It should probably go without saying, but we at SCFOM don’t think it’s ever cool to crash airplanes into buildings to kill innocent people — not on 9/11 and not when you’re a crazy person and the target is the IRS. You’d think everyone in Congress would feel the same way, but you’d be wrong. Here’s a video of an actual elected Congressman, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), saying that although the intentional crash in Texas was “sad,” it’s ultimately understandable in light of the fact that the IRS is “an agency that is unnecessary.”
KING: It’s sad the incident in Texas happened, but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary and when the day comes when that is over and we abolish the IRS, it’s going to be a happy day for America.
TP: So some of his grievances were legitimate?
KING: I don’t know if his grievances were legitimate, I’ve read part of the material. I can tell you I’ve been audited by the IRS and I’ve had the sense of ‘why is the IRS in my kitchen.’ Why do they have their thumb in the middle of my back.
In that clip, King says that he was audited, so he understands how much of a pain in the butt the IRS can be. Of course, bad drivers and ice dancing are also really really annoying, but that’s not a justification for flying planes into them.
We’ll stop short of the whole “what’s a terrorist” semantic discussion because who cares? But Joe Stack flew an airplane into a building with the intention of killing people. It’s terrible and ridiculous that someone like Steve King — again, AN ACTUAL MEMBER OF CONGRESS — thinks the virtues of this act are worthy of discussion. You want to have a discussion about taxes? Fine. But there’s no justification for this, and it’s absurd that Steve King hasn’t heard as much from his constituents.