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. RS, CA

    Obama does not want compromise - he wants a great, big blank check, wrapped up in paper decorated with the word "compromise." Hold firm, Conservatives! We are NOT Washington's golden egg!

    And Obama's threatening Social Security beneficiaries is the worst, vilest garbage ever uttered by a so-called president.

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

      Let me guess, you watch Fox "news," listen to Rush and Hanarty...

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

      Raising the debt ceiling will only cover the expenses that the Congress has ALREADY APPROVED in the last budget. It does not give anyone a blank check. Holding up the raising of the debt ceiling with this ridiculous posturing on the right will only harm this country and its citizens. They should raise the debt ceiling immediately and only then continue this fight.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marge

      gee fellow President Obama did not threaten social security checks. What he said was that we might not get them. It was explained that there IS MONEY IN THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUND to pay the checks. But if the govenment shuts down, people are furloughed there will be no way to get them out. Of course people who listen to Fox and rush and have all that straw fallen out of the brain wouldn't understand no matter how much they were explained to.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      RepubliTards™ are not just hypocritical liars, they're certifiably insane. Funny how none of them cared about a "blank check" back when they raised the debt ceiling 18 times for Reagan, and 7 times for George W. Bush.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barry

    Historian Kenneth Harl pointed out that there were about thirty wealthy families that ran Ancient Rome, and if you ever crossed or got in the way of those families, you were in serious danger.
    I wonder if what Professor Harl said about Ancient Rome is true of the US today. I wonder if there are “thirty wealthy families”, who run the United States.

    Of course Rome fell in 476 C.E., and I think we know why.

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

      and it was around a hell of a lot longer than america has been

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

      I know darn well that the Koch Bros is one of them. They have bought themselves a government almost.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. harvey

    I agree with what the others have said. The politicians are TOTALLY out of touch with the people. They tell you to email your representaives and IF you're lucky you get a response from someone on their staff that doesn't address what you emailed them (even the White House. Also: Why do you have to send 3 or more emails concerning the same subject when you could send one with multiple emails addresses. That reminds me that you can only contact one Congressmen in your State and that should not be. You should be able to contact as many as you want as they all represent you.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debbie D

    I didn't waste my time watching Obama's campaign speech last night. He says that without the debt ceiling raised we won't be able to send out social security checks or pay members of military (notice no one has ever said politicians won't get paid) yet he had no problem giving the UN a hundred billion dollars http://bobbyanding.blogspot.com/2011/07/obama-gives-100-billion-of-tax-payer.html Am I the only one p oed?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marnie

    I hope there is a deal for "taxes and cuts". We the people have bailed and bailed out the mess greedy people have gotten us into. This time, it is "we the people" who need our government on our side__ Looking at history: more than one mighty government has been brought down by THE peasantry. AND MR. PRESIDENT, I STILL BELIEVE IN YOU.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just do it

    I think it's about time a few million unemployed people take a trip to DC and picket Congress. The only problem is no one can afford the trip!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. obama's president why

    stat for your so called president obama
    2009 7.2% unemployment 4.1 million welfare 37.2 million food stamps
    2011 9.2% unable to obtain data 43 million food stamps
    and heres the biggest shocker The recession and uneven recovery have erased decades of minority gains, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, according to an analysis of new Census data.

    the kicker is he spent more money on failed programs in 3 years than all other programs and wars the president bush did in 8 years

    July 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      I guess you forgot that the ecomomy was ready to collapse when he took office... the whole country was ready to go into the can and he saved it, and this is the thanks you Rubs give him because Rush told you to say it.

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

      Copy-paste again, like all the brainwashed are taught to do.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      How can Obama possibly be blamed for these stat's? The last administratoin was sipping champagne waiting to retire and didn't even notice the ecomony was sinking on their watch.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peter Kooperman

    Republicans have been working for three decades on their plan. First came de-regulation. Can anyone say the consumer benefitted from deregulated telephone service, airlines, utilities? Only ones benefitting are the owners of those businesses. George Jr.'s role was to put us into such debt that the economy sank. Then business could attack the unions. The pesky US worker is the problem. Get rid of unions and bring back 15-hour days with little pay, no vacation, no health care, no benefits at all. Again, the business owners gain. Now it's attack medicare and social security. The workers who paid into it for 45 years, well, hey, too bad, you lose. Business wins. Corporations have taken over the world. Greed is at the core of it all.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Elaine Neu of Chicago

    i do not need to say a thing. just get it done. the middle class people will do the most damage as wll all the ot the others.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    This falls squarely on both parties. For years they have played this shell game with money and it is catching up to them. No all either side can do is talk about how their plan is better. Stop voting Republican and Democrat because those are the parties you grew up listening to. The Democrats have been around since 1824 and the Republicans since 1854. Serving in congress went from being a priviledge to something they view as a right. The Democrats now want to have everyone rely on the government to live, and the Republicans seem to think that big business will take care of the masses. The problem is both ideas dont work. Its time to start looking for a third party not associated with either Dems or Repubs.....

    July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert


    Why? Because of the Volt? The War is over? The rash of improved infrastructure? The tripled debt? Why?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JonathanU

    That Gang of Six deal that would have cut the debt by $3.7 trillion sounded pretty good to me. It even lowered overall tax brackets, and closed tax loopholes. Why couldn't Boehner take that deal? Instead he's pushing a much smaller deal and trying to force another budget standoff in nine months. Take the damn deal already Boehner!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AmeriKim

    We see the middle east erupting into battle everyday as the "ordinary man" realizes he has been taken as a fool. We are tired of paying salaries to incompetent, self centered, self promoting politicians who are living the good life while the masses suffer. I fear that if these "elected officials" don't start doing the jobs they were elected to do, the next protests will be in Washington. The politicians need to man up to the mess they have created and stop piling the penalty for their failures on middle class America. Cuts? How about their salaries first!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JBAngry

    It's way past time that the folks who were just elected and re-elected both in the Senate and the House stop campaigning for their next seat and do what they were elected to do. They may be on the "Hot Seat" next time!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kathy

    I did not vote for Obama, however, his policy on the debt issue is the -right- thing to do. Boehner's is selfish, wrong and merely extends the debt ceiling for a temporary period of time. I have to laugh when he says the (small in comparison) tax increase on corporations and the 250+ club will impinge job creation when there are no new jobs now without the increase.

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