Texas Senator Ted Crux lambasted the Sandy aid package, voting against the measure in January. Crux issued a statement explaining that he voted against the aid because it included a number of spending measures that were not related to disaster relief.
However in Washington last Thursday, Cruz said he wad working to ensure that all available resources are marshalledto deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering we have seen. This was after an explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled the plant and nearby houses and businesses. It also claimed the lives of at least a dozen people and injuring hundreds more.
Senator Cruz said,” Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the east coast and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading the bill with new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy. Emergency relief for families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending. 2/3s of this spending is not remotely emergent, such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes and more funding for headstart. The CBO estimates that only 30% of the authorized funds would be spent in the next 20 months and over a billion dollars would very spent as late as 2021. This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington. An addiction to spending money we don’t have. The U.S. Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.”
This stunning hypocrisy doesn’t end there. It probably would have been helpful if Senator Cruz were familiar with where his state stands on the FEMA handout chart. Senator Cruz represents the state with the most FEMA-declared natural disasters since the start of 2009, according to an IWatch News analysis. The top 2 states have combined for more than a quarter of FEMAs declared disasters in that time. Texas had the most with 75.
For all the Republicans bluster about the evil Fed and how they want to secede and how everyone should be like them and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. It is instructive to recall Governer Rick Perry’s outraged condemnation at being left to his own devices after fires swept through Texas. “It is not only the obligation of the federal government, but its responsibility under law to help its citizens in times of emergency.” Now Rick Perry is desperately gloaming onto President Obama, even going so far as to finally admit that the President is a Christian. Big whoop!
Thus seems to be the Republican/Tea Party M.O., deny other people help but screaming and crying when they need it. Most of the pork in the Sandy bill was going to Republican states. The thing is disasters aren’t about politics with Democrats/Liberals, who would rather help the people. But we live in a country where it only seems to matter when it happens to you. Wrong again, we are a country and we all should matter all the time. Economy, jobs, 90% of the people want common sense gun control, raise in the minimum wage and equal pay for women. All of these we have been denied by Republicans, for special interest groups. People will remember, because we will make sure of it, when you are up for reelection.
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