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. ShutUP

    Just think, this jerk as the Speaker of the House is third in line to the presidency. What idiots the republicans are to elect this basket case. Couldn't they find someone more qualified to run this country?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. disgusted

    Interesting... every comment against Obama's case amounts to "he's stupid" or "you're stupid if you're with him".
    I wonder why?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Outsider Looking In

    Wish Congress would attach a Line Item Veto to any bill increasing debt limit. Presidents have asked for this for decades. Might be a good time to get it through. Don't see any winners in this debate. Am concerned with increasing debt limit without either increasing revenue or reducing expenditures. Not sure my bank would allow me to continue spending beyond my means to repay...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nitrowpb

    So, we work all of our lives paying into SSI, and some rich congressman decides to cut and or do away with it?
    How about all congressman work for the average yearly wage of the US, and have to wait on SSI? Yeah, I know, not going to happen anytime soon...UNLESS EVERYONE SPEAKS UP !!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    In the end it's the American people who are to be blamed for the politics and country they have. Sure, sure ... the GOPers are a bunch of crooks, Dems can't get anything done, and the smartest person, who ever managed to become President, since Lincoln, is unable to actually make the GOP use their brain (not His fault, they have no brain).
    But, all in all at the end of the day, if the American public was politically smarter, their representatives, at all level, wouldn't be able to get a way with messing up the country and still get re-elected, no matter what amount of propaganda was used.Alas ... the public is gullible .. so, don't complain

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Paul, you're absolutely right. I wonder how the polls would look if we were asked to grade ourselves as voters – probably 90% favorable! But then there's what I call the "dumb-ing down of America" where policies are enacted for the sole purpose of keeping the citizen ignorant – witness education "reform". But God the Republicans must love it when someone making $25K per year is fighting against tax hikes for the guy making $250K!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      So hows all this change doing you?

      July 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gordyb

    This is another attempt at trying to make the president look bad so the republicans can gain the WH back in 2012. This is a continuation of the politics since Obama was elected. If he is for something they are against it. The republicans have flipped so many times I have lost count. They appear to not be able to say yes to anything. This is a situation they created and it will cost them dearly in the next election. The speaker may wind up a one term speaker and then he can cry about how he could not lead his party when the country needed a leader. They sign pledges that prevent them from governing. What leader wants to put him or her self in a box with their hands tied because of a pledge, this is not government this is stupidity.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kacy

      I don't know why Republicians signed a pledge for no tax increases. they can't predict what will be needed in the future, like on august 2

      July 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. steve Hoefling

    It seems we have several answers the same question. None are right or perfect. Let's hope & pray they pick one. How long would it take these dummies to take a 10 question multiple choice test !!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MikeRI

    Really tired of excuses and blame. Would really like to see solutions.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. agrieved

    I just tried to send an e-mail to my Representative in the House and see that the website is "under construction". How convenient that they can't take comments during the biggest failure to lead I've ever seen!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. benji

    I'm sure when a white, conservative Republican manages to win back the WH the TBers and Repubs will fall all over themselves to raise the debt limit each year he or she is in office.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaringFool

      The KKK will then rise again!!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David McCandless

    This is the epitomy of politics, it makes me feel like I did when I heard the Casey Anthony verdict.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carolyn

    The Republican party sold its soul to the religious right years ago and more recently to the tea party right. They shamefully exploited these fringe groups and now are being eaten alive by them. Is there not a statesman left in the Republican party who will stand up to the radical right and do what is best for the country? Compromise is how this country works. Get on with it.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Carolyn, No there is not a statesman left in the GOP. I'm glad my grandfather is not alive to see what his party has become.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. YouKnow Who

    President Obama still does not get it. Taxes will only make small business layoff employees. More jobs lost. Cut spending and balance the budget; guess what it works for business owners who want to stay in business and it works for families living within their means. Read this message, "No taxes...period."

    July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Your lack of economic knowledge and ability to regurgitae right-wing talking points astounds me. If raising taxes cost jobs why did Bush lose so many and some of the most prosperous years in America were when the top tax rate was 90%? Because taxes have no correlation to job creation. None. Keep sticking up for your wealthy overlords though, maybe they will toss you some scraps.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FeedUpp!!

    Really sad to see that USA is being held hostage by a group of thugs in name of Republican Party, in best Chicago Gangland tradition. Admittedly, many of them are really Tea Party members, still another major perverting of a once proud American tradition. Very sad!!! - and, to all appearances, with much more to come. Are there enough rational, sane, centrist voters left to get USA out of this mess???

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob jones

    It's pretty office that most CNN.com readers are liberal arts majors and not finance saavy. Seriously people, if the debt ceiling gets raised without legitimate cuts in spending the US will default anyway, which will cause serious hardship. If the US doesn't default, it will be because we inflate our debt down, which will also cause serious hardship. In a word, we're screwed either way. This is Obama's, Bush's, Clinton's, Republican's, and Democrat's, and most of the all the VOTERs fault that we are in this mess.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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