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. Robert

    Lots of ideas about what the Republicans did wrong. Not any about what the Democrats did right. We are here, today, which a mess that seems to be only getting bigger. I do not believe the Reps are blameless, but neither do I believe the Dems did anything to correct it.

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

      This Posting is so one-sided and liberal that it has not meaning. Obama rejected a bill from the congress, Harry Reid reject the bill from Congress. The people that are not willing to compromise are the DEMOCRATS! Clearly, Obama and Democrats are holding the American people hostage and using the Republicans as their scapegoat.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      Unless I'm missing something, its Republicans who are the ones tacking on conditions to the debt ceiling vote and causing this drama. The ceiling has been raised many times before with no where this level of debate. Reduce the deficit, great, who's really against that anyway? Just don't hold hostage the U.S. economy based on extreme philosophical principals. These spending cuts should be worked out in the budget.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg B

      Who cares who's at fault. Let's get this spending under control. Does anyone what any business sense even live NEAR Washington, DC?

      July 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alan

    I absolutely understand that BOTH parties have voted on NUMEROUS budgets that have resulted in vast debt. I do not give the Democrats a pass on that. The thing is, Congress passed the budget. The President signed it. OK, maybe not what we wanted, or should have, but that is where the decision about spending needs to be made. Deciding to not fund the budget that YOU passed is what is irresponsible. YES, YES, YES, cut spending and maybe tax the wealthy as much as they were taxed in 1999 in your next budget. . .. OR NOT. But DO NOT send this country down the drain because you don't want to pay for the budget you voted on and passed.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Ernst

      Here, here! Well said!

      July 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amy B

    I read a comment yesterday I really liked- we need to elect someone (a LOT of someones) that don"t WANT to be in politics. If all they want is to get reelect, they will never get anywhere. Let's go back to people serving for 1-3 terms, then going back to their "real" life. I'd volunteer, if I thought that was what would fix this mess. Can we find another 600 people up for the job?

    July 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Jim

      I'm in Amy. I've thought the same thing. Sign me up.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      Yes. We could. But not without reforms such as term limits and campaign contribution limits, which can only happen with the consent of those whose careers would be ended by the reforms. In other words, we'd have to get patriots into office before we could get patriots into office.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg B

      Amy...two words for you...TERM LIMITS! It won't matter who is in the white house if we continue to send career politicians to be our lawmakers. Two terms at most and then get a real job like the rest of us.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete l

      amen Amy...time for term limits and as you said for people to get in volved who DON"T WANT to be in politics..then maybe we will get things done for the betterment of the country not for reelection. it appears that is all that the current politicans want now. and the TEA PARTY they scare the dickens out of me and my family...anyone remember hilter,stalan???
      are we headed in that directions...the haves and have nots ? feel so sorry for my grandkids wonder what kind of world hey will live in

      July 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |

      THEY are called the tea party and all the dems and liberals slam them. Some tea partiers were elected in nov and they are NOT wealthy career politicians – they are people who know the dems are sucking the futures from the kids with the wreckless borrowing to pay for frivolous handouts for people who refuse to work and pay their share. No i'm not a tea partier, however i can totally relate to them.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SickAndTired

    This is for every individual who cares about the future of this great nation – DO NOT VOTE for any of these so-called legislators next time. WE HAVE TO TEACH THEM A LESSON. This has gone too far. We are sick and tired of the fact that these legislators are working towards one selfish goal – to get re-elected. They do not deserve another chance. Both sides deserve the blame. We are way beyond finger-pointing.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Katie

    I'm fed up. The GOP has been so intent on causing Mr. Obama to fail that they appear willing to bring down the entire country's finances rather than agree on anything. It's time to put our country first. Our economy is not doing well.
    It's time for all of us to do what's necessary to fix this problem. However, it's not right to expect the middle class to make all the sacrifices.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Obama is failing because of his own actions. Obama is responsible for the economy and the result of our current situation lies firmly on Obama and Democrats, who continue to hold the US economy hostage, and did not create a budget.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |

      right on paul – ditto

      July 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just Jim

    I would like to be there when Congress breaks for recess.

    I would like to watch them on the playground, fighting over the tetherball.

    These aren't leaders. I'm not sure what they are.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Claudio

    House legislators seem to inhabit a different universe than that inhabited by the American people. We are all fed up with the stalemate, dysfunctionality and political posturing surronding the debt ceiling debate. ZFor God's sake, compromise, make everybody share in the burden (yes, even millionaires and big corporations!) and lift the debt ceiling, as is the wish of the overwhelming majority of Americans. The consequences of not doing so by August 2 are too dire to contemplate!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bryan

    I'm quite sick of the Republicans speaking for "The American People". They are constantly purporting to support the ideals and demands of what "the American people" want. Well, f@#k you! I am an American and I want no part of this GOP plan to solve all problems with their ridiculous notion of trickle-down economics. Rich people do not spend their money, they use it as a tool to make more money by investing, not spending. Low and middle income people spend money. The economy needs people to SPEND money, not let it sit around. Tax the rich at a percentage that helps to move this country forward. Tax increases are not the Devil's work as Republicans would have us believe.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christina

    My family is one of those who may not get our benefits from SS or Medicaid due to a disability. Personally, I would go back to work, if work was available but right now that is not an option as I am the sole caregiver for my terminally ill husband and my 10 year old son. I wonder if these politicians were in our situation, what would they do?? We depend on that SS check to pay our bills and with school starting soon, I can't even guarantee that my son will have school supplies!!! Come on Congress-get off your asses and agree to disagree but stop dragging the families like mine into it!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Angie

    Hey Dave R.
    Your comment...........
    Absolutely correct!! If Tea Partiers do not want to pay taxes, should have to pay a toll just to put their car on the street in front of their house.
    .........for us to get the money they would have to park on the street because if they drove/parked on a "toll road" Australia would get the money-because our wonderful Republican governor here in Indiana, Mich Daniels, leased it to them for 99 years. He said we had a surplus-and guess what-he gave a bonus to his top people! I'm so glad he isn't running for President. When I heard that-that was one of the best days of my life.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |

      angie the tea party pays tooo much tax – can u understand Taxed Enough Already – u know TEA. Taxpayers pay for all the takers who DON'T pay and they are sick of it. They pay for all the roads and everything given to folks who won't work and it's about time for the 50% who don't pay to START PAYING.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joan in Alabama

    The Republican Party needs to be dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up. I'm disgusted with the whole lot of them. Remember politicians .....you serve the ALL American people NOT Grover Norquist, the Tea Party or big business. This will be remembered come 2012

    July 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigmoud

      That also goes for the white house as well. the dems need to be dismantled as well.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Roger Allen Bonelli

    No matter which point of view you take, republican or democrat the bottom line is that it is effecting millions of Americans. Would not want to be running as a presidetial candidate in either party. Can a man arise within a third party that can do the right thing for America. We just have to wait and see.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hunter

    I read a lot of "I hate_________" and it is pointless who hate or likes who. This nation is paying it's bill by credit card. When an individuals credit cards are maxed out it is NOT time to get the lender to raise the credit limit so we can keep spending. It is time to STOP spending and pay down the dept.
    AMERICA wake UP. we are broke. All raising the debt ceiling will do is make our grand children responsible to make the hard choices we couldn't or wouldn't.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Ernst

      No, raising the debt ceiling has nothing to do with the budget. It allows us to pay for what congress has already spent. FAILING to raise the debt ceiling means your money will be worth less (if not "worthless"), interest rates rise, fewer jobs, instant return to recession.

      Our reputation as a nation is at stake. Please don't confuse the debt ceiling with the deficit.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Disgusted Voter

    Please send all this feedback to every Senator and Representative in Congress.

    Our elected representatives should feel profound shame at the poor example they have set for managing our country. They refuse to take their responsibilities seriously, spending an immense amount of time posturing and finger pointing.

    To all of them - Step up and GET THE JOB DONE.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peedy Oor-ree-on

    Clearly, D.C. has become a separate country! Our elected officials represent themselves and the special interests of the lobbyists, who represent big money, not the majority of Americans. While the democrats at least try to appear to protect common interests of Americans, republicans, especially Boehner, have passed beyond appearing to represent America and unabashedly support the very wealthy alone. Boehner might cry when he is voted out, but he is smiling inside, knowing that the elite have already feathered his nest. Our politicians are synonymous with greed.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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