Rep. Steve King Visits West Bend
WEST BEND Congressman Steve King (R-IA) paid a visit to West Bend on June 30, sitting down with about a dozen individuals who turned out to meet the congressman who will represent the Fifth District following the recent redistricting of the state.
King will share the Fifth District, which covers the northwest section of Iowa, with Rep. Tom Latham. The change will become effective beginning with the elections of 2012.
“We now have five offices in the Fifth District (Creston, Council Bluffs, Spencer, Sioux City, Storm Lake) and at least two of those will go away. The offices are the places where we touch base and have meetings, but the office people are usually out on the road doing the outreach. The result is that during the last two elections we won all 32 counties in the district,” said King. “I think constituent services and communication are a big part of this job.”
King remarked that “Constitutional conservatism” is what he believes in.
“If there’s a book or document that gives us a guideline from a faith perspective it’s the Bible. From a government perspective, it’s the Constitution,” said King.
Questions directed at the Congressman ranged from state issues to national and global issues.
King was asked his opinion about how to resolve the deficit impasse.
“Politics is different from business and you have to get to brinksmanship,” King said. “John Boehner [Speaker of the House] has said a dollar in cuts for every dollar in the deficit increase. He may be able to maneuver that to get to that point. Before I’ll talk to him about it, I want to pass legislation that guarantees our military are paid on time every time, no matter what.”
King referred to Tom McClintock’s and Pat Toomey’s bill regarding the full faith in credit act. He noted that he could support the bill, which says that the U.S. pays the interest and principal on its debt before anything else is paid. However, King wants to make sure that soldiers are paid first and the debt, second.
“If both of those bills can get to the President’s desk for a signature, then we can talk about a limited debt increase, but then we’ve got the cut, cap, and balance proposal,” King said.
Another constituent asked about the U.S. role in Libya.
“If it had been my decision, I wouldn’t have gone into Libya,” said King. “I think the President has handled the communications on this terribly. He’s been disrespecting Congress-within 48 hours of operations beginning, he only called one or two leaders in the House and Senate to brief them. He has the Constitutional authority, but he does need to bring Congress in on this discussion.”
A question was raised regarding U.S. debt and China purchasing even more U.S. debt than previously thought.
“I think we need to audit the Fed. I think all of those transactions need to be published,” said King. “Two things keep the Chinese from dumping all that debt-they would lose a lot of money and they would lose the American market if our economy collapsed. We have exported our manufacturing base to China and they’re doing the work over there and we’re buying the product of what used to be our industrial base. And we’re borrowing their money to do it. It’s a foolish economic equation.”
King continued, “I support going to a national sales tax. A fair tax fixes a lot of this because it shifts this balance onto our industry. You would get 28-percent marketing advantage for an American-made product over a foreign-made product if we just take the tax component out of our pricing mechanism.”