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. Khloe

    I'm guessing that all the tea-party people will willingly give up their military pay, Social Security and Medicare, Tri-Care so theycan see Obama kicked to the curb. It is so sad when people can't think for themselves and have to sign a pleadge to richy, rich Grover Norquist. Why does he have so much power?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joann mauro

    Will the cuts in SS and Medicare include cuts and changes in the pensions of all congressmen and senators? will there be cuts to all the ridiculous perks they get? These are the same people who get caught in misapropriating funds and other scandals who can't come to a reasonable solution.

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


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


      July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dub

    Time to arrest the Tea Party in Congress and charge them with Treason.

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

    And if the debt ceiling is not raised, this is what will happen: no new taxes! No new spending! The same amount of money is available to pay the bills! No new debts=no new needs!
    It's not going to cost any more tomorrow to pay social security, military pay, etc in August, than now. Not raising the debt ceiling is a good thing if you don't want to spend any more money. Raising the debt ceiling means you are going to pay more. How hard is that for you voters to understand? The Democratic agenda of wanting to raise the debt ceiling is a trick and you all are falling for it.

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




      July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eli

      Earth to Thor-

      George W Bush raised the debt ceiling seven times, and Republican "hero" Ronald Reagan a whopping EIGHTEEN TIMES!
      Calling this increase a "trick" or "democratic agenda" is pathetic.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cuzzi

    As an independent voter, I want to know how many years do the Republicans have to defend the Bush tax cuts before they admit they don't work? They got what they want with Bush and we almost had another depression. The facts are there it doesn't work. Obama has a deal that meets in the middle with cuts in spending and only tax increases on the wealthiest individuals and companies. If the Republicans can't agree with that plan, then it speaks volumes of who they represent, the upper 2% ONLY. They were elected to represent all the voters. And I blame them if this debt ceiling deal crashes and takes its toll on our economy. Washington – Get your head out of your#$@$$.

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

      Government revenues were responsible for recession? Please tell me you don't honestly think that even comes close to sounding rational.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Government?


      trés f@ggie

      July 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DeejCNN

    The tea party is the best thing that may have happened to Obama for 2012! It is clear how they have held the nation hostage (via Boehner)... and that will show. I can't believe there is no real leader in the Rep. party to break this and solve the issues... I mean you do not have to screw the common people (old and poor) ANY FURTHER to appease the 'base'... or whatever these tea baggers are... that cult is close to a doom (with Bachman at its helm)! Complete morons these Reps are... well, can't expects such idiots to know you need both sides of the book to be balanced! Or they are too clever and do not blink when comes to filling their pockets at the cost of screwing those lower in the rung.

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

      And rolling over and allowing the debt spiral to FURTHER accelerate is the opposite of "holding hostage". Gotcha.

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


      do you have a lisp?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Orlando

    Both parties walk away from the table unhappy but the deal gets done that is called the "art of negotiation". Both sides give a little both sides get a little. I don't mind Medicare & Social security being "trimmed" up as long as the wealthy and corporations pay more taxes. The middle class has always shouldered the burden of paying more taxes how unfair is it to remove social security for their golden years.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. charles brannock

    Mr Bohner, you are not in charge, you work for the people, and the people hired Obama to run the country. Until that changes you should help the country, not scare and hold it hostage. Mr President, just take charge thats what we need you to do. You work for us, and we need you to do your job the best you can. Never let a manager tell you what should be, he can ask and input opions, but you are the final word not him. We need your HELP now.

    Thank You

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hot in Dallas

    I was laughing reading a comment from "Truthwins101" and wondering what he was smoking. Boehner outright lied to the public last night, and that should be enough for anyone to know which way to go. Cut,cap,and balance is a farce and evn Boehner knows it. The balanced budget amendment is also a farce that again he and thinking Republicans know. Here is something to chew on. How intelligent is it for a group of supposedly intelligent people to sign a pledge written by someone who is clear of any consequences? Grover Norquist has nothing on the line, they have their jobs and they signed something so egregious that you should place your self in a corner with it, yet they did. Why go along with them? There should be a common goal beyond trying to hurt Barack Obama. Compromise is not a bad word, but Grover is not a fuzzy character on Seame Street, he is a lurking extremist clear of the fire. Close loopholes, enact intelligent cutbacks and govern!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Sure... Compromise is always good when you're playing with someone else's money... BTW, you know how to tell if a politician is lying? Just look to see if his mouth is moving (Applies to Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boehner and anyone else who thinks getting us deeper into debt is a good idea.)

      July 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JUJUBS

    I sent notes to my senators and representatives this morning even though it took forever to get through because I am beyond frustrated. I am an independent voter and choose Republicans as often as Democrats but on this debate, I think the Republicans are in the wrong. They show no willingness to compromise and compromise is the basis for a successful democracy.

    If Congress and the Senate reported to me, most of them would have been fired months ago for their failure to get anything done and their unwillingness to compromise.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

    fiskenmann said, “Contact your lawmakers? Sorry, Mr. President, our lawmakers in South Dakota do not respond to voters unless you give them a check!!!”

    The same in Texas!!! All email/phone contact is shutdown! They don't want to hear the truth from the public.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim in San Mateo

    I wish the 2012 election was going to be held this November, while this fiasco was still fresh in the minds of Americans. The Republicans would be out on their ear. They are behaving like a bunch of spoiled children who are going to take their marbles and go home if they don't get their way.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TRH

    Cut Social Security and Medicare? Consider the following:

    "It may cost as much as $1 trillion to operate the military’s fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 aircraft for several decades, according to a preliminary Pentagon estimate sent to Congress." (bloomberg.com)

    And this is OPERATING cost which doesn't include development costs for this high-tech plane. Add to this the development and operating cost of the F-22 Raptor, and the figure must be staggering. Now....neither of these planes have a mission. Our enemies today are fanatics who use suicide bombers and militants who plant roadside bombs and IED's, not other country's air forces which our military and it's PRESENT equipment could deal with quite nicely.

    Both of these are air superiority aircraft....I think we already have that...for what that's worth in the "wars" we are presently fighting. So...add in the cost of the Afghan and Iraq wars and it doesn't take advanced math to see these costs are unsustainable and indeed, they are a waste. It will keep certain defense contractors busy (and wealthy) and oh, yes...protect our oil supply....which is the ONLY reason the entire Middle East hasn't been thrown to the dogs much as Lebanon was which has no oil.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    The Republicans must be so proud, increasing our interest rate payment. making taxpayers pay out more for borrowing money. Never has the debt ceiling been NOT approved. Guess what its the Tea Party and Republicans making our nation go into default. Creating higher interest payments for everyone.
    Why are we paying these people to run our nation. they are not. It run by special interest groups, not the representatives. We need to march on Washington and show them we are the boss.

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

      Have a debt ceiling is not what is making the country default. Spending money we don't have is making us default. In the end, you can't spend what you don't have. Time to start figuring out what a budget actually is. It actually has to take into account spending an income and ensure that spending doesn't exceed income, otherwise it's not a budget and is more like an expense sheet with no play for payment.

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