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. (R) in Florida

    I'm changing to Independent. I'm going to vote everyone out that I can. The Republican controlled Congress doesn't seem to care what the American public wants or needs so why should we continue to employ them?

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

    If "gman90210" is an example of a conservative mind in action, I'm no longer surprised by what's happening today. He claims that taxing millionaires and billionaires isn't the same as expiring cuts for those over 250k per year? Hey genius, you know how long it takes for a guy pulling down 250k a year to become a millionaire? Less than a decade. They're the SAME PEOPLE, the 250k earners and millionaires.

    I mean, seriously. When people are so determined to ignore fact, how can you expect them to handle nuance?

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

      Does it really matter? Stealing from people with 250K or 1 Million is still stealing!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarineVeteran

      Gman can't help himself. He's obviously an adherent of Fox News. Even when faced with factual information, Repubs refuse to believe that the right wing has ONE agenda: to benefit the wealthiest Americans and large corporations. Period.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. azkrazy

    The teapublicans are saying IT'S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY to the president and the American people. It's time to send them packing.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew

    As I read some comments from americans from various articles on cnn (and other sites), I cannot believe how ignorant their comments and lack of understanding and knowledge is. These are the ones who make rash judgements and believe everything they hear without researching the facts. Over the last two years, the Republicans are "only" focused on getting back in office and looking after themselves and the rich....they do not care about the rest of the americans. Want to create jobs and stop the crazy spending? Simple solution: Stop going into wars, stop bailing out corporations and wall street, and STOP allowing companies sending their jobs over seas. Easy hey!

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

      I'm with you on the wars, and bail outs at least. A protectionist economy that is built on services and techonology and produces very few real goods will collapse quickly though.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Smith

    OK, you rich folks need to wise-up. Living in the most secure country on the planet is a privilege, not a right. If Bill Gates can blow $42 Million to redesign the modern toilet and Kim Kardashian gets a $2 Million dollar engagement ring while people starve in the streets, then it is blatantly clear that you all have too much money and too much time on your hands. Pay the price to live in the safest and wealthiest country in the world or get the F- out.
    Next; cut the wasteful spending, but not from social programs that help people who need it. You want to cut spending, then pull the military out of the warzones and stop spending $2 Trillion a year on wars that are never going to be won. I’m honestly not sure why we’re even fighting the wars anymore – we killed the guy that attacked the U.S. a decade ago and decimated his regime; time to come home now – let those country’s rebuild themselves – no one helped America on the path to freedom. The next time Halliburton and Exxon want more money and oil; they can form their own military and go get it themselves, stop sacrificing our soldiers for your profits.
    If big business wants to threaten to leave the US and take the jobs with them, then let them because there is no other first-world country in the entire world that will offer the same security and the lowest tax rates; I dare you naysayers to name one other country in the world that would charge these businesses less in taxes and offer them the same kind of security than the United States does. Big business kills jobs without tax hikes by outsourcing, so who need them. If raising taxes causes businesses to raise prices, then pass a law that would make it ILLEGAL for the business to pass the tax on to the consumer – that is the congress’ and senate’s job isn’t it; to pass laws that better the whole of the country?
    It’s clear that the system only protects the rich in this country, so it’s time to change the system. Looks like the next election will be a “throw-the-bums-out” campaign; and I mean ALL of them regardless of party, at least America votes for changes to its government, the alternative is to perform a coup, and there are a growing number of people in this country that are beginning to support the latter option. Compromise and fix the problem, or be brought down by the power of the vote, or worse- by force, the choice is yours.

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

      Do you realize that Exxon only made about a 6% profit last year? Sure it was hundreds of billions of dollars, but a 6% profit margin really isn't much. Do you really want to tax them out of existance? Where are you going to get the money they generate that pays for the social programs you don't want cut?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Smith

      @ William: Better question, has Exxon ever shown a net loss?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carol Dugun

    This is increditble House/Senate/President you all have health care for life very healthy pay checks and of course if you want more you just tack a little raise for yourself on the end of a bill that no one will see. You should ALL be ashamed and the best thing that could happen is that all of you get voted out. You have NO clue what it is like to put money into social security and find out you won't get any because you the "wise ones" in DC used it to balance your budgets for years. If you can't settle this you should all go home ashamed with NO PAY and NO HEALTHCARE

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


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

      did you graduate from 8th grade?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jennifer eddy


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

    In a previous article, Eric Cantor stated, "the debit ceiling vote sucks..." ROFLMAO....WAY Too Funny....NO ERIC CANTOR....It's not the debit ceiling vote that sucks...It's your crooked Grand Ol' Plunderers (GOP) and extreme, delusional right-wing Tea "Bagger" Express that SUCKS !!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. terry

    I am fed up with both parties but honestly, the republicans this time around are appearing really scary. They are acting like extremists. It's very disturbing.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Bogle

    I just emailed my rep in the Fourth District in Kansas telling him goodby. I told him that I was retired from the Air Force and collecting Social Security benefits. I was not one of his rich buddies that didn't want taxes or gov oversight. I was not a religious nut nor a tea-party idiot. I voted for him to serve our country, not them. I must of been gazing out the window when the Republican party turned into the American Taliban party. I told him goodby.

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

    President Obama lost this argument the moment he allowed raising the tax ceiling to be tied to future budget cuts.
    The debt ceiling needs to be raised for budget decisions made in the past.
    The only real alternative is cut first, then lower the debt ceiling in the future as the national debt declines.
    Just saying "We're just not going to pay the bills" and pretending we don't owe the money is foolish and dishonest.
    Incidentally, the idea that most of the federal budget is given away to the lazy, undeserving poor is an indication of pure ignorance.

    It is primarily the wealthy who benefit from government largesse.
    Eliminating all welfare and foreign aid payments would do little to balance the federal budget.
    Ending the social security and medicare programs would actually increase the deficit- unless we leave social security and medicare taxes in place, and simply spend the money on something other than benefits.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Grow UP!

    Enough already! Quit acting like a bunch of spoiled brats – cut spending and expire tax cuts for the wealthy. We are reaping what we have sown and BOTH sided need to compromise! We sent you there to do a job – put on your big girl/big boy panties and do what you are hired to do! Do it without making it impossible for the working poor to make it day to day. Do it without acting like the Other Guys caused the problem and you are the Innocents trying to Make It All Better. Every party contributed to this problem, and every party is necessary to fix it! I think the major message of the recession and the last 20 years is "Don't be greedy." Look what greed and deregulation and not giving a damn about anybody but yourself has done to us!!

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

      Agreed!! Both parties caused this issue over YEARS! It's not going to be fixed over night.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Smith

      Well said, time to accept the concequences for what we have all done to ourselves.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gordon VS

    Sen. Boehner didn't just walk out of the budget talks he walked out on America. As for the Republicans and Democrats it feels like we have elected a bunch of spoiled kids who don't work or play well together .. all at the expense of the American people. Pathetic !

    July 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bruce

    This is the President's fault. He should have been tougher in 2010 and simply let all the Bush tax cuts expire. He never got a thing from the GOP by extending them for 2 years.

    Does anybody know , should he somehow lose the next election, if Obama could let the tax cuts (all of them) expire on his way out simply by vetoing any bill that extends them?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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