I grew up in a town very similar to West, Texas. We had a grain elevator and a big propane storage tank a couple of blocks from Main Street, and an all-volunteer fire department, so I guess we were just lucky that nothing like this happened. West wasn’t as lucky, and it’s tragic that eight of the confirmed dead are firefighters, some of them not even members of the West volunteers, who just happened to be in the area and pitched in. It’s a devastating scene and, as President Obama said last night, we’re going to make sure that the people of West get all the help we can give them as they bury their dead and rebuild their town.
Unfortunately, the asshole that these people elected to the Senate, Texas’ answer to Joe McCarthy, Canadian-born Ted Cruz, voted against Sandy relief 3 times. If you live in the state with the most FEMA-declared natural disasters since 2009, maybe you’d want to rethink your choice of Senator next time you visit the polls.