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. Sherry

    chefCHEESE, your an arrogrant idiot!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geneo

      Better to be arrogant than ignorant like yourself.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kim

    I loved the part about keeping taxes low for those that provide jobs even though their taxes are are lower now than any time in the past 20 yrs. However if this was true we wouldn't have the true unemployment rate of 16%, this is the biggest republican lie being told. Look at the higher tax rate under Clinton for proof of a good economy under higher taxes!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    I am a Vietnam Vet who turns 66 tomorrow. My first SS check is supposed to be sent next month. I worked all my life for this and now it may be in jeopardy. When my country needed me during an unpopular war, I didn't wait to be drafted, I enlisted. I was an adult--not like our members of Congress. Both parties are acting like children. This country became great because the leaders of the past weren't afraid of the word compromise. It is time for our elected officials to act like mature adults and stop trying to destroy our country just to get their own way. Sit down and serve the people who elected you. Get this done and get it done NOW.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kat

    The tea party is starting to TEA me off. This is utter non-sense. How long did everyone think we could keep the Bush tax cuts going? The debt is a monster and CUTS are not going to do it alone! Yeah sure, let the elderly, poor and middle class carry the whole load. Not going to work! Common Sense and Communication has left this country!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      President Bush did not cause this problem you did and so did I and so did everyone else. We spent more than we could afford and you want to continue that trend?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daelda

    I have called my Congressional Representatives today and I have told them that I am holding them *directly* responsible for any default or downgrading in the US Credit Rating. If they are willing to bring us to this point, they can deal with the results.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Taki

    If there is no compromise before the deadline, I believe that all members of the Congress should resign due to their failure to represent the interest of the American people. They should acknowledge their failure and be held responsible for it. If any of us fails to do one's job, he/she will get fired. Members of the Congress deserve to be treated the same.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Obandon

    The refusal of the Republican Party to comprimise needs to be remembered in 2012. The "My Way or the Highway" stand needs to be exactly that...Republicans, hit the road in 2012. If you bring our country into ruin over this debt ceiling, I hope history will forever be as cruel to you as you are being to our elderly, poor, sick, children, schools and disbled.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PA Squid

    There is a difference between negotiation, compromise, and capitulation. What Obama and his followers want is Republican capitulation. They are scaring the American public with a doomsday message of a non-existant DEFAULT that is not going to happen. Obama himself told bankers today that the US will pay its debts. Fear is their only weapon and they are running out of juice for the stun gun!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daelda

      What? You expect *anyone* to admit that we may default? If your Credit Card Company called you to "review whether or not to raise your interest rates", would you tell them that you might not be able to make next month's payment? Especially if you weren't sure that you would miss it? Of course not! You'd lie and say, OF COURSE I'll make that payment! It still doesn't mean that you might not miss the payment though.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      There is no doubt that we will pay the interest on the debt we owe, It's what we do and do not pay AFTER the interest that is in question.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      The Republicans are masters at using scare tactics. If they don't believe we will default then why are they using the debt ceiling as a bargaining tool to get their way?

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

    I contacted my lawmakers this morning and so far I have not gotten any response from any of them. I must not have put enough zeros on the check I sent them!!?!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JoeSC

    Republicans in congress have taken orders from their leader, Rush Limbaugh: Make sure President Obama fails. They have been vandalizing national security, health care, Medicare and MedicAid, social security, the economy and education.
    Shame on you all.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tanya

    Both parties are to blame for the current situation we find ourselves in but the Republicans are delusional if they think the majority of Americans want spending cuts with no added revenue, anyone with half a brain knows that if you want to get out of debt, you stop spending and get a second job to pay down your debt quicker, in the goverments case that second job would be to end the Bush tax cuts on the top 2% of the nation. The Republicans keep saying they can't raise taxes on the wealthy because it will keep them from hiring, maybe the Republicans don't pay attention to the unemployment numbers. Here is an idea, tell big business they can keep their tax cuts if they can prove that they hired a specific amount of people and retained them, if they don't then they lose their tax breaks.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dakota

    Raise taxes on the wealthy the so called job providers. Look at a fine example of what they do for the people...airlines could have lowered prices because of the federal tax expiring...not only did the government lose out on millions of dollars but the airlines just raised prices instead of thinking of the people. That is Republicans in action. If you can't work for the real people of American than resign.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill Sterling

    His way or the highway – the House Speaker
    Lets compromise – the President
    Easy for me to decide, in life you have to compromise.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. served 28yrs

    CNN stop picking your posts in faver of Oboma, his plan and Reeds will not help the american people and i for one do not support it.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Agreed! Why does it take someone (at least I am guessing from your handle, kinda obvious) that served our great country to figure that out? Oh I know... because the rest of them are too lazy to get up and actually serve their country! This is the most biased article I have ever read! Thanks for your comments!

      July 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bitterjack

    How about this, place the same tariffs on Chinese goods that they place on American goods. Reduce national debt, employ unemployed, raise the GDP, and balance the trade deficit in one swift motion.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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