May 9th, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Controversy in Texas ahead of Obama's visit: political payback or just political fodder?

Washington (CNN) - The White House has declared a disaster in 26 states so far this year, and the Lone Star State’s U.S. senators are miffed that Texas isn’t one of them.

GOP Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison teamed up last week and sent President Obama a letter inviting him to tour the state’s extensive wildfire damage when he visits El Paso Tuesday to talk immigration.

Their goal: convince Obama to change his mind and declare a disaster in Texas, in order to secure federal funds through FEMA.

“We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation first hand, you will reconsider your recent denial,” the senators wrote to Obama.

Senator Cornyn even held a conference call with Texas reporters, scolding Obama for holding fundraising events in the state while treating the state unfairly.

“Texas has not been a place that has received equal and fair-handed treatment with other places around the country. It seems like a lot of politics are in the calculations. It seems like Texas has been treated negatively,” the Houston Chronicle reported Cornyn said on the call.

Some are speculating the Obama Administration is withholding funds as retribution against Republican Governor Rick Perry, for his blustery hints that the state might secede from the nation during the fight for health care reform.

But a FEMA spokeswoman assured the San Antonio Express-News that the administration has “already approved 25 fire management assistance grants in recent to help cover expenses for these emergency response efforts, including 19 grants in April.”

According to FEMA’s website, Texas tops the list of states receiving disaster funds, with 84 declarations since 1953.

The last one issued to the state was by President Obama, for damages the state sustained from Hurricane Alex just last year.


Topics: FEMA • President Obama • The Buzz

soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Brittanicus

    To me shows further the governments disturbing inaction to control our border, no matter the consequences of the criminal invasion. The TEA PARTY is obdurate in upholding the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act and not trying to pass another law, to favor illegal aliens already here. Arizona brought this whole dilemma to the public eye, as Obama’s Liberal insiders didn’t like States usurping their power, under the Supremacy Clause of the U. S. Constitution. The bulk, but not all, state laws addressing immigration are preempted by federal regulation. However, the big problem regarding these laws, is what happens when the federal government, is not listening to the united voice of the people? Arizona has been especially picked out by this administration as a scapegoat, resenting the fact they are not doing their job at the border.

    It’s highly controversial that the US government would not make trespassing on our lands a felony, which goes against our fundamental rights to defend America from enemies domestic and foreign. It’s equally questionable why E-Verify, Secure Communities, is not the law of the land? It's interesting point of view that Napolitano a Leftist, wants an overhaul of current immigration laws, even though the border is far from secure. Best defense is the placement of 4000 to 5000 National Guards personal to support the US Border agents, with full armed enforcement capabilities. Presently, business that hire foreign labor, never receive the hard penalties they deserve. US legislators should revisit this issue and introduce higher mandatory fines, and prison for more than three aliens employed. Business asset confiscation should go to a general fund, appropriated for ICE. When the Ronald Reagan 1986 Amnesty was enacted, that afterwards was NEVER enforced on reigning in on dishonest businesses, visa overstays.

    Daily I receive around 300 E-mails from people who read my commentaries from across the country, requesting even more information about the illegal alien situation. They seem to trust my opinion and facts, especially after visiting NumbersUSA web site. It might come a surprise to many that a considerable amount of these individual are from generations of legal Hispanics, who are very angry that they are suffering emotionally. That these people both naturalized citizens and permanent residents came here legally and jumped through immigration hoops in following the laws. They are also in opposition to giving a path to citizenship just as the rest of the mainstream population.

    If you are of legal standing the TEA PARTY has a place for you. A TEA PARTY majority administration will invite highly skilled technical workers, who will not take advantage of the US entitlement safety net, but purge indigent foreigners who will turn into welfare charges. Businesses who hire illegal immigrants must be prosecuted to the full harshness the law. Find out more at NumbersUSA. Every prudent Taxpayer must take their Politicians to task whether federal or State, by calling their offices as soon as possible at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 or locate these lawmakers in your phone directory blue pages.

    YOU! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT THERE, ARE THE TEA PARTY AND UNITED, WE HAVE ALL THE POWER AGAINST BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WE WILL STOP THE INCESSANT SPENDING. WILL WILL CUT GOVERNMENT AND RID OURSELVES OF ALL THE FEDERAL AGENCIES, THAT SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED BY THE 50 STATES. WILL WILL CUT THE 14.5 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT. WE WILL DRILL FOR OIL IN AMERICA AND ESCAPE FOREIGN EXPENSE. WE WILL BUILD THE REAL BORDER FENCE. Attn: Donate to Arizona's border fence, by just typing in to Google: Arizona Governor Brewer.

    May 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Billionaire

      What does this crazy rant have to do with Texas wildfires and Obama making a visit to Texas?

      May 10, 2011 at 8:13 am |
      • Ricky Ticky Tavi

        Absoulutely. Brittanicus should shut-upicus. It's about politics.....

        May 10, 2011 at 9:07 am |
      • Mike Houston

        Nothing.

        May 10, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • jb

      This has NOTHING to do with the story! Take your Tea Party somewhere else, intelligent Americans have dismissed the TP

      May 10, 2011 at 8:57 am |
      • Strega

        Co-sign!

        May 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
      • ron b.

        Intelligent Americans on this site? You're kidding, right. I read these blogs daily just to get a friggin laugh. Right wing or left wing, all I have found in this is a bunch of arm chair quaterbacks that love to spit out all their great wisdom (pardon while I laugh) on how "they" would fix things.

        If you really want to make a difference (and this will be heard by maybe .0001% of you) then actually get involved. Learn how it all really works, and start organizing in a way that actually can make a difference. As for the rest of you?...you're all a lost cause.

        May 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • Chris

        Thats what a few Democrats were saying before the mid term elections. That didn't work out too well for them. We'll see how insignificant the movement is in 2012.

        May 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • jb

      and by the way, can we see your long form birth certificate? I have a feeling that somewhere along the line you or your ancesters slipped across a border!

      May 10, 2011 at 9:00 am |
      • tupper

        jb – since you are so in the birth form answer these qusetions if you can.
        At the time of Obama's birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama's father was born in "Kenya, East Africa". This wouldn't seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama's birth, and 27 years after his father's birth. How could have Obama's father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the "British East Africa Protectorate".
        On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called "KauiKeolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapi'olani Maternity Home", respectively. The name did not change to Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

        hmmmm

        May 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Jim

        No matter what, these wack jobs just won't stop. The area we call Kenya has been known as Kenya for Centuries. The modern country was founded in 1963 but was known as Kenya way before that and was known as Kenya Colony as far back as 1895. What a DA!

        May 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • DoYourResearch

        For Tupper, Yes the Republic of Kenya did not exist until 1963, but that area was known as Kenya from at least the '20s.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • Josh

        Tupper, you're wrong. What is now Kenya consisted of two British territories referred to as the 'Kenya Colony' and the 'Protectorate of Kenya" up until 1963. So when Obama's father says he's from Kenya, East Africa it's 100% accurate. The name of the hospital is 100% correct as well. It changed to the name on the birth certificate in 1931. It changed to Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children in 1978. Do some quick research and you'll find all these answers on your own. Stop listening to fear-mongering idiots profiting off your ignorance.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • Larry

        tupper obviously learned his history and geography from michele bachmann.

        May 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • Larry

        tupper – since you were shown to be wrong about Kenya, send a post saying you were wrong.

        May 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
      • Michael

        My favorite part is how this so-called Obama running for President was planned 40 years in advance and they even thought to plant fake birth announcements in the papers back in 1961 just for when 2008 would come!

        Birthers are such idiots!

        May 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • woody

        Kenya was Kenya even when still a British Colony ( as Uganda and Tanganyika were known by those names. As they were adjacent they were known as British East Africa but had seperate governments. Whether a State lists a hospital by a former name or a current name, is just a policy matter. Texas cut their State Wildfire agency and Perry runs around saying Texas don't need no stinking Fed Govt...then ...he's begging...while his Tea buddy, Cantor wants to underfund FEMA...which currently has less funds than what Texas is sitting on.

        What a con job.

        September 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • jma58

      You are wrong. The Tea Party is funded and controlled by big money and big business. It is not about "grass roots" people unless you call Dick Army grass roots. Money controls the Tea Party.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:28 am |
      • nheckt

        You are just an Idiot!!

        May 10, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Allen

        Can you say "Koch" Brothers? That is who is fundintg th eTea Party. The Tea Party os owned by Big Oil, Big Business, and the Wealthy. Any middle class person who supports the Tea Party is just working agianst their own interest and the interest of thier family.

        May 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • Chris

        It's almost comical how the Liberals try to blame the Koch brothers and big oil for everything. They need a Bogey Man to blame every time they don't get their way. Wake up, the people have seen what the liberals/socialist are doing to this country and are fighting back. The majority of voters in this country want nothing to do with it and have said no. That's how democracy works, majority rules. The Tea Party is just a collection of those people that are saying enough.

        As for the Illegals. If you are in this country illegally you are a criminal. You have no rights and are in no position to demand anything. The states that are along the boarder have been bearing the brunt of the financial drain caused by illegals. They have also had to deal with most of the crime and criminals that come across the boarder. They have had enough and are demanding that the federal government do their jobs as required by the constitution. The feds have refused to do anything to stop it. Both parties have done nothing. Democrats pander to the illegals with the carrot of citizenship and entitlements to get their votes. Republicans won't do anything because businesses like the cheap labor and put pressure on Republicans to do nothing.

        The states have had enough and are taking matters into their own hands and the President is throwing a hissy fit because of the states action and is now showing favoritism. Grow up Mr President.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Jim

        Money, bigotry and hatred. The tea party was a good idea until it was coopted by the right wingers that want to send every penny they can to the rich. They spout the constetution but will ignore it any time that it supports something that the extremests don't like...Like when what's her face said that he constitution doesn't alllow for seperation of church and state. To make matters worse, the states that get the most federal aid, all tend to be teabagger states...They are taking advantage of the folks too stupid to watch out for themselves!

        May 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • Pat

        Yeah, that's right! You LIEBERALS need a BOGEY MAN, not like us Tea Party people fighting the good fight against the evil Socialist Nazi Communist Dictatorship of 2035! We don't need anyone to tell us what to do or think, we're completely free minded and think for ourselves and come up with whatever we feel is right, which is why we're so eager to vote against our own interests....

        May 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • GMF1951

      Just what we need.......a bunch of extremist nut jobs running the country. Oh, wait a minute, that's what we have on the right side of the equation now and it's a big reason nothing gets done. So why would we want a bunch of tea idiots around?

      May 10, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • Mike Houston

      Take your Tea Party (and Ron Paul) and go recruit somewhere else. Texas would be better off without either of you.
      Denial of federal (FEMA) money to Texas IS political payback from the Obama administration. But our goofy governor
      should have thought about that when he ranted about "secession from the Union" and refusal of TARP funds to relieve
      economic budget pressures on the state. And as far as Arizona Governor Brewer is concerned: She's an idiot who
      manages to be as daffy as Rick Perry.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:39 am |
      • Jerry

        So, what you're saying is; Obama cares more about punishing the politicos in Texas than he does about helping the poor folks who are hardest hit by losses from the fires. The wealthy have insurance and the means recover from their loss, but the poor have nothing and Obama doesn't really care!

        May 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • CBREEZE

        This reply is actually to Jerry's reply. There were a total of 24 homes lost in the wildfires. That's it. The rest of the wildfires burned acreage. What does Perry need with FEMA money for this? The homeowners should have insurance to cover the loss of their homes. No deaths, no towns destroyed like the tornadoes & floods are doing. As far as Cornyn, he's as big a fool as Perry. They bpth need their heads examined.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Justhefacts

      If you want smaller government, please pack your bags and head south across the border. There you can be in a less government country. It will be your TEA PARTY paradise.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • KRJ9

      Tea party members are wacked. No way would I become a member of that bunch of nuts.
      Texas can handle their own problems. They rant and rave about everything the feds do and now come crying for money?Good luck

      May 10, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Hawk

      Another know nothing tea party nutjob.

      May 10, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Will

      Dude, you need to take some medication

      May 10, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • timageous

      Why is it that every Libertarian and Tea Bagger comes off like a fruit-bat in their over blown anti-government rants? As far as Texas goes, tough titty poor kitty. Perry and his tough-guy secessionist ilk blame the feds for everything from declining morals to high immigration rates,... until something goes wrong and then there they are raising hell about getting help from the same federal government that they routinely lambaste. Hypocritical much, Governor Good-hair?

      May 10, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Teh Right Left

      You want smaller gov.?? Move to Somalia. No taxes, no police no judge, no jury, no fire department, no schools, no water, no sewer, no doctors. The TEA BAGGERS are the crazies of our world. They should visit the countries with little to no taxes and try to live there. Take Rick Perry with you as you tribal chief. Stop frothing from your mouth and take a anti rabid pill.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • james Miller

      And each state be responsible for its own defense ( army, navy & air force ) ????? Yes, that`ll just about do it !!!! --–

      May 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • tatersalad8498

      lighten up Francis

      May 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Not a Texan

      Britannicus, Take the hood off. Wait, wrong order. Pull your head out, then take the hood off. And just maybe, by the time you see the light of day, Texas will be part of Mexico. Congratulations, and good riddance.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • tekstep1

      Soap boxes for everyone!!!!

      May 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • JHA in Texas

      Tea Party are 100% idiots and racists. Take your costumes and crawl back under your seccession rocks.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • yuctahootie

      Wait til Bigus Dickus hears of this.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Bob

      Your rant took up half the page. Now I have to go the extra effort and scroll down. What a waste of time and energy.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • CTYank

      Get back on yer meds, or find a deprogrammer.

      STOP SHOUTING. Get over yourself.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • frank

      I beg you-please take your medications,especially your mood stablizer.

      May 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Regnad Kcin

      The bottom line is this: TL;DR!

      May 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  2. Delaware Bob

    obama is an IDIOT for wanting amnesty for 20 million illegal aliens and their anchor babies. The American people want our immigration laws ENFORCED. What is it obama don't understand about the word ILLEGAL? Is he really that stupid? We tried amnesty before and it didn't work. Look at the mess we have now. ENFORCE the law obama and get rid of all the illegal aliens! We don't want them and we sure don't need them.

    May 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Khijdwb

      And you, sir, sound so intelligent in your rant. Indeed, you are smarter than the president of the United States.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:56 am |
      • TWM

        my pet fish is smarter than this President.

        May 10, 2011 at 10:19 am |
      • Frank2

        He probably is smarter than Obama who cannot speak without reading someone else's words on a teleprompter.

        May 10, 2011 at 11:03 am |
      • Strega

        Del Bob & TWM are obvious morons.

        May 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • Jim

        Where were you when Bush wanted the same thing with his buddy McCain leading the way. Now McCain has changed his mind on yet another matter once he knew it hurt him politically. Look at his record and you will see he does things at the moment that are best for reelction and not what he really feels.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • jb

      post your long form first!

      May 10, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • JameyCarothers

      @DelawareBob: Actually, Obama has done more in dealing with illegal aliens than any of the presidents before him. Of course, when he is going against huge corporations that you most probably support like WalMart, who use illegal aliens in the form of contract workers, he has a tough road to walk. So while you complain while at the same time support companies who use illegal aliens you become a great part of the problem. I do agree with you about the anchor baby situation: Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana should be thrown out of the USA.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:11 am |
      • MarkusinSaratogaSprings

        Going aganst huge corprations? What rock have you been under? Obama's golfing buddy, Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE...take a look at his and GE's corporate taxes. They paid zero! So a multi-billion dollar conglomerate pays NO TAXES while the average AMerican pays in 20%. That's fair, thanks Barry O! If anything, Obama has more corporations in his back pocket than Bush could have dreamed of!

        Fighting huge corporations...gimme a break.

        May 10, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Ames

        Suppose the executive responsible for HR signed a document as the individual that would surrender his passport and accompany deported illegals they are responsible for hiring I think much of the problem would disappear quickly. Instead illegals and the threat of deportation is a tool by some industries to hold down labor costs and dehumanize their workforce.

        May 10, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Publius Novus

      1. There are not anything close to 20 million illegals int he country.

      2. "Anchor" babies are not illegal and do not require amnesty. If you want to deport them, you will have to de-nationalize them first.

      3. There is not enough money in this country to enforce the immigration laws as they are currently written. What you are asking is pretty much the same as asking that the federal government stop the flooding of the Mississippi River. It can't be done. You can't hold back the Mississippi, nor can you hold back the human tide from our southern neighbors.

      4. Making something illegal does not mean it will stop. Perhaps you have heard of Prohibition? Perhaps you have heard of illegal drugs? It doesn't matter how much money you spend on these things, you cannot stop human nature.

      5. Before you go on another rant suggesting that the federal government "get rid of the illegal aliens," as a practical matter, come up with a budget estimate on this goal. Very simply, we can't afford it now or at any time in the foreseeable future.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:18 am |
      • abnguy

        The easiest way is to make it profitable for local law enforcement to detain and turn over illegals. Offer $2000 per illegal caught and transported to a federal facility. Then you can focus more money on magistrates and transportation out of the country.

        May 10, 2011 at 9:34 am |
      • MikeSa

        But we can afford a trillion dollar boondoggle disguised as an economic stimulus. That failed so I guess we are to conclude anything else Obama does will also fail, including immigration reform.

        May 10, 2011 at 9:35 am |
      • not quite

        Actually it's quite easy to deport anchor babies. You deport all the illegal members of their family. More often than not these families will not want to give up their children to foster care and will opt to take them home. So what you do is require them to waive their child's citizenship in order to take them out of the country. Sure, some will leave them here, but most won't.

        May 10, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • William$

        MikeSa, before you rant on about the stimulus, just remember that it was created by the Bush Administration and William "Hank" Paulson. I love when neocons try to attribute it to Obama. Sorry fella, it was already in place by the time he took office.

        May 10, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • rpbns

      Regan was for amnesty as well, just so you know.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • madmatt

      You mean like GOP deity Reagan did? Why is it ok for republicans to do something but not democrats...guess hypocrisy is the one GOP constant...oh and the racism of course.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • jhwy

      GB and his repub. congress did NOTHING in their eight years to stop this problem. Where were you outraged citizens then?

      May 10, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • nheckt

      To answer your question Yes, Obama is an idiot!!

      May 10, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Allen

      You’re the idiot; this President has put more troops and security on the border than the last two Presidents put together! That is why the military supports President Obama...as for the illegal’s already in the country, what do you want to do? Spend millions tracking them down? We are broke because the GOP spent money like drunken sailors for 10 years. Tax cuts not paid for, two wars not paid for, tax cuts for companies, not paid for, subsidies for the oil companies, and not paid for. I say make the illegal’s citizens and make them pay fines, back taxes, and prohibit them from sending money back to Mexico. Make them spend their money here. Make the companies who employed them pay fines and back social security taxes. Let’s get our money back – that should be the number one priority. 11 Millions Illegal’s (or more) and fines form the companies that hired them – that is a lot of money to put toward the deficit!

      May 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • TEE

      This is America, wish there was a law for STUPIDITY, but in this country even you have that right...This story was about the wild fires, which Texas has received many, many grants to help fight those fires, now you want special treatment above and beyond what other states in need receive, even after all the BS Perry and other texas teapubs have been spouting....Payback is a itch.....Love it when a plan comes together...

      May 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Well, Bobby, when you have no facts just make some up. Apparently Tea is a hallucinogenic drug.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Larry

      You'll have to change or ignore the Constitution to get rid of anchor babies. It's one thing to make up things that are NOT in the constitution, but to claim things are not when they're spelled out clearly? You are insane!

      May 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • woody

      Evidently Gov Perry likes illegal aliens just fine. He's a fan of low wages.. Immigration law has to be cleaned up and streamlined but...no cutting in line. Both parties are playing games and so are most states.

      A State can make it unlawful to hire an illegal alien,and enforce the state law with vigor. Most want to have it both ways.

      Yes kids, the Tea Party is a FAKE grassroots and the Kochs are the main puppetmasters and funders. Their dad was a funder/founder of the Birch Society, which explains the similar fringe beliefs. The Koch's also fund a dozen fake scientists who are the "experts" who say Climate Change...is a hoax...even as Climate is kicking Texas in the butt.

      The Koch's billions come from fossil fuels, Georgia Pacific, pipelines,Oil Speculation,Chemicals,asphalt, Wall Street " Derivatives".........about everything that NEEDS regulating.....which they plan to eliminate after BUYING the Govt.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  3. John in Rochester

    Isn't federal help just another form of socialism? I thought that the Texas governor was against socialism. Supposedly Texas is one of the states that has faired the best during the recession. I'm sure that the Tea Party folks in Texas wouldn't want the federal government to have to increase the deficit when a state doesn't need the funds.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • Gregorious

      Amen to that

      May 10, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Publius Novus

      I agree with you 100%. I am sure the Texas TEA parties and other Republican types do not want socialistical money spent in Texas. After all, Texans are rugged individualists and self-made men and women. Sending federal aid money to Texas would just corrupt their capitalist, free-enterprise spirit. In the end, it would make them weaker.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • dan

      Texas has done the best in the Obama recession. Why, because the state is full of tea party folks and don't spend money they don't have. I hope you lose in 2012. Your President is killing jobs and spending us into bankruptcy.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • Laureilie

        Actually Dan, Texas is among the worst in regards to fiscal health in the 50 states. We have the largest budget deficit as a percentage of the total state budget of any state. By dollar, only California's deficit is bigger (and not by much), and their's is actually smaller because they have a much larger budget to work from. The Texas deficit is in the tens of billions.

        Governor Perry tries to mask this hole with gimmicks. For instance, that federal stimulus he so railed against? He actually accepted it. He took dollars marked for Texas schools (who desperately need them) and the reappropriated the money to fill his budget holes leading up to the election. In 2008, he and his team also refused to release the next cycle's budget projects before the election so as to hide the problem from voters like yourself. If you don't believe me, Google it. The information is all over the place if you bother to research it.

        To get you started, here's a great Reuters article looking at Texas and California. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/04/us-usa-deficits-states-idUSTRE71314420110204

        May 10, 2011 at 10:43 am |
      • William$

        Oh Danny boy. Texas is also 3rd in the nation in the number of welfare cases. In fact, 7 out of the top 10 and 13 out of the top 20 states by welfare case load are conservative states. But hey, facts are never really relevant to conservatives, who'd rather rely upon their opinion and imagination.

        May 10, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • Ames

        Texas has done well because they are home to Big Oil and Military based industries. Two areas that have plenty of friends in DC stacking the deck in their favor Obama or no Obama.

        May 10, 2011 at 11:43 am |
      • sqeptiq

        Danny, please look up real facts instead of parroting the latest talk radio rant. Texas has a horrible budget deficit.

        May 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • abnguy

      I agree, have Texas withhold federal income tax and fees to the amount that they need to pay for the disaster. Money the state would already have if its citizens did not pay so much in federal taxes.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • rpbns

        Isn't Texas one of those states that gets back more money from the Federal government than it generates? It's amazing how many red states don't mind suckling from the teet of blue states. Keep cashing those welfare checks red states.

        May 10, 2011 at 9:45 am |
      • Really?

        @rpbns – Texas is a donor state. Some people say whatever they want because it better suits their purpose. (Like 99% of the comments on this board).

        May 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
      • woody

        Americans living in Texas pay their income Tax to the IRS...like normal folks...the state does not GET that money and so can't easily withhold it. I thought they taught that in schools. Oh...yeah...Texas Schools are as dismal now as Mississippi's.

        Perry.....All hat, no cattle.

        September 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • john

      I guess there is no reason for Texas to pay federal taxes then. We should defend our own boarder since the Feds fail to do so. As for the wild fires less money going to the feds clearly would help those who have lost homes in this ongoing disaster

      May 10, 2011 at 9:39 am |
      • Jay

        No problem. You don't want to pay Federal taxes? Then let us make sure that the oil companies located in Texas not recieve subsidies that they receive or agri subsidies, make sure you all pay for a fee when you drive on roads (interstate highways for instance) built by Fed. taxes, pay a fee for using any fedral lands and buildings, fee for food and drug safety inspection services by the Feds., ..... By the way, as the article states, the federal assistance already given in other forms as well as federal aid after hurricanes should also be reimbursed by the state if you did not pay Fed. taxes. If you had to do all that, may be then you will realize what a bargain we all get in terms of payment for Government services simply because taxes are simply large group payments to get services for a cheaper rate- like group insurance plans for instance, that would be very costly if paid individually.

        May 10, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • Steve

        So, you're against federal "socialism", but for state "socialism"? You're against your tax dollars going to help the needy unless they in your same state?

        May 10, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • madmatt

      Yes thats why they have $28 BILLION in debt..because the GOP is so good with cash.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • pingpaul

      We are doing so well it appears we are getting ready to cut the legs out from under our schools, pushing the state even further behind in our ability to get our children ready for good jobs. The business climate, however, will continue to attract more people from outside the state because they are qualified to hold the good jobs. In turn, that will stress the limited water we have in this drought-prone area. The intensity and danger of the current fires are exacerbated by poor land managment practices that have developed to protect housing developments. Areas that used to have relatively few "cedar" trees because regular natural fires kept them at bay now have densely intertwined forests of highly flammable cedars. In West Austin, houses built on the tops of hills are surrounded by cedars below, like bodies on a funeral pyre. In this extraordinary drought we are in, all it will take is one match, cigarette, or sparking accident to set an entire community alight.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:59 am |
      • Allen

        Not to mention, but Texas is in the bottom four for Educational rankings in the United States. Those "right to work” laws mean Teachers do not have the power to collectively bargain for smaller class sizes, more money for supplies, or the right to help develop the curriculum. It’s sort of like being a doctor but having the insurance company dictate how to treat the patient. The teachers are the point of the spear, where the rubber meets the road, and they are not allowed any input at all. Being almost dead last in Education must make those Tea Party/republican independents Texans feel awful proud of themselves.

        May 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Alverant

      Texas is one of those states that takes in more federal dollars than it contributes. Then it complains about government interference.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • Really?

        Texas is a donor state Einstein.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • Bob

        Perry is complaining about "interference", and he wont be when hes out of a job in the next election.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  4. JameyCarothers

    I thought the governor of Texas said they were succeeding? Doesn't he you you can't succeed and still get Federal help?

    May 10, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • MarkusinSaratogaSprings

      that makes no sense. What cracks me up is everyone that has something negative to say about TX. Ignorant stereotypical fools. You must not realize the TX economy is the largest in the nation. Also, Houston is the energy capitol of the world. Not the nation, the world. Also, Houston is 2nd in the nation behind NYC for banking and finance. So while TX can support itself and grow without the US withy its robust economy, the US cannot go on without TX. It also seems that TX is the only state capable of securing its own borders. Get a grip people. TX pays in, and wants a ROE. If there were wildfire in IL, Obama would be there himself with a firehose. I live in NY, and it stinks. Take a look at the economy of NY and you see what 30+ years of democratic controlled government does. Not good.

      May 10, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • Brooktrout 2010

        I lived and worked in Texas for 8 years. It is a "good old boy" state that if you are not part of the "good old boy" network, you are an outsider and treated like dirt. Texas would not have the light bulb yet if someone had not brought it down to them!!!

        May 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
      • Jonathan

        I would like to see Texas secede and then we could find out if you're right or not. Texas will be broke within a year if it has only its own funds to defend it's border.

        May 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Alter Ego

      Jamy – we are succeeding. I assume that is not what you meant, and you are too ignorant to realize that. Please continue to insult us – it makes for good fodder.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  5. Paul

    Texas is historically the #1 state with their hand out begging for federal funds the rest of us pay for?
    How will they maintain their top spot in the government handout line after succession?

    May 10, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Bob

      so what. Any disaster calls for aid. Perry may be a real tool, but allot of Texans aren't. Help is help, regardless of the dunderhead who asking for it.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
      • CTYank

        And need is need, regardless.

        Apparently Cornyn and Perry et al figure that their needs assessment supercedes all others. Sorry, NOT.

        May 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Eric in RTP

    Delaware Bob is an IDIOT for not knowing that "anchor babies" don't need amnesty (review your 14th amendment). Delaware Bob is an IDIOT because he thinks Obama is offering amnesty, he is not. The current DREAM act rewards actual illegal immigrants who came here at a young age (not by choice) and serve in our military or earn a college degree. Delaware Bob is an IDIOT because the only person who has granted amnesty is RONALD REGAN! Is he really that stupid? LEAVE the country Bob, we don't want you or your spreading of ignorance! I'd rather have a gazillion Mexicans in the US than a single bigoted coot like yourself.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  7. Gregorious

    Texas polititicians have no character. They love to bash the government and threaten to secede, but they are there with their greedy hands out whenever they think anybody else is getting federal assistance. COWARDS. Rick Perry is a bonafide idiot.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  8. dan

    If this is the way it's going to be then when a Republican has the white house states like Oregon which receives millions in timber payments could lose big. And for a Democratic state like Oregon that can't balance it's budget already losing timber money would be the kiss of death. Watch out Obama, payback is hell.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  9. jma58

    Perry didn"t want Texas to be a part of the US until he needs help.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  10. Texas Terry

    The disturbing thing about this is that, whether Texas is due funds or not, that Obama (or any other president) makes the decision. Rather than FEMA or another agency making the decision based on some established criteria.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • William$

      Yeah, because FEMA did such a great job in Louisianna and Mississippi during Katrina. Then again, that was under Republican control. You get what you pay for.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  11. MikeBell

    The Senators are being hypocritical. Texas is a large enough economy to handle this. They should be pushing for States to be more self-reliant and marginalize the influence of the Federal government. There should be federal assistance needed for States that are unable to bare the burden of a such disasters. Texas should be in a position to handle this. If Texas can't, then they need the Governor and legislature make an accounting for why it isn't.
    Is this an indicator that their talk about cutting federal bloat and influence is just that; talk.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • abnguy

      If the people of Texas were not supporting other states' disasters maybe.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:38 am |
      • MikeBell

        Abnguy – Great point. Obama is treating Texas like he does those that actually pay taxes. Apparently Obama is trying to get Texas to kiss his feet by stripping it of its self-reliance and means to support itself.

        May 10, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  12. GMF1951

    I'm a born and raised Texan who had the good fortune to get the heck out several years ago. The Texas I grew up in is dead and gone...replaced by a bunch of empty posturing around stupid ideology. Texas is not unlike the guy who goes to a party, gets drunk and is so full of himself that he thinks the world ought to see his birthday suit.......and then whines when the pics hit the papers. What a state full of losers........my worthless sister included.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:36 am |
    • MikeBell

      Yep. Too many migrants from other states. When you go to any of the major cities you would be hard pressed to find a 'Native Texan'; anyone that is second or third generation.

      May 10, 2011 at 10:04 am |
    • Hawk

      As a 73 year old texan. i remember when texas was a wonderful blue state. then came the carpetbaggers. that changed every thing for the worst. the republicans have jerry rigged the zoning of texas where only a republican can win. there is no fairness in them. it is there way or the hi-way. perry lied when he was up for reelection saying that texas had a balanced budget. also he is a proven closet homosexual. i hope for the day when texas once again is blue.

      May 10, 2011 at 10:54 am |
      • John

        Good thing you won't live long enough to see it!

        May 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Chris

      I also was born and raised in Texas, and although all of my family and many of my friends still live there, I hate to even go there for a visit. I remember the state as always being conservative, but it is now run by a bunch of fanatical ideologues. If Perry and company want to succeed, I would not stand in their way.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  13. SaraJmaes

    This article goes to show, that when people are in rallies demanding smaller government they really do not understand how much they themselves depend on government.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  14. pingpaul

    It should not surprise Gov. Perry, Sens. Cornyn & Hutchinson, or any Texas Rep. that major aid has not been forthcoming. Their Texas, as they so proudly proclaim, it so self-sufficient it could withdraw from the United States. They fail to recall that Texas became a state because the independent nation Republic of Texas could not stand on its own. Texas tried independence a second time during the Civil War. We know how that turned out, too. The politicians of Texas may have $1,000 custom boots, and 10-gallon hats, but they have no cattle.

    May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  15. Hiruu

    LOL...Texas is crying like a wuss...man up!

    May 10, 2011 at 9:43 am |
    • MikeBell

      Just how many of those politicians are second, third, ... generation Texan?
      Apparently it didn't have an affective 'migration' policy.

      May 10, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  16. San Antonio

    If people is this country weren't so damn naive and ignorant, they'd realize that regardless of skin color, we're all descendants of immigrants dating back hundreds of years. Who made them legal? What now? Where do we all go?

    May 10, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  17. Chris

    DON'T MESS WITH TEX... Oh, wait. Gimme money. There. Now, DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!

    May 10, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • MarkusinSaratogaSprings

      we'll take our oil and refining capabilities, along with 30% of the US's banking and finance industry, and keep the nation's 2 largest sea port for our use only. And we may even withhold our income and corporate tax contributions.

      We do that and will be perfectly fine....the rest of the nation on the other hand...not so sure. And I live in NY. Give them their aid! They paid for it, they deserve it. Why must we, AMERICANS, play these idiotic games. We should be helping each other in every capacity. Did TX complain when resident of LA had to relocate due to Katrina? No, accpeted the refugees with open arms. When CA needed help, who did they rutn to? TX. Here's an excerpt:

      "California legislators took a junket to Texas to find out why Texas was creating jobs while the Golden State lost jobs. The answer is really simple and many have been shouting it for some time: high taxes and burdensome regulations."

      Bottom Line, FEMA and the Obama Admin. are wrong. And this will be another reason why 2012 will bring about REAL change.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Larry

      If texas was on its own, it would be taken over by the Mexican drug cartels before it knew what was happening.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  18. littletingod

    Why is it that those screaming the loudest against the spending by the federal government are always those screaming the loudest for federal money?

    May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  19. San Antonio

    Why does Texas need the federal government to add to this country's deficit? I thought Perry rejected federal funds because they add to the national debt? Perry should move out of the Governor's Mansion, and use those taxpayer funds to help with the state's deficit created by Perry. Living high on the hog, while the little people are struggling. That means over 90% of Texans. Impeach Perry! Time for real leadership in this great state of Texas. And, its not Perry. He's only in it for personal financial gain. Period. End of story!

    May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  20. Sanford

    The governor of Texas has a history of abusing designated Federal funds; whatever their intended uses he seems to use them as personal funds to further his career. For instance, since he can still win votes with tax cuts, in the usual GOP voodoo, he offers unfunded tax cuts, then uses federal funds to cover the resulting state budget shortfalls. Then he claims to have 'balanced' the state budget. Maybe the federal government has decided it's irresponsible to the nation to keep sending national tax money to cover this Texas fiscal hypocrisy. But maybe not, since the feds are in the process now of sending school funding to the governor which has just been freed from any requirement that it be spent on education. Wealthy Texans have an endless craving for tax cuts. The Texas public education system is disintegrating and being privatized into a class system. A few years ago Perry tried to sell state highways that had already been paid for with public bonds to a Spanish construction company, who planned to convert them to toll highways. I'd be glad to see the federal government rethinking the national funding of this Texas GOP welfarism.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  21. El Kababa

    We Texans don't want any federal money. Federal assistance in putting out wildfires is tyranny. My state is a Conservative state that prefers to handle things at the local level.

    We can easily increase the state sales tax by a penny or two and pay our own bills. We Texans don't need any help from the socialist welfare state.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Umakemelaugh

      Since they can't shut up about being treated unfairly, I guess your GOP senators, your governor, and your local media must have all missed the memo! HAHAHAHA

      May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am |
      • CTYank

        Actually, the Texas pols' rant has nothing at all to do with reality.

        It's all about their ability to posture for reporters and cameras, bi*%hing about the Pres. Silly and childish. Besides, both Cornyn and Perry have given ample evidence of their loose grip on reality.

        May 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  22. uknow

    I live in TX but hail from a blue state (CT). Rick Perry is a bombastic, self serving, greedy politician. he cares nothing for the people of TX, only himself and his cronies. He does not deserve any funds, nor does the state. FEMA is not a political org and I'M sure Obama does not call the shots there. I live for the day Perry is voted out of office and the state can be "normal". My other grand hope is Perry will be indicted for corruption and jailed like former CT govenor Rowland!

    May 10, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  23. blitherblather

    Now Rick Perry wants to take that Federal ( Socialist !!! ) money ........ a short while ago this nutjob was threatening to pull Texas out the union ???? I say – screw him . I don't want my tax dollars supporting a man that publicly has made treasonous and seditious statements . The People of Texas would do well to remove this man from office .

    May 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  24. Frills

    The issue at heart is that TX taxpayers paid into the emergency fund, and FEMA, if we don't benefit from it, I suggest we stop paying...we have been a country before and we damn sure could do it again, NY can keep its damn shuttle and we will lead space exploration and charge the US 66m to hitch a ride.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Alverant

      Yes, please leave the Union. It will raise our national literacy rate and lower the average teen birth rate. We can stop wasting tax dollars on a state that hasn't carried its weight in decades and we won't have to worry about their board of "education" trying to push revisionist history books and non-science science books in schools. Plus we can get an object lesson on how a libertarian government really works (which is to say, it doesn't).

      May 10, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Larry

      Become your own state, and see how quickly everyone leaves. The only educational institution of any worth is Rice and, with only texans applying, would have to lower its standards considerably to fill up the new freshman class. That's, of course, is if all the professors didn't leave,

      May 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  25. sickofmorons

    Aw, did poor Texas not get their way? They mouth off about not taking any money from Obama's administration. They mouth off about wanting to secede yet when suddenly they find themselves in a little problem *then* they want handouts? Why not go beg all the oil tycoons that live there? Help yourselves. Bush has money, go bother him since you think he did such a great job as President. I don't want my tax dollars to go help the ignorant, greedy and racist (yes, that goes for the South too).

    May 10, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • MarkusinSaratogaSprings

      you, sir, are way off base. You must be some straw chewing hillbilly from up north, working your dairy farm and getting your monthly grants from the adminstration. It is clear that you are ignorant by your outdated attempt at stereotyping southern people. I am a Texan living in the mess that is NY state. Before you spew moronic comments, understand the state of TX could simply withhold oil/energy, money, and taxes from the fedreal government and sink the nation. If TX money is good enough to fund disaster relief in other states, then reciprocation is expected. Go back to your community college and learn econommics 101 instead of stereotyping 101.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  26. franc1

    Welcome to El Paso, Mr. President...a tiny blue pond in an ugly sea of red. 🙂

    May 10, 2011 at 10:34 am |
    • franc1

      Welcome to El Paso, Mr. P resident...a t iny blue p ond in an u gly sea of r ed .

      May 10, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  27. scieng1

    Obama has made a regular practice of withholind FEMA aid for states that did not vote for him–Texas and Oklahoma, and others. His smallness as a person, and abuse of power, is highly visible because of it.

    May 10, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • El Kababa

      You are a liar.

      May 10, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • TEE

      You lie, and worse, you know it.....You are the problem with this country, because you vote for others like you, LIARS.....You voted for Perry, and other teapubs, now live with it.....This won't be a happy ending for you idiots..

      May 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • sqeptiq

      Saith the God TALK RADIO.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • CTYank

        Be specific. Name names. Beck? Rush? Give "credit" where due.

        May 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  28. El Kababa

    The ten most dangerous words in the English language are “Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” -President Ronald Reagan

    May 10, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • Alverant

      Reagan also gave our tax money to Osamma bin Laden and Saddam Hussain. Reagan also hung out with religious extremists and supported terrorism around the world. So maybe we shouldn't take anything he says as being truthful.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Chris Whitmore

      "Howdy, friend, I'm a Republican and I'm running for president" is much worse.

      May 10, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Umakemelaugh

      Yep. That would be the same dum-dum that brought us the following 2 quotes:

      ~Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.

      ~Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.

      For every good moment Reagan had, he had an equally bad moment that can easily be referenced.

      May 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
    • don

      Where is the Ronnie Reagan fan club? They must all be taking their afternoon nap.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  29. ART

    If I'am Not mistaken they wern't too many homes destroyed by the wild fires mainly grasslands and bushes and just how much does that cost. Your Governor refused stimulus money but now he has his hand out , go ahead and secede already. Oh and Markus do New York a favor and leave and don"t let the door hit you you know where.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  30. Katie

    Texas is right there with its hand out for US dollars when it might be good for Texas, but when it comes to things good for the rest of the country they want to secede. Personally, I think if you take a big stand against spending, you can't stand there with your hand out. Deal with your wildfires yourselves.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  31. Jerry, Florida

    This president REALLY, REALLY has no shame. I hope Latinos across the country will be able to see through the smoke and mirrors. President NObama is just pandering to Latinos because he is behind in the polls and expects all of us to reciprocate in-kind.

    Lets just ask ourselves; where was the President in the immigration debate before he started floundering in the polls? I have been a life-long Democrat but I am ashamed of all the pandering and lies being expounded by my party, especially the person at the head of the Party.

    It's getting to be right down embarrassing. This is not the transparency that President NObama sold to the American voters and the main reason he got elected.

    Shame on the president, shame on the Democratic Party!

    Also, stop bullying Texas simply because they stand up to all the lies!

    May 10, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Umakemelaugh

      You think you can do better?

      Run for President of the USA. We'll see if you got what it takes to earn my vote.

      May 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Larry

      Jerry, florida – you must be reading the same newspapers sarah palin is. The President is ahead in the polls against any matchup. The republican field is as weak as any I've ever seen.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  32. Lucy, Austin TX

    FEMA has to be invited and cannot just show up. FEMA has to follow per capita guidelines set forth in law. FEMA cannot come to TX unless there is 32 Million dollars in unfunded damages. TX is to blame. TX should have their own fund for emergencies and disasters since we have so many of them. We had a fund for this–Perry what happened to it????

    May 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  33. Jeanne

    If TX is such a great place, why do I see so many TX license plates here in Arizona??????

    May 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  34. Brooktrout 2010

    Just remember one thing that is not mentioned here: If American citizens pick the fruits, pick the vegetables, clean the hotels and motels, work in the kitchens, do the landscaping, do domestic work, expect a spike in the prices of these good and services. The Latinos are good enough to do our dirty work, but not good enough to ever be considered a citizen.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  35. Dallas gal

    Did any of you who are ranting on and on about this notice that 25 fire management assistance grants had been approved? Did anyone happen to think that maybe fire management assistance grants are simply more correct under federal law in this case than FEMA funds?

    May 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  36. bluedogboy

    Ha. Another uber-American red state looking for a hand-out.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  37. james Miller, a Texan

    Texas two Rep. Senators have viciously attacked the President and Democratic Party at every turn. They have ranted and raved about "spending cuts and waste". -- Now they have their hands out wanting a hand out !?!?!? --Texas wildfires struck open rangelands primarily affecting few people in comparison to the SE flooding and tornadoes. -- They deserve the help, not Texas.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • CBREEZE

      Well said, James! My thoughts exactly! Perry & Cornyn can just eat dirt!!

      May 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  38. drooling texan

    "retribution" or compliance?

    May 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  39. William

    Good for Obama. Perry has been nothing more that a whining, self righteous, incoherent, arrogant religious zealot that has represented the corrupt corporate culture, while shifting, burdening and balancing Texas's budget on the low income and middle class. Perhaps if Perry behaved like a governor and not a clown, Texas would have been declared "a state of emergency". What happened to the old "secede" rhetoric cowboy? Retribution is a tough thing to swallow. Time for him to act like a grown up.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  40. William

    Good for Obama. Perry has been nothing more than a whining, self righteous, incoherent, arrogant religious zealot that as represented the corrupt corporate culture, while shifting, burdening and balancing Texas's budget on the low income and middle class. Perhaps if Perry behaved like a governor and not a clown, Texas would have been declared "a state of emergency". What happened to the old "secede" rhetoric cowboy? Retribution is a tough thing to swallow. Time for him to act like a grown up.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  41. Robert

    Go ahead and leave Texas, I am sick and tired of listening to Texans who believe their state is soooo much better then our beloved country. Obviously you need us more then we need you. There are 4 exits in this country NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST. Pick one and don't let the door hit where the good lord split ya!

    May 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  42. Wyllow

    It seems to me that the conservative states that complain the loudest about Obama and his many attempts to better the lives of normal Americans, also whine the loudest when they do not get federal money.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  43. Rob

    Give Texas to Mexico. Oh, let them keep all the Texans too, including those 2 loser senators they have!

    May 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  44. noel

    Texas would be better off seceeding. We already refine over 85% of the nation's oil. We produce 70% of the domestic fuel, and have enormous agricultural resources. Exactly why we're still w/ the union is a mystery to me. In other words, the rest of the US is dragging us down!!! "Techsas can do w/out the US, but the US cannot do w/out Texas. " Thomas Jefferson
    DEFEAT President Obongo 2012, before he makes us another banana republic like Kenya, the one he and his father so admired!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • don

      Actually, Texas would find it difficult to sustain itself outside of the United States of America. You DO realize that 55,000 Texan's are employed by the Federal government? Add that millions of Texan's depend on Social Security Checks and U.S. military pension checks to survive. Add to that the billions of U.S. tax dollars flowing into Texas companies depending on Federal contracts. Add to that the federal subsidy to drill and process oil in teh United States (yes – your operations are subsidized by federal dollars). Finally, if you do not sell that oil to the United States, WHO are you going to sell it to?

      May 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  45. noel

    Welcome to Texas Mr. President! THE BIG RED STATE!!! Don't let the sun set on your worthless, lying, commie a$$!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • don

      Interesting point of view, Noel. Texas GOP Senators, Cornyn and Hutchinson may disagree with you – you see they are lining up to kiss that "commie a$$" in order to beg federal funds. I wish them well. Good luck.

      May 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  46. noel

    brooktrout, you either are a citizen or aren't... don't split hairs you mental midget!!! we get to deal w/ the mess our gov't refuses to clean up. i'm guessing you're not from a border state. if you had to put up w/ the crap we did you might understand. until then, become informed before you shove your foot any further down your own throat... btw- i hear crow is especially tasty this time of year!

    May 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  47. don

    Hold on a Texas minute! Texas GOP congressmen want the President to give up federal disaster funds to Texas for seasonal wildfires? I thought Texas was going to seceed from the Union? Isn't that what Gov. Rick Perry was chanting? Hmmm......

    May 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  48. Greed Bleed

    Rick Perry has only himself to blame. All he's done up to now is rant and rave how Texans can take care of Texas; well genius – here's another fine mess you've gotten us into. The Great State of Texas deserves leadership that is well beyond the reach of this nitwit.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  49. DON

    Does anyone but me find it amusing Gov. Rick Perry is asking for Federal Aid to help with forest fires in Texas. Isn't this the same Rick Perry, who, along with his Republican friends, who ranted against too much government involvement in their lives? A few months ago he was talking about seceding from the United States because of government involvement. . Now he wants federal aid.
    Let me see if I understand this correctly. It is bad for the government to get involved in our health care, but it is OK for the government to provide aid for states to address emergencies or to get deeply involved by denying a woman's right to choose an abortion. I guess conservatives selectively believe in their issues, or could it be their hypocrisy is becoming more clear?

    May 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  50. Donald in CA

    Please, texas crying. They shuned the stimulus money, wanted to get out of the union, a big hater for a govenor and hate the big government they are crying for help from now. The voters down there vote these idiots in to run their state,
    then find out they dont have the voters interest at heart. Wake up voters.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  51. 2tired2care

    Hey (Nice Hair) Governor Perry, lay with fire and you'll get burned!
    Why doesn't he use some of that 7 billion rainy day fund texas has to help out the people of his own state instead of crying that the fed gov won't play nice. Perry is a leathered piece of crap.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  52. Stephanie

    Rick Perry & these supposedly fiscally conservative Texas politicans should be ashamed. Trying to hustle taxpayer money out of the Feds by exaggerating the conditions in Texas. I live in West Texas where the vast majority of these wildfires have occurred and there has been very little damage to property. There is plenty of burnt acreage, weeds & grasses, but lives & homes have luckily been spared and these hypocrites should stop tempting fate and crying wolf. The added expenses that these counties are dealing with don't measure up to a disaster and these guys should be careful what they wish for, we might get a real statewide disaster because we've got a long, hot summer ahead of us and the one thing Texas needs, money can't buy, LOTS OF RAIN.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  53. Tom

    This is a set-up. The Texas application for disaster status was overly broad; it included all but 2 of Texas' counties. Perry wanted it to be turned down so he could make political hay out of it.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  54. Tim

    Drove through some of the fire areas yesterday. It's already greened back up because of some of the rain we have had in the last 2 weeks. What's he going to see now that looks bad?

    May 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  55. noel

    don, ahmmm, would not TEXAS from its own gov't? we'd open drilling the likes of which hasn't been seen in history. the leftwing restrictions that keep us from maximizing refining capabilities would be a thing of the past. oh yes don, Texas would be the envy of the rest of the world. we already are dunce!!! figure it out, WE DON'T NEED THE U.S. FOR JACK!!! especially some wildfires that, in the long run, will be most beneficial to cattle, sheep, and goat ranchers. our politicos are simply pointing out the bias and pettyness of our dear president obongo... no more, no less...

    May 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • don

      Well, respectively, Noel, what you suggest is actually treason. Good luck with that succession idea, though! I'll stick with the US of A! I already fought for it, I'll stay here! thx

      May 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  56. noel

    Anyway, don't we have bigger fish to fry? American citizens are literally, under water, all along the Mississippi, We are months if not years away from recovery after the tornadoes, millions of Americans are out of work, millions more cannot afford gasoline, food, health care. We have lost, or are losing our homes, our banks are going under. Government is restricting companies from expanding and hiring, and preventing new & old oil deposits from coming on line.Where is your president today???Giving away what is left of our country, to those who do not care enough about it, to try to come into the country legally, all the while, trying to get re-elected.Voting for Obama is an act of Treason. You folks who voted for Obama to prove you weren't racist must, this time around, vote against him to prove you're not stupid!!! less

    May 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Umakemelaugh

      I've lived in Houston AND Brownsville (which doesn't get any closer to the border), so I'm familiar with the border situation firsthand and also let's me know that you're full of it. You're so full of it, it comes out your mouth every time you open it. You ultra-conservatives use the concepts of Nationalism to justify politics and agendas that bring us closer to a Totalitarianism state. Do you know when was the last time this was seen in a world power in recent history (those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it)? The last time this happened to a world power was Hitler's Germany. So....

      Who's REALLY being stupid?

      May 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  57. noel

    up yours rob, we'll take mexico once we get the "union" off our backs!!! let's see what you're paying for your fuel then jr. we'll be paying about 1/8 th that price. good god some of you folks are some dumbed down mental midgets !!! SHEEP!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  58. Amunaka

    To...Chris"""

    "'It's almost comical how the Liberals try to blame"""

    And you're blaming who..for what...

    May 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  59. Bob

    Its really hard to talk politics when your neighborhood smells like burnt house. It isn't hard however to spend quality time helping a neighbor clear brush or move the wood pile a little further from the house. But that's just boring. Lets talk about how much we hate not having Perry belch something from the capitol building.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  60. noel

    uknow... yankee GO HOME!!!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • don

      Mrs. Bin L@den, is that you?

      May 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  61. Amunaka

    Wow 26 states get FEMA monies ...Repubs in Texas feel left out ...wow again ..isn't Texas trying to secede from the US anyway ..Triple wow ..you wanna downsize big government stop holding your hand out for a bailout ..you believe in states rights let the states bail them selves out ... why do so many red states talk about smaller government and spending ..then turn around and want the government they hate to save them ...

    May 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  62. noel

    dearest cnn, if you want to see how an article should be written please take a look at this... no wonder FOX NEWS is number 1 and kicking all the leftwing media outlets collective arses!!! ;>)
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/05/10/obama-pushing-immigration-overhaul-el-paso/

    May 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Umakemelaugh

      FOX News....aka The GOP Channel

      The propaganda machinery for the foolish and the weak-minded.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  63. Michelle

    Oh well ... I guess our esteemed Governor is learning the lesson that you reap what you sow!!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  64. Amunaka

    To..noel"""

    You do know Many many more people don't get their news from fox than those that do ...and a study done in 03 and last year found fox viewers are the most misinformed of any other viewers of any other news outlet ..

    May 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • chutchin

      That is exactly right. Those that followed Fox News were less intelligent and more apt to believe anything they here on that network. Surprise, surprise.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • chutchin

        Oops, meant to say "anything they hear" on that network.

        May 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  65. chutchin

    Noel:

    I have been reading your "comments" and being born and raised in Texas, I have to say I'm mighty ashamed that someone writing about Texas and others cannot seem to keep a civil tongue in his head. It's really not necessary for this much frothing at the mouth...usually the ones that blather the loudest are the ones that are usually lowest in intelligence...good luck with your travels-if it's so miserable in this country for you, perhaps you can find another country to live in. You know, that doesn't offer what we have here. Sigh...and you call other people mental midgets and sheep...why not try original conversation instead of parroting Faux News? Nah...you probably aren't capable...I hope you are not a native Texan because then I'd be even more ashamed and sorry for you.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  66. DaninNH

    Can you believe these nut jobs saying Texas has so much oil and financials business and other resources it should secede from the US? G-O A-H-E-A-D!! Become your own country. Not much will change on Day 1. Then when the bills start rolling in to support your miles of the Federal Interstate system, establish your own currency, fund your own military (ALL federal military equipment either leaves TX or remains there as a base on foreign soil – i.e. cannot be used to police Texas's borders), establish and run your own FDA (unless you think you'll be fine to just shoot a cow in the backyard and yank some veggies out of your garden to live – like 200 yrs ago along with the mortality rate of 200 yrs ago) it'll start to get painful. Sure, Texas will still sell oil, you can't eat it. The rest of the world will buy it, including the US. Has to be priced competitively or the US/World will simply buy more from Russia, Middle East, etc. People will continue to do financials business in Houston because it's all electronic. I can live in Moscow and do banking in Houston. What're you going to do, not allow the US you seceded from to do financial business in Houston??? Dumb Dumb Dumb. BTW, I grew up in El Paso, college at A&M. If you want to get rid of the immigrant problem then FINE THE HELL out of all your companies giving them jobs. It is the only reason they're coming to the US.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  67. Webrydr

    Here's a thought. Let Texas secede from the Union. Cut off ALL federal subsidies, remove all US military assets, bases, equipment and personnel. Then, set up road blocks on all the major exit points from Texas into the United States and charge $100 a person for anyone leaving Texas to come into the United States. Yeah...long live the Republic of Texas. Can you say "exodus?" I'm virtually certain all the traffic would be heading in one direction...out of Texas! Oh...did I forget to mention the US buys NOTHING from Texas or imposes enormous tarriffs on any goods or products that a Texas manufacturer or business want to "export" from Texas to the United States.

    May 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
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