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. Air Journey

    The time has arrived for the people to take back control of this country by whatever means necessary. Our leaders have led us down a road from which there may be no return and will will continue to do so until we take a firn stand and say NO MORE!! The current two party system has become a circus and the whole world is watching. WE need to get back to what once made this country great.

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

      And just how do you propose we do that?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • superhamster

      Right on!

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

    A perfect case in point that everyone in political office should be voted out.

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

      A think a good overthrowing of the government is in order 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Well, that was the mantra of the last midterm election and we got a bunch or EXTREME right wing Tea Party types. This is now the minority that is literally causing this completely manufactured "crisis". Every other time the debt ceiling has been raised, it's been a one sentence bill passed with no drama.

      Just "voting everyone out" sounds nice but in reality it's pretty childish. And IF you're going to do that you should really look carefully at who you're voting IN!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin in Atlanta

    As an Independent, I've got to say I'm reluctant to vote for either party in the next election. If ever there was a third party in this country, now is the time to stand up and make some sense....please....I'm begging you....

    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yvonne

    The Congressmen and Senators work for us, the American people. Can we blanket fire every Republican in D.C. right now?

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

      Dems were in control and the debt got worse. Why do you only want to fire Republicans. Dems are equally repugnant including the President.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      JD, you do realize that under Bush the debt went from roughly 6 trillion to 12 trillion right? It's such a nice little narrative that the GOP gets to peddle now, "Obama caused this whole debt issue and needs to be thrown out, the GOP had NOOOOTHING to do with it!" Even though EVERY serious economist will tell you that when you are in a recession the government spends money! And a recession was exactly what Obama was handed. It doesn't matter if the president was McCain or Obama, we were going to be piling onto the overall debt no matter what. But, this all makes for a great GOP talking point and unfortunately many of the idiot masses will go right along believing every last word, sad.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    I worked at a job for 28 years and I was injured and had to stop working. I am on disability and get a small amount of money each month so I can just make it each month. I have had five surgeries and have one more in September. How in the hell can these idiot republicans expect to solve the debt problem in this country by not raising taxes and raising the debt ceiling. I am sick and tired of the GOP trying to destroy the USA. If the USA does not raise the debt ceiling the interest rates for home loans, credit cards, car loans, student loans will go sky high. There are a few people who will get rich from this and they are Bankers, CEOs, Loan companies, Big Corportions, and maybe some Congressmen who work with lobbyists who work for the big corporations. Interest rate hike means more money in the pockets of these people. I wonder how I will pay my bills next month? Is this what my grandfather fought in WW2 for. I think he would punch a few people in the mouth if he was alive.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    Time to look at the extreme taxes on workers -40% -50% of paychecks taken by state and federal compared to the very small percent taken from the rich and corporations. Cutting tax on the workers of this country would put cash in their hands to pay their bills, keep their houses and have food to eat. Raising taxes on rich and corporations will not stop them from eating and having a roof over their heads. More money for the average person will make less people need help from the government.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. YouKnow Who

    So tell us what legislature has the Democrats presented to create jobs? Obama and the majority led Democratic party went on a spending spree and look where it got us; on the brink of bankruptcy. Please, tell us what do you suggest to creat more jobs?

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

      Put the offshoring cap back in place that Bush Sr removed? Just a thought...but the dems did try that once to put it back in place only to be laughed at by the GOP.

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

      You just need to know !!! You don't have a clue do you ?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Got news for you - Bush Jr. and his Repub cronies built the road that led to chasm of bankruptcy...now the GOP is just trying to push the Dems off the cliff (and us with them).

      July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CJ from Kansas

    The tea party Republicans are showing just how extreme they are. They think they alone have the solution to our country's economic challenges. That's a real red flag to me. Compromise is what makes marriages work, makes good churches grow and enables good government, one that considers ALL the people. Dictatorships force their perspective on others.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Betsy

    All I could think about last night was that poor little boy who was forced to live in a cage, and left little notes wondering why no grown-up showed up to feed him and to get him out of that awful situation. It's nice to hear that a few of the politicians at least are noticing what's going on outside the Beltway, but they don't seem to be able to stop the train wreck either. And the rest of us keep hurting and exhausted and screaming and no one seems to be paying any attention. Not raising the debt ceiling is like refusing to pay the credit card bill for the restaurant meals you've already eaten. The Republicans were in the lead when Bush cut taxes, started two expensive wars, and put through an expensive drug benefit, and deregulated the financial industry creating the bubble that led to the economic collapse. That's why we're in this jam, and now the bill has to be paid. All the rest is just extortion and blackmail to try to force and threaten through radical and massive changes that the Republican's can't achieve through the normal legislative process.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. T-man

    I've leaned Repub in past years but Boehner and Cantor and their ilk make me run not walk away from the Repuplican party. Government was built to work on compromise. They are pretending it's a principal thing while holding the country hostage. As a somewhat side-note, I read that Germany has cut its defense spending by 25%. Wow, if we did that, no more deficit. And it's certainly warranted – too many troops in too many places.

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

      No one should confuse Boehner and Cantor with Reagan-era Republicans. While the Republicans of the 1980s openly supported states rights and a smaller central government, these Tea Party folks represent the tiniest fraction of Americans with policies that do not serve 95% of the country. Their open hostility to the common American, to the almost no-longer-existent middle class, to the poor and near poor, is unconscionable!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wendy

    I'm a long time Republican and proud of it, but lately my party has become an embarrassment. They want the Black man out of the White House and they will bring down the whole country to do so. Disgusting behavior from so-called intelligent people! I will vote for any Republican who has the guts to say NO to the Tea Party lunatics and until they do so, I will vote Democrat for the first time in many, many years!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Got a lot of respect for you, Wendy - it says a lot that you're willing to change sides based on principle. Not a lot of others would do that.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fiskenmann

    George Lopez says he is leaving the US if Palin is elected. I'll change my vote for that deal!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Allowing a bunch of self-serving, wealthy politicians, and I am talking BOTH parties and the White House here, to make importand economic decisions is idiocy. What kind of background in economics do wealthy lawyers have, anyway?

    Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and the President and his staff have all shown us that they are more interested in advancing their own party's agenda and have absolutely no interest in showing us they have backbone enough to make real decisions.

    Throw them all out!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Douglas

    Congress passed a budget a few months back. The Republicans were able to get almost 100% of what they wanted. Now they don't want to fund their promise? What's wrong with this picture?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Simple. They weren't the sole authors...if Repubs had written the budget plan that the Dems are currently proposing, they'd be selling it big time. It doesn't matter what the plan is - if they didn't write it, they'll oppose it.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard

    I cannot believe that Donald the Dump Trump wants the US to default so Obama will not get elected. I think Trump the Dump works for the Taliban or Chinese. Why would anyone support nuts like this.

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