In my opinion, GOP politicians see themselves as a privileged class separate from the common people. They believe they are smarter, stronger and wiser than their counterparts in both Houses of Congress. Most “outsiders” see them as manipulative, bullying, stupid, selfish oafs. I, for one, see them that way.
Could that be why they’ve only won one out of the last six elections (including mid-terms.)
The same Texas lawmakers who voted against relief money after Hurricane Sandy are looking for “all available resources” after the fertilizer plant disaster in Texas. Aid for me, not for thee? (Rachel on Facebook)
Officials are still coming to terms with the scope of the disaster in West, Texas, where a fertilizer plant exploded last week, leaving at least 14 dead. And while investigators still search for clues as to what caused the disaster, Texan lawmakers in Washington are looking for disaster aid to bolster the devastated community.
Had these same officials not opposed post-Sandy relief, their position might not seem so jarring.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted the Sandy Aid package, voting against the measure in January…. 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. [...]
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.”
In fairness, Cruz didn’t explicitly say he wants federal emergency assistance, but the right-wing senator said he’s working to get “all available resources,” which would presumably include federal aid.
I will, of course, look forward to Cruz and Flores explaining why federal emergency aid in New Jersey and New York was unwarranted, while federal emergency aid in West, Texas, is fair.
- Texas wants federal disaster aid it refused to give others (dailykos.com)
- Texas Lawmakers Who Voted Against Sandy Aid Ask For Help After Explosion (huffingtonpost.com)
- Republicans Who Voted Against Sandy Aid Ask For Aid To West, Texas After Explosion (thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com)
- Ted Cruz changes his mind about federal relief aid (examiner.com)
- Cruz called Sandy aid ‘pork’ but wants ‘all available resources’ after Texas blast (rawstory.com)