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.

soundoff (2,307 Responses)
  1. Sherri

    Oh, So this is the way the republicans have planned to finish off the few remaining middle class families in America,
    causeing the remainder of our retirement funds to be scwandered by the the reaction to wallstreet after they fail to comprimise on the debt ceiling increase. Guess what all you rich folks you have taken away our jobs, our homes but you cannot take away our voices. When the people have nothing left to loose there will be a revolution to take our country back. Dont make the mistake of thinking it can't happen in America. The people have had enough.

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

      So the Democrats aren't finishing us off either with their big welfare programs?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      Thor , I absolutely do not agree with many of the welfare programs that are approved. I think people who recieve free medical care and food should be given a 1099 form and report it as taxable income . I also beliveve that low income people should have reduced taxes However, they should not be able to get a refund of someone elses hard earned tax dollars. I do not consider senior social security as welfare. I do think we should review more cases of disabilty social security for fraud.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    If you don't make 200-300k per year WHY ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN?????

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpeechAnalyzer

      BINGO. I think there are more Americans who make less than that amount than more of. Time for our voices to be heard.

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

      I don't make that much a year, and I am a Republican. I just am sick of paying two thirds of my income for people who won't work and for nonsense government projects. When government spends too much, just like my kids, too bad; they only will be able to spend what they have. That's a basic rule of economics. No more money for "pet" projects that contribute nothing.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marie MD

    I hope the rethugs are paying attention to the above comments. Eighteen for the President and three for the weeper and his teabaging bunch. Not that they care about the little guy, but it seems to me that the 2012 election, which is the only thing the rethugs care about is shaping up quite nicely for two terms for the President.
    Thank you to all the teabaggers. The teabagging flake crom MN and the racist, stomp on women paul from KY, among others, are sinking your ship and therenare not enough boats for all of you!! 🙂

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Both Democrats and Republicans are equally not willing to compromise. I just wish Obama would give up on both parties and declare himself Independant. He obviously wants the parties to cooperate..... but neither Republicans nor Democrats are willing to.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cindy R.

    I'm tired of the Republicans simply playing politics with this. The President and the Democrats are willing to compromise. We need a debt ceiling increase that runs at least until 2013, so we're not having our attention and time split on this again during the 2012 elections, not to mention the fact that it just makes good sense. And we have to keep the door open to tax increases. We cannot just say no.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Actually, the Democrats are not willing to budge: They want to raise the amount that they can spend.
      The Republicans don't want to raise taxes for ANYONE.
      The President will sign for ANYTHING.
      And WHO is the one who will not compromise? Answer neither Republicans nor Democrats. Period.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marlene skowron

    Republicans are looking worse than when Obama took office.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      And of course, the Democrats are looking just so much smarter with their incessant wasting of my tax money!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ray

    The Republican party are selfish people who don't care about anybody but themselves. The rich got rich off of us and this country. Now they don't care if we go down..they already got theirs and refuse to do their fair share. They should be ashamed of themselves. They want our president to fail..

    July 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      So... how many Democrats, like John F Kennedy, are willing to not take their congressional or presidential paycheck? Hmmmm......

      July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ann

    I'm a federal employee and, contrary to some beliefs, I am not in some cushy job sponging off the taxpayer. I work hard. I'm supposed to go away for a fairly modest vacation on August 2, and now I'm wondering if I'm going to have a paycheck the following week!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. It's So Broken

    The whole system is broken. Don't raise the debt ceiling – Let the country fail and start fresh. You've gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet. By raising the debt ceiling we are only postponing the inevitable. The politicians get voted in so that they can work on getting voted back in, they don’t work for the country, they work for themselves. The GREED must end. The only way the greed will end is if the system fails.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Well said!

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

      Here's an idea. Let's start with breaking your eggs first you moron,then you can tell us how well that went for you.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      It's not so much that it's been broken; it's actually that it has been "fixed" too much. All of the Democratically sponsored loopholes and pork projects need to be removed.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Really? If our credit rating goes down that means the US interest rates rise.

      Even if it only added 1% to each home mortgage it would wipe out everything that's been gained and MORE!

      It seems that people don't understand the implications a default would entail.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Barbara from Florida

    If I understand correctly, it is ok to take food/medicine/healthcare away from chidren/seniors, disabled, military and so on, but not ok to tax those making over 250,000 OOPs i forgot that includes Congress. No wonder Republcans don't want to increase the tax,it would effect them. Also, if jobs were going to be produced by this group, it shoud have been done by now.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Sorry sweetheart. I AM a military retiree. But the Democrats have been giving away my tax money to people who "cant" find work. Funny, there are PLENTY of job openings for pickers and such down here!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sal

    The debt situation is a joke and the people in charge should all be thrown out. A few suggestions that I have that would be would be the following: (1) Any "defaults" or government closures should result in loss of pay form all government elected officials – not to be paid when a deal is done. If you cant do your job you should not get paid. (2) all benefits for all elected officials stop when their terms are complete – you dont get health beneifts and pensions(unless you paid for them) for the rest of your life. When you leave your job you can get cobra and pay for it.How much money is being "wasted" on people that have access and can afford their own insurance. that might save a penny or two. (3) Term limits – you can 't keep doing the same thing overe and over and get differnet results. (4) Need a flat tax accros the board. Establish one for the federal government and one for state – start at a point and over a five year period reduce it to a flat rate of 17% and 2% respectively. Eliminate all the special deductions and loopholes. (5) Protect what contributions have been made to any Social security by assigning those moneys to each individual contribuiting – like a 401K. IF its mine it is not yours to spend. (6) why are Frank & Dodd still overseeing the banking systems -weren't they in charge when everything crashed. (7) Why did our elected leaders suffer few losses and most of the times experience an increase in personal wealth while every one else suffers – Insider trading is insiders trading – stop the unlevel playing field. (8) why are the news networks not asking these questions on how the elected officials are spending taxpayer dollars for themselves – no we would rather take sides and sell drama. This is a good start, who is going to finish it?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    Politicians – Listen to the American people (not just the wealthiest 3%) and do what's right for this country. If not, we won't just vote you out of office...we will DRAG you out.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. brendan

    Time for the 48% that pay no taxes to get some skin in the game. Raise taxes for the poor! its litterally the only way we will balance our budget. ( i expect many liberal rebuttals to this fact, goodluck!) Whoever voted against a balanced budget amendment is insane aswell and should be voted out. If our politicians couldnt balance the budget for the past 100 years what makes you think they are compitent to do so for the next 100 years?

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

      you mean raise taxes on people who work two jobs and cannot afford a place to live. Raise taxes on those who must chose between medicine and food? How Cruel! How Republican!

      July 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kiki

    Britain's Secretary of State for Business said it best, "the biggest threat to the world financial system comes from a few right-wing nutters in the American Congress..." They want to destroy Obama so badly they'll ruin the world economy and our AAA rating to do it. It's a travesty.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NOLA4EVER

    Not to sound like my grandfather, but this is what you get when the foxes manage the hen house. Both parties have become a joke. Neither party obviously has the common sense that god gave a shiney wet rock. We get what we pay for, and in the end...it is our fault that these people are there. We voted them in, and we will complain and vote them in again and again. Congress is just a representation of the people. It's time we really understand that when we look at them...we are looking in the mirror. Boy are we an ugly bunch!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Snowowl123

    Forget the party affiliations of these people in Washington, D.C. None of them are doing the job we elected them to do. Too bad we don't have the right to have a confidence vote. It is a shame the elected officials aren't in touch with the reality of everyday lives of the voters who sent them there.

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