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Texas Governor Seeks U.S. Help to Fight Wildfires

Posted on Apr 22, 2011
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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


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.

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By PatrickHenry, April 23, 2011 at 4:07 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….

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By aacme88, April 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

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

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By Miko, April 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment
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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

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

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