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Another View -- Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen: Stop the bickering, start governing
The Union Leader ^ | October 13, 2013 | Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen

Posted on 10/13/2013 6:25:59 AM PDT by Jim Noble

GRANITE STATERS are rightly frustrated and fed up with the current gridlock in Washington that has resulted in a government shutdown that is hurting families and small businesses. We share that frustration - and we know that our country deserves better from their elected representatives. That's why we're calling on Republicans and Democrats to come to the table now, work out a plan to reopen the government, and develop a long-term deficit reduction plan that will move us beyond this impasse.

Too many in Washington are wasting time and energy finger-pointing and playing the blame game instead of working together to find a way forward. During an informal bipartisan get-together we hosted earlier this week for our women colleagues in the Senate, there was unanimous agreement that members of both parties need to put politics aside and act in the best interests of our country.

Washington could take a lesson from our state's long, proud tradition of bipartisanship and compromise. In the Senate, we don't agree on every issue, but we are committed to working together on behalf of our constituents. And we've been successful as a result.

In just the past year, we've worked together to bolster our small business exporters because we know it will help grow our economy. Together we lead a key Armed Services subcommittee responsible for overseeing our military's readiness, which has allowed us to be strong advocates for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its dedicated workforce. And we were proud to support the Pease Air National Guard Base's 157th Air Refueling Wing's successful effort to become the new home of the KC-46A refueling tanker.

When it comes to our nation's fiscal challenges, we have been part of bipartisan efforts to produce a long-term deficit reduction package that will put our country on a more fiscally sustainable path. That effort would be bolstered - and future crisis situations could be avoided entirely - if Washington did its job and passed a budget and appropriations bills on time. To that end, we support legislation that would force Congress to budget responsibly and rein in excessive spending while also requiring better oversight and stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

The American people sent 535 representatives to Washington to work together to address difficult issues and to move our country forward. They did not send us here to manufacture crises, skirt our responsibilities, and bicker with one another. Regardless of political party, everyone should agree that the stalemate in Washington is unacceptable. And for each day that we let it continue, our country is paying too heavy a price.

We have a divided government, but governing is not a winner-take-all sport. We should seize this opportunity to successfully address the many challenges facing our country - and that means putting an end to partisan bickering and starting to actually listen to one another. It's time for our nation's leaders to stop the partisan gamesmanship and start governing and working across the aisle in good faith. That's what is expected of us as elected representatives of the American people, and they deserve nothing less.

Jeanne Shaheen, D, and Kelly Ayotte, R, represent New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: barrycades; commies; operationwhipcracker; shaming; stupidity
Are these US Senators or kindergarten teachers? At least Shaheen is following the RAT playbook, appealing to LIVs by using shaming language (bickering) to avoid engaging the issues of a $17 trillion operating debt and $90 trillion in unfunded "benefits".

As I've said here before, Kelly Ayotte appears to be both a follower and a wannabe - this editorial, I goes, is her confession to both charges.

1 posted on 10/13/2013 6:25:59 AM PDT by Jim Noble
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To: Jim Noble

The first sentence was so full of bullsh-t and phony assumptions that I couldn’t read any further.....


2 posted on 10/13/2013 6:27:38 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Jim Noble
governing is not a winner-take-all sport

In the Age of Obama, it is. No negotiations. He wants 100% of what he wants.

3 posted on 10/13/2013 6:27:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Jim Noble

Can’t make it through it either—they don’t know how to govern; this is about total control of the sheeple.


4 posted on 10/13/2013 6:36:33 AM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: ClearCase_guy

Exactly. Not that we needed it, but this shutdown is a perfect measuring stick for media bias and double standards.

The GOP are being portrayed as absolutists yet they are the ones proposing, modifying and, as a minimum, explaining what they are seeking.

Obama, on the other hand, starts with pointing fingers and never stops. He’s rejecting offers before they are even made while accusing the other side of bad faith (his sense of irony has always been quite weak).

It would help all sides and observers if they would state the obvious: this is strictly about ego. The stories about Obama resenting the Obamacare nickname are risible: he is completely wrapped up in it as a tribute to his munificent greatness. It also explains, quite easily, why he will never accede willingly to shelving it.


5 posted on 10/13/2013 6:37:21 AM PDT by relictele ("An elective despotism was not the government we fought for..." - James Madison)
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To: Jim Noble

Gee...Ayotte could have spared our time and just say she supports ObamaCare


6 posted on 10/13/2013 6:38:09 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Fact Is: GOPe want ObamaCare.)
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To: TurkeyLurkey
this is about total control of the sheeple

Yes, exactly so.

I wonder if a female leader stepping into the role of a kindergarten teacher - "Children! stop bickering!" hasn't been tested in focus groups by the enemy.

It may be more effective than we have hitherto realized, as a tool to infantilize the voters and keep them from thinking.

7 posted on 10/13/2013 6:39:51 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble

Isn’t Kelly Ayotte a Dingy/Hussein accolade?


8 posted on 10/13/2013 6:40:10 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Kelly Ayotte is the Republican former Attorney General of NH, elected in 2010 with conservative support - obviously, misguided support, but what else is new?


9 posted on 10/13/2013 6:42:40 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: relictele
this shutdown is a perfect measuring stick for media bias and double standards

There is no double standard.

Good for the Revolution, harmful to America = good, Bad for the Revolution and helpful to America = bad.

The media has one, clear, consistent standard and they never vary. No double standard at all.

10 posted on 10/13/2013 6:44:52 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Jim Noble
So, she's the new David Souter.

I still like the NH State Motto, but find it surprising that the State isn't so embarrassed as to remove it from the plates.

11 posted on 10/13/2013 6:45:53 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jim Noble

Hey Ayotte, there is nothing worse than a con artist and liar. Both describe you. I hope you are voted out.


12 posted on 10/13/2013 6:50:23 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Paladin2
I still like the NH State Motto, but find it surprising that the State isn't so embarrassed as to remove it from the plates.

The Old Man of the Mountain collapsed in shame several years back when he saw all the people from Assachusetts and New Yuck flooding into the state. Many believe it was a suicide.

13 posted on 10/13/2013 6:50:47 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Jim Noble

INFORMED conservatives did not vote for her.


14 posted on 10/13/2013 6:51:44 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Jim Noble

Ayotte has also shown she is a supporter of obamacare. With the GOP riddled with careerist pigs like her it is hard to see a way out this mess without a conservative POTUS.


15 posted on 10/13/2013 6:54:33 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: who knows what evil?
"The Old Man of the Mountain"

Still on the back of the NH Quarter!

I was surprised to find that the formation had been supported by man-made reinforcements for decades before the eventual fall.

16 posted on 10/13/2013 6:55:36 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Isn’t Kelly Ayotte a Dingy/Hussein accolade?

No - she has become a confidant of Senator McCain. That might be worse.

Typical story: she defeated her primary opponent (who I supported and worked for) by successfully running as a conservative-minded reformer who would change things in Washington.

Now, after cozying up to the establishment, she wants to "work together" to "get things done". Sound familiar? Eventually, every Republican who becomes intoxicated by power does the same damn thing.

Of course, she still pretends to support entitlement reform and deficit reduction, just like her new pals John and Lindsey. But they'll never vote for either, when it actually counts. Why? Because while there's no organized constituency for smaller government (other than the Tea Party, which is not a party but a movement).

But there are lots and lots of powerful little constituencies militating always for increased spending and more centralized power with which to dole out favors - to them.

17 posted on 10/13/2013 6:58:29 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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18 posted on 10/13/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT by Baynative (Give me coffee to change the things I can and wine to accept those that I can't.)
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To: Jim Noble

Various and sundry DC ‘gangs’ are now on the loose; when it gets dark, the bats emerge.


19 posted on 10/13/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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“develop a long-term deficit reduction plan”

What the hell do you think Refusing to Enslave our Children in more debt is all about???

refusing to raise the DEBT CEILING is DEFICIT REDUCTION in it’s purest form.


20 posted on 10/13/2013 7:12:13 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Jim Noble

According to Jeff Lloyd over at The American Spectator, the now-storied rancor in the closed door Senate GOP meeting where Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were basically skewered was led by Ayotte. She was the one who began the screaming, and complaining at the tactics of these two in their attempt to serve their constituents. As if they ought to do what she’s done: consider themselves as no more than employees of “Senate GOP Inc.”, led by the feckless McConnell.

So the list of GOP Primary Targets keeps growing: Ayotte adds her name to the list of McConnell, Graham, Alexander, Corker, McLame, et.al.


21 posted on 10/13/2013 7:13:18 AM PDT by antonico
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To: Jim Noble
The only one of the two authors who wrote this tripe who has any balls is Shaheen.

At least she knows she is in a fight and wants to win.

22 posted on 10/13/2013 7:21:06 AM PDT by Gritty (Progressives see themselves as saints, opponents as Satanists; that justifies anything-D. Horowitz)
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To: Jim Noble

It means Ayotte has essentially turned her vote over to Shaheen. So who needs Ayotte, with Shaheen having two votes? People in NH never seem to get it right, but they did help send Reagan to the nomination in 1980. They would never do that again, however.


23 posted on 10/13/2013 7:22:32 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: Theodore R.
What do you get when you combine the state's two senators?:

Sha-yotte

24 posted on 10/13/2013 7:24:32 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: Jim Noble
Shaheen is 100% with 0bama on every issue.
If Ayotte had even one conservative bone in her body, she would be against everything Shaheen is for.
We need Ayotte to be our counterweight and she's not.

25 posted on 10/13/2013 8:01:28 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Jim Noble
Too many in Washington are wasting time and energy finger-pointing and playing the blame game instead of working together to find a way forward.

It's intellectually lazy not to know who is to blame. Such laziness only contributes to the problem.

What we have here is a low info Op-Ed targeting low info voters.

26 posted on 10/13/2013 8:04:36 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Jim Noble
Stop the bickering, start governing

Which is the liberal rapist way of saying, "Stop trying to resist! Just lay back and enjoy it!".

27 posted on 10/13/2013 8:43:56 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: Jim Noble

NH has fallen. It is now simply Mass north.


28 posted on 10/13/2013 8:50:47 AM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Jim Noble

NH voted for The Clown twice.
NH voted for McInsane and Rombama in the GOP primaries in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

The state is a leftist cesspool.


29 posted on 10/13/2013 12:22:06 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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