July 25th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Politically, who stands to win or lose most in debt ceiling Russian roulette?


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's signature, as seen on a new $20 bill. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With all the ugliness surrounding the debt ceiling debate and no end to it in sight, it's hard to see how anyone can come out of this mess on top. But politics are politics. And while it's a high-stakes game, and no one knows the outcome, there will be a huge price to pay for someone.

President Obama's re-election hangs in the balance of course, and he's all too aware of it. He wants a deal desperately, but his plans have fallen flat and he's been unable to accomplish any great compromise between the two parties.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has blamed President Obama's fixation on the 2012 election for holding up a deal. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in an interview yesterday that the president's objective was to take the threat of default off the table through the election. That's pretty telling.

But it's not just the president who is worried about his future. Incumbent seats in both houses of Congress are in jeopardy; and as a result, so are the Democratic control of Senate and the Republican control of the House. There's a lot at stake today; and a lot at stake down the road. And the average American citizen doesn't even have a seat at the table in this debate.

Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein says so far the Republicans are winning because the debt ceiling can't be raised without their support but, he points out, that according to polls, they don't have popular support behind their position. Members of the Tea Party aren't budging on their promises of deep spending cuts and no new taxes. And that's preventing Republican leaders from compromising on a deal.

Democrats in the meantime are playing defense, hoping to strike a deal that avoids an economic disaster and doesn't rock the political boat too much. But with the clock ticking and the world watching, that's not likely to happen.

Here’s my question to you: Politically, who stands to win or lose most in debt ceiling Russian roulette?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Russ in PA

    The American people stand to lose as rampant government spending, constant bail outs, and refusal to follow the rule of law are leaving us with a legacy of debt and pain.

    The only real change is: Ron Paul in 2012...

    July 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  2. Kevin SD, Ca

    The individuals and small businesses are the losers ; that pay the taxes to pay off the sky rocketing debt; because of all the glorified welfare recipients! Tell the federal reserve to go take a hike!

    July 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  3. pat in michigan

    Every person In Washington D.C. should be voted out of office this next election.Everyone of them. If I pulled this garbage at my job I would have been fired on the spot. What makes them any better .Corporate money?I think not!

    July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  4. Peg from NY

    The USA stands to lose the most. There are no winners in this too far gone game.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  5. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Republicans stand to lose. They will not compromise over tax increase, they want compromise over the amount of reduction in the deficit, and they want to do this every 6 months which is not a good management practice. The Republicans are afraid of the Tea Party members in the House. This a lose, lose, and lose situation for the Republicans. They look very stupid right now.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm |

    tampa, fl the rich as they don't know how to survive without, which is what most of us are doing right now. without health care, without shelter, without food, without needed medicine, etc.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  7. Jayne

    Republicans are losing big time and trying like the devil to drag Obama down with them. The President gave them 80% of what they wanted and threw in Medicare and Social Security for good measure. They, of course, said "no" and all Obama accomplished was making Democrats everywhere furious that he even suggested taking money from Grandma to ensure fat cats kept their tax breaks.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  8. Barbara

    Didn't you see "The Deerhunter"...nobody wins in Russian Roulette.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  9. David , Laguna Niguel CA

    American citizens stand to lose the most, because it is our standard of living that is getting worse. Somehow the politicians are always exempt from the consequences of their actions.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  10. Gary H. Boyd

    The extremes of both parties Jack, the liberals on the Democratic left and the Tea Party hard liners on the Republican right. Ultimately, both parties will come away from this little dust-up looking like uncompromising knuckle heads. And frankly, that's exactly what they are - starting with the guy in the Oval Office and on down the political ladder. Were I to grade them I'd give Obama a D+, the Democrats a D and the Republicans a D- (all being failing grades in my book).

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  11. Pat Fom NJ

    I believe both parties will lose because the people of this country are fed up with inability of our leaders to understand the meaning of compromise! I also feel that the republican party is so focused on bringing this presidency to a halt they that can't see that their antics are going to cause irreversable damage to our economy. Maybe we should have the leaders of the NFL come in to get things done. They were willing to work together to solve their problems!

    July 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  12. Gerard Luimes

    It's a fascinating,and at the same time, frightening fight !.
    If Obama has the(dubious) gonads to stand his ground,it seems that the ultra- right will suffer.If not ,it looks as if we can kiss "Democracy" good bye .....
    gerry at Edmonton,Can.

    July 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  13. Charlie, Haleyville,Alabama

    Obama stands to loose the most. Everytime he tries to intervene and negociate, things always fall apart and he looses more support from voters. He should just stay away and let Congress settle it. On the other hand at this rate he could loose all support by the election and that would be alright by me!
    BTW, couldn't he have just raised the debt limit without consulting Congress?

    July 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  14. bob z fr ,pa.

    the working class they always get the short end of the stick

    July 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  15. Ed

    The unspoken political strategy is that the collapse that will occur w/o debt ceiling increases will stick to Obama. "It happened on your watch" is the rule for better or worse in an administration.
    It will undo the gains made by the "b ailouts" and create the perception that the O'b adminstration never had it right from the beginning.
    A Republican White House and Congress but oh at what a cost....and how effective to get us all to forget the economic ruination created by Wall Street and its bond rating firms...

    ."Too big to fail" for corporations is now "To partisan to survive" for a country....

    "We have met the enemy and they is us" Pogo ( no he wasnt' a Greek or Roman sage–just a possum)

    July 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  16. Janice Bunch, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    There will be absolutely no reason for anybody to celebrate in the end zone.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  17. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I think the republicans stand to lose the most simply because of the peoples perception and not the facts. The facts say we are broke and have to borrow money to keep our government open. We have very little chance of ever getting out of this hole our politicians have dug for us unless we cut spending and raise taxes. Even doing just those things will not be enough as long as we are fighting 3 wars. Those need to end immediately. We can no longer afford to fight an enemy of ideology when our greatest enemy has become unemployment. No work means no taxes and no taxes means no governmental income as well as no future..

    July 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  18. David in Tampa

    Why Jack, America's two great mafia families, the Democrats and Republicans, stand to gain the most, as always, and, of course, the biggest losers in this will be yet again the vast majority of the American people. I have had such high hopes over the last 40 years that our elected officials would be else than they are. With each election cycle, I find out just how wrong I have been, how deeply cynical I have become, and I am just about drained of hope.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  19. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The answer is all of us but from a political standpoint I hope every Republican and Tea Party member lose their job next year and end up on the streets to find out what it's like to suffer. They have a sever case of lock jaw and need to take the cotton out of their ears and shove in their mouths.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  20. Wess

    If a deal is passed, the legislators will lose among their constituents for compromising. If a deal is not passed, they will win among their constituents for not compromising; if an economic crisis results from this, the voters won't remember that for a full 15 months, since they don't seem to even care anymore about who caused the current economic downturn. The only person who will lose in that case is the President.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  21. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Politically, it will be the republican party and their tea party members who will suffer the most in the next election. They are the ones who refuse to negotiate or put anything on the table, especially when it comes to the rich paying their fair share. They should be a replaced because anyone in their right mind will not sign a pledge tying their hands. Anyone can sign a pledge and then vote that way as though they were some kind of robot with no feelings or brains.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  22. barbara in nc

    It's obvious – big business (oil companies, Koch Brothers, etc), will be the big winners AGAIN, and the average American Citizen will be the big loser again.

    You guys happy with the tea party now? I know it brought in revenue by having big headlines, but look at what's happening to the entire country. 400 people do NOT make up the entire country. Just the chosen few that the tea-baggers have pledged to protect, so they can get bigger campaign contributions. Corporatist country? Fascist country? Definitely not a democracy any more when the Hell No Caucus can bring it to it's knees.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  23. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Obama will be the winner.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  24. Patsy, Texas

    Frankly, Jack, I hope the tea party loses. It's strange to me how,
    after 8 years of Bush, in which six of those Congress was
    dominated by Republicans and Bush did not veto one spending
    bill. Unfunded wars, costly prescriptions drug plans, and not
    one peep out of these people regarding spending. Now their
    jobs, perks, and freeloading off of the American taxpayer is
    being threatened, and they want to cut spending, but keep
    their precious tax cuts. They have infiltrated the Republican
    Party and are threatening to challenge any and all who
    do not do as they say. They have become frauds and
    wheeler-dealers and it is time for them to fall back, regroup,
    and start being reasonable, or go away.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  25. Jane in CA

    Republicans. Their refusal to accept proposals that match or exceed what they asked for weeks ago is a good indication that they would rather see the country go down in flames than agree to anything a black president could support. Actually, it is a tossup as to whether they want to destroy Obama or America most. It is becoming obvious that the end of the federal government is their ultimate goal, but it may or may not be their first priority at this moment. There was a good reason to replace the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution, but the Republican party wants to take us back to the 1780's. Not really most American's cup of tea.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  26. bud rupert, reston, va

    it will more then likely be 50-50 who gets the blame. But pole numbers are skewed depending on who's taking the pole and how the questions are asked. The problem is that these big issues are so massive and complex most people end up taking sides based on simplistic ideology. It's about all they can do. The so called experts don't REALLY know. It's an educated guess and most often the final outcome won't be known for a decade or so down the road.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  27. Ralph


    I think the comedian Lewis Black has the most to gain politically. I saw his stand up act a few years ago and he said the Democratic Party was the Party of no ideas and the Republican Party was the party of bad ideas. He looks like a modern day Nostradamus, and should be crowned King of the United States.

    Seriously, I think John Boehner's idea of not taxing the rich, or "job creators" as he calls them, is a little lame. So far those "job creators" have moved more jobs out of this country than they have created. First it was the trickle down theory and now it is "job creators". Lewis Black was right, they are the party of Bad Ideas.

    Butler, Pa

    July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  28. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    President Obama and next the Democratic Party. I doubt that many of the New Republican House members will be returning after the next election, most voters don't want people who sign pledges to unelected groups and choose that pledge over the good of the people who put them in office.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  29. Mike Morucci

    The tea party and those republicans who now drink the unsweetend tea being poured out by the mindless adherents to a no compromise idealogy.

    Mike M. Ocala, FL

    July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  30. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Personally I think the American people. But telling them they need to "Suck" it up seems to be an impossible Task. It is way past time for the people to take responsibility for their actions. Will any "Politican" do it? Franklin Deleno Roosevelt is dead. Lyndon Baines Johnson is dead. The big Social Programs they put in place are on life support. I predict the people will ride that horse right into the ground and have no clue of what happened.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  31. John, Lake Charles, LA

    I don't give a crap about the politicians, Jack. It's always "We The People" that lose every time these idiots fail to do the job they were elected to do.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  32. Ron

    I think the GOP will suffer the most.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  33. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Republicans own this urgency brought to bear. Barack Obama has met his Abraham Lincoln moment and stands to lose the most politically. It's time for the Chief Executive to act unilaterally in bringing a balanced resolution to this manufactured crisis. Obama is being scapegoated by the long simmering partisan legacy of GHW Bush's resentment at being a one term President for raising taxes during his tenure. It's disgraceful that Republicans have replaced patriotism and statesmanship with one more sleezy power trip.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  34. dennis hunter

    the president should win because he tried to bring both houses together. both houses should be adults but they are actually children play with real living people's lives. congress should not be paid one cent until they do their job but most of them are wealthy so this would not effect their life style. the party of no(republicans) are bringing our country down to enrich their own lives.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  35. riley oday

    From the news reports I watch and read the repubs stand to lose.

    Seems like they want want want but no give.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  36. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    WHO stands to "WIN" the most, Jack?

    THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS and every other ENEMY of the United States, THAT'S WHO.

    Mao Zedong and Osama Bin Laden are both LAUGHING from the great beyond.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  37. Karl in Flint

    A decade ago when the word compromise was still in our vocabulary I would have said the Republicans would be big losers but as it stands now, given the current political climate, I am afraid no one is going to win and the world is going to lose. It appears most Americans don’t really grasp the enormity of the USA defaulting. This is more than just a late VISA payment. The Republican short term fix is ridiculous. Going through this every year is utterly stupid. Not raising taxes to even the field is even more insane. I hope my fellow Americans wake up soon, do the third grade math and call their Congresspersons and let them know the current standoff is not acceptable.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  38. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Newt Gingrich lead the same charge in the 90's. Republicans always demand lower taxes for the wealthy and larger allocations for the military. Democrats prefer spending on education, infrastructure, and individual enhancements. To me, it's an easy call and should be obvious to all. Our education system used to be #1 in the world, now about 17th. Democrats need to tell Republican to go play war elsewhere with their rich friends. Education is a better investment than war. everyone in the country loses if Republicans win

    July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  39. winnie b

    americans stand to lose the most.sad--i think as long as that the way it goes we should be the ones to vote on important things like the one going on now. we are the americans in which our constitution was made for, and we sould get rid of congress and our reps. we could save a bundle there.our soldiers were and are fighting for our futures and for what. my somach has been in a knot for awhile now. how much more can we take. ps im 76yrs old.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  40. Ken in Seattle

    Tea Party extremism will inflict severe and long term damage on the Republican Party as a whole. Over time the two parties have for the most part found a way to compromise. This doesn't always result in a perfect solution, but it allows the country to function more fairly and effectively than it had previously. Both sides get part, but not all, of what the want. It's called democracy. The Tea Party's unwillingness to compromise at all shows a total lack of interest in the democratic process. The Republican Party will pay a severe penalty in the next elections. Our country is being held hostage by a minority of Republicans who are, according to some reports, being used as puppets by a hand full of wealthy far right wing members of the party. There should be no doubt that these people, operating behind the scenes, expect to benefit personally from their undo influence over our democratic process. Although our democratic process seems to be taking on a bit of the aura of fascism. Our country, as well as the majority in the Republican Party, deserve better than what is being foisted on us all by the Tea Party.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  41. Dan Louisville, KY

    The losers will be the middle income Americans who really have No representation in Washington. The people who got an education, stayed out of legal trouble, got jobs that pay enough to support a family and pay taxes (taxes withheld before we ever see the money). They are not the millionaires who fund PACS to lobby for their special tax loopholes. They are not the poor or the working poor who pay no federal income taxes, but complain if anything is cut.
    The Republicans defend the millionaires and the Democrats want to maintain all of the support mechanisms for those who not only can't support themselves but also those who could but won't support themselves and do not deserve endless subsidies. We are a resourceful, healthy and free society – the envy of the world – yet we have HALF of US taxpayers pay no federal income tax. And this endless game of chicken between the parties has not disclosed hardly ANY details to us the American people. And they would not even vote up or down on the Bowles-Simpson plan , but want to now create another bipartisan commission to do the same thing. DISGUSTING-PATHETIC-DEPRESSING-OUTRAGEOUS. The Constitution defines Congress' powers and duties to include paying the debts of the United States. All of these Congressmen took an oath to uphold the Constitution. They are not able to fulfill their oath of office, they should resign -ALL of THEM.

    If they cannot produce a rational compromise, we should vote ALL of them out of office in the next Congressional election – ALL of THEM.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  42. Jordan Hawkins

    President Obama is sure to come out as the loser. Whether it's by raising taxes or cutting spending, the majority of Americans will be displeased with the outcome of this debate and take it out on the president in 2012. I think the only winners are members of Congress that were spared a spotlight in the media's coverage of the debate.

    Bay Village, OH

    July 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  43. Kathie

    the GOP has shown its true colors–they are firmly entrenched with corporate America and the rich, desire to throw those on social security/medicare/medicaid off the cliff, are only concerned with the next election, do not care about what is best for America, do not know how to engage in the democratic process, know only how to bully, their keeper is Norquist, they don't care about the opinions of those they were elected to represent, etc. So, the answer to your question is the GOP loses.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  44. James Wheeler

    Republicans will lose: Their experment in selected tax cuts in the past has failed and the desire to gut social security, medicare, and medicaid is very easy for them.

    Try holding their retirement check until they reach 65 years old like all other government employees.

    Repeal their socialized medical benfits they voted for themselves, we could save a lot of money.

    J Wheeler, El, Paso Tx

    July 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  45. brojake

    well jack i think we all do.7 months of back and forth.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  46. Curtis, Oxnard CA

    Who stands to win or lose the most? Isn’t that the problem? Politicians putting their desire to remain in office above the stability of the United States. I remember one politician in the 1960’s who said, this my cost my party the presidency for the next 10 years or more but, it is the right thing to do. That is the standard. Every time I hear one of the these so called patriots say, let’s put politics aside and do the right thing, I know a lie will follow. Everything they say is political.
    Most of all I blame the American people who consistently vote against their own best interest. Are we as a people too ignorant for our own good?

    July 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  47. Jake

    If the debt ceiling is not raised and predictions are true, those who believed that it should not be raised, or that it is some sort of compromise in and of itself have the most to lose.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  48. Carl Ball


    Moderate Republicans everywhere stand to loose the most in the next election if they don’t exert some adult leadership to resolve the crisis the childish Republicans in the House have manufactured.

    President Obama has already won the most by being the only Adult in the room. Romney and other GOP contenders to be President have shown themselves to be irrelevant and useless.

    Watch the stock markets and see how fast the Republicans sign onto the Senate plan when the bond and stock markets crash – hopefully before we actually default.

    Carl from Pahrump, Nv

    July 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  49. TC, Nampa, Idaho

    Republicans. Anger, frustration, and greed are a desperate mix. Take the anger of the Tea Party, mix it with the frustration and short memories of the Independant voters, then add the greed of the Republican party and you have a volitile mixture that is certain to poisen any environment. When will the voting public figure it out?

    July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  50. Bill in New Mexico

    For maybe thirty days the Democrats will enjoy improved poll numbers.

    The already dismal economy will worsen from:

    ---the near default,

    ---or, default,

    ---plus the shock of big budget cuts to entitlements
    (these budget cuts will be a big anti-stimulant to the economy)

    The voters will have to punish someone–and Obama will still be President. In November 2012, the Republicans will have a record landslide victory.

    The Republicans will interpret this win as a mandate. With this mandate, the Republicans will cut taxes more, cut entitlements more, and make at least two more wars (Syria, Yemen, etc.)–as well as resurging in Afghanistan.

    The economy will worsen:

    November 2016 will see a record landslide.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  51. Paul, New Port Richey, Fl

    Politics be damned. The loser will be the American people, just like always.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  52. Conor, Chicago

    If this were a country in which a good education was the norm I would certainly say the Republicans. That said, this country is hardly deserving of it's Super Power standing given how religious, backward, and ignorant the majority of this country is. How anyone could possibly think that Republicans will rightfully recieve the blame for this when more than half the country thought Saddam Hussien had something to do with 9/11 until like 2007 is beyond me? The only thing I see happeneing is the Republican Party driving in the death nail of America while hordes of Christians applaud. God I hate this country....

    July 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  53. Pete in Georgia

    The working class citizens again will be the ultimate losers, losing by paying more for every single item purchased, losing by being cheated by the decline of our education system, and losing by having ZERO leadership in Washington which has ripple effects across the globe.
    Political AGILITY has replaced political WISDOM in America, and we all lose from that.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  54. Simon/Orlando

    The President. It's obvious that he does not have the capacity to figure out what a budget is. He's never had to do one. He was a community organizer with absolutely no idea of the concept of budgeting. This whole thing makes him look totally incompetent of finding any solutions to this huge problem of out of control spending and increasingly crushing debt.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  55. 2011eyes

    The taxpayers will lose again. Corruption will take place as before with the banks, and wall street stripping workers of their retirement 401K's, etc. while the Republicans strip taxpayers of their own money from social security and medicare. So, in essence, we are paying thieves to run off with our tax dollars. And in the same breath they give themselves a raise in pay then preach how we must cut spending. Once they have been thrown into quick-sand, Republicans need to change their thought process or sink.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  56. Jane (Minnesota)

    The average American will lose far more, Jack – their 401K's will probably take a big hit in value if Wall Street Sells off. If these boneheads in Washington would take steps to bring unemployment down, there wouldn't be as much of a deficit problem. What a bunch of economic morons that sit in DC.

    Eventually I would hope that the Congress does, Jack – This "No tax increases – period pledge is disgusting; I've seen what it has done to the Minnesota Budget – this is a much grander scale disaster in the making.

    Ultimately Congress will lose more in the election - that won't solve much either I fear.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  57. June

    No winners only losers. As always we, the American people ,will be the losers. It happens every time our sorry excuses for "leaders" chase their tails in an attempt to solve a problem.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  58. Annie, Atlanta

    If I were a betting woman, I'd say the Dems lose big. Between corporate owned media covering the GOP at least 3-1, corporate sponsored ALEC who writes the bills that benefit those corporations and their wealthy owners, and the Republican Noise machine that's been entrenched for decades, added to the ignorant masses who have been born and raised on propaganda, any party with members at least trying to help the little guy will lose. They don't stand a chance of even getting their message out where anyone can hear it.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  59. JC, Nampa, Idaho

    Republicans. You would think that out of 500 legislators that there would be enought sain ones to prevail in taking care of the government's business. It's a sad day for our country. If you didn't vote in the last election, - make sure you do in 2012.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  60. John .......... Marlton NJ

    Our children and future generations will win if the GOP can finally shut down barrackaholism, with its binge spending and failed Obamanomic policy the flaming liberals have so indulged.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  61. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    All those who do not Compromise for the good of the Nation are the real Losers. In life one does not get what he wants All the time. Hence the need to Compromise.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  62. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Political and financial opportunists win the most from the debt chaos, American taxpayers and their taxpaying children and grandchildren will lose the most whether we default or allow the debt ceiling to rise. At least the war on the middle class is going well.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  63. sheila

    Hands down it's the Republicans who stand to lose the most. I'm glad that Americans will be able to see clearly what they've been standing for--big corporations and uber wealthy individuals.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  64. John B

    The republicans will loose and disclose them self as the " my-way or the hi-way party. Lack of cohesion and lack of leadership will loose them the house and the Presidency in 2012!!

    July 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  65. BILL, WI

    Will not be able to tell until we can compare what was agreed upon, to the original starting positions. Hint the first proposal by the Dems was increased taxes and a 400 billion dollar cut in spending.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  66. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Whereas polls have shown that 68% support a mix of spending cuts and tax revenue, it would seem that the Republicans have the most to lose, and that along with the fiscal irrepsponsibility for which their administrations have been largely responsible, should get them booted out of government. Really the American people have the most to lose, for having elected those who have been bought, from the Congress and Senate to the Supreme Court, and who are truly the "best government money can buy" ...bought by comapnies, not The People. They now think of themselves as "leaders" and not public servants.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  67. Kevin in New Mexico

    " We the people " enough said.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  68. Jim, Denver CO


    Both sides do. It will be a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't. They (Washington) have dug this hole, now they have to lie in it. But realistically it is the average citizen of this country who looses in the end. The people in Washington are elected by us, the people, and need to remember that. The infighting and catering to contributor's & special interests need to be stopped.

    But good luck with that one.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  69. Joe

    The Republican Party stands to lose if only the media would outline just how much money the wealthy top one percent have made in the last decade; yet, are willing to reduce benefits for the remaining American population.

    For example: the wealthiest 400 in American own more assets than 60 percent of the population (in other words 400 people own more than 180 MILLION people).

    In reality it is not whether each party wins or loses, but the American people are the ones who will lose due to the influence of the wealthy upon the Republican Party.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    July 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  70. Lou Mullin

    The sad thing is America. We have come to the place where people everywhere KNOW our system of Democracy does not work because where there are 2 or more parties, solving of problems includes working together and coming to a conclusion made up of give and take. These people are the same people who spent us into this situation of debt and they are the same people who increased the debt ceiling numbers of times in every prior President and we are proving to the World that we cannot solve a problem now that we had no problem solving time and time again prior to this President. America loses!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  71. Carl


    The people, of coarse. With each passing day our corrupt government is turning our once great country into a third world country. Politicians, in my opinion, are just worthless, each and everyone of them.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  72. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Politically the Republicans stand to lose control of the House come 2012 because they have turned a deaf ear to the majority of Americans who have clearly indicated that a balanced approach to raising the debt ceiling is the approach of choice. However, Republicans are in a self destruct mode as they are being pulled in two different directions by the Tea Party and the extreme Right Wing of their party. The Republicans have not figured out that the majority of "The American People" are in the center or/middle but they will learn come 2012 elections.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Jerry Driskell

    Politically ? Who knows ? Probably both sides will claim victory no matter the outcome. But, who will really win with capping spending ? My grandchildren !
    Blairsville, GA

    July 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  74. Dave, Orlando, FL

    I don’t care. The big losers, as usual, and those whom I do care about, are the American people. They are being governed by hundreds of ethically and morally bankrupt politicians and their appointees, from the Supreme Court to the White House to Congress.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  75. Jim Snider

    There are NO winners, we are LOSERS no matter how this turns out. We have proven to the world that our leaders (Democrat and Republican) just what they always suspected, selfish and only care about themselves, not the country and definitely not about their fellow man. Sad isn't it !

    July 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  76. marybeth, massachusetts


    I think the Democrats stand to lose the most politically because the Republicans, particularly the Tea Party, have convinced the American people that government isn't necessary, that corporations and private industry can do EVERYTHING better, and that tax cuts for the wealthy beyond imagination is in the best interest of the entire country. They have convinced people that public welfare and common good are dirty phrases, that anyone who isn't wealthy must lazy, stupid, or both, and that fairness in the system equals socialism (gasp) or worse communism. They've been singing this song for more than 30 years, and have convinced people who will never be weatlhy to vote for the wealthy and against their best interests.

    The fact that raising the debt ceiling merely means honoring out PAST debts is ignored. If no compromise is reached, President Obama will raise the debt ceiling, the Republicans will howl with indignation even though they gave him no option, and the blame will fall on him and on the Democrats, never the Republicans. They're innocent in this game to protect the wealthiest of the wealthy.

    We're not progressing but heading back towards feudalism.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  77. 2011eyes (Rube)

    Working taxpayers, middle-class, poor and the needy are the losers. We need to hand Republican politicians each a fully loaded gun and demand that they play russian roulette OR clean up their own mess. That might give them a different thought process.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  78. Ted from Hershey, PA

    All will lose politically, but the President and Democrats will lose most since it will be perceived that they don't know how to resolve our debt, deficit, spending, and tax change problems!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  79. Layne Alleman

    Jack, That's too easy Jack. The voting, tax-paying people who truly care about this nation,and their fellow citizens who feel the same. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  80. lou

    The media. It's keeping your 24/7 news cycles hopping for now. Most regular folks see this for what it is; another political sideshow.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  81. Mike in Minneapolis

    The Founding Fathers knew that there would be at least two primary parties that would not agree on things. The system was set up for this. The House wants to order a pizza. The Democrats want pepperoni, and the Republicans want sausage. The Founding Fathers would have said to order a half-and-half. The Democrats are willing to order a half-and-half. The Republicans have made it clear that they will get sausage or we will all starve. Everyone except for them can see that, but they will in 2012.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  82. Manuel Alfonso

    The Republican Party the most, yet all legislators are also suffering for reaching a new low in public respect. The Tea Party guys are behaving like spoiled kids.
    A eminently economical issue has been politizised.
    Manuel Alfonso
    Quakertown, PA

    July 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  83. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Main street loses as usual. It is time to create balance by taking money from wall street who created this mess. Raise the 15% capital gains tax to 39% for gains above 250k, end 0% loans to banks, and impose an immediate 1% tax on the 700 trillion dollar derivatives market. The working class need to wake up, and stop believing in obama and congress. They are both a bunch of liars who are just puppets being manipulated by wall street.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  84. Phil in Port St Lucie, Fl

    Jack, since the "spinning chamber" is all in the House of Representatives, the Rpublican "Caucus" is the only real "LOSER"!
    It seems that everyone points at the President and blames him for the "entirety" of the situation. "Everyone" should come to realize that he only signs the "end product" of the Congress's process.
    Point the finger at "our" House of Represetatives! Even if it's unfortunate that the "Debt Crisis" is way over the intellect.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  85. Jim LeTellier

    The Country looses – of course. The problem is JOBS, JOBS, JOBS – not the debt. Corporate taxes are at a 60 year low and profits at a 60 year high. There is no demand because of unemployment – lowering taxes will lose jobs, not increase them. From 2002-2009 Bush added $5.07 Tril debt; from 2009-2011 Obama added $1.45 Tril – under Clinton the country had a surplus!! GET A JOBS PROGRAM – STIMULUS, INFRASTRUCTRE PROJECTS, GIVE THE MONEY TO THOSE WHO WILL SPEND IT – NOT BANK IT!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  86. Shirley

    Jack, politically the President stands to win this one! The Republicans really showed their stripes this time and I am certain that the American voting population will not forget this one! Our our men and women who so courageously fought for this country will not receive their benefits will remember. Also our seniors who will not receive their checks to which they contributed will remember. What will happen when we default will make the great depression look like child's play. I believe now though, that all Americans believe the Republicans were serious when they said that all that they want is for Obama to fail! Now we know that they want the country to fail as well. There is no other excuse for this shenanigans.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  87. D.Wilson

    The Republicians have the most to lose. When the markets collapse all thier wealthy JOB CREATORS are going to ask what happened. The GOP needs to WAKE-UP and realize everybody is going to have to make concessions to stop this mess.
    Now my question to YOU. When is Mr. Boehner going to actually be LEADER of the house, and stop letting the TEA PARTY cry babies have thier way. I say LEAD, FOLLOW, or get the hell out of the way.
    D. Wilson {Army Ret}

    July 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  88. Harvey Gold-Brandon, MS

    Who always loses? The middle-class.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  89. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Republicans. President Obama offered a plan that did far more to reduce the deficit than any Republican plan. Turning it down may make you a hero among the fringe, but elections are won in the middle. Besides, Americans care more about jobs right now than the deficit. It's time for moderate Republicans to rein in the TEA party nonsense and work out a compromise.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  90. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    The polls tell the story. Politically it is the Republicans who are being blamed for damaging our full faith and credit.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  91. Minesh

    Jack, the American people will lose the most if Democrats keep spending money we don't have.

    Minesh Baxi, Troy MI

    July 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  92. Sean in Michigan

    The American people. This is what happens when the parents let the kids rule the house...all pointing fingers and leaving a huge mess for someone else to clean up.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  93. Pete

    The Republicans. Their refusal to compromise or negotiate will turn off a majority of voters. Most American realize that reducing our debt and deficits wil require BOTH revenue increase AND spending cuts. The Republicans' insistence on reducing spensing in vital areas in order to save tax cuts for the wealthy just isn't going to cut it with most voters.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  94. carl lafoon

    I am starting to question if Speaker Boehner understands how the Congress works. The teapublicans keep sending the same plan to the President knowing that the Senate has refused to accept the plan. Any Fiscal policy must be orginated by the House and confirmed by the Senate. The process is called compromise. Boehner is not in charge of the Of the Government. He must abide by the consitution but I don't think he understands.

    He can go in front of America on TV and Cry and say we tried to save the country but the system would not let us be successful.

    This is getting to be a circus and will result in a new House Leader in 2012. Boehner is not a Leader. He needs to say this is what we are going to do because it is the best deal poissible.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  95. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Neither side wins.

    It's the republicans that stand to lose.

    Most think the budget and the debt limit are the same thing. The budget is what we're going to spend. The debt ceiling allows us to pay for what we're already contractually obligated.

    Not raising the debt ceiling will cause a rise interest rates by our lenders forcing a cutback in sevices we demand from the government.The loss of those services will be laid directly at the feet of republicans.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    They are all losers as far as I'm concerned and they are dragging the American people to the bottom like a sinking ship. Other than that they are doing a bang up job. How's that!

    July 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  97. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, the Republicans say they represent the American people when they insist on cutting spending with no revenue increases in this debt ceiling debate. A majority of polls show that 64% of Americans want there to be BOTH spending cuts and revenue increases and only 34% want just spending cuts.

    What’s most interesting in all this is how little House Republicans understand how to govern. This freshman class of Tea Party Congressmen think that the House runs the show, when in fact we have three branches of government that must work together and that’s usually done through compromise. This new brand of Republicans don’t understand our history, that the Declaration of Independence was built on compromise and yet these Tea Partiers thumb their noses at the founding fathers by refusing to do so, even though they dress-up in Revolutionary garb in an attempt to take us back to the glory days of our founders.

    In a democracy the majority rules and 64% is a majority, but something tells me this class of Tea Party Republicans are worse at math than they are history. Sounds to me like if the Republicans win, the American people or 64% of them, a clear majority, lose.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  98. Nancy

    the republicans. with this battle going on, the american public is seeing the true colors of the party. they are showing that they are for wall street, big oil and everybody else who enjoys the huge tax breaks that the middle class cannot get from them. they are acting like children that cannot get its way.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  99. Paul From Austin Texas

    In the end even they do not see it it will be the Republicans that will have to answer for a walk out and hard headed stand. They say it is the Democrats that want it for the next election but in fact it is not hard to see it is the Republicans that want it for that reason.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  100. dolleybird

    Who is losing in the debt limit debate? -- We poor members of the t.v. audience. President Obama is giving another speech tonight – egads! Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  101. Dan Dandis

    Our congressional leaders are a joke. I'm 81 years old and have seen Presidents since Roosevelt, and I have never known when a party made a pledge to an innocuous group (tea party) and not to their constituents. And since when did the United States have a King. It seems that the speaker of the house thinks that is what he is. I think having a President is good enough.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  102. Nick@Mammoth Lakes, CA

    If this debate brings everyone closer together then everyone wins. If not, then we all lose.

    Make no mistake, this is about class warfare. Whether the rich few are able to hold onto a status quo that benefits them greatly, or whether the many wake up and take control of our country again.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  103. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    the American public loses on all fronts. No matter what is resolved. Where is the anger? I think now all we keep doing is electing one term officials as we, for the most part have lost faith in the political system. If you think either party gains, watch the 2012 elections. There will be newer third parties evolving from all this. Tea Party was the novelty of the 2010, they too will disappear.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  104. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    I don't know who "wins" this Pyrrhic victory, but the American people will certainly lose!!! Especially disabled veterans, poor children and the elderly.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  105. Roger from Phoenix

    Jack I'm not sure who wins or loses politically or who wins or loses in the private sector. But maybe just maybe something like this will put voters over the top and vote those career politicans out of office for good. Nothing is going to change until the faces all change in Washington , voters need to change the system demand politician get rid of all perks ,get rid of their own cushy golf course, (Congressional Country Club) it's nothing but a tax payer rip off , make them pay for their own health care , reduce their salaries , etc. A person going to Washington to represent folks back home should not get wealthy on the backs of their neighbors. If what I mentioned here became law you could have all the lobbyist in the world but to no benifit. Middle class America is shrinking and is going to suffer for many years perhaps decades due to the career politicians who are paid and bought by lobbyist .

    July 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  106. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Frankly, I am not worried about the political winners of losers. I am worried about the REAL losers.


    The American people!

    It's clear that the politicians no longer deserve the term "representative", as they seem hell bent on disregarding the wishes of those they purport to represent! At this point many people would just be happy for ANY productive work and for ANY agreement that is not too radical on either side.

    But no matter, We The People may well wind up the losers!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  107. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    I think China, which has sardonically embezzled trillion of dollars from us by using unfair trading practices, taking advantage of our greedy businesses, and counterfeiting our products will suck us dry and they will obtain the prominence we once enjoyed. That our children aren't properly educated and businesses will never concede their bottom line to patriotism will make this a fait accompli.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  108. Ralph Nelson

    The Republican Party-Tea Party. Completely irresponsible.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  109. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Pretty simple. Nobody wins except of course for the mega-millionaire/billionaire corporations and individuals whose taxes stay low or non-existent. Everybody else loses.

    Politically, Obama will lose some, but since the GOP doesn't currently have anybody out there that can beat him in 2012 and it's doubtful they will actually find someone, the GOP/Tea Party will be the biggest losers. As long as the GOP/Tea Party stands dead against any kind of revenue (aka, tax) increase, they will always come out on the losing end. My bet is a Democratic controlled Congress again and a Democratic White House in January, 2013.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  110. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Who will lose, Jack? The usual suspects....the poor, the elderly, children, veterans, etc. In other words, the weakest among us. A sad commentary on a so-called Great Country.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  111. Ken, Oxford, Ohio

    I think the Republicians Jack, and here's why. The Republicans constantly talk about cutting spending. So how about this. CUT SPENDING by stop giving taxpayers money to the big oil companies.
    CUT SPENDING by stop giving taxpayers money to big Pharma. CUT SPENDING by stop giving taxpayers money to the hedge fund managers and the big banks. CUT SPENDING by stop giving taxpayers money to the big corporate farmers and sugar producers. Close the tax loopholes that let big Companies like GE and others get away with paying little or NO taxes. Close some of the military bases we have in over 100 other countries around the world, the cold war is over. When the people of this country finally realize how corrupt the Republican party really is they will start voting them out of office, and maybe then the Government will be able to do something for the everyday working people of this country. How any blue collar working person in this country could ever vote for a Republican is beyond me. The party was founded by the rich for the rich and that's all they really care about.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  112. Donald in New Mexico

    All politicians loose because they are acting like fools. They are charged with working for ALL of their constituents, not just the special interests. I am tired of being used as a pawn in their silly games. It seems treasonous to honor a pledge to Grover Norquist over their oath of office. If congress does't get it's act together, the working poor and the unable to work poor, might just take a clue from Europe and take their protests to the street. If the debit limit isn't raised, the first things to go should be Congress's pay checks, their special medical care,their perks,their privileged parking,travel expenses and their mailings. Where is the shared sacrifice? We have real crises that this do nothing Congress will not touch. So they create a fake problem. It's easier to cry over a fake problem than it is to work on real ones. In all this bull going on in Congress, WHERE ARE THE JOB PROGRAMS?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  113. Beverly in Elk Grove, CA

    Republicans!! The Tea Party thinks their doing the right thing, but it will backfire and blow up in their face. The President has compromised, now it's time for the Republicans to do the same, instead of baseless threats!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  114. L. Andi Anderson, NH

    As far as I can see, the Republicans still seem to be the party of 'no' and will stand to lose the most after this ridiculous show of partisanship where they want what they want when they want it regardless of who they hurt. The word compromise is no longer in the Republicans' vocabularies.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  115. Bruce B.

    Isn't it obvious Jack? The large corporations have the most to loose or else they wouldn't have the lobbyists leaning on the republicans so much.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  116. Kenny in California

    That's our problem with our government of late, every thing has to be a game of win or lose.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  117. Robby Bowling

    America looses, with a crybaby president & liberals who refuse to stop spending we are toast. The Friday Obama temper tantrum tells me he's unfit emotionally to run anything, let along our country. As harsh as all you media-Obama- groupies desire to place blame on the Republicans, they are right we are broke. And as much as you love your savior Obama, he is a miserable FAILURE. So put his name on our epitaph , he's your crybaby not mine.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  118. Michel masionneuve

    Who win is the gouvernment because the money go to them again from Quebec canada

    July 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  119. Dave - Phx, Az

    The republicans lose big time on this one. The debt ceiling has been raised hundreds of times since its existence. Regan raised it like 17 times, bush did it 7. Now all of the sudden it is a big deal when the first black president wants to do it. Republicans have said since we elected Obama that they would do anything to get rid of him. This seems to include making sure they never get the white house again by acting like children.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  120. Tony from Southport

    Well Jack, despite the responses I've read here so far, the Democrats will lose big just as they did last November. Those on the left who criticize the "TEA Party" as being responsible for John Boehner's insistence on no increase in taxes, forget that the American people voted in November overwhelmingly to send conservatives to Washington to do exactly what they are doing. It seems that those on the left have short memories and the President knows this. That's why he wants a deal that will go past the 2012 elections. The people will hold this president responsible, no matter how hard the left and your posters here object.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  121. Pamel

    The country stands to lose, Jack. But make no mistake, BOTH parties will be punished come time for elections. What we need is a total overhaul of how we elect our officials!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  122. Linda in Arizona

    Politically, I don't care. They all suck. If you want to cut spending, get out of all the illegal, useless wars! Hah, like that will happen.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  123. Wes

    All sitting politicians could lose – as well as Americans with investments, pensions, mortgages and various loans. Republicans and Democrats have screwed this up.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  124. Wills Winder

    The American people Jack.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  125. John Lundin

    Jack, there will be no winners, and the losers will be you and me. Period.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  126. Robert from Kentucky

    Of course Obama has the most to lose. Whenever one man can be blamed instead of many, the one man falls.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  127. Disgusted in Connecticut

    Jack, Everyone loses. We've got the largest percentage of people out of the workforce since who knows when and the people we've elected to run the government are more interested in destroying it. It's just sad. Truly sad.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  128. George In Austerlitz

    We do Jack,
    Congress has it all WELL arranged. They get paid while everyone else suffers from their actions.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  129. carlyd

    From reading through all the comments here, the general consensus seems to be that the American people will lose. What those idiots in Washington don't seem to get is that this is not a game! Both partiies are playing to the extremes and the middle (i.e., the majority of us) are going to get screwed. This is not democracy. At this point, I'm not sure what it is. I'm for voting them all out in 2012. Congress has become an embarassment for this country. They ALL need to be fired ASAP.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  130. MikeM

    If the country goes into default, it's 100 percent the Republicans' fault. They made up this crisis to get their cuts and protect the rich. Nowhere does it say you have to make cuts equal to the spending limit increase. That's arbitrary. But everybody loses in this asinine "debate." The Democrats have caved, but the GOP won't take yes for an answer. So, the nation loses. The party of "no" may win this battle, but the nation loses the war.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  131. Skylar W. (Atlanta)

    In terms of winning, I'd say the Democrats, should the debt ceiling not be raised. Anybody with half a brain and the ability to see or hear knows that it is the Republican party who is doing this to the country. They are like the weak parent who does whatever their whiny, tantrum-throwing 5 year-old cries about in public. In this case, that whiny 5-year-old is the Tea Party. But the ultimate losers in this situation would be all Americans. It's as sad as it is shocking.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  132. Bobby E. Lahmon

    As always the middle class and the poor as far as the people are concerned politically probably President Obama will probably receive the most of the blame and the republicans know it they could care less about this country and are totally undeserving of holding any public offices whatsoever

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  133. Flo

    Who do you think will win?! The rich of course. The limit on increasing the taxes on the very wealthiest Americans is the ploy to put more of the burden on the middle class, thus helping to eliminate this segment of society. It seems some in D.C. want to eliminate this part of society, and return the world to a feudal system of nation-states, where there are haves, have-nots, and no one in between.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  134. Patrick

    The Republicans have the most to lose. They're the ones who loaded the gun in the first place by once again warping a confused electorate into thinking that they have some clue when it comes to the economy. I wonder when the U.S. will finally understand the sad realization that the best we can do is elect Democrats to be the lesser of two evils; because at least driving in neutral isn't driving backwards.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  135. Ray James

    America has the most to lose. If there is no compromise, average people will find it difficult to buy a house and just survive. The republicans need to stop the grandstanding and do what is right for America and not what the Teapartiers want.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  136. Leon Escude

    Both parties...If these idiots cannot work together, there will be an angry electorate who will vote them out...both Rep and Dem.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  137. Eve of Texas

    As usual, the middle class and working poor will take the hit even more on this fiasco, thanks to the party of no. They want to make the dems look bad, even at the expense of our country, and the dems don't have the cajones to stand up to them. The republicans know the average voter has the critical thinking skills of a tsutsu fly and will do anything to keep themselves and the super-rich who support them, in power. Eve of Texas.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  138. Nancy

    I think the Republicans have the most to lose. They are protecting the richest 1% of this country while the rest of us suffer with high taxes, rising food, gas, education and health costs. Whoever they are protecting should feel as ashamed of themselves as should all those unwilling to create an even plan that is fair and balanced.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  139. Jerry in PA

    The real winners are the 1% who control the majority of the wealth in this country. The rest of us lose...

    July 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  140. greg

    As a Canadian who is very much rooting for our US friends I have to say
    There will be no losers among the millionaire governing class in Washington. The losers will be the American people.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  141. Kris

    The Republicans have the most to lose Jack. Those who have signed oaths that they will not raise taxes (however that is defined) under any circumstances prior to coming into office cannot be effective legislators. We need people in office who have the ability to reason, make judgments based on the facts and circumstances, do the right thing for the country.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  142. Alan Baer

    Both parties loose, but the question will remain unanswered until the election. Unfortunately the biggest looser is the American people and the millions of unemployed (including me) With confidence gone in the American financial system and increased interested rates business will once again start further layoffs, as shareholder value must be maintained, and of course there will be no one to purchase our goods and services. These people are being paid by us, someone tell them to get their job done or they will all be fired, or perhaps we should give them a layoff or furlough.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  143. dick thrrun

    Never have we seen such Political nonsense. They want to win and not compromise? That is not democracy. Bring down our financial future? All 485 of these people will pay for their incompetence. Especially the Tea Party in the next election. God help us all.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  144. Steve

    Those who have the least will lose the most. Since the Supreme Court gave greedy corporations (and who knows who else) unlimited power to brainwash "patriotic" Americans, it's the new American Way.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  145. Casey

    Go look at the polls, Jack. The Republicans have already lost the most in this politically, it's just a question of whether they want to lose a little or a lot. The public is already overwhelmingly blaming the House Republicans for the impasse, and they'll blame them even more if we were to actually default. On the other hand, precisely because so much attention has been drawn to this issue, if they cave in and lift the debt ceiling now the extreme right wing of their base will leave them. That said, the real question is whether they want the final chapter of this saga to be the death of the Tea Party or the death of the Republican Party–you can bet your bottom dollar it will be the latter if we default.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  146. Larry Konski

    Who always looses? The middle class....that's who.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  147. Lorie

    Sadly, the american people. Even worse, it'll hurt the ones that already have the least the most.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  148. Ralph Spyer

    American people lose; we can not pay of 14 trillion what makes the president think it would be any easier to pay off 17 trillion.This Government is a joke. They spent this money on 3 Wars, on wall street, on aid to other countrys so the C.I.A. buy friends. 47% of Americans pay no Taxes.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  149. phyllis

    Everyone will lose.
    Fire the lot as they are not good stewards for the American people. Their election ambitions should not hold us hostage.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  150. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Obama can't lose as long as Moody's does not shoot down the "14th Amendment" option. The GOP has been successfully cast as his evil foils in this little morality play and they are not subtle enough to do the political jujitsu to come out of this looking good. There is even a chance that a rump effort to unseat the Speaker may effectively kill the GOP.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  151. Al

    We lose! The truth is that we don't really have a seat at the table and if you don't have a seat at the table then that means – We are on the menu.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  152. Christopher Forni


    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  153. Edward Cooper

    Those who stand to lose the most are the American people. Both parties have forgotten whom they work for. If we had a viable third party both the others might find themselves out of power

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  154. Chris in WI

    This question is flawed. Russian roulette indicates that they are putting the gun to THEIR heads and pulling the trigger in turn.

    BUT what is actually happening is they are pointing the gun at OUR heads each turn and pulling the trigger.

    Bottom line they don't suffer like we do if no deal is reached. They have cash, the rest of America runs on credit and we are (sorry for the technical terminology) "hosed" if they don't get their heads back in some daylight.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  155. Andrew

    Politically, President Obama has the most to lose. He promised to have these debates on television for the public to observe. Instead, he has fallen into the same swamp as most other president's have fallen into. He has shown that he is nothing more than another Chicago politician. His re-election is more important, to him, than solving this problem. He's full of promises... no substance. No re-election, either!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  156. Robert Read

    The Big Loser is We the American People as usual. Now is the time for Congress to go home and not return but they will want their salaries and outrageous perks. We the People of the United States needs a new government as the present government is completely broke. The way to do so is in the Declaration of Independence.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |

    Hopefully the Republican party, since it has been their one and most important goal from the day that President Obama has become our President to do everything in their power to not cooperate in any way. They could care less about the regular American citizen, the only people they care about are their rich friends who they are protecting rightt now by not allowing them to pay their fair share in taxes like the rest of us!!! And the other people they care about are themselves, after all if they do everything in their power to make this President look like he can't accomplish anything, even though Bush with all of his posturing couldn't kill Bin Laden, then tthey get to be in power again in 2012!!! Who cares about the American people, after all the Republican party knows whats best for us!! Yeah right!! Hopefully people are not stupid enough to allow these dangerous people who will not cooperate and do whats right for our Country back in power in 2012!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  158. Robert

    It is readily apparent that the House Republicans are immature, irresponsbile and immersurably uncaring of anything but their own perceived political goals. President Ronald Reagan is no doubt turning over in his grave as he sees what his party is doing. Even he showed more concern for the country in the context of this issue. But the right wing of the Rubps, i.e., teaparty people, show only one motive and that is to wrought as much damage to the country as possible. Very sad.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  159. Gabriela Billini

    The Democrats are definitely up for loss. I mean, the fact that Obama even but up things that are near and dear to Democrats on the table is a clear and apparent sign that he's trying to cooperate. The other side is too concerned with these pledges they've so selfishly signed. We need to stop talking politics and make this about the country and preventing its possible failure. Let it go, and do it for the people!! PLEASE. But really, CAN they say yes to anything?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  160. Renee Peoria,Ill

    The polls have already answered your question; most people will blame the GOP. They're letting the tea party (a minority) take control of their party when the vast majority of Americans have already said they're in favor of letting the tax cuts expire. But the vast majority doesn't speak to the Republicans for some reason, they're blinded by the tea party.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  161. Rich in SC

    Until voters in this country start to vote out the incumbents from both parties, the winners are all the members of Congress who will continue to lie and break their promises, and the losers are the American taxpayers who are duped every 2 and 4 years into thinking that things are going to change.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  162. William Dunker

    We can only hope that they all lose. Anyone who votes for an incumbent in the next election ought to have their head examined.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  163. Robert Sibner

    The political losers will be the republicans, but the real losers are you, me, our children and our grandchildren as these morally inept politicians continue to run this once great country, that not long ago had a surplus of cash, right into the ground! America, the next 3rd world country?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  164. Dave Sielaff


    The Teapartiers and therefore the Republicans. Anybody that can not realize that government is all about compromise – not getting your way – especially when the majority of Americans want compromise. Hitler did not compromise – look where he ended up!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  165. Theodore R. Wade Jr.

    In the end the American people will lose the most. The Democrates are correct that taxes need to be raised. Actually the tax laws need to be Taxes should be lowered to 18% across the boards on unadjusted gross income for the first million dollars and reduced by 1/10 of one percent for each additional million. No millionaire should pay less taxes than an employee of McDonalds. The Republicans think they can be nickle slick with their two step plan, but the American public people are not stupid. Dumb maybe, but not stupid.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  166. Billy P

    We Average joes are the biggest losers. I hope congress will cut their own salary while cutting others.No one has spoke to that issue. If they cut entitlements, congress should also give up medical benefits. Maybe when their paychecks stop coming in,and they have to start paying a co-pay to visit the doctor,maybe they will realize they are people too.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  167. Mike

    The GOP!!! The President and Democrats have shown that they will work with Republicans to get things done but the Tea Party always finds a way to derail everything. Trust me, this is good for the Presidents Reelection campaign and we will see Republicans lose in the next election!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  168. Kevin Winfrey Curtis

    The people tax paying middle class Americans stand to loose the most. If you think Obama has no guts, let me remind you of his decision to get Bin Laden with no evidence  he was there. If you think Obama will just sit around and let this country go down, think again. There are three branches of government and if congress can't get their act together,  I think this former constitutional law professor has papers ready to get with the 3rd branch of government,  Supreme Court, to make another gutsy decision.  Adults compromise. Compromise gets us progress. Behaving like children will bring this country down such as the Nixon resignation. Gingrich and Clinton joined forces and left us with a budget surplus. Boehner and Reid get back to work for this country and stop being influenced by these left and right wing uncompromising cowards afraid of their constituents. Tell Cantor and his Tea Babies and Pelosi and her Spendaholics they can't have everything they want and vote for progress or get voted out of office.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  169. ba

    The Republicans!. Being held hostage by one man and his pocket full of promises and a faction of their caucus is not doing the business of the nation! This country was founded on the compromise of thirteen states, individual states with differing opinions and beliefs to found this country. ALL the elected lawmakers need to remember that original compromise, get off their ideological high-horses and meet in the middle. Do there need to be cuts? Yes! But they need to be even handed. Big business, oil, small and medium businesses, and individuals all need to contribute. BUT make sure education is funded... if not we will all need a good language program to answer to our Chinese bosses. They will be the only ones qualified for all our "New good jobs" these guys will create!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  170. James Edwin Whedbee

    "We the People" lose. The creditors of our nation lose. The corporations holding Republican puppet strings win.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  171. David Nova Scotia

    The working class looses big time again, Mr. Cafferty we who are old remember well the words to Tennessee Ernie Ford's song "16 Tons" and they ring true to-day " Another day older and deeper in debt" . Come 2015 America's Debt will be $22.5 Trillion and there is no plan to stop it by either party.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  172. John Lundin

    Jack, your Russian analogy is appropriate. In that game, as in this one, the loser suffers an irreversible fatal blow, while the so-called winner is no better off than he was before pulling the trigger.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  173. Diane Passini

    The American People loses. Repulicans and Democrats should not be in a pissing contest, they need to take the best out of all proposals and just get it done, and hopefully it isn't to late already.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  174. Jim In Pittsburgh

    Politically, the Republicans will lose for the same reason they lost over the shutdown of government in the 1990s: they lack the bully pulpit of the Oval Office.

    They don't have the ability to speak to the nation in a major address the way a sitting president does. This means that President Obama will be able to communite his postion clearly and effectively in a way they cannot.

    Moreover, with radicals now in charge of the GOP - some of whom are even arguing in favor of not raising the debt ceiling - more and more Americans will realize that putting Republicans in charge of the House was a major mistake.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  175. Dirk, Ashland, Oregon

    Poor people. They're either going to lose what little they do have to cuts in Social Security, Medicaid, etc. or they will stand to gain if the socio-economic playing field becomes leveled due to the apocalyptic calamity which threatens to bring our society to it's knees. Then we will all be broke and belonging to the Democratic or Republican party will be a moot point.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  176. guy randolph

    You summed up the frustration," We are broke, don't they get that". The real political winners here may actually be the American people when we vote the incumbents out.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  177. Al Shrigley

    Nobody is going to win. Not until the real issue of cutting spending on the entitlement programs is seriously addressed (and I don't mean the entitlement programs that the American people EARNED, like Social Security and Veteran Benefits). Cut the welfare, unemployment and other programs that waste money on those that do not contribute and most often never contributed to society. It is time for survival mode for this country, not more political smoke and mirrors.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  178. Maximo Joseph Santiago

    The country will be the one that will hurt the most as usual. The Republicans don't know who is who in their own party.,they are so split that it is amazing! The Democrats are also in a world of turmoil with people like Pelossi who does not live in our real world, how pathetic!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  179. Don franklin

    The republicans look more extreme and out of touch with the average American. Their insistence on no tax on the wealthy show their true base, the rich and powerful who fund their campaigns. President Obama continues to look like adult dealing with children throwing a temper tantrum. The country has already lost this battle, as no one is doing anything to create jobs.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  180. Tom from Nebr.


    The do nothing congress, in particular the obstructionist Republicans will bear the brunt of voter anger over this disgraceful situation. Part of the problem has been the name Debt Ceiling. Call it what it is, a bill that is due for services rendered. The name causes many Americans confusion as to what it is. This whole madness has been manufactured by the T Party hardliners. The debt ceiling was raised 7 times during the last decade (Bush) with only mild protest. Why is this a crisis now? Regardless of ANY deal they say they will not vote to pay our bills. Evidently their pledge to Grover means more than their oath of office.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  181. Brad Froman

    We the people are going to be the biggest losers. We always are every time these goobers posing as politicians try to tackle something big. They lack courage. They lack leadership. We on Main Street will suffer and they will continue to live large and just schedule another fundraiser.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  182. Norma Munn

    Ordinary Americans lose. As for the Republicans, I have never seen anything like their stubborn refusal to compromise in my many decades of watching Congressional behavior. They would rather prove their power than do the job for which they were elected. Shameful is inadequate to describe their conduct.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  183. Todd, Alexandria, VA

    Russian roulette? Are you kidding? That suggest some sort of game with each side running the same risk of being shot in the head. Actually, this is more of an assault on the ideals of fundamental fairness and compromise of our political system by the Tea Party Republicans. The Democrats have given and given and given and still there is no deal, because it is the "not invented here syndrome" of the Republicans. Republicans now argue, without challenge from the media, that they are giving the President and Democrats something by raising the debt ceiling...wrong answer. That is not giving anything to anyone but the American people. Wake up America!! These guys are greedy and don't know how to play by the rules.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  184. Sylvain

    Wall Street, Mitt Romney (if presidential candidate) and as luck would have it... Tax payers.
    Think slightly more ahead than a single year, what you won't spend – you'll never have however borrowed or banked as profits.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  185. Ivan F.

    The U.S. Constitution loses –How can any Member of Congress who has signed the Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge be in compliance with his/her oath of office to uphold the Constitution – “. . . I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation . . .”

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  186. Ray

    Both stand to loose as voters loose confidence in our political Electees. If this is not resolved I will vote against every incumbent in upcoming elections. This is rediculus and really highlights how Washington is out of touch with the voters, new blood is needed

    Ray in Maryland

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  187. Betty Mutran

    Obama, Boehner, Cantor, the Tea Party, we all lose. Our government loses and eventually our way of life. Compromise is part of our system, but now it's a dirty word. The two step process is one way to remind us to vote them all out, but I'll stay with Obama as he seems concern about the citizens of this country and balances cuts plus revenues.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  188. patricia

    The American people stand to lose if this is not settled!
    As does the world society in general>
    The members of Congress need to remember that they are elected to serve the needs of all Americans ...rich and poor alike( I assume there are both Dems and Reps inevery district!)
    Taxing the people who made this country – through their hard work is stupid!

    It is about time they take a moment to pray about who it is they are called about to serve
    Asking the Spirit of Counsel anGood Judgement to guide them would help!

    The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  189. Ron Smith

    The Republicans pigheadedness will lose them the house in 2012, they were sent there to do whats good for the American people not whats good for them politically, they're obcession with BEATING OBAMA ,will be they're downfall, and where are the jobs that they promised, WHERE ARE THE JOBS, u do nothing Congress.

    Roncat from Fl.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  190. Hem R.

    The ones that will loose the most are gonna be the people who have trusted the dirty politicians! The politicians are playing dirty games to fool the American taxpayers! We'll hold you accountable, politicians!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  191. Pamela

    Who loses Jack? Why the poor and the middle class as always. I hope every single American who voted in the Republicans aka 'the hijackers' in 2010 are affected the most by the potential fall out! Fortunately, what goes around comes around and the selfish will get theirs eventually!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  192. Casi Wulff

    Obama stands to lose the most if he can not get this done. The Republicans are basically holding a gun to the head of the country and if Obama gives in to Republicans demands when they are not willing to compromise it will weaken not only him but the office of the presidency. In a situation like this the president should be able to step in and raise the debt ceiling on his own especially since most agree that default can not happen without dire consequences.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  193. Rich


    Both parties stand to lose in this standoff. Remember the election in 2012 is near. I will vote against all incumbents. We need a change in Washington. We need to elect representatives who will standup for the people.


    Ansonia, Ct.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  194. herb gonzales

    as usual its the american people who have to pay the price. i am digusted by the leadership of this country. we need to have term limits so that this type of partisanship canl no lomger hold the american public hostage

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  195. CopeUSA

    Simple one to answer Jack, us the american people. The Republicans and Democrats truly don't care about the American people, our economy or for that matter our general well being. They just care about being re-elected...........

    July 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  196. Captain Les

    We all lose! Republican idiots still in charge? Lets just send more money overseas to buy our friends, That should make us feel better....

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  197. Charles Brown

    Politically, it will be the Republicans because of their unwillingness to compromise on anything. Problems are solved through negotiation and compromise with some give and take on both sides. If tax cuts stimulate the economy and job creators, what happened? Tax cuts in the midst of wars on two fronts does not compute in my book, but no politician talks about that.

    The American people are frustrated with Congress because tough issues cannot be resolved and any agreement is the result of a last minute "deal".

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  198. AB

    Obama will stand to win this battle, especially once he makes his case to the American people tonight about how he is trying to intelligently resolve this debt crisis and the Republicans are fighting him every inch of the way. This oppositon to Obama's debt reduction plan works against the best interest of the country and the economy. The government does need to reduce its spending, but it also needs to take in more revenue. This requires a strategy that comprises a mix of debt reduction initiatives and tax increases targeted towards the millionaries,billionaries and corporations that do not pay their fair share of taxes(the middle class have been paying that share). After Obama makes his case to the American people on the merits of his plan, I hope the American public will support him.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  199. Jerry

    The President and the Democrats are going to win. They arent the ones holding the debt limit hostage. With the overture of compromises Democrats have made to the Republicans. The President just needs to hold his cards close and wait for the Republicans to cave. They have no choice when at the 11th hour a debt ceiling vote comes about and Republicans vote it down, it will clearly be their fault.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  200. Evelyn

    The American people and the World are the real loosers here as the R's continue to block any possible agreement with there obsession to get rid of Obama at any cost, including sending us all into a certain round two recession, gauranteing that they take back the White House where they can continue to destroy the poor and middle class! With that said, the person who loves this country the most, will be the one to folds to save it in the end and unfortunately, that will be Obama;((

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  201. Hank

    I think the President will come out on top. After both houses of Congress fail to pass a bill, I expect the President to invoke the 14th Amendment to increase the debt limit. With the economy of the United States at stake, I hope he will fall back on his oath where he swore to protect the United States. Personally, I am not ready to suffer economic ruin because a group of morons burned all their bridges by signing a stupid pledge.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  202. Clint in Dallas

    The American people will loose, yet both parties will likely claim victory in one way or another.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  203. Andy in Kalamazoo Michigan

    EVERYBODY LOSES!!! If I, or anybody I know, performed on the job the way congress has, I'd be out of a job. What in the world has happened to the concept of negotiation and compromise? I'm an independent voter and seeing the Republicans take a hard stand and show NO willingness to compromise will definitely affect the way I vote in the future. Every one of these idiots (can I say that here) from either party who is more interested in doing what's best for their party instead of what's best of our country, should lose their jobs, and while we are at it, lose their healthcare at the same time!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  204. Dan Beck

    If our Congressional representatives fail to find a compromise, my 401(k) stands to be the biggest loser. The Republicans are trying to win the Presidency a year early, despite their own lack of ability to have a united position. There is no winner, so everyone loses... and the potential loss is big. The winner could be someone on the outside of the fight, such as Hillary Clinton.
    P.S. Has anyone thought of how vulnerable our country is in during this risky battle? What if we had a terrorist attack this week, and the debt ceiling was completely sidetracked? Our political leaders are putting our national security on thin ice.

    Dan in NY

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  205. Paul in Malden,MA

    We the middle class stands to lose the most Jack......... WE the back bone of this Country!!!! The Left & Right don't serve us anymore, they serve their base.......... the rich!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  206. Nancy, Tennessee

    The American public are the losers. This Congress has individuals that are so self-absorbed they can't do anything for the good of the country. If they don't do something soon the market is going to react negatively and the rest of our retirements will go up in flames. The Republicans are the worse – they are holding out for the Dems to give in to the destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Economists say these programs did not cause this mess, but the Republicans sure want these programs to go away. In 2012 we need to replace everyone that is up for re-election.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  207. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    While the democrats, the republicans, the corporations and the privileged are passing the revolver, the taxpayer each time will be looking down the barrel.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  208. warren rillstone

    I believe the republican party will take the biggest hit, because I don't think they should be playing this political game. There are a lot of people out there who are depending on this debt ceiling and need their social security checks, (gee to live on), their military pensions. What happens to the people who fight for their country and who have worked all their lives just to get kicked down. These two parties need to step up to the plate so we can get on with our lives. Thank you

    July 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  209. Patsy

    The American people and the Republican Party since it is fractured by the "Tea Party."

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  210. David Lamb

    Winners and losers? There are no winners. The American people, however, are going to be the real losers if the Congress cannot get to agreement before the default deadline. It is inconceivable to me how political motivation can be permitted put this country at risk. Make no mistake, we have escalated from an issue to a crisis because certain members of Congress can't seem to get the message the country is clearly sending them. So let me be clear: If we don't get a debt extension done now and some kind of serious movement on debt reduction in the near future, the American people will suffer. If that happens, Congress will be held accountable – with our votes.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  211. G Wheelock

    Obama is trying to prepetuate the good life of the non producers in this country. His goal is way to expensive. He will be the loser in the mind of the tax paying workers.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  212. Matt, Little Rock

    Those of us who actually pay our taxes stand to lose the most. I say we all contact our Congressional Reps and Senators, tell them to raise the debt ceiling for 12 months, and put what to do to a national referendum. Part of this should include what we, the voting public think should be cut (if anything), or who tax increases should affect (if anyone). The politicians are there to represent us, the voters, and they have failed spectacularly. Democrat, Republican, and Tea Party alike are out to push their political agendas, not to represent the voters' interests, nor the American people's interests, so let's put this to the American People to decide what to do.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  213. Fred in Daytona Beach

    The big losers are We the American People, the American Taxpayer, the American Consumer, the American Wage Earner. I don't really care which of the 2 major political parties loses politically. Neither of them really works for we the people. They represent both sides of a political coin that We the People don't own and thus despite elections don't really get to flip, since it's big monied interests who ultimately decide who runs for office and who wins. Why do you think the workers are being asked to sacrifice Social Security, etc. while the fat cat billionaires are not being asked to pay an extra dime in taxes.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  214. Ken in NC

    China and American big business stand to win the most while the American unemployed stand to lose everything. Politically, Republicans will find a way to win the most as the Wussie Democrats will not stand and fight.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  215. Gigi Oregon

    They same thing will happen to President Obama that happened to Clinton. The Republicans will play nasty and the people will have the last word. Clinton won a second term. The Republican party has created too much baggage, to come out smelling like a Rose. Every day I remind my self what happened with the damaged the religious right did, a war in the wrong country, NO budget to pay for it and borrowing the money from China and let our grandchildren pay for it. There are no jobs because the Republican party is backed by corporate America. We the people know and understand that. The republicans poll numbers show it and the longer it goes on the bigger the hole they dig for themselves.

    The Patriots of this country are not the idle rich...who pay no taxes.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  216. Anthony from Maryland

    Mr. Cafferty,

    We all lose! If the US defaults on its debt I call for recall elections of every damn one of them as they simply are not mature and competent enough to run our country! This honestly makes no sense for this nation to default simply because of sheer ideology of both parties.

    One raised the debt 19 times when their "Boy" was President and now you want to fiscally responsible? The other had the marjority in both houses before the election in 2010 and done not one damn thing to raise the debt! Both are to blame!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  217. marta

    The American people lose, especially the poor, middle class and Seniors. Politically, it should harm the Republicans and Tea Party, as the debt ceiling should have never been a political tool. I firmly believe they will do anything to stick it to this President, even drive our economy off a cliff and I don't believe anything coming out of their mouths. Everyone knows we have to make cuts Jack, but we also need more revenue. When Republicans and Tea Partiers have taken an oath that supercedes their oath of office, I hope the American people vote them out. They have created one crisis after another, but take no responsibility.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  218. J A BOK

    Everyone loses, especially the American people. All we willl hear for the next year and a half is more of what has been going on right now. We are all so tired of Congress not being able to come together–I hope they all are voted out next year. I'll do my share in voting out anyone who is
    in office right now.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  219. Liz

    Let's see what Republicans have pledged: To make Obama a one-term president. That is their goal and to heck with everything else.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  220. William Karish

    I think you underestimate the President if you think he is worried about re-election. He already reached that goal. It amuses me to see the Republicans so smug when the only people they look good to is the Tea Party. They won't win them a presidential election. I can't believe we are running the country like a mom and pop store. Wait until we are introduced to the second world with a double AA rating. All those buisness tycoons must have their Rolaids handy. As a small buisnessman, I know the feeling.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  221. James Penny

    Hi Jack,

    If I ran my company like the government operates I would be bankrupt and broke. Obama needs to stop worrying about the election and get to work.

    Obama has the most politically to lose as we all see him sitting on his thumb while the House does all the work. He is like an arm chair quarterback calling the plays after they are run. What a clown.

    Our GREAT Country has the most to lose if the leaders (and I use that term loosely here) don't cut, cap and balance the budget! My youngest daughter is 14 months old now and I don't want to leave this mess for her and my other 2 children.

    Please tell Obama to wake up and smell the coffee, get out of the oval office, roll up his sleeves and actually put in a real day of work!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  222. Tom Smith

    There is no doubt in my mind who is at fault here - the Republican Party and their refusal to compromise. Compromise has been the bedrock of American government from our beginnings. This sudden refusal to find compromise is making most of us sick and tired of the Republicans tactics. This is not what they were elected to do. They will pay at the next election and pay dearly.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  223. Jim

    Letting a tax break expire is not the same as a tax hike. The Republicans are using catch phrases and sound bites to start their campaining early at the expense of the nation. While the Republicans have had years for their tax break / job creation theory to take effect, I have yet to see any result except for more money going into fewer pockets. Their playing chicken with the economy because win or loose, they won't be effected like the vast majority of the nation.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  224. Sandy, Arizona

    Well, it seems to me that anyone in Congress who is standing in the way of raising the debt limit will loose politically, morally and legally. This is because they are not living up to their oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States.

    The 1st sentence of section 4 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says:

    The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.

    Section 5 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says:
    The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  225. sabe

    you say that the American people don't have a seat at the table for the upcoming financial disaster. Your wrong! I think that each of us should take out our little calculator, figure out what this political posing has cost us and subtract that amount from our Federal taxes. Cut of their money and see who really has the power. what are they gonna do put us all in jail. Better still suppose we all "forget" to pay our taxes next year? Maybe we can"t stop this disaster, but we can at least make ourselves heard.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  226. Billy P. in Bama

    IF the debt raising bill had a term limit clause in it for congress,We the people will ALL be winners.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  227. Dolores Surprise AZ

    We can only hope it is the Republicans as they are the fly in this ointment. The Democrats give and give and they just take and take. If you give them 99% they still want the other 1%. Try listening to the American people for a change. Obama always caves in to them and it is time he stood his ground and if it means losing the election so be it. We had Bush for 8 years and that is what put us in this mess but if the Americans vote out a Democratic President this time, they deserve to continue to let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and lose all the respect we have gained in the world since bush left office. Oh for the Clinton days...

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  228. Lori - PA


    The American people, particularity the Middle Class and their children, will lose. It's a shame politics couldn't be put aside for the good of the county. Instead unemployment, more than likely, will go back up, and our education system will suffer even more than it already has. As such, when I vote next year, I will darken the circle next to the write in option, and then write "None of the above".

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  229. Brian Kirk

    We've been invited to a "Tea Party", but the host is "The Mad Hatter" -Everyone in the country will lose. The Republican stance is constructed to set a political stage to get rid of the president next year. They have opposed any legislation that allows the country to win if it casts Obama in a positive light. Right now, with no time left, they need to just lift the debt limit so that it plays no part in next years election. Then they can argue about spending cuts to their heart's content, and perhaps we will survive, despite the crass political maneuvering. I can't find Obama at fault in this. And I used to vote for Republicans??

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  230. Rick D.

    Both political parties have proven total utter failures to the majority of Americans and the great history of this country. It is unfathomable to even suggest that this group of selfish over powered, over-bearing, over- zealous selfish hypocrates would put the very fabric of this nation (and the worlds) financial security in dire straits because they do not want to pay the very bills that they created with-out selfish politcal pandering and hostage taking for political gain. How about we start first by not paying these very same Congressman & Senators. No meningful legislation, no pay. Then lets kick all of these tired bums out in the next elections and get some real legislators that can negociate, comprimise, and move America forward. Enough is enough America... it's time to clean house!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  231. Tina Farmer

    WE, the people, stand to lose the most if the debt ceiling isn't raised and our country's credit rating is damaged. If the people in Congress had to live on Social Security and Medicare the way we do, they wouldn't be so willing to make cuts to these systems. Of course, their health care and retirement is totally taken care of no matter what they do, so why would they care what consequences "we the people" have to face.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  232. Corrie

    The republicans. They are so stuck in their idealogy (and pledges to a non elected person) that they can't find a way to do any kind of compromise. Boehner isn't leading He has no power over his caucus and is flailing away trying to find 'something' that will work with both the house and the senate. Democracy is based on a TWO party system AND compromise – did they not take 'US History' in middle school? It is astounding that the best interests of the country are held hostage to political talking points and idealogy. Raise the debt limit and get to work hammering out a way to lower the debt. Jeez.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  233. Stevie Love

    The American people have already spoken about who will lose the most politically in the debt ceiling Russian roulette. In the polls as much as 71% agree that an increase in taxes should be included in any debt ceiling agreement. The American people will let the Republicans feel their disgust in the elections next year. However, if the Democrats cave as the Senate Democratic plan has done by not including an increase of taxes on the wealthy, Americans may see that as a lack of strength by the Democrats just acquiescing to everything that the Republicans want.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  234. Nathaniel from Eugene, Oregon


    The Republicans stand to win the most if they win and lose the most if they lose. The problem is that it seems unfair to take money from a program that wage income earners pay into to pay for tax cuts, both past and future, for wealthier folks that down actually path into that program because they earn most or all of their income from capital gains. Capital gains do not have the social security tax withdrawn from them. How is that fair at all? Oh and you need to calm down a little Jack. You are going to have a coronary man!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  235. rebecca in va

    Charity begins at home. The biggest loser is going to be the one that takes from the American people, before they take from the huge amounts of money tahe is given to prop up other countries. Aid to others is fine once you have taken care of your own.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  236. Jeff in Johnson City, TN

    The Democrats stand to lose the most because the do-nothing scenario favors the Republicans. If August 2nd comes and goes with no agreement reached, the government will simply be forced to spend only what it takes in, and that's exactly what Republicans want! Instant balanced budget!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  237. Rebecca

    The Republicans. They have proven, time and time again, that they cannot govern. Both spending cuts and revenue increases are necessary. I have voted Republican most of my life – and never will again.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  238. djhtex


    When it comes to negotiations you can take the Democrats off the table. They are not willing to negotiate anything. All they want is to be able to spend more money by raising the limit on the nations credit card.

    Obama and the Democrats will suffer greatly due to their stubbornness. To them it’s all about reelection.

    In the first place they have spent this country into ruin and now expect the Republicans and the people to bail them out.

    If default happens Obama will be through. Just think about what history will tell. Obama the first President to carry the United States into default. History will not be kind to Mr. Obama.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  239. Chagres Girl

    I believe the Republicans have the most to lose because they took office without having the freedom to lead – because they signed a pledge that doesn't allow them to compromise. They accuse President Obama of acting only in his own interests – to get reelected – but they are the ones who want their own reelection – otherwise they'd compromise, wouldn't they? I would be ashamed to stand with – or behind – John Boehner.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  240. Rita

    The ones that will lose are all that receive a government handout.
    Should be an amendment that Congress cannot put IOU in SS fund., without vote of people.
    Trying to cut military pay is wrong?
    What benefits does members of Congress receive after 1 year of service? Have they been willing to take a cut in pay, be on the national health system. Why does no one ask them this?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  241. Robert

    Who cares? I'm going to be the victim of the game they are playing. The Republicans are catering to a selfish demand of no new taxes and the Democrats are just stalling for who knows what. In the end its going to be me face down in a pool of my student loans, mortgage and other debate that we have shy rocket rates.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  242. taofeek Olonode

    Why Americans like to suffer from Republican party again. The Problems of this country was the handwork of Republican party and they will not win. Only the Americans will lose and will are losing from all Mr. Bush stupidity now

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  243. Terry in Las Vegas

    America is the big loser, Jack. We are supposed to be the shining beacon of how things get done in a two party democratic system. We say see America and use our example. The world sees nothing but political grandstanding and polarization. Now there is something that any up and coming country would want to look up to as an example for their building blocks.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  244. Joe

    Jack, no one wins from this. Honest conservatism that use to reside in the Republican party has long since dissipated. We understand that this country is going to have to endure massive cuts in spending; however, it is about time we recognize that those making a million, ten million and hundred million should not be recognize in the same tax bracket as $250k earners. Political grandstanding needs to be held accountable by the public, and the public has to start holding these corporations accountable by looking at the "MADE FROM" sticker. The return of American Made is the answer to this debt problem, the political spectrum is being tipped by Ideologues and it's US that needs to start holding these guys accountable so we are not in this mess again.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  245. maria

    The Republicans have the most to loose; they aren't listening to the people at all. It makes no sense how they are continuing to hold up progress on everything. They need to be focused on job creation instead of pondering these topics out forever. At the end of the day they do not represent the people and only want their way. They are so busy trying to make our president look bad that they turn down any good negotiated ideas at the price of the american people. We are a country built and based on taxation so why do we not want to raise taxes but have no problem cutting benefits that we the middle and lower classes are due. You work all your life paying into social security and medicare then they want to cut you out of what you earned since working as a teen. Its not fair; we can't continue to cut, cut, cut and never bring in more revenue; that is basic math. You can cut all day but if you never add into the system just what are we gaining....nothing. I laugh at how the republicans in office under bush spent our surplus friviously yet they act like Obama is the one who put us in this situation............he has been trying to get us out of this mess and they need to work with him and not against him.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  246. Andy

    Congress stands to lose the most politically. It won't matter the political affiliation here they are all going to share in the outrage. Regard for the leaders of this country is already at an all time low. If they mess this up the first ones to not receive checks should be everyone in Congress and the White House. I have always been proud to be an American, proud of our form of government and what we stand for. These people in Washington are shaking the very foundation of our greatness.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  247. Rev. Mike T

    Both side only thought is reelection! If both sides, Dem.s and GOP/Tea Party, shove this country off the economic cliff the one thing they can count on is that everyone in the White House and the Congress should start look for a job right down to the janitors! I think you'll find the sheep (voters) sometimes have a memory and teeth!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  248. Evelyn

    This will end much like the story of the Judge who has to decide which parent is more fit...the person who folds to protect this country from certain doom will be the one who loves it the most....unfortunately, that will be our President and he will pay a great price for it.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  249. Tom from Eastpointe

    Once again the poor and middle class will take cuts in our benifits that we worked so long for while the big businesss will keep there tax cuts and loop holes. I got up and went to work every day, I paid my bills, I saved money in the bank, I put money into the stock market (and lost much of it), I served my country for 37 years in the military. I didn't cause this problem, Why do I have to pay for it! I'm tired of paying for other people and other people's problems!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  250. Tim

    The republicans and the their idiot tea party supporters will loose. They all want services and entitlements of some kind but want no taxes. The republicans put us in this mess with there tax beaks for the wealthy and unfunded wars and tht has created the huge deficit. The bad economy was caused by their failed trickle-down economics and the loss of regulation. Now they want to pay it off at the expense of the poor and middle classes while rich get richer. Americans are stupid if they keep voting for these idiots!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  251. Michael from Michigan

    The winners are going to be the American people. Finally we have legislators in Washington who are willing to recognize that the spending needs to stop and that they are the ones finally stuck with holding the can. Those fighting for the cuts and smaller government thankfully don't seem to care about the polls and their jobs. They appear committed to recognizing that this is a critical opportunity to start addressing the spending problems without smoke and mirrors. The arguments that we have to raise the ceiling merely because the promises were already made are wrong. Maybe those promises were based on irresponsible projections. In that case maybe the legislation resulting in the debt should be deemed null and void and responsible replacement legislation instituted.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  252. Karen, Idaho

    The losers are most certainly the American public–all of us little guys who never seem to win where Washington is concerned. It is our interest rates that will go up, our jobs that will be lost, and our goods and services that will be harmed. The big winners are the "tea party" loyalists who will not compromise at all and the Republicans they control. But wait until the next election! The Republicans think we won't remember who caused all of this. They may continue to blame President Obama and the Democrats, but We, the people, will remember who walked out of the talks and who refused to put the good of the country before their own selfish demands.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  253. Tony (Vancouver, Canada)


    The United States stands to lose.

    We Canadians can't believe that your politicians are so stubbornly doctrinaire that they are willing to destroy your country's leadership role in the world over this. What ever happened to the people that we (and the rest of the world) admired so much: the ones who led the defeat of fascism, and put footsteps on the Moon? Unbelievable!

    Your Tea Party seems to be the extremists that we've always worried might show up in the US someday...


    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  254. Ken McNew

    Come on Jack, we already know who the winners & losers will be! Those with lobbyists will come out OK while the working stiffs who are struggling to stay out of foreclosure & keep their shirts on their backs will get the short end of the stick. But the biggest loser of all is something we haven't seen in decades from Capitol Hill – Common Sense.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  255. Blair Kramer

    When two parties negotiate it is assumed there will be a compromise. So far I have not seen any compromise from the Republicans. So to answer your question: I think the Republicans have more to lose in this debate. This also assumes the voters have been lisening to and understand the words used in the debate. I suspect that lots of people have tuned out, though, and will vote in the next electuion the way they have always voted: demos for demos and reps for reps. Who will turn out?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  256. Leslie

    As usual the middleclass/working people have the most to lose. Historically the people have had to reel back the super rich before, and the country thrives when they do. What worries me most is that historically what brings great civilizations down? Wars. And our leaders, on both sides, don't want to admit that we can't afford playing soldiers running from one spot to another. We keep talking about social security/medicare? Look at the budget and check out military costs. Look at the casualty list and count body bags. Yet the congress continues to play games and posture for Murdock's Fox network.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  257. Patrick

    Jack the only people that are going to lose in all of this political posturing is the american people that are not millionaires, because we all know that republicans don't care about anyone that is not lining their pockets, and as to who is going to win, well look at who has the least at stake here, THE RICH. The politicians need to stop playing with peoples lives, but who am I kidding that will never happen.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  258. earl from northeast md

    the republicans if they dont pass reid deal ,no new taxes ,they need to vote with democrats and let it pass the house, tea party dragging them down

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  259. James Anderton - Richmond, VA

    The Republicans have shot themselves in the foot. They have scared the older voters with threats of cutting Social Security and Medicare. We all know who shows up at the voting booths on election day. Young people at to preoccupied with their i-Phones , i-pods and Tweets. They don’t notice what’s going on politically. My bet is with the Dems.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  260. Bob

    Republicans and Tea Partiers hands down. I hope the American public remembers just before the next Presidential and General elections how Republicans/Tea Partiers blocked everything that President Obama and Democrats tried to do for this country to ensure the prosperity, safety and future of this country. Republicans are solely responsible for nearly destroying America over the course of 8 years and they set back world peace and economic stability in this country and world-wide for decades. Before Bush-Cheney, America was the most respected and powerful country on the earth. Look what eight years of Republicans trying to enrich and empower the already rich and powerful has done: Republicans have been and continue to be successful in making the poor and middle class pay for that enrichment and empowerment. There is nothing patriotic about not wanting to pay one's fair share, be it the rich or corporations. Not wanting to pay your fair share to ensure a stable, secure and peaceful society is the opposite of patriotism. It makes me sick to hear the lies spewing forth daily from a party that has become frighteningly extremist. Be human beings for once and do what is right for this country – protect the elderly, the sick and suffering and ensure that ALL Americans, especially the rich and corporations, have to pay their fair share. Many US corporations send jobs overseas and get colossal tax breaks for putting US workers out of work. Lawmakers have to get some integrity and stop those practices and make this country deserving of respect again. Any American with a brain and any decency will remember these things at the next election. What party wants to destroy this country? – Republicans. What party wants to save this country and make it strong and safe and decent? – Democrats and many Independents.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  261. Janice in Lee, MA

    Middle class America stands to loose the most so why aren't they picketing in the streets and marching on Washington!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  262. Jaime in Colorado

    Hey, Republicans, where was the concern about the debt ceiling when Bush and Cheney were spending a trillion on bogus wars. So to pay for their follies, Republicans want to cut widows monthly social security check. Well, I think they may have finally found a weapon of mass (Republican) distruction.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  263. Mary Jo O'Rourke

    The middle and low income Americans are the proverbial loosers. The winners will make a lot of money by prolonging the possible default – through increaseing interest rates, I wonder what political party they belong to?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  264. Mike from Mt. Juliet, TN

    I believe both parties stand to lose big. People are tired of this type of political bickering. The debt and the deficit are american problems and should be dealt with, not kicked down the road for another day. The partty is over!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  265. tate in NY

    every time i listen to president obama talk about the debt ceiling, he seems like the only adult in the room. the Democrates stand to win politically because ultimately, voters respond to common sense. a mix of revenue and cuts seems reasonable, and the rigidity of the republicans is going to break them.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  266. Dwyane Smith

    The Republicans are ruining their party, with the political Russian roulette. Speaker Boehner and his comrades will do whatever it takes to win a victory for the Republicans, even if it means to jeopardize the US credibility and put our country in a default status. However, the Republicans are going to ruin their own party and they will be the ones who will suffer in the next election. The American people are tired of the political BS in Washington and are truly ready for change.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  267. Cee, La

    We the people will lose the most....because our democracy is dead.... RIP......I do not want elected representatives signing any pledges to some goof ball idealogue.....Grover Nordquist.......the only goal the GOP/TP have had since Obama was elected was to defeat him, at all costs......to the point of crippling the country....they move the bar on all issues..... I will turn the TV off after the president speaks.......tonight.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  268. Richard in Michigan

    The Republicans and the Tea party will loss the most. The voters will see that they really do not care about the country and there extremist views of "We are the only ones who are right :and they are willing to take the country down the road of bankruptcy. Government is compromise and these befoons don't get it.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  269. Glenton from Los Angeles

    In the short term, Republicans will lose. In the long term, every citizen in America will suffer. The President has done a good job of taking a centrist position to solve this debt ceiling crisis. The problem is, even though he's been reaching out to the GOP, no one wants to hold his hand! They're like a bunch of middle school girls at a dance! Don't cry about the problems in Washington when all you do is stand with your own party, drinking your own kool-aid.

    There's no compromise on immigration, health care, spending or revenue, and the list goes on. If this lack of compromise goes on much longer, America won't have to worry about being #1. We be so far down the list we won't even be able to see the top twenty.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  270. Laura Brown

    Everyone loses. America is the big loser in this – she is unprotected and plundered, growing weaker by the day. Everyone of the politicians lose – as history will look back and record for all to see just where their interests lie. It certainly isn't in being a good steward of our great country and doing what is best by all of us – like Italy, our leaders are doing what is best for themselves – PERSONALLY. However, do they understand people are angry and ready to revolt? We are – and it will mean many, many new faces in the 2012 elections – and they won't likely be radical Tea Party candidates who have shown themselves to be really, really scary:(

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  271. Jan Jaquith

    The whole world will lose over this fighting in Washington. Is there no one there who gives a darn about the people. Is it only the corporations that can give the the big big money that matter. Everyone is citing constitutional backing for their bad behavior, when it so obvious that they can't stand a black man in the white house. Obama is the only voice of compassion in Washington.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  272. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    The Republicans will lose the most. They want no tax increase for the rich and the large corporations which is their real constituency. This places them against the majority of voters. That will only work for a short time.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  273. Della from Amesbury, MA

    Jack, anyone who can be blamed for touching Social Security and Medicare will lose, big-time. 'Entitlements' is a very twisted and misleading phrase. Workers and employers have paid into this system, the United States has invested it, and when a worker retires, he or she gets their money back with interest. When elected officials talk about dipping into that, they are talking about theft on a massive scale. Once that sinks into the American psyche, when they realize they've been shafted, the right wingers who have pushed for it had better have safely removed themselves from the country. Maybe to Mexico, where Government leaders have a long tradition of stealing their people blind.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  274. Jean

    President Obama had a "mandate" when he won the presidential election by a landslide. Yet the absolute refusal by republicans to work with the president to get this country back on track is shocking and very disturbing. The entire world is watching and the republicans have embarassaed us completely! It is time for the republicans to come out of the bully pen and go home. 2012 is right around the corner.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  275. Jan From DE

    I think that the party who ignore's the polls will lose next year. It's like you said, the American people do not seem to have a seat at the table and it should so we will use our votes next year. I think Obama made reasonable offers and both he and the VP were "walked out on" and the Prez's phone calls ignored. When you disrespect the Prez and VP, you are arrogant fools that deserve to be dumped.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  276. Denny from Tacoma

    Because of their hardlining, the Republicans have more to lose. If they keep it up, we may become a one-party country. I have never seen such a group of belligerent, unyeilding politicians.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  277. Larry

    We, the people are the losers !!!!!
    We sent them to Wash. To do a job. This is pathetic !!! If they can not do so as leaders, they should all RESIGN now and let the next group try. We do not hsve 2,4,or 6 years to vote.
    In the real world, they would all be gone !!
    God Bless America

    July 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  278. Joe

    We all lose.The policticans, President Obama, lose because they failed to effectively govern and solve the problem. The American people lose due to our governments inablity to compromise, therefore destroying any confidence left in the faith of our elected representatives.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  279. Jack in Seattle

    Big corporations will win, they ARE who really run this country. Republicans refuse to make corporations, that make billions, pay any taxes. Why? Because they accept donations from them that to help get them elected. The American middle class and poor are left to pay everything. We problably wouldn't need to make so many cuts to social security, medicaid or other programs if these companies were just forced to pay up like everyone else. By the way, to keep elected officials from getting cozy with oil, pharmaceutical companies, etc, there should be limits on how often someone can run for office. No more than 2 terms in each public office in someones lifetime. You get elected to congress, if you win 2 terms you can't ever run for congress again. If you win 2 terms in the senate you can never run for senate again, etc. .It was our forefathers intentions that the goverment be run by the people for the people. Not by a bunch of self serving politicians. Public office wasn't meant to be a lifetime career. Almost forgot – the LOSERS, the American people.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  280. Vinny

    The Democrats and President Obama have all ready lost! The President has his head in the sand about how to solve the country's problems. He thinks he can spend his way into re-election without the American people noticing. That obviously hasn't gone too well. On the other hand, the Tea Party has the Republican House held hostage. The Republicans are pressured by them and therefore cannot comprimise with Democrats. They can't agree to any revenue. Republicans only control one house of Congress. They can't get everything they demand. The American people voted for a divided congress and the politicians sent there have failed to deliver.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  281. Karen Lee

    It is my feeling that while no one has been blameless in this fiasco, the Republican party stands to take the greatest hit come election day in 2012...Americans are not going to forget the unmitigated ignorance shown during this game of Russian roulette with the nation's debt. Talk of cutting "entitlements" that Americans have been paying into for decades then to cut them make them look no better than Enron to many seniors...take our money for a retirement account and then mishandle the money and interest on said money. All the time refusing to make billionaires and millionaires pay their fair share...I say prepare their performance evaluations, hand out pink slips in November 2012 and while they get their pink slips provide them with a COBRA package for 18 months of personally paid health care coverage and notify them that their entitlement of lifetime health care is being revoked and they will have to pay their way for coverage.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  282. Wale Olaiya - Buffalo NY

    This entire thing is still a political cat and mouse chase, unfortunately the stakes are too high. GOP say they don't want a default, but in real sense, they don't mind the option and they've vowed to stand together. In order to act as a big brother, I believe the White-House should adopt the plan with a clause creating a deadline to vote on the second phase. We'll deal with tomorrows problem tomorrow. Without this, the stalemate will loom until we find ourselves in default.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  283. Nathaniel Williams

    The biggest losers will be the citizens of this country each party is to busy worrying about the elections and what can be use to save the seat in both the senate and the house. Meanwhile, our credit rating and standing will effect the world economy which will lead to more job loss higher unemployment. It's time to stop all the fighting and bickering close the loop hole cut special intrest and entitlements WE ARE BROKE AND WE NEED TO REALIZE IT. If you are working and your not bring enough money home you get a second job and cut back on the bills. Perhaps we Americans remember the nonsense were going through come election time a lot of these politicans will realize how unemployment feels when they are kicked out of office.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  284. Captain Les

    We all lose! Republican idiots still in charge? Lets just send more money overseas to buy our friends, That should make us feel better....
    Millville, NJ 08332

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  285. Qu Walton

    Both parties stand to lose political credibility. I am not pleased with either side being a future politician. I voted in my first election in 2008 and I am not planning to even waste my time in 2012.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  286. Diane Evans

    The American people stand to loose because the do nothings in Washington refuse to do the right thing. They need to be loaded up in an airplane and flown to some remote island and dumped like the garbage they are.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  287. Ed Hailio

    There is no Russian roulette. Most politicians r lawyers who r trained in the practice of manipulating language.To tax is 2 take something away from the people.If they cut the "entitlements" which the people have paid 4. How can that not be a taxation which when implemented will protect their Whores on Wall Street etc.? They continuously brow beat & dupe the public with their subterfuge, clandestine, covert language.Wake up people & get off the stupid pills they dish out 2 the people on a daily bases.They r all the same.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  288. dave nh

    The republicans will lose because most of the media supports obama. Where is the question from the main stream media as to, why did it take 7 days before the deadline for the democrats in the senate to come up with a plan. jack get a truthful answer if this deadline is so important!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  289. Christopher Forni

    Seems to me Republicans have the most to win. After holding the presidency and majorities in both Houses of Congress in 2006 and with a booming economy and record government revenue (of $250b more than current receipts), they still managed to borrow a quarter of a billion dollars to make ends meet. Obviously they are the party to get us out of this mess.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  290. Horatius Coleman

    The Republicans stand to lose the most. Period! The fanatically blind and unsound loyalty that they have for the wealthy as opposed to the poor and the middle class is now being seen as more important to them than the needs of the nation in a looming crisis. Even in the face of the polls, their "Republicanhood" mentality is unabated. Take from the poor and give it to the rich. This is their unyielding, tried and failed mandate. The last time I checked, there were more poor people than rich. In the context of one vote per person, it seems obvious who wins if all the poor and middle class voters have anything to say about it.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  291. Mark

    The American People will be, as always, the real victims. As our "leaders" continue to behave more like contestants on a reality TV show and less serious problem solvers, our international reputation is already suffering, as is evidenced by the reaction in markets across the globe. The only really solution is to vote for eviction.


    July 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  292. Dion from Atlanta

    The entire world... America's economy is the flagship for all others in this global market. If we allow the unthinkable to happen, our economy and every other will suffer long term effects for the Republicans short term lack of judgement. Maybe we need to get the NFL owners and players association to negotiate this deal since they are the only ones who seem to know how to compromise!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  293. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Congress has the most to lose if they fail to get the bill voted on and on the presidents desk for his signature before August 2nd. The constitution states in article one section eight that all taxation, borrowing and appropriations must originate in the House. There is nothing that says the house must negotiate with the president. By the houses failure to act on their constitutional duty they have abdicated their responsibilities to the American people. Ultimately we all lose.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  294. Tim Donnelly

    The American people will be the losers because of both parties partisan positon. It might be time to replace the people in Congress in the next elections with people with more moderate views.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  295. Greg Gibson

    The republicans may look like they have won this battle, but the american people will repay them for their intrangidence in 2012. The Tea Party are a bunch of white bigots who don't want to help any of the pwople in this country who truly need help to survive. No amount of Wall Street or Corporate money will overcome the fact that people are losing their benefits so a bunch of millionaries can drive up the price of comodities, and create jobs in foreign countires. They are in for a rude awakening. More wealth for the wealthy is not the solution to our countries economic problems.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  296. Ken Victoria BC

    As always,the big loser will be the Great Unwashed, in the American society. This situation has been observed by other countries as a joke How can the US be a world leader when its own house is such a disaster. Elected officials should set a good example and do what is best for the people and their majority wishes but not the wishes of extreme elements.Where is the fair and balanced solutions?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  297. Rick Plainfield IL

    The President will gain the most because whatever your opinion is on raising the debt limit, the President has fully supported it. If you think we should raise it with no spending cuts, well the President strongly voiced your position in April, May and June.

    Think we need big spending cuts before raising the limit? Not to worry, the president has been solidly on your side the whole month of July (after his clean raising of the debt limit failed). Think we should have massive spending and ignore the deficit? Then the President must have been your hero for all of 2009 and 2010!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  298. Frank Mario

    The Republicans will lose b/c they are controlled by irrational extremists who are incapable of compromise, and would rather see our country thrown into economic chaos than act responsibily. The GOP is unfit to govern!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  299. Joe

    It depends. If the Publicans cave on restoring the funding and taxation authority for the FAA, they will be agreeing to a tax increase accorrding to their own standards, and it will prove that this debt ceiling fight is just political posturing.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  300. tonie from OK

    The Republicans. The GOP places most of the burden on the middle class and poor, they need to have a balanced approach or it will be a recipe for disaster.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  301. jerry smith

    The nation stands to lose the most and the fault will lie with the Republicans, although I'm not sure the nation's electorate is discerning enough to realize that because of the Republican party's obfuscation of
    the process. President Obama has made sincer efforts to compromise. Republicans–even those willing to do what is best for the country are hamstrung by their Tea-Party bedfellows and the intransigence of those who have signed the Norcross no-tax pledge. I'm sorry, Emerson, but the Republicans' little minds are stuck in a too-foolish consistency threatened by the hobgoblins.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  302. Richard M

    Jack, according to the latest polls President Obama has a 52% favorable rating among Dems and Indy's for his efforts in trying to make a deal. This is very troubling, he could get re-elected. Our government has got to act responsibly, forget the political fallout – they may not get re-elected, and implement a plan that is good for the country and is representative of the realities at play here in the USA. Please tell me why key executives from the Fortune 100 major industrial corporations in the US are not participating in these meetings to develop a plan for deficit reduction and future growth of this nation. We need aggressive domestic Corporate Giants to invest in new technology and jobs. We need overseas Corporate Giants to feel sure that investment in the USA is going to pay off big time. We need to stabilize the investment environment for this to happen. We do not need one additional cent in spending, no matter for what. Stop the spending, create a favorable environment for corporate investment and pay down that deficit. Could you go out and get a new line of credit if your debt to income ratio was 60%? Then why should we allow the govenment to do just that?

    July 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  303. Peggy

    The Republicans are set to shoot themselves down!!!
    If they think for one minute that we are not paying attention to this they are way wrong!!
    I am sick and tired of them using the "entitlelment programs" as their football, while they protect the rich an powerful!
    The Democrats, are offering up a lot and it is not even being seriously considered by the Republicans. This is disgusting!
    In the end of they push it off the cliff, it will be the average American who is hurt the most!! Again disgusting!!!

    July 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  304. Ray in Knoxville

    We all lose, Jack. But let's face it, Republicans have stood out for their unwillingness to compromise and willingness to let America fail. The American public, outside of the extreme right, recognized that fact.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  305. David Jawo

    The debt limit has been passed every year since it was established. Obama wants us to extend it as usual, and now it is a problem. For the republican majority in the house, it does not matter what the consequences are for not passing the debt limit. The republicans are so obsessed with going against Obama, that they have been blinded to doing anything that is good for the country. That is sad, and it is destroying our democracy. All of us will end up losing. And we will be losing big. Then Jack, you can ask the question again and your answer will be OUTRAGE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

    July 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm |