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. rayray

    Do not lose sight of 2012--the GOP will get their wish and Obama may lose but they will have to deal with a Democratic House and Senate-Tea Party or no Tea Party! These Republicans are so focused on defeating Obama that they forgot to cover their flank-thinking Americans will forget what happened during the President's first 4 yrs. I am tired of hearing the Republicans say the American people do not want to raise taxes when all the polls show a large percentage are in favor of the increases.Where the HELL are they!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kelli from Georgia

    I wrote my congressman today and I am totally disgusted with Boehner and the rest of the republican party. They are going to forgo benefits for the elderly, poor, veterans, etc. so that the tax reductions for the wealthy don't expire. They are arogant and completely out of touch with average americans. They need to be voted out and Obama is correct in asking for compromise, which of course we don't see from the Republicans. They are willing to let our economy fall again.

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

      Tell you what, you obviously know little about politics or political science. These Republicans you mention, including Boehner are in districts that strongly support their congressmen. CNN doesn't tell you that though. If they were to do a district by district poll, you'd find that the majority of people in their districts support them, including me. I draw the line on taxes, the government has never proven itself capable of spending tax money wisely or fiscally responsible. So, why would Americans believe Obama now?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LouAz

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Corporate States of America,
    And to the Republicans for which it stands,
    One Nation, Easily Divisible,
    With Liberty and Justice for sale.

    Seems the Repub Tea Potty think they should destroy our Country in order to save it. They are not smart enough to be in Congress. The do not know that the US Govt cannot be run like their personal households. The do not understand banking or the US Treasury. Their lack of action is malfesance in office. They should admit that they do not know how the US Govt works and resign immediately.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maryann - Orlando FL

      I hope you don't mind, but I'm stealing that 'pledge'. Very appropriate. Well done!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dandee

    One definition of a cult is "Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing." Another includes the phrase "authoritarian, charismatic leader".The people didn't elect representatives to pledge themselves to Grover Norquist, an unelected politrical extremist" to vote his way. The Republican Party, and especially the Tea Party, has become a dangerous cult whose members act in robotic lock step..

    July 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Faithless in KY

    I used to buy into what I was taught in school. "America the beautiful" a land filled with dreams and opportunity. Born and raised in the heartland, I worked hard. Having one parent who only got through the 6th grade before he had to quit to help support his siblings and another who worked her fingers to the bone at a thankless minimum wage job, I fought the odds to get into a good college. Worked hard to be the top of my class, and watched the job market crash shortly after my graduation. Now I work for pennies on the $ and I listen to lawmakers try to take my parents' home away and turn my student loans over to corporate loan sharks... and I wonder... why was I lied to in my youth? why was the seeds of hope planted in this barren wasteland of desolation?

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

    Two types of Republicans...those with alot of money and those fooled by those with money....real easy to fool a rube!

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

    Obama couldn't run a cool aid stand.
    He has no concept of how the country runs..all he knows is to SPEND THE COUNTRY INTO THE POOR HOUSE.
    We don't have a income problem we have a Democratic President that doesn't understand you cannot spend more than you make. Making it up on the backs of the wealthy doesn't fix the problem. Obama doesn't get it, he'll never get it and any moron who voted for him in the first place should be ashamed of their vote. The guy is a dim bulb.

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


      July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave T.

      Perhaps you missed the part where it was Reagan and Bush Jr. who spent this country into the poor house. Bush Sr. and Obama were both dealt poor hands by their predecessors, and Clinton actually did a good job with the economy.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • LouAz

      SS you didn't know that the US Govt had a debt limit untill a couple of weeks ago did you ?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • truethinker

      Funny. He was pushing for $3 trillion in cuts. More than any republican. The remaining trillion was supposed to in closing loop holes. Explain to mean how throwing money at the rich creates jobs when they bury half of it in a hedge fund?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      You obviously have no idea what the hell you're talking about; anyone with sense can see this is about more than some irrational, consistent need to whine about Obama. You're just repeating the same bullsh!t rhetoric that any mindless right winger loves to sprout, because you guys are a one trick pony.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pamela

    So, who is Grover Norquist? Who funds him? Why is he the one running the country (by driving this deadlock)? And why isn't the press pushing the button that exposes him and exposes the entire Republican Congressional group as his front men? Why are the Republicans putting a pledge to this man and his ideas ahead of the good of the country?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Government?

      funded by coporate amerika 70%
      super-rich 30%
      does not really care what happens to typical amerikan

      July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jorge waahinsen

    When the country is 14 trillion in debt your future has already been squandered.You don't change the situation by paying out the nose for foreign aid for 60 countries especially funds intended to rebuild mosques all over the world. (9-11 is what put us in this mess and the wars we are in. Hold Obama's feet to the fire and don't cave again.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ann

    For all those clamoring for a flat tax – you do realize, don't you, that it would mean the end of all the deductions you hold so dear? No more deductions for mortgage interest, or for medical expenses, education costs or charitable deductions. Maybe you wouldn't even get to have a deduction for your kids (fine with me – I don't think people should be compensated for reproducing). Most of us poor shlubs in the middle class would end up paying MORE. Still think it's a good idea?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jean kondek

    If we do default then the first checks that should NOT go out, should be the paychecks for the senators and representatives including those checks for their expenses, staff, healthcare, mailing privileges and any other bennies and gimmes they get!
    IN fact, stop them now since they're not doing their job.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Government?

      they get special treatment ~ a default would not effect them at all.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Oh, sure – cut the pay for their staff. Because surely, this whole mess is Eric Cantor's secretary's fault.

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

    Speaker Boehner needs to grow a pair and put the needs of the country first. Obama has made some compromises but Boehner won't.
    All we hear is, "No taxes increases, tax increases costs jobs". Taxes are at their lowest since the 1950's. Where are the jobs? More jobs were created under Clinton than under Bush and the taxes were higher them.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard May

    What most who are posting on here don't seem to realize is that both parties are to blame; and hiding behind blinders is not going to change that simple fact.
    Both parties are failing to work together, and stop paying attention to their special interest groups and do what is the right thing for the people – not big oil and/or big business
    Simply do the job they were put into office to do.

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

      Were you not fed properly as a child?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard May

      My father was in the military – and had to support five kids, a wife and himself (he married my mother that had five kids) on a military salary.
      Government did NOT pay for my food – my parents did!
      If you want to post – don't post as Government – it just makes you seem like the fool that the government really is!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Concerned

    Wake up.
    There is more going on hear than just the budget. This is the first time Congress has ever held the debt ceiling increase hostage. This is political to do damage to the president at any cost. I truly believe, if this was not a black president, this debt ceiling crisis would not have occured. Look at it, there has been more disrespect from congress men toward the president than I have ever seen, since they cann't come right out an say they are not in favor of a Black president, they will use other more covert tactics to disrepect or discredit our president. Today it the debt ceiling, tomorrow it will be against something else the president trys to get passed. Racism show itself in many ways. Don't destroy the country because you have a problem with a intelligent black man as the President of the United States.

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

      Sad but true !

      July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard May

      Stop using race as an issue; for that is NOT the case.
      Even black republicans are playing the same game as their white counter-parts.
      The reality is they are playing games with the lives of the American taxpayers and we are going to be paying the price for their self-styled interest and nothing more.
      Both sides want to show they are acting in the best interest of the people and we all know that is NOT the case

      July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pat from Ohio

    We can throw money at all the countries in the middle east, whether they ask for it or not, but the Republicans will not
    help the people in this country who pay the taxes and live without affordable health insurance. The 20 billion they gave to Pakistan over 10 years ago is a joke.

    Let's take care of our own first. I know the philosophy is that we rush over there so they don't invade us and destroy our nation. Well, that thought should have ended on 9/11.

    The middle class in this country is being squeezed out. There will only be the upper crust and the lower class soon. The middle class pay the taxes. The "Rich and the Republicans" need to pay their fair share of the taxes in this country of ours.

    God Bless America!!! The Republican Party doesn't seem to share that thought!

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