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Friday, May 4, 2012

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Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) listens to a question following a tour of the Spencer Dream Center Thursday morning. "There's a lot more going on here than I knew," King said of the center.
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Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) had been inside the Tangney Hotel before, but not since it became the Spencer Dream Center.

He took an hour to tour the facility and speak to constituents Thursday morning.

"There's a lot more going on here than I knew," King said during the tour.

When talking to constituents, he praised the organizers and volunteers that keep the center operating without any federal funding.

"This is the way it's supposed to be," he said. "This is how the country works best. ... It's been ever moving toward this direction of more government, more taxes, more rules and less responsibility for all of us, rather than go to work and let those tax dollars make decisions for us."

When SDC Board President Rev. Kevin Grimes told King it took nine months to negotiate with the Internal Revenue Service for the right to sell Starbucks coffee, King said, "I have a solution for the IRS: Abolish them."

"How about a national sales tax?" Grimes quipped.

"Exactly," King said with a smile.

After touring the free medical clinic in the facility, King promoted a group of medical innovators and policy writers who are meeting to "crunch policy and clear up some of these paths that government stands in the way of."

The 10-year congressman believes having a different person in the White House will make a difference.

"We'll get so much fixed if we can get the right people in office," King said. "I've had open communication with Mitt Romney. One of the things I've mentioned before is, 'I want you to call for a mandate for a balanced budget amendment.'"

On the topic of government waste, King decried a federal program that paid $1.6 billion in cell phones and monthly bills for 12.5 million wireless accounts, as well as the use of a welfare-funded Electronic Transfer card by inmates to bail themselves out of jail.

"There are so many things coming by us," King said. "If I pick one up, there's another thousand that go by me."

Following the meeting, King took some time to answer questions about Social Security, the United States Postal Service and student loans.

King said a payroll tax holiday has put a $209 billion hole in the Social Security Trust Fund, which has also been "raided" by the government. He does not believe a solution will be found any time soon.

"(President) Barack Obama is never going to address Social Security, Medicare or debt and the deficit," King said. "Remember that speech that said, 'We'll cut the deficit in half'? It's been a long time since he said that. ... I can tell you the public wants us to repair Medicare and Social Security and fix it for the long haul."

Following the passage of a USPS reform bill in the Senate, King is not certain on the bill's status in the House.

"I don't have my finger on the internal pulse of that committee," King said. "We'll continue to weigh in and, hopefully, we'll be able to come up with a solution."

He would not take a position on the Senate bill without being able to "run the numbers myself."

King on Friday voted for the Interest Rate Reduction Act to prevent the federal interest rate on student loans from doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

He said the bill, which is funded with health care reform funds, is a short-term solution.

"I voted for it to solve that short-term problem, but in reality, we are buying down interest rates with borrowed money," King said. "In the end, the trade-off is almost a wash. Which would you rather have: $51,000 in student debt or $51,000 in your share of the national debt?"

King also charged his opponent Christie Vilsack and the media for not focusing on what he considers major issues.

"People don't come up to me on the street and ask about student loans and bullying, but they do say, 'What will you do about Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare?'" King said. "Those are universal subjects that the public cares a lot about. This coming election needs to be on big issues that matter for the long haul. We can handle other issues as we go along."


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pollingreport.com, click on 2012:White House then Campaign 2012

CNN/ORC Poll. April 13-15, 2012. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error * 3.

"Suppose that the presidential election were being held today and you had to choose between Barack Obama as the Democratic Party's candidate, and Mitt Romney as the Republican Party's candidate. Who would you be more likely to vote for: Barack Obama, the Democrat, or Mitt Romney, the Republican?" If unsure: "As of today, who do you lean more toward?" See also registered voter trend.

Obama 53% Romney 41%

Asked of Obama voters: "Is that more a vote FOR Barack Obama or more a vote AGAINST Mitt Romney?"

For Obama 76% Against Romney 23%

Asked of Romney voters: "Is that more a vote FOR Mitt Romney or more a vote AGAINST Barack Obama?"

For Romney 35% Against Obama 63%

"Who do you think is more likely to change his position on issues for political reasons: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?"

Obama 39% Romney 47%

"Regardless of whom you support, and trying to be as objective as possible, who do you think will win the election in November: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?"

Obama 61% Romney 35%

"Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one applies more to Barack Obama or more to Mitt Romney. Please feel free to name a candidate even if you may not support him. . . ."

15 Catagories. Obama leads in all of them.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 10:36 AM

King was the focus of a comedy bit on "The Colbert Show" about his being the VP candidate. King is just too easy of a target.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 10:38 AM

So why did King claim he would only stay for two terms, unless he is just spoofing the voters? He has made NW Iowa a into a sad joke in the rest of the country and only cares about his cooperate backing.

-- Posted by A. View Point on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 11:39 AM

Wow HM...your source is a month old poll...?

Most polls right now show Romney and Obama in a dead heat and most people's attention span for politics starts about Labor Day.

As far as polls go, the only one that really counts is on November 6th, and I hope the voters make Obama as relevant as Jimmy Carter.

-- Posted by Dennis the Menace on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 9:10 AM

Most polls show Obama 10 to 14 points ahead, so you may want to check that out. King on the other hand I predict will be dancing in the streets if Obama looses.............to any one.

-- Posted by A. View Point on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 9:19 AM

I posted this poll because of the add'l questions it dives deeper into what people think. Did you read the 15 other questions?

-- Posted by helped_myself on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 2:16 PM

Most polls DO NOT show Obama leading by 10-14 points. Just checked Huffington post which is an extreamely liberal website and they show Obama up by 1.5 points. The same was on Real Clear Politics as well.

I think you will find in each election, a lot of people will say " voting against (insert sitting president here)" I do agree with the percentage of who they think will win the election.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Sat, May 5, 2012, at 4:08 PM

"So why did King claim he would only stay for two terms, unless he is just spoofing the voters? He has made NW Iowa a into a sad joke in the rest of the country and only cares about his cooperate backing." That quite simply is complete nonsense. Northwest Iowa is doing just fine compared to the rest of the country . I dont need big govt to take care of me and I dont want what obama is selling . What he is selling is the kind of stuff that has Europe broke . The faster we can get rid of obama and his kind the better off we will be .

-- Posted by cow man on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 4:12 AM

Well don't just look where you know there are the numbers to support your hopes. http://www.nationalpolls.com/2012/obama-...

This shows the states electoral votes as of right now...

Romney-221 Obama-315, based on polls. I'm not speaking about one over the other, just showing what the numbers say....Obama would win today.

-- Posted by A. View Point on Sun, May 6, 2012, at 11:11 PM

Not only did King say he would only stay two terms, but on the night of the passage of health care reform, he said he wanted to go start a new country with a lot of tea-partiers. I wrote to his office to express my great support for that effort, yet it seems to have come to naught. I realize land acquisition can be an issue, but certainly he could concoct some eminent domain petition somewhere so they'd have the space they need for themselves and their egos.

In all seriousness, I'm happy he got a chance to see the Dream Center and witness what can happen if the government *actually* stays out of our lives and lets us pursue our life's callings, as the founders of the Dream Center have been able to do. If the FedGov would focus on the big picture and step out of the way on everything else, great things can happen.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 12:16 PM

Isn't it amazing what can be accomplished when the government stays out of our lives, especially having to pay all those pesky taxes!

-- Posted by daylight on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 9:26 PM

Ok, we can throw out income taxes, and let's see how many donations SDC gets when people loose the tax deductions they presently have?????

-- Posted by A. View Point on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 10:36 PM

Let's see....pay 'pesky' taxes, which the federal ones are the lowest in decades, to provide minimum safety nets to those in temporary or permanent need (not to mention defense, infrastructure, consumer protection in food/finances/transportation/etc.)

OR

Rely on the charitable whims and means of your neighbor, hoping they aren't also in need at the same time you are.

-- Posted by helped_myself on Tue, May 8, 2012, at 10:45 AM


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