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. David Burnham

    I think they should all be held for treason. They all took the oath when they were sworn into office to defend the Ameican People but they are defending their campaign contibutors. They should all be in jail for treason.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gene Wojciechowski

      I agree. Cantor makes a phone call to the Koch brothers, the real leaders of this country, and then tells Boehner to change his mind. To hell with what the American voters decide, by sticking to the results of a vote in the House and Senate, do what the thugs who hijacked this country in the 2010 coup say. I agree with what Maxine Waters, congresswoman from CA said when the debt ceiling debate was going on. Obama needs to go to the Tea Party republican house members and tell them all to go to hell!!! And he'll have most the the American voters standing behind him! Put the Koch brothers in prison as enemy combatants and the house republicans in jail for treason! I can't wait until (hopefully) those worthless greedy corrupt thugs are thrown out of the congressional building next year. I'd like to be there to help throw them out!

      December 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Corpus Christian

    Just sickening. These guys have a higher priority to their Party than to the Country and the people they are supposed to represent. This has been going on for way to long. Their whole goal is to have Obama be a one term president and are willing to destroy the Country to achieve it.
    What do you think will happen if one of the republican candiates win the presidency, should the democrats do the same thing.
    Wake up people we are all Americans and should be doing what is best for the Country not a political party!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ferglpa

      These idiots have no allegiance to anything but themselves. This is something that must be done and all they need to do is find a way to do it but they are more concerned about making others look bad and securing as many votes as possible to keep themselves in power. And, Obama is worse than a lame duck. He needs to find a way to bring these people to do what is good for the country and its people. Don't blame others. You campaigned saying that you would change government, now do it. If you can't get the job done, step aside. As for the Republicans and Democrats, you both should be ashamed of what you have done. You should all be tarred and feathered.

      December 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jordan

    Vote the losers out.They are destroying our wallets,IRA's, and our Economy.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kent

    Sadly, I question how many of these clowns will actually get voted out next year. Much of the problem is that while most people believe that Congress is a joke they usually have a favorable opinion of their own representatives and do not see them as part of the problem.

    They are all the problem. We need to remove every last member of Congress and keep removing them until the politics of old are expunged from our society.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Change is coming...

    Rise Up!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. coy4one

    It's obvious that the American people have made some bad mistakes in voting the last couple of elections! However, we can redeem ourselves in the next election. That and put pressure on individual states to limit the terms of all Congressional positions. I believe 12 year terms, with 1/3 of Congress having expired terms every 4 years. All this is showing that career Congressmen is not in the best interests of the American people!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mark boisselier

    Outlaw the gop.Punishable by death!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bud

      How about just outlawing "parties" in general?

      December 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Esteban

    as taxpayers paying the salary of this useless group of individuals, cant we stage a lockout? Just lock them out and take back congress.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • coy4one

      All we need to do is host a peaceful strike. All Americans stay at home, don't buy, and don't work until Congress changes their tune.....And, that they pass a law than anyone who participates in the strike cannot lose their job, nor their house, nor their credit!

      December 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jp

    26 tea party thugs have now cowed Boahenr to the pont where he has lost control (if he ever had it). It looks like the bill would pass with saner repubs voting with democraats. he is now truly screwed

    December 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tammi

    Not me Philly, I say boot them all out of office. Let mine be first!!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mack

    It's utterly absurd that one man - John Boehner - who was not elected by the American people, but by a relatively small number of people in a relatively small district in one state can singlehandedly cause 160 million Americans' taxes to rise significantly at a time when the economy is struggling and many Americans families are having a very hard time making ends meet. America's body politic is riddled with the terminal cancer known as "GOP."

    December 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sandiaman

    If this extension of not having to pay previously legislated taxes is so important for the economy, how about cutting many more taxes?

    December 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bud

    How about we arrest the members of BOTH Congressional houses and make them answer to the Supreme Court, under lie detector attachments? I'd vote for that one!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hjs3

    Sorry folks but this has nothing to do with OF, BY or FOR the people...........
    And it hasn't for two and half years either.....

    Time to say good-bye and start again.....

    December 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |

    I will remember at election time when my taxes go up!

    December 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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