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. Marty Peart

    Is everyone in Congress an crazy. The debt limit is on money we've already spent.

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

      EXACTLY! Thank you !!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. swhin

    "Boehner chooses to make 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." Well said.

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

    How about a clean bill without any political ransom for the GOP. Or does Mr. Boehner prefer to keep wasting the taxpayer’s time and money on this political charade. Mr. Boehner your hostage game isn’t creating a single job and you are showing you’re a$$...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave, Massachusetts

    Boehner says the President wants a blank check......last I knew the President can't spend a dime without the approval of congress!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Towanda

    I'm so sick of Republicans and Democrats. How about just being an American?? This whole thing makes us all look like spoiled children. I do know how I'm going to vote in 2012 – the one(s) that get this "mess" cleaned up the best. Democrat or Republican or some of both.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Deborah

    Worried about layoffs with the tax breaks due to expire? Really...with the unemployment numbers who is left to layoff?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jessica

    I have always fallen to the left....and I've always raised my voice. I got older, married, had kids, and fell to the "middle". I now completely remove myself and look at the spectrum in its entirety. These politicians have planted a seed of hate that has completely divided our country. Among the fighting and hatred, "We" were lost and forgotten about. Elderly that spend their life paying into a system, might not see that check. My interest rates skyrocketing, loans becoming unavailable...that is what I'm staring at. Together, we are all hurting. The President calls for balance, balance that should have been there in the first place. Do not look at the party that stands behind him. Listen to his words.

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

      Good post. I'm willing to listen to anyone making calm, rational sense and offering compromise at this point; it's what we need right now. The drama is pretty horrifying and unnecessary.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      Beautiful post! If only the die-hards would shake the party love and just do what is best for our country. Unfortunately they are too arrogant for that. So, the die hard party loves will continue to DIVIDE our country and we will fail.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MightyMoo

    I'm pulling solid blue next election. I'm tired of the games Republicans are playing.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. moses

    People, wake up. The Republicans only care about the rich and big business. The rich HAVE moved all of their money to other countries so they don't have to pay taxes. The big corporations don't pay taxes, Only us poor folks who go to work everyday hoping to get ahead, but praying to at least break even pay taxes.

    Take the blinders off (color blind or political party blind) and think about this whole mess with an open mind. President Obama didn't get us into this mess. The deficit really started snowballing out of control when 'W' decided to invade Iraq looking for WMD. A war paid for with debt. Same goes for Afghanistan. Halliburton got rich. Big business got rich. We the poor got screwed and you sound like you like it just like that. You want to poor to stay poor and continue to get screwed. How can anyone in their right mind stand behind a group of individuals who signed a piece of paper vowing to only think and act a certain way. I understand politics and agendas, but to sign away your will? Forget how to think for yourself?

    Tell congress they can't get paid until this is resolved and see how long the GOP refuses to compromise. Make congress have to pay for their health care and see how long they oppose what the President endorsed. Make them have to wait until they are 65 to draw retirement instead of having served two terms and get it automatically and see how they feel about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    As for the poor getting jobs, its not like some aren't trying. Big business has sent too many jobs overseas because of cheaper labor costs.

    And before you talk about me because I say we the poor; poor is a relative term. I served almost 30 years in the military and I have a well paying job. Poor is relative term.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cliff

    These arrogant self righteous senators and congressman have me so mad that I could bite a nail into. I am sick and tired of hearing its for the american people "its what they want". They dont even ask us and dont listen when they hear us. The major polls say by a 2 to 1 margin that americans want a compromise and fix this debt crisis. I dont care what else Cantor or Boehner says because it is not I repeat not what the american people want which is playing politics because they signed some silly little pledge card like a sorority. Everyone who signs these cards can put them where the sun dont shine and listen to the people. They are not interested in the common folk of this country they just want to see Obama fail.

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

      Yes, I agree... what they are saying is what THEY want it doesn't have a hoot to do with what the people want. The people want to continue to be able to pay their bills, without interest payments tripling. The people want fairness in the taxation levels of this country. The people want to get the Medicare and Social Security checks they have been paying into for their entire lives. The people want to live and let live. Congress doesn't seem to understand any of that.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marie

    Look all I know is what I see everyday, the middle to lower income are drowning out here. But because of egos and the lack of understanding what a compromise is all about it seems as if Washington is determined to destroy the United States of America. When will it end? Will there ever be anyone in the office of the Presidency that can lead us back to prosperity or are those days long gone? I'm scared for my parents and my generation and our children. The legacy that will be left is not looking promising at all.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cathe

    Am wondering if this political idelogy divide has not taken on radical tendencies. Group psychology is now at work. The radical junior republicans are being fueled by their new "power". They are holding fast to their ideologies based on being elected to congress. (Most congressional elections do not turn out the majority of voters in districts) They believe that with their new found power in the House that they can effect "change". What we have here is radical republicans caring more about their views than the views of the people who elected them. Too bad they do not understand that change does not come immediately, rather change comes when people compromise and are working together for a greater good.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kenneth E

    First, the President didn't get us in this mess. The President doesn't spend the money, Congress does. Congress authorized the spending for years. Congress turned a surplus budget into deficit budget. Congress has caved to lobbyists and given tax breaks to Oil Companies (who spill oil in the Gulf and along the Alaska pipeline). Congress has given tax breaks based on lobbyists of large corporations in order to boost their profits when they ship jobs overseas to someone willing to accept $0.25/hr. Congress rewarded the big money in hedge funds and wall street who make more money in one day that most families makes in a lifetime.

    The Congress is now gridlocked by a small group of extremists that believe that they don't want to pay for things Congress already promised to pay for and for which they have already received goods and service. They feel if they stop paying for things Congress agreed to, that equals "fiscal responsibility". They want a default on one or more of the debts we already owe. It's not about the future spending. It's about the past spending.

    Cost of basic goods and living has increased. We all know that. But the Republicans fail to mention that the revenue for the government hasn't gone up even that same amount. When you lower rates to keep revenues the same, and the cost of goods go up, you create debt.

    Sorry, Republicans, but you really need to wake up.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. loria

    Three simple things: 1. All politicans need to finally grow-up! 2. Politicans need to walk two miles in our shoes. 3. If they do not-we vote them all out of office.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Esther

    When did our country stop having a president for the people and not for just a party? Obama was not my choice, Democrats are not my party but this is OUR country - all of OURS. I pray for wisdom and understanding for all in Washington. What would Jesus do?

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

      Jesus would rend unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, so he's a tax-and-spend liberal apparently.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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