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. Jim Hudson

    Shouldn't the top 2% of America's taxpayers carry their share of the burden. Don't they benefit the most?

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

      That top 2% has benefited more from the bailouts than the rest of the country.

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

      They don't pay their fair share. Really?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steveo

      Lance, the tax rate on the wealthy is the lowest in HISTORY. NO, they are not paying their fair share, and they did OK under Clinton when the rates were SLIGHTLY elevated!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    It is beyond frustrating, I am a conservative, but this group of conservative and holding progress hostage on a great many other issues is just ridiculous!

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

    Obama has completely ruined this country...purposefully... with intent. He wants the debt ceiling raised because hHE SAYS SO. He doesn't care about any of us. Period!

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

      Oh look – more kneejerk, uneducated bullsh!t. Just what we needed.

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

      Ummm...was it not Bush II who took the country from surplus to deficit to fight two unneeded – and unfinished – wars ????????

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grizz

      What are you talking about Marcia?? Your saying this entire problem is Obama's? He hasn't damaged this country to near the lengths of the last administration... And how any times did they raise the debt ceiling, maybe you need to get informed?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The debt ceiling increase is to make a decision to continue to pay debts already incurred by the government. Not voting to raise is is the same as choosing not to pay on your credit cards because you've suddenly realized your in too much debt. You'd default...like the government will default. And no one will want to lend to the government much like no one would want to lend to you. Or, they'll lend but they'll want higher returns for more risk...i.e. higher interest rates. It's why you have a higher interest rate on your credit cards if your credit is bad. In this case, when the government defaults, it makes interest rates higher for everyone.

      A lot of people blame Obama for our debts. 1999...budget surplus. 2001 and beyond (post tax cuts)...budget deficit. But that's Obama's fault right?

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

    It is difficult to understand the lengths to which the media will go to placate republicans and continue to present thier un-compromising positions as anything but unhinged. It is clear that they have won this debate and if this is true then the Democrats have compromised...plenty!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amit

    I believe (hope?) that a compromise will be reached in time for the Aug 2 deadline. But come 2012, I will remember the GOP and Tea Partiers. And not vote for them.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vloplame

    If Engineers had to solve the debt ceiling crisis:

    R Engineer: "We have crushing debt, this is going to affect our ability to spend money on things we need, instead we will have to pay off interest on this debt. We can't leave this for our grandchildren to solve."

    D Engineer: "That's very true. We need to fix this and not let it go to the next generation. Well, we can raise revenues and/or cut spending, those are our two options as I see it.

    R Engineer: "Lets cut spending, the government is surely full of waste and we are spending on things that we don't really need."

    D Engineer: "I agree. Finding and evaluating these sources of waste will be a difficult task. Can we be sure that cutting waste will solve the entire problem?"

    R Engineer: "I doubt it. From my initial calculations, we can achieve only 25% of our goal of a balanced budget that way. We need to cut things that are gonna hurt."

    D Engineer: "That's a problem. The biggest areas of the budget are Medicare and Social Security. The people have been paying into those programs and the funds belong to them, not us."

    R Engineer: "Although I might disagree with the programs, I agree that we can't turn back on a promise and take money that really isn't ours to begin with."

    D Engineer: "We could raise taxes, but no matter how we do or who we do it on there will be some negative effects on the economy. Who started all this debt anyway! Oh, I am sorry, as Engineers we know it is useless to spend energy blaming, solving the problem should be our only focus."

    R Engineer: "Also remember to question yourself if you are taking a 'religious' stand on a point of view. That narrows one's options and stifles creativity. Perhaps we need to brainstorm on some more creative ideas that no one has thought of."

    D Engineer: "I agree. Anyway that's what we do best. We love it and we have a whole week to do it."

    R Engineer: "Well, lets not restrict ourselves. Working under pressure can lead to bad decisions. We should raise the debt ceiling so as not to put undue pressure on ourselves."

    D Engineer: "Its a good thing that we love solving problems. Imagine if we needed to be pressured to keep focusing on the problem."

    R Engineer: "I can't imagine such a thing! Lets get going, I'll get the whiteboard!"

    D Engineer: "I'll get the coffee."

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

      Well an engineer could read a pie chart and could see that Defense spending is as big a drain as the other things mentioned and certainly easier to address.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin Moran

    Be funny if it wasn't so sad. All smoke and mirrors by both parties to steal our retirement fund they have squandered.
    Remember Dan Rostinkowski being attacked by those old ladies when they stole this money before? Oh yeah, by the way, he went to jail as a crook. Put them all behind bars with their "special interests" , "lobbyist" , groups.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DST

    ALL republicans AND democrats should be fired for: lack in obedience (to the voting Public), working against public trust AND being just plan incompetent! Too bad that there is not a way to to so TODAY!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Silvia

    As much as I believe in compromise and the fact that neither party has the leverage to push its agenda without the other, and as much as I agree that spending cuts must go hand in hand with letting the tax cuts of 2001/2003 expire, at the end of the day I still have to consider the most important aspect of all this: we need an amendment to always have a balanced budget and set limits to the level of taxation. Now is as good a time as ever to act on it.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      What happens if we enact a Balanced Budget Amendment and another 9-11 happens, or a Katrina- or worse. The money to deal with it wouldn't be in the Budget. Is the President reduced to begging Congress for the funds? Could they even go there- or would it be forbidden? Would the President be extorted to giving into all kinds of demands from the other side just to solve the country's woes?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whadaham ny

    It just might be a good thing if the US defaults on the debt- this would end our involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and every country the UN wants us to babysit for. Also, all foreign aid would end as well. For once, the US Government would be obliged to focus on the needs of their own citizens first and foremost- that reason alone is worth the risk.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. livingblueandgreen

    It seems to me that the GOP keeps stepping further and further to the right, they build a wall and put a billboard that reads "We do not compromise with the enemy!" – how ridiculous! I think Anderson Cooper needs to put the GOP's hardline stance in the "Ridiculist"! I mean how much does a Democratic President have to compromise before putting on a red t-shirt w/ an elephant on it? Even then they'll still paint him with a dunce-hat in the corner of the class room. Hark, do I see a political cartoon being drawn? © livingblueandgreen

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert Miller

    Boehner threatens my way of life more than bin Laden ever did.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    We continue down this path where 2% of the population own most, but why? Why does there have to be such a gargantuan income gap between the rich and the middle class? Why? What's the point? What are your plans?? Why make it harder to go to college? Why make it harder for someone to enjoy their retirement? Why? I won't call it evil, but it sure seems that way. What are you planning to do to us when everybody is poor and sucking at your teet??? Maybe you are scared that America won't be white anymore in the near future, I don't know your reasons. I hope we have the heart as Americans to do what it takes to save America from the small-minded and fearful people like Norquist, Boehner and the rest of the Tea Party obedient. Your time in history is now, but it will not be for much longer. You are on the wrong side of justice, and you will somehow be defeated (unless you find a way to squash the human spirit). You may be working on that solution right now, but you will not find that answer before we burn down your houses and hang you all by your feet. The fact of the matter is, all of you people are terrified of Democracy. You should be, for without gaming our flawed system, you would have nothing.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. M Can

    The reality is that 4 trillion in cuts means impacts to working class. By not spending means the government is not buying demanding less goods and services therefore layoffs at factories and the service industry.

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

    No agreement means no more spending. Mission accomplished.

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