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. Gabe in Texas

    The DOW, S&P500 and Nasdaq have each grown nearly 20% in the last year, yet unemployment remains flat at over 9%. I'm not seeing the correlation between corporate profitability and job growth. The position that eliminating tax breaks for large, profitable corporations will cost jobs is loosing merit. If they want to keep the Bush-era tax breaks, make them hire.

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

      It's very simple, their increases come from a combination of offshoreing jobs, and the continuing give-away of money from the fed,
      The fix would be to shut the free money window, and apply high tarrifs to products made overseas.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roo in MD

    We, all of us Americans, did not get into this mess overnight, or over a couple of years. This crisis has been building for a long time, and we have all been a part of it – whether you are a politician, an average Joe, a millionaire, a business, a corporation, a bank, or you, or myself.
    I, for one, cannot expect this debt crisis to be solved in one week, one month, one year, but over time and with patience, sacrifice, and diligence. The time for spewing one line zingers to get our political points across must end. Is it better to be right? Not to give in? Not to compromise? Or, is it better, prudent, far more mature to make the needed concessions to begin the long-term fix?

    July 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patricia D

    Maybe they need to go play another round of golf.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alan

    Our elected congressional "representatives" for the people they are suppose to represent are a huge disappointment. In this diverse country cooperation is the way to move forward and these individuals do not understand the word, little lone the concept. They follow their own agenda to protect the rich that foot the bill to get them into office and to derail a president in hopes of winning the presidency in 2012. The gap between rich and poor in this country is the widest in the past 25 years and growing. A default on the US debt will drive the fragile US economy into the ground and have ripple effects around the world. Federal income is at a 60 year low yet they think the only way to achieve balance is through cuts. No, it has to be a balance between cuts and elimination of special interest tax advantages. There's little that the "represented" people can do but I think there should be a lot of "representatives" looking for work after their next election. A US default on the debt is not acceptable.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      AND ELIMINATION OF THE SPECIAL INTEREST TAKERS AKA AS WELFARE RECIPIENTS.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      OH MY GOODNESS, THAT IS NO WAY TO TALK ABOUT YOUR UNCLE CARL, SWEETHEART, YOU KNOW HE FELL ON SOME HARD TIMES!

      July 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    I am a registered Republican who will become an Independent (NPA) in Florida if the Republican extremists control my party's action, or should I say non-action, on this budget issue. I will not vote for any Republican for national office for the remainder of my life. I am sixty-two and I have never seen such BS from those who are elected to "govern."

    July 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike G

    OK, somehow in my sleep I must have been mysteriously transported to a third world country, wha hoppened?
    This ain't the America I used to live in!!!!!

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

    This is Planet of the Apes all over again. The gorillas are in power and beating everyone up to get their way, no matter how ugly, brutal, and disgusting it is. The monkeys with brains have the answers, but have to come up with a way to revolt that will win the first time. I don't know that the Democrats can do it, they are too polite and far more reasonable for the most part. Hopefully the brains will beat the brawn in this case. I vote for brains – there is a long term solution to all of the problems when we use our heads and not our fists.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      "FAR TOO POLITE"??? DEMS?? REALLY??? THE HATEFUL SPEECH THAT THE LIBERALS SPEW ABOUT EVERY CONSERVATIVE VIEWPOINT IS POLITE?? WHO'D A THUNK IT, LOL.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Fed up has been so polite in contrast, however.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. S Ridley

    As a concerned citizen and advisor to billions of dollars, I research actual budget data on a non partisan basis. Looking at the facts, 2011 estimate mandatory spending (Social security, medicare, medicaid, income security & other [including interest on debt]) of the U.S. budget represents 117% of revenues. These programs need to be cut. Discretionary domestic spending has fallen as percentage of GDP and total spending significantly, but has increased as a percentage of overall spending. It needs to be looked at judiciously. Military spending as a percent of revenues is over 34%, an outlandish level. Revenues as a percentage of GDP are at an all time low (14.5%). Dollars collected from individuals and corporations collectively on an absolute fixed dollar basis are down $160 billion from the fiscal 2000 to the 2009. Social insurance taxes are up approximately $260 billion to offset general tax collection. These are facts. In short, we need to reign in spending of mandatory spending initiatives, be judicious in reviewing discretionary domestic spending, and raise revenues.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      NO NO NO (Fingers in Ears) la la la la la. Do not try to confuse us with all of these facts and rational ideas.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stripeshrt

    How about this....Since they are so darned determined that "a balanced buget amendment must be tied to their cooperation, How about we (those that just want this damn thing settled and NOW) agree to their "attachment" with one of our own. IMMEDIATELY ALL Washington politicians fall under a 2 term LIMIT. That is, starting now if you have been there 2 terms regardless of your party or your position, YOUR DONE next election! If you havent been in for 2 terms, you can try like hell to convince the American public that maybe you were off ill somehwre when this circus was being played but if not, your own your own to get re-elected? Hows that? DEAL???

    July 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      IF IT IS TIED TO THEIR COOPERATION – THE COOPERATION WAS TIED BY THE VOTERS WHO ELECTED THEM INTO OFFICE LAST NOVEMBER TO STOP THE SPENDING DEMOCRATS. WHO DO YOU THINK VOTED IN ALL THE TEA PARTY AND REPUBLICANS? THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY SICK AND TIRED OF THE RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT OF THE LAST 2 YEARS.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. c.j.ward

    wow,you people kill me with all of these coments that amount to nothing but a lack of understanding concerning goverment. this last election was a killer to who ever won the white house.the country is in trouble no matter what anyboby think.its just like the depression of the 30's.we have to work our way out of this mess,and its going to take our goverment every efford to put us back on course.so everyone please stop putting down everyone and hope like hell they can come up with something before its to late..this is all i have to say...we are one...

    July 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      We know that but it doesn't seem that congress does.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big Cat

    After the DEMOCRATS played the recording of President Reagan addressing this very subject, it drove home the fact that a lot of republicans are so "radicalized", they REFUSE to even listen to REAGAN !!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. brooklynusa

    When will the middle class in the US wake up and stop voting for the Republicans just because they are against gay marriage and choice for women? I am amazed that the Republican middle class seems willing to go broke, just to keep gays from marriage.

    The Republicans now have some real head cases in congress... I hope the country can survive them.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT REPUBLICAN MEANS – IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE – NOT ALL REPUBLICANS ARE AGAINST IT. THE REAL ISSUE IS THAT TAXPAYING REPUBLICANS ARE DONE PAYING FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS, LIKE GAYS, ABORTIONS, ILLEGALS, ETC. GO AHEAD AND HAVE ALL THAT STUFF – JUST PAY FOR IT YOURSELVES AND QUIT ASKING TAXPAYERS TO FUND THEIR "SPECIAL INTEREST". YEA SPECIAL INTERESTS ARE EVERYWHERE, NOT JUST IN REPUBLICAN TERRITORY.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. watts107

    We are so ready for term limits!! Two terms and out!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      WE ALREADY HAVE THIS – IT'S CALLED VOTING IN ELECTION; NOT TO MENTION ALL THE TERM LIMIT LEGISLATION THAT PASSED BUT WAS THROWN OUT BY THE NEXT PARTY WITH A MAJORITY.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TOM

    FIRE THEM ALL!

    July 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RCDAVIS

    The essence of a democratic society is the capacity for its leaders to compromise ttheir personal interests, whatever agenda that is, for the good of the American people. The president is right: the whole world is watching Congress unable to addres the debt ceiling issue because a tribe of "nutters" as the British papers identify the GOP House freshmen would rather see the president and the country fail. See Chris Matthew's interview w/ Utah senator Lee on his take on the future of America, MSNBC. Keep the faith and stay informed. Oh, and besides his nonsensical lies, Boehner looked like the little man in a black suit standing on top of a wedding cake. Go Obama.

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