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!!!”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (2,307 Responses)
  1. al

    This debt ceiling debate between the Democrats and the Republicans reminds me of the old movie "the thing". The chief scientist thinks that he can reason with the "thing" but we all know it cannot be done. But he still insists. He tries until the very last. Then the "thing" whacks him with a two by four. Question. How many times does the president need to be "whacked". You can't negotiate with the "thing". At some point the Democrats will recognize this.

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

    These people were elected to represent everyone in this country, not just the wealthiest. According to an article on forbes.com, the wealthiest people in this country pay an 18% income tax. I pay 25%. That 25% is a much larger impact for me than an 18% impact is for someone earning 10 times my salary. How is this right? I have watched the president go above and beyond to reach some sort of compromise and I've watched the Republicans dig in their heels like a child having a temper tantrum because they were told they couldn't have a toy. I am not Democrat, I am not Republican, I am American and pretty much exhausted and fed up with politicians in general. But this debacle will reverberate long after all of these people are out of office. The international community is paying close attention to this situation-take a moment and try to imagine what this must look like to someone from another country? How long will it take to undo the damage to our reputation that this has caused ? We're better than this. American is better than this.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary Sea

    One thing is certain, whatever is done will hurt me financially. Every decision made by the federal government has taken more money out of my pocket. And I'm just working class; not one of the wealthy. Therefore, whatever decision is made will cause me pain and grief. What is needed is a governing body that is NOT immuine to the impact of their own decisions. It appears that each of the governing members have a private agenda and the majority of the governed (i.e., us) will be called upon to once again make the sacrifice. I'm still not recovered from my money being taken form me to bail out the banks. This disaster didn't happen overnight...where the hell were the people who are paid huge ampunts of money to prevent this from becoming a nightmare?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. klosekonnection

    The President has asked us to send our message. Here is ours – Vote for a "balanced approach" as Obama has clearly explained in his brief but effective speech. Every sector in the American ecomony is part of this issue and should give up some – including those who own corporate jets! The Republicans have had low taxes since 2001 and where have they produced the jobs!!! Don't let our country go down this road. We expect our leaders to make a decision and not put their interests ahead of those they took an oath to represent.

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


    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      The capslock doesn't make you look intelligent. Neither did your statement, though.

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

      Yes, Obama is a good speaker. Yet, you Republicans trash him if he 'reads' his speech. What did Bohner do last night? He read each and every word....because he doesn't know what he really wants other than to trash the President and make him a one term president. Thats all the Repubs have on their minds.....they are such arrogant, jealous you know what's!!!!!

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

      I know why you are writing in capitol letters. You and you republicans are nearsighted. You see only yourself well you can’t see the Flea Party runs over you.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ingrid


      July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carol Saxton

    I am starting to think there is something else in play here that we as a nation aren't seeing or understanding. Something very wrong and underhanded that will be the final note in the Song of the USA and lead to our demise as a nation. I am very trouble by this thought but can not shake it.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      I am with you on that one. If it can happen to Greece which is centuries older than us, what makes us think it can't happen to us?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      It's called jealousy....it's eating away at some of the Republicans in office. I was an Independent but after watching and listening to the arrogance of some politicians (Bohner, Cantor) and some that are not politicians but just talkers (Coulter, Limbaugh, Hannity) I have become a full blown democrat and proud of it!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve Phelps

    Our House of Representatives, which used to allow for compromise, has been taken over by extremists who care only for their own opinions and the no tax pledge they so stupidly signed. Regardless of what they believe or say they believe, their actions say that they care only for themselves and the activists who helped elect them and that they have no interest in the common good of American citizens or of the world. In my lifetime it is the lowest our political system has come to be. Their actions show their level of understanding of economics and their concern form people not like them.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jerry

    The Republicans used to be the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. They were the progressive party. Now they represent the wealthy – how many votes do the rich have? It will rebound on them in 2012 unless they find a way to use the word that has defined our nation's government – compromise.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Neena

    I agree the America people MUST aresst and /or Impeach the congressional republicans and REMOVE them ALL from office....
    Boehner and friends are destroying the UNITED STATES of AMERICA...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cynthia

    Do we really think contacting our representatives will sway them ....NO...they will vote the way it keeps their lobbyists happy and money in their pockets......(e-mailing them they ask for home address too – so they can ask you for donations.
    Even if only ONE form of tax change was included in either plan it would be better than nothing....
    They are acting like a bunch of kids – to keep changing the deadline date is like saying to your kid "next time you do that you will be grounded" and you keep threatening...cut their salaries – we are paying for them and most employers would dock such employees and fire them.....disgusted in our Congress.....

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

    If you or I want to balance our budgets, we work a little extra to raise our income if we can and cut our spending. Continuing tax cuts for big business and CEO’s who are having record profits continue to support my assumption that Boehner is more concerned about his pockets then he is about us.

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

    Frustrated people should contact their congress person and senators. I have... They really do read the responses...

    CNN has made it easy to reach the government pages for them:


    July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Phil

    Silent majority speak out. First the banks ruin the value on our homes, that being the first shot against our retirement now Congress is trying to make sure no one ever gets to retire but them. As a die hard Republican, I am pretty sure I will vote Democratic next election. Shame on Congress for simply failing to act responsibly. America will not forget!

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

      Thank you for seeing the light!!! The parties are to work together....but the Republicans WILL NOT. They want it THEIR WAY. Shows their stupidity over and over and over and over.

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


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

      you are a mindless idiot ~ totally qualified for rank and file republican automoton

      July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      You are stupid. Can't help you.

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

    the only and best way to finance this mess is to chop the hell out of the defense department and it is not even on the table

    Largest militry airforces in the world
    #1 US Air Force
    #2 US Navy
    #3 US Army
    #4 Britian
    #5 US Marines

    No country in the world has more than 2 nuclear aircraft carriers USA has 8 and 2 under construction
    Reread Eisenhower's "military/Industrisal Complex Speech" before it is too late ~ if it isn't all ready
    Option @ ~ learn Mandarin

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

      At the very least, they should quit sponsoring cars in NASCAR races. What a waste.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      You should see the list if you break it down even further and you list things like "USS Nimitz (CVN-68)." A single carrier air wing is more powerful than all but about 6 countries in the world...

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