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. fernace

    I can't believe there are still people who can watch what the GOP has done this year, & listen to their twisted take on reality, & still be convinced they are on the side of working class Americans! It's like the people who insist Anders Breivik is not a christian, though his manifesto claimes him to be on page after page & who don't consider him a violent extremist, even though his actions are just that! It seems people are willing to hide in denial in spite of facts, & to their own detriment! What makes otherwise reasonable individuals behave this way? It can't just be a difference of opinion!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katharine Cotrell

      Hear! Hear! I have been telling people for many years that if you are not in the top one percent of the nation financially, Republicans are not your friends. The problem is that they have co-opted the issues of the religious and fiscally conservative right to make it look like they care about the common person. But the truth is that all they want is power and money. Silent in this debate (except between the lines in Obama's speech) is that "W"s administration is to blame for the whole fiscal mess.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mjw

    The Republican's agenda is to destroy President Obama at whatever cost. Boehner is a coward and cry baby who cannot stand up to his TP extreme right wingnuts. Just compare him to Nancy Pelosi who was able to manage her caucus even when they had different opinions and ideas. They were able to work out a deal. Boehner just lies constantly to stay in line with the TPers. Obviously everyone see he is not a good leader. The President, Vice President, Senate Leader, House Minority Leader have all tried to negotiate and compromise even Mitch McConnell with his mousy self is trying but Boehner is afraid of his caucus. How can you be a leader if you are afraid of the people you are suppose to lead? That is why he was crying so much in the beginning because he realized he was not ready for leadership. President Obama was and is ready to stand up to the Democratic Party and fight for America just like he did on Health Care Reform. Boehner and Republicans fight for the rich and squeeze the middle class.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cedaly1968

    I think the whole spectacle last night is interesting. It sets up a situation to poll the American people, "Who do you blame for the debt crisis, Obama or Boehner?" :Which party bears more blame for not compromising, Democrats or Republicans?" If the poll comes back showing Obama in a strong position with Americans, particularly if he cross party lines, and if Dems outshine Repubs, then my guess is that August 2 we will default. The blame lands squarely on the other side and the fury of the markets will make a compromise in alignment with the President's proposal within a week.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      How the poll comes out will depend on where the poll is taken. It's as simple as that. So easy to manipulate polls to say whatever you want. My favorite is the one where they ask: Are you happy with the job Obama is doing. Then they spin the results to mean those unhappy are siding with the Republicans, when a lot are actually steamed Democrats who think the President is giving away too much to the right.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hooverguide

    The fact that even just one elected official (regardless fo party affiliation) would sign a pledge to one individual to never, never, ever, ever raise taxes begs the question: who do you think elected you to your lofty position in the U.S. Congress? For absolutel.y sure, it was not jujst that one individual. Once elected, we the people, presume you actually hold high the principles of representation by doing what is best for the many and not just hte one. To find this great country held hostage by one individual who demands your inked loyalty pledge is beyond comprehension. And who, if in their right mind, signs away their right to think for themselves? It is hard to put into words the disgust and outrage we the people are feeling right now. You better hope you can figure out how to hold on to your position in light of the fact that the silent majory of we the people may no longer remain silent. We are fed up with your greed, coruption, arrogance. and obvious lack of integrity on any level. You can be sure we the people want a balanced budget, but we demand a rational reasonable balanced approach to reach the end goal. Most of us get up every morning, get the kids ready for their day, and if we are lucky, we head out to jobs that may not be quite as important at yours, but we show up,and complete assignd tasks on time and on budget. Quit acting like spoiled pouting children and do your job.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. norker

    When do the rich and wealthy finally come to their senses and realize that these right wing nutjobs aren't actually on their side?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • da man

      If I were rich I would move to another country to prevent obummer from stealing my money and giving it to the poor. He is not Robin Hood. He is just the lier and cheif.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • moses

      da man,

      You just don't get it. That is the whole problem here. The rich HAVE moved all of their money to other countries so they don't have to pay taxes. The big corporations don't pay taxes, The rich don't pay taxes. Only us poor folks who go to work everyday hoping to get ahead, but praying to at least break even.

      Take the blinders off (color blind or political party blind) and think about this whole mess with an open mind. President Obama didn't get us into this mess. The deficit really started snowballing out of control when 'W' decided to invade Iraq looking for WMD. A war paid for with debt. Same goes for Afghanistan. Halliburton got rich. Big business got rich. We the poor got screwed and you sound like you like it just like that. You want to poor to stay poor and continue to get screwed.

      Tell congress they can't get paid until this is resolved and see how long the GOP refuses to compromise. Make congress have to pay for their health care and see how long they oppose what the President endorsed. Make them have to wait until they are 65 to draw retirement instead of having served two terms and get it automatically and see how they feel about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

      As for the poor getting jobs, its not like some aren't trying. Big business has sent too many jobs overseas because of cheaper labor costs.

      And before you talk about me because I say we the poor; poor is a relative term. I served almost 30 years in the military and I have a well paying job. Poor is relative.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WisconsinDude

    Just like here in Wisconsin republicans unwilling to negotiate or compromise unfortunately for Wisconsin republicans are in total control and are not even listening to the people that voted them into office when we tell them they are going to far. they say that we are open for business. of 750 million in unpaid Wisconsin taxes about 85 % stems from businesses not paying their taxes but that's the Peoples problem according to the republicans who keep giving businesses tax breaks.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • da man

      Did the Demo-dummies compromise on obamacare? No they shoved it down our throat. To the Demo-dummies compromise means do it my way.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bob

    @gman90210 You clearly are the one who is poor at math, if you make over 250K a year it won't take very long to be a millionaire. Your comment about kicking the can is quite silly. The republicans want this up again next year so they can use it as political capital and stall the government. It is the republicans who are clueless about the economy. Major spending cuts and/or tax increases right now threaten to derail the recovery and send us back into a recession. This is not the time to pick a fight over the budget as it is not hurting us enough right now to justify damaging the recovery.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • da man

      Quit being a parrot and think for yourself. If you make $600 a week. How long do you think you can spend $1000 a week. Balance the budget. Quit giving away our tax money to other governments and people too lazy to work. Disband the EPA and quit stealing our Social Security.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DB402L

    If the wealthy corporations don't want their taxes raised to help fix the mess they put us in with the outsourcing of our jobs- all they have to do is bring the jobs back. The resulting taxes on the incomes of American workers would fill the coffers again!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. norker

    Vote. Them. All. Out.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gaucho420

    And why is it that everyone I know that makes over $250,000 is A-OK with a tax hike? Why is it that today, my fellow well to do Americans wrote in to encourage a tax hike?

    Because the Tea Party is not representative of everyone that makes good money. YET THEY ACT AS IF.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. da man

    If you make $600 a week. How long do you think you can spend $1000 a week. Balance the budget. Quit giving away our tax money to other governments and people too lazy to work. Disband the EPA and quit stealing our Social Security.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justin M.

    fiskenmann said, “Contact your lawmakers? Sorry, Mr. President, our lawmakers in South Dakota do not respond to voters unless you give them a check!!!”

    Haha! Same here, but in Orange County, CA you need to give them your AMEX credit card info.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    More of the same. They can't agree on anything, both sides are wrong. I say fire them all and start over in 2012! This is the most broken government in the history of this great country!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dallas99

    Its amazing on how responsible these Republicans want to be all of a sudden. Where were they when BUSH was in office.. I am tired of the same speech they are giving. Whoever Voted for these folks only have themselves to blame when we are in ANOTHER Financial Disaster.. They are acting like Children, We did not send them to there to play games. Republicans do not have the working class interest in mind, they are concerned with the Big Corporations. They all need to go...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Exactly....they are criminals. And this default is part of the Republican LONG TERM STRATEGY to bankrupt the nation and to get rid of the middle class safety net. They have wanted to destroy Social Security and Medicare from day one. And now they have their corporate owners giving them all the money they need to destroy the middle class.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • shirl

      The Republicans campaigned in 2010 on JOBs. They got it and immediately started Union Busting, Trying to defund Planned Parenthood, NPR, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and their focus has been on pushing for their social agenda and their supposed moral high ground. Meanwhile, jobs have been forgotten. If the tax cuts were creating jobs, the jobs would be here now. Companies want to profit. They'll never have the profits they want by paying Americans honest wages. We will never be cheaper than China or India for labor, so those jobs aren't ever going to come back. Capitalism over Patriotism is their motto.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • da man

      You must be one of those people getting a check from the government.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allen

    I would arrest these dam Republicans for treason.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • da man

      Obummer is the traitor. He thinks he is Robin Hood. He wants to steal from the rich and give to the poor. I would make them get a job.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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