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. Dave

    Please stop playing politics with the debt ceiling increase and do the job you were elected to do. Those of us "little people" in the $100,000 or less category don't care about Democrats or Republicans, we care about the country and balancing the budget. Don't allow Sen Boehner to "play hardball" just to satisfy REPUBLICAN interests!!! Act like adults and compromise! Our world image has already been tarnished by our elected leaders acting like schoolchildren that can't agree, our credit rating ia already probably going to get downgraded and cause us even more hardships. Boehner and the republicans seem to want to protect the RICH – and each and every member of Congress is one of those RICH! Quit the petty bickering and ACT FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    I have been trying to get to my congressman in New york all morning via his website . First no response ,,now this msg 'bad request invalid host name. Have these guys shut us off. Is everyone having this problem? Congress needs to resolve this now- what makes anyone think a commission can come up with an agreed to plan in 6-8 months to support another vote. They need to close a plan thru end of 2012 and than let the people decide next November. We need them to focus on jobs, and the economy and us(the people). Where are the jobs bills from the House?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ree

      The same thing's been happening to me all day . . . first they said that the server was too busy and then they told me that it was invalid. I only hope it crashed because so many angry people were writing in.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deb

      I've had the same problem. "Server too busy" since the speech was over last night. Now, my congressman's website is "unavailable." He's a Republican...wonder if it's just them or the Democrats, too. Not that I really believe my message to COMPROMISE ALREADY would make much difference. Very few Republicans are thinking for themselves these days. They're all afraid of the Tea Party.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jon24

    Anyone who is siding with Obama on this issue is totally clueless. Stop calling the Repubs the wealthy and take a look at the bank accounts of your dems and how they made their money. Name 5 things in the past 3 years that Obama has done to help the economy or even better yet, the country! I could probably change it to "2 things" and I'd still hear crickets!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • gaucho420

      1. Restored America's credibility worldwide- That's undeniable if you travel. If you don't travel, then your opinion is null and void.
      2. Created over 1 million new jobs. http://www.bls.gov, to verify for yourself
      3. Healthcare overhaul that now prevents insurance companies to put profits above healthcare.
      4. Winding down the war in Afghanistan
      5. Gave tax cuts to middle class families.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Jon, people like yourself are part of the problem, not the solution. President Obama has accomplished a great deal in 2 1/2 years but if you're a die hard Republican and/or a chronic Fox watcher you wouldn't know that. Please wake up and do some research. Also, the President is only one man and it is Congress's job to write laws and create budgets.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mountain Mama

    When children don't play nice in the sand box, their allowance is taken away. Our reps. need to have a bigger financial stake than their political agendas. I suggest we withhold the salaries of each member of the House, Senate and all past Presidents until this issue is resolved. This would save $millions. We elected these officials because of their ability to negotiate and resolve these issues. However, some people think they are holding onto the Presidential short-hairs. But that's okay. He's been there before. Our President will prevail and the GOP will continue to look like they idiots they are.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Compromise is Reasonable

    A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, first inaugural address, 20 January 1953

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gaucho420

    I have written in to my congressman and have urged my friends and family to do the same. Overall, everyone is angry at the Tea Party and its hostage tactics. WE WILL REMEMBER THIS IN 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Babbarsher

    What compromise! The Democrats have given into almost everything Republicans have asked for. Fire all Republicans at the next election otherwise get ready for the next civil war!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oops

    The shame of all of this is, we can root for our home team at a ball game as Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We cheer together, We boo together hoping to reach a common goal a win. We don't like all the players on the team but we compromise so we can win the game. No enemy can hurt or destroy team America but we ourselves. What's the writing on the U.S. Capitol wall "Out of Many comes none...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon24

    Don't believe Obama's scare tactics!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Art

    The sad thing in all of this is that all politicans play fast and loose with other people's money. People demand your country back from those who would spend your money to line the pockets of their cronies. Instead of complaining, take the time to read your history and see how since the early 1900's politicians have fleeced the Western World and exploited developing nations. Forget Democrat and Republican. Read about fiat (not the car) currencies and how they work. Also watch these videos and see how money is not really money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFb26u9g8 Then ask yourself, who is really in control of us, where does all the real money go and what are you going to do about. This is all a distraction of a bigger real money grab.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michelle

    Yes, cut the tax loop holes and raise the taxes on the wealthy. Republicans I know you dont want this, because that would mean you would be taxed. Lets get realistic here. President Obama wants to tax himself, yes, himself to help fellow americans and the economy. I dont understand your math republicans. Maybe thats how we ended up in this mess in the first place. Get it together, or I promise the election of 2012 will be one to remember. You have control now, see how long it lasts if we default and the country's rating goes down.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SilverHair

    Touch my retirement pay and you're history. Touch my medical benefits and you're history. There's about 50 million of us out here. Our advice to republicans is 'don't be stupid'.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Terry

    This whole process is shameful. How other countries must be viewing the US. Our government is acting like a bunch of 2 year old children. It's mine, it's mine. Can't they learn to share and compromise. Maybe we should remember that next election and not let any of these morons back in office. The everyday people need to be heard loud and clear.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robita

    The bottom line is the Republicans are telling LIES as usual. The arguments that they make are simplistic, they omit important parts of the equation. No matter how stupid you are, you need to understand that the country needs government spending to survive. Rich people don't create jobs. Taxes on corporations and wealthy people are on income. If a wealthy person hires somone he writes that off, so that's not money he's taxed on anyway. 250K is a lot of money to make in a year, People who make that much INCOME can pay a little more. People who make way more than $250K can pay a LOT more. We can't have corporations run our nation, it's a very bad model already tried by Nazi Germany. Look it up.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Truth and the American Way

    republicans can suck it

    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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