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. Tony

    Boehner is an idiot and a moron

    December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    So the White House and the Senate have decided to dictate legislation to the House. There has been no negotiation with the House. The Senate has refused to take up bills passed in the House. But now somehow this is all the fault of the House? The Senate passed a bi-partisan bill. But so did the House. It is the White House and the Senate that have instigated this latest round. I hope the House doesn't cave.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Al-kc

    People remember it was a 1 year deal by itself until the right wing nuts decided to add the pipeline. It could have had an up or down vote by itself. Blame the right wing tea party.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim De Lane

    The Republicans built the coffin for the American economy, and the Democrats are nailing the lid shut. It is apparent the two party political system is no longer working for America. Neither party represents me.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ThinkLessDoMore

    wATERBOARD cONGRESS !

    December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    This is what happens when you vote, people. Put crazy tea baggers in office who don't understand govt and they screw it up. Don't want government in your lives anymore? Kiss your Medicare(that's govt too, geniuses), Medicaid, and Social Security goodbye. Old people are going to have to choose between their racist tendencies and the "socialist" programs that keep their bodies running. It's that simple.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ann pelikan

    The only way to assert our authority as the employers of these jokers in the House is to vote every one of them out next election!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim

    I wish that one day both Democrats and Republicans will pass a law that prohibuts these types of games and if here is proof, to have whichever party help accountable in the court of law. Because I for one am starting to feel that the goals are so one sided that the Rep's in this case, counldn't be more anti-american....these games shold be illegal and any politician from any party should be held accountable when trying to tank our country's economy...to me, people like Cantor shold be in jail and not be allowed to hurt our country like this...

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Upset

    If there was a Leader in this country and a Congress that wanted to do their job, instead of pander to specail interests we wouldn't have to go thru this.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chaz

    think about it our goverment is getting as much publicity as jerry sandusky, " not good"

    December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nancy

    Ugh..they all need to be thrown out on their butts...and start with Bonehead Boehner...he's an idiot...

    December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John from FL

    So the Senate 'traded' a 2 month tax break for a permanent fee (tax) on new mortgages that will probably only go up. Sounds like the Dem controlled senate is playing a shell game. Thank you Harry Reid! Good for the House for not approving a permanent increase.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carla

    What were you people thinking who voted in any teabaggers. Was your head so far up your #@$ that you couldn't see light? Short memories as to what GWB put us through for 8 years that you expect Obama to fix in 3? Actually, you started blaming him within the first 6 months. Obama prevented another depression. I wonder how things would have looked right now if he hadn't stepped in when he did.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cg

    is it possible to impeach or fire the entire congress and forget about wasting time with elections?

    December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Not a bad idea! And lots cheaper than keeping the clowns around....

      December 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Leon

    Soical Security is not a socialist program it was a mandatory savings program and would work nicely if the democrats would keep their mitts out of the treasurer

    December 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big George in Big D

      You got that right!

      December 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimm

      Seems like both parties are guilty of that.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      But if they keep their mitts out of the treasury, how will they trick the poor and unemployed into voting for them in exchange for handouts.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      What, are the Dems inserting "their mitts" in some orifice of the "treasurer"??? You meant "treasury" moron. Another example of (way less than) brilliant Republican thinking. It's the GOP that is hurting this country, and there will be enough of us rise up and vote this time to eliminate any GOP influence. This is ALL the GOP /Tea Party hypocrite's fault!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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