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. Amy A

    I'm sick of both sides of the fence. They remind me of pre-school. To all of Congress I say "GROW UP". No we don't need more debt. Yes, my grandma does need to eat and buy medicine. Approve the increase that y'all have known was coming since January and then deal with the cuts. I bet if it was their pay in jeporady they'd be running to approve the increase. I think it's disgusting how we are allowing these idiots(from the president down) to run a country when I wouldn't hire them to clean my house!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Save Our Future

    You've got to hand it to Republicans. Under Bush they cut taxes as we entered two wars, simultaneously expanding our debt and bringing the economy to the brink of another depression. Obama came into office with few cards left to play but manages to at least prevent further collapse with additional spending. Now Republicans fault him for these programs AND still refuse to raise taxes on the wealthiest. If I were a wealthy person who did not care about anyone but myself and were indifferent about destroying everything that makes this nation a land of opportunity, I could not devise a more effective plan.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chammer

    I am in total agreement with the sentiment of the majority of these posts. We have no real statesman who value the USA more than their politics. I love Edie Walker's post. I never researched the all the facts but was always concerned with all the cart blanche spending over the wars for what???? Who is paying for the wars now? How has the American public benefitted from those costly wars. The chickens have come home to roost. And the party that escalated the spending is now trumpeting that they are going to save us by robbing SS and Medicare from the ones who paid for it. These same politians and corporations who will never know the pain and loss of doing without. They just right it off, lay off, and export their jobs to outside the country to avoid paying taxes. The politicians will live apart from the average Joe & Jane and have no ability to relate. How can they? Life is good. They live on the dole. Then when they leave office, they curry favor with other politicians and make even more bucks at the expense of the American People.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nobody

    It is hard to understand a longtime GOP position that argues against deficit spending and for personal fiscal responsibility. Yet the path pursued in the current debt issue violates both. If the US defaults it will cost the tax payer more money to service the debt and therefore increase the deficit and at the same time it is clearly irresponsible to fail to pay our bills?

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

      U DON'T REALLY BELIEVE EITHER OF THESE PARTIES IS GOING TO DEFAULT DO U??? THEY WILL ALL BE MUD -SOOO THEY WILL DO A SHORT TERM SOMETHING AKA KICK THE BALL DOWN THE ROAD.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam S

      You have convinced me that you are right by typing your comment with your caps lock on.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      HONEY, YOU SEEM TO BE DRAWING ATTENTION TO YOURSELF AND CAUSING A RUCKUS – IS THIS PART OF THE ROLE PLAYING KIDS DO NOW?

      July 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Charles Centers

    I still say the attorney general of the US should just tell every member of Congress, if the country goes into default because you refuse to do your job because of petty politics, I will issue arrest warrants and federal marshals will show up and take you into custody. You will be charged with malfeasance in public office. If you are convicted, you will lose your pension, health care, and other perks. You will also receive a lifetime ban from public office. If he issued a statement like that I bet they would have an agreement within hours of his declaration. I sent him that suggestion as well as my suggestion of that to the President.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in SC

      Really liked the "lifetime ban in politics" part.

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

    I have one thing to ask all of America to keep asking the Republicans each and every time they claim that we can't raise taxes on the rich because it will hurt job creation;

    SHOW ME THE JOBS.

    Where are the jobs the Bush Tax Cuts were supposed to create? Where are the jobs that you claim will be destroyed by increasing taxes on the wealthy? Just where are any of these jobs you people claim are being created by the wealthy and won't be if we tax them more? Show them to me.

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

      India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia. Lots of jobs there.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      THEY WENT OVERSEAS WHERE THE DEMS ENCOURAGED THEM TO BY GIVING THEM TAX SHELTERS OFF SHORE; THE JOBS DISAPPEARED AND WON'T RETURN UNTIL THE OBAMA HEALTHCARE PROJECT AND OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING IIS REJECTED!!!
      THE JOBS WENT INTO THE STIMULUS PACKAGE REMEMBER $278000 FOR EACH JOB CREATED, THAT'S ALL TAX MONEY, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN USED TO HIRE PRIVATE EMPLOYEES. YEA ANOTHER SPENDING STIMULUS IS THE WAY TO GO – YEA RIGHT!

      July 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miriam from Philly

      Amen, Bret!!

      July 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      YOU NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT HEADING TO BED, YOUNG MAN, YOU HAD A BUSY DAY. START WINDING DOWN A LITTLE, I DON'T WANT YOU TO SLEEP BADLY BECAUSE OF THIS ONLINE ARGUING GAME YOU BELONG TO NOW. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT TEA EARLIER, MAYBE HAVE SOME CHAMOMILE TO CALM YOU. YOUR NEW FRIENDS WILL ALL STILL BE THERE TOMORROW.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pam

    How could anyone have listened to the President last night and not see him as a reasonable, intelligent man? For decades the debt ceiling has been lifted with no drama. But now, because, as Mitch McConnell so openly admitted, they want Pres Obama to be a "one term President" they are willing to anything, including devastating this country's credit rating and future to make him look bad. Fortunately, it seems people are finally seeing through their efforts. Like it or not the majority of this country ELECTED this man so you are SUPPOSED to work with him – especially since he has made the effort to compromise by leaving including things that his own party will be angry at him for! If that doesn't convince you, look at poll after poll of the American people who say we want spending reductions AND tax increases on corporations who have – in the face of TEN YEARS of breaks – done nothing to produce jobs except send them overseas, hoard cash and pay their CEO's increasingly obscene amounts of money. Not one Republican I've asked can answer WHERE ARE THE JOBS THAT ALL THE BUSH CUTS OF THE LAST TEN YEARS ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE CREATED???? Bringing up the debt that he was left with from two useless wars was to put the amount of debt in perspective. Yes, the stimulus package added to the debt – what would have happened without it? At least I've seen bridges repaired and highways improved with the money my state got – to say nothing of the fact that the people working on them were employed again. Maybe the good thing that will come out of all this is that the average guy – the "silent majority" who are just trying to keep it together – will finally rise up and say ENOUGH!!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      IF EVERYONE IS OUT TO GET OBAMA – HOW DID HE POSSIBLY GET ELECTED??? OBAMA PUT ON A GOOD SHOW IN HIS CAMPAIGN – JUST LIKE HE DID LAST NIGHT. MOST AMERICANS NOW KNOW ALL ABOUT HIS LITTLE SHOW AFTER 2 YEARS OF NOTHING, NOT EVEN A BUDGET. YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY SAY OBAMA DIDN'T HAVE ANY SUPPORT AND POWER FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS. HE AND REID AND PELOSI HAD ALLLLLL THE POWER – DON'T U GET IT; IF THEY WANTED ALL THIS CRAP SOOOO BAD – WHY DIDN'T THEY PASS IT WHEN ALL DEMS WERE IN POWER – U KNOW THE LAST 2 YEARS!!! HELLOOO WAKE UP.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      HONEY, SOMEONE IS AT THE DOOR WHO SAYS HE IS WITH THE SECRET SERVICE? I THINK YOU SHOULD GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND COME UPSTAIRS, HE SEEMS KIND OF UPSET. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?

      July 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J. Okapal

    Tax breaks for anyone who can prove they created jobs. Very simple by an certified account subtract the number of employees at the end of the year from the number at the begining of the year. No new jobs, No tax breaks, that includes millionaires. All I have to say to the two politians from last nights speeches is "Stop taking your stupid pills and get to work"

    July 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tntmaria

    What I saw on TV were two men that can and will fight to the bitter end, and they won't be effected by any of it. It is easy for people that are not effected to make bad decisions. It is all magic for them, and they both know that there will be people that love what either of them say. It isn't really important to either of them. If is hurts us, it will not hurt them. We can fight with each other about which of their useless ideas is the most useless.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 2bits

    What the whole thing boils down to is greed. Democrats want to spend on their pet projects, Republicans on theirs.

    I hope they default and this nation breaks up. It's so divided anyway it can't endure. It discriminates, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, as Congress has been bought by big corporations who donate to get their man elected. It's a corrupted system and I hope it fails.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trevor Stanislaw

    Republicans are from Pluto. They rally around a two letter word so the least educated among them can understand:NO!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pete l

    gee why don't our elected officials take a cut in pay, pay their own health care 100% of it and not have lifetime benefits for them and their families? this would certainly contribute to the deficit....they should join the rest of the "americans" and see how we live paycheck to paycheck

    July 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kuni

    Obama should have pointed out in his address to the nation that:

    • Trickle Down is the largest fraud in the nation’s history and that those supporting it are allies of al-Qaeda in destroying the economy.
    • There is no debate on AGW. Science has spoken and there are only those who want to commit mass murder on a global scale using AGW and those who want to stop mass murder on a global scale.
    • Any public companies that lay off workers because they claim they need to stay profitable yet increase their executive’s pay are a greater threat to the nation than all the jihadists in the world combined.

    He should have then vowed to give anyone and everyone a presidential pardon who takes matters into their own hands and delivers vigilante justice to these economic and environmental terrorists.

    There is only one language sociopathic liars understand and if we don’t start talking to them in that language we will become a second or third world crap hole with all the misery and death that entails.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Holy....CNN

    “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.”

    SERIOUSLY CNN? You're supposed to be a NEWS organization, and you pick THIS as the best comment of the day. Clearly you're trying to further your own agenda by picking such idiotic comments. You know this isn't true. If you do, then you should have your station and website shut down for unprecedented stupidity.

    SS checks WILL go out if the debt ceiling is hit. The U.S. has more than enough money to pay for SS and Medicare and Medicaid, as well as our debtors.

    You have only further proven that you aren't the "neutral station" as your fans so fervently proclaim, you're just a slightly less-notorious MSNBC.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roman Gregori

    It is said how uniformed so many of CNN viewers and readers are.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      No way, I think it's great that so many people posting have been in uniform. lol

      July 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
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