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. Sick of GOP

    I am sick of the GOP. They don't care if the US defaults because this would happen on Obama's watch and they would carry this throughout the campaign as his fault. I'm not sure the bond market will survive this anyway, no matter what Obama agrees to. They're rich and don't care. They want to see Obama fail and this fits in with their agenda. I've never felt so polarized in my 64 years as a voter.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vote rethugs out

    All it took was 6 months since the mid-terms for the Rethugs to show their true rich-favoring anti-middle-class colors. The Dems have compromised in every way they can & all you hear from the Rethugs is "my way or the highway". I think Boehner is secretly a Democrat for handing over the next election to Obama on a platter!

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

    I have never seen such a mess as this. It is NOT about you or me, it is about POLITICS, plain and simple. The Tea Partiers are willing to let the US go into default so they can come back and try to tell us that Obama is at fault. Obama is at best, a very weak leader. He has no intimidation factor about him and I have lost all respect for him. At this point, I trust NEITHER party. I will no longer watch TV and allow myself to be in knots over this. I'm disgusted with Washington and will only vote if a THIRD party should run. We don't need any more politicians – we need statesmen.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Good luck finding one...I think the last statesman we had might have been Lincoln.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CJ from Kansas

    Perhaps what we need to to create jobs is for the hard core, big money conservative business people to hire people now instead of waiting until their republican puppets are in office so the republicans can get credit for reducing unemployment.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J-Ex

    I've never see sucha one-sided "sampling" of commentary in all my life. Good grief I'd love to have some politicians and reporters who are interested in a little more than their own self-righteous beliefs!

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

      thats because you tea party lunes are a tiny minority living in a fantasy. you literally make up less than 5% of America but you talk the loudest so you think you are overrepresented. YOU"RE NOT. STFU AND STOP TRYING TO RUIN AMERICA

      July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    LOL – the 2-party system of rhetoric and vapor is nothing but a sink hole of ineffectiveness. We're in a deep recession, and citizens and businesses have had to tighten their belts and reapproach "business as usual". But the government has not. Bloated public workers benefits, pensions, and pay continue without reapproaching reality, the democratic government continues without reapproaching reality, tax and spend, tax and spend. They will raise taxes in an instant, and the instant the "compromise" hits ink on paper, but there will be zero cuts related to structural reform for a new reality. Zero. Democrats are liars. It's time to clean house and reform, with a zero tolerance to business as usual for tax and spend. Time to bring back the guillotine.

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

      Tom, you must be a Tea Partier. You are either ignorant of the facts or you are lieing just like Boehner did last night. It's extremists like you that are dragging this country down.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      "Bloated public workers benefits, pensions, and pay continue without reapproaching reality?" I wonder if any GOP or TP Congressperson would be willing to cut their own benefits, perks, and pay to stand up for that statement... If Dems are liars, Repubs/Tea Partiers are tyrants and thugs.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. YouKnow Who

    Do not compromise stick to your guns; do not raise taxes, cut spending, and balance the check book. Oh by the way, all senators, congressman, the President, and all government workers cut your salary by 15% and save us tax payers in the long run.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blackpanthers2020

      For all the ignorant people out there that assume that you can cut spending alone to get yourself out of debt is truely and idiot . That might work for the average family but it certainly won't work for the United States government with a country of 300 million people , Revenue increases along with cutting some programs is the only way out of this mess , so please don't listen to republicans who say that we need to just cut programs to remove ourselves from this debt . Funny thing is they just want to cut social programs but at the same time give the wealthiest a tax break with no kind of way of generating revenue .

      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      Are you on crack? Compound interest is increasing our debt every second! You can't get out of that hole through spending cuts alone - do the math! We need to increase revenue. I'm in the middle class, and I'm willing to take some of the pain of a tax increase, but only if EVERYONE ELSE does as well (I'm talking to YOU, upper class voters and corporations). We're ALL in this together...so suck it up and pull your own weight. Just because you have the $$ doesn't mean you are worth more than the rest of us.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Saleswoman

    If you think the Democrats give a damn about any of you, you are sorely mistaken. And the Republicans don't care either. If Obama would have started working on the debt issue for his first 2 years in office instead of shoving the healthcare fiasco down our throats, maybe something could have been done. Who do you think is going to pay for your "free" healthcare? As Pelosi said, and this is a quote, "If you're a musician, quit your job, follow your dreams. You'll have healthcare." I'm done with Congress, I'm done with the Democrats, I'm done with the Republicans. Go pound sand and collect your great salaries and your great healthcare, and all your leisurely time off.

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

    I agree with Pres. Obama"s speech last night. I hope a bill will pass that will include both tax increases to the wealthy and deficit reduction. I felt his speech was heartfelt and rational. The Republicans are using this stalemate to support their wealthy campaign donors and friends. Its not fair to put the burden on older citizens when the oil companies and others enjoy what I believe are unfair taxbreaks.

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

    No more than two terms for EVERYBODY. That way they are there for their legacy. Right now, all they are about is getting re-elected and continue their "profession"

    July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • OklahomaHeartland

      Term limits are nice but if we want to do this in a manner that also cuts the debt we need to STOP payng the retirement plan that Congress gets. We also need to stop paying ALL Congressmen form the federal tax money. If they were paid by the state that sent them maybe they would remember where they came from rather then only seeming to be interested in staying where they are.

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

      Sad, but true. I wonder if a third party would be any different.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Laughing

    How's that change working out for you?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob B

      aren't you smug – this is the teabagger response: we lost the presidential election, so watch us fiddle as rome burns. a bunch of nihilistic thugs

      July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      You're right - we were better off when we elected Bush Jr. to his second term. Life was good back then, wasn't it? Oh, you don't like it when I bring up little prince Georgie? Change is necessary, and change is often painful...but the alternative is to continue the downward spiral.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fedupwithallpoliticians

    The big losers in this political struggle is the American public once again. Congress will continue to collect their paychecks, their retirement pensions will continue to be paid, and their health benefits will continue to be free. The American public on the other hand may not get the SS payments, higher taxes will mean less disposeable income for American families and retirees, and we will pay more for our health insurance when businesses pay higher taxes. It is time for the American public to rise up and say enough. We have to let Washington know that they server us, not the other way around.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adriana Birmingham, Al

    I am frustrated that the Democrats are surrendering again. What Reid is proposing is not a compromise. Ok middle class bend over again.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      You got that one right.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DanMan97

      I'm in the middle class, and it's not so much that I feel like we're bending over and taking it...it's that those with the most resources aren't taking it at all.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RIshi Patel

    Boehner should be kicked out – I really don't know why ppl elected him in the first place. He thinks its a game he is playing...someone needs to tell him that its lives that he is playing with. Obama is ready to make compromises and just asking to tax the mere 2% of Americans who should I think pay their fair share of getting the country out of debt. We need to make bigger demonstrations in Washington to show these useless lawmakers that its about time to come with a deal. We needs to make demonstrations outside the capitol.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob B

    One side is compromising (Ds) the other side (Rs) is holding a gun to the head of the American everyman in order to pad the wallets of their fatcat hedge fund-manager backers. How can these GOP nitwits not see that deficits will only explode when the country's interest rate skyrockets after default? And this "any family/business in this situation would tighten the belt" metaphor is nonsense: what family or business when faced with tough times, merely cuts spending and doesn't try to bring in more money?? Hello – that's the reason the poor Americans which the GOP pretends don't exist need to work TWO jobs to keep themselves afloat!

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