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. Rick N

    My family has been here for over 200 years fought in the revolution, both on the North and the South in the civil war and I would say they never saw anything like we are seeing today. Everyone has a part in this mess and it's past time to suck it up and everyone pay their share to pay this off. We need money and lobyists out of D.C. and politicians that take care of the peoles interests. Copromise and move on!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Neil from NH

    Since the day Barrack Obama won the presidency, the goal of the right wing of the Republican party was to see this president fail. They said so through mouth pieces like Rush Limbaugh and party heavy weights like Bobby Jindal, (then spoke of as possible presidential material. Well, they will succeed in causing failure laughing their sickening I told you so as the ship heads into the rocks and America drowns. As much as the republicans tout their America first line, it is never about America, it's about keeping the wealth in the hands of a dwindling privileged few and the ignorant Americans who can't see thru that drown as their heros push them off the plank

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TyIer

    I have dain bramage.

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

      i am not as think as you drunk i am, occifer!!!

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

    I think all the paychecks for the politicians should be held, vacations denied and days off eliminated until they thave reached a compromise. Stop paying for their health and retirement benefits,too. I wonder how much debt reduction those changes would amount to.
    Stop cutting benefits the older generation paid into and make the current politicians do their jobs before they get paid or get raises.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. robby

    what illuminati conspiracy? FDR said that anything that happens in politics is sure to have been planned out well far in advance. All coming to a head in 2012...hmm.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LR

    Bottom line: The Republicans' agenda has been–from the beginning–to make sure that President Obama fails. They don't care about us, or the health of the country. They just don't want a Democrat for a President.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ANNE B. BOWERS

    I SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS DECISIONS ON THE DEBT CRISIS.
    EVEN THOUGH I DON'T ALWAYS AGREE WITH HIS HANDLING OF OUR GOVENMENT,
    I WOULDN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT IF THE REPUBLICANS WERE BACK IN OFFICE.
    CANTOR FROM VIRGINIA WILL NOT LAST AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY,
    I BELIEVE HE WILL BE OUT NEXT ELECTION, I SURE HOPE SO. ABB FROM VA

    July 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nancy

    Our biggest problem is the wars in the middle east, it's sucking us dry. Our enemies will win by bankrupting us. That was their goal. For now we need compromise and then stop the war.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    I CAN'T BELIEVE OBAMA IS GOING TO WASTE THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR POLITICAL REASONS – HE CAN COMPROMISE AS WELL, IF NOT BETTER THAN, BOEHNER. IF HE MAKES THE COMPROMISE – HE MAY ACTUALLY GET REELECTED – HELLOO ISN'T THAT WHAT HE'S REALLY AFTER ANYWAY? IT'S CALLED BEING A LEADER, U KNOW COMPROMISE AND ACTUALLY KNOW THAT MOST OF AMERICA WANTS THE SPENDING TO STOP AND THAT WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET. I'M TIRED OF OBAMA TALKING ABOUT "THOSE SO AND SO'S THIS AND THAT" WELL I AM ONE OF THOSE SO AND SO'S AND I THOUGHT OBAMA WAS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT, A LEADER. REMEMBER WHEN HE SAID THERE ARE NO RED STATES OR BLUE STATES -THERE IS JUST THE UNITED STATES – WELL HE'S DOING AN AWFUL JOB AND SO ARE THE DEMS OF UNITING US. I'M DISGUSTED BECAUSE I REALLY THOUGHT HE WOULD BE DIFFERENT – BUT NO HE'S UP THERE POINTING FINGERS LIKE A CHILD INSTEAD OF LEADING THE CHILDREN TO A DECENT SOLUTION. THE DEFAULT WILL BE AS MUCH OBAMA AND DEMS AS REPS. AND I WON'T FORGET

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • YOUR MOM

      I'M CALLING YOUR DAD. I THINK YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Martha in CF

    Those Redumblicans that have signed Norquist's pledge should be tried for treason or impeached. They pledged their oath when they went into Congress.................................

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

    I am so fedup with all this that the next national elections I will only vote for someone who is not currently in office.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David in Cincinnati

    It't time for President Obama to declare a national emergency and end the impasse without further squabble.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. guest3

    Boehner was elected to Congress in 1990 and he says Washington is out of control. Go figure.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave R.

    Would Republicans please explain why 10 years ago their buddy W was handed a budget surplus and then turned it in to a $8 trillion deficit by the time he left office. Also during his term there were 2 unjustified wars and the market tanked. Looks to many of us that W used the country’s credit card ran up the huge debt and then gave the bill to Obama.

    What is it that Republicans do not get!!?? The majority of Americans do NOT what their plan!! And, the polls prove it!! . Even Norquist has said that letting the Bush tax cuts expire on the wealthy should not be considered a tax increase. So, he has essentially “blessed” that approach for Republicans.

    This only further proves that Republicans hate Obama so much that they are willing to sacrifice the country and the world markets.

    If Republicans choose to reply, please answer these questions and do not try to change the subject.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Economissed

      That's easy to explain, as Presidents don't draft budgets. Guess who controlled Congress since 2007? Who has controlled the budget for FY 2008,9,10,11 and drafted the spending spree that has put us on this sinking ship – hint: it wasn't "buddy W".

      July 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill C

    Let's see.
    Democrats want more tax revenues.
    Republicans want spending cuts.

    Why can't everyone just agree to a 15% tax increase + 85% spending cut COMPROMISE... REPUBLICANS!?!?!?!?
    WHY is this SO DAMN hard!?

    What idiots voted these Tea Party children into Congress? Why is this debt debate still going on when over 70% of Americans agree with Obama's plan to have both tax increases for the rich and MAJOR spending cuts!?

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