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. l. grey

    Pre-schoolers? These republicans are more in the sippy cup, bib, pacifier league. "I want what my rich, tea bagging
    people want and I want it now." Maybe is they did the compromise and lost all that monetary support they would have to
    worry about earning their pay, and they are paid by the US citizen. Ironic that our employees are holding us hostage.
    No corporation or special interest group would stand for that.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Math

    Dear gman 90210,
    The 250k that Obama refers to is in reference to the yearly earnings of those people. Now, suppose they made that much over ten years while only being taxed or expending 66% of it. This would leave them (and I'm not even counting savings interest rates, investments, etc.) with over 1,000,000 dollars. The assumption in taxing 250k+ is those who are in that bracket are either (a) millionaires or (b) destined to be millionaires. Millionaire is a description of liquid wealth not the amount that one makes in a year.
    Sincerely,
    Math

    July 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      So if a household makes $250,000 one year and because they MAY be able to save 1/3 of their income after paying 40% of their income in taxes (30% federal plus 10% state) and they MAY be able to continue to earn $250,000 the following 9 years and MAY continue to save 1/3 of their income all those years we should consider them "millionaires and billionaires"? No doubt they own a corporate jet and maybe a yacht too 😛

      True "millionaires and billionaires" do not earn ordinary income like a household with two WORKING people. They earn income on their investments which is taxed at much lower rates than household income for working families. According to the OECD, the US has the most progressive tax system in the world with the top 10% of income earners paying 44% of all taxes. That is more progressive than any other country including France, Sweden, etc.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary J

    If a compromise isn't reached by 8/2, then the White House, Congress & Supreme Court should not receive a salary or benefits. All three branches of the government should be the first causalities of this mess, not taxpayers. These people are suppose to be working FOR US, NOT AGAINST US. I say that we should take their pay now & come back for their heads later.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger Maake

    Our elected officials, the president, senators, and representatives collectively have demonstrated to the public that they cannot effectively lead our country. On November 6, 2012 we the public should demonstrate to our officials who really has the power in this country. In one day we can replace 435 representatives, 33 senators, and 1 president on the basis of ineffective leadership. We should replace them with individuals regardless of party affiliation with people who will push for one term limits legislation at all federal levels. That way maybe we can get some indivdiuals who will focus on what is best for the country rather than on getting re-elected. By not having to worry about fund raising maybe they would not pander so much to special interests and focus on the people that elected them.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Norman

    I cannot understand why the Speaker of the House is hell bent in protecting the wealthy. Whether they close shop or stop creating jobs, their status will be the same – rich. Its just one less toy for them. But for the poor majority, they will sink deeper into the quicksand. The last time I checked you are a public servant. Therefore, it should not be a hard choice, right?

    July 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      YOU MUST NOT PAY TAXES OR YOU WOULD REALIZE HOW SILLY U SOUND, LOL

      July 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom Waring

    Well said Kathy.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pat

    When/if the tea party represents the majority of voters instead of a small section of the electorate, the tea party 's agenda should prevail. Until that time (God forbid) this radical bunch should not be allowed to hijack the democratic process in congress.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      TEA STANDS FOR TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY – THAT IS THE AGENDA. WHAT'S SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND??? YOU ALL NEED TO QUIT SPENDING ON THE PEOPLE WHO DON'T PAY ANY TAXES.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • S1n

      Fed up: Unfortunately, we didn't spend enough on your mother's abortion.

      July 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOM OF FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA

      OH MY GOODNESS I CAN'T BELIEVE ANYONE WOULD EVEN SUGGEST I COULD TRY AND ABORT MY DARLING BOY!! THIS IS TERRIBLE. I KNOW HE CAN BE A LITTLE TRYING SOMETIMES, WHEN HE WON'T TAKE OUT THE TRASH OR DO HIS CHORES OR HELP ME LOOK FOR THE CAT, BECAUSE HE IS PLAYING ON THE INTERNETS ALL DAY AND NIGHT BUT HE IS BASICALLY A GOOD BOY. PLEASE BE NICE HE ONLY ACTS THIS WAY BECAUSE OF THE TIME HE HIT HIS HEAD SO HARD IN THE SWIMMING POOL.

      HONEY YOU PUT THIS AWAY AND GET TO BED NOW, I DON'T LIKE SOME OF YOUR NEW FRIENDS.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. S1n

    What's the maximum sentence for attempting to overthrow the government again?

    July 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TomT

    How wonderful – Plenty of sensible, nonsensical, humorous and venomous comments with more than a splattering of some who simply don’t have a clue (as in FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA), irrespective of whether they are GOP or Democrat.

    A tiny little idea came to mind when thinking about the sheer destructiveness of the freshmen Tea Partiers in Congress, suddenly let loose with all that power and rampant egotism.
    Surely, it’s time for cooler heads, and what could be cooler than a nice pint of beer with its own cool white frothy head.
    Commonsense seems to have departed from DC after the last election, and what better way to move forward in the next Congressional elections than forming a cool rational party where words like Liberals and Fascists are banned from party talk. Welcome to the Beer Party!
    I know this is in jest (partly?) but saner heads must surely prevail if the U.S. is not to continue down the current disastrous road.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CoolerHeads

    Plenty of sensible, nonsensical, humorous and venomous comments with more than a splattering of some who simply don’t have a clue (as in FED UP WITH DEMS AND OBAMA), irrespective of whether they are GOP or Democrat.

    A tiny little idea came to mind when thinking about the sheer destructiveness of the freshmen Tea Partiers in Congress, suddenly let loose with all that power and rampant egotism.
    Surely, it’s time for cooler heads, and what could be cooler than a nice pint of beer with its own cool white frothy head.
    Commonsense seems to have departed from DC after the last election, and what better way to move forward in the next Congressional elections than forming a cool rational party where words like Liberals and Fascists are banned from party talk. Welcome to the Beer Party!
    I know this is in jest (partly?) but saner heads must surely prevail if the U.S. is not to continue down the current disastrous road.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. louis

    Sucking up to billionaires will do one thing. It will make the suck-up rich. I imagine my teabagger misrepresentative will be nicely rewarded by the Kock bros strangling bunnies or something.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. louis

    Really? Liberal on the left is the equivalent of fascist on the right. No. Communism is the far left, not liberalism. George Bush even talked about starting a "liberal democracy" in Iraq, while simultaneously vilifying the word in the US. That's how far to the right we've been dragged by constant right-wing propaganda machine in this country.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JorgaGal

    I think a mandatory part of the debt reduction should be eliminate the congressional health care and retirement plans. Put them all on a Cafeteria Plan so they can buy their health care pre-tax like the rest of us who have insurance.

    Also, put them under a PROFIT SHARING PLAN. If they can find a way to turn a profit, give them some of the profit. No Profit, no money. If they want a 401k Plan, give it to them. Let them invest their own money in their retirement.

    Just don't make them RICH while protecting everyone but the average working American citizen!!

    July 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Aerin

    Wonder when someone falling through the cracks will self immolate on the steps of the Capitol. Way to go, Boehner and GOP, for shredding the social safety net.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. G

    There are so many poly- ticks at Washington and it is time to kick their a$$

    July 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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