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Ted Cruz's Ultimate Hypocrisy: Texas Needs Federal Help!

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Tea-Party Senator Ted Cruz sunk to a new low today when he pushed his fellow Senators to "ensure that all available resources are marshaled to deal with the horrific loss of life and suffering that we've seen" after the Texas explosion that has killed 14, with upwards of 60 people still missing. The fact that a Senator is pushing for Federal resources to help out a devastated community is not something that I'd usually rant about, but coming from a Senator who voted against the Sandy aid package because it was filled with "pork" and "wasteful spending" shows that the Junior Senator from Texas is just another hypocritical "small-government" Republican. That is, as long as the "small-government" doesn't affect his own state.

    Mr. Cruz can try to sugar coat this all that he wants, but votes are votes. He voted against the Sandy aid because he just couldn't believe how much pork was in the bill. Now he is calling for "all available resources" that the Federal Government has to help the people of Texas. As a progressive and one that believes the Federal Government does play a role when a major disaster strikes, I don't disagree with Mr. Cruz at all. People need help in times of disaster. What really riles me is how this anti-government Senator somehow changes his strict positions whenever it suits him. I wonder how he would feel about this explosion if it happened in a liberal state like California. Would he still be pushing hard for all the resources the Federal Government has or would he do what he always does and say the government needs to stay out of it?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I think he should ask the President (of Mexico) for help!
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: I think he should ask the President (of Mexico) for help!
    I guess if it was negligence than I think this company should pay this bill in the end; the same as they did with BP.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    pr Wrote: I think he should ask the President (of Mexico) for help!
    I guess if it was negligence than I think this company should pay this bill in the end; the same as they did with BP.
    Given the lines of BS the company has given regarding its safety that be a given.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    I have seen one news flash across the bottom of the TV screen that said that this plant had several safety violations in 2012. No other details at this time, maybe someone else has got more info.

    This is not uncommon, a large industrial accident happens and then we find out after the fact that the company was in violation of safety rules. No one seems to care until it is too late.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    They said today that people were being allowed to return to their homes. Even though they are damaged homes. What is CRAZY is that they said some other tanks were still leaking and that it was causing fires. The only way that made any sense was that they must have been small scale leaks and small fires.....BUT after the mess that happened a few days ago it's crazy that any leaks and/or fires could still exists. You would think the authorities would have cleaned everything up - everything that could still be a problem.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    The company WAS fined for some safety violations last summer, but negotiated the $10,000 fine to a lower amount.

    However, the people who are most responsible for the blast are a couple of very familiar names,
    George W. Bush and Rick Perry.

    The last time that the plant was visited by state OSHA inspectors was 1985

    Rick Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history. He's been in office (in that position) since 2000.

    George W. was governor from 1995 to 2000, and was preceded by Ann Richards.

    Due to cutbacks in state funding, plants in Texas are inspected (on average) once every 126 years, but a number of other states aren't much better ....


    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/04/19/1893601/update-last-inspection-of-west-texas-fertilizer-plant-was-in-1985/
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Good luck getting Bush or Perry to take any of the blame. They are too well connected, too rich, too powerful.

    One report says the plant was required to report over 400 pounds of ammonium nitrate and they had 270 tons, and did not report it to the proper authorities.

    The owners of the plant and some of the employees may be held accountable.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    a picture says a thousand words:


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