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. Brian

    As much as I try to ignore the failure known as Washington from up here in Canada, this issue can't be. The Republicans are going to ruin North America. This isn't just a USofA issue but a global issue. So from up north a message to Washington get your act together and stop acting like children because right now that is exactly whats going on. Maybe its time the people started taking out the frustration on the companies that fun the crooks in Washington. Since they only listen to the companies who fund them.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Share The Blame

    In Response to Tyler's continuously stated stats:

    This comes from another article "Fifty-two percent of Americans think Obama has acted responsibly in the debt ceiling talks so far, but nearly two-thirds say the Republicans in Congress have not acted responsibly. Fifty-one percent would blame the GOP if the debt ceiling is not raised; only three in 10 would blame Obama."

    I will also reiterate that this isn't a Democrat" or "Republican" problem. It is a quagmire created by BOTH parties. We, the AMERICAN PUBLIC AT LARGE, have allowed the muck and mire to get deeper. Complacency and Inaction are just as much to blame.

    Government as a whole was allowed to SPEND Large and LIVE large for decades. Now it is time to PAY large on what is owed and make hard choices on both sides of the aisle. Anything less than that and we will find ourselves deeper in the quagmire.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn from Indiana

      Well said!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NSFW

    Oh please Mr. President! Just dissolve all of the government, including both houses, and install a parlamentarian system. Problems would get fixed faster and we will have more political parties to choose from, and our voices will be heard easier and better. Add to the government dissolution the whole return of our troops from Afganistan and Iraq immediately thus eliminating costly dragging wars that are going nowhere. And while you are at it, dismantle the whole IRS and install a flat national tax, so everyone will be paying taxes, with every product taxed, even the stinking rich will pay and they can not avoid loop holes!

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

    Why is it that every time the Republicans get a majority, and say they have listened to the people. They turn around and basically do what a small percentage of the rightwing extremist demands, and still claim they are listening to "the American People". Get back into the middle of the road, you idiots, or you are going to get run over by angry voters in next year's elections. COMPROMISE NOW! Think first of your Country.... not your radicals.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul Marinelli

    Does anyone else find the lack of discussion about Congressional compensation and benefits as a source of cost cutting interesting? When my small business was facing difficulty in 2009, we opted to reduce everyone's compensation, including the owners, rather than lay people off. I guess "our leaders" are exempt. Another interesting question that never gets addressed is the total cost of pensions, health care and other benefits of all the people still alive who served at least one term in Congress. Like most of you, I am fed up with these self-serving ideologues.

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

      Time to dump them all... or at least any that won't take a pay cut.

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

      Yes... since every middle class family and the poor are cutting back, why not Congress? Instead of always giving themselves raises... how about a pay-cut. And while there... why not contribute 25% of your pay to your health insurance and pension. As a state employee in Florida, Governor Skeletor.... pardon me, Governor Scott has imposed a mandatory 3% of our pay to pay for our pension. We also have had no pay raises in 3 years... while the cost of gas, food, everything has gone up. Broward County calls our salary... "a Living Wage". Maybe it was in 2001.. not anymore!. It's now barely living wage.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sherry

    Is it possible to charge Boehner and his cronies with treason against the US? Just asking.

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

      Let's hope so.

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


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

      Dummies?... this coming from a corporate minion...

      July 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kxlinco

      Let us 'dummies' talk, you learn how to unlock the Caps key. Good luck!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socal

      You really need to get a life – WAKE UP

      July 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vic of New York

    Looks like the slime on the Right is in the FAR SMALL MINORITY. Thank God! Now would the FBI start investigating these folks before one of them tries to pull another Timothy McVay.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CSM

    Samuel above was right... Boehner: Do what I say and no one gets hurt.

    I could not have said it better Samuel... you are absolutely right. Boehner continues to cater to his base and protect the wealthy and corporate interests while SCREWING THE MIDDLE CLASS. This is NOT about jobs... how do you think corporate profits are sky high?!?!... This is about and ONLY ABOUT protecting the wealthy...

    July 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. johnb38016

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011:

    1. Term Limits. (12 years only, one of the possible options below).
    A. Two Six-year Senate terms
    B. Six Two-year House terms
    C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

    2. No Tenure / No Pension.
    A Congressman collects a salary and pays SS tax while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security
    system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,
    and Congress participates with the American people.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will
    rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same
    health care system as the American people.

    7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.
    Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is
    an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators,
    so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.


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

      I am much more in favorof Anarchy.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomOf3

      This should also go for the President and Vice President. They also get paid after they leave office and we spend millions on protecting them and their families after they leave. If they don't do anything stupid while they are in office, they shouldn't need to be protected after they leave it...

      July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • moses

      Love this. I've been saying the same thing for years. As for the President, they only get Secret Service protection for 10 years after they get out of office now and can refuse to have it as soon as they leave the office.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    Once Social Security and Medicare are separated from the budget, then we will can how out of balance we really are. We should strive to balance operating income and expenses on a year to year basis and agree on timetable to do so. However, I do think we need to also have a capital budget to allow the expenditure of funds today that will yield benefits in the future. However those capital expenditures would have to be depreciated over their useful life through the balanced operatiing budget.

    This is the framework I would find useful and more transparent than the mess we currently have.

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

    Although I am not the biggest Obama fan...I believe Boehner is the absolute worse representative of the GOP! What a horrible, horrible man. No one should be allowed to hold this country hostage which is exactly what he is doing. I'm also sick to death of the personal intelligence insults because people are choosing to side with our PRESIDENT! Believe it or not you morons....people are actually supposed to do that sometimes. I believe what Obama is trying to do is right, for a change. Our Congress needs to get behind him so we can all start having a future again.

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

      He's clearly no saint, but at least he isn't trying to increase spending with reckless abandon like Obama has.

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

    Based on your comments it seems that this is the most popular president to ever sit in office. My goodness. We might as well change this country's name to the U.S. of Obama. How did the Republicans ever get voted...? There's like a 99% approval rating for the president on everything under the sun. Oh wait... I forgot... it's called media bais.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nick, Holly Springs, NC

    If my family loses one dollar in savings/investments because of the hard-headed Republicans, I will NEVER vote for a Republican again. They are protecting the richest of the rich. While selling out the rest of us.

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

      One doller, eh, so that's all you're concerned about?

      It doesn't bother you in the least to stick the next generation with the responsibility of repaying all of the debt that you voted for?

      Go tell a child face to face that you are intentionally trying to deep-six their future for personal gain. Wouldn't that make you feel great?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. George Stanley

    I just emailed my REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN, which is interesting as I have NEVER communicated with a Republican Congressman. Bottom line: No to Boehner and yes to Obama's plan. Republicans just want more chaos and Jan. 2012 debt crisis over again. Losers.

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