It was last week that Texas was hit by one of the most severe snowstorms in the state’s history. Strong winds and cold aggravated the situation. The electricity supply was cut off and the water pipes froze. One week later, just over eight of the approximately 29 million inhabitants lack electricity and water, and everyone is urged to boil the water before the pipes are repaired. In many areas, the water supply was neglected even before the storm.
The snow and wind knocked out most of the electricity and at least 26 people have frozen to death or died since they tried to bring heat from the cars into their cooled houses. In some areas, minus ten degrees or more has been noted and in poorly insulated homes, the temperature has been at freezing point.
There is great outrage over the deficient electricity grid, which often collapses in other natural disasters as well. Texas is hit every year by hurricanes, severe storms and tornadoes. But this time, both electricity and water have been cut off while it has been impossible for millions of Texas residents to leave their homes. Roads and streets have been snow-covered and icy ice has made it difficult to drive on the few major roads that have been cleared. This has made it impossible for people to reach the distribution of water and other necessities.
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The senator went on a sun vacation
But most anger is directed at state Sen. Republican Ted Cruz. Just as it was at its worst, he decided to leave Texas and vacation in the tourist paradise of Cancun, Mexico. Cruz made sure to get a police pass to the airport so as not to get caught up in the snow chaos. Police officials say they believe Cruz needed help to get to Washington and participate in the coordination of the federal disaster response.
But Cruz was revealed at the airport by other passengers when, in a short-sleeved polo shirt and in a good holiday mood, he instead fled the field for Mexico.
The pressure became so strong on Cruz that after a few days he felt compelled to return. But then he had alternately blamed that he wanted to be a good father and go with his children who had free time and on his wife who found discounted prices on hotel rooms at the luxury hotel Ritz Carton for 300 dollars (about 3,000 kronor) per day.
Ted Cruz razed the plus points among his constituents that he received for defending Donald Trump in the Supreme Court a week earlier. Cruz was re-elected as a senator in the autumn last autumn and has acted as a dedicated Trump loyalist since he lost in 2016 as a Republican presidential candidate against Trump. During that campaign, Trump not only exposed Cruz to derogatory remarks. He also described Cruz’s wife as ugly and claimed that his father may have been involved in the murder of John F Kennedy.
After the Cancun trip, Cruz now received support from Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr. who claimed that the criticism should instead be directed at the democratic governor. But the Texas governor is not a Democrat but a Republican.
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Hard to dismiss a senator
Being forced to take personal responsibility as an elected official is an important part of the American political system. But it is difficult to oust Cruz from the Senate despite widespread discontent – even among Republicans – in the wake of the snow chaos.
However, it focuses on the vulnerable water and electricity supply where it can take a long time before everything is restored and where Cruz is accused of not having committed himself to the state. Ted Cruz also first tried to blame the disaster on the new energy sources such as wind and solar power, but when it turned out to be wrong, he was forced to back down.
Federal emergency aid also does not cover the sky-high electricity bills that have already reached subscribers who have barely had their overhead lines repaired. The wiring is in Texas as well as in large parts of the United States is one of the reasons for constant interruptions in the neglected power supply. Home insurance also rarely covers damage in natural disasters, such as the one that hit Texas.
Ted Cruz may have problems with his presidential ambitions as a result of the Cancun trip. Several Democratic politicians have also received gravel in the machinery as a result of reprehensible handling of the spread of coropas in their states. Among them is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this spring was praised for his steady course in tackling the spread of corona. He is expected to aspire to the presidency in 2024 or 2028. But now he is accused of withholding high death rates in nursing homes in his state in order to make it difficult for Donald Trump to use it against the Democrats in last year’s presidential election. Cuomo denies the allegations, but a larger investigation has been added that could undermine his political career.
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