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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    SHAME! On the President, Congress and the Senate for allowing this all to happen. Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves with pure DISGUST! EGO, GREED and the want of POWER have created this national NIGHTMARE! It is nothing but PATHETIC! BAN THE FED! ABOLISH THE IRS!

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


      July 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave T.

      This message is to Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), as the congressional web page is apparently shielding these darlings from the raving masses. As a longtime employee of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who is facing a layoff this week due to a 50% budget cut, I tell you this. If you vote for any plan that places all of the deficit reduction burden on the poor, senior, and working classes, without placing some additional burden on the folks enjoying an extended stay on Bush's tax cuts that helped get us to this point, I will never again donate to your campaign or vote for you, and I will loudly advertise you as the partisan traitor your actions will have thus proven you to be. What is right for your party and what is right for America are two different things, and a patriotic leader would buck the first to achieve the second.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. C Goodrich

    It is astounding that Obama continues to try to convince people that the normal laws of physics and finance somehow do not apply. Here is the simple truth: When you spend more than you earn, you get in trouble. To get out of trouble, *FIRST* stop spending more, *THEN* work on increasing the income. That way, if your plan to earn more does not work as well as expected, you are at least out of immediate trouble. Obama's plan to just tax more future money is not just overly optimistic, it is stupid because it cannot guarantee success. Get your own house in order before you start to tell someone else how to run their house. It is foolish to epxect that we can continue to spend with the same mentality that got us in this mess to begin with. Cut govt. spending *first*, then work on building up a solid foundation. If you build a fancy house before getting the foundation right, it falls apart, and right now we are on the verge of falling apart. Start with a foundation of responsible spending *first* before grabbing for more. Right now I don't trust the federal govt as a wise steward of the money we have given it. They must prove themselves now before they get more to spend.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      And why, exactly, can't you cut spending AND increase income at the same time? The President is willing to do both at the same time. Why aren't the Republicans? Why are the only spending cuts being talked about to social services? Why aren't they talking about cutting Military expenditures? Why aren't they talking about cutting subsidies to big business? Why won't the Republican party represent the -people- who elected them, rather than -just- the corporate interests and the wealthy? Oh, right. Because those are the interests that paid their way into office in the first place. Sorry. My bad for thinking the Government should serve the people.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      You must not have listened to the same speech we did last night. President Obama is well aware that there is and has been a spending problem, but also has the common sense to realize that a balanced approach needs to include revenues. He has said since his campaign that Washington spends too much. Unfortunately, his hands were tied with a great recession upon taking office so he had no choice but to spend more money to stop the bleeding. McCain would have done the same thing, you can bet on it!!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name First

    We elected these losers.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David Burnham

    Most of the people I have talked to know how corrupt our politicians are. They have all sold their souls to the highest bidder for the money to get elected. So before they even get to Washington they are not their own person any more. The same goes for our local and state policians as well. The little guy doesn't ever stand a chance. When it comes to work for the Government whichever lobbyist gave the most will get the job. It is a payback system. I want to know how the people that gave special tax breaks to corporations can sleep at night since they sold their soul for campaign money. I would like to know if any of them can get in front of the American People and tell us why they won't close loopholes, that shouldn't be there to start with, and why they think they deserve a raise. They won't even allow for the American People to have the same insurance as they do as well as their rediculous pensions and health care for life which the taxpayers pay for. They should all be jailed for treason in my opinion along with all of the Banksters that took our money and defrauded the American People. We need to get rid of these so called super pacs that are totally dishonest and should be illegal. How can any of them look into the mirror at night and tell themselves they are doing the best they can for our country. I say fire them all!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleo

      Maybe now we can get serious about TERM LIMITS! All these politicians care about is getting re-elected and feeding at the corporate trough.
      Now is the time to put a stop to that – how about 8 years for president; 12 years for senators and 6 years for representatives. I'm not so sure that federal court judges should be appointed for life either; they can also do a tremendous amount of damage, as we have seen over the past few years.

      YES to Citizen politicans ~~ NO to Politicans for life!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. already broke

    Both the Democrat and Republican politicians need to give up their pay checks to pay down the debit until this crisis has been cleared. Why should I suffer for Washingtons mistakes? Let them pay for it themselves.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredJen

      I so agree!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Usher73

    Would all you politicians please just shut up and do your job ?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    No, those views did not. They are all sheep comments. You did not post any views that had hard facts to them. But CNN has their own herd of sheep.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deborah Simonds

    Why is it that the 2 sides have to work on 2 separate bills to resolve our overspending and ignorance of a Revenue-producing resolution?

    Why can't the Congress all work together? They reminds me of a kindergarten class where every student works independently until they learn they can be more efficient working together. They learn this in Kindergarten.

    I am embarrassed and ashamed of the Congress.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert Platt Bell

    Republicans like to talk about how they are cutting our taxes. Really? If you make $60,000 a year, your tax rate is 15% and unchanged by the "Bush Era Tax Cuts. It is only when you make a lot more that those cuts REALLY kicked in, and even then, it was a paltry 2% or so.

    So why not compromise for the sake of the country? Let the Bush era tax cuts expire (the rich won't die because of a 2% tax increase) because clearly, we couldn't afford them anyway. And let's go for the maximum budget cuts as well.

    Give a little, get a little.

    The worst thing both sides could do is to stalemate and then kick the can down the road another 5-10 years, so another generation has to deal with it. We've done that long enough.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jay


    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MD

    After reading most of these comments I have come to realize that our country is in big trouble. BOTH sides are wrong (republicans and democrats) Pass the stupid debt ceiling already and cut spending. We have way too much money being wasted on frivolous things in the government. Fix taxes, social security, medicare. If our politicians wont help us then its time for them all to go, vote in all new people and keep voting them out till they understand that we are their bosses.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • thresher

      I agree wholeheartedly that we should cut frivolous spending. The problem is I have trouble figuring out what's frivolous. What fits that definition for you?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MD

      Frivolous is silly stuff that you hear about that makes you go omg I cant believe we spend money on that.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. solobo

    I find it hard to believe that so many people thought Obama gave a good speeech. I thought it was highly partisan (anti-Republican–hence, anticompromise), vitriolic, vaccuous, wrong-headed, and haaughty. The president wants everything his way, just as many accuse John Boehner of wanting it his way. The line from the movie "Network" applies here: I am mad as hell . . . I think we need to form a new party called the Broom Brigade and sweep all these incompetent, intransigent a....... out of office.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Wanting compromise and a balanced approach is what the majority of Americans want so the President is right on!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rwate

    "Coming to the table" isn't a compromise. This is politics at its bloody worst. When your top goal is to keep Obama from being elected, instead of serving your country, you should be the one who doesn't get elected again. I get that dems are stuck on benefits programs, but they NEED to be trimmed back. I get that the repubs hate tax increases, but we need some bucks to offset the purchases of the past. We got ourself into this mess as a collective unit. We need to do the same to get out of it. And by the way... if/when we cut spending by a gazillion dollars, I wonder if that will impact jobs of all those government employees, contractors and subcontractors.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CR

    It is hard to believe that these highly educated or lack there-of keep regurgitating the "Same Old Conservative Talking Points", and I am so tired of hearing that we should not increase taxes on "job Creators" and affecting their children and Grandchildren most of which are better well off than their children.

    It is those job creators who moved their large companies to Asia, causing the unemployment figure we keep hearing...

    As a "HARD WORKING FED", and I do work hard and do spend time away from my family, and pay my taxes, then everyone should pay their taxes regardless of who you are and not be given a pass because someones economic class or status.

    Further-on, as far as jobs go, I would like to see how many congressional figures have investments in companies who have "OFF SHORED" JOBS. Let the government impost Off Shore Operations Tax on them to recoup some of the revenue lost to the those workers who were laid off and the city's and towns who supplied goods and services to the plants who also have had to close and lay off their workers. Those 14 million unemployed Americans also Need Some Relief.....

    Those 14 Million unemployed workers is the tax revenue we keep hearing...

    This Trench warfare has to stop...

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

    The President should issue an Executive Order to raise the debt ceiling. Then the debate can move to the courts where it belongs.

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

      I don't know if the courts can get into the middle of this. Congresses responsibility is to develop the Budget, and decided which Agency get what money through the Office of Management and Budget, So because of teh 100 loud boisterous freshmen with T party ties and their threat to moderate republicans that its my way or we will go after you in the next election ways...

      I don't know if you remember that after the inauguration, Sen. McConnell stated that his job is to make sure that Obama is a one term president. He has stated this on CNN many times so we know that there is no good will in the halls of congress...

      July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • fparanha

      The other thing that really bothers me about this impass is that it looks like a deliberate Republican tactic to distract from the priority of creating jobs and thereby ensure that the economy still sucks in 2012 when Obama is running for re-election.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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