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. anthony

    I dont see how people can claim Obama is wrong. His proposal was not a right wing blab fest. he agreed wit republicans that spending should be cut and proposed a plan for over $3 TRILLION in cuts over 10 yrs. His counter was that the republican party allow for $1 trillion in increased revenue over the next yrs they said NO. Even when their own memebers came up with a similar plan in the group/gang of six they were behind it until Obama endorssed it. the republican party does not care the outcome of this so long as they can blame obama. this is not politics. its madness. who cares who gets the credit. you guys were voted in to do a job not promote party lines. here's an idea since republicans are so intent on cutting spending lets ask them how many of them would agree to a 15% pay cut to help balance the budget and then cap all future raises to a percentage equal to the increase in minimum wage. see how they feel about it when they have to get by like the rest of the lower and middle class.

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

      What you're saying sounds too much like common sense for it to ever fly in DC

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

      Actually he vetoed both bills that didn't authorize him (not to eliminate tax cuts, those are going away anyhow) to increase taxes.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rdking647

    its time for the tea party caucus to regin en masse. They have shown themselves incapable of acting like adults.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      How true. They are the party of Rush Limbaugh, not of the American people.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. susan

    I am bone tired of the waste of time and money these discussions have cost. The Debt ceiling should have never been partnered up with the budget. Guys we need to pay our bills and keep our promises. The budget discussions need to be be fair and balanced. Raise the Debt Ceiling . DUH...........

    July 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marie

    All I can say is, if we do go into default, the first people at the top of the list NOT TO GET PAID should be all of the Congressmen, the Senators, their staffs, along with the President, the Cabinet members aandtheir staff. Shut down AF 1 being used to transport the president, his staff or the Cabinet to conduct funding raising. After all if elderly, veterans, and other low ranking people won't get their checks neither should these idiots.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy Kramer

      Great idea! Let those NOT making decisions necessary be the ones to have their salaries impacted. And another idea. The money set aside for social security was stolen in order to pay for the war. If those who paid in are impacted in any way because of this – a class action suit should be filed in Federal Court.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck

    I can understand all sides here but ultimately the middle class are about to suffer agian at hand of the republican party who only support the wealthy and the corporations. We need a govt that is functional and does not have this idiotic 'go nowhere arguing' as we are witnessing. When the "full faith and credit of the US" is gone because of worthless republicans they better find an island to hide on because its gonna get ugly when the middle class goes into poverety. there will be no more endless spending to keep corporations making profits which will polish oss America as a Wasteland.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lydia N

    Boehner, Cantor and their ilk are extremely arrogant and are acting like idiots if they don't think their irresponsible actions are not going to hurt all Americans except the 2% that are immune.

    The President has more than compromised and their immovable stance is going to hurt the country mightily.

    I sincerely hope we don't get to that point and Boehner & his stooges come to realize their gross mistake too late.

    I'm tired of not having an increase in my pay since 2005. Am tired of paying through the nose health insurance payments for a plan that charges high co-payments and deductibles when Boehner, Cantor and their oafs enjoy "Cadillac" health plans of their choosing with little or no contributions of their own.

    It's inconceivable that they have the gall to vote themselves pay raises at my expense and they have the nerve to want to cut payments to the poor and the disenfranchised while oil companies continue to make record profits.

    They do not care about the average American they profess to represent. It's all about the almighty dollar and how much they are willing to accept in bribes from lobbyists.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Most of our politicians come from the top 2%; the top 2% put them in office with the campaign contributions so necessary to run a political campaign (a reason why they should be capped and corporations not looked at as "people"); the top 2% are the ones who will take care of them with lobbyist/consultant and other jobs when they leave – this is why they cater to them. They come to us for our votes and then promptly forget about the PEOPLE, not dollars, that put them in office. They are clueless, elitist, and unsympathetic to the regular working man/woman/student/veteran/disabled person/retiree, and they definitely don't like the idea of the working poor getting a hand up, since they obviously don't deserve a fair shot at the American Dream (cue in the sarcasm). I can't say how we fix the problem (I'm not a genius and don't try to pretend to be one). I can say that if you want the economy rolling, you put some regulations with teeth in place that give the average Jane or Joe a fair chance to advance with study and hard work.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paula Archer

    I think it is appalling that the Republicans refuse to compromise on raising taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations who pay little or no taxes and expect to balance the budget solely on the backs of the middle class by only reducing spending on programs like SS, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Haven't we done enough by bailing out the banks and the car manufacturers in this country? Maybe we should stop funding the Afgan war that the Republicans were so eager to get us into and that costs our country millions of dollars a day to continue. If I had the money, I would hire the best lawyers I could and file a law suit against every Republican who signed that unelected lobbyist's pledge and are ignoring the wishes and best interests of the people who elected them. That seems both illegal and unethical no matter what party you favor.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeffer65

    I am beyond frustrated. Livid actually. We should be marching in the streets over this. For 20 years I supported the Republicans, 2004 I voted for Kerry because of Bush's lies about Iraq and his spending. 2008 I voted for one of the independent candidates. Both the Dems & Repubs are corrupt and rotten to the core. We need to be supporting other political parties in the country. Obama's plan is the better of the two, but it is not perfect. Go ahead Repubs throw us under the bus, let the economy tank and you will be held accountable in 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy Kramer

      You are right. We should be protesting, not falling for every lie the GOP tells us! Shame, shame on all of us. If our forefathers had been as lacking we would still be drinking tea and singing "God save the King (Queen). Get some guts – people! We have been lied to, stolen from and inch by inch our freedoms are being taken away.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Evelyn

    The greater number is: "We The People" not the greedy,selfish people who are ruining are country. When will "We The People" have enough & start standing up & walk the streets for our country!!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laura

    It is a waste of time trying to reach anyone in my State. They don't return phne calls-especially John McCain and Kyl.
    I agree that the Country is tired of the tea party. They are petty and really don't understand what will happen to this Country if a compromise is not reached. Please protect us from ignorance.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. anthony

    i agree with marie. public office salaries should all be on the front lines of non payment. their job is too keep this country running NO MATTER WHAT, yes including party politics. So no money, hey guess what no pay. I bet their asses would hike the debt ceiling with a unanimous vote in 5 seconds.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    An open letter to the leaders of our great nation –
    Enough is enough. This is not about the future of the Republican party. This is not about the future of the Democratic party. This is about the future of the United States of America. There is one other option, and that is compromise. The intransigence of both parties to work together is destroying our country. Nothing else. It is time to stop the petty bickering that ostensibly is in the name of the good and welfare of this country and begin to do the real work outside the realm of political gain. Your political party (whichever it happens to be) along with your so-called opposition are both to blame. The American people are fed-up with the spiteful mood that has pervaded Washington in recent years. It is time to get this over with and begin to act like the servants of the people for that which you were elected.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lynn

    Are there any adults left in Washington?. Any non celebrities in Washington ? The party line has got to stop. All the spin has to stop. When will the press report "the fact and just the facts". The republicans say that regardless of the vote,
    we have enough to pay military, pay ss, pay interest on debt.. Obamo says he will withhold the ss checks. Is it true, that he would do that, when he didn't have to?? or does he have to?? who knows?
    Somehow taxes always effect the "little guy", everytime we are going to just tax the "rich" it somehow ends up costing
    us in the middle class. They could take all of the money that rich people make -100% -and it wouldn't make a dent
    in the debt. How about taxing those corporations? Great , and then they just pass the cost on to the consumer or take
    the jobs overseas, and the middle class loses again.
    The President, and the congress should be ashamed to themselves. They are constantly putting their interests above those of the people of this great country.
    Let us vote all of those currently in office – OUT regardless of party. and Let us have term limits!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      The Pres (actually the Treasury Dept at the Pres bidding) has to decide how much money there is, and who gets paid first. On the news today, I heard that so many billions of $$ more than expected came in last month- so there is more to work with. However- does the Pres. pay the interest on the debt and avoid default......but that means checks to some or all don't go out. Or...does he pay those checks to Americans & let the debt default? Would you like to be the one who has to make that decision? Even if they can rob Peter to pay Paul the month of August (or most of it)..it will hit the fan sometime in the weeks ahead.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John in NYC

    The GoP, or rather the Tea Party members who now control it, have a single agenda, and that's to replace President Obama in 2012. To pull this off, they are perfectly willing to badly damage the American economy now, in the hope that the voters will blame their financial problems on the President next November. It's a ruthless and cynical strategy, and it could only work if the electorate forgets who really damaged them so badly – the GoP. I have more faith in the good sense of the American people than Boehner and Cantor do, so I believe they will be rewarded for what they are doing with electoral destruction in 2012. And that's exactly what they deserve! If the Tea Party ever truly controlled America, heaven help anyone who isn't one of them and doesn't share their views.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      If no solution is found by Aug 2nd- They break the govt and have a much weaker govt to deal with in the future (less able to regulate their rich friends), the interest on the govt bond market will rise- making the rich who are invested there more money and they get to hope that it will all stick to Obama in 2012.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom Waring

    I am an Independent and business owner. If we go into default, Congress and the President should be the first ones not paid, and in the real world they would get fired for not doing their jobs. President Obama's grand plan should pass as it cuts a lot of spending with some revenue enhancements although I worry about any cuts during this fragile economic period.

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

      I agree. And yes, they would be fired. I hate taxes but we need revenue – not just spending cuts that will harm the old, poor, sick and children. When a family has overspend and owe huge credit card debt the answer is to find another way to make money so someone in the family gets another job or cashes in a savings account or finds a way to get more $$. You don't just kick grandma out the door or send your kids to school without money for lunch. I am sick and tired of all this trickle down because it doesn't work and it sure as H doesn't create any jobs. If it did where are they? It's about time all of us, including those with more money than they can ever spend to step up to the plate.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
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