DISCLAIMER: My prayers go out to my fellow Americans dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It is an historically awful event, and I wish them a safe, speedy recovery, whatever the financial cost to the federal government.

HISTORY LESSON: Way back in 2012, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other august members of the Texas congressional delegation waved middle fingers from the beach as parts of New York and New Jersey struggled to stay afloat in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

As the Dallas Morning News reports today, Texas Republicans are now demanding aid from a federal government that is apparently the root of all evil unless you need it to save your state and political career. Read the story here.

And then remember that over at the least the past 15 years, Texas Republicans have given political cover to drooling fools who believe the Lone Star State should secede from the United States.Going it alone is a lot harder when the rain just won’t stop and the costs pile up.

If hypocrisy spent like money, Ted Cruz and Company would be high and dry. Instead, the nation will bail them out. It’s what Americans do.