Top Leaderboard, Site wide
August 27, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates








Truthdig Bazaar
The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

By Fyodor M. Dostoevsky; Constance Garnett (Translator)

Lessons in Disaster

Lessons in Disaster

By Gordon M. Goldstein
$16.50

more items

 
Ear to the Ground

Texas Governor Seeks U.S. Help to Fight Wildfires

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Apr 22, 2011
Wikimedia Commons / (CC-BY)

It wasn’t so long ago that Gov. Rick Perry threatened to secede from the Union. Now he’s appealing directly to the White House for federal aid? So maybe the federal government isn’t always bad?  Gosh darn it, what’s a Tea Partier to think?  —YL

Reuters:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry sought additional federal help in battling wildfires across his drought-parched state as a woodland blaze gutted at least six homes on Sunday and threatened hundreds more in Austin, the state capital.

An estimated 1.5 million acres of tinder-like brush and grasslands have gone up in flames in Texas since January 1, about half of that during the past week alone under some of the driest conditions in Texas history.

Some 220 homes in all have been lost, according to a letter released on Sunday from Perry to President Barack Obama requesting a federal disaster declaration.

Read more

More Below the Ad

Advertisement

Square, Site wide
TAGS:


Get truth delivered to
your inbox every week.

Previous item: Koch Bros. Tell Their 50,000 Employees How To Vote

Next item: Your iPhone Is Not a Spy



New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, April 23, 2011 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

Use some of that prison industry labor that Texas is so famous for.

You know, paying back the debt to society and all….

Report this

By aacme88, April 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

Hey Rick. Fight your own friggin fires. Oh. You may have to raise some taxes first.

Report this

By Miko, April 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

So maybe the federal government isn’t always bad?

Certainly not.  Had the federal government not
confiscated that money from the citizens of Texas
through taxation, then the state would have easily
been able to deal with the problem themselves. 
Instead, they’re forced to beg the federal government
to give them back a portion of the money that it
confiscated from them, which best case scenario ends
up doing no more harm other than wasting a lot of
time.

Consider the following analogy: someone breaks your
leg, but then gives you a crutch.  Does it follow
that that person isn’t always bad?

Report this
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.