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!!!”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (2,307 Responses)
  1. cedaly1968

    If we were really fed up, we would begin recall proceedings on Congress. Where are those proceedings?

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

      @cedaly1968 The reason you aren't seeing recalls is because the majority of Americans don't realize what's happening. Or they've been hookwinked by their politicians. If the US defaults on Aug. 2 and people begin losing jobs and homes, you're likely to see many recalls initiated. On both sides of the aisle.

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

    To Gman90210 who rambles: "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".

    Seriously? My guess is you don't understand the difference between the debt and the deficit either. I'll break it down for you.... 250k is annual income. Being a millionaire is net worth.

    Frankly I'm never going to be impressed when someone tells me 1+1=3 and if I don't agree with them I can't do simple math.

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

      Brilliant closing statement there, Matt.

      Nicely put.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. frances

    Rather than halting Social Security checks, how about we stop using tax dollars to pay the salaries of those who are supposedly representing us? They have no problem denying us jobs, food, healthcare, et cetera, so, if they cannot come to a decision regarding the deficit and instead would rather act like spoiled children, then they should be willing to sacrifice their pay until they can reach an agreement.

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

      Problem is, most of them don't need the money, they have plenty. That's why they have forgotten about us middle class.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • frances

      Agreed that they do not need the money, but, I believe that if it were their paychecks on the line rather than the SS, they would be more willing to compromise. Sad time to be an American...we don't matter even to our own government.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      I agree whole heartedly! I said the same thing last night but I added that to me the Republicans are the new TERRORISTS! They won't budge for some hidden agenda that they have cooked up. I feel that every American should let the government know what we are feeling. I say get the whole lot of them out of Congress! They can't do the job I say fire them all!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pelewatcher

    Like most I am intensely frustrated by the deficit standoff. The vast majority of economists agree that it will take both spending cuts and tax hikes to reduce the extreme debt load. Most Americans understand this and are willing to step up to the plate and make the sacrifices required. Lets get on with business and fix the problem in a meaningful way. The last budget offer by President Obama before the House Republican leader walked away represented a realistic, serious attempt to address the problem. Shame on House Republicans!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Evelyn

    The greater number is:"We The People" Not the greedy, selfish few that are ruining our country. "We The People" need to take this to the streets in every city & let our voices be heard. How much longer are we going to let the few control our lives,our families,our country!!!

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

      Amen...time for American's to stand up to these people!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barry

    It is sad that so many good and brave men and women have suffered so much and have given their blood and lives to secure this American dream, only to have thieves, cheats and fools squander the treasures that so many suffered and worked so hard to attain.

    You have to feel bad for General Washington and his brave men, those who fought in the Civil War, those who served in WWI, WWII and the Korean War, and all those who have served this country until this day.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry C

    Our politicians in both parties have lost track of the goal here and that goal should be to get our country back on the track to financial stability thus taking care of the great people in the United States. Instead they hold our country hostage to their own self-interests. I am ashamed to call myself a Republican at the moment. There is no reason why we can't let the tax breaks expire for the wealthiest 2% when our Country overall will benefit. Again – Focus on the goal and not self-interests. Somehow the NFL Owners and players understand Give and Take in creating deals, sadly, our elected officials do not.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. frustrated, as well

    Compromise is not a four-letter word.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    So where were Harry and Nancy and Barry in 09 and 10? They had the Senate. They had the House. They had the White House. Did they come up with a budget? Dereliction of duty. Do the Democrats care? Not too much, it seems.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      They were busy thinking they could do some "bipartisan" work. They didn't realize they were facing the party of "NO" who would stop an nothing to achieve their evil aim.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave B

    Voters got what they voted for–Tea Party candidates who promised not to compromise. Simple as that.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason Carrodus

    I'm mad as HELL and I'm not going to take this anymore!



    July 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackie


      July 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Andrea

    I'm beyond disgusted with the self-serving partisan insantiy the Republicans like Boehner, Cantor, and the other radicals are exhibiting. We are willing to make sacrifices, but this comes down to the middle class and the elderly bearing the sacrifices, while rich people and large corporations bear none of it. We're all being gouged by the oil companies who are making record profits, but we're supposed to continue to subsidize them??? Our country has been sold out to the lobbyists. I've seen 3 year olds with more maturity. Boehner kicks sand at the people who try to make compromises, then takes his toys and storms off while blaming the people who are trying to work something out. Compromise has to work both ways. Does no one remember Bush's war that has cost many lives and trillions of dollars? Grow up Boehner! Stop pointing fingers and calling names while swearing the earth is flat and holding our country hostage in order to put more Republicans in office during the next election. What an example of democracy in action! Shame on them!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Judy

    I tweeted last night that this is like watching two 16 year old play chicken with the family's car. The teenagers are likely to get badly hurt and the whole community (country) will suffer because of the foolish being played out in public. This situation requires adults, not teen-agers acting fast and loose with a precious asset while playing a deadly,risky game..

    July 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mightyfudge

    funny how there are thousands of different people posting pretty much in unison, but the oposition comes from the same few flamers...

    July 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Spunky

    From what I see, washington politicians dont give a damn about What's in the best interest of the country, they only care about whats in THEIR best interest. and it seems to me that the republicans are only interested in seeing Obama be made a fool of instead of trying to come up with a solution to the problems we face. It is truly DISGUSTING that the average american is caught in the crossfire of people who dont give a crap about them.

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