Update: Prior to this article’s publishing, Senator Cruz was flagrantly blocking federal aid to the overwhelmed residents of Flint, Michigan. It was only after he was shamed by other members of Congress did he change course and support the bill.
There’s one truly amazingly wonderful thing about being a teabagger: you get to hate govmint while living off of it because you’re white and own guns and crap. Okay, maybe that is more violently maddening than wonderful. But what makes your blood pressure rise faster than Lewis Black in a Daily Show segment is when a Republican Senator does it.
Proving once again that his chief concern is trying to best trump for the moron vote, Republican Senator and Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz is obstructing a key bi-partisan bill that provides millions of dollars to Flint, Michigan–a city beset by water contamination. This is the same man (well, pretend human being) who begged for the big old meanie govmint to bail out his then flood-stricken state of Texas. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a lead negotiator on the Flint aid package, recognized that Cruz’s inaction was preventing it from moving to the floor.
How much of a lunatic do you have to be when even Jim Inhofe, the guy who thinks climate change is whatever happens to be going on outside his window, looks better than you.
Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) feels that the move may come back to haunt Cruz on the campaign trail.
We have heard that — and not a very smart move for a man who’s going to be in a primary in Michigan on March 8, Stabenow said of Cruz. And in Michigan this is a hugely bipartisan nonpartisan issue that everybody cares about. (Politico)
Republican opposition appears to be more about long-term federal spending on public disasters then the Flint crisis per se, according to a senior GOP Senate Aide. Perhaps the public crisis of electing Trump? For instance, democrats are calling for a sizable cash infusion of federal aid to address opioid abuse and the Zika virus. But Cruz’s blatant obstruction has more to do with burnishing his a-hole credentials then any cost considerations. After all, he didn’t want a bunch if time to wax philosophical on federal aid when his state was facing huge floods last spring.
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