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. Bubba

    No more GOP. It ends NOW. Get rid of them.

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

      more of the abusive arrogant hateful intolerant methods of the elitist leftist radical marxist progressive evil soros backed dem agenda?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Hudson

    Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz suggests that the war in Iraq alone is costing $4 trillion and counting. That’s more than $13,000 for every American. Well, no, I guess that would be for the average American taxpayer. And since the top 2% rarely pay their fair share...

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

      sill bo, he could have ended the wars and been a hero, but he wanted to wanted to community organize, he is bo the ZERO

      July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josh Maloney

    I am disgusted with Republicans. Obama has compromised so much that his base is angry at him for putting Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare on the table. How do we live in a country where an extremist faction of the Republican party rules the show?

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

      more vitriol and violent rhetoric from the dems? bo the chief debt and tax terrorist in charge has done enough of that

      July 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OldAsDirt

    So 10% of CNN's commenting clan don't support the President's side of the story and the rest do. Why is it then that Republicans gained the majority in the House. Are the exemplary comments cited by CNN unbiased, or the juiciest they could find quickly that weren't outwardly rude? Could it be that taxpaying, voting citizens have different opinions than those commenting on the web?

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

      The USA is heading down the same fatefull path as the Roman Republic of so long ago. We the people have lost control of the PURSE! We control money...NOT THE GOVERNMENT! WAKE UP FOLKS!!! The Roman Republic collapsed because the citizens of the empire lost the control and surerndered it to a corrupt money hungry government...sound familiar?

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

      +1

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

      Most Republicans gets their news on FOX... CNN readership from what I've seen is mostly independents and Democrats.... There are no unbiased news organizations anymore. FOX? far right... MSNBC? Far left... CNN? Left of center granted, but better than the alternatives...

      July 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sam

    Obama may have said in 2006 NO on raising the debt ceiling, but he had no idea what mess the Republicans were leaving for him. In a corporation, the Republicans would be considered insubordinate and fired......that's not a bad idea in my opinion, starting with Boehner. And, stop using the threat of no Social Security checks August 3! My landlord is very nervous, because she knows I won't be able to pay my rent if this happens! I feel like I'm being held hostage every which way.

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

      silly bo the ZERO and the stupidest reid senator in the US, the intransigent and incorrigible big spend and tax duo, they are to blame for the economic impasse and meltdown, the drunken sailors need to sober up and go to credit counseling

      July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Disgusted IN NJ

    Republicans are not for the people or by the people, so what are they? This situation they have created is totally unacceptable to us Citizens. The majority of us want compromise and a debt ceiling raised as it has 72 times already since 1962, now all of a sudden the Republican's see the light and want less Goverment at our expence and pledges they have signed with different groups, who do they work for!, these are the same guys who during the bush days never had one bill vetoted because of all the extra Pork Barrel Spending they added to bills that were passed and money funneled to their districts for their personal gain. They are truly the party of NO and a party that cannot say Yes, we the people of this great country will have to show these Republican and there are a few Democrats as well let's not forget who is for us and who is against us, this will be a people day, on election day.

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

      silly bo the ZERO and the stupidest reid senator in the US, the intransigent and incorrigible big spend and tax duo, they are to blame for the economic impasse and meltdown, the duo serious about spending cuts? yhr duo serious about reducing the deficits, the duo serious about a balanced budget? that does not pass the "straight face test"

      July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frustrated

    After 8 years of the Bush tax cut and supposedly "trickle down" economics, where are the jobs????... The latest bunch of extreme right wing Republicans are holding their own GOP hostage. Worse, our entire economy. Boehner will likely go down in history as the worse and weakest leader of the house. His crying gave it away intially only to be confirmed when he can't lead and persuade his own caucus to think of country first. We only have the tea party to thank for creating their own party of division, hatred and non compromisers. Compromise is not and will never be a dirty word. It's been proven effective in keeping marriages, parenting and yes, it applies to politics as well.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lance

    What part of "not spending beyond your means" is so difficult to grasp? Anyone?

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

      What part of "it's not that simple" are YOU not grasping? ANYONE?

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

      Yes it is. Two columns. One says "Income". One says "Expenses". Expenses cannot exceed income. VERY simple, but apparently too complicated for you.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrier

      I hope you were trumpeting that statement during the Bush years too.

      Spend and Cut... those are the tools available to the government. Left hand, and right hand. Would you undertake any endeavor by first tying one of your arms behind your back?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onegood1

      Actually it is that simple. Cut everything 15%.
      Balance the budget or resign from office.
      Sounds simple to me!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dare777

      It is that simple, you cannot keep borrowing to pay off debt. Accrue more debt to pay off debt. Add more public sector jobs by taxing the private sector. That is stupid and our government has been doing for that last 20 years. It needs to stop. Clinton really tried. This president keeps spending. He wanted to close Gitmo, he wanted to get out of afghan town but threw more at it. He has no set plan and I voted for him

      July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dare777

      It is that simple, you cannot keep borrowing to pay off debt. Accrue more debt to pay off debt.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathleen

    Are any of our legislators old enough to remember the Crash of '29, the Depression and the widespread poverty, job losses, and untimely deaths that resulted then? Silly me, of course not - as anyone who's ever seen how few Americans today and even some of our legislators know about their own country's history. Sadly, we can expect the same, esp. given further cuts to our education system the Republicans are demanding.

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

      silly bo the ZERO and the stupidest reid senator in the US, the intransigent and incorrigible big spend and tax duo, they are to blame for the economic impasse and meltdown, no mo bo the ZERO

      July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sidnie Feit

    All this do-nothing Republican Congress wants to do for the next 12 months is bicker, bully, and blackmail over a second installment of the debt, holding all of us as their hostages.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. davegeorgia

    silly bo the ZERO and the stupidest reid senator in the US, the intransigent and incorrigible big spend and tax duo, they are to blame for the economic impasse and meltdown, the American majority 60% say so, the stupidest gimmick reid senate legislation to hit the senate floor is what bo approves, and 54% DISAPPROVE of the bo the ZERO pres performance

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

      Uh, because they didn't support a plan that is entirely funded by lower/middle class cuts and not one dime from wealthy and corporations, who I might add, are making RECORD profits? Becasue they didn't give in to that crap? What a piece of work.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrier

      Actually, a recent Wall Street Journal poll shows that a plurality of American favor the Presidents balanced plan. Also, more people seem to feel that Republicans are to blame for this situation.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Do you run your posts through a translation program first?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Easley Blackwood

    I am totally opposed to any tax increase for any stated reason whatever. On average, Congress spends 6% more than they take in, no matter how much they take in. Hence a tax increase would not reduce the debt or the deficit.

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

      Exhibit 1: Tea Party party line

      July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Indboo

    Obama and Reid are both so arrogant and stubborn that they bring shame to the offices the hold,and to the country as the world watches this debate. Obama demands compromise? Remember how much Obama, Reid and Pelosi wanted to compromise in the healthcare debate? He essentially told the republicans to shut up, sit in the back of the bus, and they could go for the ride. Hey, Mr. Arrogant President, sound familiar? But in fact others are compromising, and Obama is like a little, spoiled child banging his fists. He refuses to compromise because he is only out to somehow ensure he can get reelected. He cares not about the actual fiscal stability of the US. Just his next taxpayer-funded vacation at Martha's Vineyard, and his next golf game.

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

      You must be tuning in to Bizarro News. The President and Mr. Reid are the ONLY ones talking compromise. Republicans who walk away from this deal are insane. They are the ones saying they will not budge and many have signed a pledge to not compromise and not budge on their so called 'principles.'

      July 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steveo

    Boehner has a terminal case of rectal-cranial fusion if he thinks he's speaking for "what America wants"...

    July 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cpk

    If there's no deal, then the market crashes. If there is a deal, the market isn't going anywhere (or, still down, if there's a downgrade). Bottom line: I made a major move to cash today. I will dump more stocks tomorrow if there's no deal tonight.

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