One of the fundamental problems modern Republicans have is their irrational hatred for the federal government. Traditionally, conservatives have been skeptical about the government’s ability to solve peoples problems but never opposed to its existence. Fast forward to the 21st century, and conservatism has morphed into a radical anti state, pro corporate ideology that operates on the basis that government is always wrong, no matter the situation.
That is until the federal government is needed.
The sight of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of the most radical anti state conservatives, begging the federal government for assistance after his state was subjected to severe flooding, was truly pathetic. Said Cruz:
There are a series of federal statutory thresholds that have to be satisfied. Initially, it appears those thresholds are likely to be satisfied by the magnitude of the damage we’re seeing, Democrats and Republicans in the congressional delegation will stand as one in support of the federal government meeting its statutory obligations to provide the relief to help the Texans who are hurting.
Cruz’s mind blowing hypocrisy was made all the more obscene when you take into account that this was the same Tea Party Senator who voted against federal aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy because he deemed much of the spending to be ‘wasteful’. The lesson is clear – screw the rest of the country when they need help, but rescue Texas. And to be sure, Texas needs rescuing a lot, being the number one recipient of federal disaster relief aid.
Don’t expect any of these inconvenient ‘facts’ to trouble Cruz and the radical anti government loons in Texas – hypocrisy is now an inbuilt facet of Republican ideology, so much so that no one pays it much attention any more. Just as Mitt Romney was able to campaign on an anti Obamacare platform in 2012 despite rolling out the exact same program in Massachusetts, Republicans couldn’t give a damn what the public thinks. As long as they are hurling enough mud at Democrats for being socialists, no one seems to notice their constant raids on public money.
One of the most hilarious examples of this was Newt Gingrich, another radical anti-state corporatist who spent his entire career attacking federal subsidies while making his district in Cobb County, GA one of the biggest recipients of federal subsidies than virtually every other suburban county in the country. Amazingly, politicians like Cruz and Gingrich go about their business like anti gay pastors secretly sleeping with male escorts.
Cruz is technically right, the federal government does have statutory obligations to provide relief to Texans regardless of their rampant opposition to federal aid. So as usual, free loading Texas gets to have its cake and eat it.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.