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Texas Legislators Suddenly Love Federal Aid

A pair of Texas lawmakers who were opposed to federal aid for Hurricane Sandy relief suddenly love the idea of federal aid to help West, Texas recover from a massive explosion at a fertilizer factory. That includes Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz and the congressman who actually represents West.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted the Sandy Aid package, voting against the measure in January. Cruz 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, including “Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.”

However, in Washington Thursday, Cruz said that he was “working to ensure that all available resources are marshaled to deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering that we’ve seen” after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas leveled the plant and nearby houses and business, claiming the lives of at least a dozen people and injuring hundreds more…

Rep. Bill Flores, who represents West, also voted against the Sandy relief package but is now requesting federal aid for the disaster in his home district. Flores said Thursday that members of Congress with whom he has been in touch have pledged assistance.

After Flores voted against the Sandy aid package, he justified his vote by saying the package was “too large” and did “more than meet the immediate needs of Sandy victims.”

And I’m sure they’ll be absolutely certain to make sure there isn’t a dime of unnecessary spending in any bill to help their city and state, right? Reminds me of all the Republicans — and I mean virtually every one in Congress — who railed against the unnecessary stimulus bill and declared that it would not create any jobs at all, then turned around and demanded that the money be spent in their district and state because it would create so many good jobs.

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  1. says

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted the Sandy Aid package, voting against the measure in January. Cruz 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, including “Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.”
    However, in Washington Thursday, Cruz said that he was “working to ensure that all available resources are marshaled to deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering that we’ve seen” after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas leveled the plant and nearby houses and business, claiming the lives of at least a dozen people and injuring hundreds more…

    Assuming this is true– and I realize that’s a big assumption– what’s hypocritical about this? If Cruz actually spoke against spending measures in Sandy Aid because they were not related to disaster relief, there is no hypocrisy in him asking for federal aid for West that is related to disaster relief.

  2. says

    And I’m sure they’ll be absolutely certain to make sure there isn’t a dime of unnecessary spending in any bill to help their city and state, right?

    If they don’t, then we can sure blast them for it. I don’t like blasting them beforehand.

  3. ricko says

    Yeah, IF it’s true, and he made those complaints known ahead of the vote, and if “Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start” were actually not needed…

    Then it’s POSSIBLE Ted Cruz is actually safe from hypocrisy.

    If that’s true.

  4. tubi says

    To be fair to Cruz, who, it’s well established, is a moron and a blowhard, it’s consistent for him to oppose an aid bill with bloat that’s unnecessary, and then ask for only aid directly to the victims of the explosion.

    But that’s a lot of conditionals, as has been noted above. We’ll have to see if he or the congressman add any pointless amendments.

  5. gwangung says

    Yeah, IF it’s true, and he made those complaints known ahead of the vote, and if “Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start” were actually not needed…

    Hard figures matter, too. If all the Smithsonian money and Head Start money (NOAA planes, I think, have some role in storm repair and forecast) total an insignificant sum (I heard less than .5%), then Cruz is being a blowhard.

  6. frog says

    I hope that the relevant congresspersons from Sandy-afflicted areas make a point of saying, “I’m voting in favor of giving these funds to West, Texas, because I’M NOT AN ASSHOLE” and then looking very pointedly at Cruz or Flores.

  7. bmiller says

    I like Doghouse Riley’s precondition for aid….that Texas finally just goes ahead and does it…and secedes! :)

  8. ArtK says

    @ Gretchen,

    I, and many others, suspect that Cruz’s “I’m not voting for it because it has stuff that isn’t relevant to aid” is nothing more than a barely-plausible cover for “No aid, ever, for those mooching left-wing commies in New York.” Or just “No aid, ever (unless my constituents need it.)” It’s part-and-parcel with the Objectivist “I got mine, sucks to be you” philosophy that dominates the right.

  9. raven says

    Why don’t they just let the Free Market fix the town and everything?

    After all the Free Market is magic and can do anything. Especially anything better than the government.

    Besides, it was the Free Market that had a lot to do with it in the first place. That plant hadn’t been inspected in nearly 3 decades by anyone concerned about explosives blowing up and the zoning in that town seemed to be all but nonexistent.

  10. Matrim says

    You’ve gotta love small government conservatism. Laws restricting personal liberty are bad unless WE pass them. Judges are activists unless they agree with US. Federal money is bad unless WE’RE the ones getting it.

  11. says

    See Paul, Ron, Congressman (Pieceofshit–Galveston) who hated aid for Katrina, but loved it for Rita–asshole and hypocrite.

    Cruz is a piece-of-shit, the same as Paul. He wants to starve the 47% (which he fails to understand is a larger part of his constituency than it is in the Northeast) and give tax breaks to the rich. Fuck him.

    If you have not already seen enough of Cruz’s foolishness and mean spiritedness to know what a douche and prick he is, then you might want to read up on his congressional antics.

  12. kantalope says

    Okay – Sandy Relief $60 Billion with a B:

    Pork claims by Right Wing types: and this seems like talking points because all the sources I checked were copy and paste jobs:

    “The Frelinghuysen amendment contained questionable spending including $500 million for weather forecasting and to help create an ocean zoning plan – the later one of Obama’s pet projects. Also included are $10 million for FBI salaries

    $2 billion for road construction across the country, as well as funding for the Head Start program, roof repairs at the Smithsonian, and $150 million for fisheries across the country.”

    Obviously – $500 million to help with weather forecasting is just crazy talk. What does a hurricane have to do with weather? This is just another climate change slipperyslopey wedge, agenda 21, elitists, homosexual Obama giveaway.

    abc news site says the smithsonian roof repairs was $2 million = .0003% of the total and since when do museums need a roof? Does the Parthenon have roof?

    Ok 2 Billion is for road repairs not related to the storm. That is still 1/30th of the money. I’m guessing you need at least 5% of any bill spread around to make self centered congresscritters vote for it. Probably not enough was going to Texas to get Texans to vote for it.

    Cruz did not vote against the bill because 5% of it was pork. If he can’t vote for a bill that is 95% good…he won’t have much to do will he?

  13. ArtK says

    @ kantalope

    Ok 2 Billion is for road repairs not related to the storm.

    Yeah, it’s not like people need to use roads when fleeing hurricanes or floods. Heck, everybody should have a boat and let the storm surge wash them inland.

  14. Trebuchet says

    It’ll be interesting to see how much of the West aid Cruz manages to direct to the poor, suffering owners of the fertilizer plant.

  15. says

    It’s probably safe to say that Cruz did not look at the bill (and he may not have even looked at the list of talking points that he got from ALEC or the Koch brothers) before reaching his decision.

  16. says

    Considering that the explosion was a direct result of Republican mismanagement and deregulation… I say make them live with and pay for the results of their idiocy.

    If the citizens of Texas don’t like that, tough shit — they’re the ones who voted for the crooks in the first place.

  17. Nomad says

    I’m with the others. Let the free market fix the total mess that it created. The free market says that putting a ticking time bomb with the strength of a nuclear weapon next to a school is a good idea? The free market can fucking pay for the lives that it destroyed when the bomb blew up.

    Cruz can go cry to someone else. I just want to personally travel to the devastated town, and inform the locals whose lives were ruined that they can rest assured that their homes were leveled by the free market. The company that probably paid a fraction of the tax dollars that it was due can be held responsible for the damage it caused if they choose to go after it. Otherwise, they can fend for themselves. It’s Texas, right? Some of them have to have guns, some of them can probably hold up their neighbors for the few days worth of food they have left.

    For the record, no, I don’t actually believe that. While the selfish motherfuckers that ruined that town would leave my town dry of all federal money, I would let them in on the dole if it could save them from starvation.

    And then I get to know that the next time a natural disaster that wasn’t caused by greed strikes another state, these selfish motherfuckers will be screaming that their hard earned money shouldn’t go to anyone else. They got theirs already, why should anyone else benefit?

    No, I’m not angry at all. Why do you ask? I mean we got the feel good news stories, I’m told that someone from the East Coast sent Texas Pizza, and Texas sent prayers to the East. That’s enough, isn’t it? Texas doesn’t owe anything else to the union once they’ve received their disaster relief funds.

  18. blf says

    Superstorm Sandy was not (directly) caused by human action or inaction. The West, Texas, explosion very possibly was directly caused by human actions and/or inactions, with the results made worse by action (poor site locations (plural)) and, possibly, inaction.

    Which has bugger-all to do with disaster relief, but does suggest a through investigation is needed, with the resultant report openly published, and (very probably) the actions recommended acted upon in a timely and effective manner.

    (Wakes up.) Now back to the real world (or at least as real as it gets in Texas and with the thugs)…

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