When I hear this famous Texas saying, I immediately think of President Obama and how he feels about Texas. All talk. No action. Then again, the action of denying Texas federal disaster aid for wildfires raging over million acres speaks volumes.
So, riddle me this: Why was Texas’ federal disaster aid declaration request denied?
Wildfires have raged since November 2010 with over 2.3 million acres charred igniting 9,000+ wildfires across our great state. Two people have been killed and hundreds of homes burned to the ground. Texas families are losing their homes and their businesses and yet federal disaster aid is denied that could help citizens obtain low-interest loans and tax breaks to help with rebuilding.
- Red flag warnings have been issued across much of West Texas today with critical fire weather conditions predicted.
- Texas Forest Service responded to two (2) large fires yesterday.
- We are currently working on seven (7) major fires that span 586,624 acres.
- 207 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
That’s 81% of Texas under a burn ban.
So, why was Texas denied when FEMA’s mission is to “support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards”?
Big Hat. No cattle.
Other states are provided federal aid for less damage and our federal government helps other countries, so Texans could still get federal assistance with cheap loans and tax breaks to help rebuild, right?!
Or, are personal politics being played by our President and his administration? Is Texas being punished like a child who talked back to their parent? So many questions. So little time.
The weather outlook remains critical as our President arrives in Texas today to discuss immigration and attend a fundraiser for his 2012 reelection campaign in Austin. The immigration speech will help reduce the amount his campaign has to reimburse the government for political travel to his fundraisers. Good for him.
Maybe instead of asking Texans for money, he should tour the devastation first hand that will make him reconsider his previous denial. And maybe those Texans contributing to his reelection campaign should help their own here: