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. Phil

    If I couldn't pay my bills I would look for ways to cut back and also ways to make more money such as overtime, side jobs or a second job. The GOP only seems capable of cutting back and do not understand that you also need to have more coming in. Why is it so hard for some people to look at the entire picture? Yes the debt has increased with Obama but that's because of the need to get us out a situation that Bush put us in. He had to invade Iraq instead of finishing what he started in Afghanistan along with many other things he didn't think through before he got into. Saddam Hussein was probably the only leader in that area that was in it for the money so he was the only one that we might have been able to buy out instead of going to war with.

    July 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. arden lommen

    federal checcks and grants are legal tender!!!! outlaw taxes with them!!!!kill recession by paying off the national debt 2% a month with them to whomever owed !!!!those funds then will have to be invested or by our goods and services!!!!thanks GOD

    July 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Franck

    Obama wants to play games, threatening that "he can't guarantee that Grandpa will get his check at the end of the month,"
    He probably hoped that we would gather our wagons around him and support him. Ha!
    Instead, this Grandpa CAN guarantee which way HE will vote, and Obama isn't going to like it one bit…. GUARANTEED.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jill

    The Republicans have sold their souls. There is no group of citizens safe from sacrifice to their beliefs except those who are rich and powerful and the vigilantes of the Tea Party. All of the rest of us mean nothing. The elderly on Social Security, the infirm on Medicare, the middle class people who are watching as their net worth goes down the drain, all of them are nothing to the Republicans. The Republicans will break our backs before they will compromise because they have nothing but contempt for anyone who doesn't toe their party line. The Republicans in Congress have no country but their party and no loyalty but to their party. It is fruitless to ask them to think of The Nation and of The People because we no longer exist to them.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      the tea party are taxpayers – not wealthy americans. they see all those takers who won't pay a cent for their own free handouts. taxpayers are done with all the takers and the only party who will cut off the pacifier is the reps, not dems. P.S. I am a registered independent, aka taxpayer not tax taker. The wealthy are sick and tired of paying more than 1/2 of their EARNED INCOME to the takers.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Ernst

      Fed up, I can understand that you don't like taxes, but that is what pays for everything from roads and bridges to our military and what little help the elderly can get.

      Look, taxes are now at the lowest that they have been since the 1960s. Maybe you want to "starve the beast", but maybe some day you will realize that this "beast" is the ox that pulls our plow.

      Responsible people pay taxes knowing that our country needs revenue. I paid over 100K in taxes. I'd gladly pay more if my country needs it. Ironically, the President isn't even asking for more taxes from me. I don't make over a million dollars a year, don't own a corporate jet or a yacht, don't have a house in Italy, and I don't manage a hedge fund. But if I did, I could sure as hell afford to pay more taxes.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      U Want to pay more taxes for people to sit on welfare and keep on taking even 3 generations later?? I know way too many people sitting in free housing (20 to 25 year old males fully able to work), taking free food, money, health care, education, child care, and the list goes into infinity. Ask CA how many of their poor recipients cash out their welfare payments at a casino in nevada or at a border town on their way to mexico. These people have no incentive to get a job – why work when obama and the taxpayers pay for everything, generation after generation. People who think like u are the problem – u earned your money – why cant lazy people who take and take, year after year, get a good job – after all they received free elementary thru college educations, child care, food stamps, transportation, books and fee's – THERE IS NO REASON TO PAY MORE TAXES – there is plenty of money coming in if the 50% of americans would stop taking and actually GET A JOB AND PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. You could actually keep your own money – what a concept. Obama, reid, pelosi, et al would not have an unending debt ceiling and would actually have to live within their means. Whats wrong with that???

      July 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmm.

      Fed Up, I feel you have some deep seated issues that cause you to take a strong stance against something you know very intimately. Someone near you has offended you or been some kind of catalyst in this overwhelming emotional need to batter at the very thing you rail against here. It likely occured in your formative years, and it left such a mark. You have no true forum in your physical world to expound upon it, no real ear to hear your story. This is your safe place, where no one in your waking life can discover who you are; your frustrations can be aired without genuine consequence to your existing relationships. You've been struggling so long with this frustration. Thank goodness you can bring it here, rather than continuing to let it fester until it owns you, until you say the wrong thing at the dinner table or to your boss. Your veneer of civility must remain intact in your regular life, or you'll lose too much.

      Other people are so pedestrian, aren't they? They just don't understand what's staring them in the face.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gfg

    why wont dems do what the country wants?

    July 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Ernst

      What country are you from? I'm from the USA, and I want what the President wants.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bradly Hunter

    Ultimate solution to the problem, leave the country for awhile to find work. If your are middle class, take your family, yourself and your ambitions and invest them somewhere else, because this country is becoming a depressed state. If you really don't want to see the same old politics over and over again, leave the country. I'm leaving to teach abroad next year and don't really think I want to come back.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alan

    The point that seems lost is that this isn't a budget vote. Congress passed the budget that led to this amount of debt. They knew that when they passed the budget. Its like ordering a steak at a restaurant, then deciding you don't want to pay for it. The world will recognize you as the irresponsible person that you are. If you don't want the steak on your credit card, then order a less expensive meal. The debt limit is NOT the place to make a political stand. The budget talks are the place to make political choices and go to tough negotiations. This is about whether or not We The People honor our debts. If we do not, then the world will rightly turn its back on us. This has only become political this year because the Republican Party has decided that they wanted to make political hay after PASSING THE BUDGET that inevitably requires this debt increase. This is hypocracy and grandstanding at the expense (and it will be expensive) of the American taxpayer. Shame on them. Truly, Shame on them!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alfred W

    Could you get any more one-sided?

    July 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nancy

    I've come up with the ideal solution. Let's ALL default!!! I'll not get paid after Monday but why should I worry? The Tea Party (TP) gang in the House is setting this great example for all of us to follow. If the government isn't going to pay for what it's spent why should we? In fact I think we should all sign a pledge, just like brillant members to the TP, who have clearly demonstrated such a vast understanding of government and economics. Let's not let this opportunity pass us by!! How about a pledge to each other that no bill is going to be paid by the American PEOPLE until this tyranny of the minority comes to a full stop!!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      I didn't realize the Tea Party had any seats in congress. I thought it was all republican and Democratic officials.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A.K. Benjamin

    I hated Bush. I thought he was a horrible, know nothing, do nothing president. The Republican Congress under him was worse. But even with all of that I knew our bills would get paid. MY father in law would get his retirement benefits from the feds. My great grandmotherr Boostie would still get SS every month, that she paid into for fifty years. And my wife and I would continue to save for retirement, with the help of the government. I don't trust any of that anymore, and I don't trust Congress.
    How do I trust bunch of politicians who would rather kill the patient to save it? The republicans are FULLY to blame here. Today I saw a bumper sticker that said Republicans For Voldemort and it all made sense to me.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      You do realize that the budget that was vetoed came from congress (as in the whole congress in agreement) not from the 'republicans" right?

      July 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Castiel

      Listen, I just really need to know where she got the name 'Boostie'.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sirudi

    Is the current Norwegian disaster and Tea Party Representative's intransigence just unrelated coincidence? They both look to me like they belong to the growing global spirit of class WARfare..

    July 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      Only socialists engage in class warfare. In free societies we are "classless" despite the fact that you have been conditioned to believe otherwise. We have no house of Commons, because we are all commons. Rich people bowl. Poor people ride horses. The presidents kids get DUI's. The local coaches kid gets out of them. Welcome to America. Heres your check. Please wear this uniform in case a class war breaks out 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marivs

    Many say they are frustrated. Well, maybe many of them chose to give republicans more seats in Congress. They were saying no to everything. The stalemate is no surprise. It was an obvious or a natural consequence.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      THE REASON MORE REPS WERE VOTED IN IN 2010 IS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE DISAPPOINTED IN THE OBAMA TRIFECTA FAILURE. WE HAD 2 YEARS OF OBAMA FAILURES – HEALTHCARE, NO BUDGET, FAILED STIMULUS, ETC. ETC. THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE TO SHINE AND FAILED, 2 YEARS IS LONG ENOUGH FOR FOLKS TO REALIZE THEY ARE ALL TALK AND NO SHOW. I'M GLAD SOMEONE IS STANDING UP TO THE DEMS AND SAYING "STOP SPENDING!!!!"

      July 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      SWEETIE, HAVE YOU SEEN THE CAT? DID YOU LET HIM OUT? I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM ALL DAY. MAYBE COME UPSTAIRS AND LOOK FOR HIIM. I COULD HOLD YOUR PLACE HERE WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      JUST LIKE A TRUE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT – NOT A LOT TO DO EXCEPT GOSSIP AND DISTRACT FROM THE TRUE ISSUE. ACT LIKE A CHILD, PLAY GAMES AND MAKE A RUCKUS, GET ALL THE ADULTS TO COME AND FAWN OVER THEM, FORGET WHAT THEY ARE DOING. CHILDREN CANNOT KEEP UP WITH THE ADULT CONVERSATION BECAUSE IT'S OVER THEIR HEADS!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      SO IS THAT A NO WITH HELPING ME FIND THE CAT?

      July 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cindy in Michigan

    We need to support President Obama, his plan makes more sense than Boehner. Boehner is worried about he and his buddies having to pay more in taxes. The republicans want nothing more than two classes in the U.S. ...RICH/POOR. If we do not support our ELECTED PRESIDENT it will be a very very sad day for all citizens.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marine

      Don't all of them get paid by taxes? You think that "rich buddies pay just one party ? 🙂 You should read AbScam.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave in SC

    I've never seen any proof that tax cuts for wealthiest Americans increased jobs. In fact, many CEO's get their million dollar bonuses by laying off thousands of American workers. I would love somene to explain this phenomena.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

    IF you can't pay your bills – then get another job, OR 2 OR 3 – why don't the 50% of americans not paying taxes get a job and start!! then the rest of us taxpayers won't have to pay for them too. the so called poor who receive all the benefits of these spending programs all have tv's, cell phones, computers, internet service, free housing, cable, free food, free education, free medical care. THIS IS BS AND WAY PAST TIME TO START CUTTING OFF THE TAKERS.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
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