Ayotte explains economic issues at Weare meeting
Ayotte led the open forum, attended by about 25 people, with a presentation about the U.S. economy and her efforts to curb spending and make the government more efficient.
“If you’re spending more than you take in, that’s a big problem because you can’t pay your bills,” she said.
Because the U.S. spends more than it takes in, she said, the country is borrowing $2 billion a day from nations like China.
She said she has even recommended cuts to certain defense programs, like one the military identified because it was no longer necessary.
At the same time, important military-related programs have taken a hit, she said, including cost of living adjustments for retired veterans.
“It’s manifestly unfair,” she said, but she said her efforts to eliminate tax credits used primarily by illegal immigrants in order to pay for the retirees’ COLAs fell on deaf ears.
“We need more Republicans standing up for our Constitutional rights and for smaller government,” said Lucille Richardson. “It’s time for us to say we’re not compromising anymore.”
Based on a Senate Intelligence Committee Report issued last week, she said it’s clear that al Qaeda was involved and that there were “gross deficiencies in security” at the embassy in Benghazi, where three Americans were killed.
“People ask me why I’ve gotten so drawn into the Benghazi issue,” she said, “but I was a prosecutor and when that story first came out, I knew something wasn’t right.”
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