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. Charles

    The current impasse over the US borrowing ceiling and the overall national debt situation between Congress and the White House is simply put foolish. In my view, the hallmark of acceptable national leadership is to deal with such issues in a reasoned fashion – yet neither branch of government nor political party seems capable of doing so, much less able to reach a compromise. While unfettered borrowing makes little sense while the imbalance between income and expenses is unresolved, nonetheless in the interim increased borrowing is and will be necessary. This provides the time (and resources) needed to properly deal with the situation and arrive at a resolution that will work. But it appears that none of our collective elected representatives can grasp this fundamental, and so we sit with the threat of needless consequences while all point fingers at the other. So let me make myself plain. Failure to act in the required time frame by any and all of our elected government to solve the current budget issue is unacceptable to this citizen, tax payer and voter. Further, such failure will mean that as their ‘employer’ I will take appropriate action by not voting for them – ever.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      It would hurt us a lot, as we didn't see it coming & aren't prepared, but I for one hope the Democrats for once grow a spine & don't give in to this extortion. It will be very hard not to do- as I believe they are the true Patriots who really care about this country & it's people (even if they can be faulted with being TOO compassionate sometimes). So- from this Independent household- Please stay the course & for once FIGHT for us!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob jones

    sorry, meant it's pretty "obvious"

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hereinthedesert

    Until the Health Care Reform Bill is on the chopping block dont say The Dems are compromising. they have several issues they are not willing to put on the table. and why keep pushing the debt ceiling up? I wish I could could just "borrow" 2.4 Trillion dollars whenever I need too. I live on a balanced budget...so should the country. Welfare...gone. unwanted forced upon us Healthcare...gone. Help the people in the US...not EVERY other country we bail out and forgive debt and loan billions to.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Donna Sears

    John Boenner is letting a few freshman congressmen endanger the world economy. What is he thinking??? The founding fathers never foresaw this kind of self-serving obstructionism. Of course we need an intelligent BALANCED approach to reduce the nation's debt. Of course we need to raise the debt ceiling. Of course this crisis should NOT be repeated in 6 months. The men and women in congress WORK FOR US. They were elected to represent US and protect the United States of America, NOT to make political decisions in order to protect their jobs!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marian

    I have voted republican for the last few elections.....I will NEVER vote for that party again!...We, the majority of Americans, are LIVID with you...be assured of that! Since when did our elected officials become so isolated and deaf to middle class Americans that they actually believe we (who consist of the majority of the voting public) support their unwillingness to compromise and act in good faith as representatives of the majority of folks who elected them? This is not a party for the people by the people...it is a party for republicans by republicans....my children, my parents, my friends, will pay for your arrogance....you are sealing your own fate in the process, as you have made it clear where your priorities are and who they are....enjoy your time in public office, as you will not get another after the next election.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      When we vote them out they get to keep their salary for life. So why would they care. That is the first thing that should be cut, where else can you work and when you leave the job for whatever reason you get to keep getting paid for the rest of your life. Gives whole new meaning to entiltlement.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MiddleOfTheRoad

    The President needs to take a stand and not a just take a side...He needs to put in writing what he is willing to give up an his double talk does not count..

    "House - You WILL give up x,y,z" .....and you will deal with it
    "Senate - You WILL give up x,y,z" .....and you wil ldeal with it

    And then if/when they still don't listen they all need to be fired..

    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anon

    When will the dems realize that you can't spend more than you take in? Democrats had the house and the senate and failed to pass the budget. Short sited dems also failed to raise the debt ceiling. Why should the rich be FORCED to give more when they work harder to earn it. It's not like they just got magically rich – they earned it.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      You worked harder for your money? Really tell that to the person out there breaking his back in the heat and cold. Tell that to the roofer, concrete layer. How selfish. Not saying that you don't work hard, just no harder than any other person.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KatR

    I have emailed my senators and urged them to follow the presidents lead for a balanced approach. I couldn't email my rep in the House, where all the trouble is heavily centered, as she is still recovering from her wounds. So...I thought I would email Speaker Boehner....but couldn't even bring up the contact page. So....I tried emailing Cantor. After typing my message and clicking the submit button the web page froze. I was forced to end the process thereby canceling my request. Can't wait to see the stats on what we the people are asking in this email/phone call onslaught. Hopefully, the communication clog up in the House is the result of the majority of Americans urging them to do what's right for the country rather than adhere to a pledge they signed to Norquist.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. northern statesman

    Two party systems are insane. There is no 'right and wrong' to every issue. USA needs issues based democracy.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lars

    Why in the world do so many love the president's way of doing things. He and his party didn't put a budget out there for two years and now you want to follow him? The intellect and insight so many lack is totally amazing. Hasn't anyone followed this for the last two and a half years?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      Yes, I have. The problem was that the Dems never had a filibuster proof majority and at the time they were going to work on a budget the Repubs threatened with filibustering once again (a record # of filibusters have occurred since Obama took office). Also, unlike Repubs, Dems are individuals that vote as individuals, not as a collective party, so the Blue Dog Dems were a little obstructive in their own right. This is not the President's fault that's for sure.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. veggiedude

    I know many Republicans who have told me they will now vote for Obama because of this mess.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thorne

    Disband the EPA? Were you dropped on your head? I like having clean water and air. So do my kids.
    How about we start with reducing military spending and shelving NCLB? No? Cause YOU like it right?
    I think this pretty simple. We need to cut spending AND increase revenue. Hmmm I wonder who offered that solution?
    I really liked the comment about Obama giving the GOP everything they wanted EXCEPT for his impeachment. It hit the nail square on the head for me. Boehner has pulled off a miracle though. I never thought in a thousand years I would ever vote a straight Democrat ticket. 2012 can't get here fast enough.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike in ATL

    Amazing that so many can all hear something entirely different from one man. It is pointless to waste time on this blog and pointless to call our politicians. Start drinking....heavily....maybe by the time I/we sober up this will be resolved in an amicable manner. If not, keep drinking. It is better to be numb until 2012.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Emily

    The United States is being held hostage by a small minority – the radical tea partiers – they represent a small minority of the population, yet their views are being pushed over the views (apparent via recent polling) of the overwhelming majority of Americans. These folks were elected to do what's best for the nation – not a small portion of the population. This is also a catastrophe of their CHOOSING – the debt limit has been raised nearly 90 times, without this type of damage. You broke it, you own it republicans – it's just too bad that the working class folks are the ones that will pay for their careless political games.

    It stands to reason that the republicans would deliberately cause economic disaster, winning elections are their priority you know. They're particularly apt at trashing the economy and inflating the debt and deficit – they've got a lot of experience with it, it's kind of in line with their history. Why on earth would we give them any level of trust in righting the situation? Their economic ideology is a proven failure – 30 years of it – why on earth are they given any credability on the subject?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB402L

      The country got along just fine for the 50 yrs that the Congress was totally in control by Democrats!!! These are the "Good Old Days" that the Republicans are so fond of- and want to take us back to! They just forgot that they didn't cause them. Let's give them what they want.....back to an all Democrat Congress!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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