#8 Congressman Steve King (R) Iowa

Remember Their Faces: Steve King

 Remember the Bastards Who Sold You Down The River

Not the same guy as the horror writer by the same name, yet more frightening than anything Steven King could imagine

Republican Congressman Steve King is nothing if not bought and paid for by petroleum interests, people who want to make sure we choke on the last drop of crude oil we can suck from the planet. That’s why it was not surprising to see him as a featured speaker at an Americans For Prosperity, denouncing the global warming. King is nothing if not a wordsmith.

“It is not proven, it’s not science. It’s more of a religion than a science,” he said**.

King is nothing if not a wordsmith, nevertheless, it remains rhetorically fascinating that Steve brings science and religion into the same sentence. Steve does not have a college degree, but spent his pre-political business life in the construction business. So he must have studied science in his spare time. As for religion, Steve the kind of conspicuous Christian that is afraid of nuns and against helping the poor. At lease one would get that impression from his behavior in 2012 when he stood up Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. When the Sister and her sisters showed up for an appointment with Steve at his offices, the door was locked against the papist women. We don’t know if Steve was hiding in back or not.

The day after the science and religion comment, he followed up with an explanation of the benefits of global warming, which he denies exists.

“If temperature went up, there’d be more evaporation of the 70 percent of the earth that’s covered by water,” King said. “And so I know by Newton’s first law of physics, if it evaporates up, what goes up must come down, has got to come down in the form of rain. So if the earth is warm, it’ll rain more and more places.”

Real scientists believe that the shit will hit the fan in the form of extreme weather events. Such as the ones taking place almost everyone on the planet right now.

Steve, of course, has a lot of strong opinions, most of which involve the standard demons of the extreme right wing. Vegan and animal rights conspiracies to make the food supply more safe. Moving immigrants onto a reasonable path to citizenship. Women’s right to chose and same sex marriage. Aid to Katrina. The kinds of threats to the American way of life.

Conversely, Steve favors taxpayer financed school vouchers as a way to defeat secular types out there in America. Most of these clowns are at least smart enough not to come right out and say it.

Remember Steve’s face.

*Americans for Prosperity is well named, but it does not mean prosperity for everyone. Mostly banks and billionaires.
** Quoted in the Ft. Dodge, IA Messenger
***In July 2012, King introduced an amendment to the House Farm Bill that would legalize tail-docking, arsenic in chicken feed and immobilization of pregnant sows. These practices had been previously banner.

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