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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Hurricane Hypocrisy

Aug. 29, 2017 2:45 pm
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Hurricane Harvey is now a tropical storm, but it continues to hammer the Texas Gulf Coast with what the National Weather Service calls “catastrophic” rains. This is truly a disaster of epic proportions.

Even before Harvey made landfall, Texas’ two Republican Senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, sent a letter to President Trump asking for a major disaster declaration, which is necessary to open the spigots of federal aid.

So what, you say? Not surprising?

Sure, except that when a $50.5-billion relief package came up for a vote after 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, Cruz, Cornyn and much of the Texas congressional delegation voted against it.

That’s right, Texans voted against coming to the aid of their fellow Americans.

Then it was Texas’ turn, as we knew it would be some day. Harvey hit, and continued to hit, stalled over the Gulf Coast, where it was boxed in by high pressure to the east and west and a trough of low pressure to the north. The storm was in a position to continue to suck up moisture and energy from the 86-degree waters of the Gulf of Mexico. So the rain continues to pound Houston.

As that famous Texan, Rick Perry, says, “Whoops.”

Now the same sleazy pack of Republican hypocrites will be asking for aid for Texas — Superstorm Sandy didn’t affect Texas, after all.

The point is that at times like these we’re not Texans and New Yorkers, red state people and blue state people. We’re all Americans. And it’s high time the Texas delegation learned that lesson.

I can just hear Ted Cruz trying with all his verbal gymnastics to defend his indefensible vote back in January 2013.

As Republican Rep. Peter King wrote in a tweet, “I won’t abandon Texas the way Ted Cruz did New York.”

Thankfully, there are still grown-ups left in the Congress.

It’s said that it is an ill wind that blows no good. The colossal damage of Hurricane Harvey has done one thing: it has shown everyone the massive hypocrisy of Ted Cruz and his Republican colleagues in the Texas delegation.

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