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. Christine

    Here is how I see it. We have to compromise. That is how things get done. If the tea partiers think they can take over this country they are mistaken. You can not run a country, a corporation, and/or a family if everything you say is my way or the highway. People won't put up with that. I took my money out of my 401k today and put it in the safe fund till this is over because after last night the I realized that the people in Washington just don't care about an average joe like myself. They just want to argue and make the millions that they make. The mentallity is who gives a crap let the average person loose all their money and not worry about a job. We have one and make a lot who cares. Personally I think it is time to put a law in that states "If you don't want to comprise or don't care get the hell out".

    July 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joseph Fraser

    I just wanted to congratulate the hostage holding of the American people by a dysfunctional government. Record breaking profits by the top corporations and wall street bonuses in the millions, is it just me or is it time for the top 1% to pay their fair share.

    After listening to the rhetoric last night by both sides, all the President was asking for was a hike in the debt ceiling which had been done numerous times before with no strings attached. Both of them agreed that we were on a spending benge. I find it interesting that the small group of congressional leaders think they are representing the American people with this absurd notion that the tax increases would hurt job creators. President Bushes tax cuts have been in place for close to 10 years and have created anemic growth if that. So where does this way of thinking derive from? Where do they get off trying to say this is what the people want? This extemism isn't good for the people in an already divided nation. The word compromise has become a dirty word in Washington, but for all the wrong reasons. I am baffled by the innate ability of our congress to get something done. If the debt ceiling isn't raised than monthly payments are going to go up. With the poor and middle class always taking the burden of your failures, when will you be our voice again.

    The Republican party is trying to make our President a one term leader, who goes to work and is like i am going to get my boss fired? Essentially what they are saying is were traitors who will not represent the American people, the "party of no" is holding our government hostage. BP made 5.3 billion, GE made 3.7 billion in the second quarter, and the list goes on, so where are the jobs, if your not going to invest in the country than we have to take it via taxation of the wealthy. Can you guess how much money 50 major company CEOs of our country made in bonuses? Well in March of this year the Wall Street Journal, "Executive Bonuses Bounce Back" by Joann Lublin published some interesting findings, she states that the bonuses increased on a median of 30.5%, well I was lucky to get a .5% raise, that is a 30% difference. What I have never understood is how can these billion dollar companies not pay their people a fair wage when we spend the money buying your goods that allow you to make your money. I quote "Hay Group reviewed proxy statements filed since October 1 by companies with at least 4 billion in annual revenue. The 50 CEOs in the sample collected 126.1 million in 2010 bonuses, up from about 83 million a year earlier. Wow, so why the common people of America are struggling to make ends meat you increased your bonuses by 83 million dollars, you must be proud of yourselves.

    In 2008, we all know about the calamity that became of our financial system due to the greed of the banks and congresses distasteful act that followed. What is this distasteful act, well instead of our congress investigating the situation on wall street, they decided that the prominent issue was whether or not Barry Bonds took steroids, who cares!!!! These people need to be put in jail so that this circle of greed doesn't continue to suck the life out of ordinary people who don't know any better.

    Our government has been failing its people for sometime now, the time for the people to rise and make their voice heard for fair wages, fair insurance, and demand that our respect be reinstated into our government officials on both sides is now. We must issue a stern message that your purpose is to be our voice against corporate america, cutting their taxes or just not taxing them does nothing for no one and for the Republican party to stand up for people like Donald Trump instead of me is the problem.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady

      Agree 1,000 %. Wish I could put it in words the way you did. THANK YOU.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruby

      I agree. Great explanation. Thanks

      July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul R.

    Despite what they say, these elected officials who can't bring themselves to act on behalf of the Americam People and are driving us towards the default cliff. Doesn't matter if they pass 100 plans in their respective houses. Passing a plan with full knowledge that the opposite house won't approve is just so much hot air.

    They know it and it's about time we told them , we know it, so don't come around at election time and tell us what a wonderful job you did. NOW we find out that the great Republican plan actually spends 50 billion more than it cuts. Gee, wonder why they never noticed that one? Nothing else to say except I too am beyond frustration with these people.

    Folks, no matter what side of the fence you sit on, the bill is due NOW ! Time to insist that both sides sit down and compromise. Get it done or get out !

    July 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. R.A. Lister

    John Boehner seems to have selective amnesia. Iraq and Afhanistan were invaded during George W. Bush's administration on the Republican watch. This costs us 10 billion USD a month. The medicare drug prescription plan was also written into law on the Republican watch at God only knows what cost to the taxpayer. Just think what we could do with this money to improve the educational system in the U.S.

    Congress is fiddling while the U.S. is burning. No one in Washington is an American....you're either a Democrat or a Republican. If this debt ceiling isn't raised all of you will be voted out of office. We are are a slippery slope downward since the days of our founding fathers. If China is a former third world country now becoming a superpower, then the U.S. is a superpower now becoming a third world country.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. andogigi

    They were many comments posted in favor of the Republicans and against the Democrats, as well. Too bad they didn't choose to reprint them here, isn't it?

    July 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      Like "gman90210 said, “Obama is openly lying to you.,," ?

      The right's manufactured persecution complex is getting old.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhoKnewIt

    Please, stop the political posturing, keep your face OFF the television and come to an agreement. The fallout from NOT getting something done will be worse than you could ever imagine. If the Republicans do not come back to the table and give up the "fatted calf" we're all going to suffer because of it....and they can kiss their sweet jobs goodbye like the rest of us. Because, since we'll be unemployed that leaves a whole bunch of us with nothing to do except make damn good and sure they NEVER GET ELECTED AGAIN.....EVER....grow up and do the right thing...

    July 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shachar

    Because of your ill-spent money on unnecessary and ill-gained wars, because of your inability to compromise, the heart of this nation will suffer appalling. If one looks at it closely, our elected officials go out of their way so they people that can pay taxes, don't. The appalling amount of tax dodging incentives our federal and state governments give big business is beyond belief. The pittance they allow for our elderly, disabled, our veterans (and their families) that give the most in defense of this country is barbaric. Especially so when our elected officials from the most junior congressman to our President himself continually take pay raise allowance after allowance. They don't have to worry about their health care, where they are going to have to sleep or eat and even after they leave office they receive a pension for their damn service, bad service or nor service to the American people. Our elderly and disabled should not be forced to live in a world where they have to make choices between food, health care and rent. Our veterans deserve just and fair compensation so they and their families can live as fair as life as possible. They should be treated with due respect and courtesy and treated as treasures of this nation. Now, because of your indecisiveness, your reticence, your poor planning and incapability to control our nation's financial affairs; your stupidity of office will force me to the streets. I will have no idea where or how I will get my daily food and may God forbid I get sick. I will just have to get better or die. Everything I have ever loved will be gone. I will live in ignominy the rest of my days because of you, my elected officials. And to think I put my life on the line for you makes me vomit.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Republican No More

    In my twenty-three years as a registered voter, I have been a member of the Republican Party. No more. This political act run by Boehner and company in DC is the straw that broke the camel's back for me. The last ten years have shown me the Republican Party is no longer made up of moderates crossing party lines to pass sensible legislation. Instead, we have elected officials afraid to vote for something useful or creative because they are deathly afraid of losing donations for their next campaign. Worse, they wrap themselves in their religion and condemn others who don't think exactly as they do. No Tea Party for me, no Democratic Party. I'll be joining the Silent Majority in the Independent Party. And *all* elected officials should fear the 2012 election. Your time is up.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • dlk

      well said. thank you.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. William king

    The media needs to examine the source of the anti Obama anything policy of the Republican party, I think you will find it's based on racial politics in other words oppose the Black man with the funny name because he's not a true American.

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

      Well said. I agre, I agre, I agree.

      Thank you

      July 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Disgusted beyond all

    I am so disgusted with this mess. I don't think Obama has been a good president by any means but he is right about this. The debt ceiling issue is about meeting our obligations on money already spent not new spending and the republicans have no business nearly destroying our standing in the world by making this an issue. I will never vote for a republican again even if it means I have to vote for Obama. Even though he has not been a great or even very good president he at least knows the right thing to do here for the good of the country, Cantor and Boehner and other idiots don't care about the damage. The would have the entire middle class living in cardboard boxes if they could make abortion, and gay illegal and give tax cuts to themselves and rich buddies.

    DISGUSTED – Boehnor, Cantor, Palin, Beck and the rest of the nuts go to he ll

    July 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. peter e klein

    Regardless of who is stalling the proceedings, bringing the country this close to the precipice is a travesty and it is time to gut the entire government! Recall the House, the Senate and elect a new president. Any group has to be better than the Little Rascals and Petey running the place now!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. truthstrangerthanfiction

    It is very easy for someone from another country to come and work, gain US citizenship, advance their life in the US. It is not very easy for a person with US citizenship to go over and/or work and gain citizenship in another country. Their countries protect themselves, the US will fall because we don't protect ourselves. We are not doing the intelligent stuff like China, for example, does in order to take care of itself. The US has been consumed by individual personal greed in mass and the US does not take care of itself as a country.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      So true.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      We are a nation of immigrants and our's is a unique story. It is a source of strength not weakness and unless you're native American you and your ancestors have benefited as well.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Norma Bradshaw

    Mitch McConnell stated on TV "Our goal is to beat Obama". The Tea Party and the Republicans will take the country down to do it.

    The Supreme Court sold us out with their ruling that lets Corporations buy elections. They are funding the Tea Party!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      Absolutely! All the rich and the Repubs care about is themselves. Their already dividing up the land among themselves.

      Early 20th century, anyone?

      July 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady

      Yeap !!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ray Culp

    We need to stop electing folks who sign pledges to do or not do anything. You'll never get a job doing that now would you! How about we take the Pledge of Allegiance to United States of America.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Linda Black-Ochsenbein

    Simple way to contact your representatives in Congress? Congress.org. Enter your info, reply to the email in your in box, and the link they send will give you the list of your reps, with links underneath that say "send message".

    –You can also contact Speaker Boehner (I did Saturday, although I had to take the snail-mail address and send the message the old-fashioned way). Probably can't access Boehner's website now though. I checked today and it's been down for me.

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