THINK YOU KNOW THE REASON FOR FLINT’S POISON WATER? MAYBE NOT.
FILE UNDER: “GOVERNMENT ISN’T THE SOLUTION, GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM.” AND “THE PRIVATE SECTOR DOES IT BETTER.”
You’ve probably seen all the news reports that is the Flint poison water disaster with Republican Governor Rick Snyder claiming it was EPA’s fault, not his. Or Obama's. Well, it would be bad enough to think that in the cause of “saving money” (the age old Conservative and Republican excuse for union busting, corporate tax breaks and outsourcing government functions to the private sector) "mistakes were made" that led to the lead poisoning of Flints children but here comes this interesting theory. Unproven, of course. But appealing in a "Good God You Can't Be Serious" sort of way.
Newly Leaked Emails Indicate Michigan Republicans Didn’t Poison Water To "Save Money"
From Occupy Democrats
By: Omar Rivero
24 Jan 2016
As Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s tower of lies collapses around him, we are finding some extremely disturbing, if at this point unsurprising, new pieces of evidence among the rubble. A great deal of effort is going into determining just what happened in Flint, Michigan, where a switch in water sources by the Snyder administration, ostensibly in order to help save money after Snyder’s tax cuts blew giant holes in the state budget, ended up poisoning thousands of people with toxic lead in the poor and largely African-American city of Flint.
However, question marks are already emerging from the conventional explanation for the switch – that is, to to Flint residents. Journalist Steve Neavling of the independent newspaper, believes that the water pipes were switched in order to save money, thanks to the release which appears to indicate that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) offered Snyder a deal worth $800 million over 30 years, which would have been 20% cheaper than switching to the polluted Karegnondi Water Authority.
“A high-ranking DWSD official told us today that Detroit offered a 50% reduction over what Flint had been paying Detroit. In fact, documents show that DWSD made at least six proposals to Flint, saying The deal was signed in 2013, and Governor Snyder refuses to release the emails from this period – refusing to offer up the paper trail of how, exactly this decision was made.
cannot independently confirm or deny these allegations, however; if they are true, they begin to paint a very different picture than the one we originally thought we were looking at. What appears at first to have been a tragic case of desperate cost-cutting and criminal negligence is now taking on the contours of a much deeper conspiracy in which the people of Flint were a sacrificial lamb on the alter of free market fascism.
Neavling not-so-subtly suggests that the ultimate goal was to break up and privatize the DWSD by starving it of a crucial customer base. It has already been split into two entities in 2015: the. and the Great Lakes Water Authority; depriving it of the Flint contract would give the Snyder administration an excuse to sell it off. Others point to a desire to
It just goes to show how dangerous the Republican Party’s crusade to dismantle all public institutions and replace them with privatized alternatives that put profits over the well-being of their customers truly presents to our nation. Governor Snyder, who was propelled into office with over , has spent his entire governorship implementing all the trademark pieces of the Koch Brothers’ plan for America – an (even though he promised he wouldn’t during the election); the appointment of rule-by-decree”emergency managers” for major cities; sx; crippling public schools with and replacing them .
More information will reveal itself as Snyder to the House Oversight Committee, but the lesson here is clear. Not only do the Congressional Republicans show little interest in any actual governance, but their governors tend to wreck the states they are supposed to lead. Snyder blew a and poisoned a city; Sam B of Kansas passed in his state budget; Bobby Jindal of Louisiana gave, turning a $1 billion surplus into a $1.4 billion shortfall and after he closed all of their Planned Parenthoods. There is little that the Republican Party has to offer the American people; they are only interested in fulfilling the whims and petty desires of the oligarchs and the ultra-wealthy while the rest of us pay the price.
NOTE: You will note that all of the Republican candidates running to become President of the United States of America have remained pretty much “above the Flint Poison Water fray” or you could say that they are avoiding this pretty dramatic failure of governance at all costs. Not surprising, really. After all, how many examples of what happens when Republicans are actually able to implement their conservative anti-humane policies do we need (Michigan, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine) to convincingly show us just how fundamentally harmful and dangerous their “policies” actually are to ordinary Americans?