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. marzi

    Just what are the republicans and their leader Boehner trying to do? They are not interested in helping the average American worker. They have always been the party of the rich and super rich. Why doesn't Boehner give up his salary and healthcare and all the other perks he enjoys. All the republicans care about is ruining the Obama presidency. I agree we should vote OUT all the GOP menbers and put in people who will work for the average hard working american. They are a bunch of racists hawks who only care about giving their rich friends tax breaks that should have expired long ago. If we were not involoved in two wars brought to you courtesy of the Republicans we would not be in this mess. Sending billions of dollars in foreign aid and on wars is part of the problem. And the wasteful spending by our congress on pork barrel projects.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef12345

      You are so right, Obama is the man for the working man...em, for the man who is looking for a handout and don't want to work. George W. Bush and his merry band of fools thought the American peolple wanted to work.....how wrong where they????? I am with you brother, lets go get in line and have the rich people pay for our cheese.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBERT

      IM NOT SURE WHAT PLANET YOUR LIVING ON BUT ON THIS ONE WE LIVE WITH IN OUR MEANS AND OBAMA IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH AMERICA ON HIS SPENDING SPREE

      July 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TRM

    The "Tea Baggers" are not a political party, they are a movement. TThere is no compromising with movements. They need to go back to blowing up abortion clinics and converting gays to straighthood. Their partisan whackery has infected politics like a virus.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef12345

      I am with you as well Brother!! Lets make some laws to stop people from thinking on their own....we have to control thoughts if we want to rule. Simple as that....would you like to join us in line for some cheese bought by white rich people?

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

    While I'm at it, repay all the money I've put into Social Security and we'll call it even when I retire.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. susieq

    Impossible to get through to Washington. COMPROMISE. You were not elected to represent all of the American people, not a few rich folk and corporations, and Tea Party folks (am guessing even they get Social Security checks–so how is that working for them). Enough already.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rec

    Fire the republicans. They are being paid off by the rich non tax paying corporations.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      So, what I hear you saying is fire the people that are getting paid by the people you want to be paid by?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef12345

      Yeah!!! Lets fire George W. Bush as well...he is responsible for this whole mess!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David Lee Miller

    Almost all of the comments I have seen posted are more honest and more intelligent than anything the Republican leadership has offered. But I do have my favorites:

    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!’”

    Sam and Adam, you not only remind me of a great beer, you speak for me as well.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fedup2011

    Unless you are among those top 10 percent of the wealthiest Americans, whether you are a Democrate or a Republican or a Tea Partier or an immigrant from Pluto, if the debt ceiling isn't raised YOU WILL LOSE YOUR JOB BECAUSE THE ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE WILL CRASH. And you and your job and your grocery list and your life will be crushed by the falling debris. So just think about what you want.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • StinginNettle

      I want an educated America, so this never happens again.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef12345

      Wow, epic thought........you need some cheese paid for by white rich people. Join us in line!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. abcdef12345

    This is all George W. Bush's fault. He also f'd up the Roswell investigation.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Well, you're half right.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef12345

      @ anon – I know, and you know....why doesn't everyone else know? I mean the congress (when Bushy was President) was controlled by democrats but they apparently went along with Bush...I mean how can you hold that against them? They can say no, so how can you fault them for letting him ruin the country? I totally agree with you on that!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darren

    The congress should not get their salaries until they solve the problem. They need a kick in their pants and the pocket book!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. StinginNettle

    Here's a compromise: Reduce pay and eliminate medical benefits to the entire Congress of the United States, and their family members who they always put on their "assistant" payrolls. We are stupid to tolerate them!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Good place to start!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BPK

    I think the major problem is that all of these idiots don't know the difference between wealth and current income.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dan25ny

    To Gman – If you make $250K a year and aren't a millionaire or well on your way to be, you're doing something wrong.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Enough is Enough

    I just bet when Boehner was in grade school, he received an UNSATISFACTORY grade in Plays Well With Others!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RussA

    I am a registered independent and do not particularly care for either party. I tend to be fiscally conservative. However, the Republicans are doing more to make themselves irrelevant than anyone could possibly imagine. Earlier this year the Republicans in California had a chance to force some real changes in the state budget. Their refusal to make any sort of compromise with Governor Brown meant that the Democrats put in place their own plan without any Republican participation. When it came to health care reform earlier this year, the Republicans refused to participate and we were given a sub-optimal plan. Had the Republican minority pushed for some of their ideas, we would have had a much better plan. Instead, it was everything they wanted, none of what Obama wanted, or no votes from them. With the debt ceiling, we are now in the same position – the Republican way or the path to a Third-World economy. The Democrats have offered to move 75-80% towards the Republican position; however, the Republican leadership is unable to bring their party along the short path to save the country from almost certain crisis. What a fantastic way to ensure that the country accelerates its slide to poverty and what a way to make sure that your party never gets into a leadership position again.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Compromise sounds nice, but when you don't have the money, you don't have the money and no amount of compromise will solve that problem.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • abcdef12345

      @ William – you want to raise the debt ceiling, but you state no money to spend? Do you know what rasing the debt ceiling does? Come on, join us in line for CHeese bought by white rich people.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ray Brown

    I'm one of the people that the Speaker and Majority leader claim they are protecting. I have spoken to many others as well who are in the tax brackets that would be effected if President Obama requires a roll back of the G.Bush tax cuts previously enacted. Neither myself nor any others I have spoken to feel that the tax breaks are worth a default of the debt ceiling. We would all loose far more than the 3 or 4% break should default occur. The House leadership is playing political games in an attempt to destroy this President and taking the rest of us along for the ride. Please stop this nonsense and reach a compromise before it is too late.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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