Rep. King: GOP should 'stare down' Obama over government shutdown
Republicans should stare President Obama down and force more than $100 billion in cuts from current spending, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told The Ballot Box.
"We're not addressing the real problem with this," King said. "A hundred billion dollars is a piece of cake, but that's not staring the president down. If members of the House are sending signals that we are afraid of the president shutting down the government, then the president will get everything he's willing to fight for."
I don't know what's nuttier: that Steve King thinks threatening a government shutdown is a reasonable way to negotiate, or that he thinks President Obama would be to blame if Republicans shut down the government. Either way, the only thing Steve King's ever done for reducing the deficit is to give it lip service, along with every other Republican who held the economy hostage for the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.