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. Jackie Jordan

    I find it funny that these politicians keep saying we want what is best for the american people. They are not the ones who cant afford to feed their families. They are not the ones barely making ends meet. They are not struggling to pay for health care. They are not losing their houses. Thye are not passing their spouces in the hall because you have to work different shifts because you can't afford childcare. They keep saying we need to compromise. Who the heck are they talking about. The only thing I know is maybe they should have to sacrifice like the rest of us. It makes me sick to listen to. Maybe if the politicians lived in te real world for a couple of days then then could come to a "compromise" The sad thing is we elected them.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ricia

      I agree with you Jackie, and at 177.000 a year why would they care anyway. we should all get together and demand that they pay their fair share with social security, and not put votes in for their salary wages. On another note why is their life worth more than yours or mine, and why do we continue to allow body guards for past presidents and their families when our service men only draw a starting wage of 27,000 per year. They are fighting for all those in Washington, and getting the least.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Logan

    The trouble with trying to compromise with Boehner is that he does not the control the votes so he has nothing to bargain with. He can tell the tea party anything that he wants but they are going to vote against anything--even if they thought of it first.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dwl

    The GOP and Corporate America have stolen the middle class from this country. In 1984 the average wage of a furtune 500 executives was 40 time that of the lowest paid employee in the company. In 2009 that wage difference was approximately 540 times. It is the same at most companies in this country. In 1972 I was making $10.25/hour 3rd shift foundry now in 2011 our shop personnel are making between $13 & $14/ hr. Corporate America and GOP greed is feed off the backs of the working class and the GOP support this kind of trickle down economics.

    The only way we can stop this is to take back the US Congress from Corporate Greed, vote out every GOP member. Turn this into a middle class supported country.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ricia

      hooray for you, and while we are at it who in America thinks we can get this country back on the employment records when we have no industry. I don't know what you think, but my views are that you cannot keep an economy going on the auto, health and electronic business. Maybe we should all move over to China, or indonesia, where the people are working, I love america and feel sorry for those overseas who work for peanuts to keep the corporates pockets full.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    I am not an Obama fan, but who has called meetings and cancelled appointments on his schedule to get this done....Not Boehner, the quitter. What a disgrace to any party. Wake up Mr. Speaker (or is it Spoken?) and become part of the solution...

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

    SCREW IT LET IT FALL APART

    #F_CKYOUWASHINGTON

    July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    WE'VE GOT TO STOP BORROWING MONEY TO SPEND ON LOPS – HOW LUDICROUS. TYPICAL DEM THINKING. YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE CREDIT CARD AWAY FROM THE CHILDREN WHO CAN'T REMEMBER IT HAS A LIMIT – GET A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT AND THAT WILL REMIND THE DEMS AND OBAMA THAT THE MONEY DOES HAVE A LIMIT. HOW STUPID ARE WE – KEEP BORROWING MONEY FROM CHINA TO GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO WON'T WORK AND DON'T PAY TAXES???

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

      Hey that sounds great but do it while you are appoving a budget and not in the middle of the approved budget they already approved/passed. YOU REALLY NEED TO TALK TO MOM

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    This thread is red hot. Should be required reading for all legislators too. Email all your representatives and senators. I've had responses each time I've contacted the White House; each time from my Rep.-who is at the opposite end of my political belief; and none from either one of my democratic senators-I think they are waiting to see which way the wind blows-chickens! I've voted straight ticket democratic for a while-not always though-and I can tell you that my senators better take a stand because I will be voting-especially at the primaries. Write, Vote. Email!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RELPH

    THESE COMMENTS ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THE RHETORIC SPREAD ALL OVER THE MEDIA REGARDING GOP VS OBAMA VIA THE LIBERAL MEDIA'S SO CALLED PUNDITS. IN THESE COMMENTS THERE ARE NO ORIGINAL THOUGHTS OR SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS!!!! JUST A SPEWING FORTH OF THE SAME DISINFORMATION UPON DISINFORMATION!!!

    BOOYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Right-all posters here are a "liberal conspiracy" Maybe what you are reading is people who work and don't necessarily have time to jab their politicians.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Pray tell, my good sir, for you appear to have a solid grip on the true information we need. Regale us with the secrets only you hold, and steer us right. We're waiting with bated breath.

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

    The President should speak softly, as the saying goes, but show the GOP the big-stick he's carrying. Basically it goes like this: raise the debt ceiling until 2013, or I let the Bush tax cuts (all of them, not just those above $250k) expire at the end of 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Carol

    When are the congress and senate going to realize that they were elected by the people to represent them and make sure that government works. Have they forgotten whey they are there??? They are there to make government work no use this opportunity to make things better for themselves and screw the average American. They don't care that seniors need social security checks to live on, that veterans depend on their benefits to survive. Wake up Congress and do the right thing take care of business and forget what party you are affiliated with. DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    With the debt ceiling crisis in full bloom, the Republicans in congress have shown again that they are fully owned and operated by big money, big corporations and the crazies (i.e. the Tea Party).

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brent

    AngelaDD got it right! Well done.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry

    And by the way, everyone who has ever taken Economics 101 knows that you can't cut your way out of a recession. The trickle down approach should have died a natural death under Herbert Hoover.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MNAz

    Boehner and his right wing colleagues have convinced the American people that only the Democrats are to blame for big government and the mess we are in today. Yet who invaded Iraq for no reason and ended-up costing the taxpayers a trillion dollars or more? Who started Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage)? "W" did both. I am not saying that Democrats are without blame. But both parties are to blame for the growth of government and the mess we are in. Though Boehner and his right-wing nuts want to convince you otherwise.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Canadian

    John Boehner is an alien.

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