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. Kat

    I'm college educated and make less than $20K a year. I work well over 40 hours a week as a freelancer, and I can't afford my own health or dental insurance. Still, I'd rather be doing this than working for someone else–and I can't complain because it's slim pickings out there. Absolutely all my income goes to rent/utilities/food. I do not have any money or time for recreation. Anyone making $250K+ is NOT poor, and lives comfortably (unless they blow their money on idiotic crap). They do not have my sympathy when it comes to tax cuts, and they should be willing to do their part for the economy.

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

      I don't make 250k+, but if not for the 250k+ a year, the unemployment rate would be much worse. Since from 2000 to 2009 100% of all new jobs where added by small businesses.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Austin

    When are these elected officials going to grow up and act like adults! Come on little boys and girls, it's time to grow up and handle this issue! What a group of nursery school kids! GROW-UP!

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

    Last I checked, 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 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      What I do is make cuts to foolish spending AND get a second job...in other words, ....bring in more revenue......EXACTLY what the President is saying!!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KevinS

      Exactly right. But you earn that money not take it from someone else! Last I checked there is a big difference. One you go to jail for the other you don't.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrier

      "last I checked"... that is exactly how the government makes money.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kristine

    STOP THE INSANITY! It's time "we the people" take control of our country. Continuing to elect "politicians" just keeps us stuck in the cycle we've been in for the past 40-45 years. Even some of these postings make it about politics – that won't solve the problems our country faces. We need serious government reform; term limits, immediate halt of all the lobbyists, bring our soldiers home, freeze NAFTA – it's as simple as stop spending more than is made – those of us with common sense know what to do!

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

    Remember, The GOP and The Tea Party will risk everything on the debt ceiling. It is not about the debt ceiling, which has been raised every year since 1962. When Senator Mitch McConnell says this his political goal is to make President Obama a one-term president and as long as this president is in the White House he cannot negotiate. This is not rocket science, we all know what this means.

    Let's see what the all Americans think about this in 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T in Orlando

    If ALL the politicians stopped giving away billions to every country in the world, bill Pork, reduced the number of wars, reduced the size of Government, etc., there would be more than enough money to take care of our citizens! I mean really, why not spend OUR money on US. There is nothing wrong with Government social programs along with whatever money it takes to run the Government. Especially since they have been telling people for 60 years that ADEQUATE Social Security, ADEQUATE Medicare would be there for them in old age. Oops, sorry but we must have money for wars, etc. sooo no money left for you! If the republicans had their way, there would only be big Government (no matter what they SAY), big corporations, rich people, and a slave class (no middle class) that dies at 60 years so they don't have to take care of them!!! Trickle down economics indeed...

    July 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    We need to suck it up and everyone needs to give something, in order for the country to get back online, we could try ending the prohibition on mariujana and probably make a substantial cut into our nations debt. Hey let's not take everything off the table just to find a spot for the salt.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. US Citizen

    Refusing to compromise with the president on this issue and causing the tax paying citizens to anguish about this is Un American. I'm not a democrat but it's obvious these traitors are just trying to make Our President look bad.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. audrey

    The US citizens rich and poor need to learn to live in harmony, make sure the politicians take care of the citizens of America as a whole not as a race, color, old, young. Be kind to one another, be generous, be open minded. You have been one of the richest, most powerful nations in the world, and it is all slipping away. The last decade has worked against you and it turned into a big blame game, people who are multi billionaires and poor people and middle class lumped together now. You need to turn around your country before it is too late. God bless you.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MissySue

    Seems to me that the two party system is antiquated and needs to be abolished. Party agendas are more important than what is good for the country. It is nothing but constant stalemates with the two party representation that we currenlty have. Pointing fingers and telling half truths isn't getting the job done.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hank

    Both sides need to get back to reality. Personally,there should be very few tax breaks. On that same note i think everybody should pay into the system. Whether it is just 5% or whatever the top tier would be. The Tax system and our political system (Both sides) have manipulated the people and system so badly for thier own agendas it is now broken. Plan and simple, THERE ARE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF RESOURCES FOR AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF WANTS. Now what we decide to tax ourselves to meet a balanced budget the question. I approve of the basics–but:
    1. Paying for peoples mortgages with my money doesnt sit well and only encourages people to be irresponsible....
    2. Spending $30-50k dollars a year to house prisoners makes no sense.
    3. Going to war for no reason and cutting education makes no sense,
    4. Allowing more and more immigrants to flood the country and stress resources makes no sense
    5. Continuing to give aid to other countries and build thier infastructure while ours falls apart makes no sense
    6. Giving tax breaks to oil companies makes no sense
    7. Giving farmers subsidies and then importing food makes no sense
    8. Continuing to trade with China when they will not put thier money into the free market makes no sense
    9. The extraordinary amount of duplication by the government makes no sense–wastes money
    10. And finally The federal government is huge–yet instead of broad and simple laws–they write bills and etc that are entirely to detailed and precise.......

    WE MEED LEADERS RIGHT NOW–NOT POLITICIANS

    July 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lynn

    the this dysfuncional stalemate would be catasthophic! Why don't these politicians (not lawmakers) know that! Let's get this done per the plan that Obama illustrated (I am a republican) and stop playing with our economy. It's already fragile and I believe would lead us into another downturn, which we cannot afford. PLEASE GET THIS DONE!!! How can you not hear us???

    July 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tempest

    Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
    Mark Twain

    July 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mr. Bill

    Boys and Girls,

    If you can't play nice in the sandbox get out and let someone else give it a try. If you don't watch out, the silent majority will vote all of you out. We are tired of the posturing for re-election.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Hightower

    I am a proud member of the "Silent Majority" and outraged over the behavior of our elected representatives, regardless of party affiliation. Our country is polarized and the right and the left have both demonstrated irresponsible behavior and an unwillingness to do what's right for the country.

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