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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  1. ARND

    We Americans need to join together to resolve this debt crisis. It threatens us all. If everyone on this website contributed to reduce the national debt, and encouraged their friends and family to do so, and so on and so on, we could raise millions (if not billions) to help reduce the debt and secure our nation. Our nation is in a financial crisis. Our political and economic future is being threatened. We could lose much of our sovereignty to foreign creditors (as happened to Greece and Ireland). Our leaders MUST adopt responsible financial legislation. BUT, WE ALSO HAVE TO HELP OUR NATION IN ITS TIME OF NEED. Together, we the people, are a very powerful force. We need to unite together to fix this problem before it is too late (and it is getting very close). One organization, the Association to Reduce the National Debt, Inc., is uniting Americans to resolve the debt crisis. They are a non-partisan, non-profit charity spreading the word about the debt AND helping to pay down the debt. Imagine if everyone who liked this page donated $5.00/month to help reduce the national debt, and they got their friends to do so, and those friends got their friends, etc? We would raise millions and possible even billions to save our nation for our children. As we spread the word across Facebook and the internet the number would rise exponentially! We can be the answer. LET'S MAKE THIS GO VIRAL AND BE THE ANSWER TO OUR DEBT CRISIS. WE CAN TAKE BACK AMERICA! WE CAN FIX WHAT WASHINGTON CANT! Please support the Association to Reduce the National Debt. Find them on facebook or the web, "like" them. Donate. Spread the word!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • compromise

      I have attempted to call my congress representatives. I have ran into the following scenarios:

      1) the phone rings for at least 30 seconds then the automated
      machine picks up and it will ask me if i want to leave a message
      push 1 to leave a message, so i push 1
      then it rings again for about a good 45 seconds, Then i am able to leave a message

      2) the phone rings for at least 30 seconds then the automated
      machine picks up and it will ask me if i want to leave a message
      push 1 to leave a message, so i push 1
      then it rings again for about a good 45 seconds,
      the automated machine again picks up and asks me if i want to leave a message to push 1(or other number)
      it rings again and now the phone is stuck in a never ending cycle of ring, pick up , forward me to ring, etc

      3) the phone rings for at least 30 seconds then the automated
      machine picks up and it will ask me if i want to leave a message
      push 1 to leave a message, so i push 1
      then it rings again for about a good 45 seconds, Then i am unable to leave a message because the inbox is full

      This upset me because it seems like tactics from our representatives to avoid us leaving them feedback or messages about how we want our country to be ran.

      The congress site wasnt so help full in pointing me to wards the right direction either. When it asked me for my +4 numbers on my zip code it would not take my zipcode without the +4 but it wouldnt point me in the right direction so i can find out my +4, again.. another roadblock in my attempt to communicate congress.

      I want to see a balance approach as President Barack Obama mentioned.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOEL WEAVER

      Next election, if they are in office vote them out, failure cannot be tolerated. Our credit rating is going to get down graded anyway, they've already failed! CLEAN HOUSE IN WASHINGTON!!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debt Sucks

      What you are speaking of is what TAXES should be used for. If we the people have to solve this issues of our government, then why the he!! do we even have a government? We put them in the positions they have (elections) and pay them lots of our money (taxes) to solve this issues. If they can't get it done, they need to be fired. Simple as that.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Coldstone

    The perfect analogy is Obama having dinner with Bush & Cheyney "deficits don't matter" crew. Obama excuses himself to visit the restroom. Bush & Cheyney run like hell to the exit door and vanish. Obama returns and stuck with a "Trillion" dollar tab. Now he is washing dishes in the kitchen.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitterjack

      Since you probably were not even alive before Bush was president, I'll teach you something. The federal debt limit has been raised by every single solitary administration since 1962. Some presidents have signed laws to cap the federal limit only to have to repeal the law a couple of years later.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • thestugatz

      I am curious, when are the libtards going to take some responsibility for what is going on here? How many years do the Dems need control, spend recklessly and keep whining about Bush?

      This is Obama / Pelosi and Reid's baby now. Time to put your big boy pants on stop whining about Bush. Here's a little homework assignment for you while you parrot the Bush haters. Go look up Barney Frank's involvement in the housing / mortgage crisis which led to enormous bailout spending by your so wonderful Admin, specifically around Fannie and Freddie.

      Yeah, that's what I thought.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • hyperionsix

      Perfect! The only thing I would add is that Bush shows Obama the money he's going to buy dinner with (From the Clinton era surplus). And while Obama is in the bathroom Bush spends every cent of that money on drinks for everyone, etc. THEN runs out of the building.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coldstone

      Ah...Bitterjack & Stugatz.....

      So nice of you to visit this forum and peddle your garbage.

      Stugatz, try looking up Gramm Leach Bliley Act and the gutting of the Glass Steagall Act. Both Repubs and Dems are dirty on the sub-prime mortgage mess. In addition, financial services firms are also responsible considering Wells Fargo was just fined 85 million dollars by the Fed for predatory lending forcing Americans with GOOD CREDIT into sub-prime mortgages. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.... I also want you to explain to me why Republicans cut taxes during the middle of two wars.

      Now, for Bitterjack, take your geritol grandpa before your head explodes. Regardless who is at fault or extended in the past, you do realize that the debt ceiling issue is not Obama's fault..

      July 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry

    Is this what becomes of the leaders of both parties, who daily receive gifts from lobbyist?

    I’m starting to think that the only way to get anything done with either party is to send a well-funded lobbyist there,
    wearing a $2000 suit and $750 alligator shoes. Of course they must bring their suitcase and offer a generous “gift”.

    Perhaps the American people can help resolve the deficit and budget crisis, by joining together and sending a lobbyist to help get things done.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. YouKnow Who

    When one "compromises" he will surely lose. No one should compromise to make things worse. The liberals all think they are right; while the righteous right believe they are right. Who do you believe? If anyone owns a business common sense will tell them that one must cut the spending and balance the books. It will not happen over night, but it could over the next ten years. Additional taxes will only take jobs away from the market. Cut taxes and you will create new jobs; History says it works.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitterjack

      Ok, here's some common sense for you – The Bush tax cuts have been in effect for 10 years. Why aren't we at record level low unemployment? The government just gave TRILLIONS of dollars ($7,000,000,000) to big business to get them to hire people. Why are we at the highest level of unemployment in 2 decades? Then unfiltered unemployment rate is closer to 20% than 10%.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Yea, them Bush tax cuts created all kinds of jobs. LMAO. Baloney. You must be a paid rightwing poster.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoI Don't

      Really? I guess the lower taxes during Bush's run after Clinton really helped the economy flourish, eh? Oh wait...we're about to default on our debt and no one has a job.

      Pretty awesome historical support there...

      July 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoI Don't

      Haha! And its even more hilarious that while I was writing this post...2 other people wrote the same exact post.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garyinco

      The idea that taxes take money out of the system and thus reduce the number of jobs created is factually untrue. The fact is that the opposite is more true. If the rich guys keep their money what do they do with it.. they save it, they don't need anything else. If you give it to the government to create jobs they spend it, just ask any Republican _ you know those old tax and SPEND liberals. The money goes to people who provide goods and services like construction workers, airplane builders, the military and so on. Those people then spend the money on food and clothing. In the case where the money goes to the government all the money is spent and comes back into the system only to be taxed again and again. The Republican argument that taxes kill jobs is 180 degrees off and totally untrue. YOUKNOWWHO Take a macroeconomics class and quit listening to Republican BS – they've taken over your brain.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. max dennis

    I'm frustratewd alright. With the Republican Party.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. marcia

    Obama is not for the middle class. He is for whoever gives him the biggest piece of the pie. He is extremely smart and cunning and knows exactly how to ruin this country. He is selfish and self-serving. He wants nothing that is fair and just.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bmann99

      Your confusing Obama with the Republican leadership.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. havvalues

    I will definitely remember in the next election. No tea party. No republican. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. And nothing has helped the rich-poor divide and demise of the middle class in this country more than electing Republicans! I understand most Republicans are aging and desperate to hold on to their riches and pass them to their heirs. But the time has come for this country to get back to its principles, with representation for the masses (we need a People's Lobby in congress). The corporate morals in place when Republicans were young hardly exist anymore. Corporations no longer on their own accord, value their employees, hire Americans, have any loyalty to the workforce that makes them rich. Corporate Greed tops the business values and morality list, NOT passing the wealth on to their employees in the form of raises and bonuses. Another lost business ethic and value is innovating new ways, products that are a better value and cost less to the consumer! It is ABSURD that US Oil companies, making record profits, should not be paying their fair share of taxes, getting tax breaks in this economic disastere CAUSED by wallstreet greed and abuse – C'MON. The US is falling behind other countries rapidly and it's no surprise considering the Republicans, Murdoch's capability to get his propaganda to the masses through media.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    Has anyone considered that the politicians we are complaining about did not get there by chance? We the voters put them there so we are not blameless.
    First we elected a liberal President on "rock star" status, with no real leadership experience, who promised all things to all people and who, of course, was unable to deliver. Then we react by electing radicals who are now just living up to their agenda and we are upset again! What is next? Elect ultra liberals in the next round?
    I agree that both parties' agendas have been hijacked by the far right and far left. And we are paying the price as both parties believe that "it is always right to be right" leaving little room for compromise and good faith negotiations.

    Let's think about that next election and let's not be taken in by sound bites, catchy phrases, photogenic candidates with no substance. Let's elect reasonable people who are truly interested in and capable of leading the country in the right direction. This has been going on way too long...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You must live in another country. The people that get elected are the people big business and mega lobbists back. They bombard you with ads upon ads....and you listen. It takes millions to get elected and only the rich and powerful have that kind of cash. Thats why the middle class has all but disappeared and the gap between rich and poor is as high as its ever been. They want your money, they want that SS and Medcare money. Theyll get it too simply because most americans are uneducated mindless lumps that believe anything that the nuts on Fox tells em. They vote to slit their own throat.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      Obama Liberal??? Are we talking about the same Obama- I mean the name is so common. I'm behind Obama in this mess- but- he's a Free-Marketer. He's given more away unnecessarily to the Republicans because he's a Centrist. When you start negotiating from the middle, and you're negotiating with the far right.....when the dust settles, if you compromise like you should- you end up somewhere in the middle right. They get most of what they wanted! We get zippo.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. conoclast

    'Millionaires can't cause a robust economy; millionaires are the RESULT of a robust economy.'

    Trickle-Down Trickle-Down little star
    Now I'm living in my car.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marlene N Allen

    What would happen if the military decided to do what their pledge said .Defend against foreign or DOMECTIC

    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • oyarbrou

      then it would be considered treason and a military coup....and all other industrialized nations that are sworn allies to the US would invade our foreign soils for the first time since 1812 and destroy even more of our already faltering nation in an attempt to restore order. The military may be a very powerful weapon in the nation, but it is controlled by a very large supply chain of people...so please dont make silly comments about revolting against our nation because your not happy with our elected leaders...im pretty sure your not alone in your hatred..so just rejoice in the fact that these leaders will soon be jobless and just as unhappy as the rest of us when they create yet another financial meltdown. ta

      July 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LarryM

    Unfortunately for the GOP they are being held up by a minority faction of their party. A faction that is more about destroying President Obama than they are about the country as a whole.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      No one would vote for the Libertarians when they ran as who they really are. They changed their name to Tea Party, wrap themselves in the flag, and presto-chango...idiots march behind them. If you really listen to them- they do not believe in government. They start by saying something not so startling, like BIG government. But what they say at their rallies is that they do not believe in government. The government needs to get out of the way. Government never gave them anything & they don't want or need it. I believe they INTEND to crash the government to weaken it.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      But they will do anything to be a part of that government that they claim to hate, won't they? They love all the perks we little people give them for being a part of that government. The more they can take from us, the more they have for themselves!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bellabiv Devot

    Everyone and everything sux.

    I say we just hope the Mayans were right, and ride this out till the world ends next year.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jgoring

    The republicans have seen Obama's poor negotiating and smell blood. This is their only chance yet to live out their 'starve the beast' fantasy. Oh – gman – go find 5 families that make >$250K/year, and aren't worth >$1mil gross. You won't. Check your own math before you scream about how stupid other people are.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fedupvirginian

    don't pay congress any more or give them any perks until they get real and really start being truly concerned about the USA

    July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    They all get their checks, insurance, and perks, etc..... no matter what happens to the rest of us. Why should they care? They all know Americans have a very short memory and by the time elections come around, American citizens will have forgotten all about this crisis.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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