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. phyllis

    I am like other posters here, I am sick to death of these idiot in Washington DC. We pay these dumb a$$e$ a salary to work for us, but I don't see any work being done..........All I see is people trying to out do the other, this is pure and simple.

    These republicans are trying to get Our President out of office, if their was a white man, holding the office of President, this would not happen..........And I am a white woman, who voted for Our President.......and will vote for him again, I happen to think he is a good man, is trying to do the right thing, for all of the people, not just the RICH, AND POWERFUL............So my word to you fat cat republicans, is to be fair, and stop being a$$ holes.........
    peace out....................

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

    I'm beginning to wonder if the people of the US no longer have a voice left. It's being swallowed up by political greed.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bobs your uncle

    All these articles and news shows talk about how fed up the country is with congress and the president. Do those people actually know or care what we think? Naaa, not really.
    Theyre not reading this, or watching the shows about them.

    They just dont care..

    We keep paying them and doing nothing about them. Hoping we will "vote" next year. Which in all honesty will be a year too late as they will have dragged the global economy down into a pit that no "vote" will get out of.

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

    I'm starting to think that this one is actually on us. The politicians are only doing what we've driven them to do over the last few election cycles. We've been punishing anyone in congress who shows a willingness to work together with the other side by voting them out of office. These days most politicians must be terrified that if they appear to compromise even slightly in order to get things done, they will lose their jobs. And in this economy, who can blame them?

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

      I think you're absolutely right. The American people get bored watching intelligent debate – they want 5-second sound byte zingers, and "debates" that look more like a Jerry Springer show. This is where that gets us.

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

      That and fear based politics, especially from organizations who do not have to disclose their funding sources. How many people take the time to try and understand both sides of an issue? Our side is good, the other must be evil. We are being manipulated in the best Madison Avenue tradition, appeal to our deepest fears and desires, and most people don't even realize it. Nothing new, it just seems to be the only thing that matters in politics anymore.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Voltairine

    In response to the request made by President Obama last night, I’m informing my Senators and Representative that I DEMAND a balanced solution be used to resolve the impasse regarding the federal budget, deficit, debt ceiling, etc., such that both spending cuts AS WELL AS at least equitable if not significantly more tax revenue is taken from big money AND big business, particularly their big corporate profits so as not to simply impose these upon the people as customers, employees, etc.

    The insistence of the GOP, the devoted minions of big business and big money, to keep shielding the gargantuan mountains of loot, as always, by inflicting this solely on the backs of the already devastated people through budget cuts alone, decimating public services in the process, is unfair, inhuman, soulless, heartless, greedy, unacceptable, dangerous, and at best, Corporatism, if not Fascism, of which President Franklin Delano Roosevelt himself said, “That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power”.

    GOP corruption and thereby obstinate loyalty to big business and big money over the people that they swore to serve is blithely risking a U.S. default, which could lead to a global economic meltdown, resulting in violent chaos around the world and the Second American Revolution/Civil War, just to protect the loot of their tyrannical masters, the very wealthy and corporate, “F-The-People”, America; it is also, arguably, the acts of traitors.

    This crisis came NOT as a result of government spending; that is a GOP lie; it came as a direct result of the 2008 financial crisis (see FCIC and Levin-Coburn reports), which was caused primarily by the financial sectors of big business and the, “regulators”, they controlled via their obscene and transparent conflicts of interest; none of them have even been punished, let alone paid for their social crimes; instead, they are even more rich than they were before because they were saved by the people they continue to attack; it’s they, big business, along with big money that supported them who should be paying for the entire global mess that they caused, and not the people! Yet here they are insisting that they pay for NONE OF IT and that the people they keep screwing pay for ALL OF IT!

    If a balanced solution is not used, then it’s time for the gloves to come off people!

    “What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

    – Thomas Jefferson

    “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

    – Patrick Henry

    "Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more."

    – Ulrike Marie Meinhof

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      So, you'd vote in favor of further enslaving us, we the People (the borrower is slave to the lender) rather than tell Wash. to stop spending money they don't have? Makes lots of sense to me...

      July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voltairine

      @William Your vote, as is Boehners and the GOP, as well as their masters, big business and big money, is to REFUSE TO NEGOTIATE even at the risk of the world's population! aahawks, “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.”

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ann

    Once again the Republican Party shows their true colors. This clearly shows that they should be known in history as the Party of NO. Whose main concern was to limit POTUS to one term. Obama state the facts clearly, were all could understand how close to the cliff we as a nation are. All because of the Tea Party members/ Republicans who want a small limited government no taxes for the wealthy organizations, individuals and lobbyists.
    CNN should contact those people from previous videos(teaparty gatherings) regarding their stand against big government. Most indviduals shown were older white individuals. Are they not afraid that their medicare/medicaide will terminate. They voted for the Republicans , are they happy with their representation now?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GI Brown

    It was sad to watch a belligerent and defiant Boehner on national TV. The Republican Party is fast becoming a party of absolutists and extremists. The making of public policy requires compromise and negotiation. We are in need of statesmen not showmen. The Presidednt is right on the national debt; we need a balanced approach. I hope the people back home are watching. It is a national disgrace.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    the debt limit deadline is not the time to do social engineering. pass a debt limit good through 10212 and stop wasting time and money! the deficit problem is best handled incrementally, but with "all deliberate speed". so far the house under Boehner's leadership has managed ONLY social engineering, and little of that with any real benefit!

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

    I lived through the 60s and 70s with protests and all, and never thought I would see the crass stupidity of both parties which might bring those times back again. Its the jobs stupid, the kids I work with are graduating and there are nearly none to be had. How on earth do these gentlemen & women (and I use that term loosely) in Washington think this mess is going to get fixed if they don't compromise and stop this political gamesmanship? Yes lets have term limits of two only terms and no waiting it out a few years to come back again for another go around. Lets ban lobbyists so those greedy pols will have to live on what they make. If you want your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to be so poor that they have to move in with you, great, cause thats whats coming if this keeps up. If you're graduating from college your chances of getting a job in this country is going to be a whole lot harder, you might consider migrating to someplace like Canada, New Zealand or Australia. Its not going to get any better if this isn't fixed now not six months from now or a year down the road. Washington might as well get down to it or in 2012 folks will be so sick of the whole lot we might just vote them all out of office. Maybe we should all go to Washington, lock them all in the Congress, take away their phones, blackberries & computers & aides, & let them live on delivery pizza & sleep on cots until they get the compromise done. Bet they'd move a whole lot faster.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alison Hicks

    The electorate needs to give Obama a Democrat majority in Congress next time.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • LouAz

      Vote early and often !

      July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce

    So what the President should do is the following:

    1. Get a list of House reps that voted against raising the debt ceiling.
    2. Make a list of zip codes associated with the congressional districts from #1.
    3. Filter the social security checks based on the zip codes from #2.
    4. On August 3rd, send out social security checks that are not on the list from #3.

    Problem solved!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voltairine


      July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    The current behavior and performance of our elected representatives has left me so disgusted with our democratic process that I wonder if we will ever get anything done in this country anymore.

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

    If you have any doubts as to whether Republicans are holding the country hostage, re the debt ceiling debate, check out this graph: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/07/the-chart-that-should-accompany-all-discussions-of-the-debt-ceiling/242484/

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

    OBAMA IS NOT COMPROMISING – NOT UNTIL THE YEAR 2020! THAT IS NOT COMPROMISE! Let the 50% of americans who don't work and never have to get off their uknowwhat and participate in paying their FAIR SHARE!!! Obama and dems keep giving fish to people who will never get a job in order to buy their own fish. The wealthy ALREADY PAY 90% of taxes – what is wrong with this picture? The losers are still losers – but now obama and dems want the successful hard working people to pay more??? Stop asking for handouts -can't you understand we have to borrow money now for the losers – IT IS STUPID TO KEEP BORROWING TO PAY FOR LOSERS WHO WON'T WORK. Yes there are poor people – but obama and dems give them free education and work programs to get them out of poverty already! They get everything free and still complain. Everybody has to bear the pain – even seniors – and yes I am 52 and will be ready for social security someday – but I'M NOT DEPENDING ON IT – NEVER HAVE – SO IT DOES NOT BOTHER ME THAT SOCIAL SECURITY WILL BE SLASHED. ONLY THE LOSERS ARE DEPENDING ON SOCIAL SECURITY BEING THERE.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Retired RN

    Both parties have contributed to making this mess for years. It is time they got off their ideological soapboxes and tended to the business dealing with the budget. It is apparent to me that everyone including big business and the well off need to pay their fair share of taxes-no free rides. And all levels of government need to be cleaning out the waste and paying as they go. Politicians need to get over the 'my way or no way' thinking and work together to run this country to ALL citizens benefit.

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