GOP Rep. Steve King Relates to Anti-IRS Sentiments of Austin Suicide Attacker

February 23, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Extreme right-wing lawmaker Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made some provocative remarks at the recent CPAC conference during an interview with members of Think Progress, in which he suggested that he agrees with the anti-IRS sentiments of the disgruntled Austin man who crashed his small plane into a federal building. King denounced the IRS, as “unnecessary” and said that if the federal agency had been “abolished” Joe Stack would not have felt compelled to commit an act of terrorism, killing himself, an IRS worker and injuring many others.

Before crashing his plane into an Austin, Texas federal building housing nearly 200 IRS workers, the anti-government Stack burned down his own house and posted a suicide manifesto online, ranting against federal bailouts, the IRS and the “sleazy government.” “Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well,” said Stack at the end of his 3,000 word angry screed.

Rep. King, who during his speech at CPAC, ticked off an incoherent Republican enemies list, which included liberals, Trotskyites and Maoists, told Think Progress that it would be a great day in America when the IRS was destroyed:

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.

Freshman Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) also seemed to lend credence to Stack’s anti-IRS beliefs, saying that “no one likes to pay taxes” and “people are frustrated,” while appearing on Fox News. And he suggested that Stark’s suicide attack on a federal building may be related to the voter anger he came across during his campaign.

Numerous Facebook pages have sprouted up hailing Joe Stack as an anti-government hero. Even his adult daughter called her father’s suicide attack a noble rebellion against the “system.”

Rep. King didn’t directly respond to Think Progress’ question about right-wing anti-tax rhetoric, but domestic terrorism experts point out that the angry electorate incited by President Obama’s election, our country’s first black president, has sparked a rise in violent militia groups.

Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog organization which tracks hate groups, notes the dangerous growth of militia groups. “Extremist groups are already aligning behind [Joe Stack], beginning to talk about him as a hero,” said Potok. “The growth of those groups has been astounding.”

See Think Progress for more.


5 Responses to “GOP Rep. Steve King Relates to Anti-IRS Sentiments of Austin Suicide Attacker”

  1. Richard Keefe on February 23rd, 2010 8:11 am

    “Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog organization which tracks hate groups”

    Couple of facts about the SPLC’s “facts”:

    Mr. Potok is a highly paid public relations agent, ($143,000 donor dollars a year). He has no legal or law enforcement experience. His organization and his livelihood are based on maintaining the highest levels of irrational fear among potential donors.

    There is no legal definition for “hate group”, which is why even the FBI does not track “hate groups”. If there is no legal definition, what exactly is this “law center” tracking? (

    The SPLC is a self-proclaimed “watchdog” group that has no mandate and is subject to no external oversight or review. It hides behind the meaningless smear “hate group” in order to render groups with which it disagrees as “radioactive” in the public arena, thereby stifling all civil discussion and debate.

    If these groups were breaking actual laws they would be prosecuted in actual courts of law, not in SPLC fund-raising propaganda.

    In doing so, the SPLC practices a form of ideological vigilantism: “a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly : a self-appointed doer of justice”.


    Perhaps the most interesting fact about the SPLC is that despite being headquartered in Montgomery, AL, the birthplace of the American civil rights movement, and despite having more than $189 MILLION donor dollars of cash on hand, not ONE of the SPLC’s top ten, highest paid officers is a minority.


    The last “Whites Only” sign in Montgomery hangs in the boardroom of the SPLC.

    Some “experts”.

  2. glen keenan on February 23rd, 2010 12:23 pm

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  4. SPO101 on February 24th, 2010 1:21 pm

    Ohhh, the poor anti-tax fanatic (who owned his OWN PLANE) struck out against the U.S. Government. There’s NO WAY to convince me this Joe Stack III guy wasn’t incited to violence by the Right-Wing Spin Machine. (AM Radio Free Conservative and FOX News) A CONSTANT drone of HATE SPEECH against ANYTHING tax, Obama or Liberal.

    Joseph Stack III was a homegrown TERRORIST and the Conservative news media was like a Osama bin Lunatic video calling him to murderous ACTION. This maniac used what’s become the universal sign of terrorism since 9/11… A PLANE CRASH INTO A BUILDING

    I’ve researched the AM Radio Free Conservative/FOX News propaganda machine and it turns out spokespersons like O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, etc… are working for foreign special interests that want to “divide and conquer” the American PEOPLE. I’m sure the Saudi Royals, who are now majority owners of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp/FOX News, were overjoyed at the news and confident of their long range strategic planning.

    NOTE: (did you see the video of Ailes, O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck and rest of the FOX news puppets lining up t0 kiss the right shoulder of the Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talai? It’s even more sickening than all the hand holding/kissing Bush Jr. used to do at the ranch in Crawford TX. George W. Bush always resembled a smitten school girl ever time he was in the presence of Saudi Royals)

    IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THESE CONSERVATIVE INSURGENTS before they allow the destruction of the USA. I’m NOT going to stand by and allow the USA to be destroyed by a bunch of Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin GROUPIES, ****you TOO! You right-wing degenerates got a BIG surprise coming….

    I can’t believe the hypocrisy of the Conservative reactionaries, some actually DEFENDING this nutcase Joe (the engineer) Stack. (Rep. Steve King) …If this guy was of Middle-Eastern descent the right-wing would have raised such a stink, pointing fingers at Obama/Biden, Democrats, Liberals for being SOFT ON TERROR!

    The thing that gets me is how these Tax Party cult members are all well-off enough to STILL be in the upper or middle class but they act like they’re being targeted and will LOSE everything to the government. I got NEWS for you Tards, this kind of thing has been going on for a few decades now… ONLY THE GOVERNMENT HAS TARGETED the 40+ MILLION Americans struggling BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL.

    So QUIT being a bunch of shameless, irresponsible Conservative wacko crybabies and read about your FELLOW AMERICANS who have a REAL REASON to be angry at the government BUT REFUSE TO RESORT TO VIOLENCE and work within the system for CHANGE! That’s what GREAT AMERICANS DO… (ya spoiled, pathetic CPAC wackos)

    “The U.S. government WON’T TAX the RICH but it will SEIZE from the POOR”

    REST of the story goto:

  5. HeyThisAintKoolaid on February 24th, 2010 10:32 pm

    Wow! A “hero” you say. Just how courageous is it to become a domestic terrorist? For all of you who believe its so heroic why don’t YOU do the same and turn yourselves in to human bombs?

    This idiot was an coward, who was unstable enough to handle the pressure? Did anyone check to see if he actually greatly defrauded the government?

    So what exactly did he accomplish?
    Several days out and no news agencies are even talking about him anymore. Plus…his wife is left without a house and she can’t even cash in his life insurance policy since they dont pay for suicides.

    Thats just selfish stupidity.

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