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. Littlejohn

    This government was predicated upon compromise; the system of checks and balances is the prime example of this concept. This system was created so that no one group could overpower another, especially to the detriment of the weaker group. It is time for those individuals who are hellbent on bullying their way because they see any government as evil to get over themselves and put the interests of the entire country over their own petty self interests. A balanced approach is the only logical approach.

    One more question to ask Speaker Boehner, "How about giving in on the revenue requests if you get a concession that the majority of the increased revenues be 'earmarked' for debt reduction rather than the profligate government programs you are so concerned about?"

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

    Boehner needs to step down! He is going to destroy all of us. Can the Speaker be impeached? I don't see much of a difference between Boehner and Benedict Arnold!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Concerned Senior Citizen

    I am disappointed with all parties. Calmer minds must get together and make this work. It is time for the Elitist and Tea Party to step aside and vote for the greater good and not for the greater money.

    I do not want higher taxer nor do I want cuts in benefits. I realize this could happen but when it does it needs to be balanced both ways.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nauseated

    If no deal is reached, Standard & Poor has stated that the United States' credit would be reduced from AAA to D. This could catapult our Nation into a financial and economic meltdown, indirectly threatening our Nation's security. Therefore, if the Republican's get their way and the United States' credit rating is reduced, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and activist Grover Norquist should all be tried for treason.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Could not agree more!

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

      Now you're talking! but lets fire them first.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zenmeister

    Republicans are not even willing to compromise by simply closing loopholes for the richest Americans and corporations – while they want to cut services to the most vulnerable. You hate to stereotype parties, but if the shoe fits...

    Hey Cantor: Do you really believe these folks/corporations are going to reinvest their windfalls to benefit the middle class? Please. They'll vote for you and contribute to your party though, right?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laughing

    Actually Rob B I voted for that idiot in office. So I guess you really are as stupid as sound. The only change I have seen is bad to worse. Even when the Dems controlled it all they couldn't do anything because they are a bunch of idiots. Last time I vote for Dems.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fedup

    republiCONs should chnage their party name to republiCROOKS. These guys are worse than the terrorists and will lie, and say anything to get their way. When that idiot from Texas was looting the treasury by giving TAX breaks and starting an unnecessary war with lies – these same "do gooders" signed away with no issues and have now become champions for fiscal responsibility. VOTE them out.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. elaine a

    the party of No obviously cares more about their party and the downfall of President Obama, than doing their jobs and finding a comprise to this horrendous situation. is it because he's a democrat or because he's black?-i think both. their actions border on treason rather than patriotism. they act like spoiled children, protecting the rich who subsidise them rather than the majority of the counrty which doesn't. boehner's a loser not a leader and can spin as much as he wants, but we're not falling for his double speech. if we do default,the last to get a paycheck and benefits should be congress.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jen

    Anyone still willing to vote for a Republican legislator after this fiasco deserves whatever they get.

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

    We need term limits for Congress now! Wake up people, it is obvious that we have the wrong people in office who are supposed to represent the will of the people. They are traitors and must be removed because they are determined to ruin this country. Pray that God will intervene.!

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

    I love how everyone says that the GOP is horrible for not meeting halfway with Obama on this without realizing that raising the debt ceiling IS their part of the bargain. This isn't both sides wanting one thing and doing a little trading meanwhile. Them raising the debt ceiling to cover for Obama's excessive spending is the GOP's side of the agreement. If your daughter went out on a shopping spree with her credit card and came to you asking for help, would it be that unreasonable to first make her agree to be more responsible in the future? To live within her means? And if you did so and she said "Okay.. and I want my allowance raised too.".. How many of you would be okay with that? All the House and the GOP are asking of the President is to be responsible in his spending, something he should be doing in the first place and that, had he been doing, would have prevented this mess. So cry about how the right are big meanies all you want, but it's about time that someone step up, grow a pair and try to find an actual solution to the problem. You would think that the guy who stood up when Bush looked to raise the ceiling in face of ridiculous spending and said 'enough is enough' would understand where the GOP is coming from when they take the same exact stance. Especially someone who flaunts how 'bi-partisan' and 'fair and balanced' they are.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeffrey

    To hear the Republicans speak you would think that tax increases destroy jobs while budget cuts don't. You can't stop $100-300 billion/year of Government spending and not have people lose their jobs. There is no difference between the two. The choice comes down to deciding how big a share of the economy the Federal government should be. Once the answer is known, the income needs to be matched to costs.

    Would someone in the media please ask Boehner about the number of jobs that will be lost from the cuts and make sure he answers?

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


      July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laughing

      While we are at it we should ask Obama how many jobs putting us deeper in debt will create.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • showard

      Very good question. He will lie about that too!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RJ

    Abraham Lincon once said, "Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people". The republicans have a new take on it, "Democracy is the government of the rich, for the rich, by the rich". The rich corporations, millionaires, and billionaires are sitting on trillions of dollars in cash, more than enough money to create millions of jobs. They do not need to be coddled and need to make some sacrifices to put our economy on a firmer financial footing. When republicans talk about them as "job creators" they really are talking about their own jobs which would not be possible without their generous campaign contributions. For them bringing the country to the verge of default is a small price to pay to protect the tax breaks for the rich and the ultra-rich.

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

      "When republicans talk about them as "job creators" they really are talking about their own jobs which would not be possible without their generous campaign contributions" Actually you would have to blame the voters.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. katwagner

    I called our representative and our 2 senators – I said just raise the debt ceiling and figure out the rest later. Just get it done and quit fighting. I also told them I'd LIKE A JOB for crying out loud; we have 2 kids in college. I have my degree so why can't I have a job?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Laughing

    And wasn't it Obama crying about the Republican's using scare tactics? Sounds to me like he plays a lot of that game too. And from reading some of these comments it is working.

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