When Texas burns, the Fed rushes into action… in Mexico??

Posted by: Phineas on May 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

In case you missed it, much of Texas is burned up, literally; according to Kevin Williamson at NRO, about 3400 square miles have gone up in flames, an area the size of Puerto Rico. Williamson uses this fact to excoriate President Obama for coming to Texas to raise money and sell his non-starter of an immigration plan while refusing to even tour devastated areas, let alone declaring a federal disaster area.

But he saves the cherry on the sundae for last:

To its credit, the Obama administration has dispatched aircraft to help with the firefighting . . . in Mexico.


Following Williamson’s link, we find that he really did:

Two specially equipped U.S. Air Force cargo planes left Colorado on Saturday to help battle wildfires in northern Mexico.

The C-130s were requested by the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department, a U.S. Northern Command spokesman said.

The planes can spray about 3,000 gallons of fire retardant in a matter of seconds from a system of pressurized tanks called Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System or MAFFS.

The fires have burned 386 square miles in Mexico — one-ninth of what’s been destroyed in Texas — and yet the Obama administration won’t send help to Texas but will to Mexico? Mr. President… Barry… WTF??

Oh, and you want to know the best part? The planes will be flying from a base… in Texas.

That sound you heard was the sound of the back of Obama’s hand meeting Governor Perry’s face.

Look, I have no problem helping Mexico, per se; we have plenty of resources in the Western states. But it seems to me that you take care of your own people, first, and then lend what you can spare to help the neighbors. This looks like nothing more than the administration taking out its petty anger at Texas and its governor for not voting for Obama and for not supporting his policies. President Peevish apparently only helps those who help him, regardless of the duties of his job.

So, let’s consider. On the one hand:

  • He seemed indifferent to the flooding that devastated Tennessee in 2010.
  • He is ignoring fires that are ravaging Texas in 2011.
  • He is wrecking the Gulf Coast economy with his permitorium, in defiance of a federal court order.

On the other:

Three-to-one. I’d say it’s pretty clear his natural instincts are to go with the “gangster government” approach to governance: “If you play nice, you get help. But if you cross me, you can burn for all I care.”


via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt

CLARIFICATION: The linked article discussing planes sent to help Mexico is from April 16th, nearly a month ago. I should have noted that and apologize for any confusion. However, as an article from the Christian Science Monitor, dated just two days later, shows, Governor Perry was asking for help way back then. So, why the hold up?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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15 Responses to “When Texas burns, the Fed rushes into action… in Mexico??”


  1. Tex says:

    This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. He’s got a snowball’s chance in Hell of getting many votes from Texas so why help Texas fight fires that have been raging for weeks? His big dream is to give citizenship to 11-20 million illegal aliens, mostly from Mexico, who would become instant loyal Democratic Party voters. It would guarantee the Democratic Party a monopoly in government for generations.

  2. Drew says:

    Chicago thuggery………..and MSM silence.

    No Country for Old Men

  3. Noelegy says:

    This makes me want to cry. The Texas wildfires are not in the part of the state where I live, but as you said, for all Barry cares, we can burn. Then where will the illegals go? :((

  4. FrankNitti says:

    This makes me want to cry. The Texas wildfires are not in the part of the state where I live, but as you said, for all Barry cares, we can burn. Then where will the illegals go? :((

    just what i was thinking…..if these fires were along the border and limiting the amount of illegals coming across the border….you can bet that this chump would be all about fighting those fires……this prez is a joke of a human being……

    nothing and i mean NOTHING about him surprises me any more.

  5. Gladius says:

    I don’t live in Texas but I thing this is something that should be all over FNC. I don’t understand how anybody that knows anything about Obama would vote for him again. He is so vindictive.

  6. Carlos says:

    Hey, maybe that’s the solution to criminal border crossings: set the entire crossable border on fire! The envirowhackos and Mexicans would go crazy, but if Barry gets their votes anyway, why would he care?

    And, with any luck, a spark from the fires will land at the base being used by the lent planes and burn it to the ground, too. Sudden poetic justice for he who doesn’t believe in our exceptional country.

  7. Brontefan says:

    When a president tries to openly PUNISH a single state for whatever–not voting for him, trying to secure their border, needing assistance in times of disaster, etc. it is a very sad day. I don’t believe I have ever seen anything like this..in my lifetime. Not even Clinton was vindictive in this manner. And if you want to compare memorial services–compare Tucson with BO to Virginia Tech with Bush. See if you can determine which one is more honest.

  8. Sefton says:

    As a Texan, it’s not hard to see the political landscape in all this – literally. The counties that had most of the fire damage are staunch conservative districts. If the fires were in south Texas, I’d wager all I own Mr. All About Me would’ve sent federal assistance.
    But, after all is said on it, as much as we could use the outside help I’d just as soon tell that sorry jackass to ram his fed help where most of his speeches come from. Texans are survivors, something this panty-waist excuse for a president wouldn’t know a damn thing about.

  9. Kate says:

    My thoughts exactly Sefton….Texans are stronger than any fire and they have faith that will move mountains. If the “federal” government in all it’s wisdom ignores their needs, other Americans should chip in and help our neighbors and show the feds how it’s done in real life. I will have to check to see if there is a fund I can donate to that goes directly to the Texan fire survivors.

    Everyone else do the same thing and they won’t need any stinkin federal money!!!

  10. Carlos says:

    Unfortunately, Kate, that would only free up more money for the Obhammud Union Slush Fund.

    And you’d better believe that’s where it would go.

  11. nina says:

    2012 -the year we get rid of the moron.

  12. Winslow Leach says:

    If memory serves didnt Perry cry about big government, turned down federal funds and threaten to secede from the union altogether?
    Now he wants more aid for the state than FEMA has already given. Maybe its time for Ricky to dip into the 9 billion rainy day fund or do away with his 10,000 a month mansion being paid with our taxes…as soon as he’s done defending himself from vicious were-coyotes that is.

  13. JayDee says:

    I wouldn’t take Texas threat to secede from the Union too lightly. Texas can take care of all of it’s own needs if their citizens weren’t being bled by federal taxes. We need Texas but I guarantee you buster, Texas doesn’t need the rest of us. And if you are wondering if it is possible, it is. Texas was admitted to the Union by treaty so it is different from all the other states.

    If Texans weren’t paying federal income tax, gas tax, excise tax, phone tax, in fact taxes on almost every move they make they could and would positively defend their own border, fight their own fires, control their own destiny, rather than being dictated to by the criminals in washington. (No, I am not from Texas).

  14. Noelegy says:

    JayDee, I commented on another site that you know how they have those “day without an immigrant” protests?

    I wonder how Washington would react to a year without Texas federal income taxes…just sayin’.