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. Diana

    I see this being another 11th hour scramble like the one to extend unemployment benefits. I bet you that at 11:59pm on Aug 1st, there will suddenly be a compromise and Congress would appear to have saved the day.

    But let's put the blame where it should be: on Congress. Remember, the President has relatively little power over what gets passed and what fails. That is entirely up to Congress. He could push (threaten, badger, annoy...) for his agenda, but it is ultimatly in Congress' hands. He can't veto or sign what doesn't come to his desk. If Aug 2nd comes with no plan, remember that it was Congress' job to do something, not the President's.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deathstalker

      The president has a good bit of power to get bills started and to veto if he doesnt like them. The veto is hardly every used but still can be used when needed. It still does come down to congress though. They have to get a bill on the floor that has a chance to pass. The repugs are just trying to do the same thing as always smoke and mirrors. The real problem with the economy has to do with one thing and one thing only. That is high gas prices. All the rest people are saying comes in at a much lower third or fourth reason. Nothing compared to the damage that is being done to us as these high gas prices.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mbtexas

    If you were stopping Congressmen/Senators on the capitol steps and asked him a straight forward question, such as "Where is the White House"...he would first start his respose with..."First let me just say this about that". They cannot or will not provide easy straight answers about anything!!!!! Get on the ball boys, raise the taxes of the Rich and cut a few programs that are wastefull and useless, but get on with it!

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Garyinco

    The bottom line in this whole soap opera is that this system we keep trying to make work just can't work anymore. There is too much money and too much corruption for the government to work the way it was intended. The politicians have gotten very sophisticated in how to game the system, the electorate as a whole has not kept pace and is now manipulated to enable the outcomes desired by the politicians. We're in very deep trouble because we need really significant change and the people who have the power to make the change are the ones who will fight that change the most. We need campaign finance reform badly. We need to make lobbyists illegal. We need to prosecute, convict, and punish severely politicians who are caught lying for treason. The only hope we have is to get much more sophisticated ourselves about who we elect to office, and much more capable of recognizing the incompetent, the dishonest, and the corrupt for what they are.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Znod

    A large majority wants the Repubs to compromise. What irks me is that the Rebubs responsible for the current problem are relatively small in number. Thus, what's lacking is decent Repub leadership. Those causing the problem would be beaten into submission by decent Repub leadership.

    If the myopic Repubs prevent a fair deal such that both parties end up getting some, but not all, of what they want, then I am not completely sure what I would prefer that Obama do: (1) go along with what the myopic Repubs want or (2) stand his ground and let the default occur. I am leaning toward the second. I think that the Repub party, in general, needs a lesson concerning the need to cooperate in a democracy such as ours. Neither "just say no" nor "don't enter into fair compromises" cut in a well functioning democracy–which currently ours is not.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ShinyNewLure

    The House has been debating what to do about our economy and debt for weeks/months now. However, they were able to decide what to do about their own salaries yesterday in a couple of hours. HR 2551 appropriates dollars for their salaries for the next year. Must be nice to have a job that is protected by law.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ancient Brit

    The GOP painted themselves into a corner with the help of the Tea Party. They've signed a pledge that prevents them from doing anything to compromise, so no matter what reason they give for the present situation, THEY are the ones who are the major stumbling block to progress.

    If ever there was a demonstration of contempt for the ordinary person, the GOP are giving it to us in spades. They have shown us over and over again how they cannot be trusted to look after any but the most wealthy individuals. Why do they hold even one office in this country?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maureen

    When was Grover Norquist elected to run the country? Because, make no mistake, he surely is at this point.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jane

    The Republicans only aim here is to try to make Obama look bad. They're making fools of themselves though and they are only serving to shine light on their greedy ways. Obama's plight for the people of this country will win out in the end. Just wait and see.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AZchick

    Our country would not be in this mess if it weren't for the millionaires and billionaires who don't pay their fair share. They are the ones sending our jobs overseas, where the workers don't pay into our system. So we have U.S. citizens sitting at home, wantig to work, but are bleeding the country dry with their 2 years of unemployment checks. And to top it all off, the millionaires who are holding this country hostage will still get their paychecks even though our fighting military won't get theirs. WAKE UP, AMERICA !!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jon Lehl

    Reading these comments makes one thing very very clear; all the cuts we have made to education over the decades have rendered most of the american peoplle into parrots repeating the sound bytes from foxnews and other propoaganda sources. Bottom line is Boehner is a mouthpiece for the wealthiest americans and NO they wont bend becasue they get all their funding from that same set and wont be around if they betray the wealthiest americans and corporate greed mongers wishes. Obama is looking out for the masses and Boehner, and all republicans, are looking out for themselves!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cliff Thompson

    I wish the GOP can use simple common sense. When a household is in debt than they get a second job and reduce expenses. Doing one or the other is only half of the solution. We need to both raise taxes and make cuts to our government spending. It is sad that we got to this point but this has been an outstanding issue for quite sometime and our leadership has failed. In the past, both sides of the aisle delayed the solution and now we must ask more from America to rectify this solution. Yes, all the classes need to participate in the solution.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spadula

    My husband and I have been struggling with everyone else in this recession. I think the government is playing with people’s lives by being in this stalemate over the debt. I wholeheartedly believe they are also trying to use the president as the scapegoat due to the mess they made in the bush era. I think as a country we should tell all the house members that instead of not paying the people who depend on their checks to pay the bills, (unemployed and social security) they should give up 25%-40% of their earnings until an agreement is made. These house members don’t have to worry on a daily or monthly basis how to pay their rent and bills and I believe they all need to walk in other peoples shoes. I would gladly vote Obama again and I believe when he got into office he got a raw deal having to fix what the republicans damaged. The fact that now the republicans are not willing to work with him, it really makes me wish we could fire all of them at once to start over with a new congress.

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

    The only reason the Republicans are holding out for budget reduction, and no tax increase is to de-fund the Presidents health care initatives. They have be saying it all along. Can't use it if you can't fund it. Sad that the Health care lobby means more to congress, than everyday Americans!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Government?

    ......i thought it would not happen in my lifetime
    ...got close to the prize in the 60s

    it may be now!!


    July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kiki

    @brenden The official poverty level is set at $22,000 annually for a family of four with two children or $12,000 for an individual. That was for 2008. I'm not sure how squeezing blood from that turnip is going to solve our problems.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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