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. Carolyn

    Congress sucks, and the Republicans are the party of perks, pork and privilege. To hell with everyone else. Democrats are spineless. The closing line of "The Great Gatsby" fits this situation perfectly.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Voice1

    It is very clear that the Republican agenda is not to put country first. They will even sacrifice the country to make life difficult for the President. Now I have even started to question if this is just politics or there is something more sinister. I cannot believe how ridiculous these guys can get. They are beyond anyone on AC's Ridiculist.

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

      Actually, being willing to sacrifice isn't something that anyone is willing to do on either side at this point and so we just keep piling up debts for future generations to pay for.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lee

    Why can't these people do what we all have to do...make cuts and increase revenue. Give me the spreadsheet and I'll have it done in a day. Politics....it's ALL about politics. The day they quit worrying about getting elected is the day they get #@*# done! IT's the economy stupid – pass what you need to do and the conomy will take care of itself.....that's free enterprise!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Glenn in Vt.

    I am 62 and have had my share of tough financial times (as have most other Americans). I am watching my savings dwindle as my food prices, fuel prices and property taxes escalate faster than my wages.

    I sold my home and moved to a smaller one. I have cut my expenses by 1/2 and realize that I need to hold a second job just to make ends meet.

    I had heard earlier this year that Representative Boehner was a negotiator and could broker a deal.

    What I saw last night was an appalling disregard for the common American citizen.

    Reading your comment pages tells me that I was not the only taxpayer completely offended by this thug.

    I am so ashamed and angry. These republican thieves need to lose their seat in Congress and John Boehner (the negotiator) can go straight to hell. Do not pass go and don't look to this citizen for 200 dollars.


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

    Obama's speech was not very convincing. Boehner's was not any better. But it is bizarre to listen to someone who has been a Washington politician for decades blame "Washington" for the problems we currently have. I guess none of it was his fault; or maybe he was asleep all that time. At any rate speeches don't matter; results do. And the only result that is apparent is that both sides are taking us into another financial crisis. A crisis that began near the end of the Clinton administration, was deepened enormously during the Bush years and exacerbated by the unfortunate "corrective actions" Bush and Obama had to take. To think that cuts alone will solve our financial problems and that tax increases are unneeded is complete nonsense. Unfortunately many Republicans have painted themselves into a corner by signing Grover Norquist's "no tax pledge". In so doing they abdicated their responsibilities to govern to a fringe organization and now can't squirm out from under without risking their re-election chances. And that, is what this mess is all about.

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

      Do you really think this only goes as far back as Clinton? If you really believe that I consider you to be as much a part of the problem as the folks in Washington. There is no excuse for blatant ignorance when historical records are at your disposal.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mcp

      In 1999 Clinton and the Republicans agreed to sweeping changes to bank regulation as contained under the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933. That led to the excesses in CDOs, credit default swaps and, arguably, the housing crisis driven by lending to millions of people who could not afford mortgages they were getting. Add that to two wars, one contrived and one that didn't have to extend 10 years, a tax cut to highest income earners that cost hundreds on millions yearly and that is about all the history you need to know about how we got to this point.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      One can only wonder who and what Boehner sees when he looks in the mirror. His blame of 'Washington' for our current problems is the very meaning of hypocrisy. Boehner should resign. He's been part of the problem since he was elected in 1991, has he not?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carolyn

    Last I tried to contact both of my senators and my congressman. I did finally get through, but it was I was disappointed by the wait involved in contacting both of my senators. Then, today, I get a reply from the Republican Senator who obviously paid more attention to my comments than he has to working out a compromise to settle this disaster. It's too bad we, the people, can't stop their pay checks. I wonder how they'd like it if we refused to pay them for their inability to work together. The Republicans and the Tea Party folks are acting like spoiled rich kids throwing tantrums until they get their way. Enough is enough! If they honestly believe the public will blame Obama for this fiasco they are sadly mistaken. I only wish I could vote against everyone of those do-nothing, uncompromising Republicans and Tea Party representatives in the HR and Senate.
    I am proud of our President for trying everything he could to work out a deal, but obviously these hard heads won't deal. Fire them! All of them! If seniors and the military don't get their checks, then Congress shouldn't get their either.
    They all make me ill!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dare777

    Please understand that the debt ceiling was at 9.23 trillion when Bush left office. If Obama gets his way it will be 14 trillion. So under 43 other presidents it was only 9 trillion but under one it is being raised an astounding 38%. This is not Bush's fault as he would have had to cut like other presidents such as Clinton. You cannot keep borrowing to pay off debt: if a normal citizen did that you call him irresponsible. PLEASE AMERICA READ AN ECONOMICS BOOK and understand what you are spouting off about. Right now this instant is not about our economic rating it is about a government that keeps writing checks with no money.

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

      you big dumb republican fool..
      obama got stuck paying for 2 unfunded wars that the degener@te bush started

      July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      You should take your own advice, Dare. I will explain it in a way you can understand: *Bush* wrote the checks. *We* are paying for them now. Dubya ran six oil companies before he got into politics. He ran all of them into the ground, and debt and bankruptcy. That's what he does, and that's what he did to the US.

      Look it up for yourself, Dare. You don't have to believe me, it's all a matter of public record.

      Stay in school.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oops

    How come you never see boehner outside taking a smoke break?? Does congress have a interior smoking area... Point is, if they worked that out they can work this out.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. evander

    this whole debt ceiling thing is beyond ridiculous. Republicans need to budge and meet the president and democrats halfway, to avoid defaulting on payments. The repercussions of a default could and most likely would set this country back decades, possibly even reigniting another recession and/or starting a global economic meltdown. The best possible solution for both sides is to concede what the other wants, meaning a combination of tax increases and cuts to government programs such as medicare, medicaid, social security etc. Yes, no one WANTS taxes increased but regardless of what happens americans are going to pay for it anyways, if not by taxes then by some other means, but most of this country would probably agree that it would be worth it to avoid defaulting on debt payments because of the lasting ramifications it would have on this country. Its sad the GOP feels they have the right to completely dictate national policy.

    My question is why hasn't anyone proposed major cuts to the infamous "black budget?" Only a small percentage of this country even knows and/or understands what this budget funds. If no one is willing to fully explain to taxpayers what this money is going to, why should taxpayers keep blindly funding it when we are in desperate need of money to pay off our debts. This whole situation is proving that there needs to be more transparency in our government, Americans need, no DESERVE to know everything that our tax money is funding since obviously the government can't be trusted to responsibly use the money we are required to give. We NEED a bigger say in how this country is run, the broken system we currently have needs to be revamped to keep up with current times and the ability the average citizen has to voice their opinion on policies. We shouldn't have to keep blindly trusting our government like this, not when they are abusing our trust.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. concord73

    Not raising the debt ceiling is like not paying your credit card bill when you get the bill. The debt ceiling is only paying for what the Congress and the President have already spent. Every American family knows you have to pay your bills. Not paying your bills doesn't balance your budget. Not spending does that. Taking the country down for not paying our bills is unforgivable. I think we should vote them all out of office. The moderates on both sides for letting the extremists push them around. And the extremists for causing the problem. This battle is supposed to be fought during the budget negotiations, not after Congress already approved and spent the money.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Master Flash

    Teapubs have to go.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DANNY

    These stupid babies signed so many pledges they can no longer speak for themselves what a bunch of lap dogs it is a disgrace to our country that we have people like this serving us..signing pledges...omg what a bunch of babies its like kids writing on the black board i wont do this etc etc i just cant believe it, people all over the world must be wondering what the hell is wrong with us we are suppose to set the example..what a joke we are. Boehner and Cantor are not leaders they are just moving mouths sputtering idiocies

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


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

      what is wrong with people?

      first ~ they are not as stupid as you are.
      Second ~ you are the poster child for more liberal abortion rules

      July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • YOUR MOM


      July 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      Okay, after spending waaaaay to much time here, I am now officially scanning this thread just for MOM's comments. Luckily, FED UP has made them easy to find.

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

    When did we stop being a country for the people, all the people. Washington should drop to their knees and pray for wisdom and understanding for its people. Not all Republicans are rich and not all Democrats poor. If only President Obama were for the country.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry

    Politics is the art of compromise. The President and the Democrats have given more than the Republicans would have dreamed possible a year ago. All the burden of the debt solution should not be piled on the middle classes and the poor. It must be shared by all including the well off. It is time for Boehner and his party to start being Americans not just Republicans

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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