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. Castiel

    Really beginning to wish that supposed 'rapture' had actually happened.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ELLIE


      July 27, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |

    Got the answer! 'member how ol Rummy fixed that 2.3 trillion dollar debt that the pentagon had on the day before 911? He maybe should just call up one of his alkada budies with one of them physics defyin airoplanes and send it into the capital bldg...poof-14 trillion debt gone! Where is APRIL GALLOP when we needs her???

    July 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul Master

    Because the Republicans made the grave error in tying the debt ceiling to balancing the budget, the U.S. credit rating will likely be cut thus making it more expensive for the U.S. to borrow increasing our debt even more! It is repulsive how power hungry the Republicans are – they are jeopardizing our economy (and possibly's the world economy). And they are always so negative – they do everything to make Obama look bad...trash the healthcare bill...talk about how Obama isn't doing anything for job creation...etc...yet they don't come up with any plans of their own – they can only disparage Obama and the Democrats. And all of this debt ceiling blackmail is getting us nowhere on these issues – only likely – further in debt. We need civility and respect back in our government.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill W

      The debt rating may go down even if there is a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The ceiling is not the issue anymore. Whether we cut the debt enough is.

      July 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in STL

      Lets take your statment and chnage it just a little

      Because Mrs. Master made the grave error in tying the Master's debt ceiling to balancing of their budget, the Master's credit rating will likely be cut thus making it more expensive for the Masters to borrow increasing their debt even more! It is repulsive how power hungry Mrs. Master is.

      Does that make any sense at all to you Paul???

      How about this

      The government, while being sustained buy the taxes paid by the American people, voted today to increase the payment required from each tax payer by 8% to sustain the new debt load that was place on them by the government of the United states.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John in Boston

      The US rating has already been cut by some minor rating agencies. Meeting the deadline is arguably less important than coming up with a plan that will convince the agencies we are serious about paying down the debt.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hyperdog

    Boehner has become a pathetic puppet for the extreme right "tea partiers" who have completely abused the meaning of that point in history. Businesses, corporations, and the wealthy enjoy the low taxation the US imposes, ranked 23rd out of 28 post-industrial nations. This is the republicans playing "chicken" with our entjre country, while us corporations are amassing unprecidented cash reserves, and Walmart heiresses are worth billions in personal wealth. Walmart corp and family amasses great wealth on the backs of poorest americans, but can't pay 3% more in taxes??? I am not buying that one bit.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hyperdog

    In addition, all the republicans I have seen interviewed lately have demonstrated blatant verbal gymnastics with interviewer questions in order to appear to "own" a point of argument. It is truly corrupt and an abuse of every citizen and tax payer in this country from whom they receive their overly bloated paychecks.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dzzzzzs

    It is disgusting to see what the Republicans are doing. It seems in addition to playing politics, they look to me to be God awful prejudiced. No, I am a Caucasian. As for Boehner, that fool looked like he was going to bust out laughing as his bull ended yesterday. I was an Independent voter, I will NEVER vote for any Republican again. Beside that, this whole bit of child's play doesn't help any other governmental work to get accomplished. It is all a Republican Circle Jerk, Tea Party Members take turns being the pivot man! None of these jerks should be re-elected.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. rightwingrick

    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.”
    Please tell me you are joking. Recent polls by numerous independent organizations show that most Americans favor Obama's approach on this issue (by large margins), and most Americans understand that only by both cutting costs AND raising revenue can our national debt problems be truly addressed. Balance. Not that difficult a concept.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. keepit_straight

    I am an unemployed electrical engineer. I have not been able to find full-time steady work for over two years. Now that there are job openings showing up I am being told by recruiters and HR people that I am not hirable because I have been off work too long. The one major thing that has help me stay sane and positive for the most part is that my retirement funds have been doing fairly well through most of my period of unemployment. Now I suppose most of retirement funds will go away as well. I have up to now refrained from allowing myself to be filled with anger or hate but I swear I will never forgive the republican party, the teabaggers , and the conservative right if my retirement funds end up being worth very little as a result of all their political theatrics. The above mentioned have become the scourge of this nation. The rigid adherence to an archaic ideology, the ridiculous theories about where we went wrong and what they are going to do to FIX IT which has no basis in fact or reality. The ridiculously un-qualified candidates put forth by the fringe elements and the tea party all claiming to be the one to fix everything and TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY BY GOD! From who I don't know and I don't think they do either. It has all become almost too much to bear.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • ruby

      This is real life. This is a large portion of the American public. The majority of Americans live (not strive) on $70K per family or $40k singularly or much less. The majority of us can not even attempt to image $250,000 per year or more to live on. Has the bush tax breaks increased employment for the last 10 years? So many people unemployed. Yet the republicans can justify loss in jobs if bush tax breaks are abolished for the people making $250k or more per year. Not true. Republicans are not working for the majority of the American people. Bless you keepit_straight

      July 27, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jose Hernandez

    It has become more than imperative that this country needs to compromise and meet in the middle. In this day and age, I find it simply disheartening to see people like Boehner make a joke out of the country simply because of their own antiquated and decadent mindsets. It saddens me so much to see this happen, and I have not even achieved full citizenship yet. I am merely a permanent resident who is scared for not only me but for everyone who lives in this country. To see someone speak to the country about not "giving in" when it is not only the right time, but the most demanding time to do so is just making me sick to my stomach. I really hope that this ends well.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hawaiiantime

    Solution.....pull troops out of Afganistan......stop dumping millions into others countries to fight wars and take care of our own. Take care of the elderly, homeless, Vets & our debt.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jennifer

    As a UK citizen watching the fiasco meetings in DC at the moment – and without understanding fully all the intricacies of US politics, all I know is that this is really a battle of power, rather than a battle for what is best for the US people. The Reps want to heavily tax ordinary citizens and are against the Dems taxing the corporately super rich. The Reps real agenda seems to me to be that they get a lot of money from the very rich to further their presidential campaign – without this money they might find it a bit more difficult to run a successful campaign and get into power. They also want to put O'B in a bad light, again, so they can be certain to be voted in. Meanwhile Rome is burning whilst they squabble – and that includes the rest of the world who will be affected by their delays in reaching an agreement. We in EU already have our fair share of financial deficits – if the US don't get their act together the results will be catastrophic for EVERYONE not just US. Please US get your act together!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. looknclick

    Would be interesting to see the following numbers: what was the increase in the each congressman net wealth after joining congress. Can it be accomplished? Can our free press take onto this task?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. ELLIE


    July 27, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. The Ghost

    As Boehner stated, his #1 agenda was to force this president out of office – not to create jobs, not to cut the national debt, not to come up with a better health care plan, not to benefit this country in any way, but to play another political game while the U.S. burns......

    July 27, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. gary

    Which is better: one incompetent leader or a whole Congress full of them? I am afraid we have both right now.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
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