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. Veritas

    Sadly, our Congress has become a joke, with the so-called "principled" ideologues of both parties serving only as the punch line.

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

    This ridiculous grandstanding by the uncompromising Republicans is a combination of extremely frustrating and extremely terrifying. If they succeed in destroying this Country's economy and credit rating purely for spite and determination to make the President look a failure they will tank the little guys who are out there struggling with getting by and paying all the taxes they owe! They are failing to make President Obama look bad, because he is the only one offering any compromises! It is absolutely INSANE what these TP'rs are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't they even understand (oh my bad, of course not, they're all Neanderthals (no offense to the Neanderthals) and understand NOTHING but keeping their wealthy cronies from paying their FAIR SHARE of the Country they are using to death. IMPEACH BOEHNER. Get rid of all these twisted selfish twits. They have no place in "public service" when they serve not the public but their own darn egos.

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

      Do the 50% of the people who don't pay any income taxes pay their "Fair Share?"

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


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

      First it would run a business and second turn your caps off

      July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    The President misleads people in his speech when he suggests that SS will not be paid. By law it has to be paid. It is also interesting that when he was in the Senate he voted against raising the debt limit now he says that was a mistake and the debt limit must be raised. Is it so he can continue to use the Treasury to buy votes to get re-elected? Also isn't he the person that said elections have consequences and then rammed through Health Care in a questionable manner. Now that he cannot ram things through, he wants compromise. He sounds very duplicitious. Raise the debt ceiling and cut spending. Deal with the revenue issue later with cooler heads; reform the tax code so GE will pay some taxes.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fed up with BOTH parties

    Both parties need to learn that MOST people in the US are moderate in one way or another. MOST have to compromise every day to get what they need...and they have to sacrifice to get anything they want. We have a bunch of spoiled, hard-line, right/left-no middle politicians (read: liars) in Washington who are holding our economy hostage over winning and getting votes. What do they care? They're set up for life when you think of salary, benefits and retirement.

    GET THIS DONE – STOP HOLDING US HOSTAGE! Other countries have taken to the streets over crap like this. This is ridiculous, and I am sick of BOTH sides.

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

      If any good comes from this fiasco it might be that the Tea Party has shown its true colors. Let's all remember that on election day and vote the morons out of office. That's MY pledge.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moderate

    Nearly the first words out of Speaker Boehner's mouth were "Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why." That's simply a LIE and part of the usual GOP scare tactics meant to mislead people. Do you really think there is a single company out there that needs to hire people but is holding back because the US government is spending money??? So according to Mr. Boehner these same companies will suddenly decide to hire folks once the US govt cuts back? Huh? Don't you think the opposite is true – that drastically cutting spending will result in fewer jobs, not more? C'mon Mr. Boehner, WE ARE NOT THAT STUPID!! Now learn to compromise or resign and get out of the way – you are wasting our time.

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

      Yeah, the same logic that tells the GOP that lowering tax rates actually increases revenue also tells them that cutting government spending creates more jobs in the private sector than you have to lay off in the public sector...

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

      I agree with MODERATE. Enough Boehner! Get to work and stop politicing. Your rich friends will survive a tax increase. It's the working class that is struggling every day. Get this budget passed so the government get focus on the real issue. JOBS, JOBS JOBS, and the best way to insure that we have them available to everyone who wants one!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark L.

    The extreme right-wing, delusional Tea "Baggers" and GOP will turn the United States of America into the United States of Somalia !!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Texas Gal

    Hey, Johnny-B-good, we're all crying now. And, when did the US come under the government of FOUR plus Cantor? FIVE? FIVE? FIVE divided by fifty states? Wow, I feel so repRESENTED.

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


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      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      You "CAP LOCK" are one of the clueless.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ebitda

    Cooler heads will prevail once all the political capital has been sqeezed from this debate. It is however , criminal to take this country to the brink just to prevent someone from being re-elected.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kathleen

    I am fed up with the school yard mentality by congress. Quit bullying and learn to work together. What we have been observing the last few weeks represents the worst behavior a democracy can put on display to the world. No one will win and the lower and middle class will lose again.

    I have sent my representatives and senators this message today.

    The time for partisan politics needs to end. I am in my early sixties and cannot take another hit on my retirement savings. I strongly suggest that you lead in raising the debt ceiling to prevent a financial event that would destroy our economy and my retirement savings.

    You all look like children in the school yard, bullying each other over whether to raise revenue or cut programs. Cuts need to be made and the tax loopholes need to be addressed. GET IT DONE!

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

      Would you prefer that your children and grandchildren live half their lives just to pay for the debt we are creating now?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    Isn't a reduction in Social Security or Medicare Benefits a de facto tax increase, as it is a reduction in money that is received by people from the Government? Any reduction in Government spending on programs affecting individuals, is a TAX INCREASE. So the Tea Party is prepared to tax the middle class and continue the Corporate loopholes and special interest benefits. I guess this is the "compromise" that is being touted by the Republicans. Sickening.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. nyc1229

    I am a moderate who voted Republican in 2000 and Democrat in 2008. I am one of those who would be affected by proposed tax increases for the "wealthy" making over $250K. Despite this, I am not filthy rich - I still shop for the cheapest gas, generic brands, and economy sizes. But I know I can afford to put in a little more to help the country. A debt-reduction approach with both tax increases and spending cuts makes the most sense. Compromise is not a dirty word - it is what a democracy requires. Time to get off ideological soapboxes and into the business of pragmatic governing.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Voice1

    The so called Republican leaders are beyond redemption. I do not know who they represent, when they say, will o fthe people. I live in a completely Red state, and many of my friends all understand the issue and would like to move forward on both the spending cut as well as the revenue increase front. I guess these GOP leaders do not understand; we as a nation have already spent the money, we have to pay for it. Also, the future spendings have been sanctioned by the same people who now claim that they are fiscally responsible. What were they thinking when they extended the Bush era tax cuts and adding to the deficit.

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

      I wish they represented me, but if they did they wouldn't even be considering raising the debt ceiling. It's time to stop enslaving this country with debt and time to learn to live within our means, however painful that may be.

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

    Our country is being held hostage by the lies put out by talk radio and Fox "news." They feed the ignorant, and the ignorant believe every word without really looking at the issues. The GOP is a disgrace to our country. Boehner is just a typical, "all for me, none for you," Republican. Let these people rule, and we will loose our freedom and be slaves to the wealthy and corporate interests.

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