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. Sue

    The Dems and Repugs aren't pulling the strings. Remember all the tea party candidates recently elected? Its not only the Democrats compromising, the new Republican party is compromising to the tea party. Congrats to those whom voted for the tea party, you are destroying the middle class, increased employment, may crash the stock market, and send up to into an actual great depression. Sick, sick of all politicians. They are bought and paid for by special interests. Our elected politicians no longer fight for us, but fight for the rich and corporations. Seriously, at this point I think drawing names from a hat and sending them to DC would be better for our country than all of the people sitting on the hill, Republicans, Democrats, and Tea Party.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordan

      This is why we all need to vote out the current two parties and vote in those who are like us.
      It is time to make your votes for normal Americans instead of always voting for those who
      1.have lots of money
      2.have lots of experience
      We need to give a chance to some brand new faces and ones who say:
      1.we will never take corporate money
      2.i will limit all contributiuons to $1000
      3.any one wishing to lobby me shall do it with no money or my door is sealed to you

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

    It is shocking to me that the GOP can boldly demand that cuts be made that will hurt the elderly, poor, disabled and middle class working families..... and fight to protect the richest Americans to the point of utter destruction of our economy and anyone would defend their position! They claim to be the "moral" party...What Holy Book are they reading!!??

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. YouKnow Who

    My fellow Americans,

    I have just agreed to all the Republican demands. There will be no tax increases, Medicare and SS will be cut by 5%, all government workers salaries (to include my own) will be cut by 15% beginning the new year. Republicans are correct I was wrong they wanted to prevent the country from falling into total economic chaos. I care too much about the country to allow this to happen.

    Thank You and God Bless America
    (Obama's address to the nation on August 1)

    Now if you are mad at this, get out and vote in 2012. Lets ensure President Obama is defeated in 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shannon

    What this comes down to is a battle between those who make money their God and those who recognize we're here to serve the real God. Christians, get a grip, is the Republican way REALLY what Jesus would do?! He got mad at the money changers..... think that through the next time a wedge issue, which no Republican has delivered on in any substantial way anyhow, drives your vote. Take the country back from these Pharisees and fully return it to people who actually care about what happens to their fellow humans! THAT, my friends, is truly what Jesus instructed us to do.... love your fellow man.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordan

      You are so right.I am Jewish and my religion is the same as yours.For Jews it is a "mitzvah" to help out the unfortunate

      July 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonny chapman

      The results of that battle will be determined in the next life. Mammon v. The Kingdom of God,Matthew 6,24

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

      Also check out Mark 10,21.;Luke 18,22.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    To Esteban-
    Consider my comment amended-you are right. I should have added that the tax break for homes $250+ included those who DON'T need it- and therefore should not slip through. Thank you

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jordan

    The Republics and John Beohner seem to forget that the eight years worth of Bush and Republican leadership put us into most of the issues we face now.They are unwilling to compromise on anything.It appears that their main aganeda right now is to attempt to show that Obama is not a good President and to do this at the expense of the whole country.Obama has shown some willingness to make compromises and even ones he didnot wish to make but still the Republicans are unwilling.History will show the truth of this and this should also show many poor and middle class citizens that they only care about themself and their Rich friends in Business.
    I am not a real friend to Democrats and I definately am no friend at all to the Republican Party.You could go on and further state that all Politicians who voted for the lying war of IRAQ (a big weapon of mass deception) and add on the arrogance factor when thinking we are in Afghanistan which was Russia's Vietnam and is now for us this generation's blundr like Vietnam.Those two wars are bleeding us and stealing our money from our own country who needs it more.
    Republicans = Hypocrites::::::::::::::;;;;
    1.they supposedly have Christian Values but wish to cut services that help the needy.
    2.they want to keep BUSH TAX CUTS and refuse to raise them to pre-BUSH days.And their taxes is the lowest it has been
    3.They are unwilling to compromise
    4.They have attacked voting like what they did here in Maine
    5.They are trying to take down Unions and Unions are why we all have a 40 hour workweek and why we have Child Labor Laws and why we get Holidays or Vacation pay or med insurance

    July 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Unions are also why the auto industy is headed down the drain, when people make $60,000 or more a year for putting in screws.

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

      Shalom, Jordan...... yes, Judaism is replete with instruction on serving those less fortunate.... and it's a beautiful thing. 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jean nordly

    I think most of the congress thinks that they just represent the folks that elected them and forget that once they are elected, they represent ALL of the people in their district/state. Have they once called anybody randomly in their area and asked them what they think would be a good idea??? Not! Come on people–work with each other. Of course, the answer is term limits–I suggest that if they won't limit their terms, that we the people should limit them-volte out anybody who has spent 12 years as senator, 6 years as congressman. Maybe the president should also only serve a max of 6 years. then there would be no reason for anybody to pander to anybody else just to get re-elected.
    Get this settled–those of us that are not wealthy cannot afford to put up with this much longer–any investments we might have a tanking–we will all be on the 'dole' if our money is gone–read given to the rich for that.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron

    Get rid of political parties. All these idiots care about is how to manipulate the population to get re-elected. Drug test everyone who wants to get paid by the government (welfare/unemployment) and if you fail no money. This nation is becoming a bunch of whimps who rely on Uncle Sam to make their lives easier. Our "leadership" sucks too.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FEDup

    Both Dems and Repubs get a "does not meet expectations" for their performance reviews. Enough posturing and BS and get the job done. Fundamentally they may never agree, but they have to work together and come up with a solution.
    I am sick of Washington and can't wait to get to the polls to get rid of all these miscreants!!.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kathleen Doran

    The problem is that Boehner is Majority Speeaker of the House, but Cantor and his gang are running the show. Pretty dumb for Boehner to be the fall guy for Cantor. I'm on S.S. and it scares me to know I won't be able to make it next month,
    it is going to push me off the cliff. Thank you to all the Republicans and the Rich People.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Heinz M

    The government needs to be pared down to less than 20% of what it is. Nothing else will work in the long run. Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, there should be a revolution every 19 years. We are 216 years overdue for that. It may be almost too late, as the government employees and their families just about outnumber us. And they won't vote for anything that'll endanger their paychecks (notice, I am not saying their jobs!)
    We are copying what Argentina did 110 years ago. People just never learn...

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barb

    any republican backing Boehner should be recalled or voted out of office

    July 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan Ingham

    You can't raise taxes on corporations because they will just pass that on to us, so it sounds like the Democrates are for raising taxes on the middle class. Or maybe they just do not understand basic business practices. As far as personal income if someone making $1 mil plus is paying the same percentage of tax(after write-offs) than I am then they should not have their taxes raised.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BinFL

    How anyone could have listened to the two speeches last night and not see right through Boehner is beyond comprehension. The Tea Party has taken this country hostage and for what?? Weren't they the ones that claimed to be so upset over the corporate bailouts and now they're all for protecting those corporations from having their tax loopholes taken away...give me a break!! Americans really need to start paying close attention to what's going on or before you know you'll be living in the streets and won't know what hit you. The Paul Ryan budget, which every Repub voted for included closing tax loopholes and now those same Repubs are against that..what gives?? This is all about power for the party, not Country First as they ran on in 2008. It's all about taking down one of the most intelligent and compassionate presidents this country has ever had...what a shame!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark W. Robertson

    I am appalled at the situation in our Federal government. From my perspective, and I think the perspective of a lot of other Americans, it is the Republican controlled House that is not willing to negotiate whatsoever. Many of them came into office with the self-proclaimed intention of lowering the deficit. I don't see any real commitment to that by their actions. The Democrats have given a tremendous amount of ground in this process; the GOP hasn't budged. This is no way to govern. It is clear to me that their real agenda is to do nothing more than politicize the issue and make it a killing field for the next election.

    I've had it with the Republican party as it exists today. I do think John Boehner is much more of dealmaker than he is coming across in this process. However, he is bound by his caucus. And what a caucus it is. The introduction of the Tea Party into Republican politics has been disastrous for this country.

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