Maybe I am a little late on sending you this letter, considering it was now 4 days ago that you requested federal aid for West, Texas following a fertilizer plant explosion. But, I feel there are a few things I need to say to you in regards to this matter. I am not a constituent of yours, I am not a Republican, and honestly even if I lived in Texas I would never have voted for you. However, with that being said, I am not going to beat around the bush with how I feel about you. For starters I think you are a real piece of work (and that is putting it lightly), but the biggest problem I have with you isn’t that I disagree with 99.9% of your policy positions. The biggest problem I have with you is that you are a world class, grade A, hypocrite.
See, I was born and raised in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Four and a half months ago my hometown was devastated by a natural disaster known as Hurricane Sandy. Many of my friends and neighbors lost their homes and all of their possessions. My mother, who had 5 feet of salt water eroding everything in her basement, was one of the lucky ones that did not lose everything. In fact a handful of people I grew up with are still displaced and have been told it will be months before their homes are rebuilt and they can return. In addition, many, if not most, of the small businesses in my small town were damaged beyond repair. Only recently have those businesses started to return to normalcy.
Now, you might be thinking, ‘What does this have to do with me?’ Well, I will tell you. Four and a half months ago you voted no on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill. A spending bill that would have helped my family, friends, and neighbors recover from a devastating natural disaster. You claimed that the government could not afford it. Then, 4 days ago, you requested federal assistance and funds for your home state following an explosion at a privately owned fertilizer plant. A plant that probably would not have exploded, but for the fact the plant owners lied about the amount of chemicals onsite to avoid federal inspection, and the fact that Texas law does not mandate state inspections. But I digress. The point is, how is it that you can deny residents of New York and New Jersey federal aid after a natural disaster but then turn around and request aid for your fellow Texans following a man made one? You sir sure have some chutzpah, as we say up here. Apparently, what is good for the goose, is not good for the gander. In your mind, “socialism” is okay so long as it’s the losses that are socialized. It appears your philosophy is all about privatizing the profits, and socializing the losses, by forcing the taxpayers to foot the bill when a private company screws up. I mean you are the one asking taxpayers to pay for cleaning up a mess caused by private industry.
Now, I don’t want to sound harsh. If the residents of West, Texas need aid, they should get it. I am not cold-hearted like you, and I care about all of my fellow Americans despite the fact I may despise their choice of elected official. However, there is just no good reason that the taxpayers should be paying for this, especially since we are still in a sequester, and this was not a natural disaster. I propose that as a condition of your state receiving this aid, the company must pay back the money in full to the taxpayers. It bears repeating, this was not a natural disaster, it was willful negligence by a private company. Even if we (the taxpayers) lay out the money, the company needs to pay to fix this mess, not us.
In sum, you voted no on the Sandy relief bill that my area desperately needed. You did not care about my friends or family, so why am I supposed to care about your constituents? The only reason I do is because unlike you, I care about all of my fellow citizens. Moreover, private companies, like this one, must be held accountable. If it was up to me, not a single penny of federal funds would be released to anyone besides the workers and residents injured by this disaster. Furthermore, taxpayer money would only be released if the company guaranteed that the money would be paid back. Mr. Cruz, I implore you to stop being a hypocrite. If you want to claim that the government cannot afford a disaster bill for residents who’s lives, homes, and businesses were upended by a hurricane, you are not allowed to turn around a few months later and request federal funds for a man-made disaster in your state. It’s wrong, it’s hypocritical, and it’s damn near un-American.
A Pissed Off New Yorker
PS. You’re an ass.
Correction: April 24, 2013:
An earlier version of this article incorrectly asserted that the state “kicked out federal regulators.” This statement has been removed.