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. Joe Harcrow

    Any deal with the devil is no deal at all. I believe that any agreement made in DC is already bought and paid for.
    Please remind me again just how much your vote or voice is counted.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    OBAMA AND DEMS ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH 2012 ELECTION – THAT'S WHY THEY ASK FOR A BUDGET AND DEBT CEILING THAT WILL HOLD US THRU THE NEXT ELECTION – WHEN ALL THE OTHER BUDGETS ARE FOR A MATTER OF MONTHS -IT IS OBVIOUS OBAMA AND REID ARE STILL PLAYING GAMES – THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO LISTEN AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE AGREEING WITH THE TEA (TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY) PARTY

    July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      SWEETIE, YOU LEFT YOUR MEDS ON THE COUNTER AGAIN – WE AGREED YOU WOULD TAKE THEM

      ALSO STILL WAITING FOR YOU TO TAKE THE GARBAGE OUT

      July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • UppityAgainSpeaks

      When are you going to learn to write?

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

      Actually, I think the current budget was voted and passed for the FY. The already approved the funding now pay the bills they already authorized and lets move on. BY THE WAY YOUR MOTHER IS CALLING YOU.........

      July 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Polls show 66% of the voters don't want the debt ceiling raised and don't want taxes raised. Boehner and the Republicans/ Tea Party members are doing exactly what the voters told them to do in November 2010 when Obama took his "shellacing".

    July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TJ

    This is because the Republicans have turned into Nazis and the Democrats have turned into Communists

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

      Well, you're at least half right... or should I say left?? LOL

      July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      @William – ROFL!

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

      Nazis were socialists (National Socialists) who believed in state control of the business sector. That sounds more like the Dems.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tony Bell

    We need to get rid of this party BS, and have indiviidual that represent American people.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill F.

    Just because we have increased the debt limit 74 times in the past doesn't mean it is right to do it again. It's like telling a gambler one more bet won't hurt, or an alcoholic to go ahead and have just one more drink. It's time to stop the bleeding and get this country on track with a fiscally responsible budget that protects our future.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. charles

    You people voted for these fools in Congress. Suck it up. Next time, vote for someone real.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. patriot

    As has eloquently been said, the republican approach is newer version of the gangsters saying if they don't get their way, the dame gets it.... Unfortunately, in this case, the dame is american public. I wish I could get paid $175,000 a year to wreck an organization, blame somebody else, and have a guaranteed employment for two to six years....

    Adams was right to say the death of our democracy would be a two party system.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Former Marine

    What baffles me the most is how President Obama is now the fall guy for years and years of irresponsible spending with the most recent being the war. Trillions and Trillions of dollars have been spent to support the wars. Regardless what your poticial preference maybe common sense should prevail here. Taking money from those who have earned it rather it be the elderly in the form of SS or the veterans whom has fought and defended thier country is unthinkable. If the Republicans are so concerned with spending cuts why dont they offer to do something like take a pay cut lets say for a extended period of time. After all the same peopple they are wanting to take funds from are still left responsible for paying for things like thier gas tabs, flights, housing and body guard services. Meanwhile we are simply trying to EAT.

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

      "Regardless what your poticial preference maybe common sense should prevail here."

      Well said.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DANNY

    THE GOP WILL PAY FOR THIS CHILDISH BEHAVIOR BIG TIME NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kirk

    if they allow the govt to default BEFORE THEY CUT medicare,social security or soldiers pay THE ENTIRE PAYROLL FOR BOTH THE HOUSE,SENATE AND PRESIDENT SHOULD BE STOPPED ....NOT ONE DIME OR BENIFIT PAID TO THEM UNTILL THEY GET TOGATHER AND WORK A DEAL both side giving some........................
    i have a feeling that if this was done they would miraculously come up with a plan within a few hours when thier house payments could not be made less

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

      The thing is, there's enough money coming in to pay for all those things, they'd just have to cut most everything else, you know all the pork that gets them re-elected.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fparanha

    How about the possibility that the Republican stonewall on the debt may be a calculated tactic to push efforts to create jobs into the background – thus ensuring that the economy will still suck in 2012 and make it difficult for Obama's re-election.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gary Hagan

    The Tea Partiers are right to hold the government hostage. They know that's the only way a balanced budget amendment will ever get passed. Any cuts that are promised now "over 10 years" will get dismantled before they can take effect. Haven't you people been lied to enough. Don't you get it – the only thing that makes Congress nervous is if you threaten to take away their spending privileges. Take them away Tea Party – now and forever! And giove us back our country. You'll go down in history as the party who had to break America in order to fix America. I can't wait to see what your encore is....Hmmm....Wall Street?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Niemand

    The President's recommendation that we contact our Senators and Representatives was a good one. Unfortunately, they don't listen unless you pass the cash or tweet your tw*t.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard May

    Vote Democrat: it's easier than working! and
    Vote Republican: it's easier than thinking!
    Under Republicans, man exploits man. Under Democrats, it's just the opposite.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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