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. Tom

    Seems the Washington law-makers are out of touch. For the most part they are not thinking about the country first, but rather about politics.

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

    The republicans, aided by a clutch of ignorant, inexperienced freshmen 'TPers' ( and note that the acronym TP can stand for things other than Tea Party), are obviously on a mission to turn our system of self government into a plutocracy.

    I was watching the PBS Series "A house Divided" last night in which the Gettysburg Address was voiced and I was struck nearly dumb when I realized that Lincoln's legacy to the world "...that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth." is about to be destroyed by the likes of Boehner, Ryan, Cantor and their scurvy compatriots.

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

    The GOP is playing a stupid, stupid game of chicken with the US economy and my financial security. I am angry. The House needs a reality check. Corporations and the wealthy need to pay their fair share of taxes. I pay my taxes and so should they. And while I'm expressing myself, "leave social security and medicare alone."

    July 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. formermidcls

    President Obama asks the American people for their input on this crisis. Boehner asks Andy Norcross and Rush Limbaugh. Enough said!! Stand strong Mr President.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wlodek

    Mr. Boehner I want you to resign your membership in The Owners Club of the USA under the management of the Flea Party and I want you to stay with us, the ordinary american people.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimjam

    Boehner was so obviously full of it last night. The entire Rub party is nothing but a bunch of wealthy elitists who care little for anyone who makes less than 1 million/ year. If they get their way, MILLIONS of people will get hurt. This whole thing is being fueled by the Tea Party, who feeds of of lies from their God, Rush Limbaugh. If you don't have a brain, don't understand the problems or the issues, don't know when your being lied to, join the Tea Party.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. martysanti

    The GOP are doing everything they can to sabotage the president without caring about the people. Do they think we won't remember that, do they think we won't remember Boehner walked out when the pressure was on? Are there any strong, smart Republicans that can discuss and compromise for the greater good? I don't see any in the current crop of presidential hopefuls. Boehner should be fired for not doing his job.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |


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  9. dixieman

    Why does Obama say the rich need to pay their share, when they already pay most of the taxes? Stop giving money away to lazy people. Stop welfare, foodstamps, medicaid, bailouts, tax breaks, subsidies, foreign aid, humanitatian aid, supporing the UN, illegal aliens and start having EVERY American pay some Federal income tax. The only exception should be the disabled. Also end the Obama wars/military actions- Afgan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Haiti (Yes American taxpayer money going to each, they are now Obama's because after 2 1/2yrs he started or keeps them going)

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gregg


    In Congress assembled
    The yeas and the nays
    Are all lined up
    And ready to play.

    The center is lost
    It’s either right or left
    The game today
    Is the national debt.

    The full faith and credit
    Of the US of A
    A catchy phrase
    May die today.

    Our ceiling of debt
    Is about to implode
    While partisans wrangle
    We carry the load.

    Oh say can you see
    In the dawn’s early light
    Any hope for the future
    Is relief in sight?

    On the 2nd of August
    It will all unravel
    This nation of firsts
    Will fall with the gavel.

    Past perils we’ve weathered
    And come out stronger
    The time is now
    We can wait no longer.

    So tell your reps
    To get off the dime
    Raise the ceiling
    We’re out of time.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LouAz

      Clever ! Thx.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pete M.

    As a senior citizen I have witnessed political "goings on" for about 50+ voting years. I have begun to think that our democratic/republic form of government might not be workable or appropriate any longer. The constant bickering, partisanship, and electioneering that not only has occupied the limelight but continues to grow worse sickens me.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cardo

    but the WARS have NOT ended. So WHERE IS THE SAVINGS? And while those WARS may finally stop, Obama has already put us in the middle of a brand new one. SO THE SAVINGS FROM THE OTHERS WILL BE MOVED INTO THE EXPENSE COLUMNS for the new ones he starts.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |


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  14. SuperD

    You can't compromise with the Democrats. #1 is Democrats don't compromise on anything. #2 Is the Presidents deficit plan stinks. That is why the Republicans are not moving off their position. TAX INCREASES YOU FOOLS IS THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO! You do not compromise on a plan that is sure to make things worse.

    How many things has Obama touched and they got worse? Healthcare, Auto Industry, Stimulus. What on earth makes you think this is going to be any different?

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

      What planet do you live on ?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niemand

      Troll alert.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    The republicans want a default. That way when the economy tanks this time and takes the middle and upper middle class down, their super rich buddies calling the shots can own everything else that they didn't get in the last recession.

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