Obama Rescues Arrogant and Ungrateful Texas Republicans With Federal Disaster Declaration

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President Obama has rescued arrogant and ungrateful Texas Republicans by signing a federal disaster declaration for those areas impacted by the state’s deadly floods.

The White House announced that President Obama signed the disaster declaration for the areas of Texas hit by flooding:

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on May 4, 2015, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the counties of Cooke, Gaines, Grimes, Harris, Hays, Navarro, and Van Zandt.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kevin L. Hannes as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

These are the same Texas Republicans who have been arrogantly dabbling in succession talk for years, and most recently have been gripped by a paranoid conspiracy theory that President Obama is sending the military to take over the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott has not thanked the President for his quick action to help Texas. Instead the statement of gratitude was spoken by“> Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, “I thank the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for their prompt response to Texas’ urgent need for a federal disaster declaration. We have seen so many lives lost, homes damaged or destroyed, and communities threatened by this devastating storm system. Texas is grateful for the swift response by FEMA and I look forward to working with my FEMA partners to ensure critical assistance is delivered to Texans in need.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, who demanded the federal aid, has also not thanked President Obama.

The behavior of Cruz and Abbott is different from former Gov. Rick Perry who publicly thanked President Obama after a fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX in 2013, “President Obama called from Air Force One as he was en route to Boston. We greatly appreciate his call, and his gracious offer of support, of course, and the quick turnaround of the emergency declaration that will be forthcoming, and his offer of prayers.”

Arrogant Republicans like Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz won’t thank the President for literally rescuing their state with prompt action in a time of disaster. Cruz and Abbott are ignoring basic civility because they think it is good politics to ignore Obama while begging for a federal handout.

If Texas were capable of going it alone, they could handle their own natural disaster, but they can’t. What’s even worse is that many Texas Republicans lack the basic decency to thank the President for quicking being there for them in their time of dire need.

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86 Replies to “Obama Rescues Arrogant and Ungrateful Texas Republicans With Federal Disaster Declaration”

  1. Jason, you might want to correct one word here: “These are the same Texas Republicans who have been arrogantly dabbling in succession talk for years,”

    Namely, change “succession” to “secession”.

  2. Looking forward to several million Texans turning down the federal aid due to it coming from that n-clang in the White House.

  3. Almost certainly these gubmint hating conservatoids of texas will reject aid from their sworn enemies..the federal government! Right? Although, I could be “rong”.

  4. Texans think all of federal money are all theirs while screw the rest of country. They will never be thankful of the dude currently resides in the White House.

  5. That’s the problem. They take our trust and trying to help others as a weakness. I say fight fire with fire and lets see who wins. They lost the first time and they will lose now

  6. I agree. All the crap they have been dishing out to the President now they want his help. This reminds me of the saying that goes something like this “One must be careful.For the toes you step on today just might be attached to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow”.

  7. While the ignorant Governor and Senator in Texas have proven themselves to be void of all sense of decency, President Obama will not stoop to their level. He cares about all of Texas and they are more important as a whole, those individuals in need of gov’t. help after the storm, and the President won’t let them down despite the immature behavior of Texas’ so-called leaders.

  8. I’m a fifth generation Texan. President Obama is a better man than me because I would not give this state an f’n penny of federal aid. All these assh*le republicans have done is bash and hate on the President and the federal government. Greg Abbot and Ted Cruz are despicable human beings and every day I am more ashamed and embarrassed to live in this state.

  9. There are no thanks given to President Obama because republicans are hypocrits.

    I guess they can’t call for abolishing Fema when all these disasters require federal help. They love big government when they need it.

    They’ll cry for federal help when infrastuctures start failing too, like when bridges collapse.

    Now watch the repub contractors make money sucking up and misusing federal dollars. The repubs whine about overspending but they love to eat at the federal trough.

  10. They must be made aware of the fact that President Obama runs this great country, not ted cruz, greg abbot or the third Texass stooge gohmer, the POTUS should have let them sweat a little, just because cruz “demanded”. (to capitalize their names would show respect, I have none)

  11. Cruz didn’t even stick around TX to at least show up and act like He cares and is helping. He’s in NH where He is high and dry. I’d love to meet Him. I’d risk jail and knock the shit outta Him and ask, “Are You really this stupid or merely a Flim Flam Man?”

  12. Isn’t it great how SOCIALISM works???

    The Texas tea bags will NOT be greatful at all and will still call president Obama – hitler, facist, dictator, socialist <- ironic with this one.

    Texas is a MOOCHER state and has been for a long time now.
    The citizens of Texas certainly pay into the federal government, but multiple studies have found that they get even more in return. Over a 25 year period, Texans have, on average, received more in federal money than they have paid into the system. In 2009, for example, the people of Texas paid $163 billion in federal taxes, and in return they received $224 billion from the federal government in the form block grants, Medicare and Medicaid aid, and retirement and disability assistance. In other words, the state of Texas made a $61 billion profit off the federal government in 2009.

  13. I agree, President Obama is much more gracious than I and he looks hot in that cowboy hat. He’s a REAL AMERICAN! Abbott and Cruz are not.

  14. I completly agree.

    They’ve BOASTED how great their state is and the rest of the states would not survive without them!! They are clueless since not knowing THEY ARE A MOOCHER STATE.
    They would have a hard time surviving without my BLUE STATE $$$.

  15. On behalf of us sane and intelligent Texans (and there are millions of us, believe it or not) I say THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA!!

  16. Mr. Obama is a good person and did the right thing. That doesn’t keep the rest of us from reminding Texas that they should be grateful. We also can keep pointing out the ingratitude of the Texas politicians.

  17. Maybe FEMA can include a pair of self-adhesive bootstraps with each check it mails out.

    I imagine we will never hear a “Texas Thank you” from Cuz or Abbutt.

  18. Why ask him if he is a flim flam-it is evident! Anyone other than myself ever ask why his father who graduated from UT Austin in 1968 went to Canada-the Draft Dodgers Haven?

  19. these greedy republicans will take the money and still spew “hatred” at the president. hey Texans – I thought the president didn’t care about people, he hates America blah blah blah.

  20. Texas is a MOOCHER state
    The citizens of Texas certainly pay into the federal government, but multiple studies have found that they get even more in return. Over a 25 year period, Texans have, on average, received more in federal money than they have paid into the system. In 2009, for example, the people of Texas paid $163 billion in federal taxes, and in return they received $224 billion from the federal government in the form block grants, Medicare and Medicaid aid, and retirement and disability assistance. In other words, the state of Texas made a $61 billion profit off the federal government in 2009. If they really did secede, the state of Texas would either have to stop giving their elderly citizens health care, or raise taxes to make up for the billions they would lose in federal citizens.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/states-most-wanting-to-secede-also-receive-the-most-federal-money

  21. POLITICUS, republican TROLLS? HELL, alex jones? help me! I thought OBAMA was going to be THE BLACK MAN’s MESSIAH,” I thought OBAMA was gonna wipe out WHITE grannies! put all WHITE people in FEMMA camps, give BLACK people reparations for that damn 40 acres and a MULE for that slavery deal! I thought OBAMA had this deep seeded hatred for WHITE people?! C’MON! after OBAMA won in 2008, didn’t that white republican woman scream! “I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!!” C’MON didn’t the GOP’s religious scholars go on MSNBC in 2008 and speculate that OBAMA could be SATAN! didn’t the STOCK MARKET experts claim that OBAMA being president, would DESTROY the market? Listen! EVERYBODY knows the GOP is racist as SIN! and scaring hopelessly IGNORANT WHITE republicans is a booming business for them! But heres the burning and most important issue for BLACK americans! Wheres our damn FREE cell phones!? Wheres my college student loan FORGIVENESS! OBAMA!? I want my MULE, OBAMA!!

  22. Golly gee, I seem to remember during the disaster out east the thugs in Wash. Cruz and comp. demanded the aide be paid for by cutting other programs. Now would be the perfect time to extract the same from any aide to Texas. Like increasing the tax on the 1%,and other very rich beings. Texas would get the money but pay for it…..Finally, the rest of the country would be paid back for all past help.

  23. Dean, where are the people from Texas who are intelligent and grate full? So far your the only one to say thank you. To you I say back, thank you for being the one person who displays a sense of gratitude.

  24. My sentiments exactly, djchefron.

    There’s a Dutch saying: “Zachte heelmeesters maken stingende wonden.” Roughly translated: softy physicians make for stinging wounds.

    Unless and until those anti-America Republican voters actually feel what their policies will do to them; unless they are personally harmed by their own ideology, they’re never going to learn. These are the type of people who don’t learn from reason and compassion. They learn from the School of Hardknocks.

  25. Being a native Texan, I am appreciative of the FEMA order; but I also support President Obama 100%, even though I am disappointed in several areas….

    I would like to know if that woman who was hysterical crying ‘I want my country back’ can be identified….hopefully someone had her put away for a mental evaluation….she showed many signs of severe mental illness, just wondering what she says today!

  26. Yeppers, POTUS looks good in that Stetson…not everyone can carry off that hat…..yes,he is very photogenic as well. [wink]

  27. The disaster that has not happened yet, but we will undoubtedly get there, is some major oil pipeline burst and Texas T will be polluting all of the once pristine rivers in the affected areas.

    There are a ton of oil wells/pipelines in the flood areas; same with Oklahoma.

  28. I’m still pissed at Texas based Enron for the extortion of California in 2000-2001 for $46 BILLION. Also the oil pipeline failure in Santa Barbara is owned by a Texas based company.

    An oil pipe bursting is but ONE of the many issues in their already polluted state:

    Texas eased pollution rules on coal plants, environmentalists say
    http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2015/5/27/texas-eased-pollution-rules-on-coal-plants-environmentalists-say.html?utm_content=main&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow

    follow the $$$$:
    KOCH backed AG(Greg Abbott) helps hide chemical plant dangers
    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/koch-backed-ag-helps-hide-chemical-dangers-298973251858

    Money from Koch interests flows to governor candidate Greg Abbott
    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20140701-money-from-koch-interests-flows-to-governor-candidate-greg-abbott.ece

  29. Well I see President Obama has finally gotten the chance to declare what has been self-evident for many years: Texas is a Disaster.

  30. I just hope an account has to be given as to how each dollar of the money was spent.

    I don’t even believe Texas will benefit from the money. The 1% in Texas will.

    Where’s Koch, I thought the GOP was all about helping the poor?

  31. Yep, my state too Andy supports the red states and frankly, I’m damn tired of it.

    Let them be “self-sufficient”, on the other hand, they wouldn’t know how to stand on their own 2 feet without the Blue states.

  32. No one should be surprised at this. The President has shown time and again that he is above petty politics and he knows that while the people in Texas voted for their own leaders, they are still Americans and still deserving of the aid the federal government can provide.

    They are in need in Texas, very much in need, and seeing the President reach out to ALL Texans during this disaster is not only unsurprising, it’s what I’d expect him to do. I wouldn’t have voted for him otherwise.

  33. I am Texan and high school teacher. I am thankful for the help to rebuild what has been lost, but the money comes from somewhere (taxes). Increasing taxes for redistribution is indeed a socialist ideology that Obama believes in that I don’t as well as most of us “hated” republicans that oppose obamacare and like programs. Maybe what you perceive as arrogance is the pride we have in taking care of ourselves unlike a lot of those blue color states that rely so heavily on those government handouts.

  34. Well then asshole don’t take any relief money and tell the other dumbasses who represent your dumbass don’t ask for any money

  35. Obama should have signed the declaration in the company of Cruz, Abbott, et.al.with them on bended knee and the fly of his pants unzipped.

  36. I’m an asshole because I don’t want a free handout???? That makes a lot of sense….but common sense is a fleeting thought to folks that have their handout all the time and only care about what else can the government do for me.

    By the way, money was offered, not asked for. And I know several people that have turned down FEMA money because they will rebuild on their own in time. Too proud to take money? Maybe, but self reliant for sure. And those are the people I am PROUD to be associated with.

  37. Explain how that is a low level comment?

    I sir understand the difference between a command economy and free market; communist and democratic.

    What you believe is ok, why you understand it is the difference between ignorance and intelligence.

    But answer this for me….are you ignorant of intelligent…meaning can you explain the difference between the two theories of government and economics…..but I doubt it…

  38. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/move-all-military-bases-and-personnel-state-texas

    We Petition the Obama Administration To move all military bases and personnel from the State of Texas.

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s actions have potentially placed our military personnel and their families in danger.

    The actions of Texas governor Greg Abbott demonstrates that that state does not deserve to continue reap the economic benefits of our military bases in that state.

  39. The federal aid for the flooding in Texas was, indeed, asked for. The request was made, the President signed the declaration – that frees up funds and gets the federal government mobilized even more to help with this disaster. Even your own Senator Ted Cruz asked for federal assistance (even though he was against federal assistance for those affected by Hurricane Sandy).

    I’m afraid this IS a partially socialist country, Proud Texan, and if you do not want to live in a country that provides basic services for its citizens through the collection of taxes, then perhaps you need to move elsewhere.

    This is the compact we entered into a couple of centuries ago and it endures today.

    Without it, Texas would literally be up a creek without a paddle right about now.

  40. Teacher, you made this statement above,
    ” unlike a lot of those blue color states that rely so heavily on those government handouts.”

    can you show me a source for is statement, I have heard the opposite recently, that red states take more federal funds than they pay in federal taxes, and Texas is near the top of the list.

  41. It will be interesting to see if Abbott pulls a Christie by routing relief funds directly to his buddies/ corrupt business associates.

  42. This is true. There are so many good people in Texas. Kind people, compassionate too. Problem is, a lot of them don’t bother to vote. BIG problem there. That’s gotta change.Especially in a state as completely compromised as Texas, the more sensible people have GOT to step up, no matter what it takes and be heard from come election time. The thing that I can’t get my head around is that so many Texans identify themselves as “God fearing” and “church going.” Exactly what religion are they following when they feel entitled to ignore and disparage those in need? Definitely NOT Jesus… he would cry bitter tears to see what kind of cruelty and foolishness goes on in his name.

  43. Coprolite-who you vote for is a reflection of your ideologies. If you believe in redistribution of funds, then you vote democratic (socialism) because that is what they believe in….Texas gets more money because it is a larger state than others. Per capita (money per person) it does not.

    Sammy-that is a petition, anyone can submit it. Just because it is on the whitehouse.gov website does not mean it has any credibility.

    Paws-“up a creek without a paddle?” We have been a drought for several years, this rain has put out lake levels about where they should be. Has there been some damage? Of course, but to say we would be lost without federal government assistance is a far stretch than from what you are watching on CNN….

  44. A true free market assumes a perfect transfer of information to potential consumers who then make a reasoned decision. Which never happens. Communism’ and ‘capitalism’ are names given to theories of how society establishes and maintains a beneficial economic system. They have been co-opted as an ideology and means of frightening undereducated citiz

    The job of government is to manage common wealth,regulate industry and redistribute tax revenues to benefit current and future Americans.

    The US’s break from England was a result of the excessive influence of the East India Trading Co. on Parliament and the King. EITC was exempted from taxes levied on independent small merchants and importers.

    The Boston tea party threw the untaxed EITC tea into the harbor to protest taxation of the King’s loyal subjects to benefit corporations, not those subjects. Which made G3 a tyrant in the eyes of the colonists.

    They then assembled that proto-communist document that begins “We, th…

  45. Robyn, first of all, thank you for an intelligent response instead of insults and name calling, that at least show maturity.
    Where I, as most of us Texans disagree with you, is the question of “what is the government’s job.” I do not believe it is the government’s job to “manage common wealth” “Redistributing tax revenues” is their job, but at what percentage of the money I make should be redistributed? Personally, I would like to spend my money, not have the government take it and give it where they see fit without my opinion heard like what programs like obamacare is trying to do. (i.e. boston tea party).

    But to think this country was founded on communist ideology is extreme. Programs from the great depression like social security and civil works administration were meant to be temporary and is not what was originally intended for this country.

    As this is a highly liberal website, I will not sway anyone’s opinion but I hope a little perspective will be reflected on….

  46. The government didn’t GIVE anything to Texans. “The government” owns nothing and has nothing to give. Everything comes from the pockets of taxpayers, which, I suspect Texas has many of. This is one of the basic misconception of many people, that the government is some kind of rich uncle. Anything the government gives comes from you and your neighbors. Now, be a good neighbor and help out your fellow American

  47. Such a disaster that it has a thriving economy while blue states are in depression. And people are “flooding” in from all over the country!

  48. It’s the start of the take over of Texas by Obama! First, military maneuvers, falsely described a “training exercises” and now this: a toal take over of the state’s economy. Forget that the governor asked for it: he’s dumber than a toadstool, and is cahoots with Obama anyway!

  49. Haters of the government sure like that federal money. The rich especially like their tax breaks, subsidies and rebates but still hate to pay taxes. Since they think corporations are people, why aren’t their hands out to the Kochs? You don’t see them coming to the rescue, do you?

  50. Nepal should send Texas those couple hundred thousand bibles some assholes sent instead of real aid. I’m sure Texas will appreciate it.

  51. I’m a liberal and a Texan. I also know how this works. Texans pay federal income taxes and get back $0.79 on the dollar (http://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government/2700/ ), so getting aid from the federal government is NOT a handout. I know the one thing that unites progressives in a disaster seems to be its hatred of Texans, especially some of its more conservative legislators. I get that & I understand that part of that is due to TX Senators voting down Sandy Aid ( in part due to some extracurricular funding inserted into the bill). But remember 31 senators voted down that funding. That means 29 senators from other states and some states that many of you live in.

    So trying throwing some stones in another direction once in a while and have a little sympathy for the people of Texas who are hurting at the moment.

  52. NOW who is wearing the WHITE HAT? Answer THAT question you stupid Texas Secessionists! (Please note that I said “secessionists”…not all Texans fall into that group) I LOVE the UNITED States of America and our Classy President Barack Obama!

  53. No I think maybe your an “asshole” because that bitch can’t complete a sentence until his quota of “dumbass” is satisfied. Its nothing directed at you just lack of substance.

  54. Karen,

    It’s a mixed-metaphor, “Republicans who have been arrogantly dabbling in secession talk for years…” suck.

    …[WINK]

  55. And yet the ‘depressed’ state of California is outdoing Texas in so many ways.

    Interesting math you got there Prof.

  56. According to this website:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/which-states-are-givers-and-which-are-takers/361668/

    Texas a taker state. $1 given in Federal Taxes – $1.40 in Federal $$$ received.

    So much for the notion that Texans are ‘independent’.

    The Texan economy was doing nicely, but now due to the oil glut, they’re not. In Fact, California is doing much better financially, even with their drought.
    http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/california-bested-texas

    What Texans like to talk about- is how great their state is; often it’s difficult to get them to shut up about it.
    Which strikes me as a Texan equivalent of trying to shout down anyone who can point out that it’s not as great as they like to believe.

    If Texas doesn’t need the $$$, then prove it.

  57. Actually responding to ICH…those who “graduated” from the School of Hard Knocks just love forcing others to enroll.

  58. What’s with all the bigotry towards people who have lost their homes, businesses and many their lives or loved ones?
    Are democrat supporters and liberals really this inhumane?
    I thought it was “E Pluribus Unum” and not “my way or the highway”.
    This article and the hateful comments are sobering to just how messed up some liberal fanatics can be.

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