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Lamar Smith

Texas hates the federal government. Unless it needs disaster relief.

Texas hates the federal government. Unless it needs disaster relief.

As extreme weather marked by tornadoes and flooding continues to sweep across Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has requested -- and President Barack Obama has granted -- federal help. I don't begrudge Texas billions of dollars in disaster relief. After all, we're all part of America. When some of us are in need, we all have a duty to respond. But the flow of federal money poses a bit of awkwardness for the Lone Star State. Just over a month ago, hundreds of Texans decided that a pending Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise was really an excuse to take over the state and impose martial law. And they claimed the Federal Emergency Management Agency was erecting prison camps,...

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