Driving out moderates in Congress: Is this what voters want?
May 17th, 2012
07:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Driving out moderates in Congress: Is this what voters want?

Washington (CNN) - Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner drew a hard line in the sand this week, renewing a battle over the debt ceiling unless President Barack Obama agreed to significant budget cuts during what may be a lame-duck session after the November elections.

This could set the stage for a dire scenario that threatens to bring the government to a crawl by Christmas.


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  1. kat

    Obama will never cut spending, his reelection depends on it. This country is in serious trouble.

    May 17, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. gg

    the 1% work very hard at making america a one party system .where they would pick the leader and make the rules

    May 17, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. encie

    the republicans had a dictatorship during the bush years and are now desperate to get it back. we all know what that got us. we can`t go back to that. our country and her people have been financially raped by them and we did not even get kissed. we need a congress that will work with any president not a republican or democrat. i do not believe in compromise i believe in negotiation. without negotiation we have nothing

    May 17, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    We need to re-elect President Obama with Democratic majorities in the House and Senate – PERIOD!

    Otherwise, you can just kiss our country goodbye.

    How do I know? Because ALL of the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 17, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Larry L

    The Tea Party radicals continue to show their desire to reduce America to 2nd World status by causing failure of every initiative. They actively target moderate Republicans and systematically remove anybody willing to compromise with the Democrats. Americans want reason and compromise, they want a return to the 50s where only white males controlled our country.

    May 17, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Voters want the republicans out of Washington.

    May 17, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  7. Common Sense!!

    This is not algebra or arithmetic its common sense we can't keep on spending like druken sailors with borrowed money!! for one the haphazard growth of welfare has created a clumsy and inefficient system characterized with red tape and dependence on a huge administrative bureaucracy which absorbs valuable funds that could be going to the poor. If you can afford to buy more leisure with welfare why look for a job in the first place? let's us all embrace the culture of poverty which is actually detrimental to families and individuals because it creates dependence on the government thus robbing families members motivation and dignity!!

    May 17, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  8. enuff

    I can't speak for all other voters but I can say that compromise is not a dirty word to me nor is being a moderate. I will not vote for extremism from any party.

    May 17, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  9. Chipster

    Voters seem to want gridlock. They have voted for a Republican Congress that ensures that the President cannot pass anything at all. Prior to that, they voted for a Democratic Congress (when the 9/11 buzz wore off) to ensure that President Bush couldn't get much done. Voters don't seem to have a clue how govt works. They blame the President because the budget isn't passed when it's the responsibility of Congress to pass a budget. The President submits his budget proposals every year but the Congress must work with the President to come up with something that works. They absolutely refuse to pass anything that the President will accept. We get nothing but poison pills in every piece of legislation. If voters want progress, they need to elect a President and Congress that will work together. Unfortunately, corporations now decide campaigns with unlimited amounts of money, misleading advertising, and corruption at every level.

    May 17, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Sydnium S. Washington

    I'd not want it.

    May 17, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. John Doe US Citizen

    Does it even matter what the voters want? The Elected "Leaders" haven't listened to the voters that elected them in decades.

    May 17, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  12. Rick

    We need a national pushback against Boehner and other Republican leaders They just are way out right and will NOT pass anything, no matter what. Boehner is evil, trash, like McConnelll. These guys have no plans to help this nation. Defeat them, Vote smart in November and make your vote count so this trash is thrown out of office.

    May 17, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. dreamer96

    Vote out all 238 House of Representatives members, and 41 Senators, that signed Grover NOquist's No No No pledge...a pledge to a single man, that they hold higher than their oath of office..Vote all those 279 members of Congress out..

    May 17, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There needs to be more moderates in Congress. If that can't happen, then we need people who are at least willing to compromise from time to time. Strict ideology has no place when writing legislation. I don't mind some corporate imput, but it shouldn't be the focus of a politcal party as it has with the GOP.

    May 17, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. kate

    The GOP just wants to bring this great country down! Shame on all of you!

    May 17, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Nancy

    Totally. Stupid is what stupid does. People seem to vote against their own self interest nowadays.

    May 17, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    The America-hating domestic terrorist radical fundamentalist extremist GOP will pay dearly for their reckless disregard of the country come November.

    May 18, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  18. Marie MD

    What moderates? If anything the Democrats seem to be more willing to bend for a compromise as opposed to the tea tards who signed their demi god norquist pledge.
    One term for the President (who thought bipartisanship was the key) and, in his own words, demi god N, saying that all the teapublikans need is a puppet who can write his name on any bill put in front of him just as long as he doesn't have a brain or want to lead.

    May 18, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  19. tony

    I don't think so voters need people who can compromise you vote teabaggers nothing gets done.

    May 18, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |