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. KN


    July 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • deegaroo

      Congressmen & President's pay should be reduced to help the deficit.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Quintin Reese

    Boycott k street with a voter human body physical blockade. Vote to end senate and house indefinate terms. Let poor uniformed reublican voters know that the "american people" that republican leaders are speaking of , are the rich and super rich they benefit from. The poor and uninformed republican voters are being manipulated by fear and racism. We need to seperate church and state. We need to stop using social issues to be on the same table as the economy and infastructure. Gay rights and abortion should not be brought up in a serious conversation about finance,bridge building,veteran care,social security , medicare or medicade or any issue that effects our economy.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Bologna

      @quintin – You make too much sense. STOP IT!!

      July 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Very well put!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      Right on! The Repubs are showing who their real masters are. THE RICH!

      July 26, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jose the Wrangler

    Obama has done everything possible to solve this problem. The Republicans flat refuse to compromise. 80% of the American people say, "Cuts plus taxing the rich is the way to go," but Boehner, afraid of the Tea Party fool and wing-nuts, won'l lead his party. Compromise is not a dirty word. Fanaticism is.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikee

      Precisely what has he done except give speeches and produce a list of 90% of government spending that is not allowed to be touched by reform?

      July 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • deegaroo

      Actually Obama refused to work with anyone Republican the first 2 years of his presidency as he had a democratic majority. Now that he doesn't he's paying the price. NO ONE, I REPEAT NO ONE on Capital Hill is doing anything that should be done they are fighting for themselves and not the people of the United States of America and not one single member of Congress should be re-elected to office.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Boehner is ridiculous. The repubicans are outradious, People that make more then $250,000 should pay more tax's. They need to do there part. If they don't pay social security that will be the lowest of the lowest. This is not fair to the elderly ! I think they are going to down grade us now no matter what all of this ridiculous talk and they can't come to a compromise by now. It makes he USA look like a circus. I think it's a sure thing we will be down graded.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Melba R

    Once again, we find ourselves with Republican leadership bent on ideaology. Has any noticed that only about 33% of those surveyed on this mess agree with the Republicans? We are being held hostage by the same 1/3 of the country that believed that George II won his first election fairly. The disparity between the wealthy and poor has grown significantly in this country. Why or why do so many continue to believe the Republican rhetoric?

    July 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    So when I was drowning in debt I sought out and was offered a lot of various advice of what I needed to do to get my affairs in order. Not one piece of that advice was that I needed to get another credit card or a higher limit on existing cards. Who would recommend that to anyone who can't afford their current debt? What's the government battling to do right now?

    We may not know what it's like to default as a nation, but I know what it is like to default as an individual. It made me respect and adopt a common sense approach to finances. It made me to learn how to live within my means. It taught me who was there to help me through the tough times. We will make it through this, but sooner or later the bill will come due. I say there is no time like the present.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobInGA

      I'll vote for Andy. Nicely stated.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shanna

    How will I buy food and pay rent next month? I'm totally disabled. I'm so depressed about this that I'm not sure I can take much more.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikee

      1) there is plenty of money to pay social security and disability. If you do not get your check it will be because the President doesn't want you to have it.

      2) turn off your internet connection to save money. this will let you build a rainy day fund so you are no so desperate for government benefits

      July 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • lis

      Hang in there

      July 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina

      Why do they wait til the last damn minute to bring up money issues? If they knew the Deadline was coming they should have started working on a deal in May or June......Shanna–hang in there. I'm in the same boat as you. I'm really stressed on how bills are going to get paid and my son gets school supplies!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alex K

    The Republicans in Congress don't know how to take "yes" for an answer. Obama has given and given and given, but the Republicans are so afraid of their own simpleton Tea Party freshmen they can't do what Obama and the rest of us all know is necessary to keep this country from going down.

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

    I can't believe CNN passes this off as an article. Wow.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mikee

    It is so hilarious to see CNN readers talking about preferring "the President's plan." I'd like them to show me that plan. It doesn't exist. It has never existed. The President is so out of touch on spending that his budget for this year spends more money than any budget is history. Only the GOP has passed any plan out of a house of congress and Harry Reid won't even let it come to a vote in the Senate.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dv8

    Or maybe boehner know this is the only chance to get the huge spending reduction we need, and the dept ceiling is the leverage needed to get it done. The spending to revenue ratio is growing at record speed and we already pay 5% of our tax dollars out in interest. You say raise taxes for large corporations to bridge the gap, then the problems out of sight out of mind right? Only to kill our economy and the production of any new jobs as well as impeeding on our ability for buisness to compete in a global economy, but when that happens you will just find somewhere else to point the finger.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RobInGA

    Politicians in general, and Washington in particular = Way too many men behaving badly; go back to the rules of kindergarten. And for pity's sake, have a discussion that does not contain "I" and "you". Resolve this situation now in a manner that would not mortify ones mother.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ptbill

    Vote them all out of office

    July 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dv8

    Lets hear some specifics obama. Its politician first, leader second.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joshua Powell

    This is exactly why Americans it seems as if Americans are waking up. Republicans want to keep the tax cuts on the rich at the expense of cutting into medicare, medicaid, social security income, and veterans benefits. This is a sick game when the only true thing holding up the deal is Republicans holding the country hostage for the Uber Rich it makes me sick. If Boehner was here I'd let him know how the working class and middle class have been struggling to make ends meet and how evil his ideals really are. Cut, Cap, and Balance is the next step in creating more of a gap between rich and poor in this country. Hold fast Obama in your plan to end the tax cuts DO NOT GIVE IN and you will gain my respect and VOTE. End the Tax Cuts and stop this helping of the upper class over the working class.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. American Vet (Johnny Free)

    It would seem to conclude that both sides of this discussion do not really care about the fact that for the last 44 years the money to protect Social Security was spent by both parties to get reelected. The amount of money that has been spent was for the Vietnam War, War equipment, Two Gulf wars, and the current Afgan War. Let us not forget the Tax Cuts for a small segment of our people. By the way they are not creating jobs, they are reinvesting the money untill they don't pay taxes any more. Ronald Regan tried this, and it don't work either. Americans are not the foolish people that Washington insiders Think!!. Come next November that may mean not having things the way they are now. Plain point this country is on a course of utter change that could be good for all. For many years the smell has been bad, but soon it may be Roses and fresh air.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
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