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. Walrus Mustache

    Cantor, Norquist, Boehner and the tea baggers are terrorist in the worst sense of the word. Willing to hold the US hostage till they get what they want.

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

      Wish I could have said it butter, but I cannot. 1+

      December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LostAmongtheSHeeple

    Overheard on CNN.com: Congress' lack of action sparks anger.... Gee, where was the anger when Obama and the democrats couldn't even pass a budget when they had control over the presidency and congress? I'd rather pay the 2% that I'm not paying social security now. Seems kind of stupid to cut what you pay into social security without cutting what you pay out. Exactly how is a cut in social security tax supposed to help the unemployed who don't have an income as it is? There are better ways to help people!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc Stone

      The Payroll Tax Cut isn't going to short change Social Security. Any difference is going to be pulled from the General Fund. What it will do is increase the deficit unless the decreased revenue is offset by other cuts. You do know that part of this Republican bill is to offset the cost by limiting who can claim Child Tax Credit.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gary

    repo or dem which way to vote? look how things are now and think, who will profit from the gas pipeline that the repos are pushing so hard and how much will they pay in taxes?

    December 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • G-Doggy

      What pay Taxes? That is for the Middle Class. Not the 1%
      twelve homes six yachts and one mega ship two helcopters ten sport cars and a dozen slaves under the tree this year for the ONE PERCENTERS.
      We need a revolution in this great country or at least take back what is ours. Oh then the rich would be poor.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Troubled_politics

    If all three branches of government found inside Washington DC would only schedule a one-way cruise straight into a black hole, America would be better off. While they are at it, it would be nice if they would take their masters from K-Street and Wall Street with them. Plutocracy destroyed the Roman Empire and these fools really believe that we don't recongize they are only repeating history. Take a farmer, a doctor, a scientist, an economist, an accountant, a school teacher, and possibly a CEO, sit them down in a room with all of the data before them, and we would get better government in resolving the debt and taxation issues that are killing this country. Stupidity abounds in DC, no matter which party one looks at. These idiots are going to provoke another American Revolution.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • G-Doggy

      It started with Raguns busting down the workers and give it to the Rich. The Democrats will not be the cause of Socialism oh no we can thank the Republicans for that. Look at Russia great revaluation it was the Rich had it all and did not trickle anything but starvation down to the workers. Check out the History. We need to take down the one percent before it is too late. Greed from the RICH

      December 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jan

    Vote the All The Bums Out!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobby frank

    Actually social security under Clinton was a huge surplus but George Bush and the Republican party depleted that rather quickly during his time in office. So get your facts straight Leon before telling lies to everybody!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • G-Doggy

      Bobby Frank,
      Bush put us in two wars and gave away to perscription companies the biggest windfall every with Medicare, opp's wait a minute do you remeber when Gore the Lock Box Guy had the election rigged by his brother then Govenor Jed Bushwacked. Oh let us not forget giving the RICH the biggest TAX CUT EVER.
      We the workers just hav not given enough to the Rich. No not at all. There are still a fist fall of nickles somewhere.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ART

    I hate Republicans I really do, they are a bunch of useless hypocrites

    December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keith Thomas

    I say let the tax break expire, it was supposed to be TEMPORARY. This put an extra $13.00 in my pocket every week, big deal. Social Security is broke and so is the USA. Stop paying people to sit a home and watch TV. Go get a job, wait on tables, make burgers at fast food, drive a cab, push a broom or anything except wait on the government (we the people) to give you more hand outs. people need to get a backbone and go to work. Fire the whole government and start over with a new rule, six year terms, no benefits, $50,000 year max, and nevr can be a politician again. ONE TERM and your out, including the president. PEOPLE WAKE UP, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS, WE SHOULD. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Walrus Mustache

    We must stop corporate lobbyist and special interest. The flow of money in the halls of congress is not in the best interest of the USA. Do not protect the rich.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reasonably

    What do you do when you have the lowest rating of any congress ever? The same thing that got you there. Nothing!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carl

    What about a recall before they vote for a pay increase for themselves in January.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. G-Doggy

    Boehner is from my old home state of Ohio. Well if I where the Dixie Chic's I would have to say I am ashamed of Boehner. Cowing down to the Tea Party like a little baby. I am surprised he wasent crying when he was told what to do by Cantor. The Republicans, Oh My God sorry but they are lost. Cluless of what regular middle class people are going through. Oh hay Boehner did you get the check from oil, gas and Corpations in the mail for Christmas. Oh I forgot your are against working Americans like the Post Office you know that thing called big goverment which is a better way of saying your against working folks. This is by far making Jimmy Carter look good. You want to know way? Becuase a Repulicans congress destroyed the county back then to keep us from getting off of OIL. Yes some us can rembemer how poor Regan was already over come by alltimers and you aboulished ewvry thing Carter did to get us of of OIL. You guys are in for big upset. Sorry that you are from the great state of OHIO the heart of it all. Boehner you are a Booner alright.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reasonably

    What will Congress do to reverse their lowest approval rating in history? The same thing that got them there – nothing!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • G-Doggy

      The worst congress in our history thanks to the right wing do nothing and it will all just go away and we can go back to stuffing are pockets.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tired

    Here we go again . . .

    December 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reasonably

    Congress needs to stop trying to mix oil and water to make gold for themselves.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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