Dallas Residents Sound Off Over Debt Ceiling Debate

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While the U.S. Congress struggles over what to do with the pending debt ceiling deadline, local congressional representatives are getting an earful from constituents.  A common theme they are hearing is “do something.”

On Monday, President Barack Obama urged Americans to call Congress with their concerns, and people responded, though maybe not always in the way he wanted.

“I think I am absolutely embarrassed by the members we have sent to Congress and have been there year after year after year…. and not addressed now until we’re in a crisis mode,” says Vickie Berry of Dallas.  She is angry with both sides for waiting so long and running the risk of stampeding through some very bad legislation.

Republican Pete Sessions’ office says calls have increased, and the sentiment is that Washington must do something. Republican Sam Johnson’s people say more than 2,000 calls have come in since Monday night urging Congress to cut spending and not raise taxes.

Republican Ralph Hall had more callers, too, with positions evenly split along party lines. Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D – TX), Jeb Hensarling (R–TX), and Joe Barton(R–TX) all received more calls than usual, calling for action.

Late Wednesday, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison urged fellow senators to pass either of two bills currently in the house or senate.  She said both versions did not want to raise taxes.

“But I do hope that we can also make the cuts that will put us on a fiscally responsible plan so we will not have to address this debt ceiling ever again,” she said.

She urged a review of entitlement programs after the debt ceiling crisis is handled, adding, “I think in order to avoid a fiscal calamity we do need to make the strongest step we can make, which is cutting spending and doing it without increasing taxes.”

On the streets of Dallas came a mixed review: people are concerned but not too worried, yet.

“We’re going to run out of money;  I guess seeing all the bad things that are happening overseas I guess that’s ‘semi’ on my mind,” said Dallas resident Shaun McClain.

Ryn Hughes is in town for the Mary Kay convention from her home in Kihei on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  “I’m just leaving it to Obama,” she said.

“I know we elected him and put him in there and we’re hoping our congressmen can do what they need to do. You know, put them in there, they’re the guys with the brains. I support their opinions about this,” she added.

But Vickie Berry remained adamant that decisive action must be taken.  “I personally think there’s a lot of waste internally within the government and they ought to do a wholesale 15% cut in every department’s spending.”

It’s very simple, she insists.

“There are two components to the equation: There’s money coming in and there’s money going out, and the money coming in is not enough to cover the spending that’s been imposed on us. And raising taxes is not the answer.”


One Comment

  1. Randy Sinclair says:

    Just listened to your political analyst. I guess it was too much too expect an unbiased report. I was not sure if I was listened to FOX or CNN. In fairness you should now allow time for a Republican political analyst. Your guest blamed everyting on a small faction of Republicans. The only people I keep seeing saying “no” and “they’re (Republicans) are not compromising” is Obama and Reid. They have repeatedly said Boehner’s proposal should not even be presented to the Senate as it will not pass and if it did somehow Obama would veto it. THAT sounds a lot like an uncompromising position to me.

    I think the White House and Congress should be replaced, take away their perq’s and unlimited terms, make them hae to live with the situations they’ve created and let some more mature people take a turn at running the country. Maybe a bunch of single, working parents should run the country.

    1. Texas_Camper says:

      The Republicans should draft a bill, seal it in an envelope and present it sealed to the congress with the message “This will begin to make America solvent again, so, we need to passit so you democrats can see what’s in it.

  2. jcjet2 says:

    What you are witnessing with this claim is an administration in disarray, one that will do or say anything. So they may very well decide that not paying Social Security checks is a great idea. We should not, however, concede that choice is brought on by a failure to increase the debt ceiling. Because it isn’t. If Social Security checks don’t go out it will be because Obama has decided it is to his political advantage to hurt as many Americans as possible.

    Obama has decided he’d rather send the money to a friendly organization like Planned Parenthood or the SEIU or continue trashing the US economy by funding his EPA than allow Social Security checks to be issued.
    He gets to choose.

  3. bill burns says:

    You folks elected a colored president. Live with what you sowed

    1. rubbercow says:

      This has got to be the most ignorant comment I have ever seen! What are you stuck in the 50’s or something? What is frightening about this comment is that there are obviously many other ignorant, uneducated and bigoted morons out there who want this president to fail simply because he is not white. Btw, I am white and bill burns, you disgust me.

  4. Rick McDaniel says:

    The two sides are too polarized, and with each arty controlling one house, nothing will pass. We will default, and we will all pay the price, of bad judgment, in placing a spendthrift in the WH.

  5. Kitty62 says:

    The Republican Party needs to stop being obstructionist and extremist. Their behavior has shown that the only thing they are interested in doing is bringing down this administration at ANY cost, no matter the harm it may cost the American people. I say, you folks elected this Republican congress, and you will have to live with what you sowed.

    1. RussP says:

      Good or bad, the house republicans have put up and passed two proposals so far. Senate democrats stopped them both yet have failed to put any proposals of their own up for a vote. What are they waiting for? There can’t be compromise with only one side putting anything on the table.

  6. Michelle says:

    I vote for No More Holy Under Ware & Socks in my amoire…Th​e President,​ Congress, Senators Can Afford to Buy NEW Under Ware & Socks I Want To Be Given The Same Right & Freedom To Purchase those Items without Fear of Prosecutio​n, without Bouncing the Federal Government​ Check or without Borrowing from my Family for the Necessary Things in Life to Survive!!

    1. james says:

      yes i agree like i said they could give up half there salary and wouldnt hurt them a bit and it would almost take care of our deficit in 5 yrs

      1. RussP says:

        Just getting rid of all the waste and fraud would probably make up most of our deficit. Farm subsidies to not grow products or to make it worth growing products no one is buying, fraud in medicare, medicade and social security disability, over staffed political offices…the list can go on for pages. How many billions have been shot into the space program and what has been the return?

  7. james lee says:

    i feel that all the politicians in washington should give up have there salary heck they was well off even before they went into office so it would not hurt them a bit instead they are trying to take money and bennifits away from ppl who cant even make it as it is soon we are all going to be on the streets. we worked all our life paying into social security and since the government spent it we cant even get it back they give us just enough to live in the slums bum food and money for gas im sorry i have never had to ask anyone for any thing untill i became ill now i have to bum the last 2 weeks of the month i dont like it

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