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. Lee

    We The People need to elect a President who will donate his/her paycheck to lower the national debt

    July 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      @Lee the president will get TAXed more cause hes in that category. idiot

      July 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail

      Not just the President's problem. Maybe the Senators and Congressmen/women should forgo getting paid until they grow up and stop acting like children. It amazes me that the Republicans had 8 years to fix the long standing debt, but all of a sudden President Obama is held accountable for years gone by. He's not the miracle worker. But quite frankly our government is comprised of adults acting like children, they each want it their way, no sharing, no compromising. It's ridiculous beyond ridiculous. Proud to be an American? Very little to be proud of when dealing with the leaders of our country.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. oror

    One of the major problems with our government system is that the House members have a 2-year term with no term limits. This means that they are constantly running for re-election, which gives them no time to just simply do their jobs without having re-election (and lobbyists) hanging over their heads. I say both houses should have terms limits, say 2 or 3, and that each have 4 year terms. Their terms should be up alternately, so there is an election every 2 years. This would give them time to actually do the work they were elected to do. Governing should not be their lifelong careers. Also, while governing, they should have the same health care as everyone else, and no lifetime pensions upon retirement. Perhaps, this would give them the incentives to do right by the rest of us instead of just themselves.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      I second that motion. Shall we put it up for a vote?

      July 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elaine Neu of Chicago

    i agree with lee. we all needour ssi check. get it done.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    Who is looking out for whom? Folks better start looking out for themselves. If you think 9.2% unemployement (with another 8% given up) is looking out for you you better put down whatever it is you are consuming. The Dems have had 1000 days to get a plan together that works. Tell me, what works? Give me examples of what works. Based on the Dem platform of 08 what do you have? A health bill in shambles and challenged. No immigration reform. No new jobs. No bridges. No fast rail. Not bringing the troops home. Debt has risen, not fallen. Foreclosures still moving ahead at full speed. What the heck are the Democrats so excited about when it comes to what their party accomplished to correct the course of things?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      That's because the damned NO TO ANYTHING OBAMA PROPOSES PARTY has blocked everything they could and done NOTHING but be obstructionists for the last 2.5 years. They don't give a damn about this country... only about their extreme right wing idology that they are determined to shove down everybody's throat.... even if it destroys the country in the process. DAMN THEM.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |


      July 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • walter short

      Mostly because Obama has been attacked and fought against every step of the way. Republicans have formed a pact to oppose EVERYTHING he suggests, even tings they have previously endorsed. I have never seen a President who has been up against such blind, vicious opposition, and I am in my 60's!

      July 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |


      July 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debbie Tee

    How about NOT raising the debt ceiling and requiring all politicians to take a 10% pay cut? If your family was in this debt crisis, raising the debt ceiling is NOT good – it's time for the pain of cutbacks and living within our means, and the politicians need to lead by example. If every one of them takes a 10% paycut, and people earning $250K per year and up pay the correct taxes, they probably don't have to touch SS. However, I read that they were looking at reducing SS by only 3%, which many people would be fine with, according to some comments I have read sent in by people already collecting SS.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • walter short

      I could not take a 3 percent Social Security cut. It is my only source of income, and out of it I have to pay a premium for my Medicare coverage.

      July 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Deborah

    GD Republicans and the Tea Party Extremists ... and on Pelosi and her bunch of nuts too. I am so sick of the extremists on BOTH sides. A pox on all their houses. It's time for a freaking revolution.... and NOT the Tea Party Kind. The majority of Americans are CENTRISTS you sorry, selfish, greedy, extremists ideologues. Get your heads out of your asses and do you job!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. walter short

    I still believe in President Obama because I see real concern for me and millions of others whose only income is Social Security, and still others who must work two or three jobs in order to live. He has been fought against since Day One. We must never foget that Mitch McConnell as stated that his number one priority has nothing to do with helping the country. is number one priority is to make certain that Barak Obama is a one-term president. And the rest of the Republicans have formed a pact to oppose ANYTHING that the President suggests, even things that they themselves have endorsed in the past. Thier aim is to destroy Barak Obama's presidency.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Al

    how about, there are a lot of americans that don't want to increase the debt ceiling too.... can you say bias?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Remember10

    Eleven years ago the country had a budget surplus and a well running economy. After 8 years of republican presidency and nearly 6 years of republican congress the budget was broke and the economy in ruins. Should we now listen to republicans telling us how to balance the budget? They couldn't do it when they had their chance, they should be quiet now and work with the president, not against him and against their country.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stan

    Actually, isn't it about time to start recalling a lot of these overpaid Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen who demonstrate more "party loyalty" rather than plain old, common sense?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |

    It's an amazing fact that the Democrats do not realize that we just don't have the money anymore. If we don't get a handle on expenses we WILL BE Greece only worse – It's not a battle between differing philosophies anymore – it'a matter of survival – WHY doesn't Obama put out a budget and a plan for the future? – It's because it's so dire and he doesn't want to tell the Dems they can't buy votes anymore with money we don't have – we are borrowing $4.6 BILLION a day – even if you skewered ALL of the rich folks you couldn't pay for that – I think globalism has worked – we're now as poor as the typical Chinese citizen

    July 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frisco1956

      We don't have the money because of the Republican tax cuts for the wealthy! Quit babying big business and super-rich folks and make them pay up!

      July 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis Baker

    Bottom line a new deal needs to be reached by 3pm on Friday, or no one gets re-elected. Theya have had enough time. Stop messing with us and get it done or get out of office....this goes fro everyone!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OSayCanYouSee

    To the House/Senate/President you all need to grow up and do the job we pay you for you really have NO idea what it is like to live pay check to pay check. Look at yourself you have lifetime health care outrageous salaries and when you want a little raise you just tack it on the end of a little known bill so we won't find out. You need to give up your salaries you are SO out of touch with real life all you care about is how you look on the TV. You really think that you know more than us well guess what next election you may all be looking for other jobs ALL OF YOU this is rediculous. you make me and everybody else SICK. GROW UP I paid Social Security and I don't get any are you serious and medicare we have parents that don't have children with multimillion dollar check books they need social security and so do I or what do I live on and the medicare takes care of my older family's health. You need to step down ALL OF YOU>

    July 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert


    And the Democrates righted the boat how? They couldn't even put together a budget for two years despite the fact that they had both Houses of Congress and the Presidency. ALL they had to do was vote. It would all be a done deal. Instead we have what we have today.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lkatie7

    Can't we start a grassroots write-in campaign to suspend all salaries and benefits for those in the House, Senate & White House until the budget is balanced?

    July 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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