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. richard williams

    The Brittish P.M had it right....a handful of "NUTTERS" have hijacked American government. Boehner, Cantor are sons of Satan.

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

    Boehner has got to be fired. I have never seen anyone disrespect the President of the United States like he has. He should be shown the door, given a broom and somebody should tell him to fly back home.

    It wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the plug on the congressional website himself or gave an order to have it done. Why? Well, I can't get through to my elected representative in Congress, but I sure can get through to Boehner's website! Gee wiz, I wonder why that is?

    He's not a true Republican. A true Republican would never behave the way he's behaving and would never say a lot of the things he's been saying. He's a disgrace!

    My dad is a senior citizen and relies on Social Security and Medicare. He is a World War II veteran and deserves a lot better then having his Social Security check reduced, coming in late or having his Medicare reduced.

    I think we should all demand an audit of this country's finances and see where the heck all of our tax dollars went.

    Now let's see, our tax dollars going to Egypt should stop immediately. Pakistan was stopped, good! Why should we give money to people who hate us? It makes absolutely no sense.

    Call your representatives in the House and in the Senate!

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

    Q- How did we get here? Ans- 2 wars and Bush tax cuts. Q- How do we get out? Ans- Eliminate Bush tax cuts and wind down the wars. By the way, is Congress on the list to not get paid if there is no agreement by August 2 on the debt ceiling?

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

      No, but I probably am! And I'm not happy about it!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Government?

      senate and house will continue to operate on emergency funds just for them

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

    You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

    What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

    The government cannot give anybody anything that it does not first take from someone else.

    You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

    When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because someone else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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

      Your straw man is a logic bomb. Good job!

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

      you would not understand logic if it bit you on the foot

      do not repeat fox tv as philosophy you idi0t

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

    No time like the present to begin cleaning up our fiscal house, it's in terrible condition, and blame for the current situation has been building for decades and belongs to Democrats and Republicans alike. A firm plan to stop borrowing money is needed now, whatever bill is passed cannot leave loop holes open for members of congress to abuse in the future. I am amazed at how so many of you blame those who have prepared well their own fiscal house, you are self righteous and loud because you did not have the fiscal discipline to have anticipated these events. I am not wealthy, but have no animosity to those who are because I, within my means, saved and invested to be able to survive the inevitable.

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

    As much as the Republicans complain about the rise in our debt that must be stopped, they forget who got us here. Obama certainly didn't do this in three years. With Bush, noted as the most prolific spender, and who started two wars which have now gone on for years now, with Afghanistan costing us $10 million per month, we should look how who really put this debt where it is. The debt ceiling has been raised 64 times since 1962 and now, because of their fear of Obama getting re-elected, they want to cause all this chaos. Hypocrite Cantor voted the last four times to raise the debt ceiling but refuses to now. Hypocrite Boehner wants to make cuts, but won't stop the building of a fighter jet in his state that the Pentagon doesn't even want. Is there any politician that really votes for whats best for the people and not their own agenda – I think 90% are all hypocrites!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Morgan Sheridan

    I am totally convinced now that the Republican agenda is to destroy this country utterly. They will not compromise with President Obama because of his race. They are punishing the American people for voting for a black man for President. They have determined the US is an impediment to the corporate state and that it must fail. They have broken faith and have violated their oaths of office in signing their allieigance to Grover Norquist.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Government?

      the reason they, republicans, do not care about USA is that they have massive investment overseas

      July 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jorge waahinsen

    It is no problem telling which news network you are watching from the comments here.Seems the majority expect a lot from the few taxpayers that are still holding a job.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brendan

    time for the 48% that pay no taxes to have some skin in the game!


    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      "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 is for 2008. What are you going take from them?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • brendan

      KIKI : there has to be something. even if taxed at 100% the rich cannot close the budget gap.

      raise medicare and SS to age 75, i dont care, i wont see a penny either way, im too young

      July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mel B

    You know what? Let the country default. Why? Because then no one can stand and blame just one party. They have to blame their own party just as much as the opposing one. No one can pile all the blame on Obama, who honestly is turning out to be Bush's Whipping Boy. Boehner wants to protect the Upper Class at the expense of the ever-shrinking Middle Class who support the poor. The Upper Class sure as hell don't, and it’s high time they did!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rebo


    July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CJ Helmer

    I'm weary of media hype and even more weary of people assigning blame. I'm especially fed up with compromising which has gutted or diluted sound legislation. The House & the Senate jointly made possible a fiscal disaster over the years. I believe voters made it clear in the last election they are fed up with the irresponsible spending and business-as-usual mentality in Washington. To characterize those voters as lunatics might be a mistake.

    The House & Senate need to take care of the taxpayers' business – not the party's business! As caretakers of the nation, our legislative bodies have fallen short in my estimation!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Hold Obama's feet to the fire and don't cave again – 2010 elections show americans are fed up with obama and dems spending like there is no tomorrow – I

    July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon Lehl

    If you are supporting the republican agenda and you are not in the top 2% of earners in the US, you have been duped. You are supporting a party that's sole purpose is to creatte, support, and maintain a PERMANENT UNDERCLASS Iin the US. And unless you are in that top 2%, you are helping make this country one of haves (2% and their lackeys) and the Have Nots (the rest of us).

    July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jose San Antonio

    We need to do one of those million person march at the capitol hill, and just start throwing tomatoes, eggs, to the capitol bldg while chanting, "get your act together!!!"

    July 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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