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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)
Surprisingly, not a mugshot.
Some of the smarter Republicans are beginning to note that maybe their party can't keep dumping on Latino voters and immigrants and expect to win future elections, but there's been precious little to indicate they'll be able to convince dumber and/or meaner Republicans to go along with the plan. Here Rep. Steve King, prominent in both the Dumber and Meaner factions of the party, demonstrates the other, more popular Republican approach on a wingnut radio show:
JANET MEFFERD: How in the world do you out-left the left anyway? If we go to the left on amnesty, do you think the Democrats are going to sit still and just go ‘oh I guess that they’re more caring than we are’? It’s a zero-sum game. I don’t know how in the world the Republicans expect to get votes when the Democrats are already farther along than we are.

STEVE KING: There’s no possible way. Whatever we might say we are going to do, reduce the enforcement of the rule of law, waive the rule of law, Democrats will find a way to hand deliver citizenship papers along with a great big check from money borrowed from the Chinese.

I like this exchange for many reasons. First, because of the implicit assumption that Democrats will always care more about non-white communities anyway so screw it, the Republicans shouldn't bother. Second, because King manages to tie it into the sniffled Republican premise that the Democrats "bought" votes by scandalously giving a damn on issues voters said they cared about, as opposed to the more genteel Republican approach of asking dinner parties full of millionaires what the party platform should be, then promising to do that. Third, because Steve King always seems one little match away from a full-on racist rant. If we give in on letting a bunch of kids who have been in America ever since they first learn to walk stay here, rather than tossing them out on their ears, what's next? We'll be giving them Chinese money, dammit!

No, Steve King is never going to get it. The Republican Party as a whole might, however; if the more race-obsessed elements of the party eventually prove to be incompatible with the more plutocratic portions winning the elections the plutocrats are so handsomely shoveling money towards, I'd place my bets on the party keeping the rich people and selling out the racists. How they make that transition without a full-on party split, however, I have no idea.

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  •  Steve King is still a Jackhole? (17+ / 0-)

    In other news, it's raining in Seattle and the sun is shining in Honolulu!

    Message to Dems: We HAVE to start showing up for Midterms.

    by Jank2112 on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:03:59 PM PST

    •  I love how this blog keeps inventing new (10+ / 0-)

      combos. Jackhole. Fuckstick. Fuckhole. I said "fuckbrain" the other day.

      The right wing makes us do it. They inspire new heights of obscenity.

      "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

      by Wildthumb on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:18:36 PM PST

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    •  I actually enjoyed this post (3+ / 0-)

      because it made me laugh out loud. Who the hell is Janet Mefferd anyway and what the hell is she talking about "outlefting the left?" She sounds as wacky as he is. How about just doing the right and humane thing? Oh right, this is STEVE KING we're talking about.

      I honestly do not get WHY people elect congresscritters this dumb and mean. I cannot imagine casting a vote for someone like this. Luckily, I don't have to because I live in Ohio's bluest district where the Republicans don't usually bother to run someone. But we STILL manage to get a congresswoman who is smart, compassionate, and responsive to people's needs. How does this happen?

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:30:17 PM PST

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      •  He has a constituency (5+ / 0-)

        that he is accurately representing.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:46:36 PM PST

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        •  My nephew would be one of those. (0+ / 0-)

          Research Shows Poverty Creates the Biggest Achievement Gap.

          by Desert Rose on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:51:36 PM PST

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        •  Um NOOOOO (3+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Zack from the SFV, eztempo, sidnora

          My hometown got moved into his district.

          I am proud to say if only our county counted, Christie Vilsack would be our representative. Add Story and Boone, and Cerro Gordo and a whole slew of other counties, if i remember the map correctly. So the eastern side of his new district didn't want him.

          So it's not the whole damn district.

          Give us 2 years -- we'll see what we can do about the ones out West.

          Meanwhile he may just have to hear from one of his new constituents, asking him to stfu and stop embarrassing me. Because now you all think I support bat-shit crazy.

          And I don't

          •  By constituency, I didn't mean the people (1+ / 0-)
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            zinger99

            in his district, I meant the people that he actually represents.
            Elizabeth Warren was elected by the people of Massachusetts, but she represents me in Connecticut better than Joe Lie berman (my current, outgoing Senator).
            I thought, as I wrote the comment above, that I was probably about to insult a lot of good people and to you, I apologize. He DOESN'T represent you accurately.
            And if there's anything we can do to help y'all dump this fool, don't be shy, (this may be a bit presumptuous, but) Kossacks! Let's RIDE!

            If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

            by CwV on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 06:07:53 AM PST

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      •  Not to mention he's HORRIBLE on animal (3+ / 0-)
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        Justin93, zinger99, sidnora

        welfare issues which, I assume, even the weirdest of the weird on the bagger boat aren't.

        Next time you run into a King lover, ask them if they agree with him on dog fighting, allowing children at dog fights, and cock fighting.

        King is horrid and I hate him more for his lack of compassion than I hate him for his politics.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:56:03 PM PST

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        •  One of the things Ohio GOP Senate candidate (4+ / 0-)

          Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel touts is his vote AGAINST regulating cockfighting when he was in the Ohio legislature. Supposedly he voted against it because he felt the legislature should spend its time focusing on jobs — something Mandel never proposed, sponsored, advocated for or talked about in legislation, ever. But once a bill is on the floor, it takes exactly the same amount of time to vote yes or no.

          Defeating Mandel this November is not enough for me. We need to eject him from the treasurer's office. Maybe he can move to Iowa and be Steve King's cockfighting advocate.

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:24:05 PM PST

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    •  and it's snowing in the arctic! oh, wait, um...... (0+ / 0-)

      never mind!

      "yeah, that's the ticket! we win the hispanic vote, and screw (literally & figuratively) 51% of the voting population, women! who needs them anyway? they're always just whining and complaining about us wanting to control their ladyparts, just a bunch of crybabies!"

      yeah, king is a fucktard, hardly a state secret. that said, leave us not forget, at least 51% of the voters in his district are also fucktards, because they voted for him to begin with, and then re-elected him, fully knowing what kind of asshole he is. so he was re-elected, with full knowledge, by his constitutents. all of which leads to the question: what the fuck is wrong with Iowa?

      i say that there should be a federal law, restricting the sales of hoverrounds and sansabelt pants, to areas that only have sane people living in them. it's the only way to be sure and keep these idiots from voting.

  •  Yeah, the plutocrats will win the war (9+ / 0-)

    but I'm buying popcorn futures for a while.  It is not the nature of crazy racists to go quietly.  

    •  RadGal70, No, plutocrats are dinosaurs, imho. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Probably (0+ / 0-)

      I believe the Tea Party was an experiment by a desperate party looking to excite their base. But now that the crazies have gotten a taste of the Bachmanns Santorums on a national scale (not to mention the countless Senators and Representatives) it's gonna be hard to take it away from them.

      It seems that all the rich people would have to do is refuse to fund the batshit candidates, but I doubt they have the brains to realize that or the balls to actually do it, at least any time soon. However, I'm sure that there a more than a few wealthy, old white men who actually believe in the Tea Party's and are willing to support them regardless of the return on their investment.

      I predict a slow, painful (for the GOP) process with them finally coming toward the middle, barely. The Tea Party knows they can't break away from the party and win on their own, the GOP establishment know they'd be fucked without the TP voters. I think the Tea Party will eventually back down but like you said, they aren't going to go quietly.

      •  They'll never back down. They never have. (0+ / 0-)

        They've been around for as long as there's been a US - Know Nothings, America Firsters, John Birch Society members, and yes, plenty of Dixiecrats - and they will never back down, because they get their marching orders from God Almighty (or at least their version).

        What's kept them from dominating the political life of the country nonstop is the recognition of decent people of varying ideologies that they are morally repulsive and politically dangerous, and so for most of our history they have been marginalized by their would-be allies. It was only when the GOP started to realize that they were in danger of becoming a permanent minority party that they decided to let them out of their holding pen again. When he kicked off his campaign in Philadelphia, MS, Reagan hung out the welcome sign.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:48:17 PM PST

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  •  When you stand for nothing but getting reelected (4+ / 0-)

    I guess you go for the lowest common denominator. Amazing anybody would vote for such an asshole but then Governor Scott Walker

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:16:02 PM PST

  •  The right will have to lose several elections (7+ / 0-)

    before they get it. Some are still clinging to the idea that
    the last election was really "close" and if they just sharpen up their ground game and make more speeches about how they "love women" and elect more right-wing Latinos and put them out there they'll start winning. Unfortunately they'll keep tea-baggin' it for some time in the future, and we have to witness the rot.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:16:11 PM PST

  •  Our birthrate is in the toilet (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    WE NEED MORE IMMIGRANTS

    As long they are educated, I really don't care where the 2+M come from.
    More is better.

    I am willing to bet that the Chinese would bring their own money with them.
    And, the Indians.
    And, the Indonesians.

    •  Mr. Barnes, lol, you are looking for a response? (1+ / 0-)
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      cacamp

      Please continue to piss in the wind (forgive my vulgar image, could have said it better, but, you would not appreciate nuisance, imho)

    •  Hey, is that you Mr. King? (2+ / 0-)
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      glorificus, Justin93

      You sound just like the subject of this diary. I suppose you mean white people when you say "our birthrate is in the toilet" because we minorities are doing just fine bithratewise.

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:44:37 PM PST

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    •  I'm glad our birthrate is "in the toilet". I hope (0+ / 0-)

      that the rate for ALL groups declines. We don't need more people with fewer resources. It will make their lives all the more difficult.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:57:55 PM PST

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  •  There has to be a split (7+ / 0-)

    The problem is that the wingnuts like Steve King represent a larger proportion of the Republican base (consider who won the Republican primaries for Senate in Missouri and Indiana) than the plutocrats do. I don't see how the plutocrats win the war without taking a big bite out of the Democratic party too, and given the reaction to Simpson-Bowles I don't think that's going to happen.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:16:51 PM PST

    •  One thing this past election may have shown (5+ / 0-)

      Is that there is only so much hundreds of millions of dollars can buy.  The non-stop TV ads went beyond the saturation point past the point that people stopped listening.  If the plutocrats can't buy elections anymore, how do they take over the party from its racist base?

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:20:21 PM PST

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      •  Navy Vet, "if the plutocrats can't buy elections"; (2+ / 0-)
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        Zack from the SFV, Navy Vet Terp

        well, we show them how to behave like Americans?  

        Just a thought, I've been labeled as socialist, (insert the crazy) communist...blah..blah..blah.

      •  . (2+ / 0-)
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        eztempo, Navy Vet Terp

        " If the plutocrats can't buy elections anymore, how do they take over the party from its racist base?"

        Answer: they steal

        Would the so-called 'conservatives' be pleased with the SCOTUS interfering in an election and then declaring Obama as the president and accept it?  

        "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

        by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:16:43 PM PST

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    •  It's the "southernization" of the GOP ... (3+ / 0-)

      that will be the party's doom. And, if there's a split, it's going to be the southern rump that includes morans like King that goes on like a zombie. Steve King is from the wrong side of the Mason-Dixon line, but he thinks and acts like a southern GOPer: a permanent victim, and race-baiter, a hater, and a religious hypocrite. These fools don't change; they just get angrier.

      The plutocrats made a pact with the Devil with those people, and they won't be able to turn them off or lose their stink. My bet is that the Gingrich/Limbaugh/Faux axis goes on polluting our politics for another generation at least, while the GOP devolves into a rump party.

    •  agree about the split but... (3+ / 0-)

      I'm afraid a big portion of the rightward part of the Democratic Party and the leftward part of the GOP will coalese behind someone like Bloomberg/Jeb Bush if they pour a few billion into the effort.

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:50:32 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, a "centrist" Republican Party is too close (0+ / 0-)

        to a reality.  All it's going to take is for them to jigger their primary rules enough to hand their nomination to a popular "moderate" (and they're just the people to fix the rules, y'know), make the press buy the narrative that "the Republicans are choosing a Centrist," and boom, they're back in business (so to speak).

      •  OK, calm down. (0+ / 0-)

        No portion of the present-day GOP is going to run a Northeastern, divorced, living-in-sin, pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, gun-control-crusading, nanny-stater, 5' 4" secular Jew for President. Even if he is a plutocrat.

        And I doubt that there are many people who think of themselves as Democrats, even if they are far to the right of you and me, who would be happy supporting anyone named Bush.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:04:04 PM PST

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    •  Steve King et. al. help the Democrats. (3+ / 0-)

      His crazy statements drive latinos and a majority of thinking Americans away from the GOP. The wingnuts can still win in enough congressional districts to control the House (thanks to gerrymandering). They win primaries against more sane Republicans, but they tend to lose state-wide or nationally. They helped us keep control of the Senate in 2010 and this year, thanks to the candidates they nominated.

      If King ran state-wide in IA, he would probably lose. (I suspect that he knows that.)

  •  Steve King: being a jackass since 2003. nt (5+ / 0-)

    God be with you, Occupiers. God IS with you.

    by Hohenzollern on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:17:57 PM PST

  •  Let's hope for the party split! (6+ / 0-)

    That would be awesome!  Remember what that great Republican once said: a house divided against itself cannot stand.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:19:26 PM PST

    •  In Ohio, the GOP is very helpful in this regard (4+ / 0-)

      Our governor John Kasich hates our secretary of voter suppres .. I mean STATE ... Jon Husted, who wants to be governor. Earlier this year, there was an internal war and a coup in the state Republican Party when Kasich successfully engineered the resignation of the party chair who oversaw the Republican sweep of all state offices in 2010 because he thought the guy was putting too many party resources behind Husted (Some of the tactics used by Kasich are now under investigation by the FBI). This isn't even an argument about philosophy; it's a clash of egos. And I say: More! More!! More!!!

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:40:52 PM PST

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  •  Steve King continues to be a jackass. (6+ / 0-)

    That's not news.

    If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

    by MikePhoenix on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:24:48 PM PST

  •  They must get a little dizzy... (0+ / 0-)

    The PulicanT Party sold itself to the racists and the religiots in order to divide and conquer the electorate by convincing just enough of them to vote against their own interests.  Without any segment of that base, they can't exist or hope.  As for the plutocrats, they couldn't give less of a damn about them or anyone else really.  The hard reality is that for a very long time it's been the party of the rich white male in masquerade.  Now it's in quandary.

  •  Bless Steven Kink (oops). (0+ / 0-)

    Let us pray,
    Oh, Lord!
    Thank thee for bringing forth this challenged redneck from the wilderness, Ignomy.
    Exault, oh, Lord, his name to the heavens and/or media for a season or seasons to come.
    Let his existence be a beacon to pundit and constituent alike.
    Let his be a voice of ceaseless drivel; bane of the Boehner, a cornucopia of, "What the hell did I just say?!"
    Verily, send forth Faux angels' to defend him, their pointy, talking heads exploding daily in wonder.
    Yea, bless thee oh Lord.
    You funny.
    Amen.

    Fuck Big Brother...from now on, WE'RE watching.

    by franklyn on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:34:09 PM PST

  •  I like how "caring" about others... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...is used as a pejorative. These are the kind of valuable insights you get if you can stand to tune into these AM radio fascists.

  •  GOP problem; racists rule, plutocrats own (1+ / 0-)
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    eztempo

    The GOP can't change because of the party structure they've set up. Over the years the far right teabagger types have taken control of their local systems and leadership. From dog catcher to mayors, police chiefs, city and county councils, and many statewide offices racism, fundimentalism and radical right politics are the glue which holds them together.

    But, at the national level they are run by big money like banksters, multinational CEOs, the Chamber of Commerce, rightwing thinktanks and K-street reps of big money.

    The two have kept their unholy alliance because both knew they needed each other. The racist "southern strategy" gave them electoral power in the hinterlands while big money funding kept them in line. Now they find themselves on the horns of a dilemma; i.e. the southern strategy no longer works in national politics while it's doing just fine in the south and other places under GOP control.

    Big money needs to win national elections to keep their grip on Congress and the treasury. At the same time their partners in the outlands see no reason to moderate their views on race etc. Thus the GOP finds itself in a position they are unable to change no matter how many "sane" GOP pundits we see on TV preaching for moderation in appealing to minorities and women. As soon as a GOP congressman or senator moderates even a little they get 'teabagged' and replaced with someone with sufficient hate to pass muster.

    The GOP can not change and will not change until the obvious split happens and Big Money decides to move to take over the conservative parts of the Democratic Party and trys to maintain what they can of the left of the GOP. Look for someone like Bloomburg to go third party in the center or a group like the Third Way to break with democrats and form their own centerist party akin to "Christian Democrats" in an attempt to split both parties.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:40:04 PM PST

    •  ^^This^^ (2+ / 0-)
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      cacamp, eztempo

      They're structurally incapable of the kind of reform that would make them viable going forward. They have collected up the majority of racists into their ranks, they form the largest bloc within the party, without them the rest of the party goes nowhere, regardless how much money they have available.
      It's great, isn't it?

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:57:15 PM PST

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  •  How the GOP can ever regain even a shred (1+ / 0-)
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    glorificus

    of credibility with any group who's skin color is something other than white, is beyond me.

    I don't care what they do to try to reverse the damage they've done—it'll be phony.

    Does the "short-term memory" that supposedly afflicts voters also apply to non-white voters when it comes to assaults on issues that specifically affect them?

    Since I really don't have much to go on currently, seeing as the GOP still hasn't moved an inch forward with these other groups, I can only speculate, especially since I'm white, as to how well-received any "outreach" from Republicans would be.

    I know I would hold a grudge if it were me getting specifically attacked by a political party on such issues of importance.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:40:32 PM PST

  •  ...borrowed from the Chinese? (4+ / 0-)

    i thought Americans are the largest buyers of our debt, and China has bought roughly 10%.

    King's mischaracterization of America's debt is called "dumbing down the base" and "inciting jingoism."

    It is disgraceful to lead by distortion, as this liar must.

    (I know, his constituents demand mistruths for peace of mind.)

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:40:38 PM PST

    •  thank you (2+ / 0-)
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      Van Buren, Says Who

      for pointing this out.  The Wall Street Journal wrote way back in March that the Federal Reserve is buying 61% of US debt and China is trying to shun it as much as possible.  Knowing this would require Rep. King to actually read something about about what is happening in the country/state/locale that he is supposed to represent.  

      http://www.moneynews.com/...

      "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:21:21 PM PST

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  •  Sounds like Mexican and Negroid People (1+ / 0-)
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    glorificus

    Are going to take away the hard-earned tax dollars of people in Rep. King's Congressional district.

    Look:

    Council Bluffs, the seat of IA-5 that King represents, is 90% white and the surrounding areas are even less diverse. Where does this race-angst come from? The media? What?

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:46:49 PM PST

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    zinger99
    I'd place my bets on the party keeping the rich people and selling out the racists. How they make that transition without a full-on party split, however, I have no idea.
    I've no idea either, but can't wait to see it.

    "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

    by glorificus on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 06:57:04 PM PST

  •  This dim wit has perfected jackassism. What an (0+ / 0-)

    accomplishment.  We need a good candidate to knock him off when he runs again.  In the mean time I'm sure he will help by solidifying his jackass status as in, "I am the standard."  Steve "Jackass" King.

  •  Steve King's Dumb Constituents (0+ / 0-)

    The question is not - Is Steve King ever going to get it? He's not. The question is - are Steve King's constituents ever going to get that they keep re-electing a Moron? There is little doubt that these people as a group live in one of the stupidest Congressional districts in the nation. They prompt the question should there be an intelligence questionaire that you need to pass before you are allowed to vote. Too many more of these morons elected by Republican bumpkins and we can kiss this exceptional country bye bye.

  •  OH, The meme of the month (0+ / 0-)

    King says, "Money borrowed from the Chinese".  Orrin Hatch used that exact phrase when replying to the Pres' weekend message (and yessssss, Orrin wants his preciossss tax breaks for the richessst).  Bet ya we hear that phrase a whole bunch in the next week as they test to see if it sticks.  

    Republicans suck.

  •  To "make the transition," the Far Right elements (0+ / 0-)

    ... of the Republican Party could go quieter for a while.

    Enough with the anti-choice, anti-women and family, anti-immigrant, anti-gay rhetoric. Ac-cent-u-ate the positive and e-lim-i-nate the negative ...

    But the GOP can't! It simply can't effectively muzzle the Kings of their crowd, or the right wing talk show hosts who light inflammatory fires, and it can't stop the state-level office holders from demonstrating exactly how these birds govern when they get in office with workable majorities.

    Republican official snd candidates will continue to make unforced errors of policy and politics ... and that will keep the Democratic victories coming if we keep our heads about us.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:45:40 PM PST

  •  Rep. King's constituency.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....consists of the kind of people who will excuse their relatives stealing anhydrous ammonia from farmers, but not the immigrants who staff the slaughterhouses (where the meth-head pinche gabachos wouldn't work - it's not cool to work instead of partying....)

    9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

    by varro on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:45:55 PM PST

    •  The packing plants used to pay decent wages (0+ / 0-)

      Then the owners discovered that they could recruit non-citizens to do the work for less money, with the added benefit that their new workers would be so afraid of being deported/fired that they wouldn't complain about the working conditions or even go to a doctor when they had repetitive injuries.  The workers from the towns around the packing plant suffer with reduced wages and benefits and many slid into poverty, losing their cars, houses and belongings.  Time and again you can see the results in alcoholism, drug abuse and broken families. When I worked for IBP (part-time college job because they offered nights and weekends) the starting wage for the loading dock (my job), was roughly twice the minimum wage, even for a part-timer. They ran two full time shifts and one 4-hour part time that was a full eight hour 3rd shift on Friday night, and sometimes on Saturday.  The pay doesn't approach twice the minimum anymore.

  •  Infinite GO/TP "gaffes" and one... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Obama asleep at the podium event = VICTORY!
    Come back from insanityland, Iowa, we love you :)

    "Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim." George Santayana

    by Fulgour on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:37:32 PM PST

  •  Paul Ryan's next talk show appearance. (0+ / 0-)

    Take this "woman" thing, now. Mitt was right. Women need a little workplace flexibility so they can get home and cook, and we need to talk more about that. Why can't they all go home early? That would give them more time with the kids, too, and would save the small businessman a lot of money which would create jobs for people who actually need them such as men.  That's compassionate. What's the trouble?  Did I say something wrong?

  •  Steve King is high. (0+ / 0-)

    He is bashed, buzzed, crocked, drunk, inebriated, intoxicated, loaded, pickled, plastered, stewed, stoned, tanked, tipsy, totaled, under the influence of intoxicating liquor, under the table, under the table, wasted all the time.  

    We need to drug test Congress and start with him.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:47:37 PM PST

  •  In the "lose the crackpot" contest... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... I bet Republicans decide they've got a chance to win some women long before they choose to shed their racism.  Of course this means tossing over the fetus-obsessed Christianist fundamentalists, but that is soon to become a shrinking voting bloc in any case.  Winning their wives' votes in the white suburbs sure looks more "do-able" than getting people of color to trust them, in my humble opinion.

  •  "It's a zero-sum game"...so, if "they're" positive (0+ / 0-)

    we HAVE to be negative.

    That's pretty much the only game that gives that phrase any sense in the context of her comment...which does not make her, in any way, a smart gal.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 07:53:14 AM PST

  •  Just one problem (0+ / 0-)

    with that conclusion:

    Even though the GOP tries their best to make it otherwise, lawmakers are still elected by popular vote in this country, and last time I looked, there weren't huge numbers of plutocrats (which is why we call them "the 1%"). So, if they blow off the racists, there will be even fewer votes for the Plutocrat Party than there were last time. And they will never win a national election again.

    Oh, wait - that's not a problem, is it?

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:38:53 PM PST

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