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July 25th, 2011
11:56 PM ET

Raw Politics: Assessing the debt ceiling fight

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks to a panel of guests about the Monday speeches from Pres. Obama and House Speaker Boehner.

Related: Obama tells nation debt stalemate requires compromise now


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  1. Cliff Stephens

    “It is as if we are at a pivotal point where our trajectory as a nation will either be one of Socialistic leaning or Capitalistic. The two major parties (both denying political motivations) are driving their positions to assure that the direction is the one that follows their ideological path.”
    “Why can we not truly park politics temporarily, enlist the aid of some of the most brilliant minds in this nation that understand macro economics, finance, and monetary policies and define the solution as if we were a business? I agree we must define our future but let’s not allow politics to override the clear need to break the grip of this stagnation that we are swimming in.”
    “The uncertainty of the “playing field” has everyone sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how to make the most advantageous move.”

    Cliff Stephens – Carlsbad, California

    July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  2. Susan Sargent

    I tried to contact my Representative, Mike Simpson, from Idaho today. I was unable to email or call. Telephones were busy and the site to which I might email stated it was unavailable.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  3. david lee

    Why doesn't cnn discuss – how not solving the debt ceiling will hurt the top 5% of wage earners.
    LETS SEE- mortgage or car loans- no problem
    – student loans – not their children
    – increased loan payments – no problem
    BENIFITS – get more interest on loans
    – can buy up cheaper depressed businesses and property.

    WOW!!!!! THEY ARE BETTER OFF> WAY TO GO REPUBLICANS.

    July 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  4. Perk

    Where is Hillary Clinton's economic agenda ? Hurry up and find it !

    July 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  5. Perk

    Speak out as a private citizen Hillary Clinton ! "All Voices Count In America !" "You can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes....ya get what you need...." No default in the USA ! It's not a compromise,it's a united we stand for a solution called fix it now . Cut ,Cap,Balance + Gang of 6 and find common ground to agree for the best interests of American citizens. "Jobs Baby Jobs ! USA defaults ? What is that ? A fairy tale ?

    July 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  6. james maniscalco

    Hey Anderson, you are a gentleman! Do you think that the 2 party system may benefit from some competition? Seems like in 2011 we can actually have a true democracy as a pose to a bunch of influenced decision makers. All that needs to happen is post both sides offerings, actual budget numbers and have an electronic vote. I understand that while our system of government has evolved the electing of leaders is paramount, but when do we utilize modern technology to enhance our DEMOCRACY............................. Maybe a new ammendment is in order that says when the house and senate is in a stalemate on ANY issue that goes on pass a given period of time...the public has 72 hours to vote power to the actual people!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  7. Willie

    What both parties need to do is remove the Tea Party members from the entire discussion. Let me be honest since it seems no politician can be on the subject: The Tea Party members will not vote for any plan that does not essentially shutdown the federal government - Neither the Democrats' plan or the Republicans' plan. The Tea Party has absolutely no understanding, based in reality, of exactly what services and protections all Americans enjoy today (most of them essential to our way-of-life) because of federal funding.

    We need to remove the problem from the discussion (i.e. the Tea Party members who will never be satisfied/vote on any plan) and have an honest discussion and reach a compromise. What?! "...a compromise"? This entire crisis is self-inflicted and it comes down to pretty much two topics:
    – Will we or won't we close the tax loopholes & breaks that so much high-financially-ended corporations and individuals enjoy.
    – Will we or won't we have elected officials from one side of the isle be brave enough to actually agree with the other side.

    Here is a test for our congressmen I'd like to see perform. Let's introduce a absolutely mean-nothing-and-total-nonsense bill to see if they can compromise. Let's say the bill topic will be for voting on a new color for the Omni-dog-man-bear-pig-thing-a-ma-bob. Now, let's introduce two bills; one from a Republican and the other from a Democrat. Each bill will introduce the same wording, except for one word: the chosen color of the object. Any bets on if we can actually come to an agreement? Chances are, we wouldn't be able to. Simply because we have disabled ourselves and our ability to legislate.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  8. Stan

    Somebody help me please figure this out. I thought Obama was the President, when did the United States Vote Bohener in as President, did the Republicans slip him in at Night, in some type of back room deal!! It seems as thought know matter what, the Republicans will not Tax the Rich to help get our house in order why? The Richest 2 % should be taxed just a litle more, no one going to take all of their Millions or Billions. If the questions was put to all the millionaires and Billionaires, they might just want to pay a little more, to help iwith this hole Bush and the Republicans put us In!!!! When did we start protecting the top 2% in thw World over the other 98% in the World!! Rich people make their money from the Middle Class and the Poor, plain and simple. Rich people should pay a little more when they make over $250,000 a year, if I could make $250,000 a year, I would be willing to pay a little more to help my Country, wouldn't you!! I wish we had a group of people, that just plain and simple did what's was best for all Americans in the United States, we need one Party that represents all the People.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  9. Angel

    I'm so tired of this power tug-of-war between the Republican and Democratic Parties. Maybe it's time Americans break away from these powerhouses and create new ones that represent the PEOPLE of America. The middle class needs to come together to form a workers party to represent their concerns and to offer a new perspective to politics. It's time for the Independent voters to stand up and keep the two brats of the American Family from fighting each other.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  10. mike reed

    does it make since that the very people who speak the most of the american way and how much they love the u.s. of a. give a little more for the well being of the nation and their fellow americans who may not be as fortunate. its puzzling how some one would rather cut funding to programs that feed hungry people rather than ask wealthy people or big corporations put a little less in the bank and drop it in the bucket. is it more important to get the benz with the deluxe package than it is to allow elderly americans and poor americans to survive on the bare necessities? repubicans seem to have no shame or patriotism

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  11. Sam Dawson

    PLEASE we ARE the people of the US and we are tired of hearing Washington speak FOR US. WE WANT a balanced bipartisan resolve to raising the debt ceiling. The Republicans are almost turning into a conspiracy. We need HELP to get our message through. The President needs our help. The chicken fight in Washington is not only embarassing but will go down in history as purely selfish, shortsighted and criminal.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  12. Vickie-1790580

    "We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem" A talking point of the GOP, and the sheep follow. Repeat, repeat, repeat and soon people will believe. We have a revenue and a spending problem. The solution is to solve both. When we need jobs, infrastructure repair, and well educated children, what do we do? Do we cut all of the programs that support these issues, or do we spend in order to get things done?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  13. Kunle

    US Debt Ceiling: Ronald Reagan did it 18 times and George Bush 7 times! Just what is the GOP's point?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:33 am |