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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  1. Johnny Free

    How much I like or dislike our current members of Congress, for sure they have forgotten who they work for. At this time it is in our best intrest to replace the entire house in November. It is for sure they could not do worse. Grown Men and Women should not act like spoiled children and do there chores and homework for the American People. POWER to THE People!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    zombies are awesome... they will one day come to reality and take over the world..
    .
    that's when i'll be rerady... i've already dug a tunnel and have supplies..

    December 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. thnkit

    House Repubbies have guaranteed that 2012 will be a banner election year.............for the Democrats!!!.

    Bad enough Republican Presidential Debates are littered with latest and greatest front – runner soon -to-be-also-ran.. Bad enough see these excuses for candidates repeatedly eviscerate each other while Obama assuring that Obama will laughs himself silly eagerly appaitring the last Repubbie crawling. Yep,the Boehner/Cantor dynamic duo have assured: 1) Obama for 4 more; 2) a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate;and best of all, a "she'back" Pelosi-led House. Suffer the fools...........

    December 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ItsGreat ForDemocrats

      AMEN, thinkit, AMEN!! Because that's EXACTLY what's going to happen in 2012! President Obama will coast to a Great Democratic VICTORY and if you have heard the latest news, he is in an Excellent position now as more and more Americans are agreeing that his policies are so far Superior to the Republicans. That is why they are going to re-elect him and in the meantime catapult him with a tremendous surge in the coming polls! Too bad for Republicans. They don't have a plan to fix the problems of this country. They don't have a chance at winning the White House in 2012! And WELL DESERVED! It couldn't happen to a better group! The Senate will be Democratic and the House as well next year! Republicans are now on the Endangered Species list due to their preference of Politics over good sense in Saving the American people money! We Will Remember at the Polls!! WOO-HOO!!

      December 21, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Dude

    Another step closer to the fourth box of liberty.

    December 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. olfart

    Keep them in session until it's done. Nobody goes home!

    December 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. YmmitIda

    Eliminate riders and earmarks from all bills , only allow relevant and related topics in any legislation, publish the legislation in every available media along with each congressmans vote, and get on with the business of running the country. No more payroll tax cut extensions tied to gas pipelines and the like. No more flowery rhetoric and political infighting–You Guys work for us-Remember?

    December 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. glendora

    I voted for Obama, but it was a VERY shortsighted to give a break from SS funding. This will just punish us all later. And now the Republicans have become completely unhinged thanks to the Tea Party who are incapable of being actual representatives of the American people. Same as the last "great" Republican takeover of the House. A special thanks to Newt who was one of the architects of uncompromising "leadership" like it is something to be admired. I hope the American people can see that there is nothing to gain by electing extreme elements of either party. They only speak for their sliver of vocal society that rammed them down our throats. WE EARN THE GOVERNMENT WE ARE WILLING TO TOLERATE. PLEASE moderates, make yourself heard. You are the 80% between the 10% extremes. When are you going the thing for yourselves and vote accordingly.

    December 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HesHelping thePrez

    So now we know that Speaker Boehner is a Secret Democrat. Why? Because he is actually HELPING President Obama to be re-elected in 2012 due to his holding the Republican puppet strings and not wanting to vote or budge on the Senate's plan. He has now become Very Instrumental in the Reelection of President Obama in 2012!! Gotta Love It!!

    December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. vistor21

    Every person commenting on this article needs to also send an e-mail to their elected repersentative. If we really want change our voices need to leave the comment section and actually head in the direction of Washington. One person's voice will get lost in the rheteric of Washington...but a thousand voices would be heard! WRITE, CALL, TAKE ACTION! November will be to late!

    December 21, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Avser Bastian

    NEW – NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ LEARN TRUTH ABOUT EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!! 66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES WORLDWIDE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!! STOP THE ANIMAL APARTHEID NOW !!! http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ <==abductions /renditions /brain chip implants /blacklisting /blackballing /MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING against civilian population TODAY and much more per WHO, WHY, AND HOW !!!

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!?

    December 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ken rester

    the politicians need to go on vacation and stay home that would save enough money so the press can ride around in af 1 why did they get the us in such mess anyway ckr hotmail.com

    December 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Avser Bastian

    NEW – NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ LEARN TRUTH ABOUT EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ ABDUCTIONS / RENDITIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / BLACKBALLING / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING against civilian population TODAY / ASSASINATIONS and much more per WHO, WHY, AND HOW !!!

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!?

    COMING NEXT: WHITES ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON'T NEED YOU ANY MORE !!!

    OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw
    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against whites per ZIONIST Washington DC and in complete agreement with communist Moscow !!!

    EXILING WHITES WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS COMPLETELY FREE.

    THIS NEWS IS RELATED TO WALL-STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET, BUT ANTI WHITES !!!

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTESTS ARE ALSO KNOWN UNDER ZIONIST "TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP" IN AMERICA FROM HANDS OF WHITE AMERICANS TO SO CALLED "MINORITIES"(COMMUNISM). Wall street protesters are Obama's raise of the planet Apes army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow where Mr. SOVIET UNION NUMBER TWO or new Stalin is in place = PUTIN

    ANTI WALL-STREET PROTEST MOVEMENT IS LED BY SO CALLED "ANONYMOUS" !!

    Anonymous !!? REALLY !!?

    NOW TELL ME WHO IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE WHERE WE ARE SURVEILLANCED 24/7 !!? WHO !!?

    NOBODY !!! ABSOLUTELY NOBODY IS ANONYMOUS IN A POLICE STATE AND NOR ARE THOSE WHO MADE YOU PROTEST FOR THEIR SAKE OR WHAT MULTICULTURALISM(animal Apartheid) IS !!! http://multiculturalismisterrorism.blogspot.com

    GREEK CRISES !!! We are all Greece...find out who wants to burn not only what is Greece, but is burning our countries for over 66 years now !!! http://burnbabyburnahaha.blogspot.com

    December 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kim

    Boehner is on an ego driven dysfunctional trip. I could say where his head is at but I won't. At this point I'd like to thank him for my upcoming knowledge on how to prematuraly withdrawal from my IRA (and pay penalties and taxes after just filing chapter 7) so I can eat, stay warm and pay for transportation to find work. Thanks Buddy! Merry Christmas.
    Kim

    December 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Plan

    Next year when everyone HAS to pay the One Thousand Extra Dollars the Republicans will make you pay and have earmarked to Uncle Sam due to their own non-action on the Democratic Senate's plan, let's ALL Of Us Send A Bill To Boehner and Our Own Republican U.S. Representatives for $1,000.00 saying YOU BROUGHT THIS ON, SO NOW YOU PAY THIS BILL! as a symbolic gesture of our Disgust in what the Republicans did to cause this to happen that adds an extra burden to our already over-taxed pocketbooks! That's the only way they will get the message and then the next step is to Vote Each and Every Republican OUT OF OFFICE come next November!!! All of you need to be with us on this!

    December 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Boehner finally accepting a 2 monthe deal led to the most bi-partisan statement I have ever heard from Him. I realize a 2 month plan is not ideal, but, for once, these politicians are putting the American people first. Many times it feels like they have forgotten who they work for.

      December 23, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Ya know, the total lack of knowledge and understanding, of what's going in Washington is the real problem. The media are NOT telling the truth to the people about it, because they are supporting the subversive Democratic Party.

    The people don't have any understanding, because they rely on the media, and the media is doing cover up. It is that simple.

    Wake up people.......do you know that 75% of the Border Patrol force on the Mexican border is being cut????? You know why?????? Because Obama wants the Mexicans to come and take your jobs, that's why!

    The reason? So he can get enough voters in the Democratic Party to keep control of this country, forever. That's why.

    December 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youre WayOffBase

      Rick, Delusional and Prejudiced is not only written on your face but also Pathetic with your poor excuse for assumptions that have absolutely no bearing or truth in them. You ought to be ashamed of yourself to come up with something like this, but then again, considering your less than pea-sized brain why are we not surprised!

      December 22, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ya no

      rick: "...Obama wants the Mexicans to come and take your jobs, that's why!" That statement would only sell to people with as little intelligence, perspective and objectivity as yourself. You may have bought into such laughable nonsense, but you can bet most Americans will only chuckle.

      December 26, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
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