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. hank

    final suggestion–let hit the reset button and have all new elections for all positions in government. Dont let any person currenltly in office or who has run–run for office. Establish a public TV and Radio station that all political people must use to run for office. All monies donated will go into the campaign fund and be equally divided for all to use. Money will not determine whether you get voted for office or not.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Porter

    All reasonable Americans need to start recognizing that the U.S. Congress has been infiltrated by radicals hell-bent on destroying America in order to create what they view as a "real" America. At the heart of this radical element are Christian Nationalists that have an apocolyptic worldview and who see America as God's sword in the fight against the infidels (who they view as liberals and Muslims). Wake up, America. As a former evangelical Christian (and former Republican), I have seen and experienced their warped worldview first-hand. These people are completely divorced from reality and deadly serious about what they view as endtimes spritual warfare. In many ways, it is a cult and they now control the U.S. House of Representatives. It is time to wake up America.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuzinFL

      I completely agree with you. I was in the middle of the madness at one point, also, and have heard it first hand.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      What a great post, and how true!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Porter

      Those who are not familiar with conservative evangelicalism have no idea how dangerous and demented it has become. Most of my family is involved in it. The hatred and ignorance they spew is astonishing.

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

      Jeff, out of all the things I have read over the past month, your post stands out as a truth among it all that needs to be highlighted by the media. This needs to be paid attention to by the people in government (who have not yet been brain-washed by this religious madness) and identified as the key for understanding exactly what we're up against.

      I'd also like to throw in, if people don't think churches are preaching politics from the pulpits, you need to look into this. That tax-free status churches enjoy? Its being used against everything that is sane and true.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      Jeff- you are a whack job. I am an athiest, 21 year veteran, bussiness owner and independant voter. You are crazier than those you pretend to warn against.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuzinFL

      Marine – I applaud your independent thinking, but you're ill-informed about this. If you haven't been a part of evangelical Christian churches, then of course, you have not seen and heard enough to understand that what Jeff has said is completely accurate. I'm not blaming you for it, just saying that you don't have the information.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry

    Look on the bright side. If the economy collapses there will be some benefits.

    No longer will our parents and grandparents be able to say that we have no idea how bad things were back in the 1930’s—1940’s.

    Also those rats that work on Wall Street and those unscrupulous bankers and investment firm bosses may lose their jobs too.

    And I hear that suffering is good for spurring artistic creativity. Just imagine all of the good music, literature and art that will be generated, if we can survive the years of misery that are ahead.

    I’m starting to feel better already.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George White

    I spent 21 years in the Air Force to have this happen? I would hate to be in the military right now because our leaders back home cannot come to an agreement on the budget, this would be demoralizing to the troops. No one, and I mean no one, who is serving in either house of Congress deserves to be reelected if we default on our financial obligations.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454

      I agree with you 100% and think that it is crazy that they are willing to not pay solders because they want to make a point, but they are still going to collect a pay check on capital hill. I say that the next step is for the President to cut pay out for the House one month for every day they stall on this and then we will see movement!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    You've done a fine job of cherry-picking only the liberal viewpoints for this "opinion" piece. Nice job of showing your true colors, CNN.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juggalo 6

      Thank you!! Finally someone else who can see through the B.S.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • KevinS


      July 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JenniferUCD

      Uh, Try again. According to seven different polls issued last week, the portion of pro-balanced approach comments is consistent with those supporting the cuts only approach. People supporting cuts only only account for 20% of the population polled. Sorry to inform you, but your postion is in the minority. I'm curious to see what the poll numbers produce this week.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • woohoo


      July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Oh for goodness' sake. You only want that to be true. Look around you, man.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhereAreThey

    When Bush spent so-called people's money like running water and drove the debt sky high, where is Boehner? Did he just wake up yesterday and find the problem?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juggalo 6

      Blame Bush? You voted for Obama didn't you. point the finger instead of come up with Ideas huh? Typical Democrat.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • moses

      @juggalo6 + Where was the economy when 'W' took office? A surplus! Where was the economy when 'W' left office? $9+ TRILLION in debt! Tax cuts for the wealthy! Two wars! Yes, this is all Obama's doing.

      GET REAL!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • lancon454

      If you think that Bush does not have some blame in this issue then you are crazy. I will not say that it is all his fault, but some of it is because of him! I also see that the current White house occupant has some blame by not knowing what he is doing in his position, but the GOP is making him look like a Saint in this issue!

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

      @ Juggalo6: MAGNETS! HOW DO THEY WORK?

      July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jake Steel

    The poor and middle class of this country do not have anyone to represent us in Congress. Everyone in Congress is rich and passes all laws to benefit the rich people and corporations. I hope there are front row reserved seats in HELL for Boehner, Cantor, Bachman, Palin, Chambliss and all the others who plan to balance the budget on the backs of the poor, middle class, elderly and disabled.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      And lie about it. That's the way they play, do something stupid, and claim the liberals are doing it, "not us..."

      July 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. felix

    If the gov. is saying that they will stop the ssi checks if no agreement is reached,why you Mr.President dont stop as well the checks for the politicians and the walfere checks if no agreement is reached?or this is another scare tactict from our goverment?

    July 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • CTerry

      Welfare checks are issued by the states and congress gets to vote on whether their congressional checks are impacted. The sad thing is that most congressman wouldn't even miss the paycheck because they receive so much more money from special interests.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Itchy

    Listen America, one thing to learn from this IMMENSE childish display in Congress, 'Remember these polticians cannot get the job done'.... REMEMBER this.. and vote accordingly when the time comes. This whole issue should have been resolved months ago, not left to the very last second to complete. These 'people'in Congress are supposed to be educated. they are supposed to represent the American People. At this moment, they ALL embarass me. As they should embarass everyone, with this petty bickering and self-serving school yard bully tactics.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fed_up_with_all_of_the_politicians

    Seems like a bunch of he said/he said to me... have an open debate, televised and/or radioed so that the PEOPLE can hear the discussion rather than the back room crap going on now. If you listen to both sides, they are so at odds that we have NO idea what is really going on.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PhilG.



    July 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fed_up_with_all_of_the_politicians

    And the first checks that should not get sent out next week should be every Senator, every Representative AND the POTUS.

    July 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. thepeople

    When questioned about where folks should call if they don't get their check on the 3rd, Pompeo's office staff said they should call Obama since he will have caused this. Hummmmm, is that the reason for all of this – Make it Obama's fault so he won't get reelected? This type of politics stinks, Is embarrassing and is a disgrace!

    July 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CTerry

    Remember when the president said Yes, WE can. WE need to stand up now and tell the Greedy Old People that we
    support President Obama. Remeber when Leona Helmsley was jailed for not paying her taxes? She was the billionaire that said "Rich people don't pay taxes. Little people do." Will there are more little people than rich people and we are not happy right now. Oh, and everyone that voted for a "tea-partier", well next time be careful what you wish for.

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

    I just found the difference between the House GOP and the Boy Scouts.

    The Boy Scouts have adult leadership,

    July 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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