Political games overshadow debt debate
June 30th, 2011
06:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Political games overshadow debt debate

Washington (CNN) – As the clock ticks down to the August date in which the U.S. officially defaults on its debt, lawmakers on both sides of aisle appear to be playing a game of political volleyball.

It was evident during President Obama's news conference Wednesday in which he chided congressional Republicans for the impasse on the debt ceiling talks.

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  1. GI Joe

    Just think, republicans on social security won't get their checks either. republicans in the military won't get paid either. republicans in the senate and house won't get paid either.

    Gee - tooo bad.

    June 30, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Lisa P

    It seems to me that reducing the deficit by cutting education is a bit like saving for our children by stealing from their college fund, or feeding them by cooking up the seed corn. It's simply a really really bad idea. In the end we're hurting them twice over to cover our own foolish butts.

    Want to make the tough decisions? Then make the tough decisions - raise taxes on the idiots who spent the damn money: us!

    June 30, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, accused Republicans of wanting the country "to be in as bad shape as possible because that might help them electorally."
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    Republicans did not spend borrowed money up to the limit that has been there the whole time. In fact, the Republicans already caused a $100 billion reduction in the 2011 federal budget. This mess is Obama's. Fortunate for him, they are offering to cooperate and raise the limit, but they will only do that if it is done responsibly. Responsibly does not mean going back to raise taxes on the same American taxpayers who are already paying the highest taxes in the nation both in terms of percentages and in real dollars. The Republicans are doing exactly what they were sent to Washington to do. Fix the out of control federal government.

    June 30, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |