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.

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  1. Eric S

    This has happened before in our history, and there were actually riots. Thomas Jefferson said that a little rebellion is a good thing now and then. Perhaps this would be a good time. If the Republicans and some of the Democrats keep playing "chicken" with the US and world economy, perhaps it's time that everyone elected to Congress in 2012 have an "I" next to their name instead of an "R" or "D."

    July 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • DROCK

      Well said, but what they need to realize is that they aren't trying to get re-eleceted right now; they're trying to save the world economy. Trying (in the weakest sense of the word) and failing....

      July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jandy

    If it weren't so tragic, it could almost be laughable. Here the Islamic fundamentalists are calling for the downfall of America, and Boehner and company are actually bringiing it about.
    May God help us all.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dkolakalur

    High Time:

    – We need separation of Church and State

    – Separation of Corporate Greed & Governance

    Why is the Government responsible for Job? It is "Corporate America" responsible for "Jobs", Corporate America gets a tax break for sending our jobs to other countries. So we neither have jobs nor the money to spend. Corporate America already has headquarters in "Tax Heaven Terrorities" like the Bahamas anyway.

    Jobs are artifically kept low, to make 'Obama' look bad!!! Republicans – Stop pinching the baby and rocking the cradle too!!!! Can you guys get to work for getting paided?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Minhouston

    My fellow Americans,

    I have just agreed to all the Republican demands. There will be no tax increases, madicare and SS will be cut. I had to do this to prevent the country to fall into total economic chaos. I care too much about the country to allow this to happen.

    Now if you are mad at this, get out and vote in 2012. Lets ensure not a single republican gets elected.

    Thank You and God Bless America

    (Obama's address to the nation on August 1)

    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. YouKnow Who

    For those making less than $100,000, as I do with 5 children to raise, this is no way for our country to act. Do not compromise stick to your guns; do not raise taxes, cut spending, and balance the check book. Oh by the way, all senators, congressman, the President, and all government workers cut your salary by 15% and save us tax payers in the short and long run.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lynn

    The President and Dems want the people to rely solely on the government for everything, and the Republicans want to protect the wealthy. Since the poor are already taken care of by the government, the middle class continues to get the shaft. I, for one, am sick and tired of paying for the people who choose not to work, along with the illegal immigrants who also live off our government. My husband and I are barely getting by, and now our wonderful governor here in CT is raising our income tax that should never have been implemented in the first place, raising our sales tax, AND taxing services! Our federal government has been "borrowing" from Social Security instead of reducing their spending. Now everyone is broke...except the rich! And because all of our wonderful government officials are well off financially, they don't want to do anything that would jeopardize their cushy lifestyles. I wish I could just call a vote to get a pay raise! None of our elected officials are looking out for the American people as a whole, they are looking out for people like them, as well as controlling the American people. Frankly, I don't trust the lot of them! All of this political posturing by both the Dems AND Republicans was old years ago. Get over yourselves and do your f'ing jobs! The American people are fed up and SOOOOOO angry!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ben

    How can we find the email address, and contact number to our state rep, and congressmen?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Experience Tells Me

      Votesmart.org

      Find all you need about any rep.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. carly

    Maybe it is time to begin impeachment proceedings against the Tea Party Republicans and hope the moderates will compromise

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    Our government needs to get rid of these childish democrat vs. republican feuds. Why must a person conform to one ideology or the other? Why can't people have an open mind and come to conclusions that benefit the nation, and not just one party? It makes me sick. USA – greatest country in the world? Nope. I'm moving to Canada.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. us1776

    Nobody voted these teabaggers in to create a completely dysfunctional government.

    2010 was about people being scared and frustrated at the pace of progress.

    But nobody wanted this ridiculous ideological extortion that the teabaggers have caused.

    .

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Experience Tells Me

    It's always the lesser or two evils, only in this nation, that should never be. We should have good choices. We should feel like we have choices, and we don't. The distance between the two current evils is closer than ever before, and that distance will only continue to close. I am sorry to say that the only thing we, as a nation, will learn anything useful from is default. We are a privileged, complacent people. We need the consequences to change us for the better.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WhatDemocracy?

    Why aren't we hearing more than one congressman or senator talk about deficit reduction through cutting the Pentagon's ridiculous budget. It is over half of our GDP. Leave Iraq & Afghanistan and take care of USA first! While were at it, make the foreign banks pay back the bailout with interest to the USA taxpayers(aka working poor)!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott Douglass

    3 for 1 should be American's rallying cry. 3 for 1! $3 in cuts for every $1 of revenue increase. Cuts disproportionately impact the middle class and poor so why squeeze only them to solve a problem we all got this country into. Yes, Medicare & Social Security need some signigficant adjustments to avoid dragging the entire country over the abyss, but military spending, tax breaks for rich and subsidiies for corporations must also play a role in solving our problem. The sad fact is every sane politician (a dying breed apparently) knows this, but they all fear the American people not accepting these changes. I think most Americans do understand and are willing to stand with politicians interested in pursuing the difficult solutions to our tough problems. I hope we can rally as a people, own our responsibilities and make the necessary sacrifices across all segments of society.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Catherine

    When GE pays less in taxes than my teenage daughter did with a part-time job, then Mr. Boerhner you really need to look at eliminating tax breaks to big business. Compromise.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Guest

    Thanks for the propaganda. Every once in a while I look for CNN to bring me a story which balances both sides of the issue. Unfortunately each time I am greatly disappointed. Maybe I'll check back again in a few months (but maybe not)

    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • DROCK

      Have any better ideas, smart guy? i see a lot of truth and few misinforms here. reality check

      July 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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