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. T. Perry

    Why do Republicans keep comparing the U.S. Government to privater companies, or to American families, when it comes to budgeting the money?? Please show me a company or family who has the OBLIGATIONS of the Government. If we want to forget about the Elderly, the needy, the retirees, our Medical system, and countless other programs to protect our citizens, then YES, by all means STOP spending money! The Republican fools will have nobody left to "represent"!

    July 27, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ambrose

      How right you are sir. It is not Social Security, Medicare, Medicade or Vetrans benefits that are the cuurrent problem – they may or may not be in the future but they certainly are not the problem at presend. So why are they being raised as the hyenas at our throats with radical extremists wanting to gut the social safety net to pay off other debts? Might I point out that there are those who would sink this nation rather than lose the golden eggs enriching themselves and cohorts? We have a very glaring broken import/export system of handling duties. The US collects 2.5% in uncoming goods – the US pays 20 to 25% duty on its exports to other nations. No one in Washington is talking about the import/export imbalance. Fixing it, along with pulling back from very expensive wars/nation building and ending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy would go a long way in paying off the deficit in less than 10 years. So why isn't this conversation about solving our current debt problem stemming from money already spent on these four money pits?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • CLilly

      I had the same thought myself this morning, that if the Tea Party has its way, will there be no need for representation for there will be no taxes coming in to spend.

      Power seems to have gone to the heads of our freshmen representatives. Yes, "business as usual" sometimes has its drawbacks, but experience and willingness to compromise always has its place.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • CeoLiberty

      in my family we take care of each other. We dont need the govt to do anything but stay out of our lives. that is why you have family. FYI granny wont get social security cause it was spent by politicians she elected so now she will have to live with her decisions unless we stop paying foreign countries but that is too hard of a decision to make since obama wants the world to like us.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. America First

    From this morning’s report – "It comes down to the willingness (of Republicans) to stand together," Boehner said. "This is the path to victory for the American people." Wrong! It comes down to the willingness of ALL Americans, regardless of political affiliation, to work together in a spirit of compromise so that the American people can win. Standing together in polarized groups leads to a house divided which surely will fall.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Its time that American Politicians get back to work... If America can pay all there bills then the first pay checks not to be paid should be the President, the Senators, and the Congress... See how fast they come up with a deal when they are not getting a pay check!

      July 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Danny Fullager

    What's ironic to me is that everyone talks about dollar figures, but no one talks about how we spend. It's okay to run deficits if you're spending that money on infrastructure and labor that generates residual revenue. It's not okay to run deficits if you're going to print a bunch of money and give it to bankers who will, in short order, not invest it into the economy in a socially beneficial manner. Balancing the budget is a noble ideal, but the very act of doing so could literally incur more opportunity cost than continuing to run a manageable deficit. It seems to me like the U.S. population is trying to armchair quarterback a game of economics that they don't understand.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Beth S.

    Weak Federal government? Ah yes, a return to the good old middle-ages, when we huddled masses knew our place in life. I wonder if this is the goal of the extreme right? Our political system has been hijacked.

    July 27, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Boehner is a thief

    July 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. classy lady

    We need revenue raising. We need to quit pretending that no family borrows or gets a second job. We need to fix Social Security by taxing all earned and unearned income ( I have both) for Soc Sec. We need to correct Mediacare by raising c0-pays proportionate to income. We did NOT elect Grover Norquist to run the country, but he is running the Republican. I am an independent, but I would not vote for a Republican who took Grover's pledge

    July 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. C. Canales

    D.C. ought to be ashamed of themselves, no one is winning, sound like spoiled brats wanting their own side to win, as if there should even be sides. I thought one nation, under God? The world is watching, I thought we were the "example" to the world. This is nothing more then foolisness from the pit of hell. Why do we even vote any one into office?????

    July 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    My only question is, how will politicians manage to get their respective feet from their mouths when their heads are up their asses on August 3?

    July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    I love the "pot, kettle, black" argument made by gman90210. I guess to be a millionaire in his mind you have to have an annual income of $1mm, rather than a net worth. Who's bad at math now? Millionaires (people with a net worth greater than $1mm) frequently make over $250k a year. And anyone paying attention knows that "the can" has been kicked 74 times in nearly 50 years by republicans and democrats alike. You can wake up or continue to buy Boehner's populist BS.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A Thought

    Ever wonder what the unemployment rate would look like with a Budget balanced based on spending alone? Think about all those good folk at KBR, SAIC, CACI, Accenture and on and on that would be unemployed. Not that i think running up the deficit for a services (as opposed to infrastructure) program is all that smart, but the only place to throttle back easily is in the armies of contractors and consultants that flood the government.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SSG

    CA passed an initiative where we cut off the Legislature's paychecks for every day the budget was late. It was amazing how fast they got their act together!

    "Job creators"?...Ok. Let's have two corporate tax rates: 25% for companies with 100 or fewer employees, and 50% for larger companies. Then let them have a credit based on the number AND tenure of their US employees. (That will send GE a tax bill; they paid zero tax last year, and just closed their X-ray plant in WI, because they are building a new one in ....China!)

    July 28, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. frespech

    Seems like a straight across the board cut of maybe 3% per year for the next 5 years with a return to pre Bush era tax rates would be a fairly simple approachg to compromise. Iknow those pesky tea party members want know tax increase. But really there are less than 60 of them.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    What the hell is wrong with the GOP in general and Tea Party in particular? How can anyone claim to "love democracy" and then attempt to hijack the democtratic process when they do not control the Senate or Presidentacy? If it's fiscal stability you desire, then you should help the US maintain its credit rating and commensurate low interest rates. We won't even get into the moral debate about paying your just debts. If you want to cut spending, don't vote for a budget that is excessive.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nora

    This crisis of stupidity has cost the Republicans my vote. I am going to change my registration to Democrat. I think the Republicans, especially the Tea party. are committing suicide.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peter

    Congress needs to remember:
    Their bill is overdue if they were going to propose should and been addressed/presented Months ago to give ample time to digest and negotiate.

    This extreme debt was from last term and congress should own up and compromise. The ole "don't throw stones if you live in a glass house."

    July 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
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