Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger
December 20th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Congress showed little sign of resolving its partisan standoff Tuesday over the payroll tax cut extension as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure expressing disapproval of a Senate plan, and leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate insisted they won't go along with a new House proposal.

The House motion, passed in a virtual party-line 229-193 vote, called for the dispute to be immediately taken up by a House-Senate conference committee - something already ruled out by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

House Republicans on Tuesday passed a motion calling for further negotiations on the payroll tax cut, disagreeing with a Senate measure that called for a two-month extension. Only Republicans supported the motion in the 229-193 vote.

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The Senate voted 89-10 in favor of a two-month tax-cut extension Saturday - a fallback plan designed to give both sides more time to negotiate - but that short-term compromise has slammed into a conservative roadblock in the House, where rank-and-file Republicans are fuming over the short-term nature of the plan, among other things.

As the clock ticks down, nobody appears willing to bend and neither side seems to know how to break the logjam.

The latest political drama follows what seems like a year of endless debt talks and regular episodes of near-government shutdowns, and some people are simply fed up with Congress. We take a look at the frustration with government that people are sharing on both CNN.com and around the Web.

Some users commented they felt lawmakers from both parties are to blame and they planned to hold them accountable. They said that Americans have the power to vote out incumbents if they can't get anything done to help the people of this country.

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us2us: "Who do these people represent? Answer: Themselves."

marjoreemae: "It's a shame responsible people will not come together and fix what's wrong with our country. I vote not to pay these individuals. It's time we have a real voice in our government."

gadzooks: "I do hereby call for the resignation of every member of Congress."

hv19006: "I'm just not voting for any of the incumbents in the next election. They have all proved they can't get the job done, both the Senate and the House, both the Democrats and the Republicans."

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Some readers were concerned about how the tax cut would affect Social Security.  Others said a two-month-extension in general would likely do little to help.

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RickyV: "The tax cut is an attack on Social Security. It should become part of the GOP platform. It's time to out the hypocrisy of the Democrats who claim to help the 'little guy' while screwing them and poor families the whole time."

KarlinT: "I actually hate to say this. ... I am totally against the GOP but a two-month extension does what exactly?! They want a one-year extension. If you want the tax break, why would you not want it to last longer?"

Others said they thought the GOP was using the issue as a chance to push the the Keystone XL oil pipeline project.

ialsoagree: "Because they have only this week to pass any bill before the tax cuts expire. The Senate passed a two-month extension with every meaning to come back to the table in January to forge a one-year extension to the tax cut.

"Republicans saw this as an opportunity to continue ramming the gas pipeline down the throat of Americans. With any luck, (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid and the Democrats will have some backbone, stick to Reid's statement that the Senate won't negotiate further until the two-month extension is passed, and let the tax cut expire. I hate to see my own taxes go up, but come January everyone making less than 106K a year will be wondering why the party of 'no tax increases' raised their taxes."

MontanaBill: "It is not a 'tax break', it's 'I'm not funding my future Social Security' break and it has provisions for a new tax on home mortgages. Obama doesn't want the pipeline decision to have to be made until after the elections so he won't have to anger environmentalists before the vote. He will approve it, eventually. And then claim credit for the jobs."

WilliamGa: "For a worthless two-month extension, we are supposed to thank them on bent knee."

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Other readers squarely put the blame on Republicans. Some criticized the GOP for staunchly standing behind the wealthiest Americans while refusing to help those in need, something they thought was selfish. Others pointed fingers at House Speaker John Boehner.

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jnpa: "I don't know what the GOP is thinking they will gain from all of this, but I hope the American people will remember this next election and vote them all out!"

Effelbee: "So the House GOP leaders were afraid that it would pass the House so they decided not to bring it to a vote. How democratic. Their very rich bosses must not have let them, but the average American is silenced once again."

yranny0000: "Boehner won't even put this up for a vote because he is afraid that enough Republicans will bolt from the ranks to pass it, and the GOP will look like it's lost control of the House. It is truly sad considering the number of times that Boehner ... whined about Democrats playing 'political games.' "

SND: "My concerns about Boehner's motives increase daily. It's pretty much a given that his primary goal is to replace President Obama in the White House. Somehow he's determined that publicly leading the House in destroying the American economy will lead to a Republican Congress and president. From my perspective, that is exactly what will not happen in 2012. Voters will cast their ballots against anything Republican - good or bad. Boehner must have been living in an alternative universe the past several decades to have conceived such a 'strategy.' "

MET100: "A two-month extension of the payroll tax (cut) was not the perfect answer. But it was a start."

donnybp: "This is so frustrating to watch. I can't believe that these people were voted into their positions. ... Can't they just pass the extension without trying to sneak anything extra into the legislation? I, as well as many others must be, (am) just exhausted over this political show. Pass the extension, take the time off to think about what's right for the country and come back to Washington ready to pass effective legislation that's bipartisan and collectively good for the country. Stop making the country suffer for the holidays!"

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

soundoff (1,006 Responses)
  1. tedrap

    Every elected offical in for more than 1 term needs to be voted out.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jcroft

    It appears that our Congress and particularly the Republicans want to do away with the middle class. It is a shame we can't replace our entire Congress with people that are really concerned about those that elected them. Sure wish it was Nov. 2012. I'm sure Congress will see a lot of new faces that want to move our country forward. Shame on the Republicans that would rather see us go down the drain instead of governing.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    Does this mean old crusty (Reed) has to cut his vacation short and come back. Thsi guy needs to be retired and sent to the old folks home with his sister Pelosi. Funny how things can get done when old man Reed is not around.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim in Long Beach, CA

    What the F___ is going on in Congress? Answer: Absolutely NOTHING! Blah, Blah, Blah....that's all they do! Congress: Understand what is going on in the REAL world. Look outside your world of $800 suits, offices filled with antiques and catered meals. Think about the middle class and how many MILIONS are living day to day thinking about where they are getting food for their families, how they are going to pay the next months rent or mortgage, what to do if junior or our seniors gets sick and need health care? These are everyday concerns that many are faced with. Why are you arguing needlessly about unnecessary issues? Get the payroll tax cuts passed, extend unemployment, help the seniors! For GOD's sake what is wrong with your priorities? And GOP, get your head out of your A$$ and make the 1% pay a higher tax. GEEEZ, it doesn't take rocket scientist to know the 1% did not create jobs last year or this year with their extra money. EVERYONE: The GOP deserves to be voted out next time around. They are definately for the Rich (1%) and NOT for the Middle Class. What about IT? Who is behind ME?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Like I said it is only the republicans fault right. You are a moron and no one is behind you.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • john in jupiter

      I am part of the middle class, but totally disagree with trying to push off our country's spending problem on the wealthiest 1% of our population. All taxpayers have access to the same services (actually that is not true, low earners actually have access to MORE government services/programs) so how could you justify asking someone to pay higher taxes than another? the wealthiest 1% are an easy target, after all they are outnumbered by other voters 99 to 1. These 1% are Americans just like you and me. we should all be expected to pay the same share for our government to operate.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gary

    Who are these people and what planet are they from?They do not live in the real world we are hurting the middle class and the poor how much more can they take from us.We need to vote every one of these people out and start over.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Natasha

    @Elephant vs Donkey:

    What in the sweet Holy Light of Jesus does you post about obese ADD 12 year olds have to do with anything? We're talking about Congress here! Take your Ritalin and FOCUS!!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jcroft

    It appears that our Congress and particularly the Republicans want to do away with the middle class. It is a shame we can't replace our entire Congress with people that are really concerned about those that elected them. Sure wish it was Nov. 2012. I'm sure Congress will see a lot of new faces that want to move our country forward.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JoAnne

    WE ALL SHOULD SEE MORE AND MORE CLEARLY BOTH SIDES DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS. LET OUR VOTE BE OUR VOICE.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    The only thing stopping congress is left wing Obama

    CNN makes MSNBC look neutral:)

    December 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BinFL

      What a stupid comment. President Obama can only sign or veto bills written and passed to him by Congress. Where do you people get your education? Congress is the problem – not the President.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. abcdxyz

    I am just disgusted by what passes for our government. Every two months, things get so jammed up that a government shutdown is imminent, and then they all run around like they didn't know this was coming, and even then they can't get anything done. Representatives of both parties work only for their own good and the good of their party. Anything that someone from the other party might support MUST be opposed. Really–this is what we have for a government? If it weren't our government, it would be comical–since it is our government, it is disgusting.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    once again the republicans care nothing about working Americans, literally everything they're doing is focused upon removing one man from office over the real needs of 300+ million employed and unemployed people. i will be donating $$$ to get every last wacko republican out of office come November 2012.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. roy

    I love the way congress gets all the blaim. The democratically controlled senate is just as much to blaim as the house and the whitehouse. I cannot afford any more taxes. We need a major boston tea party and tax revolt. taxes are too high because the government spend far too much of our money. FREEDOM

    December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eric R

    Boehner is a snake, plain and simple. The man's word is no good. Ohio can have him.

    December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. L. Jackson

    I wrote this to my NJ state reps:
    (PLEASE) DO SOMETHING TO INFLUENCE YOUR COLLEGUES REGARDING THE THE PAYROLL CUT EXTENSION AND ALLL OTHER ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE THAT GROWN EDUCATED INTELLIGENT PEOPLE WHO AT THIS POINT COULDN'T MAKE A BOX CAKE RIGHT NOW IF THIER LIFE DEPENDED ON IT. NO PASSING THE BLAME....NO EXCUSES... JUST DO IT..THIS GOES BEYOND THE PALE OF WHATEVER PUBLIC SERVICE IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE..AND YES ...I'M YELLING (IN ALL CAPS) BECAUSE I MEAN REALLY, CAN YOU HEAR ME (US) NOW? HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT'S GONNA BE BEFORE WE THE PEOPLE "GET IT", CUT OUR (BAIL-OUT) LOSSES AND JUST THROW ALL YOU BUMS OUT?

    December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ken

    What a bunch of do nothing jack-wads!!!... we need a clean sweep of congress and the senate.... people need to unite and vote out every one of the partisan clowns!!! If they are currently in office don't vote for them at election time....

    December 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
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