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July 25th, 2011
03:39 AM ET

Question of the Day: Who's to blame for the debt gridlock?

(CNN)- President Barack Obama has canceled two fundraising appearances Monday, a campaign official said, as weekend talks to resolve the nation's debt-ceiling crisis hit a new stalemate.

The move was the latest in a series of setbacks following failed weekend talks that left the sides pursuing separate plans.

American Morning wants to know: Who's to blame for the debt gridlock?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


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  1. Ken Pangborn

    The answer should be obvious. The people who spent the money and insist on spending more, Raising the debt cieling means more spending. Yes it does. Word games are insulting. Who is insisting on more spending? Who goes apoplectic at the thought of balanced budgets? Who wants things like a cowboy poetry festival and work-out gyms for shellfish? If I have to give names I'll start with Harry Reid and the President. Nothing can convince them to stop spending. We're broke – thhey (with Republican help) broke us. Time to stop spending. But then I guess I am just a "right wing extremist."

    July 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  2. Ed Johnson

    The Republicans are hanging their hat on not taxing the rich or large corporations. I don't understand their logic. History proves the "trickle down effect" doesn't work. Republicans and their lobbyists need to be held accountable and hopefully the voters remember this come 2012. Also, all of Congress needs to have their "entitlements" eliminated to level the playing field and bring them back down to the Americna people.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  3. Les Clark

    The debt gridlock; my new BFF. For years, every politician has treated our money like cookies in an open cookie jar. Finally, we have leaders who want to run our country like a business and butting heads with the money machine. Both sides bear responsibility for waiting this long since the last elevation of the debt ceiling. Leave my cookies alone!

    July 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  4. Sandra Hughes

    The Republicans were anxious to invade 2 countries but not so anxious to raise taxes to pay for it. They said it was just fine to borrow money to do it–even lower taxes. Now they want to walk away and not pay at all, and make the President pay politically to boot. I will hold them responsible if I lose my retirement.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  5. Paul

    Who's to blame is no mystery. One party came to the table to negotiate and the other came with a static position on revenue. The Republican party has been taken over and handcuffed by the intellectually limited Tea Party troglodytes. They do not seem to understand economics beyond the seemly logical but simple minded mantra of: "don't spend more than you take in". Bush put us in this mess and now we need to spend in a recession to get us out of it. We have spent and we need to pay the bill. Do none of these people have a mortgage or taken out a loan to get an education – well maybe they have a mortgage.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  6. Howard Buckalew

    We are all to blame. We wanted two wars, free prescription drug program, we allowed a Wall Street bailout, a stimulus package, tax breaks, oil subsidies, and borrowing to pay for these things from the social security trust fund. Now we actually have to pay for these things.........shocking........We just need to pay for these things, and pay our retirees back. Solution: Term limits for Congress, and no corporate welfare, no unfunded mandates, and limit social security exposure to one debtor.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  7. Kurt

    Democrats are the problem, hands down.

    They were in control of Congress from 2006 to 2010 and rammed through uncontrolled spending that set the foundation for the crises, which has been exacerbated by our money-printing President. Obama has doubled the national debt during his Reign.

    Now Obama wants a default, because the goal of the Democrats is to make the US subservient to a World Government, and that would never happen if we are strong economically.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  8. Rudy

    The Tea Party is to blame. Nut jobs!

    July 25, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  9. Rudy

    The Tea Party is responsible. A bunch of Right wing conservatives like the guy in Norway

    July 25, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  10. J. Wright

    Congress is responsible for everything because they are in charge of the country's purse strings. Nothing gets spent if Congress doesn't approve it. The proverbial buck stops there!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  11. Tired

    It is the GOP's fault. Closing loop holes is not a tax increase but a way to get them to pay what they are suppose to pay.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  12. Greg

    We are all to blame. It is our fault that our leaders on both sides are currently under the impression that continuing this dangerous game of hot potato is even close to being appropriate. A government of the people, by the people, for the people.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  13. Tom R

    The fault lies with a system that allows big money, party loyalty, and special interests to decide who gets elected.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  14. Swans

    Republicans. It seems to me that the Republican party's main way to govern has been no and hell no. That's what they bring to the table and they're proud of it. As long as this President is in the white house, that's going to be their policy. With the help of US Corporations getting richer and finding ways to do it with less personnel and a media that allows the "right" to twist the truth in anyway they like, it's hard to see how it will change. I think they ought to raise the debt ceiling with no stipulations and continue to work on the budget issues separately.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  15. MeLoN

    It is the fault of Obama and the Dumbocrats – wanting to spend more money that the country doesn't have and their failure to want to actually fix the problem. The Dumbocrats only seek to keep the Americans in debt.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  16. Wayne

    With all the talk of withholding Social Security and military checks, the President should tell Congressional members that all their paychecks will be withheld until the situation is resolved.

    July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  17. Angela

    Where was the tea party the seven times the debt ceiling was raised. This is nothing but another plan to get at the president.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  18. Bee

    the news media is partially to blame because it is not able to conclude that the GOP and tea party memebers of Congress have been the party of "NO" and protecting the pocketbooks of special interest and big business. The media should be out there investigaing why this group of Congressmen when given a choice to help 98% of Americans verses the top 2%, their answer was "NO". They should be investigating and reporting on the billions that were spent by the last administration that were not accounted for and all the crimes that were committed by Wall Street that put this country in the economic crisis we are in. The media is equally responsible for not being vigiiant in their reporting.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  19. ohiorose

    The freak show that is now the Republican Party. My father was a Republican and I know he would be so ashamed of ALL of them right now. They are soooooo jealous of the man in the White House. Get over it and don't destroy this country from within.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  20. Judy Hodge

    The entire Congress, playing a game of political chicken at the American peoples expense....mostly Republicans, trying to makeObama look weak, or bad, to force him to acquiese to their demands, then call him wishy washy in their political ads.....no statesmen in congress anymore...only politicians playing with fire at our expense....I wish they could read these posts and understand how we really feel about their actions. Protecting the fat cats with tax loopholes is the republican aim, to get huge contributions for their campaigns, while the American people twiddle their thumbs and wait for them to do what they were elected for, to legislate FOR the american people. They are fiddling, while Rome burns...

    July 25, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  21. JC in PA

    In addition, I'd like ot see a investigation on which politicians sold their investments leading up to this or short sold the market. Considering the primary motivator in America is greed, it's just as likely this is a play to make tons of money rather then a political agenda.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  22. Henry Mendoza

    Without any doubts, the Republicans are responsible for the gridlock. Their position is clear... they are for the rich and against the working class of our country. They are not only responsible for the gridlock but also the economic hecatomb ot the United States of America.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  23. Bruce Alexander Alexander

    The President deserves the majority of blame for the current deadlock. He has proposed nothing specific and yet has quickly dismissed proposals from Congress. Spending is the problem and Obama is the Spender in Chief.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  24. steph

    Politicians representing a party not the people, The people for not educating themselves that the debt ceiling has already been surpassed, medical costs will increase 15.8% and SS outlays are will only increase 1.3% by 2035. That the tax increases for the last 10 years have only increased the gap between rich and poor, that CEOs took salary increases were over 10%, and with 60 year lows in tax revenue is increasing the debt. The US no longer has a democracy, we have a political dictatorship depending which party is in power. In the beginning politicians were not paid, they did not earn millions through book and speaking events, this system like health care is broke.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  25. Mark

    We all are. We watched our politicians put in programs and tax policy the past fifty years that was unsustainable ... and kept voting them back in ... kept pointing pointing the finger at the other guy. Wake up and look in the mirror America.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  26. Richard Haynes

    Whoever made the graph that showed U.S. borrowing over the last 100 years. It polarized everyone, hence gridlock.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  27. Bill

    Why are we focused on blame right now? Our house is on fire and its about to catch the neighbors' houses on fire and all we can scream about is who left the stove on. Let's put the fire out! We can argue about who started it later (each november for the foreseeable future)...and wait on the fire marshall's report. If we have to choose between blame (as Congress would have it) or balance, the choice is obvious.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  28. Joel

    The GOP is at fault by wanting the President to fail and being willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that gole. They are just trying to position themselves where it looks like the Presidents fault, which is impossible because it is Congress' job to do this not Obama's! The GOP has gone farther and farther out on a limb here and I am remined of a quote about Jackson Pollock "Went out on a limb, couldn't get back, went crazy..."

    July 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  29. Shirley

    The Republicans who hate that a Black man is President, and will try to sink and embarass this country to see him fail.
    The so called conservaties are afraid of the Tea Party who haven't figured out anything yet except Obama must fail and be a one term president. This is so sad. The Leaders of the Republican Party better be careful, God does not sleep and is certainly aware of what's happening. It is so clear THE REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE RESPONSIBLE !!!!!1

    July 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  30. G Godin

    The republicans created the huge debt and now the republicans are trying to swing the blame. Tea party extremists are holding leader Boehner by the most sensitive portion of his anatomy. J Boehner doesnt have the courage to admit that the 87 TP members of his party are out of control. It will take a courageous republican to stand forward and say that wealthier people should pay more taxes. A courageous democrat has already stand forward to say that entitlements need be scaled back.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  31. G Godin

    The republican created the huge debt and now the republican are trying to swing the blame. Tea party extremists are holding leader Boehner by the most sensitive portion of his anatomy. J Boehner doesnt have the courage to admit that the 87 TP members of his party are out of control. It will take a courageous republican to stand forward and say that wealthier people should pay more taxes. A courageous democrat has already stand forward to say that entitlements need be scaled back.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  32. Nelly Zamora

    As a registered Republican, I am embarrased to say that the Republics and the Tea party are so determined to get Obama out of the White House, that they will stop to nothing to accomplish it. Including hurting the Nation and every american's pocketbook. Mr. Cantor has the Speaker in a tight corner and Mr. Speaker just doesn't have what it takes to do his job. What a mess. The Republicans and Tea Party are responsible for the gridlock.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:48 am |
  33. rey

    The president, for leading behind. And not having a real plan of his own. Maybe he should ask Hillary what to do. He still has his training wheels. I can't stand this presidents lack of ideas.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  34. Beverly

    Democrats are negotiating with the wrong person, Grover Norquest needs to be in the room for an agreement as nothing can be decided except it gets an ok from him.

    July 25, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  35. Bill

    The view from here is that a bit of a history lesson is in order before we post blame. Under President Reagan there were the first tax cuts that began this long spiral of the debt. President Bush (1) tried to stem the increase in the debt with tax increases and it cost him the presidency. Under the Clinton presidency the government finally got a handle on the debt and was actually reversing the sum. Then under the President Bush (2) with his massive tax cuts and under the Republican congressional control they spent like drunken sailors. If any anyone is to blame for the deadlock it is the Republican congress who are embarrassed that they are responsible for the increase in the debt and to correct it they must admit it was their fault all along.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • Kurt

      Bill, that's just History Lite, without all the meat that is the truth. During Clinton's reign, things did get better for two reasons: Elder Bush put the house in order and was ready to take the economy to new heights in his second term will Bill won. Bill was prevented from screwing it up by the Republicans taking over Congressin 1994. Until then, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton had been trying to ram through the health care takeover by the government, which would've cosst us tons of money. The Repub Congress stopped them.

      Then his philandering took center stage and weakened his Presidency, keeping him from further economic mischief. So he did much less harm then, but he did set up some situations that would bear fruit in a decade or so (gays allowed in military, etc.).

      Tell the whole truth next time.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
      • Diane B

        prejudiced rhetoric,,,,,

        July 27, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  36. Steve Martin

    how long will the republican VOTERS, allow their party to act like this? Taxes on the large companies and on the very rich has to be raised, there is no way around that.....So why are the Leaders of the Republican Party acting like this is "Burger King" and thinking they can have it there way? will someone in the Republican party look up the word "COMPROMISE".

    July 25, 2011 at 6:52 am |
    • Kurt

      Are you crazy? The reason large corporations have moved (and are continuing to move) large segments overseas is because the US has the HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATES in the developed world. This sounds just like another liberal, tax the capitalist and kill the golden goose.

      We need to CUT TAXES because that is the only way we can get out of this economic freefall the Regime has placed us in.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  37. Joni

    Raise the debt ceiling then take care of the mess that has been created for years. The debt and the wars are not the fault of one man. Stop playing politics. The Republican right wing is too blame. I would like to see a woman president someday but Michele Bachman and her likes are a total sham. The right wing Republicans are a joke. Listen to Warren Buffett. Raise taxes on the wealthy and stop hurting the middle and lower economic classes.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Kurt

      Easy to throw around accusations. Put some facts behind your feelings, please.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  38. Bill

    The Republicans are the blame. They have create a false crisis in the country by linking the raising of the debt ceiling with reducing the size of government. Something that should be separate from raising the debt ceiling . President Obama has showed that he is willing to cut big and raise taxes. The GOP have backed themselves into a corner as President Obama has called on more in cuts and raising revenue. Something that the Republicans were not prepared for when they created this false crisis by linking the two.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Kurt

      Bill you sound like a real normal fella. So, with the last year's deficit over a trillion dollars, what do you think needs to be done to reign in spending? Increase taxes on the very people who make the jobs in the country? Government doesn't add value to one thing, all they do is add regulations that prevent people from living their god-given liberties. That is a dead end for the country if you believe higher taxes are the answer.

      The Dems are the blame.

      July 25, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  39. Eileen

    The desire of the Republican Party to be in power through whatever it takes strategy. Big Business has arranged to place Congress in a position of either being logical and supporting the citizenry at large therefore losing the financial support of Norquist and his lobby group OR voting to support big business and the oil industry and therefore maintaining the financial support to run for reelection. I find this heartbreaking. Business was good under the higher tax rates under Clinton. The Bush tax cuts were the beginning of the wealthy getting wealthier and feeling entitled to power.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  40. vic , nashville ,tn

    I was watching the world market last night. Market was struggling thanks to republicans

    We have resources, world knows that so dragging debt for while won’t hurt

    Republican created a panic mode. Economy need confidence

    July 25, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  41. Amelia Ceale

    It is the Republican's fault. They are holding the country to ransom and I hope it backfires on them.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  42. Sara

    It's the fault of the Republicans – who have been unwilling to compromise. It's the fault of the Republicans who have walked away from the negotiating table – 3 TIMES! It is the fault of the Republicans – especially in the in the House of Representatives – who have said – DO IT OUR WAY – Or – NO WAY! It is the fault of the idiot Republicans who were running around for months saying the Debt ceiling DOES NOT have to be raised – "Let the USA Default!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  43. Richard

    It is the fault of an electorate that would put irrational and irresponsible Republicans in charge of the House. History is apparently a poor teacher.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:15 am |
  44. John D. Chitty

    The President is to blame. Raising the debt ceiling in order to borrow more money after all that's been borrowed already since he took office is absurd. His policies have prolonged the recession, and haven't delivered on his pie-in-the-sky promises that they would create enough jobs to bring us out of the recession. Letting him borrow more is like giving an alcoholic the key to the liquor cabinet.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:14 am |
    • Brian

      It was an alcoholic who passed him the keys after having consumed all of the liquor........

      July 25, 2011 at 6:52 am |
    • Steve Martin

      they raised the debt ceiling 7 TIMES FOR GEORGE BUSH......7 TIMES....why do yall forget about his mistakes, that the reason we are in half the mess we are....an old rich white man

      July 25, 2011 at 6:54 am |
      • Joel

        7 times in 8 years in office after Clinton handed him a goverment in black.

        July 25, 2011 at 7:52 am |
      • Kurt

        And Obama voted against raising the debt ceiling every time he had the chance, and said it was unconsciounable. So now if it's a Dem you become a hypocrite and say it's all right?

        Also, under George Bush, the debt rose slowly, under Obama, it's streaked into the stratosphere, and is going to kill our children's future. We'll become a vassal state under the control of nice people like the Chinese, because our President is a spineless incompetent.

        July 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  45. Austin Neary

    The person responsible for this gridlock is GROVER NORQUIST, the great puppeteer. Grover is pulling the strings on every decsion the conservative cartel is making. Every step forward toa solution is stopped by this man and his macchine. When 99% of all repulicans in the house and ssenate have signed a "Pledge" to this man's philosophy, we are in deep trouble. The polical paradigm has shifted, and politics as we know it is over. BTW I am a repulican...a disillusioned republican.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  46. Paul

    The Tea Party is responsible for this mess. The petulant, irresponsible stepchild of the Rupublican Party has virtually assured that the world will be looking at other options in terms of the world's reserve currency – even without default. Likewise, the American people are assured higher interest rates for just about everything and the uncertain future of social services for people who have long since relinquished their competitive edge to old age and illness.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:13 am |
  47. Tony K

    It is the Republicans fault – they are using this for political gain to try and get reelected. They clearly arent looking at all the recent polls that indicate the american people clearly believe the the plan should include both cuts in spending and revenue increases. However they are more concerned with protecting themselves and their rick corporate buddies than they are doing the right thing.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  48. Johnny Jones

    I think to anyone with a working brain cell the Republicans, specifically Tea Party wack jobs, are to blame. They seem to live in this alternate universe where. Yes we must cut spending but we also MUST make up for at least some of the revenue with tax increases, specifically on corporate America. Conservative Republicans have argued that increasing taxes on corporate America would inhibit the creation of jobs. My question is where has corporate America been the last three years? Where are these precious jobs they are supposed to be creating. This is a bogous argument meant to placate to the Republican base as we approach an election year. Absolutely unforgiveable.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  49. Howard Rosenbaum

    Both Parties are EQUALLY to blame. I as a Retired Military and Disabled Veteran could do a much better Job than either party is and has done

    July 25, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  50. Pat Moss

    This situation has never happened until the Tea Party came to office.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  51. Stevereeno

    GOP's fault, they want a default.

    July 25, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  52. Delia Burkett

    The American people who voted in an incompetent President!

    July 25, 2011 at 6:10 am |