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. Catfish365247

    I am not paying my mortgage currently because I am waiting for my debt ceiling to go up...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Sounds like our government. Clever 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Smith

      Nice one! The bank's won't lose any sleep they already got paid for your mortgage by way of a $800 Billion bail-out from Bush and then another from Obama, next time I'm with you, just let the banks collapse.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gmoney

    My 16 year old knows that the best way to reduce your debt is to increase the amount of money you bring in and decrease the money you spend. I wonder why we would ever vote for any politician on either side of the isle who didn't understand this. Until we stand up as a Nation and demand (with out vote) more out of both parties and silence the fringes that are doing all the talking right now, nothing is going to change!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Even young people know these very elementary concepts of how to eliminate debt. Why can't these Republicans??? Perhaps they need a teach time from 16yr olds.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Republicans have neither Honor nor Dignity

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Myrna

      Yes, Joe. I've long thought that politics and honor always maintain and inverse relationship. Keep praying for our President. The others will be granted JUST ENOUGH ROPE....and then comes Karma!! The real Justice comes when the "Have Nots" go top Heaven and the "Boys With the Most Toys" LOSE!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Margarita Dreyer

    So grateful that Americans are seeing through this bologna. So many clearly can see that key Republicans are willing to throw us all over the boat so they can steam roll their agenda through. The comments above succinctly articulate the frustration of the reasonable American Citizen.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oregonian101

    The Repukes and Democooks have a lot of work today. The Democooks have offered compromise and the Repukes have stated that just talking about a debt ceiling hike is sufficient sacrifice.
    Now that a whole new class of Americans is being created, the PERMANENTLY UNEMPLOYED, the two sides need to "compromise" now.
    I'll say right up front there is not a Repuke that has even hinted about running for an office that I would vote for. The oaths they signed not to raise taxes shows how foolish and ideological they are. One of the biggest mistakes President Bush made was not raising taxes to pay for the wars whether you think the wars were justified or not. Even his father knew that had to happen. Mr. No New Taxes had to raise them and Conservative god President Reagan raised taxes numerous time after starting the tank of our economy.
    Have a nice day!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Samiam

    I am disgusted at the blatant pandering to the rich and powerful corporations while the middle class and poorest Americans suffer. This must end. Thank God President Obama is showing the tenacity and leadership skills we who voted for him knew he had. Boehner is acting so foolishly I wonder how he ever got to be in the position he is... oh wait, he has rich and powerful corporations in his corner... Explains everything...

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn-GA

      Have you ever had a job from a poor person? The "Rich" they are targeting are the people hiring. Soooo tax them more and they cannot afford to hire people, take away the mortage tax credit and they stop building expensive homes which will mean less contruction.... I could keep going but I have a feeling that if you do not et it yet you never will. By the way why are wer going after the people who pay more in taxes than anyone else? Why are you not addressing the fact that over 40% of the country pays NOTHING in taxes. If we had more people in the system instead of leaching off of it things would be better as well.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Myrna

    This whole battle in Congress smacks of a second civil war with our 2nd Lincoln in the White House. The sides are divided between the the Robber Baron bankrolled radical christian fundamentalist right and the hard working, self effacing american people who wish to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors rather than squeeze the life out of them for the sake of nightly steak and bourbon on the deck of some resort.
    *******May God protect our President and our people from the self-righteous and the powerful who pervert sacred scripture at the expense of the humble and selfless masses. My favorite bumper sticker reads..."Jesus, save me from Your followers!"

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      What on earth are you rambling on about? The Republicans are certainly wrong in this instance, but I haven't heard a single person say "We shouldn't raise taxes because the Bible and Pastor Bill say so." Leave religion out of this. I couldn't care less about religion, but the fact that you bring religion into an economics debate makes you look like just as big a radical zealot as the very people you're castigating.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan Johnson

    I'm not quite sure how anyone can point the finger at the President on this on. All I'm seeing is the Republican crowd saying I want it all and there is no compromise, while the President has been willing to move in their direction, there has been no willingness to move the other way. And I'm really tired of hearing 'tax increases" Letting the Bush tax cuts expire is not increasing taxes. It's putting back where it was.

    I'm also extremely frustrated with this idea that the extremes of both sides seem to have the loudest voice and the most control. throw in Grover Norquist and all the pledges and I start to wonder if my vote means anything anymore. I know I sure didn't see his name on a ballot.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Interesting who do our Reps represent? Grover Norquist or the American citizens? I wonder how many people Grover's group actually reprsents?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Harrier

    Political Theater is what we are witnessing. 'All the world is a stage...'

    Once upon a time it was the business of the US Government to do the most good for the largest number of US citizens. At least, that is what I was taught in Social Studies and US History. As I grew older, I realized that this is not the truth. It seems that if you have enough money, you can get the 'right' people elected (pun intended) and get all the tax breaks and loopholes you want. I mean, really... it's not going to hurt anyone if its only me... right? Well, Mr. Millionaire and Mr. Billionaire... it is not only you, you do have some elite company and you have all tinkered with our system of government, and elected your uncompromising puppets. And now we are already seeing the negative effects this is having on our economy in anticipation of a default. I guess you will just have to start selling short so you can make a profit off the upcoming crash. The people at the bottom wont fare so well. They will lose their job. They will try to use federal programs to make ends meet but those remaining will be underfunded... 'drowned in a bathtub.' These are not lazy people, these are American people and they just want to make a decent living for their family. But you... you just can't live without that bonus income. You will never starve. Your children will still go to the best schools. You set back the middle class by a generation and you live with yourself by claiming that you make jobs and the tax burden is high, preventing you from investing. The tax burden in the United States is at historic lows and we have an exceptionally low burden compared to other westernized countries. So keep telling yourself that you are right and are doing the right thing. Try to ignore the numbers of unemployed and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor. Ignore this comment... you will be right back to where you are, fat and happy.

    However... We The People still have one card to play; 2012. And if you think we won't vote... well, there you are dead wrong. The end of the Republican party is coming, and it is going to happen in 2012. The sad part of that is you are damaging our great country with your fall.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      You played your card in the 2008 election obviously and look where that has gotten us! So sad sad. Bigger Goverment, Bigger Government, that should be the Dem;s motto.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn-GA

      Funny how the President knew that most people were not paying attention and if he came out now and looked like he was doing somehting and blamed the other guys you would all just fall in line. You need to pay more attention to your country more often folks... Why didn't they vote on this months ago? Why was the only budget that was put up by the President voted down 97-0 (yes that means no Democrate voted for it as well)

      Come on folks do not be so easily played....

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Allen Young

    It's truly encouraging from this board that a majority of the people are finally seeing the true light of trickle down economics which have blinded this nation for the past 30 years! Now you need to act, call your representative TODAY. Google them, and call them right now and demand that all sides need to pay. Even the top 2%! Should Mr. and Mrs. Walmart and Mr. and Mrs Shell pay this debt as much as Mr. and Mrs. Plumber!?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Logic

    Speaking as one of the top 2%, I'm ok with a tax increase at this time.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Government?

      in your dreames loser moron ~ logicbomb

      July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn-GA

      If we taxed every cent over $250k from EVERY person who makes that much it would run out in 6 months. Explain to me how taxing another few points will do ANYTHING? This is a fact, why are so many people so easly swayed by a press confrence with LIES in it??

      Wake up!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Smith

      @ Shawn-GA: how'd you figure that one out? Give me some real financial facts and be able to show some sound logic behind your comment and I might consider it as factual, until then all you said was blah, blah, blah.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. average guy

    it seems to me that the democrats lay out their plan which is cut spending and raise taxes cut and dry. while the republican plan agrees with some of that, they insist their way will create jobs because of no new taxes. there is absolutely no guarantee of that happening.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      You mean cut spending after their out of office and raise taxes now?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Smith

      Good point average guy, the politicians gave some of the largest companies in the country tax money under the impression that it would create jobs. What we got was a bunch of greedy corporations who took the hand-out and did nothing else, not even a thank you.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MikeM

    I can't believe Bonehead Boehner is going to let this go down to the wire. People need to understand the real ramifications if the debt ceiling isn't raised. Americas credit rating will get slammed causing a spirlal effect all the way down to the grocery store. Wall street will lose more our 401k money while the rich get richer. All of Washington needs to wake up and start paying attention to the non rich. After all it's us that put you where you are.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. USAYESWECAN

    It sure is amusing that some want to blame the current President for the failures of Washington for the last 30 plus years.
    Our Congressional non-leaders have voted to raise the debt ceiling many, many times during the last 30 plus years. I know it is politics but is it also racism. The Republicans have said their job for the next two years is to beat Obama. I understand politicians are all about politics but it should not be at the expense of our Great Country and our way of life.

    I guess we can say, after the next election, if we have the money to pay for one after defaulting, Hello Republicans, Good Bye AMERICA.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      If the debt hadn't ballooned at an exponential rate, he'd only be due the criticism Bush recieves, but since he's the only President in history to spend more than double than the president before him in only two years, he has earn more criticism.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    THE ONLY THING DEMS AND OBAMA HAVE DONE IN THE LAST 2 YEARS IS SPEND TRILLIONS ON NEW PROGRAMS AND HELD MANY FINE PHOTO OPPS, TRAVELED THE WORLD, MET WITH THE RICH AND FAMOUS FROM OTHER NATIONS AND OUR OWN CELEBRITIES (U KNOW THOSE PEOPLE HE HATES BECAUSE THEY MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) – HAS HE CUT ANYTHING??? NO NO NO. HE WILL NEVER CUT BECAUSE THEIR MIDDLE NAME IS "SPEND".

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • YOUR MOM

      I CAN TELL WHEN YOU'RE TYPING WITH ONLY ONE HAND – I THOUGHT WE AGREED YOU WOULD NOT TOUCH YOURSELF WHILE ON THE BOARDS ANYMORE, IT IS WRONG. YOU GET OFF THAT COMPUTER RIGHT NOW YOUNG MAN AND WASH UP.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
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