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. Insanity007

    Bush, Reagan, and Clinton all raised the debt ceiling and this is why we are in trouble now. We have to get our spending in check and Obama has no idea what to do or he would have a plan before us instead of dividing us and pointing fingers. Boehner may be an idiot but he is doing the hard thing and that is not always the easy thing in life. This problem cannot be fixed by screwing the rich again because all they do is take more jobs and move them out of the country. None of us want to sacrifice, yet all of us must and remember it is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans that got us here it is both parties so stop thinking emotionally and realize this problem can be solved but only if we stand united. Stop this crap of compromise because the time for that is past. You who think Obama walks on water seem to forget that the majority did not want his healthcare plan and it was passed anyway with zero transparency. I as one of the middle class will be happy to pay more taxes when I see a balanced budget, secure borders, the end of wars, and less government.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      What many people fail to relize is that we are talking about bills that the USA already owes. If the dept ceiling is not raise we are declaring bankrupcy. Also it is very interesting that last night Speaker Boehner said that the President is asking for a blank check and already the GOP has TV commercials with the same pre planned line. It is easy to see the strategy is to repeat it until it becomes the truth.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT1962

      The majority didn't want the health care plan because the Republicans did their normal fear and panic routine about it. Most of the stuff that they said it contained wasn't anywhere in the plan. I know, I've read the entire damn thing.
      As for the rich taking the tax cuts and giving us jobs, bull. They take the cuts and STILL move the jobs to where it's cheaper labor. The bottom line to this is that the corporations and rich have to stop getting tax cuts and loopholes that allow them to pay less taxes than most of the middle class. It's asinine when a major company like GE gets away with paying practically nothing and a friend of mine who makes $62k a year gets stuck paying nearly 2k in taxes. And you think this is what's right???

      July 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GeriP

    They obviously need a third party to judge the fairness of the best plan. Bring on the Supreme Court like they did the Bush/Gore fiasco.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. had2inNJ

    After reading all the post here blaming the others party line( Dems vs. Reps) the readers here are the same as the people on the Hill. its the other guys fault. ....I only have one this to say on this matter..the President is there to unite the country not divide it..He has done more finger pointing than any president before him. its always the other guys fault. .It's a shame He's half the man he said he was.....

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

      yeah, skillet meet kettle.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Where have you been?? 'More than any other president'? Did you just hatch straight out of a cabbage patch? Politics have been like this for every single president, ever.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady

      Well, somebody had to tell the truth. W.Bush put us here. The collapse of our economy was groomed under his goverment, with all his measures to ensured his friends and colleges got widely benefited at the expense of middle and working class.

      People BUSH GOT US HERE, wake up and remember. Were you paying attention?

      July 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Republicans won't compromise on matters of principle. Is not Compromise a key principle in our democracy? Such autocratic. dictatorial representation cannot be allowed to stand. The country is being held hostage to a principle that benefits only a narrow part of the population. And at a time when the the disparity between the rich and the rest of the country continues to grow wider and wider! And yet the population continues to be suckered by arguments that identify Big Government as the enemy. Smaller Government only benefits the wealthy, as they will enjoy even more potent domination of such government, and protection of their interests to the detriment of the rest of us. It is simply beyond comprehension that such a significant percentage of "the rest of us" do not understand this, and act against our own interests.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeniorMoment

      I actually never expected to see the day when Republicans would break a previous firm agreement with the President, but that is exactly wha they did by agreeing to one spending level for the current budget year which ends in September, while denying the means to pay the bills those very appropriations resulted in. It is truely shameful behavior, and it will seriously damage our nation around the world, no matter how the debt ceiling votes turn out.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SeniorMoment

    The Senate Republicans look far more reasonable than the House Republicans, but both will be tarred by the House's refusal to honor the appropriations bills it passed for the current budget year as part of the previous negotiations with President Obama. Perhaps the GOP will now be called the National Party of Shame and Dishonor. This debt ceiling business is not about future spending as it is about payign for what the Republican House previously agreed to for the current budget year.

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

    What about a Global Jubilee? Forgiveness of all debts, public and private.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeniorMoment

      What about if your own retirement plan and your own employer is the owner of those debt obligations? That is actually what you are talking about because U. S. Treasury debt is broadly held from U. S. savings bonds to 30 day Treasury bills. It may soudn tantalizing but it has no appeal in practice. However, I wish that instead of bailing out banks and companies over bad debt the government had just made the monthly payments until everythign could have been sorted out. I am pretty sure it would have been less expensive than even President G. W. Bush's nearly $1 trillion giveaway plus the Federal Reserve's loan of money at zero percent interest to banks so they could loan it to us at rates ranging from 6% to 30% APR.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      How much will those savings bonds be worth when we finally default? Whether it is next week or a decade from now it is quickly becoming inevitable. Maybe we will be the first empire in history to catch ourselves before we collapse ourselves, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting on that outcome.

      July 27, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. HoldTheirPay

    American People have to be tired of this political battle which is never-ending! I know as a hard working American who goes to work everyday is obligated to do my job which benefits the company I work for. If I don't perform to expectation, the company has two choices: Fire Me or Cut my Pay.

    Why is it that these politicians Republican or Democrats can go to work in our government office and still expect to get paid for a below Par job. Each Politician who is involved in this Power Battle showdown should voluntarily STOP accepting their paychecks for the trouble they are about to cause this country. These politicians are watching out for themselves and NOT the people who ask them to serve for us. This is true Mockery of our nation and it has to stop!!! I say America needs a new Party: The Common Man Party!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TJC

    The President and the Democratic policies have given us 2 years of misery with no end in sight. The health care debacle was a single-party cram-down. The extra trillion per year in spending was supposed to be (and is still claimed to be) "temporary. Why should the Republicans not fight to stop the current policies that are tragically taking away opportunities for so many of our citizens? Call me insensitive, but I do not buy that 40% of our citizens are so incapable of being productive that they can pay no taxes and need government handouts. The Democrats zeal to give handouts (in return for votes) to everyone takes way from the disabled and ill who truly need help.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Billy

    Both republicans and democrats are selfish parties. They are not only destroying American economy, they are also screwing worlds economy. God bless America and World.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jersey

    Not for nothing, but both parties have proven to irrelevant - they no longer work for the American people. It is time for a drastic change to our dysfunctional government. They really all are that stupid.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kemden

    Repub voters now getting a taste of who they voted for. It's not funny but it is funny

    July 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiki

      The trust fund Republicans are freaking out that their mindless minions are threatening to destroy the world economy. It is like when Dr Frankenstein has his monster turn against him!

      July 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. oldtexasguy

    I am tired of all the BS in Washington. I wish people would remember that only the Congress of the USA has the power to budget and spend money. The Congress put us into this condition. Not the President, not any of the the Presidents – Democrat or Republican. The Congress stole Trillions from Social Security with no plan on how to pay it back when it was needed. I don't buy the current Congress line that "I was not in office then". Too bad chumps, you sit in their seats now and inherit their complicit guilt. Fix this!! I for one will vote against any one of you ever holding office again and hope millions of people feel the same. The betrayal is total and all of us are paying for you to become wealthier on our backs. Compromise is not a swear word in my life. Perhaps in Boehner's but not mine or any of my friends. God bless the USA and help us get all or most of these stupid SOBs out of office.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liz

    I, like everyone in this country, would love to see this resolved and I think if any of these politicians poke out of their little bubble for maybe 5 min and listen to their country they would see what EVERYONE wants is a solution. The only way to get that is compromise and if you were the one who came up with it, signed it, worked on it you would be seen as a hero!!! That is the sort of re-election thinking these people should be having! Whomever solves this, or is a part of solving this, will be seen as a breath of fresh air, relief, what have you. But 2012 will be an amazing year for them. Give up the hard line political ideals on both sides, there's a time and a place for that, and this is not it.

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

    It took us a long time to get here; we can't point in any one place, now, and say 'blame this person' and hold on to reason. I realize the impulse to do that is strong, and the sitting president is always the one who takes the brunt of that. No matter what your political affiliation, it's clear we have a ways to go. But it's going to take a while to get back out. There are no miracles coming, only a long stretch of hard work and actually working together. There is no quick fix. But we have to start somewhere, and I hope they figure that out sooner rather than later. The rhetoric and posturing needs to stop – that's the real enemy in all this.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Linda Nishanian

    We need our elected representatives to WORK TOGETHER to come to a compromise. I am so tired of all of the bickering and each party holding the other hostage over their agendas. The he said, she said is so frustrating. My neighbor, an elderly lady keeps asking me if they can take her Social Security away from her. It is her only income. Also, I have decided that I can afford to die because I have life insurance, but I can not afford to get sick because I can't afford health insurance. I mentioned only two of many difficult issues that need to be addressed but in order to make any progress the bickering has to stop.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldlady


      The bickering is an expression of our frustration. I rely on my S.S. I have money to pay the next rent, but after that, if I don't get my check I can't pay rent, insurances, health care an so on.

      Maybe we are all going down to hell, at least, most of us will be together.....and if that's the case, I don't think the Republicans will find a brilliant future.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
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