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

    The President doesn't have a plan. The plans that have been proposed have all been shot down by the Democrats and the President. Yet they say that the Republicans are the party of "no." The Establishment Left only wants more tax and spending. They refuse to admit that it is not working and has only worsened our economic problems.

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

      It's not the President's job to have a plan, it's up to the House and the Senate, they control the money. Stop blaming the Pres for things created by the tea party and rush limbaugh. 247 hate radio has done a LOT to create this problem. Let the wealthy and the oil company's pay their fair share.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Uh, actually, dufus, every Democratic plan on the table involves cutting spending. And the plans only involve increasing taxes on the top 2% of earners, who've all had their taxes cut dramatically over the last 10 years.

      So, your claim about "tax and spend" is more than a little bit of a stretch.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realistic

      Repeating the (tea) party line is useless and pointless rhetoric. Learn to think for yourself first before saying anything. On second thought, just keep quiet if you have nothing of value to say.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A thinking Texan.

    I am just thinking out loud, When the Republicans signed the "no tax pledge" could that be taken as an act of breaking the oath of office, and pledging allegiance to "a unelected governing body"
    and is so is this not treason? I am not sure but maybe some to needs to call them out on this.
    Sorry I am just really PO'ed

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

      Well, think on this: so what if they don't approve raising the debt ceiling? So? No, payments are not going to be more next month than this. No they won't be able to spend MORE. Life goes on... it's a false issue. Both Dems and Repubs are up to something more.... Look out.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)


      You're a clown. The debt ceiling isn't about keeping the government from INCREASING its expenditures. During a down economy, your tax revenues are going to be down. So, we won't even be able to keep up the same level of programs we had before the financial meltdown. It's not about adding new bells and whistles to government (which, by the way, has 500,000 fewer employees than when Obama took office) ... it's about even having enough money to pay for the stuff we already depend on.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. somedude

    The debt ceiling should haver been politicized. This is the dumbest thing the GOP could have done. My reasoning for calling this stupid is because the raising of the debt ceiling has been routine up to this point. Now the Dems can politicize it too during a Republican presidency. Tax and spending debates belong in the senate. This is a FAKE crises created by the GOP to push bad legislation against SS and Medicare.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Hudson

    Here are the top tax rates in selected war years:

    World War I – 77 percent.

    World War II – 94 percent.

    Korean War era – 92 percent.

    Vietnam era – 77 percent tax.

    Gulf War era – President George H.W. Bush raised the top tax rate to 39.6 percent.

    Iraq war – George W. Bush cut the tax rate to 35 percent for income of more than $319,000. Historically, no president had ever cut taxes during a war.

    If you're among the top 2% of America's wealthiest, you not only dodged your fair share of taxes during the first 10 years of the two wars, but saw the cuts extended last year. Now Boehner, Cantor and the Tea Party want to protect your cuts into the future... But if you're poor or middle income, you're either IN the wars, PAYING for them, or BOTH!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Let's also be clear that this Gang of Six senate plan that Obama is willing to endorse is going to further cut the top rate to 29%. Are you kidding me?

      This guy is a closet Republican.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • somedude

      Well said.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thor

    If the social security and military crowd don't get paid this August, guess what? Neither does congress, the President, the Supreme Court.... and on and on...... ! 🙂

    July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate (Seattle, WA)

      Ha, ha. Let's cut off our nose to spite our face.


      July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. From Where I Sit

    Neither of the plans is what I would ideally want, but if asked, I would choose Obama's plan over Boehner's plan. And, yes, it would be a compromise. Done.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cindy

    Debt Crisis:

    Here's the problem in a nutshell, our government is TOO BIG! Cut the government in half and I doubt there would be a 'Debt Crisis'. It's difficult for two people to reach an agreement sometimes so how in God's name can the huge Congress and the huge House ever settle on something especially when it comes to money, OUR MONEY. We, the Taxpayors, are so sick of government spending OUR MONEY on frivolous BS. Why don't you all take a PAY FREEZE, give up your taxpayor cars, PAY SOMETHING for your HEALTHCARE, and I could go on and on. We are sick and tired of supporting ALL of YOU. Trim your own FAT instead of taxpaying Americans who continue to suffer from your gross spending.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steveo

      You would need a microscope to see your suggested cuts among the morass of debt.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      Thank you. I agree totally.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • iloathepolitix


      July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JD

    "Citizen's Weigh In"... and get labeled some kind of "ist" that all should fear by DHS & Southern Poverty Law Center. Be on the look out for: angerists, fedupists, dissentists, disagreeists, rippedoffists, brokeists, freedomists, disenchantedists, disenfranchizedists, livinginmycarists, foodpantryists and votethemalloutofofficeists. We all know what the problem is. The rest is just a circus.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TRM

    So Tyler, I don't count because I didn't serve? What a jackalope.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. san diego former republican

    I used to vote republican. I can't do it any more. they are run by extremists and nuts. I guess they don't understand the meaning of the work compromise. What a joke they have become.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane Parke

      Welcome to the growing club. I bailed during the "trickle down" theory of the 80's. That was the savings and loan crisis. It was mild compared to this meltdown. It only destroyed the family farms and people dumb enough to have savings accounts. Back then there were a few "statesmen" around in congress. Of course they have all been shot down since then.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Drake

    It's neither a republican or democrat issue! Wake up people. While Obama talks about cutting Social Security payments in August for seniors, the disabled etc, it affects everyone. Now take for example the fact that 2 trillion dollars of Social Security money is spent yearly to house refugees. Salton Sea in California and Tacoma, Washington can tell you about that. Refugees are placed in new housing, given ten years of no income tax, allowed five years to be on welfare, are provided funds to buy new cars and given hospitals and lawn service all paid for by AMERICANS. This has been going on for a long time now. Mainstream media is not covering these issues or releasing the figures either. I worked two shifts for 27 years before becoming disabled. I've gotten the minimum disability payment and am now well below the poverty level while refugees and illegal aliens are given priority. 2,642 dollars per month is what the refugees are bringing in off YOUR social security. Now tell me this is about one party. And why is Obama's sister from Kenya also allowed to live on the public dole in Washington? I find that a curious development also.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steveo

    I guess that Republican-backed experiment of "starting two wars while cutting taxes" was a FAILURE.

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

      Well, it was Obama who sustained two wars, doubled-down on the Afghan war, and extended the temporary tax cuts...

      July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victor Lazlo

      Hey, Bruce: In case you haven't noticed, Obama is drawing down troops in Iraq and will have them virtually all out in a couple of years. He is also drawing down troops in Afghanistan. Exactly how is this continuing the wars in the way you suggest? It is certainly better than cutting and running, which would leave things as bad or worse than before we showed up. In this way, we don't want to be like the British who left hot spots behind nearly everywhere they left, especially in the Middle East.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shadobuck

    Not since Caligula installed his horse in the Senate have we witnessed such idiocy.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    This is what you get, American people. You voted these Republican idiots back into Congress last year.

    Did you really think they were going to cooperate in any way? Mitch McConnell said that his number one priority is to make Obama a one-term President. Not getting the economy fixed. Not ending our ten year war. A GOP political goal is his top priority.

    You get the government you deserve in a democracy, and the stupid American public deserve this dysfunctional group.

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

      Beautiful! Well said.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. msk

    If these comments are any indication, most people seem agreed–which is another reason why Mr. Boehner saying "what the American people want" makes me so angry. But how do we get Mr. Boehner off his pedestal before he irrevocably damages all of us? He waited a long time for the spotlight, so he does not want to listen to anyone now or he might have to move out of it. Since we are not a dictatorship, how can one man hold such power as he appears to hold?

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