There’s a bit of good news for Texas as it looks like the torrential rains and subsequent flooding may hopefully be coming to an end soon. The bad news is that you still have Ted Cruz and John Cornyn as your senators.
Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the country doesn’t mind sending you federal aid – goodness knows you need it after that deluge – but can we talk for a minute about your current senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz? I realize that not all of you voted for him, but just enough people did show up and what was once Texas’ problem, is now America’s problem.
This shouldn’t be a conservatives versus liberals, Republicans versus Democrats issue. When disaster strikes anywhere in the United States, whether it’s in a blue state or a red state, we’re supposed to put our political differences aside and help each other out. That’s how America works – or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work. Oh sure, we’re going to make a snarky remark or two questioning how this disaster was related to gay marriage considering Pat Robertson and other religious nuts are convinced that any disaster is related to what consenting adults of the same gender do in the privacy of their homes, but that’s because they’re crazy and we like to laugh at them, not at your predicament.
Ted Cruz voted against relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, an emergency bill some Republicans falsely claimed to be loaded with pork barrel spending. So did the other senator from Texas, John Cornyn, who pitched a fit back in 2009 when Texas experienced an agricultural disaster and blamed President Obama for not acting fast enough – even though the state got the federal relief it asked for.
Here’s how Ted Cruz explained his “no” vote to the Houston Chronicle back in January 2013:
“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 up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy.
“Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.
“Two-thirds of this spending is not remotely ’emergency’; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 30% of the authorized funds would be spent in the next 20 months, and over a billion dollars will be spent as late as 2021.
“This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington — an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.” (Source)
However, as Politifact pointed out, there wasn’t “billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy” in the bill. Does this make Ted Cruz a liar? I’d say so. Does this make Ted Cruz a disgusting hypocrite who will say and do anything for political gain? Yes, but so are many other lawmakers who care more about pandering to specific voters than the common good of the people of their districts, and the country as a whole. To our friends in Texas, we’re going to help you out, but could you do us a favor and stop electing politicians who care about human suffering only when it’s their state that is affected?
This isn’t some video taken out of context to make Ted Cruz look worse than he already is, nor is it a fake news story claiming he wants veterans to sell cookies to fund the Veteran’s Administration. This is Senator Ted Cruz, in his own words, on his official YouTube channel. Watch it below:
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