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. Steveo

    90% of the people seem to understand the issue. The 10% mouthbreathers who continue to sling mud, call into question "mental capacity" for supporting Obama, those shriekers are the ones we should be tuning out. No sacrifice whatsoever from the wealthy and corporations is a pretty simple concept. It's wrong, plain and simple. The same people and companies who benefitted the last decade OWE the US when times are tough. Pay up.

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

      When Senator Mitch McConnell said early on that the republicans main goal was to make "Obama a one-term president", I don't believe anyone dreamed the republican party would bring a nation to its knees, shake the global economy and destroy the recovery. Horrible people.

      It is TIME for the sane republicans to break ranks and have some COURAGE to govern. The party of NO is destroying the poor, the old and the weak. And NOW their own supporters, too.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Hey Steveo,

      I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess your one of those people that think an individual making 200k/year flies around in a corporate jet too, aren't you? Stop pushing class warfare. I AM in one of those "top earners" and up until our fine president boosted his donations for his campaign run, I donated a SIGNIFICANTLY higher percentage of my income to charity that he or Mr. Biden did.

      Either you are bitter because your sociology degree doesn't put you anywhere near my tax bracket, or you are afraid to venture off of CNN to get a perspective from both sides, so you just don't have a clue. Tax & Spend isn't the answer, and Im guessing you don't work in a corporate environment so you can't grasp some really basic concepts.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sasha

    For God's sake, just raise the damn debt ceiling already!

    Budget trade-offs aren't required; a clean increase can happen within 5 minutes by simple voice vote in both chambers of Congress. "Crisis" averted!

    Hell, this is the first time in its history that the debt ceiling would not be raised cleanly. It was boosted without fanfare 18 times under Reagan and 7 times under Bush (by the same GOP congressional leaders who are now threatening to cause the US to default). What makes this increase, or this president, so special?

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

      In an effort to destroy this president, the republicans are willing to destroy the country. Some patriots.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    The most ignorant comments all have something in them about how everyone else does not get it. You people have been played.

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

    Good job picking all the comments that sound as if CNN writers posted them. Very safe and ineffective.

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

    CNN anchor woman said in response to the report that men are taking all the jobs "Well at least someone is" doesn't that bother anyone? A female anchor woman? really in 2011? What a weak link. Someone fire her.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. w7rkd

    From the day Mr. Obama has been the President the Republican Party has not once been a party you could negotiate with and meet half way, they have gone as far as to promise to make sure Obama would be a failure and their actions continue to show that they relish the idea of this country collapse and try to pin the blame on Obama. After the 3rd of August and if the Republican Party continues to not negotiate in good faith of the American People President Obama should use his executive powers and order the military to arrest the Republican elected officials and charge them with Treason for plotting against the american people which in a large sense that is what they have actually done to the US.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris W

      Woohoo! I agree with you!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      It's because they are a bunch of racists and they want to make sure nobody but a wasp male gets elected again.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • PotteryCat

      I agree!!!! I've written our senators and congressman vowing to NEVER vote for another republican. I am sickened!!!! And I thought it couldn't get worse than Bush/Cheney/Rumsfield--–it did: Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the wingnuts who refuse to govern. Go HOME.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Repubs consider Obama to be a terrorist...that's why they refuse to negotiate. It's just that simple. In their eyes, a black man with a funny name has no business leading the country. What a bunch of thugs.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Larry L

    I'll never vote for a Republican again. This debate shows who they care about – certainly the working American.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris W

    I say we need a bipartisan National March on Washington, DC by the citizens of this country and demand those yahoos in Congress get the job done.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DH

    I'm an Obama fan, but am all for the GOP in this situation. The top 10 percent of income earners pay 68 percent of the country's taxes. Half of Americans don't pay any federal income tax at all. This overtaxing of the "rich" is ridiculous and unfair. Keep in mind, the rich can move – tax them anymore, and they will move to Asia where the money is at anyway.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      You sir are a clueless moron. The top 10% don't pay a dime because they hire expensive tax lawyers to exploit the loop holes Obama is trying to close. Do some research and get a brain.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tell the truth

      The people who don't pay taxes... don't have any income! The wealthiest people in the country pay about 1/3 less income tax now than they did ten years ago, due to those big Bush tax cuts. Even Grover Norquist recently said that letting those cuts expire is NOT technically a tax increase. So get your head out of your idealogical butt and think about the future of this country.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nodebt

    Boehner needs to get kicked out....I am not a big fan of the President, but Boehner is being extremely selfish and ignorant. Excessive government spending AND revenue are the problems. The first one needs to go down AND the second one needs to go up. And even though the debt ceiling needs to eventually be done away with completely, for now it needs to be raised just a little until the mess is sorted out. Hey Boehner, Obama isn't asking for a blank check, just a SLIGHT INCREASE!!! Boehner get out!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. frustrated&worried

    its jus plain sad and pathetic...our country is on the verge of COMPLETE DESTRUCTION & all the republicans care about is their money getting taxed!!! Do they not realize how many elderly people & families are going to lose their homes or their utilities? All simply becuz they cannot decide on giving the president a blank check???? WHAT THE HELL???

    July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    Yes, tax & spend is clearly the answer...

    Seriously though, the problem is with parties, and the tax code needs REFORM. The Reagan cuts of 81 were FANTASTIC, and It wasn't until I was on my feet after grad school that I realized the merit of them. However Republicans need to be willing to compromise a bit and be willing to close research tax credit loop holes that allow big oil to report record profits. Unfortunately, they never will, because the rest of America paints republicans as "evil" and the average person of average intelligence with their mediocre liberal arts degree buys into the misleading headlines from both Fux and CNN.

    As much as I blame Republicans for choking revenue, I support their resistance to the Democrats and their personal tax rate increases. How about we focus a little more on EFFICIENT government with meaningful, reformed welfare programs, and a little less on handouts, and by doing so reduce this national debt.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OklahomaHeartland

    It may sound drastic but what about stopping all foriegn aid, close the tax loop-holes, get a balanced budget amendment in place, and stop playing policemen to the whole world? Then we would likely have the money we need to pay off the debt, make sure OUR people are taken care of first, and then when we're done we can start looking at what we will and will not get involved in outside our borders. Opps... forgot we don't really have borders.. anyway... we (those that vote) need to find people who first and formost HAVE and can USE common sense. I don't care if they are Dem, Rep, Green Tea or PB&J party members... I would just like to see people in Washington that finally understand that once they are there they work for ALL of us. My tax payments go to the salary of everyone in Washington... NOT just to the people from my state. Let's remember people, we have an election coming up. Obama may be the favorite of many but if he can't get the job done (for whatever reason) then he too needs to go. He is suppose to be the leader of this country and doesn't seem to be doing so great at that part. That also goes for those in the leadership of Congress! BOTH parties!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    This argument that we must immediately stop spending, because it is out of control, and that is the sole way towards a balanced budget is completely nonsense in the manner it's being presented. We've all been told that the government, like our families, needs to live within our means, and if we spend more than we take in – we must stop spending.

    However, there is no way to immediately stop spending, for our family budgets, or the government's. In terms of the family budget, there are things you can live without – your cable, newspapers, your morning latte. But there are things you can't just shed without serious consequences, like your rent or mortgage, your car payments, gas, insurance, etc. If you quit paying on then because you "have not enough money", you are defaulting, and that pain will be felt for years to come in your credit rating.

    This is exactly where the government is today. Simply not paying for the obligations we have on the table is not acceptable, lest we default as well. You can wind down spending on future programs, or you can get yourself a 2nd job to help pay the bills that are there now. Either way, an abrupt shutdown in spending risks further harm in the long term, in order to gain a short term appeasement.

    I'm seeing a president aligning right in the middle. The left wants the rich to pay more – which they can afford, and the right wants to use the opportunity to gut social programs, which will be far harder to restore later on. Therefore, some cuts, but balanced with increases that are manageable, is a compromise plan.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      How can you just go get a 2nd job when there is no work?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anon

    If the US gov't won't pay their bills why should I? When fat cat bankers say it's stupid for them to maintain foreclosed properties because they don't want to pay for a pig in a poke, why should I pay the mortgage on my home when the value is half what I owe? Lets all stop paying our bills and taxes until the fat cats and gov't start paying theirs!

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