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. Lori - PA

    I've been watching the news in regards to the debt ceiling debacle, and there are some things I can’t believe politicians aren’t ashamed of.

    1. That Republicans would allow themselves to be held “hostage” by one person, Grover Norquist, when it comes to taxes. When did Republicans forget that they are supposed to represent all of the people that voted for them? And why do they still refuse to listen when they know that the majority of voters are angry with their inability to compromise?

    2. That the President, Congress, and Senate waited until the last minute to deal with the debt ceiling issue.

    3. That both political parties haven’t really done anything in regards to jobs creation. No jobs means no taxes that are collected which means, especially with constant spending, an ever growing national deficit.

    As things stand now, when I vote next year, I will be darkening the circle next to write in, and then writing, “None of the above”. I’m that fed up with the President, Congress, and Senate.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      They must all be fired. They have psychologically tortured us and must suffer the consequences. The worst Congress in US history. Obama is a loser as well.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • AprilMorning

      I'm wondereing why this page did not give me the option to post a comment, I am reduced to replying to someone. This article is obviously slanted very much to President Obama's & the Democrats side, and just wanted to say that I AM FOR THIS ADMINSTRATION GETTING IT'S SPENDING UNDER CONRTOL. Obama himself voted against raising the deb ceiling. It's stupid and wrong...If you can't even make the minimum payment on your credit card bills, the last thing you should be doing is asking for an increase on your credit limit. However, I understand that it has to happen, and in exchange for commiting our middle-class children to that debt, the government has to stop overspending. It's really not that hard.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BelleTX

    I am disgusted by the tactics being used by the Republicans to bring this country and the duly elected President to its knees. They don't give a "hoot" about the average citizen who is one job/paycheck/SS benefits from the food pantry!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cindy

    Americans are frustrated?? Ya think?? Doesn't even come close. WE ARE FED UP!!!!!!!!!!! FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    This is a nightmare. I am a republican and I think that the republicans don't make sense this time. What happens to fairness?
    After listening to Bonher last night, I was disapointed with the comments of a man who is supposed to be intelligent. So I am wondering and having second thought. Does my party care about the people of this Country(the Americans) or do they just have an agenda to get rid of Obama? I think that if there is no compromise between the two parties; the Country and it's people will suffer. So I say to the Republicans:" Stop digging your own graves and engage in positive compromises"

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

      Dave,
      You got it. They have an agenda with Obama and are willing to sacrifice all of us to meet that goal. And why? An intelligent noble human being trying to compromise and do the best for the common people and this country, ..............but, he is black !!!!!
      We are still drawning in racism.

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

    I maxed out my credit card and then demanded they increase my credit limit. The credit card company refused. I don't understand!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • n900mixalot

      And they probably also told you that if you pay more per month (your fair share) and stop complaining about how much your monthly payment is toward your credit card bill, they WILL increase your limit as well ... but you weren't listening.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joyce

    WHO do these people think they are? Using the American public in their game of "politics"?? Anyone else would be fired in a second. My resentment toward the Republican party is most likely irreversible. They stick to those tired and lame talking points no matter what...do they think we are stupid or what?
    IIt is pathetic that all of the Republicans running are so quiet and when they do speak, they are condensending. Pawlenty has the nerve to call the President "chicken"...look in the mirror dude! I can hear your clucking all the way from Texas. And oh yeah...John McCain, and all the rest of the establishment...cowering in the corner.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sarah R

    What is so frustrating about this is that these people are behaving like teenagers on a playground, not mature adults working through problems. I don't know about Mr. Boehner, but when I sit down at a table to work out a problem I don't exacerbate the problem by taking the major problem-solvers off the table right off the bat. I don't go in talking ideology thick enough to put a thinking person under the table in a coma. Get over yourselves people! You are public servants, not teenagers in a turf war!

    While I may not agree with Mr. Obama about everything he has said and done during his time in the White House, I can say that he has shown real maturity and leadership in his (several) attempts to get these children together to work on the problem. Unfortunately the people he has to work with are so caught up in their own little world they are unable to follow his lead. This is ridiculous. Grow up people- your actions are only making you look stupid.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ZubA

    The August 1st 11:59pm bill should be TO DO AWAY WITH THE DEBT LIMIT CEILING ALL TOGETHER!!! If you guys in Congress can't act like grown ups and come to a solution, then you surely shouldn't have the power to blow up the US and world economically. Madness, pure madness. Strip these fools of this power now!

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

    Those of you swallowing the Republican Cool-Aid regarding taxes being too high and the need for further tax cuts to stimulate the economy and create job, would do well to do 10 minutes of research and acquaint yourselves with the tax rates that existed during the Great Prosperity (1947-1975). That period covers the most prosperous time in American history and corporate taxes were MUCH HIGHER than they have been since the "Great Communicator" started the great Wealth Redistribution program that has effectively eliminated the hopes of the middle class in this country!! Ahhh, if only more people took the time to educate themselves there would not be so many easily manipulated into voting against their own best interests.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady

      Thank you Pepinium.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Colin

    Remember who put us in the poor economic position we are in now, remember who the general population had to bail out and suffer home losses, unemployment and emotional pain, remember who now gets the large bonuses and salaries, think about who is stalling the economic reform on Wall street through aggressive lobbying – When you have answered these questions it becomes very clear who should eb supported. Big business executives versus the people – who will win. Obama may not be perfect, but at least he trying to find a way out, the others just want to further cushion their nests

    July 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pepinium

    Those of you swallowing the Republican Cool-Aid regarding taxes being too high and the need for further tax cuts to stimulate the economy and create jobs, would do well to do 10 minutes of research and acquaint yourselves with the tax rates that existed during the Great Prosperity (1947-1975). That period covers the most prosperous time in American history and corporate taxes were MUCH HIGHER than they have been since the "Great Communicator" started the great Wealth Redistribution program that has effectively eliminated the hopes of the middle class in this country!! Ahhh, if only more people took the time to educate themselves there would not be so many easily manipulated into voting against their own best interests.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • n900mixalot

      For some reason, nobody wants to admit that very point. You are exactly right, and I would also add that people paid off their entire mortgages in a shorter period of time AND made far less money per year than we do (or are supposed to) now. We are all living beyond our means, but defaulting is not the answer at this point.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AprilMorning

      Gee, let me guess...you've never owend a business in the US, and have absolutely no idea how high those tax bills are? Just income taxes, mind you. Then you have Payroll Taxes and such...vacation pay, sick pay. Oh! and let's not forget Obamacare! Providing insurance for your employees was expensive enough before that, and it will only get more expensive as more of the laws in the "you have to pass it to find out what's in it" bill goes into effect.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruby

      Thank you

      July 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    If we default and have to decide what bills to pay, I say the best way to get action is to hold up the pay of the entire
    Congress, including the President and VP, until they get something done. Why should my mother-in-law have to beg for
    her measley Social Security check of $985/month while these clowns get paid for doing nothing. I say hold their checks and we'll see some action.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      My mom worked hard all her life and didn't even get that much, so she lived with me. We should never reduce our elderly citizens to worrying about how to live after they've spent a life keeping this place going.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jman

    Man has responsibility, not power.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • n900mixalot

      Uh, that guy in Norway sure had a lot of power and probably still does among the crazies out there who want to do nothing but prove their points by harming others.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Samuel Black

    It saddens me that the party that once ended slavery has now become the largest bunch of crooks in the world. It is shameful that Boehner blatantly holds the nation hostage to advance the will of his friends on Wallstreet and the country club. Its time that the wealthy paid their share and that the myth of the "job creators" be thrown out the door. The only jobs that big corporations are creating these days pay minimum wage or are in India. The idea that the rich should pay less because they have "earned" their money is utter baloney. If hard work had any correlation with economic success than the single moms working three jobs to support themselves and their children would be billionaires while the fatcat CEO's begged on the streets.
    If you are a common person voting for the Republicans wake up and smell the coffee. They dont represent the middle class, they dont represent the lower class; they only help those who already have the power and means to help themselves.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady

      Yes, yes, yes. But Republicans beat around the bush and never call things by their true name. That's their bate for the un-informed. That's why they don't support public education, to keep people ignorant and easy to fool.
      Their say is: keep the goverment small, that worked when business was honest and not so greedy, but now, what they are really saying is, don't support the goverment so there is no check and balance and we can rob you without a problem and nobody notices. After all common people are not real human beings, they were made to be servants.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. markiejoe

    Although I certainly am frustrated, I can only wag my finger and say "See, that is what you get for electing those people." I think particularly of my neighboring State of Wisconsin, which turned from a sky blue state to a blood red Tea Party state, and I have no sympathy. What do you expect when you send inexperienced idealogues and zealots to Washington?

    Next time a candidate says they absolutely will not compromise, don't vote for them. Governing is an art, built on compromise.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady

      I agree. But us americans have a short term memory and are addicted to quick fixes. A big mayority FORGOT that Bush put us in this hole, war in Irak, the tax cut for the rich and corporations.......we forgot..........and evryone started blaming Obama.

      Get prepared, the Republicans are going to turn us into a banana republic.

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