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. nascargirl

    As a Canadian that follows US politics very closely, I am baffled at how some people cant see that the Republicans just want to continue the "Old Boys Club", where only a few people and companies control EVERYTHING and lead the little people around by their noses (yes we all are), and the Tea Party, that thinks they know what they are doing, but are just a bunch of do-gooders mucking up the waters everywhere, with no idea as to how to run a country. The Republicans sold out to the lobbyist's and special interest groups long ago, and now they are political puppets.
    President Obama has tried very hard to give you the country that you THINK you have, the one you want, but keep this in mind people, just like a major home renovation...it gets messy before it gets nice. If you let him do it, you will have the nicest, most stable house around when Obama is finished. He has done NOTHING that has NOT put the collective peoples interests first, and he has been MORE than fair with the Republicans!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy40

      Thank you for the truth.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Truth

      True. It is sad to say there are many Americans who will ignore the truth and follow their party blind. The Republicans want nothing more than to see President Obama fail and could care less that the American people are the "road kill"

      July 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD Jacks

      As a Canadian you can keep your liberal opinion to yourself. Many Americans want a country where the govt stays out of our business and doesnt reward people for sitting on their butts. We have a name for such a place..... Canada. Obama's vision is what you might want but not what we want.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan

    This stalemate is ridiculous. How stupid we look to the rest of the world, most of which we are supporting with our aid. I'm willing to bet that these politicians will still receive their pay, unlike the millions of working people that fight for this country, the retired people that worked hard all of their lives and now won't get paid and once again the working middle class will bear the burden of supporting the country. I wish there was a way to vote them ALL out of office. Both parties are equally to blame for this mess.

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

      Susan,
      I must beg to differ here. The Democrats are not to blame here at all. They have done nothing but try to reach a compromise. In fact giving far more than I as a taxpayer and voter agree with.
      The Republicans are so..... arogant and slick. They always try to make it sound like they are the resonable ones.
      Please tell me how 100+ Tea Party Representatives can take this Country and the worlds economy over a cliff?
      The Tea Party even claims they don't care if they get re-elected. To me this is the most firghtening of all. They come in
      create chaos and leave the rest of us to pick up their mess!
      I blame the Republicans 100% for this and I wish our President would tell them "No Deal unless in includes increased revenues from big business and the wealthy.
      I am so sick of the special interests and big business getting all the breaks on the backs of the rest of us.
      Shame on the Republicans whose only REAL adgenda is to defeat Presidant Obama in 2012!
      I hope there is not one Republican left standing in the next elections.
      Barbara

      July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD Jacks

      Barbara, Where do you think the country is heading if we keep taking from the business owners and giving to the "poor" via ridiculous spending levels and programs like the Dems are doing? Down the crapper. The answer is cut out BS spending, get rid of all tax loopholes and exemptions and tax everyone (from poor to rich and corporations) a Flat tax rate of 8% of gross revenues and watch the economy take off. Everyone in a society, poor and rich, should have to pay for its success equivalent to its success. Only then when everyone is vested in moving ahead will our system be "fair".

      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. oldguy40

    Ronald Reagan: "The dinner reservations are just for my closest 1500 friends"
    George W Bush: " It's good to be here with the Have"s and the Have-More's"
    Dwight D Eisenhour: "Beware of the Military-Industrial complex".
    Richard Nixon: "I'm not a crook!"
    George H W Bush: "No new taxes!".

    July 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Arlen Owens II

    Yes, we are seeing a group of extremists, elected due to the bad economy and nothing else, hold us all hostage. They want to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with my Dad's social security. And my FUTURE social security!! The Tea Partier's constantly talk about a mandate, but they did NOT get a mandate..... the economy was bad, and voters ALWAYS vote out their local guys when that happens, simple as that. If we get a Republican President in 2012, they will try and after every public service we have, and I expect a huge general rebellion against this.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dixie

    Any and all members of congress who signed Norquist's no new tax pledge have given their loyalty to him, and not to the citizens of this country. Sen McCain of my state has often displeased me, but at least he refused to sign Norquist's treasonous pledge. I am an American Independent.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Dixie, I took the time to write my senitors, rep and president this morning. Rubio is a newbie on the hill – right wing as they come... here's how I ened my letter to him.

      "May I remind you that if you have signed a pledge against raising taxes – you did so without the consent of all the individuals you were elected to represent. You took an oath to sever all, not a select few."

      How bad is it when you have to remind those elected of their responsibility – they are acting worse than 1st graders. It's horrid!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AdamG417

    You know how George Carlin used to say he rooted for natural disasters? I am kind of rooting for a default right now. It's the only way our political system will ever realize that it can not control its environment. Any time we raise the debt ceiling we are saying "OK, this is as much debt as we will allow our nation to have." If we can just raise the debt ceiling every time we need more money then there really was never a debt ceiling to begin with, right? What a bunch of hypocrites and sellouts we have become.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill Ingham

    America Held Hostage – Day 198.... thank you Republican Congress for show us the evil of the American way and thinking you truely stood for WE THE PEOPLE. I hope to unseat every sitting republican Congressman in 2012 and to DEMAND term limits for the career politicians now holding our country hostage... Come on Wolf Blitzer... WE ARE BEING HELD HOSTAGE, PLEASE TELL THE WORLD OF OUR PLIGHT.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. it's all related

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    When fast-food company Chipotle was audited and hundreds of its illegal workers were fired, American citizens lined up the next day for a chance to work at those jobs. . .
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data from last year show that 98.3 percent of employees were confirmed as work-authorized instantly or within 24 hours using E-Verify. A 2009 report by research firm Westat found that those eligible to work are immediately confirmed 99.5 percent of the time.
    E-Verify is free, very accurate and reduces paperwork for American businesses.
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    July 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pastor Peter O Obazee

    What is going on is not just politics but racism, All the Republicans stands for, is to try to frustrate the President because he is a black president. what they know is we the voters knows very well who to blame for all this,surely not the Obama but the Republicans. Don't throw a stone into a crowded market place because it may end up in your mother's head. We now know that the Republicans don't have our interest at heart. All they are after, is so long as they can make things difficult for the President, they are okay no matter who is going to hurt.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jackie

    I'm so furious right now, I'm seeing stars. We elect these goof balls to represent us. What a joke they are, especially the crying man John Boehner and that puppet Mitch McConnell. They sign a pledge with Grover Norquist, hell, we didn't elect Grover, in fact, he wasn't on the ballot when they got hired. The sign some pledge so they can't lift the Bush taxes, but they're ready to cut medicare and social security, they're fired! The whole party needs to resign immediately and please don't send the Tea Party in, they're even worse then the orginal party. In fact, they're out of touch with reality also. You've got Michelle Bachman and her doctor husband billing medicaid for therapy on gays to make them straight. Now, what kind of weed or juice are they drinking? I'm sick of all of them period!!

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

      You nailed my feelings exactly! Thanx.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill inVA

    Obama was and is an empty suit and a fear monger to boot. There is no way SS checks won't go out unless he makes that decision. Will there be cuts if we don't increas the debt ceiling sure. But there will be no debt default. It can be rolled to new debt without increasing outstanding debt. Likewise, current receipts can be used to pay interest on debt. And you can bet your life it doesn't t have to be SS, Military pay or any other key priority. That doesn't mean there won't be pain. Could there be layoffs of govenrmwnt workers? Sure. Will payments to contractors be delayed. Sure (and I'll bet none of them quit serving the governemnt). But now is the time to stand up for our future and end this mess both parties got us in to. I think it would be healthy to have to fight this again in an election year. Once and for all it would be clear what the people want.

    While I am no fan of taxe increases, I would be supportive of a minimum tax to catch those who pay nothing. Let's say $200 for every person 21 and over on a 1040 and 100 for every person under 21 on a 1040. On the corporate side, $200 for every employee. Proably not a lot of money but an important principle. No free lunch for anyone. Everyone has skin in the game. If some don't like that proposal, I would agree to make the minumums higher.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. C Swanson

    Time for Congress to get off it's bu... I notice that all my Washington State Republican House members have their websites off-line at the moment. They must be catching some heat.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Hey college students across America! You want a country to inherit? I suggest you all run for local office as independents and we can proceed to un-elect every democrat and republican starting with local office, moving up to state, then national. Let's eradicate these two dinosaur political parties which used up all their credibility decades ago!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Louanne TRueblood

    Every evening, I watch CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox (which I hate) – – but I do this to try to determine what is fair. I have consistently found that CNN is the best balanced. I taught high school journalism for years, and I always emphasized that non-biased reporting was important. I just wish more of our new reporters stuck to that premise. Until that happens, we should all listen to different reports and try to make up our minds. I'm just hoping that we get a settement and DON'T have to do this again in February.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dharris

    Why are the republicans holding the debt ceiling hostage. They voted and approved the budget. This is why I changed parties from republican to democrat. If they want to fix the budget – do so in the proper forum, not now. The current budget was approved so now make good on your vote and pay the bills.

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