Texas swallowing Tea

In early January of 2013 Congress finally approved a $9.7 billion package to pay flood insurance claims from Hurricane Sandy. The measure was supposed to come to a vote earlier in the week, but was tabled by House Speaker John Boehner, drawing much criticism from both Democrats and his fellow Republicans alike.
House Sandy Aid

The measure passed unanimously through the Senate, but 67 members of the House of Representatives voted “no” to assisting people who were left, at best, powerless or homeless by a hurricane in November. All 67 are Republicans. Republicans who vote “no”

Nine of the “NO” votes came from Texas the names of the Representatives are in bold at the right.

Not one GOP Representative from Wisconsin voted “yes” to Hurricane Sandy aid. Not One. Duffy, Ryan, Lip Sync Sandy Aid ‘NO’ Vote

In the same month more than 100,000 people signed an online petition calling on the Obama administration to allow Texas to secede from the United States and create an independent government received an official 476-word response from the White House last week.January 2013 New York Times

The short answer was no.

Ted Cruz voted “NO” to aid for victims of hurricane Sandy saying:

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.Cruz demands federal money

In a recent press conference on the deadly flooding in Texas, Cruz said, “The federal government’s role, once the Governor declares a disaster area and makes a request, I am confident that the Texas congressional delegation, Sen. Cornyn and I, and the members of Congress both Republicans and Democrats will stand united as Texans in support of the federal government fulfilling its statutory obligations, and stepping in to respond to this natural disaster.

Sandy vote NO

Mike Conaway (R-TX)

Bill Flores (R-TX)

Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

Kenny Marchant (R-TX)

Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)

Duffy (R-WI)

Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Randy Weber (R-TX)

Roger Williams (R-TX)

The people have no government, but an absurd representation of such

This is not government by the people in the people’s House, this is government by the wealthy few who are writing the lyrics to be performed in a aria designed to preserve and protect their place at the top – while the average worker has seen their own wealth shrink to historical lows. The “Anthem Against Sandy” by Wisconsin House members was not representative of the majority of voters who turn out to help when their fellows when they are devastated by the calamities of tornadoes and floods. Yet, the Wisconsin and Texas Tea Party Caucus has shamed the true character of the Badger State, the Lone Star State, and democracy itself. They said “no” to disaster aid at one place and time, and “yes” in another. They sing the false, pre-written lyrics for all the world to know.

Please end this shameful ballad of partisan demagoguery. Let us not be represented on the national stage as uncaring and hard of heart. This is not Wisconsin or Texas. End the Tea Party sing-a-long once and for all.


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