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. Rhino

    What ever happened to the transparency the President proclaimed when he was running for office?
    I say if all sides are being honest, then let's put a microphone in the meeting room and let the American people hear what's being said – not what we're being fed.

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

      The GOP has for years rewarded and enhanced the wealth of their benefactors. The Democrats too for sure but the GOP has been in power long enough to really build a major wealth gap this country has never seen before. History has demonstrated when this happens the benefactors become very powerful which can, and typically do, start implementing their own personal agendas with impunity. I give you the mortgage and banking fiasco. Go back in time and I can give you other industries where executives ran amok (political benefactors) and our political leaders did little. This personal agenda of the wealthy can include building and creating actual armies to go against their old ruling government which actually gave them their wealth. Just ask King George III. Today I give you the Tea Party and the Koch Brothers. Who are behind the GOP’s curtain. Tomorrow, the captains of industry will become generals and start arming their lobbyists or personal armies so they no longer have to stay hidden in their personal fortresses. GOP you are creating your own fr-enemies. The public needs to wake up and stop swapping Democrats and Republican Presidents every few years, and continually sending the same idiots back to Washington year after year. The same ones who run on a "Change Washington" ticket, do the same thing, are already wealthy, and make hallow promises the public at large continually buys. We, the public, are the real idiots and we ares getting what we deserve for our stupidity.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    I like a lot of Americans do not view Social Security and Medicare as welfare. These programs are supported by dedicated taxes paid by the users. If the Social Security and Medicare taxes do not cover the expenses, then these programs become welfare. These two programs should always be balanced and economically viable.

    Since the US runs a unified budget, all those years that Social Security and Medicare tax receipts exceeded current benefits, they were "saved" in a trust fund but that was a paper fiction. In reality they were treated as general revenue and used to offset all government expenses. Thus the surplus that was supposed to saved in the Trust fund for future benefits when expenses were expected to exceed revenues simply became general receipts that masked the true size of the yearly budget deficits.

    Social Security and Medicare, including the trust funds, need to be immediately pulled out of the unified budget, accounted for separately from the rest of the Government and balanced. As a true reform, Increased life expectancy needs to be taken into consideration for future beneficiaries and medicare reform is necessary.

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

      But politicans, of any party, just can not stand to have any money sitting idle.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LouAz

    Boehner description –
    "Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.” – Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856)

    July 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    REPUBLICANS DON'T REPRESENT THE WEALTHY – OBAMA DOES WITH HIS FRIENDS AT GE/MSNBC, UNIONS, ETC. DEMOCRATS REPRESENT THE LOSERS AND LOPS WHO CAN GET JOBS AND PAY TAXES BUT WON'T. DONE WITH THE DEMS WHO CONSTANTLY WANT MORE MONEY FOR LOSERS.

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

      Everybody knows that this entire crisis was caused by the caps-lock key.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Wow, isn't that an intelligent opinion?

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

      Don't feed the trolls. Not worth it.

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

      Not only does your post make no sense, but you CAPS LOCK key seems to be stuck in the ON position, making it extremely difficult to read.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaringFool

      You must be part of the fifty percent who pay no income tax to support the government. Therefore you are a leach.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Artifex

      Yeah, that's why Obama and the dems are fighting so hard to close tax loopholes for the wealthy and support programs that benefit the poor and middle class, 'cause they are so in bed with the wealthy.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian M.

      I am a Democrat and small business owner who most likely pays more taxes than you. I am also well educated and well informed. How does that fit with your nonsensical about Democrats. The last Republican I voted for was George W. Bush. How did that turn out?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nothing Has Changed

    Congress will pull out a compromise in the last hour, pat themselves on the back for bipartisanship, then promptly go off on vacation and do nothing constructive until the next crisis is at hand. Here's an action plan: Short Term: 1) Raise the debt limit; 2) Raise Revenue 3) Cut spending. Long Term: 1) Balance Budget Admendment – and all earmarks are outlawed; 2) Cut spending; 3) Cut Taxes – revamp the antiquated tax system we live under; 4) Term limits – cause we can't seem to vote the idiots out.

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

    The other frustrating thing is that we can't get thru to our Representative's office to register our opinions.
    And don't tell me they haven't unplugged the phones, because I don't think they want to hear from us. Congress knows they are on the wrong side bt they count on the fact that we will forget who to blame next year. We ought to process a Recall on every one of the new members elected last November.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    WE NEED TO QUIT SPENDING – STOP THE WASTE AND CUT UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS AND WE WON'T HAVE TO GET INTO SOCIAL SECURITY; UNLESS YOU WANT TO PUT A STOP TO FOREIGNERS FRAUDING THE SSA SYSTEM.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Are you going to keep posting all-caps rager nonsense all day, or is this just your lunch hour?

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

      And when GDP goes down by 7%, we can thank you for this?

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

      Glenn Beck is trolling the forum again, forgot to take his meeds.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • moses

      You do understand Social Security and Medicare are funds segregated from your taxes, don't you?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cynthia

    ...and Congress automatically get salary increases – they need to take a 20% drop – we pay for them in our taxes – and I for one dont want to pay their salary – pension or help with their health care etc ANYMORE...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • szmarie

      I'm with you – before any cuts are made to Medicare or Social Security there needs to be a cut in Congressional compensation – share the pain.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Dropping their health insurance alone should help balance the budget!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cafrustrated

    Any group that signs a promise not to support something before negotiating is not negotiating. Tea partyers are trying to blackmail our government into accepting their agenda. I think the Republicans need to separate themselves from the tea party, which has no intent to work with anyone (the Boston tea party which gives them there name was about one-sided revolution). Democrats and Republicans need to do their job and work together. Let the tea party become its own faction instead of letting a minority group run the show.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ann Philip

    I'm so very tired of our representatives acting like children!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    Anyone in the middle class at this point, who would still vote Republican, is essentially voting FOR the people who are literally trying to take food out of their mouths. Unbelievable how far off the reservation this party has gone.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    LOVE BOEHNER – THE ONLY ONE WITH SOME LEADERSHIP ABILITY WHO ACTUALLY LISTENS TO THE FOLKS WHO VOTED IN 2010 – SOOOOO GLAD TO BE DONE WITH PELOSI!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Your email "yelling" only makes you sound less intelligent. I hope you don't reproduce.

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

      You misspelled his name! If you like that arrogant nasty mouthy speaker....well....I can see why your cap button is stuck....you are just as mean, nasty, and arrogant.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JA

    Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling such that it need not be addressed again until 2013.
    Trim 3 trillion out of the budget
    Close the loop holes in the tax code.
    Congress needs to stop looking after the special interests and start looking out for the American people.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    DONE WITH DEMS WHO TAKE FROM WORKING POOR TO GIVE TO THE LAZY POOR WHO FRAUD US ALL

    July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      I'M SORRY I TAUGHT YOU HOW TO TYPE......I WISH I HAD SENT YOU TO SCHOOL INSTEAD TO LEARN SOME THINGS. NOW PLEASE GET OFF THE NETS AND TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE LIKE I ASKED AN HOUR AGO.

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

      Shut up.

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

    Listening to Boehner talk last night, you realize that he doesn't have a CLUE of what 99% of the American people want (excluding the richest 1%); that digging in his heels is not some grand gesture for the American people's benefit, it's to satisfy the Republican agenda and see Obama fail; and lastly, if this thing goes down badly, the Republicans will be held responsible by the entire world. Is it worth it, Mr. Boehner and fellow Republicans who refuse to compromise? Where's your sense of decency?

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

      Actually, Gladys, most rich people (when you ask them) know that their riches become basically useless if the economy as a whole tanks.

      That is, rich people are enriched by a strong and economically healthy middle class. Riches bubble-up, they don't trickle down.

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