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Romantic Heretic  Jan 9, 2016 • 12:30:48pm

This whole event is a classic example of the way our society confuses efficient, effective and good.

nines09  Jan 9, 2016 • 1:02:57pm

Everyone thinks that what comes out of their tap is clean. Free of whatever. Folks also think that a spring is just always pure, straight from the source, bestest you can get. If you are in the “country”, well water is pure bliss. Good for you and none better. Nope. Small towns do little more than chlorinate and do tests only if there is a report of something amiss. A well is a hole in the ground where water was hit, be it at 20 oe 200 feet. Where that water flowed through is a mystery. And your spring water could be flowing through a landfill 50 miles upstream. That a city the size of Flint Michigan could be screwed this badly is just a crime. A fucking crime. If you knew the extent of underground gas tanks leaking, illegal dumping, shoddy testing and no testing…….It only hits home when you are poisoned. Then it’s too late. But you saved money. Look at that savings………If people were only worth as much.

Lancelot Link  Jan 9, 2016 • 2:54:43pm

This 2014 election result may illustrate why Gov. Snyder might not care if people in Genesee County are poisoned;

dr. luba  Jan 9, 2016 • 11:45:47pm

The emergency manager concept was Snyder’s brainchild; even when the voters rejected the law allowing them in a state referendum, he and the GOP used legislative trickery to pass the law again and write it so it could not come up in a referendum again. Can’t trust the voters to do what is best.

Flint was a demonstration project, a proof of concept. It could be fixed with good, common sense GOP principles. Detroit water was very expensive; it would be cheaper to create their own water system, using water piped from Lake Huron. The city council went along. But things took longer than planned, and rather than pay the 1.5 million a month it would cost to stay hooked up to the Detroit water system, in the meantime, the EM made the decision to used Flint River water. On his own, with no input from and Flint city officials, and OK’d by the state.

It was a very bad move—the water was bad and, as many scientists have noted, anyone could have predicted the outcome of piping poorly treated, acidified water through old pipes. But the state (Snyder) covered up, even when they knew the water was bad, even when they knew it was producing dangerous levels of lead. By doing so not only did they permanently injure many Flint citizens with lead poisoning, but they damaged the water infrastructure to the tune of 1.5 billion dollars.

Which, being the responsible GOP leaders they are, they want the federal government to pay for. Or Flint or pay for. Because being responsible GOP leaders means accepting the blame….when you have no other choice. But never does it mean actually paying the consequences.

EPR-radar  Jan 11, 2016 • 1:29:13pm

re: #4 dr. luba

Snyder et al. should face full criminal and civil liability for their crimes. While I’m thinking of unicorns, it would also be nice if the civil liability could reach to the MI GOP donor class.

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