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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  1. Angela D D

    I am an American before I am a democrat or republican, before I am Angela, before I am mother, before all else I am an American, A citizen of the United States of America, a citizen of this great nation.

    I don't care your politics, what I care about is how you are going to help the American people, the people you server, not the people that put money into your pocket to get you into office, but all the people, not just the rich but the poor.

    We teach our children to share, to take turns, to compromise. Yet watching Washington lately, I beleive we should send our senators, congressmen, and everyone else in Washington back to Kindergarten. Compromise for the people of this great nation, put your ideologies aside, but your rich donors aside and share, place nice and compromise.

    One last note: A democrat left office with a surplus that was supposed to be used on our debt, it was a republican that choose to give it back to the people instead of cutting our debt. It was also this presient that sent us to war on 2 fronts, and left office with our country in the worst recession since the great depression. It is this president that started the bail out process for major coproations to prevent them from going under. Again this was a Republican President. Had he used the surplus the way it was supposed to be used, our debt issue would not be so massive. Had he come up with a good plan for dealing with terrorism before jumping the gun we may not have had to face two wars. (I am all for going after terrorists, and Bin Laden, but not for two full scale wars, plus a war on terror).

    This debt crisis is not the fault of Obama alone, it is everyones! Now is not the time to bigger, and fight, and not share, but the time to compromise, play nicely, and work together. Or else maybe a time out will help.

    As blunt as I can be I have this to share: We all use roads, bridges, schools, mail services, we all benefit from government. Yes a smaller government would be nice, but not on the backs of the people that keep this country going. It is not the rich, it is not the poor, it is each and every one of us.

    Everyone should have to pay their share, unfortuantely there are those who have lost their jobs, have struggle with illness, thus causing them to need the help of their country to keep a roof over their head, and food on the table. Remember the American Dream! And there are those of us that have so much more money that they could feed and support an entire elementary school for a few years. No it is not fair, and life is not fair. But rich or poor we all benefit from our government, we all need our government. And so we all need to feel the pain when our government spent a bit too much.

    The poor with suffer, the disabled will suffer, the old will suffer, and our kids will suffer with the amount of cuts to federal programs that will happen with a budget deal that does not include revenue increases. And we all benefit from having a stronger smarter society, and thus schools should never be on the chopping block.

    But what will the rich feel with this new budget, will they feel the pain of not being able to get groceries, will they feel the pain of having to move in with their childern because the lost some of their medical benefits, will they feel the pain of too many kids in a class with not enough supplies? What will they feel?

    The arguement maybe it is the rich that give the jobs, I have not seen a lot of job creation lately. You may argue it is the rich that keep this country going, well when was the last time you saw a rich man in a factory working a machine, or picking up the garbage, or teaching a class of 1st graders?

    It is a corporations job to make money, to please their shareholders. Well look at it this way: The government is a company, the citizens of this country are its shareholders. The government needs to make money, and it can not squeeze the poor for it. When things get tough make lemonaide, no matter how hard we squeeze the poor we will get nothing else out of them.

    Some would say the poor is a drain on society, well what is the first thing to do to improve someones chances of getting ahead? Edcuation, yet many want to cut it. Which will cause more poor, more people needing the help of the government, which is not in the best interest of the people.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Eloquently put. I am so tired of republicans saying liberals are taking their money and are lazy. The poorest people i know are also the hardest working, and Im very middle class. My wealthy friends are some of the most spoiled, least hard working people i know. You nailed it with your post.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iree

      Very well said Angela DD. I agree with you.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      This just in: Reid Says GOP Debt Bill Is 'Dead on Arrival' – explain to me how this is compromising?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chedar

      Angella, I wish your post makes it to headlines so all americans including the evil republicans get to read your post. I do hope for the betterness of america. The majority of americans are suffering right now and there is no end in sight.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ty

      @Tyler that's easy, the GOP plan does not provide ANY compromise, that's why it will be dead on arrival. The Dems plan at least take into account changes that will affect all tax brackets not just rich people that are posing as job creators. The only reason I can put some blame on President Obama for the unemployment rate being so high is because he didn't pressure those same rich people to create the jobs that they received the huge cuts for! More jobs, more tax payers, more revenue and then maybe the rich wouldn't be worried about losing their cuts, that is if they were indeed job creators

      July 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      Beautiful. Thank you.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dana LeVan

    I want to see the approval ratings of the Republicans vs. Democrats. I can't imagine that the majority of Americans – no matter what their affiliation – would support this Republican stalemate.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Look at Obozo's approval rating. Going down, down, down... maybe that is a sign of what America thinks? Also all of the calls going to the representatives right now are opposing Obozo's plan.. Yep. Sorry..

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      @tyler your points might be taken seriously if you decided to drop the obozo thing...its not necessary to name call to display your dissatisfaction.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      How many anti bush bumper stickers did you have on your car during his presidency, exactly. This just kills me, everyone seemed to want to take a shot at Bush when he was in office and now that Obama's in office its not ok. Come on!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • scubus

      Tyler, I thought, and still think that president Bush was among the worst Presidents ini recent history. I have no issue voicing intelligent dissent and objection to policy and decision, however, I never called our President anything other than the President or President Bush.

      The President deserves a certain amount of respect and name calling is just an intellectually stunted way to voice displeasure.

      As for the current situation, I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Republican legislators who simply refuse to compromise in any way. And for the record, I personally view any legislator that holds to a pledge taken to a party other then the citizens of the United States as somewhat treasonous; the only oath or pledge they should honor is the one they made when they took office. Defend the country and American citizens.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      The reason behind "Obozo" is because he didn't have sufficient experience when he took office therefore to me its a joke. He or anyone there (yes even a republican) cant balance a check book! I used to have a real since of pride, I served under President Bush and I will never regret that decision. I still make remarks about how good President Clinton was though and I thank him for his time in office. I have never been this outraged in my life and its not over the debt ceiling b/c we are going to get a worse credit score anyway and we are going to be screwed no matter what. My one biggest gripe is spending by the current Presidency. We are in more wars now than under President Bush (Truthfully, I can hardly believe it) and that was one of the major reasons President Obama was elected to office. The ole "Change" thing. Sure he is bringing some home but every person who voted for him should be upset because he has put us in more wars and conflicts than we have ever been in at one time. All this being said I will call him Obama now, you are right. One more note though, I bet (and I would bet a lot on this maybe even a whole years salary) that there were more anti-President stickers sold during Bush's term than any other. Not for the fact that so many disliked him, its because the ones that did put about 30 of them on their cars. Think about how I felt then... Exactly. Its shameful and I actually apologize for being insulting.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Penny

    Rather than slamming the President or Speaker Boehner, we should be pointing fingers at ourselves. Those of us who bothered to vote at all, decided that we wanted a divided Congress thinking we'd have a "check and balance." Now, look what we have: stalemate. Unfortunately, come August 2, if nothing changes this stalemate becomes "checkmate."

    July 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned

      I don't blame myself bc I voted for democrats in the mid terms. Fat lot of good that it did me.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    This is a Congressional issue one the President cannot control. They call the purse-strings' shots not he. So, don't blame Obama.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      It's actually the House, not Congress, that starts funding and appropriations (Congress implies the Senate starts this when it only starts up once the House votes on the measure). However, your point is right on – it begins in the House and Obama can only set the tone.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Ok then don't blame obozo. What happens if the GOP bill passes the house and then gets to the Senate and passes as it probably will? Obozo said he would veto such a bill, so yes it is the Presidents fault. Even "cut, cap and balance" passed the house with a BIPARTISAN VOTE!!!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy Smith

      Yes, Cut, Cap and Balance passed the House with bipartisan help, just like the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell passed the senate with bipartisan help. I don't see the GOP refusing to blame the Democrats.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Never said that, because they are and rightly so..

      July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jenna NYC

    To hold up the debt ceiling raise for budget battles is not the appropriate time and place. For heaven's sake, get it done. The spending was approved by Congress, now we must pay for it. Period! The time for wrangling over spending is during budget discussions, not now. The Republicans are going to pay a heavy price for this, whether they are right or wrong.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JW

    Once upon a time, there was a know nothing party. The Republicans are now a "no, nothing" party.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sue in Knoxville

    This is the one chance the GOP has to actually get control of (read 'restructure') continuing programs that are going to bankrupt us. It's not pretty............but taking a promise of future cuts in exchange for taxes now is stupid! They've tried that before. Those retirees who have additional income could pay more, but would be idiots to do so unless required. Doesn't make fiscal sense......so the regs need to be adjusted and now is the time. As for Grandma not getting her check next month; don't believe it. Any Dem who agrees to that is assuring his/her own defeat and THAT is something they would never do!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PA Squid

    If you read the article today about Obama telling the banks and the IMF that the US will not default on its loans, you would realize the entire "debt ceiling crisis" is not really an immediate CRISIS! It is being used to scare people into action they would not ordinarily take.

    There is no immediate crisis and the Republicans are making a stand on the unjust policies of a know-nothing moron and his cohorts!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack johnson

      You are right we will not default because the Presadent will invoke the 14th Amendment to the Const., (THE FIRST TIME) Thus another nail in the Repubs. coffen.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Very right... Scare tactics are normal politics these days. Now Jack, you know (or should know) that is not even feasible.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art R

      It seems like the repubs including the cult of baggers is probably the best thing possible for Obama's re-election. Another 16 months of the no compromise repubs may very well give Obama a landslide victory in 2012.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frustrated Florida Voter

    It is absolutely ridiculous that an agreement cannot be made between all parties involved.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry Matthews

    The wealthy want the Bond Rating to fall. Then they can lend money at the higher rate to the feds and then play less taxes already in place. Wall Street Interest Junkies love this failure

    July 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tyler

    Are you kidding me CNN? This is the most biased piece of media reporting I have ever seen. How about reporting that most of the calls going to Congress right now actually appose Obozo's plan. Yes I said it you libs, after many years of Bush ripping you deserve it, all of you. I hope we do default, its better than paying for illegals and people that cant seem to get off their butts like the majority of America. I am sick of paying for you to sit at home. Its just not fair to increase taxes on those that have actually worked to get where they are to support people that are a complete and utter disgrace to our country. How about go out and serve for Obozo you libs? I served for Bush but would never serve for the excuse of a President you have in the WH today all because it was the cool thing to do. Change, ya it happened and look where we are now!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obandon

      Most of those staying at home have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own. Many of those staying at home would give anything to even be able to find even a part time job for minimum wage. Many of those staying at home have lost their homes due to losing their jobs. Many of those staying at home no longer even have unemployment coming in and are going hungry. Everyone in our country must sacrafice, not just the poor, elderly, disabled, and schools. That includes those who still are fortunate enough to have jobs. I myself am working for over $10/hr less than I made back in the late 1990's, but you know what. I am thankful to at least have a job. Maybe it would be looked at differently if the "Job Creators" getting these tax breaks were actually creating jobs, but they are not. They stopped creating jobs way before Obama took office. Maybe you would be speaking differently if you lost your job!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big John

      Tyler, you're a whiney little brat. STFU and go take a nap.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      No I wouldn't because I would have one the next day. I don't care if I have to go take some illegals job at a temp agency I will get a job and pay my bills. There is no excuse people are lazy!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Looks like Big John is all grown up. Is that all you have for me? You know personal attacks are not allowed so yep goodbye comment!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      Tyler, I might even take the time to read your comments if you would stop with the 'Obozo' references.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obandon

      You only think you would have a job the next day. There are thousands of people competing for a single job out there. If you did get one the next day if won't have the pay or benefits you have become use to. Go ahead quit your job and try it! You will learn that it is easy to speak ill of those less fortunate than you until you become one of them.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      What did you say about Bush we he was in? Exactly, tables have turned and everyone gets so upset.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Already did that! Got a job the next day actually paying more! Work hard and people notice! Be lazy and the fat gets cut!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obandon

      Maybe you were lucky this time, but next time won't be so lucky. Remember that what goes around comes around, so be thankful for what you have and try to be hopeful that the less fortunate will have some luck as well. Not everyone out there in a bad spot is lazy, and in this economy hard work and skills are often overlooked. I don't like paying for the lazy folks either, but I also realize that many people have been put in a bad place due to the economy and the "Job Creators" who forgot to create jobs. I hope someday you can learn to have compassion.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Tyler, you sir are part of the problem, not the solution!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      So, Tyler has chosen to be a part of the continued problem. Adults can debate without name calling. I wait the day when the silent majority of rational people finally get their say rather than fringe loons.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Tyler- what evidence do you have that "most of the calls going to Congress right now actually appose Obozo's plan"? There is no data on this so this is your opinion, not fact.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      First Obandon.. Why do I want to pay for others mistakes? Yes you are right, what goes around comes around. I have been a hard worker all of my life from a time when I made 6 bucks an hour at Taco Bell. I worked my way up the ladder (not at Taco Bell of course), served my country under the Bush Administration, which I a deeply proud of and now when I go to an interview I choose to go, because I have multiple offers. I am getting exactly what has come around because of hard work dedication and persistence. That is the American way. Not leaching off the country.

      Next BinFL – great comment. great explanation, enough said.

      JR – you meant to say solution.

      Brian – I will re-post that information in a second, just let me find it real quick.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR

      Sadly enough, I think you actually believe that.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Well JR, this is what America believes:

      Threat of default if U.S. debt ceiling isn't raised 4.73% (3,597 votes)

      Threat of U.S. credit rating downgrade 7.26% (5,523 votes)

      Rising federal debt 63.93% (48,616 votes)

      Insufficient tax revenues 3% (2,283 votes)

      Tax rates too high 17.59% (13,380 votes)

      Other (leave a comment) 3.48% (2,648 votes)

      Total Votes: 76,047

      July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRM

      You are a bullet point spewing moron, foaming at the mouth with rhetorical diarrhea.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micric1

      Tyler if you got your votes off of some website its unscientific

      July 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Yes I am a moron, because I fought for people like you! What have you done for your country?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Tyler is nothing but a paid troll. There is zero point in even acknowledging anything he says. He is worthless.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Jeff, I have to say... THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACKNOWLEDGMENT!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art R

      There is one good thing about a default and a subsequent tanking of the economy: Lot's of baggers will be getting their pink slips just like everyone else . Then these dopes will get to experience what it's like to be one of those "lazy" unemployed who don't want to work. Hopefully many of those morons will lose their houses as well of the jobs and get to spend quality time with other "lazy" homeless. Enjoy baggers.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth S.

      Same here, Tyler... I won't read any comment by someone who resorts to name-calling. Sorry, it demonstrates a lack of maturity.

      July 27, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. A Real American

    Look at how well austerity measures have worked in the UK. Their GDP growth went from 3% to 0.2%. Can't wait till the republicans get their way and the same thing happens here.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Strong

      They'll just use the poor economy to convince more idiots to vote Republican in 2012.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Its the people's way:
      what people are really concerned about:

      Threat of default if U.S. debt ceiling isn't raised 4.73% (3,597 votes)

      Threat of U.S. credit rating downgrade 7.26% (5,523 votes)

      Rising federal debt 63.93% (48,616 votes)

      Insufficient tax revenues 3% (2,283 votes)

      Tax rates too high 17.59% (13,380 votes)

      Other (leave a comment) 3.48% (2,648 votes)

      Total Votes: 76,047

      July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Q

    Expiring the Bush tax cuts makes sense. People don't think of it in simple terms. If you had a big bill to pay, wouldn't you go on a budget (cut spending) and try to find ways to increase your pay (raise revenue). That's what any smart person would do. If the opportunity is there to raise revenue in conjunction with cutting spending, who in their right mind would not do that?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art R

      The cost per job created by the Bush tax cuts over the years has been calculated at $329,220:


      This is a horribly inefficient way to create jobs

      The cost of the Bush tax cuts was about $1.7 trillion. Clearly most of that $1.7 trillion went to the rich (the so called "job creators"), not to jobs in the U.S.for the middle class.

      Clearly the job creators (the phrase the repubs like to throw out) did not create many jobs – they just kept the money. We could have created more jobs by taking that $170 billion per year of the Bush tax cuts, put the cash into a fleet of helicopters and dropped the money on the middle class. And the repubs want to perpetuate this extremely inefficient use of $170 billion per year which gets added to the deficits.

      If you asked anyone in the middle class if they noticed the direct and indirect incremental benefits of the Bush tax cuts, they'd be hard pressed to say "yes". The rich would probably answer that question with a definite yes.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom in the Great NW


    July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perf

      Tom, do you mean it's time for the top 1 percent of earners who already pay 38 percent of all taxes or the top 10 percent of earners who already pay 70 percent of all taxes?
      I know it's not the bottom 50 percent of tax payers since they only paid 3 percent of all taxes. Maybe we should get them to start paying their fair share.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Good comment. Well said, it is time that the normal American takes responsibility for their actions. We (well I didnt go out and buy a 300K house on a 20K a year salary, but...) caused this by overspending in our households. Now the government is going down the same path. Balance the budget!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micric1

      This is to perf,

      The statistics you mentioned are one of the greatest cons that the right wingers pull out of their bag of tricks. While it may be true that they as a GROUP pay the highest pwecentage of teh TOTAL tax, that is irrelevant, Its what they pay individually that is relevant. And the real important statistic that most people miss is that the richer you are the less as a percentage of your PERSONAL TOTAL Income you pay. The reason is teh richer you are the more of your income is from unearned income which is currently taxed at 12%. This is the reason that CEOs get most of there income as stocks if they get 100,000 as salary taxed at 31% and $5,000,0000 in dividends taxed at 12% They are paying way LESS than most of their employees. The GOP would like to have the taxes on unearned income drop to ZERO how about that for balance

      July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      What you have just mentioned is one of the greatest cons of the liberals of the world. Which side do you believe? Listen our tax code isn't perfect, but we don't need to raise taxes for the rich. That is just not necessary. How is it fair is that? At least they have worked to get where they are, saved for retirement, and take care of themselves. I for one am sick and tired of paying for everyone in America to get lazier. We are paying for everyone's mistakes except for the rich. The rich did not go out and borrow tons of money they couldn't pay back, the common person did.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike Oliver

    We need to get rid of democrats and republicans alike and start over. These guys only concerns are to keep their jobs at all costs whether it is in the best interest of the people or not.
    Fed up

    July 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
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