Remember all of those threats of a government shutdown over the last year if the House GOP didn’t get their demands met during negotiations?† The lists of riders that had to be put on budget bills before midnight or Social Security checks might not make it out, or military families might not receive their pay?† The thousands of government employees wondering if they would be deemed essential or not, and how to cover bills during potential periods of unemployment?
Well, surprise!† According to Iowa Rep. Steve King, the Republicans never really had any plans to actually shut down the government.† They were just pretending.
Via Plum Line, King told a conservative talk show host that threatening a government shutdown is , “[T]he only place where you bring the leverage to this Congress, to take on Harry Reid and Barack Obama, is you have to be willing to face a shutdown and you have to have the debate among the American people….The shutdown isnít the point so much as, I donít want the shutdown either. But if you are afraid of the shutdown you canít have the confrontation and you lose every negotiation along the way.”
So, holding the country hostage in order to have all of their demands met, even with no intention of actually following through on their threats?† Welcome to the Tea Party take over of the GOP.
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