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.

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  1. Lola

    The comments here are mostly for the dems....an explanation is that the conservatives are older and wiser. They are calling their reps instead of complaining online like the dems! Whether you are a democrat or republican, call your rep. Your whining online can't be heard.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • KatR

      Well! That explains everything! Republicans are stuck in the 1950s while the Democrats are forging ahead into the 21st century.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frisco1956

      I have written to the White House and both of my senators. My representative, however, does not seem to want to be bothered, as his website won't come up, and I've been trying all day. He's Republican, btw, newly elected. Seems Billy Long managed to get enough money to buy himself an election and is now busily trying to grab all the cash he can to add to his personal stash while ignoring the folks back home who elected him. Please note - I did NOT vote for this man.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ron

    It is time we declared the Republican Party a terrorist organization and put them all in jail.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Dugger

      Why?? Because they are willing at least to call things up for a vote. That is more than the idiot Reed is willing to do.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • HempLover

      A better word than terrorists is treasonists. Republicans have committed treason by declaring their primary goal is to make Obama fail. That is treason.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EX Republican

    What a load of crap, the republicans are being held hostage by freshmen T partyers, it's my way or the highway.

    Maybe I could have understood it more if that Norwegian had come over here and taken out Boehner and his Nastys instead of harmless kids.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian Dodge

    These Republicans who've suddenly found religion on fiscal responsibility(after a black Democrat got elected President) raised the debt ceiling 19 times for Bush. Bush got a budget surplus from Clinton, blew it into a deficit in less than a year. The only president who managed a larger percentage increase in the national debt than Bush was Ronald Reagan.
    The facts show that "fiscally responsible Republican" is an oxymoron, political spin designed to excite morons.

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

    It has been proven that the 2 party system no longer works....we need term limits, we need all independents to get elected. I can see in the future an overthrow of the USA government if these people don't start doing their jobs. The people of America have lost faith and confidence in their leaders, its time for our country to make changes at the top.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Camp

      Term limits would make things worse (just search for states who have done this and have regretted it), but I agree that the moderates have disappeared from Congress.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reel American

    Obama is turning this country into a socialist regime we need to stop giving out free handouts through Social Security to every old person who was to lazy or stupid to save for retirement. Just because rich people have money doesn't mean we should have to take care of the poor and the immigrants Capitalism is based on the Republican model of survival of the fittest GO JOHN BOENNER

    July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam


      July 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      Its going to happen Sam. You want to give to the needy then give. You put a gun to someones head so they will give to those you deem needy its called robbery.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thom

    To all those who keep repeating the same old dogmatic rants about "The Goverment Spends Too Much" and "It's a Spending Problem" I know you can easily be confused with things like facts, but government taxes in 2011 as a percentage of GDP is at the lowest level in 60 years. It isn't a question of spending when you willing cut your income by reducing taxes on the wealthies and then tell the poor and middle class to suck it up.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CodeMan

    The craziest thing about this is, as I read across numerous comments and responses, it may just come to a march on D.C. of both democrats and republican citizens, combined, who agree on the basic core principles of what needs to happen. And drive that message across to these "representatives". A message of: We don't know who you are "representing", but it sure as h-e-double-hockey-stick ain't us. Polls show majority of Americans, a MAJOR majority, agree on the debt ceiling, and a overwhelming majority agree on cuts/revenue.

    It's time to end the charade. This "i don't like your bill, i'm making one, too, vote for mine" is freakin' kindergarten behavior.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nick gecan

    The damage has already been done. Washington has done more to hurt our economy than any terrorist. Our bond rating will be lowered and we all will pay. I suggest when the checks stop coming the first ones to be stopped are all the senators and representatives pay checks. They have truly hurt America and they should be ashamed.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FedUP

    Boehner is trying to blackmail the President into signing an agreement that will simply increase the overall debt so that he can please Tea Party Republicans. Mr. Boehner, The US government DOES NOT pay terrorists blackmail and we don't need to appease you either.
    You are acting like a 2yr old who is told he can't have a lollipop and decides to throw a tantrum. GET OVER YOURSELF and Grow up

    July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al

    Right – we need another Republican Like Bush – who is the real criminal here! Stop making the middle class pay for tax cost to the 2% richest!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Dugger

      Just how much do you feel the rich should pay. 40%?? 50%?? 75%?? Come on just how much? Now how much do you pay as a percentage of your earnings??

      July 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kishan

    Yes, President Obama inherited a bad economy. Yes the former President (republican) and congress (democrat), left a big mess, and they share the blame for the economy that was handed over to President Obama.

    However, instead of focusing like a laser on just attracting investments, creating jobs and expanding the economy, over the last two years the President (democrat) and the congress (democrat) wasted time and energy on Universal Healthcare, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Chris-Dodd Act, Cap & Trade, creating a Consumer Protection Bureau etc., over the last two years.

    Instead they piled on more regulation and costs onto businesses, misdirected the stimulus funds and propped up unproductive state and federal workforce, and expanded welfare! No wonder job growth remains anemic at best and the federal deficit continues to grow!

    If they had just focused on jobs and expanded the economy by attracting investors and investments, instead of vilifying them, we many not have to do any drastic spending cuts now. Too bad that did not happen.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thom

      Thought it was Businesses that create jobs, not Government! Isn't that the Republican line? Instead, they record record profits, sit on $150,000,000,000 in cash, and ship jobs to China, India and Mexico so the CEO can get $20M bonuses and corporate jets (with a tax break to boot).

      July 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      Kishan, unfortunately, not all Americans see it the way you and I see things. I was a registered Democrat in my twenty's but I have been voting Republican in the last 3 electrions. Not so much because of their social values but because they're fiscally conservative. And the reason I changed my affiliation? I got a degree in ECONOMICS!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sylvia

    Get going on the debt before it is too late. One thing I will say, if any of these jokers run for re-election in my district, they will not have my vote! We need new blood in our government, and only the voters can make that happen. I know it's very difficult to find elected officials who care about the people they represent; right now the representatives only care about their re-election in 2012; and a sure guarantee that they will continue to be paid and not suffer like the rest of the country. As voters in 2012, we can make a difference – let's show them that we, the voters, mean business and are fed up with them and their politics!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Edwin

    When I face a financial crisis in my family, I plan TWO things:

    1) cutting spending. No more eating meat every day - hello, Ramen!

    2) getting a second job. ANY extra income helps.

    The republicans ONLY want to do #1. They don't want to add taxes, even though ANY American family would add extra revenue in a heartbeat if they could. Is it fair? Does that EVEN MATTER? We have a CRISIS here, folks, and extra tax revenue will HELP.

    Democrats aren't always 100% honest or on the ball, but in this case the republicans are either truly stupid or lying through their teeth. We HAVE TO RAISE TAXES. Cuts, yes, but ALSO taxes. Anyone who says differently does not understand basic business math.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      You are mixed up- you need to
      1 get a job
      2 tax yourself 50%,
      3 burn half of that on wasteful things like buying sadness insurance
      4 congratulate yourself on your fiscal responsibility while vilifying your former incarnation.

      Bam! your an elected official 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TRW Houston

    President Obama no longer needs to campaign for re-election. The Republican Party has already guaranteed his re-election.
    The Republican Party has made it clear that they want to protect the rich at the expense of the everyday working people.
    Protect the rich and take away Social Security and Medicare Benefits!
    The Republican Party is now a bunch of dead politicians.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      I'm starting to like this take away social security and medicare thing. I mean really why not- it isn't like its in a special account or anything, the goverment has been spending that money as soon as it comes in. And it isn't like we dont have national health care already. Or massive welfare programs. 🙂 Besides what american doesn't want to give up social security so the elected first family can fly Air Force One to a vacation Hot Spot like France or Texas.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
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