Texans like to talk about seceding from the union and evil President Obama… until they need the feds. And when they need the feds, the real President Obama is there to help.
So when Governor Greg Abbott requested federal help for four counties in Texas, President Obama stepped up in spite of the years of Texas bragging about their “independence”.
On Monday, President Obama signed declared “a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of April 17-24, 2016.”
“I would like to thank the President and FEMA for quickly granting Texas’ request for Individual Assistance following last week’s severe weather,” the Texas Republican Governor said. “The State of Texas will continue to work with our local and federal partners to aid Texans recovering and rebuilding from flood damages and ensure all those affected receive the assistance they need.”
Abbott has made a habit of “overreacting” to President Obama’s policies in the past. A prime example of Abbott’s inability to deal with reality was his reaction to President Obama pushing for some reasonable gun control measures. Abbott wasn’t having that. Abbott tweeted, “Obama wants to impose more gun control. My response.#? COME & TAKE IT @NRA”
According the to statement from the White House, the President’s action will help individuals in the counties of Fayette, Grimes, Harris, and Parker.
So President Obama has done for Texas what Republicans will not do for Flint, Michigan. Compassionate conservatism is dead. What’s left is hyperbolic hysterics who paint a fictional image of President Obama in order to hate him all the more, while refusing to do any work to help suffering people in the city of Flint who are in danger still.
But when disaster hits their area, first on their knees to beg for help and expect it? Republicans.
The next time a Republican natters on about how they hate the feds, ask them if they hate them so much why they expect and demand help from them. This is part of what a functioning government is meant to do for its people. Sure, government is not perfect. But for Republicans to suggest they should stop doing their jobs, troll government, or destroy it from within is ridiculous. Sadly this is what most of the Republican presidential front-runners are suggesting.
President Obama showed Congressional Republicans who are holding up aid for Flint, Michigan how the grown ups do it. They show up and do their jobs no matter how they feel about it.
From the White House statement: “FEMA said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.”
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