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. Oldie in TampaBay

    I think it is PAST TIME to get rid of Boehner! Compromising is the only way to get things done & wake up AMERICA! Boehner is NOT on your side!

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

      I thinks its past time that we get rid of Obama. A health care plan that put us into more debt, we are now in more wars, and giving more money to those who are not American than ever before. WAKE UP!

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

    The people of America should arrest the congressional republicans and
    remove them from office.


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

      I hope you mean Obama.

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

    The Republican stance against a tax increase isn't primarily for protecting the super rich, it's protecting small business owners who bring in the magic $250k+. A significant increase in taxes on a small business owners ("the rich" in this case) with a small number of employees will cause that small business to lay off a few of those employees to keep everything even. Extrapolate over the entire small business market in the US, and we have a problem. We should really be looking at where to put the floor on that tax.

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

      A few percentage points on $250K is not going to break anyone, nor cause them enough grief to fire employees if they have any. The Bush tax cuts did virtually nothing to create jobs, just allowed the wealthy to keep more of their money. The few people I know with incomes that fall within that range are not unwilling to pay a little more. It is for those like many of our Republican and Democratic representatives with incomes in the millions that these cuts were enacted in the first place. The benefit to "small business owners" was just spin, and remains just spin.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Half of americans DON'T PAY A PENNY

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

      Agreed...here are some stats I have stated before. Top 1% of income earners pay 36% of all taxes in America! Come one they pay enough! We got into this situation because "the intellectuals" (sarcastic) of our society decided to spend way more than they had in pocket. Boom economy crashes... Now we will repeat this scenario with the government. Stop blaming Bush, it was the people of America that got us into this situation. The rich did not cause the problem, so why would it be fair that they are taxed more? Oh, so they can pay for liberals out there to sit around and do nothing, just like I have been for years. GET A JOB, DONT SPEND MORE THAN YOU HAVE, AND STOP RELYING ON EVERYONE ELSE TO PAY FOR YOUR LAZINESS!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      @Fed Up: Half? Please cite your references for that statistic.

      @Tyler: "Top 1% of income earners pay 36% of all taxes in America" - please cite your references for that statistic. Also you stated "so they can pay for liberals out there to sit around and do nothing, just like I have been for years" - does that mean you don't have a job? And yet you follow that with an all-caps admonition for the rest of us "intellectuals" to get jobs and budget our spending and pay our taxes. Please get a dictionary and look up the word hypocrit. You m ay find yourself in that definition.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fed Up

    Make them just STOP. Who cares who's bigger. This is not the way to determine tax rates or program cuts.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RT

    If Obama really believes his statement last night "this is no way to run a country", then he needs to resign! He is absolutely correct.

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

      Exactly! Well said!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Neil

    Party of No a year ago, is still a Party of No today. Somebody gave crazy a baby when Republicans became the Senate Majority. How the heck did we think we wouldn't have a stalled government when this happened?

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

      I agree with you, but so you're accurate, the Repubs took House majority, not Senate.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill V.

    IIf the government doesn't raise the debt limit, how can Obama buy votes in 2012?

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

      Now you know CNN will delete that comment. AHHAHAH You must put at the end .. OBAMA ROCKS! Or they will delete it..hahahha

      July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marie

    Speaker Boehner's website is clogged, so please pass this to his office. I'm a former Republican, now Independent. The Republicans were in control when we cut taxes and increased spending at the same time, which put us into major deficit mode. They were also in control for the entire period that led us into the 2008 financial crisis. Obama and the Democrats inherited a colossal mess. Please take responsibility for the problem and stop making it sound like the Democrats got us into this. I am among the people who could face higher taxes with Obama's plan and hate the idea of robbing rich to pay the way of the poor. However, any reasonable person can see that it's going to take revenue increases as well as spending cuts in order to lower the deficit. Please talk some sense into your colleagues, esp. the Tea Party folks. Everyone needs to compromise. The Democrats are willing, and the Republicans need to be wiling as well.

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

      Stop blaming the Republicans/Bush. We are in more wars now and pay more to other countries than we did during Bush's time. It is the people, what you don't remember that people that wanted more than they could afford started the economic crisis? Come on, WAKE UP. Now you want the government to take the same steps, not balance the budget and spend more money that they cannot afford?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      @Tyler, I realize I risk engaging in a battle of wits with an unarmed person, but do you really believe what you write? Do you not remember that when Bill Clinton left office, there was a budget surplus? That his administration had cut spending AND raised taxes, which led to a balanced budget and complete anihilation of the Reagan/ Bush Sr. budget deficit? And then what happened? Bush Jr. took us right down the yellow brick road into massive debt by outspending any president before him while cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans at the same time. The current administration inherited this nightmare, and it cannot be solved by the current d!ck-waving in the GOP.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. boatvolt

    At least the rest of the world is getting some comic relief....after eight years of Dubya, they now have an entire Congress to laugh at...

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

      Actually they are laughing at our weak Presidency..

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randi

    We have a bunch of rich spoiled politicians fighting with another group of rich politicians over something that could cause the average citizen to lose everything. American s are hurting, millions losing their homes, they haven't worked in a year or 2 and these knucklheads are whining and pointing fingers at each other. The politicians fight while Rome burns, pointing and saying It's their fault. Hey, it is all your faults. Stop being so darn petty and do what you get paid to do, what you were elected to do; Lead!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Wow haven't worked in a year or two, doesn't that coincide with something else? Oh ya our current President's term.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the_dude

    CNN is to democrats what fox news is to republicans. Neither have the american people best interest in mind.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherri

      What ever happened to reporters reporting just the facts and letting individuals make our own determination as to the situation.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Moocow

    This is beyond frustrating. Republicans have now gotten everything you want from Democrats, but still they ask for more. How unreasonable and unrelenting can you get? If my company was run in a similar way to congress, I would quit and file a lawsuit. This is absurd. DO YOUR JOB! Do your job!!! Compromise!

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

      Exactly right, Moocow. I'm disgusted with Democrats and Republicans (I'm independent), but it is obvious that while the Democrats have bent over backwards to compromise in order to spare we the American people the enormous grief that will come down on us all if they don't reach an agreement, the GOP is behaving in an insane, irrational manner mostly because they were stupid enough to sign a pledge to a fright-wing nut job to raise no taxes.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Barb

    People! Seriously! How long to you think you could go without paying your house note, car note, credit card bill, etc before someone came to collect on your house, car or credit card? We, as a country, are getting what we deserve. We spent more than we had and now we are going to have to pay. We do not have control over the person that spends $475 of our money for a hammer but we do have control over who in Washington allows such waste. Stop whining and do something about it. Elect someone who stands firm that a $25 hammer is worth $25.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Linda

    I agree with Kelli from Georgia. I also wrote my congressmen today. Boehner apparently wants unprecedented power and is unwilling to compromise for the good of the country. I find him disgustingly stupid and inflexible. We are paying for two wars – of course the country's debt has sky rocketed. In whose dream should the needy or the elderly pay for wars none of us wanted or agree with. Stop spending for stupid research, increase taxes on the wealthy – and get back to the business of straightening out unemployment and the economy in general. Boehner this is not about strengthening your position or showing your power over the president and democrats. Get a grip.

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

      2 wars? What? Don't you realize that we are involved in more than just 2 wars now? Wake Up! That is not what caused all of this in the first place anyway. It is people that couldn't afford the things they were buying! Now you want our government to follow that lead? No new taxes that does not solve the issue! Stop spending I am tired of paying for other peoples mistakes!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
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