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. Isaac

    it's time we bring back public beatings.... starting with these clowns.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JPALONSO

      Starting with Boehner Please!

      December 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LC

    Oh! But they haven't totally missed the fact that these are hard economic times..., in fact I think they're going to vote themselves a pay raise to compensate for it.

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

    This tax cut is already funded by raising fees charged to mortgage lenders. my assumption is that those funds generated would be used to put in social security to keep the funds coming in, however i do not think thee is a requirement to do so directly with those funds, although any funds taken direct from teh social security fund are requirede to be repaid.

    Try to read up on all the facts. The 2 months is simply a stopgap to extend the cuts some while demos try to beat some sense into the Republicans until neither side is happen with teh deal, which means a compromise has finally been created.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D.Spaulding

    I wish we, as citizens, in this Country could have the power to vote all these morons out of office; the Republicans in the House in particular. They don't seem to get it; they are there to work for us and our welfare and not theirs nor their cronies. Fire them all; let sanity reign on the Hill, I pray!

    December 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leaveit2beav

    Everything is so confused and muddled in Washington, they decide to do exactly the opposite of what regular American's want. Next we should have a vote on abolishing Congress, and I bet they vote for this.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    In this instance I think Boehner is correct. The issue needs to be decided. We have already seen what happened with the debt issue. We formed a super committee and nothing was accomplished , because we put ti off. Obama is the master at pusshing things off, I feel sorry for who ever comes after him, republican or democrat , because there will be so many things to fix it will be inpossible to suceed without a radical change .

    December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaveit2beav

      radical change is whats coming next!!! these idiots don't think we are monitoring what they do.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdmooser

      Obama? You have fun lying to yourself, OBAMA DIDN'T PUT OFF ANYTHING. Go ahead keep lying to yourself and by the way your ability to be clear headed outside of a political agenda is.....................well, completely missing. Watch out, you need to take the blinders off before you really do yourself some damage.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lee

    Why do I need to have a mediator check my posts. I this was the US where we have free speech, not Korea.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      There is a moderator for two reasons:

      1) the board is owned by CNN and is not a form of free speech. They can and do monitor for content, particularly for what they consider offensive language or offensive topics. I would give some examples, but then the message would be deleted...

      2) sometimes a message offends a large number of readers. So CNN removes it, because they are very interested in keeping readers coming back.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Why is it so bad that the republicans want the tax cut for the whole year?
    It is the "Dear Leader" that only wants it for 2 months.
    Isnt the whole year a better deal for those who need the extra money?
    Those who are complaining dont have a clue what they are talking about

    December 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      A whole year deal is CERTAINLY better. But it isn't going to happen at this late date. So the choice is not 2 months versus 1 year - it is 2 months versus ZERO months.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WILLY JOHNS

    Time to send this congress home hopefully they won't return in January. These people are totally worthless.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Leaveit2beav

    I say we take away all their richy rich campaign funding money and use it for the good of the country

    December 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      As nice as that sounds, who would decide the 'good of the country'?

      We'd have to elect some people to decide that, since 300 million voices do not usually agree. So... we'd elect people to decide what to do with money, and to decide what money should be brought in (taxed). Then we'd call them Congress.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LtButRt.

    Boehner is nothing more than self-serving obstructionist, whoring himself out to the 1%. The people of Ohio need to get rid this wreckless ideologue !

    December 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdmooser

      Double Amen my buckeye friend.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      If you don't like him, either move to Ohio to vote him out, or give money to his opposition's campaign for the upcoming election.

      But remember, removing Boehner just leaves the seat open for someone else, and there are plenty of creeps waiting to take his place.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jake

    John Boehner was not elected by “the American people.” He was elected by a relatively small majority of voters in a relatively small district in Ohio. Since becoming Speaker of the House, he’s been nothing short of a rabid, Machiavellian ideologue who cares nothing for the welfare of the American people he erroneously claims to “represent.” His latest disgustingly partisan flip-flop and refusal to allow the House to vote on the two-month extension of the tax cut extension is just the latest example of how ridiculous – and dangerous – the GOP has become.

    I hope the 160 million Americans whose taxes will significantly rise on January 1 remember Boehner and his minions’ actions in November.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JPALONSO

      I haven't voted for ANY of these idoits for about 12 years. I never felt that any of these morons were worth my 15min of time. But know this and hear it well. This next election I will be sure that I am registered to vote, and I will be doing my part to clean House, & Senate while I'm at it. It's very clear that this Congress is "Of The Politicians, controlled by the Powerful, for the benefit of the Privaledged." (aka 1%) Well the 99% of us better make sure we get to the polls this coming year, and bring a broom ! ! !

      December 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mdmooser

    Social Security has made money every year. If the greedy self centered rude pigs would let people who put the money in get what they deserve, their money out in interest without others raiding it.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leaveit2beav

    They really believe that Americans will forget all the stupid idiotic things The Congress, The Senate and the White House has done in the past 4 years????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry Bavis

    I just want a list of ALL those who will vote not to extend Tax Payroll bill for at least 2 months. WE ALL should vote on their futures come September.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      "but...but....but...th' SPEAKER told me to..."

      December 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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