Fresh off his Osama bin Laden victory lap, President Barack Obama stopped spiking the football long enough to visit Texas on Tuesday. Obama rode into town and went from being Obama: Texas Stranger to Obama: Texas Money Grabber. First stop, El Paso, where he proudly pedaled his inane immigration agenda, then it was off to a fundraiser in Austin.
It seems a little odd that a president who refuses to designate the wildfire-battered Lone Star state a disaster area is only too happy to line his pockets with the dollars of the residents from the state famous for its “Don’t mess with Texas” motto. The audacity of politics the almighty dollar in a re-election season.
Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) refuses to give Texas disaster status, and the federal aid that goes with it, but the administration is apparently only too happy to send two specially equipped U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes to Mexico recently to help battle wildfires. The C-130s were reportedly requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department. What Mexico wants, Mexico gets. What Texas wants, Texas gets a thumb in the eye. A news report said that the planes and crews will stay as long as they’re needed, according a spokesman for Northern Command.
No aid for Texas? Did I mention that Obama lost the state of Texas by 10 points in the 2008 election? Did I have to? Revenge is a dish best served cold, even when it’s in the staggering heat of Texas.