Rep. Steve King is trying to justify the attack on the IRS in a discussion with Think Progress:
TP: Do you think this attack, this terrorist attack, was motivated at all by a lot of the anti-tax rhetoric that’s popular in America right now?
KING: I think if we’d abolished the IRS back when I first advocated it, he wouldn’t have a target for his airplane. And I’m still for abolishing the IRS, I’ve been for it for thirty years and I’m for a national sales tax. […] 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. … It is intrusive and we can do a better job without them entirely.
Here is why the GOP is so against the health care bill. Health care has been a corner stone issue of the Democratic platform for years. When they control everything they try to get reform through.
Now take the Republicans. Abolshing the IRS has been one of their big issues for years, but when have they actually tried? They had control of the entire government for most of the last decade and not once did they try this. It’s like banning abortion – they never try and most likely never will.
The GOP is the party of rhetoric, and again we have someone in the GOP justifying a horrific attack against Americans to justify the very beliefs they never even act on. It’s the same as when abortion doctors get murdered.
Rep. King – you are a member of the United States Congress and in a position to get rid of the IRS, so why haven’t you done anything? I can’t find any legislation you have put forwards to do this. It’s easy to say you are for something, but action speaks louder than words. If this is such an important issue then go ahead and put legislation in. If you don’t want to do that then just keep your damn mouth shut.