Is the White House playing politics with Texas lives over GOP frontrunner Texas Governor Perry’s’ bid for the GOP nomination or has Governor Perry’s outspoken condemnation of the administration’s failure to secure the southern border swayed the administration to close a blinds eye to requests for assistance in containing the ongoing fires in Texas?
Currently, Texas is facing record droughts that have given way to one of the state’s worst fires in recorded history. With 550 homes burned to the ground in Bastrop County alone and 1,000 homes in total, making this the highest number of homes destroyed in a single fire in the State of Texas history. Bastrop fire has forced 5,000 people to evacuate the area for their safety with the blaze growing to 20 miles wide and 24 miles long and additional evacuations are currently underway.
The number of deaths has doubled while officials decline to provide details on the deaths and three minor injuries reported of firefighters attempting to contain the blaze. In addition to the Bastrop fire, Eighty-five new fires reported within 48 hours and zero containment as of yesterday. Currently, 100,000 acres have scorched the Texas terrain.
In an article written by Joe Gomez, reported by Fox Nation brings pause to the choices this administration is taking regarding the State of Texas. The article reads in part:
“Just last month the U.S. sent two Air force cargo planes to help Mexico battle back wildfires in the northern part of it’s country, fires that burned 386 square miles. It’s a move that West Texas Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-Fort Stockton) thinks is a hypocritical one by the Obama administration as Texas has requested the same sort of federal aid but has been denied it”.
Areo Union, a company based out of California; currently has four cargo planes equipped to help Texas with ongoing fires but currently remain grounded. Areo Union CEO is ready to fly to Texas to assist in the ongoing battle to contain the fires but requires a “nod” from the federal government. Areo Union is still waiting for that nod.
While the US has always played the part of the hero and rode in on the winds of freedom and seen as the “white hats” while singing, “here I come to save the day” and assisted foreign countries facing drought, famine, fires and floods; it appears as if those white hats and hero’s song cannot find its way to Texas. Which begs the question, why? Has the White House altered policy in helping fellow Americans in need or simply the ones it disagrees with?
With politics, heating up and rhetoric reaching a new boiling point as seen in recent months from Congressional members and Union leaders calling for violence to those who oppose their agenda and dare question policy, is the President only willing to represent liberals and throw all other Americans under the bus? While the President is willing to bow to Arabian kings, is he unable to nod to an American company to help Texans in danger?
This administration has earned the notorious reputation for picking winners and losers in the private sector, perhaps the White House has ushered in a new era of picking winners/ losers based on its blue or red status and political affiliation making some American less deserving and some American lives not worth saving – only a “nod” will tell.