Well, our President has a duty to administer the laws fairly, and not to allow partisan concerns intrude into Administrative decisions concerning the welfare of the public. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) doesn’t think that President Obama is meeting that test:
As dry conditions and gusty winds whip up new wildfires in parched Texas, Gov. Rick Perry Thursday blasted the Obama Administration for failing to issue a disaster declaration for the state, widening the growing rift between the White House and the states rights advocate governor, 1200 WOAI news reports
More at the link; hat tip to Gretchen for the article.
Governor Perry made the formal request for the disaster declaration, two weeks ago, but no response has been made. The governor said:
There is a point in time where you say, hey, what’s going on here. You have to ask why are you taking care of Alabama and other states? I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail.
The governor has said in the past that Texas’ economic successes are due, at least in part, to the Lone Star State implementing policies which are very different from those of the Obama Administration; I noted here how low-tax, low regulation Texas has been gaining jobs and businesses, many of which have fled from high tax, high regulation California. Governor Perry believes that President Obama is deliberately making things difficult for Texas due to political differences; President Obama has denied such claims.
The President has all sorts of political prerogatives, but treating the states differently because he likes or doesn’t like the policies of a particular state’s government is not one of them. Governor Perry hasn’t proved that President Obama has done that — absent some statement or document which indicated that the Administration decided on unequal treatment to punish Texas, it couldn’t be proved — but he certainly has noted a glaring inconsistency.