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. Bruce Mark

    Passing the budget is one of the fundamental jobs of government. These budget impasses seem to be occurring more frequently than I can recall, and the public suffers. The federal version is the mother of all impasses. Failure to pass a budget on time should be an impeacable offense–throw the bums out.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Silent Majority

    So, John Boehner where do you see yourself in 10 years?

    July 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      Dancing with the Stars!

      July 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      @ Kiki: ROFL A+

      July 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elaine Cozzi

    President Obama has bent over backwards to try and create a compromise. Boehner and his rich supporters have never even mentioned the word compromise. What were these people thinking when they voted for him and for the Tea Party candidates. Look at where it has brought us to, a government stalemate. Washington needs more politicians willing to work together. We don't need separatists. These voters deserve what they are getting. But unfortunately now we will all suffer the dire consequences. It is time for both sides to play fair and bend a little, not just one side. That is what is supposed to happen in a democracy. That is what our country was built on. We don't need anyone to take their ball and run home. That solves nothing.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    could CNN be more biased – and all the talk about compromise – where was the compromise when Obama shoved Obamacare and the stimulus down our throats – he's only asking for compromise now b/c he lost the House and he can't do what he wants

    July 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Heath


      July 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      This thread is about the debt ceiling debacle. Do try and keep up.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      we've reached the debt ceiling BECAUSE of things like Obamacare and the stimulus – try and keep up

      July 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      You need to study some history and then get back to us.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caron S.

      Its so terrible that Obama wants everyone to have good health care. Shame on him for wanting all Americans to enjoy the benefits we worked so hard for like social security and medicare. I just don't understand why he won't just support a plan to take grandma's social security and our veteran's benefits and give it to Exxon Mobil and General Electric so those "job creators" can hire more Indians and Indonesians.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      Robert doesn't seem to know that 74 different measures have altered the federal debt limit since the 1960's and that Bush raised the limit 7 times. "Obamacare" hasn't even really kicked in yet.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stacy12


    July 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don Heath

    Since when is CNN a fair and biased network.. this is the Obama fan club... watch this be swept awy in a seond.. ha ha!

    July 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Quintin Reese

    My name is Quintin Reese from backwards brainwashed ohio. I am so fed up with the postering and grandstanding of republicans, the refusal of them to give straight answers to straight questions. I have a proposal that voters both red and blue have a march on k street.We should block all lobbyist from reaching law makers. We also need to vote to end the ability of these senators and congressmen from having indefinate terms. The want of a new term seems to outway the need of our wounded soldiers,our economy,our unemployed, elderly,infastructure and overall well being of our country. The longer we allow the theatrics and plastic smile kiss the baby deflect the questions bend the truth polotics to guide our vote, we will never change the downward.course of our nation. We allow the lies and rethoric we know is wrong to continue to tear us down. For instance, when republicans speak of what the "american people" want they are actually talking to is the richest red voters. When they use fear and racism to get the vote of the poorest and uninformed republican voters.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike67USA

      I agree with you... let's push for it! The lobbyists and special interest groups own most politicians... but this is SUPPOSED to be a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. They need to answer to us, not big corporate bucks.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Disgruntled American

    We need one more manned space mission... the entirety of the senate, congress, and the president and his entire staff need to be launched to the moon without space suits. They are a pack of lying BS artists and need to be sent where they belong.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      creative idea – I like it

      July 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Castiel


      July 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Franck

    Obama wants to play games, threatening that "he can't guarantee that Grandpa will get his check at the end of the month." He probably hoped that we would gather our wagons around him and support him. Ha!
Instead, this Grandpa CAN guarantee which way HE will vote, and Obama isn't going to like it one bit…. GUARANTEED.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caron S.

      Hey, Grandpa. Hope you lose your social security, medicalcare, and the value of your investments 'cause that's apparently the road you are marching on, bonehead.

      July 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • D-Nice

      Grandpa would rather give up his social security than vote for the black guy. Aren't old people darling.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • hey now

      Selfish b@stard, you should have been taking care of your grandpa in the first place so he didn't need outside help.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LindaJ

    Little did we know that we had elected a bunch of spoiled children to represent us. It's time for them to get on with the job they were sent to Washington to perform. At this point President Obama is the only one who seems to be acting like an adult.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    Osama Bin Laden's last gift to the US, the Tea Party

    July 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SunnySideUp

    Our leaders sure know how to run the greatest country into the Earth.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BrokenPatriot

    I believe the tenants that this country was founded on supercedes any of us and our political motivations. Long before we were born The United States stood united... now its all about Red and Blue... our side or their side. This is a time to be a part of that again, a time to be concerned with the welfare of the state, or we risk going down a road and looking back at what was once great. We are going to be the guy at the bar talking about being the high school quarter back... he got the girl... had the glory.. but never grew up. Compromise is a word that i continue to see.. but do these people understand the word sacrifice. Sacrifice is what you do when you love something... and i love this country.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tiser

    President Obama came off extremely gracious and honorable last night.

    Speaker Boehner ? Brings to mind to tell your children to get a job or career they enjoy first, and think about the money second! He came off as a miserable, unhappy man.

    I thought the Republican Party were the Masters of PR – what happened ?!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chris

    Attention Republicans: This message is from the Conservative Thought Police. We must remind certain wild-eyed radicals that there is no room in Conservatism for independent thought. You must think what you are told to think, believe what you are told to believe, and say what you are told to say. Fox news

    July 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
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