NO background to be in the position as the President. It's showing BIG time here.

zzbbe said, “For some strange reason Boehner is determined to reelect Obama. His performance last night must have been worth many million votes for the Democrats.”

ihantotta said, “Poor Boehner. He looked so pathetic. He had to get up in front of the whole country and tell us that his party won't lift a finger for the common man.”

Truthwins101 responded, “Any sane person listening to Boehner last night would never be able to vote for Obama again in a million years. If you pull the lever for Obama in 2012 it speaks VOLUMES about your lack of mental capacity.”

brianguy123 said, “Obama's speech rambles about the year 2000, teachers, firefighters and corporate jets, none of which have anything to do with the issues at hand. The guy is from Pluto. He is not living in the real world.”

CorruptUS said, “If I had to choose right now between the plans presented last night. Hands down would I choose the one Obama was pushing.”

apaige said, “President Obama explained the debt ceiling crisis in everyday language to many Americans who didn't understand how serious this situation has become. He asked for balance and compromise while Boehner spent his time attacking the President. More importantly, the President told the country how a small cult of extremists have taken over the government and produced this very dangerous and unnecessary stalemate.”

ChefCHEESE said, “I watched President on TV last night and I think his plan makes 100% sense. The Republicans are an arrogant bunch of people who act as if they are still in power. I hope the voters will realize that and given them a real beating in election in 2012.”

gman90210 said, “Obama is openly lying to you. 'Tax the millionaires and billionaires'. Then in the same speech the plan is to tax 250k+, which is closer to zero than a million. Democrats can't understand simple math, blindly following a clueless leader who only cares to kick the can down the street to get past the next election instead of solving real problems.”

BobnLA said, “What is sad is that the President has to ask people to get involved in their own future. Getting a phone number or email address for any politician is simple- Google them. The real problem? Most Americans don't know who their representatives are!”

fiskenmann said, “Contact your lawmakers? Sorry, Mr. President, our lawmakers in South Dakota do not respond to voters unless you give them a check!!!”

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (2,307 Responses)
  1. Big John

    The talk of budget cutting is just that, ALL TALK. There will be no serious budget cuts because neither party has the cojones to do them. Every spending program has its own interest group that will scream if there are cuts, and of course both parties are scared to death of losing their political contributions. The GOP wouldn't even vote to cut the ethanol subsidy. Ye Gods, if you can't even agree to cut the ethanol subsidy, how could anyone seriously expect them to cut anything else? This will never work as long as one group or another perceives that somebody else is getting a better deal. The only way the cuts will work is if there is a salami slice, everybody cuts 10% from their budget. If everyone hurts equally, it's not quite so painful. Clinton did that and it worked, which is how Clinton nearly ended up with a surplus. Meanwhile, the deficit can also be reduced by putting taxes back on the rich the way they were under Clinton ... which BTW is far, far less than they were under the old Republican presidents such as Eisenhower (90% max rate) and Nixon (70% max rate). And why tax the rich? Because they have the money! Who else is going to be able to pay? You can't get blood out of a turnip.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karen Matheny

    At one time, when individuals conspired to deliberately act to commit acts designed to destroy governmental processes, and the right of the government to govern, it was called treason, was it not? Bringing down the country for political gain only? Is this not similar? Is it now a government of the rich, for the rich, by the rich? Goodbye middle class.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Funny too that when people starting seeing the light about the Iraq war and were blaming Bush for the mess, all those on Fox were screaming "TRAITORS, TRAITORS..You can't speak ill of our President during wartime". What a joke – we're still in wars and that's all they do to this President. Yes, what ever did become of actually being punished for treason.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FLConservative

    After reading these comments I have to believe that most commentor's have not done their homework regarding raising the debt ceiling and the grave financial trouble our country is in. Raising the debt ceiling is a temporary fix, raising taxes is a temporary fix, playing the blame game is a temporary fix. We need responsible adults in Washington having serious conversations regarding HOW we got here and HOW were get to fiscally responsible practices. Everyone is expressing that we need to negotiate. Negotiating is fine is you can first idenitfy the problem. I sadly believe that the President, Congress and apparently the American people do not fully understand problem, therefore, whatever is done will only make things worse down the road. Adios America

    July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DB402L

    I have been a lifelong Republican (I voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagon-twice, Bush 1) then turned Independent with Perot. I am now vowing to be an FDR Democrat going forward. They might go too far with compassion for the poor, but at least they are true to loving this country. This bunch of Republicans are like their benefactors- Multi-National & Global. They wrap themselves in the flag, as they tear our country apart. When we start with a Centrist President, we start the negotiations from the middle & negotiate to end up somewhere in the middle of the right's agenda. We are giving away the store unnecessarily.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wise Man

    There will be no default or skipping of social security checks. There is plenty of money coming in to pay those. Now the FCC or the EPA may have to shut down but what harm is that. Ignorance of the reality of the fiscal wreckage of our nation is no excuse. There is pletnty of information available to understand reckless spending has caused this mess. In 1980 millionaires were taxed at 70% and paid less of the total tax burden than they do now while taxed at 35%. Revenue is not the problem. And if the government confiscated 100% of their income it woukd just be a drop in the bucket in a 14 trillion dollar debt. Obama is adding $4 billion a day to the debt on fiscal failures. It's time to face facts and ignore the political rhetoric.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1income2jobs

    Recall them all. And impeach. NOW.
    No-one should be paid for a high-stakes staring contest.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      How can you blame people who are willing to compromise when one side says NO to everything?! Not much anyone can do with that! Or would you rather they give in to the total extortion, blow us all away and at least have it settled?!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Meep Zorp

    Save yourself and screw them (my thoughts and probably theirs toward us as well). They will never get it right. It's like watching a bunch of overgrown kids on the playground. A bunch of overpaid megalomaniacs who have no idea what it's like to have a real job or worry day to day how they will get screwed in the end by their overlords or how they will take care of the ones they love. I don't hate many things but I hate the lie that is America. Land of the fee and home of the slave. Makes me sick every day.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vicky

    I'd love to contact Rep. Paul Ryan but his email,web page are down. Imagine that, huh.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rastronomicals

    I have written both my senators, my representative, and the White House, and have told each that I support the President, and I can recognize obstructionism when I see it.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Boston

      Why is it whenever the Republicans express their views its obstructionism and when the dems do it's compromise. Do you believe than whenever anyone has a different belief than you do it's wrong, simply because it conflicts with your own?

      July 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    I think it is time for you politicians to crap or get off the pot. All this political wrangling to keep your pockets lined with lobby money needs to stop. You were elected to represent the people and not the companies. The people have said enough, get it done and quit the whining. I am a retired military member, have been paying into social security and Medicare for years and you folks have gutted them both. Give me my money back; I will invest it where it will take care of me in retirement. Close the loop holes on big businesses, tax the hell out of them if they try to ship jobs overseas, quit funding other countries military efforts since we can't pay our troops, get rid of the free hand outs to people who don't want to work. Get rid out your free healthcare, start paying your share and not exempting yourself from everything everyone else has to pay for.

    Something needs to be done and I think the best way to get things done would to be vote out all you career politicians and let the government get back to being for the people, by the people. Not for the companies/lobbyists, by you guys try to make it rich.

    Step up, wear the big boy pants and get it fixed.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      Just Right!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dr. Ken Minarik

    Obama has played his hand masterfully. I could not get through to local congressman Manzullo's office ever since the President's speech. Obama has played the role of centrist in this budget battle and he is pulling the public firmly into his camp. The DNC is already sending out emails about the true possibility of a Democratic House and Senate in 2012. Mr. green tie Boehner looked even more red faced and angry during his rebuttal. This was classic Nixon vs. Kennedy television theater. Love him or hate him, you must admit that this President knows how to rope-a-dope like Ali.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Well said. Let's just hope & pray it works out the way he intends it.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Boston

      Hate to bust your bubble doc, but if the next election is like the last, there's a solid chance the dems will lose the senate as well as the house. In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of voters out there who agree with the tea party and believe it is simply wrong to continue to spend money we don't have.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marcia

    I hope Obama gets nothing he wants. He's a whiney baby!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Ridiculous – just another hater that can't see the light.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terrance

    The President is for the poor and middle class/ he has lived the life of a poor middle class human being. He understand the trouble of the middle class. Added he is extremely smart and careing, no hidden agend but only to help his country men live better lives. If we has people use our common sense and our good will to man kind sense of honor you can't help but to see this man is good . I would go so far as to say he is sent by God! Bless our President and help the selfish know that we all are god people. He is only asking for what is fair and just.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Truth

      I agree, he is sincere and wants to do what is best for the country.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Boston

      Come on let's not go completely overboard. The guy went to Columbia and Harvard Law School and makes a 7 or 8-figure income from his books alone. It must have been quite a struggle.
      .
      I hate to bring this up and completely ruin your day, but there's an outside chance he is saying what he is saying mostly because he wants to win his next election.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. boatvolt

    Being in a position of power and using it to your own ends at the expense of the nation used to be called "treason"...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg

    I don't care about the Republicans.
    I don't care about the Democrats.

    I'm sick and tired of finger pointing. Both parties have too much political baggage to get anything done.

    If there was ever a need for a REAL 3rd political party this shows it.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      We built a third party with Perot. When it was still small, weak & vulnerable, the Republicans came & took it over (remember Pat Buchanan??) He wasn't exactly middle of the road Repub, either. We need everyone being truly INDEPENDENT and thinking for themselves. Not another Party to be bought out.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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