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. Linda

    Boehner read Jeremiah 5:26-29

    July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane Kennedy


      July 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    Clinton did not really have a balanced budget! He says it was balanced but he did it by using the excess Social Security funds. So there really has been no balanced budget for 20 years or more.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nan

    REP JIM JORDAN on CNN speaking to Wolf?? He's not as smart as the average 8th grader. He literally has NO CLUE what matters to average Americans. Shame shame shame on him. And shame on those that sent him to Washington. This guy doesn't care who gets hurt, as long as he thinks by behaving like a child they can try to blame it Obama. Any THINKING person knows its the Tea Party and the Republicans destroying this economy to try to gain political points. Shame on them. Take their benefits, salary and pensions because they certainly haven't earned them. After all, they don't mind destroying the average American...they already have the perks they want and only answer to non-elected George Norquist and his self serving pledge. Disgraceful.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eddie Wang

    Raise the ceiling to 50T. Suck all the money from other nations and then declare US bankrupcy. That is legal.

    Look, we won't be able to pay once we pass 14T, 20T.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Craig Landrum

    There is a word for a US citizen that – by his actions – brings irreparable harm to the country. That word is "traitor", and it applies here to all participants in the debt crisis who have chosen to eschew compromise and common sense. If you have been elected to the House or Senate, it is an implied promise to work toward the common good, and not bring the country to edge of ruin and beyond. I think Heinlein was right – only those who have demonstrated their willingness to lay down their life for their country should be allowed to vote and govern.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. I Vote

    I'm not a democrat or a republican, I'm an American. As an American I expect the senate and congress to compromise with Pres Obama. Work together people.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beckie O'Conan

    My family has been Republican since A Lincoln, I will break that chain. Why is it that I contribute more to this country in tax dollars than General Electric and, what's more – my party is made up of unreasonable bigots who want to cut my medicare and social security while leaving G E and other NON TAXPAYERS alone. I will now vote for Obama and the straight Democratic ticket!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrier


      I am sorry to hear that you feel you have to sever those long family ties to the GOP. It is a hard thing to walk away from that kind of legacy. You should be comforted in the thought that Lincoln himself would walk away from the Republican party as it is now. What a sad end to a party that started with such promise.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    I wish they would quit talking about the 14 trillian dollar debt. Really with unfunded liabiliities it is 54 trillion at the minimum!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry Robert Jones

    I have 2 questions #1: How do we teach our children to continue to borrow and spend with no thought of how we pay it back? #2 why doesn't our law makers think that by stopping to crazy spending and paying back our debt woudl only help our ecomony? And on a last note how much money would be saved by not paying all the benefits to the illegals?

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

      If you were really an American and not just another uneducated redneck racist being led and controlled by the Republican elite, then maybe you would have gone to school and learned how to speak and write properly. One word for you.... MORON... Drrrrrrrrrrr....

      July 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George

    Okay I am going to clear things up a little here. First. the average American earns $36,500 a year. The average CEO $1.8 Million. Second, the republican idea of cuts only adds thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people to an already exhausted unemployment system. Also adding to the deficit of the states instead of the Nation. So the states will take a larger hit. Third, the top 15% of Americans said they could not hire unless the Bush tax cuts were extended. Obama went ahead and signed the extension and not a month later the private industry laid off 300,000 people and three months later wrote millions of dollars in executive bonuses. Where did the tax break go? Not to jobs. Fourth, we've been following republican policies and tax policies for 12 years now. Has anything changed? Only uneducated people would think Obama is playing you. He explained simple economics and some minor economics with some policy. The message is simple. You can not make money when your budget is tied behind your back. Economics will teach you that you must have investors or a source of extra capital. If our government is in debt thats a sign that they need to make money. Its business, simple business at that. Yes you have to curb spending thats true. But you cant curb spending at the cost of the consumer. Then you lose three fold. Lack of consumers, lack of jobs and a lack of earnings, setting up a catch 22 where the wealthy shoot themselves in the foot not being able to unload product. You need consumers. The fifth and final fact. TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS DOES NOT WORK. Today society is about bling, the more bling the more popular, the perception sends millions into debt each year. People are more willing to do the right thing if they know they will get punished for doing the wrong thing. The right thing to do right now would be to pitch in where you can help and stop crying about something that most could only dream of. It makes no sense. Someone in the above artivle posted about common sense. Lets talk about some common sense.

    1.) 16 years ago Bill Clinton was in office, we had hire taxes, our economy was thriving.
    2.) 12 years ago our economy tanked on poor business practices. (Enron, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac), over compensation beyond corporate budgets risking thousands of peoples lifes
    3.) George Bush gives the largest tax break in history to the top 15%.
    4.) George Bush goes to two wars and places the balance on the deficit.
    5.) Our societies on controlable desire to spend what we don't have.
    6.) The lack of regulations on private industries to keep them from risking the nations economy on personal wealth.
    7.) Your republican party keeps coming in and doing away the regulations that were created from past experiences so they can benefit from extorting peoples abilities and services.
    8.) What would JESUS DO. Would he cry for the rich to continue to get tax breaks, lower wages, raise personal pay, write outlandish bonuses. And do it at the average and poor peoples expense. I don't think so.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juggalo 6

      Pass the buck? You voted for Obama didn't you

      July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kansas couple

    If there isn't compromise on the part of Congress, they should not get their paychecks, insurance and anything else we taxpayers are paying for. More than likely our retirement is going to take another hit if they don't figure this out, so we think they should take a hit, too. No cuts should be made to Medicare until after Congressional pay gets cut...they aren't getting the job done-they don't deserve to get paid for gridlock.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jena

    At least Nascargirl on page 63 has a solution!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    well, you guys had no confidence and voted in this reckless republican congress. Thought you would have learned from the last republican anti-christ's you elected.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Larry Robert Jones

    compromise? where was compromise during the Obama care debats? I knwo know behind locked doors and only democrates pushed it though:)

    July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Majesticheron


      Until you learn how to use the english language, please stop posting !!!! What a MORON !!! Drrrrrrrr !!!!!

      I know thousands of illegals who write better than you do.... Drrrrrr !!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joseph Politza

    We know everything is someone elses fault...This president has no idea...he cannont govern, tell the truth and hates this country with a passion...This arrogant, self serving,lying and egotistical, tantrum throwing socialist, commie loving SOB needs his ass kicked

    July 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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