23 February 2010

Perhaps "not being a sociopath" should be a qualification for public office

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) opines on the 2/18 suicide airplane attack on a IRS office building in Austin:
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.

"It's sad, but...?"


Your kid losing a close Little League game is "sad, but..."

Accidentally spilling water on some old photographs is "sad, but..."

There is no "but" when it comes to crashing a fully fueled airplane into an occupied office building because you're pissed about your taxes and feel that things don't change "unless there's a body count."

While I disagree with Yglesias' framing of King's comment as an explicit "justification" of domestic terrorism, his ghoulish minimization of this lunatic's disregard for human life in the interests of taking a shot an the IRS and pandering to the anti-tax Teabaggers out there is reprehensible, regardless.

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