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. Freshies

    Didn't Obama vote to not raise the dept ceiling when he was a senator? Hmmmm, interesting.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mrs Eila Nacmias

    This is not how we bring up our children. Power is less important than compromise. We are the laughing stock of the world. What kind of example are we setting for our children let alone other countries?

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

    Perhaps the US is becoming an ungovernable nation?

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

    The way I hear Bohener is that if we keep the same taxes we'll be showered with jobs. Well, WE HAVE unchanged taxes; where are the jobs??

    July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shorty85

    Just more blah, blah, blah. Does anyone in Washington really care about the good of the country? When push comes to shove – NO!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TiredJen

    I am so tired of of both the Democrats and Republicans! It doesn't seem that either can agree or get along. Stop naming names and pointing figures and use that press time instead inside to come to a grip on our economy! They should stop cuting themselves checks until they find a solution! Don't stop paying the Military and the Elderly who are on Social Security who already paid their dues in taxes in the past because our so called "Leaders" can not get a grip on our nations debt. I tired to write but the website wouldn't let me. Then again, what good would it really do? I can not wait until we can re-elect to get someone in there that knows how to handle things! Tax the rich not the people struggling every day to just to pay bills and put food on the table.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jorge

    hopefully all this discouragement will bring the people to te voting booth in 2012 . when you dont vote this is what happens .. the fox is ruling the hen house .. its our own damn fault ..

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Moderate

    What always seems to be lost in this whole tax debate is that the income being taxed is the money business owners keep AFTER investing in their business to grow and create jobs. It would seem to me that a higher MARGINAL tax rate (again that is only on the money that is KEPT after business expenses, and portion kept above 250K) would encourage business owners to spend more money on their business to avoid the higher rate. Seemed to work pretty well in the 1950s when the top MARGINAL rate was something like 70%.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stan

    I think that it is way past time for both sides to recognize that this is not an issue that should be politicized. This situation, should it not be quickly resolved, is a serious threat to our nation's well-being, and as such should be looked upon in the same way that a threat to a military unit is considered. Soldiers serving in our military take risks every day, not because they want to, but because they HAVE to in order to keep us all safe. I would ask each and every senator and congressman/woman do the same thing right now with respect to this particular threat - think not about what the impact of your decision will be for you as an individual or as a member of a party, but what the impact will be for the country as a whole. A true patriot will put aside their personal interests and work to remove the threat as quickly and effectively as possibly, which in this case requires COMPROMISE, CREATIVITY, and COMPASSION, not selfishness, demagoguery, and posturing. I don't care who promised what to whom as a way to get elected...... come together, be rational, and govern from the middle. That is what you are there for!! There are NO WINNERS if a solution is not agreed upon.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daisy

    I am a Registered Republican – guess what! I'm going to UNREGISTER!! I am absolutely apalled that our elected government officials will not COMPROMISE and get the job done. They would rather let our country and the overwhelming majority of us Americans (many of us who were just beginning to feel a little better about our futures) go down the drain economincally, than to COMPROMISE and agree to find an answer to settle this issue. You can be sure that Obama (who is actually the voice of reason in this situation) will get my vote, and probably a whole lot of other mainstream Americans who might not have voted for him the last time! Unbelieveable!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A Fustrated American

    Government does not care. This is not a priority to them. Their priority is to show the other party that they are better. Afterall why should they care? They are still getting paid while thousands and thousands of Americans are unemployed and many others are stressing out because they might not get their minimum needed benefits because those elected third graders in Washington won't work as a team! WASHINGTON IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU! IT'S ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED YOU INTO OFFICE!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. johnnyj

    John Boehner is the worst! He comes out bullying right after Obama gave a very gracious speech. This Nation would be a far better place without the current group of thugs known at the reTHUGlicans. They have worked overtime at trying to make Pres. Obama a failure. All they do is obstruct without caring what that means for the country. They should all be thrown out on their ears. I want poll numbers on John Boehner and Eric Cantor. They play a role in this too. why only give poll numbers on the President and the parties. Let's do a poll on Boehner/Cantor. THey shouldn't get off scott free. They are the problem from my vantage point. And the tea partys IS our "domestic enemy" Obama has tried to move this country forward and the rethuglicans hold it back. How can this be correct. They only think of themselves. Go Obama. Don't blink!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dm

    It is all about getting re-elected, not the good of the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OklahomaHeartland

    As a republican, combat veteran, and current teacher I find the whole situation foolish. It doesn't say much for the sitting President that he has to ask the American people for help to get a budget passed. It doesn't say much for the Republican leadership to basically have to do the same thing but to its own members. As for the Democrates in Congress Reid and Pelosi have done more to damage their reputations then Obama has. Pelosi standing up and telling the American people to just vote for it (healthcare) and figure out what it'll do to you later was the kind of comment I would expect from someone trying to sell me a used car. The Tea party group doesn't help matters with their threats to just fire everyone who fails to vote their way, although that's the closest to getting the people heard by Congress that we've had in years.
    Bottom line is that word called "compromise." Obama can't say he's willing to compromise and slap Boehner at the same time and niether can Boehner, Two kids fighting over a toy in the park do a better job at compromise. Even the NFL was able to work out a deal!
    Boehner-Obama just raise the bloody debt ceiling to see us through 2012. Spend the next year fignting over the budget during the election and the people will vote who gets to have the budget as law by electing who they think has a clue.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allan

    This might be too dangerous to post: If there is a default or condition where people believe that someone MIGHT not get paid, there will be a rust for food, water, gasoline, etc., and you know what that is. AND, cash. People will grab their cash from the banks. I hope "they" are prepared. This might be it. All because Republicans want to protect the rich from chipping in. wow.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • OklahomaHeartland

      I do wish something would stop. Lets stop just saying Republican and Democrate. As a republican I am all for letting the majority of the tax cuts go away and I have many Democrate friends who think much of what is going on with their parties elected officials is just plain wrong. Saying it as Republican and Democrate makes it more all of us when to me it's those currently sitting in WASHINGTON who seem to have forgotten they are there to not only look after our countries future but to make sure the day to day business gets done. The way they are ALL doing this shows me they are ALL more worried about getting re-elected than looking out for the American people.... Just get a budget deal PASSED already.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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