Overheard on CNN.com: Oh for the days of reasonable Republicans!
July 29th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Oh for the days of reasonable Republicans!

Exchange of the Day:

"Four Republicans responded to this article. Yes, Specter is a Republican inside and out. Way to go CNN for balanced column writing."–Hoya4Life

"But look at what even they are saying. Doesn't it make the current Republicans in Congress look like 4-year-olds?"–jeen71

Listen up Washington, we've been there

Former leading policymakers shared how they saw the debt-ceiling impasse. Among them, Democrat Arlen Specter said he would reserve invoking the 14th Amendment as a last-ditch solution. Republican David Stockman said the crisis is in the debt, not the ceiling: "The Republican 'no tax increase' position is preposterous; we are collecting less than 15% of GDP in taxes, the lowest since 1950, and spending 24% of GDP."

CNN.com readers mourned for the days of "reasonable Republicans."

RobertOKUSA said, "David Stockman, I didn't think much of you back in the early '80's, but you did a good job of summing up this problem and offering the obvious solution in only 6 paragraphs!"

jcfl said, "This is the first realistic article I have seen that nails it on the head. if we fail to listen to people that have already been there we are lost. Whether these guys are right or left is not the issue. The facts remain the facts whether they agree with our internal faith-based realities or not."

Vigla02 said, "Very interesting commentary from three Republicans. All reasonable people. (Arlen Specter IS a Republican. He was only a Democrat because the Republicans essentially kicked him out of the caucus.) I long for the days of the reasonable Republican from the '70s and '80s. John McCain is one of the last ones left. The party has been hijacked by extremists. However, I do expect when we are back up to normal voting levels, most of these tea party clowns will be removed from office and replaced by moderates of either party."

irunner said, "I consider myself a moderate Democrat but am considering becoming independent. I was pleasantly surprised that David Stockman spoke my mind. We need more of his wisdom and common sense in government!"

Hoya4Life said, "To me, Stockman's comments say it all. You cannot balance the budget long term without raising taxes on corporations, closing the tax loopholes and strengthening the middle class. The GOP says they are serious about balancing the budget. Really? Either they are lying or dumb or don't know that you have to raise the taxes and kill the Bush tax cuts to get there!"

GoodVAGuy said, "The Circus of Fools, formerly known as the U.S. Congress, is not capable of governing this country. I hope Obama uses the 14th Amendment to say,'Enough foolishness.'"

oldmark said, "Cut our military to a realistic, reasonable size, and bring all overseas troops home now. Drop all Bush tax cuts and increase Social Security contributions and real income tax on those making over $250,000 per year. Enact a new stimulus bill to repair/improve U.S. roads, bridges and electrical power distribution, providing new and well-paying jobs which will stimulate the entire economy and increase revenues by increasing taxes wages and business profits. Get rid of every Tea Party idiot in government."

paul20854 said, "Revenue is what's needed to balance the books, and cuts cannot and will not get the job done. Republicans have now crossed the line and become terrorists as defined in the Patriot Act. They have committed treason and have attempted to destroy the general welfare of the People in direct violation of their oath of office. They have proven their criminality by refusing to serve the people who elected them and the Constitution."

MPfilipina said, "As the value of your 401(k)s sinks into the abyss today, remember those ideologues in the House sent by funny-looking guys in Revolutionary War uniforms. They are about to send this country's economy into free fall and squander your life savings."

D3ADP0OL said, "Our leaders are idiots because we are idiots. We've been cutting education for decades, and now all those kids who never learned history or economics are being voted into office. When the population is so stupid they can't tell a competent leader from a sexy sound byte, you end up with a bunch of empty suit politicians who are only good at spitting rhetoric at each other."

Obama dismisses House debt plan, urges Senate compromise

With a House plan apparently dead in the water, President Obama urged Senate members to take charge of Capitol Hill's debt ceiling negotiations. Many CNN.com readers blamed the gridlock on the Tea Party, suggesting their tactics were treasonous.

sayer said, "When the terrorists attacked on 9/11, they were trying to bring down the U.S. economy. After all our blood, sweat, and tears, are we gonna let them win? Congress, say it isn't so." alexnden said, "Move over al-Qaida, the Tea Party is here."

BonnieMR said, "Compromise! As a member of the GOP, I am disgusted by Boehner and the irresponsible so-called Tea Party. Taxes must go up, entitlements and spending must go down. we will not get out of this mess overnight but Boeher and the Gang's holding the economy hostage and willing to throw us over the cliff is disgusting."

don7664 said, "America was begun with a tea party, America will be ended with the Tea Party."

1967pennant said, "Boehner's website is still not allowing comments unless you are in his district, which pretty much guarantees that he's getting a skewed and inaccurate perspective on national sentiment. I'd expect nothing less of him."

Bruner said, "If faith in America were a commodity, we'd see the price diving every day these idiots continue to stand on their unbudging positions. That in itself is damning to our continued prosperity. Everyone in the world is looking at our situation in awe. I think we're collectively in shock (except for those of us that hold ludicrous positions on either side)."

westvil1 said, "America is a country full of hate and dysfunction. We are broken, ethically exhausted and a joke to the world. Thanks, Tea Party. You certainly know how to destroy."

slapshot69 said, "So, Bush and Company start an 8-year forest fire, try to impede any effort to govern, pass tax breaks for ultra rich–never done at a time of war–then complain Obama didn't put out the fire in 6 months and the 14 trillion is his mess. No shame, just teabag mentality."

HI said, "The president should ask for an entirely clean bill giving a "1" trillion dollar debt limit increase to end the "crisis." Then he tells Congress in front of the nation they have that time to find a real solution that will pass both the Senate and the House and move us toward the goal of no deficit spending."

tambor2 said, "We're at the lowest tax rate in over 50 years."

atlantic1 said, "There are a lot of wealthy people who want to pay more. They were bailed out or helped by lobbyists and loopholes and understand that it's become very unfair. Being responsible and compassionate needs to come back into vogue."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Jane McLaughlin

    Make the deal to raise the debt ceiling NOW! How dare our elected lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, hold the American people hostage while clinging to their precious platforms for political means at our expense? This behavior is egocentric and shameful. Compromise, damn you, compromise.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chad Williams

    It would be nice to have a flat tax so the bottom 48% that doesnt pay tax gets to pay their share instead of sponging off the backs of those of us that do pay taxes.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Walter Smitty

    At least the tea party isnt trying to create a European styled socialist nanny state like Obama, Democrats, and Moveon.orgers want.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walter Smitty

    Cradle to grave government dependency.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Georgia Hull

    Legalize marijuana. Pay the farmer to grow it. Tax it. Agriculture can save America if we are allowed to. Signed a Kentucky farmer.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SPENDMO

    Boehner needs to be fired as a House Leader. The T Party doesn't have leg to stand on. They should have cut defense, social security, and medicare in December 2010 budget, instead of fighting to keep the expensive Bush Tax cuts that weren't paid for. Now they are stalling on the debt ceiling that contains the budget they just passed, when it should be raised and they should be working on next years budget. The T Party are a bunch of angry, disgruntled nuts.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GAILSY

    Do you care about the USofA? Do you love your country? While I'm not smart enough to understand the entirety of the debt crisis, I remember when the people were threatened and came together. Sometimes the problem can also be a solution: remember "WAR BONDS"? Remember the WPA and the CCC? I rest my case...

    July 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SPEND LESS

    Stop the government spending machine now!

    July 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Beth Harrison

    I do not understand how the tea party justify their extreme views? They did not win every election. They did not win with a 100% vote?

    The verbiage “job creator” is demeaning to us; we know they mean “wealthy”. When did Americans rise up to protect tax breaks for the wealthy.

    Thank you Republicans- you endangering our AAA rating, cutting Medicare, Education while causing interest rates to rise for us “non- job creators”.

    You are doing this to protect:

    GE- From paying taxes

    The Cast of Jersey Shores
    Paris Hilton
    Charlie Sheen
    And
    Casey Anthony

    From paying their fair share of taxes! Yes these precious “Job Creators must be Protected” – way to go Republicans!!

    July 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SPEND LESS

    Uh GE is a big contributor to the Democrats and Obama. The former ceo of GE is Obama's Jobs Czar and GE has anounced it is going to invest big time in China.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wait a minute...

    GE single handedly got the President elected. Now they're the bad guys? Remember your precious windmills and pig-tail light bulbs?

    July 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dittos in atlanta

    Thanks @SPEND LESS for correcting "Beth on GE

    July 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Potus

    And thank you Dittohead for bringing Rush's radical views into our government. You and his other mindless minions. Rush never even attended college, so he's qualified to run our country without even seeking office? (shaking head)

    July 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay Horn

    Rush would make a better president than the socialist in the white house we have now.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rush Limbaugh

    What the democrats will try to do, folks, is something that I've been warning my faithful viewers about for decades, and in my own demostratives way(s). Firstly, I don't even look like a Republican now do I. If i were on tv you'd swear to God that i was a democrat. Why? Because of my weight? No no no no! Nice try though and quite revealing. Because I am a democrat just like ronald Reagan was for his entire carreer before he was offered the governorship and I was offered monarchy of the airwaves. If not for my lack of education, I could very well have been president. Stay in school kids?

    July 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
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