SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - Thursday night, the House abandoned plans to vote on raising the debt ceiling. As the August 2nd deadline looms, political experts and activists are sounding off on the ongoing debt debate.
This issue is resonating all over Southwest Florida. Despite what party people support, one feeling is mutual - an agreement must be made.
Political Analyst Ben Polk says this is the most divided Congress he's ever seen.
"It's the ego that's involved right now," Polk said. "Both feel that if they give in, the party who elected them as President of the Senate and Speaker of the House, they will have lost some dignity."
The continued disagreement, Polk feels, could weaken the United States' stature around the world.
"One thing it shows is how important the last election was," Polk said. "The Tea Party people got in, and came with a different philosophy saying they would hold onto it. There are those other Republicans who are not that strong in that philosophy, and you have the Democrats saying we don't care what the Tea Party people say because they wont be here."
"I sincerely hope that a compromise is worked out in the next day or two, but believe me, it will not be either plan that is on the floor right now."
Minutes after Republican leaders delayed voting on a debt reducton bill Thursday evening, political motivational speaker Blaise Ingoglia spoke to a crowd in Port Charlotte, breaking down the national debt.
"Just to pay off the debt, that $14 trillion number, each U.S. citizen owes $46,465," Ingoglia said.
Ingoglia delivers non-partisan Government Gone Wild seminars throughout Florida hoping to educate voters about out-of-control government spending and motivate them to do something.
"Since 1988, this nation has spent over $8 trillion dollars just in interest payments alone, that is enough to give a Lotus Evora dream car to every tax payer in this nation," Ingoglia said. "We can not continue on this path or this nation will be bankrupt."
Earlier Thursday evening, Speaker Boehner's spokesperson was optimistic the vote was going to still happen. It's unclear whether Boehner will reschedule the vote for Friday, or modify the bill in hopes of garnering more support.