Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is perfectly comfortable playing a game of chicken with your financial well-being.

“What I’m advocating here is, let’s use this as a point of leverage, give the president an increase, but don’t come away without real cuts from real caps and spending, and without a balanced budget,” DeMint said on FOX Business Network.

“We’re at the point where there would have to be some, you know, some serious disruptions in order not to raise [the debt ceiling],” he said. “I’m willing to do that.”

How nice of him to admit it. DeMint isn’t one of those guys who thinks default would be consequence-free; he realizes there would be “serious” repercussions. But that’s all right, because he’s “willing” to create those “disruptions” to satisfy his ideological agenda.

So, if the economy crashes next month because Republicans decided they didn’t want to do their duty or honor their obligations, just remember, Jim DeMint was “willing to do that” to all of us.

On a related note, DeMint heard a presentation last week from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on the debt limit, but the right-wing senator apparently didn’t understand what Geithner was talking about.

Remember, Jim DeMint is one of the most influential figures in conservative politics today.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.