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. Bob M

    I can't understand why people that have it all, have to have more, when so many of us American's have lost so much, they want to take what we have left. I will never understand why the bible-belt republicans really have no concern for the middle-class and the poor. They make big speeches about how "pious" they are and how they care for their fellow man, but all they want to do is separate the classes more and make it so the middle-class and poor can barely survive. This is not the America I grew up in. That country, I fear, is gone forever. And I blame the republicans for most of it, not all mind you, the democrats are spineless and let them walk all over us. It's a sad commentary on what this country has become at the hands of these evil, evil men and women. They have basically sold us to the devil.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MGS

    I am a registered Republican. I voted for Goldwater! My party needs to realize that Grover Norquist only wants Obama to fail, unfortunately, the whole country will suffer serious damage.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • KevinS

      Last I checked, Mr. Repub., Boehner was about to give up 800B in taxes and then Pres. O threw in another 400B and he walked away. The economist are saying loud and clear give real cuts or the credit rating is gone! How hard is it to understand. If we (the public) are in debt up to our eyeballs and lose a job, what do we do? A:default or B:cut out the unnecesary things in our lives. You DON'T apply for another credit card!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justme

    It isn't that they can't get this done, and it isn't that they don't have great ideas. It is the simple fact that they "WON'T", they have no intention of working with Obama, if the economy falters more then they have a better chance of winning in 2012. Stinks for us but what the hay, they don't need to worry about that.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Charles

    The conflict created by competing visions for the direction the United States will go forward has now, itself, become the dynamic controlling that direction. Both sides understand the consequences but, due to political posturing, no one is budging. Solution: Pass a 2 month debt limit increase. In that time, hold a referendum. Let the American people – all of them – decide this issue: Balanced budget/diminished role of government in social programs vs a government which understands that there's a time and place to run a deficit but our overriding principle is to take care of the health and well being of American citizens. Bind both parties to the results, requiring action as dictated by what we, not the politician or the media has to say about it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. iloathepolitix

    i have always been utterly disgusted by partisan politics in general, and the current situation makes me angrier than ever. i agree with the republicans that something has to change for the long term. however, it would be a criminal act to let our military and social security beneficiaries suffer at the expense of a political spat. compromise is essential in a bipartisan government. i work in a field that's a very sensitive subject to the country right now – medicare part d. the medicare population are already justified in voicing their concerns about costs stretching the social security check (i've heard three different people argue about $5 in the last week alone, not kidding). many have their premiums deducted directly from that check, so if the ssa money doesn't come next month, thousands of people will default on their insurance premiums and be threatened with the loss of insurance. and that's just one tip of the potential crisis iceberg. i wonder if anyone in washington realizes or truly understands the far-reaching domino effects for common people. most of what i've read is warnings about the nation's creditworthiness, which is of course devastating, but we've got a lot of other immediate problems coming our way too. the republicans need to step up and focus on the short term before it's too late.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rick in Brentwood

    Obama stop you fear tactics, you got us in this mess with stimulus, health care, to many bailouts to be specific, shovel reading jobs, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Cash for Clunkers, Mortgage Remodification, etc. etc. etc. You Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi to name a few voted against raising the debt limit in th epast, but now somehow you want to spin it that this was OK but it isn't not now. Please raise my taxes so we can support all of this without any oversight to include the graft and corruption going on inside your administration.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • livinlife420

      I am sorry but you must not have been around for the last 12 years??? you know all the wars, all the tax breaks for bush's friends

      July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • spikemanlou

      Rick in Brentwood, well first off isn't Brentwood a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles? Obviously you are a registered Rebulican who has quickly forgotten that the mess this county is in right now is because of your President, the wonderful George W. Bush, he put us in an unnessesary war in Iraq, he let the banks run amuck, he is the one that got us in this mess. Now Mr. Rick in Brentwood, when we default, take a look at your Wall Street portfolio go down the toilet and come join us working class stiffs who are taking pay cuts, getting laid off, losing our jobs. Where are these high rolling Republicans who are supposed to be creating these jobs to get America back to work, oh thats right, they are on their private jet heading to their vacation yacht in the Carribean, get a clue Mr Rick in Brentwood or you two will find yourself unemployed along with that knucklehead Boehner come 2012.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. aSYR74

    How can you sit here and feel comfortable downing this president?! When GW was in charge and SQUANDERED the surplus and RAIDED the Medicare trust fund for his pursuit of oil, nobody said a word, well DICK did and said- Deficits Dont Matter, remember, Boehner, you were there. Also, the 7 times he raised the debt ceiling, with NOTHING attached, no cuts, nothing, 1 sentence and nobody questioned it, it was done. The rebulicans said from the start, expecially the house turtle look alike McConnell that the goal is to see Obama fail, this is about to blow up in your faces you hypocritical b*stards. The majority of Americans see through your BS and will hold you completely responsible. Its racism without using the N word, just say it.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Conni

    Grover Norquist is the fool responsible for this mess! Why aren't we demanding the Tea Party freshmen let us in on how they are qualified to determine what is best for the economy of the country. What is their background? What type of education?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    I wish we could see the bills they were proposing before it all got passed so rather than the public getting screwed by a bill they don't want and saying "f*** it, it's already been done", we can say "f*** you! That's a terrible bill!" And also see whose idea each part of the bill was.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DMB

    The Republican want their cake and eat it too!!!!! President Obama has bent over backwards and forwards to try to compromise with the Republican but they have their heads so far up the Tea Party backsides they can't really hear what the American people are saying. Why should we have to be the ones that have to always sarcifice while the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer. The elderly have to decided do I get my medicine this month or do I buy food or the other way around. The Republican keep saying the American people don't want tax increases who are they asking cause I have never receive a phone the only ones they are asking the questions to are the good old boys that have the money to get them elected. I am sick of this get your acts together and work for the American people as you were elected to do. All of you let your egos get in the way of what you are suppose to do. Remember 2012 is coming and we can either vote you back in are kick your butts to the curb your choice.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MokuluaDavid

    For those who weren't listening (or dismissed it), President Obama began his speech by pointing out that there was a budget SURPLUS when Clinton left office. We wouldn't be in this predicament if Bush and the Republicans hadn't squandered the surplus on tax breaks for the wealthy and two wars, then gave Wall Street and Banks free reign to trash the economy. The Republicans in congress must be suffering from mass amnesia!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    The Tea Party didn't get us into this mess. Congrees did. They stole our Social Security money for the last 30 years and left worhtless IOU's. Congress set up unfunded programs. Congress passed the tax laws with loopholes. It's time to pay the piper and relieve the burdon on our children. Balance the budget! Oh that's right we haven't had one since Obama has been in the White House.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jon spear

    wow reading the comments here is insane what you people are saying. I am glad none of you guys are in the government.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    It is time for rigid partisan ideology to give way to practical compromise. We all LOSE if the economy tanks because no debt-limit deal is achieved. The overwhelming focus on how to make the other political party look bad is NOT what anyone in Congress was elected to do. They were elected to govern RESPONSIBLY – Congress should START NOW !

    July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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