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. SilverHair

    This is without doubt the most negative group of representatives that has ever sat in the hallowed seats of congress. Get rid of them all.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy40

      If people would quit voting for lawyers, this would help fix the problem. The first 2 classes they take is Billing 101 and Best Liar Wins!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. codustdevil

    After watching the president and Boehner last night it is more clear than ever who is willing to compromise to get past this stalemate and it is not Boehner and the Republicans. At least McConnell as been honest and said his main goal is to oust Obama in 2012.
    If the president is willing to risk the ire of his own party in order to make a deal, why can't the other side meet him somewhere in the middle? The rest of the world is watching this and forming an opinion about whether the US can still lead. Pretty sad.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • shirl

      Because their main objective is to oust the President. Not come together to do what's best for the entire country, not just the part that matters to them.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. elobogrande

    I still do not see the politicos offering to make the same kind of sacrifice they wish to lay on the people. Our "servants" are above the laws they create for us? Hey America...How long will you buy this line of BS?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Micanopy

    Wake Up America, your government has been hijacked by the wealthy corporations who want to squeeze every nickle and dime out of the middle class for coporate profits. The budget does need to redone to match the expected revenue and the corportations need do thier their fair share.

    Republicans have painted themsevles in a corner, how are they going to explain holding the nation hostage to appease thier wealthy overlords?????

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • elobogrande

      Easy....we just have Rushbo or Hanity repeat it over and over....Lemmings will take the bait.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carcar

      Wealthy corporations will soon take over – they are making millions – they get big tax breaks and we are afraid to take it away from them – we could pay off our national debt with their profits alone.... I think Americans would be shocked at the reduced taxes they pay – they pay just enough to be able to say "we pay our taxes"

      July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Your government wants to squeeze every nickle and dime out of you! Stop the ridiculous spending!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JHolzner

    The tax cut issue for families making over 250k doesn't make sense unless you apply locality to the formula. 250k in New York or DC is a lot less than 250k in Idaho or North Dakota beacuse the cost of living differs dramatically. I have seen no analysis of what will occur if these tax cuts are left to expire for the middle class in areas where the cost of living is higher. I suspect that there will be another round of foreclosures and middle class families struggling to keep their heads above water which will further perpetuate the economic crisis.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavsman

      If the people making 250k were smart enough, they would figure out how to make more and distance themselves from the 250k cutoff. If they can't, they should pay Obama's "not smart enough to be making more" tax.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • elobogrande

      You have to draw the line somewhere between middle and upper class...how about a million? make you happier? GE and Exxon still are NOT small businesses! My Mom/Pop grocery store NEVER received any handouts, bailouts, tax breaks or loop holes from this government!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy40

      JHolzner: if you're so talented, why not move to S. Dakota or other place where your "talent" is needed? Just because you live in a place where it's more expensive doesn't mean you're more brilliant. $250,000, even after taxes, is still a LOT of money! I hope the working class, the ones who pick up your garbage, fix your dishwasher, repair your car, clean your yard, educate your kids, protect your family from the bad guys, etc. would go on strike so you could do all those same things yourself. None of them make even a small percentage of $250k!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vesstair

      The cutoff is adjusted gross income. That means you have to make more than 250k PER year AFTER deductions on income.

      Even in New York that's a lot. You're an investment banker who makes 150k a year with a stay-at-home wife? Your taxes don't go up.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pauline

    As a person who lives in Detroit and who still remembers our politicians' scathing comments about America's car companies' and the UAW's leadership and workers during our recent crisis, I find their mismanagement of OUR money and unwillingness to do what is right for our country's fiscal survival, the epitome of hypocrisy!! Maybe they should take a look at the way the car companies and the UAW compromised on their differences for the sake of millions of jobs!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mavsman

    Grandma won't get her social secuirty check because the 2008 financial bailout spent it on bonuses. This is the other shoe we have been waiting to drop folks.

    The financials were too big to fail, but the federal government? Apparently not.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    John Boehner needs to get a grip on reality. Why should the wealthy recieve tax breaks and why should corporations get tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • shirl

      He knows they shouldn't get the tax breaks, but he signed the No tax pledge. He'll make the Tea Party steaming hot if he goes against them.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TLovestheRavens

    The Republicans are given a blank check the wealthy to spend and not share in the tax burden. Sounds to me like that if we want to get them involved we need to shift the balance of power in Congress in order to legislate on behalf of the actual hard working, underpaid average American.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. StopTheMadness

    This is so simple and it's not about Republicans and Democrats. It's about spending more than you take in, which our government has been doing for years and it has to stop for our children's sake. We need to cut spending and I for one don't need to pay any more in taxes. We already pay way too much in taxes and it's a freight train that needs to be stopped.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Real American

      Taxes are the lowest they've been in 50 years. The problem is that real wages haven't gone up in 30 years. Nice try, though.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NoWay

    Get rid of all the incompetent republicans in both houses of congress.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Susan

    Boehner's websites are not accepting emails, his phones have continuous busy signals, and his staff lines put you on an indefinite hold. How do citizens tell him to compromise...extend the debt until after the next election, and raise taxes on the wealthiest....we all have to feel the pain and pull in our belts to get through this, not just the poor and middle class. As a republican, I am going to actively campaign against those who have caused this stubborn spectacle without doing anything to fix the problem. I am now an Independent!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Bravo for you Susan! Now, if only others would see the light.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chuck

    Whats to compromise, you don't need more... spend less. It is a bout 2 visions for this country and I like the way the country was. A ballanced budget agreement making it the law would be fair to either party in office so get it done. This president has yet to offer a budget... he has no right to slam the republicans until he does. SPEND LESS!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy40

      Chuck: It's NOT the President who spends the tax money, It's the Congress! All he can do is approve or disapprove.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      The debt ceiling is about money already owed. Not new spending. All appropriation bills must originate in the house. So guess who set the spending? Government 101. There is no blank check for any president. Everytime I hear that lie makes me as mad as the death panel lie. geez

      July 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scot

    The real tragedy is the result of the current online CNN Poll asking readers' intentions on contacting their lawmakers with their views on the debt crisis. When 57% state they have no plans to do so it's no wonder lawmakers act in conflict with the best interests of the country overall–they are only held accountable at election time, and by that time this entire issue will have been reframed by whoever yells the loudest or pays for the most ads and most creative talent producing those ads. We put them in power, we need to communicate our expectations and hold them accountable, regardless of our individual positions on the issue.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saml

    The President is absolutely correct, We elect our representatives to do a job, that job is to govern. Governing involves compromise. When you have a faction of the republican party who have signed pledges to get elected they have effectively excluded compromise before they even take the oath and thus cannot govern. The President to his credit is willing to stand up to the extremists in his party, however the speaker is either unwilling or unable to do the same. He cannot even get his own majority leader to go along.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
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