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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Ted Cruz And Natural Disaster Hypocrisy

What happens to GOP members of Congress when natural disaster hits their district? They are forced into the spotlight of hypocrisy as they often vote against such aid in other states (districts).

Over the weekend mother nature delivered a devastating set of storms and tornadoes across large geographic regions from the US southern border through the upper Midwest. Tornadoes left communities in Texas with major storm damage and eleven dead. A catastrophe that garners congressional attention. How does tornado and storm damage influence Congressional representatives?   

Responsible and humane representatives respond to request for aid (regardless of US District) with support and helpful votes. Irresponsible, politically ambitious, and federal government anarchist who seek higher office perform quite the opposite.  Ted Cruz is the archetypal example of the GOP elected official who doesn't give a damn about relief aid outside of her/his district, but who run to any available microphone, podium and state seal to deliver visible requests for disaster aid.

Cruz does what? (Requests federal disaster relief aid and visits from the hated FEMA)

Ted Cruz, R-TX., GOP 2016 primary candidate spoke int he aftermath of major tornado damage in his home state.  His on-camera appearance reminds of any politician who's home district suffers a natural catastrophe. His words are welcome, if you are a Cruz supporter, or if you are not a supporter yet stand to derive benefit from federal aid and a visit from FEMA.

The GOP candidate and federal government budget shutdown leader fulfilled a role that is both humane and a legislative responsibility.   

Another 2016 GOP candidate suffered through the same on-camera experience in 2012.

Do you recall Hurricane Sandy?

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Christie went against the Fox News hate Obama model while defending the need for federal aid post-Hurricane Sandy and his subsequent request for aid.  

As we look back, and before we moved back to the Texas Senator, I must ask. How many times did Ron Paul, former R-TX member of the US House, vote against aid for disaster relief while requesting the relief when disaster hit his district.  If I recall, Paul was one of the GOP's most vocal anti-FEMA advocates until his district needed economic relief via FEMA.

Cruz is cut from the same 'tea party' mold and makes his federal aid request with every imaginable holiday ornament with the word "hypocrite" and the word "Irresponsible" affixed to the ornament.

Cruz and his official statement regarding post Sandy relief aid.


By: Ted Cruz

Date: Jan. 28, 2013

Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the following statement on the Disaster Relief Act of 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:

In April of 2013, Politicusa run this piece.

Yet, the Texas Senator now pulls a Ron Paul with clear requests for federal aid in his district.

Your GOP!

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