Texas Congressmen Are Reminded They Voted Against The East Coast's Hurricane Sandy Relief

Submitted by: holygod 1 month ago in News & Politics

How quickly Texas forgot about Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly every Texas Republican who was serving in Congress when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast voted against the $50.5 billion aid bill. Now their own constituents are facing the biggest natural disaster in state history.

Fortunately, it appears those in Congress from New York and New Jersey plan on doing the right thing. 

US Rep Peter King, a Long Island Republican, took the biggest shot at the delegation on Saturday...


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Male 3,409
i think we all agree ted cruz is a goddamn weirdo.
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Male 9,766
rumham He does give off that "I've got a dozen naked decapitated 9 yr old boys buried under my cellar" vibe doesn't he?
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Male 3,409
holygod he bottles his own farts to savor at a later time
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Male 367
rumham it's possible to do that??   I know what my next google search is gonna be!
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Male 3,470
Any texans here to share what the people of texas think of senator cruz?

I know he is fairly despised outside of texas, and trump made him look fairly foolish, but i wondered if he still has a lot of advocates in his home state?
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Male 502
Instead of just jumping on the bandwagon and demonizing Sen. Cruz, why don't you look up all the superfluous crap they put into the Sandy Bill?                                                   – $150 million for fishery disaster areas in Mississippi and Alaska
 – $20,000 for a new car for the Inspector General of the Justice Department
 – $10.8 billion for the Federal Transportation Administration; and cancellation of loans related to Hurricane Katrina
 – $4 million for repairs at the Kennedy Space Center
 – $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center
 – $150 million for fisheries in Alaska damaged by a 2011 Japanese tsunami, which littered debris on Alaska’s shoreline
 – $2 million to fix an (apparently quite expensive) roof at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
 – $13 billion for future flood preparations (that is, money that was not spent on victims of Sandy but on preventing future, Sandy-scale disasters from occurring) 
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Male 367
Shelworth I don't think any of those items are superfluous crap.  20K for a car gets you what... a Hyundai Sonata?  50K for a car is superfluous, 20K is downright thrifty if you ask me.  How old was the car the new one is replacing?  I suppose you'd prefer to avoid paying for flood prevention measures in coastal areas so you could cut taxes for the wealthy?
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 – $13 billion for future flood preparations (that is, money that was not spent on victims of Sandy but on preventing future, Sandy-scale disasters from occurring) 


How is this improper spending of funds? Preparing for future disasters? Holy shit.
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Male 4,152
pleasestop That is money that each state should set aside for themselves, for natural disasters, when they need it. Texas had something like 12 years to prepare for this.
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Male 367
trimble ...and which party has been running Texas for the last 12 years?
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Male 9,766
Shelworth BTW your "apparently quite expensive roof" was actually The Museum of Natural History, the Museum of American History, the Air and Space Museum, several buildings at the National Zoo, and the Museum Support Center in Maryland.

You may have learned that had you spent 5 minutes verifying your information before posting it.
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Male 5,021
Shelworth If this was the link you found this at, look at the very last paragraph. It was a New York Democrat that wanted to scrub the bill of non-related Sandy items:

"Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Monday that it’s “legitimate” to scour the bill for non-related Sandy items. Schumer is pressing Republicans to back the $60.4 billion legislation, as bipartisan support is needed to survive a filibuster."
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Male 9,766
markust123 That's not the list. That list is on a site run by people that are at least smart enough to leave off sandy related items like fixing the Smithsonian roof. He got his list from a site too dumb to actually research their info and just based it off what sounded hurricane related.
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Male 9,766
Shelworth Instead of YOU jumping on the bandwagon of DEFENDING Sen. Cruz why don't you do a bit of research and discover that a lot of those like the Kennedy Space Center, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and Smithsonian Museum were related to damage suffered from hurricane sandy.

Are you actually supporting him denying a bill on the basis that it PREVENTS future floods? Ya, that would just be stupid and pointless right?
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Male 1,743
Interesting, because in that same year the Republican congressmen voted against Hurricane Sandy Relief, Texas also received the most from the Federal government in aid.



Texans are the epitome of "Do what I say, not as I do."
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Male 3,409
bliznik the dakotas? why
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Male 5,021
bliznik Something doesn't look right here. Why aren't the states affected by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 on here? Are these 10 other states really more costly than a huge hurricane? How can that be?
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Male 1,743
markust123 Hurricane Sandy was considered fiscal year 2013. The fiscal year begins and ends on October 1, and Hurricane Sandy occurred in late October.
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Male 5,021
bliznik My mistake.
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Male 9,766
bliznik Red state welfare. The states that take the most from the federal government are the sates that vote for people to slash government spending. It's pretty funny. They are too dumb to realize they are biting the hand that feeds them.
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Male 4,152
holygod Blue state butthurt.
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holygod The states that take the most in Federal Government spending, pay the least, and have the lowest taxes as a result.

It's part of the reason why they're always shitting on blue states. It's absurd the level of cognitive dissonance these people suffer from.
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Male 3,470
How come we never hear talk about Texas independence and succession when the water comes?

Once it dries out for a few months they will be right back at it, demanding to be a separate country, right up until the waters come again.
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Male 9,766
daegog or tornadoes or something else. It's like the Republican who had his kids on welfare. Fiscal conservatism only extends to OTHER people.
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Male 3,409
holygod or dick cheney until he had a gay daughter
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Male 7,927
Why do the great state of Texas need the Federal Government's help?  This is sucking on the teet of all of us Tax Paying AMericans.  Let  Texas pay their own way!
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Male 1,871
normalfreak2 Let each state pay their own way, that's how it was designed.

Cull the Fed back to the barest of minimums and let the states work they way they were designed.
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Male 9,766
insaneai Why is it that this is the only thing we obsess about "how it was designed"? Who cares how it was designed? It was designed when we had slaves and no indoor plumbing. We can't allow it to progress? Are you using a computer the size of a large room right now because that's "how computers were designed"?
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Male 1,871
holygod False equivalency - your attempt at argument is defeated by it's own fallacious nature.
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Male 9,766
insaneai I didn't imply that they are in any way equivalent. It's called an analogy. You are using "false equivalency" incorrectly. Are you monkwarrior now?
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Male 1,871
holygod No.  I'm just bored and your analogy was bull shit.

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Male 9,766
insaneai No it's not. We expect everything in our lives to change, evolve, progress, get better yet people shout that the country should be run like it was envisioned in 1787. Name me one other thing that people demand not be changed from that long ago.
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Male 1,871
holygod I'm not demanding that it not be changed.  I'm demanding that we either honor the government as it is designed or change it properly.

I'm amazed that you actually want a one size fits all solution for a country that was designed to allow for different cultures to thrive. Think about this for a minute.  Consider "the other side" winning instead of yours for a few minutes then decide if you still want a one size fits all solution.
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Male 9,766
insaneai Well considering we are on a post about disaster relief, do I want the federal government to collect funds from all citizens to help those of us struck by natural disaster? Then, um, ya, I want one size fits all.
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Male 1,871
holygod You're entitled to your opinion on this as with any other issue.  It just happens that your position is morally correct while legally incorrect.

I have no problem supporting those in need, I have a problem with people like you who want to send men with guns to my home to take that money and, based on historical performance, waste about 40% of it on bureaucracy.
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Male 1,871
holygod   Will you be so kind to point me to the clause in the US Constitution that states it must cover the costs of natural disasters?  I can't seem to find it.  I thought for a second that maybe the whole "General Welfare" clause might apply but simple research shows that this particular clause means to use tax money to the benefit of all so it does not really apply.
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Male 9,766
insaneai Sure. It is right next to clauses about net neutrality, the interstate expressway system, and the management of national parks. Did you even read the constitution?
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Male 1,871
holygod You're supporting my argument with that last one, you know.
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Male 9,766
insaneai How so?
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Male 1,871
holygod You cited more examples of the Federal government getting involved in shit it has no business sticking its nose into.  Unless you  look at the interstate expressway system as post roads.  And as much as I like National Parks, there is nothing in the Constitution that allows the Federal government to own land for those purposes.

There's a big difference between right / appropriate and legal.  Then there's how things actually get done.
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Male 5,021
It feels like a lack of empathy in conservatives in power, or the ability to ignore empathy. They only seem to gain empathy when the issue affects them; Their kid turns out to gay so they stop being outwardly bigoted toward gays. Their town is flooded so they finally understand what the aid money really means. A spouse or family member gets cancer and they finally understand the significance of the ACA. A member of their extended family looses all their savings due to the high cost of medical treatments and has to rely on government assistance so they finally understand government assistance. Etc... Etc...
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Male 9,766
markust123 Every man for himself (until I need help)
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markust123 The party of Jesus Christ, doing what he would have wanted them to do...
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Male 595
Fuck Ted Cruz.
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Male 9,766
thething911 Just an unlikeable, sniveling, shit stain of human waste.
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