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!!!”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (2,307 Responses)
  1. fiscalsense

    Why is it that the only time Repugnicons ever care about the debt or balancing the budget is when a Democrat is in office. Where were the alarm bells when Bush was totalling our budget year after year and spiraling our deficit? Oh, no one cared because the super rich got tax breaks while the rest of us got to pay the extra burden.

    Fiscal sense requires that you have some common sense. Yes, the budget needs balanced, yes the debt needs paid down, yes the tax cuts for the super rich need to end. Who was the last President to balance the budget? Oh, yes it was Clinton a Democrat! Repugs do not care about debt or deficit unless they can use it to manipulate the American people. Con artists!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex in Buffalo

      Frankly I think it's time that the Tea party GOP and Boehner are charged with TREASON..they would bring this country down just to make Obama a one term president and to push their radical beliefs

      July 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TakeNoPrisoners

    The DEMONCRATS had control of the senate, house and presidency one year ago and had the majority to get this done? They didnt want to because of the next election. O"DUMBO cant even organize is own family much less a community or nation. Out with OBOZO in 2012. anyone would be better................

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Are you forgetting that the repubs had control of the House and the Senate from 2002-2006? And that was under a repub president! And during that time, we went even further into debt! You're risking cutting yourself by the same sword, pal.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JFish

    Republicans and Democrates keep worrying about if they will get there way so they don't lose, but the truth is what would they care they get their paycheck no matter what. Its the people in the real world dealing with the interest rates and shaky economy. Being from Minnesota I've already seen how a dissfunctional government can hurt the people they are supposed to be representing. For the first time I have to say politics have made me worried to be an American.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deltastrat

    Enough of democrats, enough of republicans. Our country is a ship in a maelstrom, going in circles while the politicians are slashing each other's sails. Dear Boehner, if you think that increasing taxes on the top 50 Fortune 500 companies (who pay no taxes..GE, Exxon, etc..)is going to hurt the "job creators" than you shouldn't have a problem indexing the tax reductions to the same % as on the rolls jobs created, year after year. Otherwise let's look at reality: these companies increased their profits by outsourcing jobs to China and India. I want some of those profits to pay for the country's debt. Let's also start from the real culprits: Republicans and democrats. You have put us in debt – help pay it back. Roll back the raises congress gave themselves for the past 2 years – you don't deserve it. Also, assess a 15% "fee" (no taxes increases...ha!) to every PAC funding and donation and gift, and fund raisings for political parties and re-election. Both parties stole our money. This 15% should go back into the Social Security fund. I have come to the conclusion that the most effective way to support this country is not by supporting the political system, but to attack it directly as abusive, corrupt, inefficient, and incompetent, along with selfish and greedy.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. What the hell is wrong with the Republican party????

    Boehner who literally cried about half a year ago in front of the television are still crying "Give me what I want or else!" Nothing has changed. Republicans were supposed to deliver us the promises of getting jobs for the Americans. So far they have done nothing (not even one proposal for creating jobs bill) just as they have done nothing to compromise on the debt ceiling debate. Obama is willing to meet them all of the way to the middle if they will agree with the tax increase and they still say 'NO'. Boehner even walked out of the debt ceiling debates with Obama. What a such disrespect to the president and the average Americans. WALKING AWAY does nothing but make the problem worse as time goes on. As I see it, this is a TRAITOROUS act! Boehner needs to stop crying and agree for the greater good of the country, not his party.

    Republicans keeps saying 'NO' to everything President Obama wants to improve America because they know President Obama's plan will work and will greatly increase Obama's chance to get re-elected so they are willing to do anything to smear the President. The Republican party said it was their goal to make Obama one term president... And they are doing that at the risk of destroying America economically. I am tired of their game and lies. Where the hell are the JOBS they promised us in 2010???

    The Republicans are truly the obstructionist party and I will not be voting for them ever again. I wish I didn't in 2010. I was so misinformed and brainwashed by the republican party and now I see Obama is a good president working hard to improve our condition economically, make some progressions and move ahead for the greater good of this country.

    On the other note, I noticed that the Republicans has the upper hand here because if the USA defaults, the Republicans can blame President Obama for being the only president in history to default on their obligations. That could increase the chance of booting President Obama out of the office in 2012 and at the same time, try to get themselves elected. All by blaming President Obama for defaulting. I can see it already in 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carol Mehler

    I hope all you fools that thought electing these idiots who are obviously being held hostage by the tea baggers are happy. It's too bad your wake up call has to come at the ruination of our country. Tea Party Patriots, indeed. What's patriotic about sending your country into default????

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JMH

    Someone said that politics is the art of compromise. The politicians need to do their jobs, all of them! It is possible to reach a reasonable comrpomise and still maintain one's priciples. That is what the founding fathers did. If the politicians screw this up (as appears likely) then throw every single one of them out of office!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MiddleOfTheRoad

    I have to laugh every time I see a comment about how companies are moving over seas and how that is SOOOOO bad --Really ?/ You still fall back on that old excuse ?? - I have a suggestion for all of those out there who feel that is a bad thing ... Put your $$ where your mouth is and stop buying clothes, shoes, electronics, etc. that come at a lower cost (A.K.A. those produced out of Country) and start buying things made in the U.S (pay more). - Otherwise you are just another example of the problem –A person who likes to b**&& because it make them feel smart.

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

      Try finding anything that is not made in China. If it were Taiwan, i would have no problem-but communist China?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TakeNoPrisoners

    fiscalNONsense, IN 2006 zero DEMONCRATS voted to raise the debt ceiling? are you bozo in disgiuise?????????????

    July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. What the hell is wrong with the Republican party????

    Boehner who literally cried about half a year ago in front of the television are still crying "Give me what I want or else!" Nothing has changed. Republicans were supposed to deliver us the promises of getting jobs for the Americans. So far they have done nothing (not even one proposal for creating jobs bill) just as they have done nothing to compromise on the debt ceiling debate. Obama is willing to meet them all of the way to the middle if they will agree with the tax increase and they still say 'NO'. Boehner even walked out of the debt ceiling debates with Obama. What a such disrespect to the president and the average Americans. WALKING AWAY does nothing but make the problem worse as time goes on. As I see it, this is a TRAITOROUS act! Boehner needs to stop crying and agree for the greater good of the country, not his party.

    Republicans keeps saying 'NO' to everything President Obama wants to improve America because they know President Obama's plan will work and will greatly increase Obama's chance to get re-elected so they are willing to do anything to smear the President. The Republican party said it was their goal to make Obama one term president... And they are doing that at the risk of destroying America economically. I am tired of their game and lies. Where the hell are the JOBS they promised us in 2010???

    The Republicans are truly the obstructionist party and I will not be voting for them ever again. I wish I didn't in 2010. I was so misinformed and brainwashed by the republican party and now I see Obama is a good president working hard to improve our condition economically, make some progressions and move ahead for the greater good of this country.

    On the other note, I noticed that the Republicans has the upper hand here because if the USA defaults, the Republicans can blame President Obama for being the only president in history to default on their obligations. That could increase the chance of booting President Obama out of the office in 2012 and at the same time, try to get themselves elected. All by blaming President Obama for defaulting. I can see it already in 2012

    July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. YouKnow Who

    Sue wrote:
    “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.”

    Sue, remember, Democrats hold the Senate and the Presendency, the Republicans only hold the house; thus the majority is with the Democrats. Before the Republicans took over the house the Democrats were in charge of all three branches and what did that do for us? Over 6 trillion in more spending, more spending in two years than previous 8 years combined. Spending more will only destroy this country. Cut spending! Read this message; Cut Spending!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve from Nevada

    Boehner's unwillingness to compromise has effectively ended his political career. He has painted himself into a corner with no way out. He is such an emotional guy, come elections he have something he can truly cry about.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry

    Voted Republican my whole life, but really fed up with the process. John Boehner and the Republican Party cannot continue to defend the rich contributors and corporations. The loop holes cannot be justified nor tolerated. Our defense spending must be reduced, we cannot continue to be the worlds police force, banker etc. We cannot continue to pay for bases all over the world, nor can we justify the cost of three wars and cut domestic spending. From the Democratic side we need a buy in on balancing the budget over a ten year period. The balance budget cannot be ignored after the ten year faze in period. The bottom line is we must not default, we need compromises from both parties, we need shared sacrifices. One last point if they can't get it done in private open the negotiations to us (their boss) let us decide who is telling the truth.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beau

    Citizens 2012 Election Strategy: "Re-elect Nobody!" ... aka, "Zero-Based Government"

    July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PAT

    WELL THIS SITUATION REALLY REALLY STINKS, IF I REMEMBER RIGHT AT THE LAST ELECTION , PEOPLE WERE CRYING BECAUSE THE PRESIDENTS ACTIONS HE HAD SET IN MOTION WERE NOT GIVING EVERYONE INSTANT RELIEF. ANY ONE WITH A BRAIN OUGHT TO HAVE KNOWN IT WOULD NOT ALL WORK OUT OVER NIGHT, AND WOULD TAKE TIME TO TURN AROUND AFTER WHAT BUSH AND THE GREEDY REPUBLICANS DID TO US. SO NOW ALL OF YOU THAT ARE ANGRY AND COMPLAINING ABOUT THINGS OUGHT TO PAT YOURSELVES ON THE BACK FOR VOTING THE REPUBLICANS BACK INTO POWER LAST ELECTION AND CAUSING ALL THIS MESS.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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