the Greed Over People gang strikes again

It’s a tired old game …
First, cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations under the false promise to stimulate the economy …
Next, act surprised when the State has budget shortfalls …
Finally, use the prior two steps to accomplish the primary objective … destroy regulations, cut oversight and privatize resources so the Koch’s and others can own or profit from what the people of the State used to own in the public trust …
It is the great Republican swindle, and people keep falling for it …
Have been for 40+ years …
The way to address budget shortfalls is to take away the tax-breaks and get the elitists money flowing into the State Treasury again …
It’s the “make it so small you can drown it in a bathtub” approach that has been the GOP mantra for a generation …
This is what Republicans do and what they have promised the citizens of Michigan …
And what they will do for the nation as a whole at every opportunity …
Flint is just a start. Dirty water, dirty air, filthy food …
It’s the Republican Party’s way to prosperity …

Justice Department Investigating Toxic Tap Water In Flint
High lead levels in Flint’s water could have harmed thousands of city kids.
Arthur Delaney Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post

Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) faces ongoing fallout after thousands of local children in Flint were exposed to dangerous levels of lead.
Days after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) apologized for toxic tap water in the city of Flint and accepted the resignations of multiple state officials, the U.S. Justice Department said it has opened an investigation into what went wrong.
“In an effort to address the concerns of Flint residents, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District is working closely with the EPA on the investigation into the contamination of the city of Flint’s water supply,” Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, told HuffPost on Tuesday.
The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which helped expose the poisoning of Flint’s water, was the first to
report the Justice Department investigation, highlighting it as an “unusual step.”
Last week, a task force appointed by Snyder squarely blamed the high lead levels in Flint’s water on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The agency failed to address the water’s corrosiveness after
switching the city’s water source to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure in 2014. At the time, Flint was under the authority of an emergency manager appointed by the state of Michigan.
The new water absorbed lead from Flint’s aging pipes, and researchers discovered a corresponding increase of lead levels in the bloodstreams of local children. The MDEQ continued to deny a lead poisoning problem even as evidence mounted last year.
“I want the Flint community to know how very sorry I am that this has happened,” Snyder
said in a statement last week. In that statement, the governor also announced the resignation of MDEQ director Dan Wyant. Flint switched back to Detroit’s water supply in October after high blood lead levels came to light.
Snyder spokeswoman Laura Biehl said Tuesday that the governor’s office would cooperate with the Justice Department.
“We will cooperate fully with any requests from the U.S. Attorney’s Office as it looks into Flint’s water challenges,” Biehl said, noting that the Snyder-appointed task force is still reviewing the water crisis.
Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter with the Michigan ACLU, welcomed the news of the DOJ’s investigation, saying “it means that we’re not gonna have to only rely on a panel appointed by Gov. Snyder to find out what really happened and if laws were violated.”
The Environmental Protection Agency
opened an investigation into Flint’s water situation in November.
Lead is a deadly neurotoxin, and exposure is especially dangerous for children, who may experience stunted growth, behavioral problems and permanently decreased IQs.

Michael Moore, a native son of Flint sums it up beautifully …

Dear Governor Snyder:
Thanks to you, sir, and the premeditated actions of your administrators, you have effectively poisoned, not just some, but apparently ALL of the children in my hometown of Flint, Michigan.
And for that, you have to go to jail.
To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat. Even international terrorist organizations haven’t figured out yet how to do something on a magnitude like this.
But you did. Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison — but you decided that taking over the city and “cutting costs” to “balance the budget” was more important than the people’s health (not to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders.) So you cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River — a body of “water” where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years. And then you decided to put a chemical in this water to “clean” it — which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint’s aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people’s taps. Your callous — and reckless (btw, “reckless” doesn’t get you a pass; a reckless driver who kills a child, still goes to jail) — decision to do this has now, as revealed by the city’s top medical facility, caused “irreversible brain damage” in Flint’s children, not to mention other bodily damage to all of Flint’s adults. Here’s how bad it is: Even GM won’t let the auto parts they use in building cars touch the Flint water because that water “corrodes” them. This is a company that won’t even fix an ignition switch after they’ve discovered it’s already killed dozens of people. THAT’s how bad the situation is. Even GM thinks you’re the devil.
Maybe you don’t understand the science behind this. Lead, in water — now, bear with me, this involves a science lesson and you belong to the anti-science party, the one that believes there’s not a climate problem and that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. Lead is toxic to the human body. There’s no way to fully eliminate it once it’s in your system, and children are the most damaged by it.
By taking away the city’s clean drinking water in order to “cut costs,” and then switching the city’s water supply to Flint River water, you have allowed massively unsafe levels of pollutants and lead into the water that travels in to everyone’s home. Every Flint resident is trapped by this environmental nightmare which you, Governor, have created.
Like any real criminal, when you were confronted with the truth (by the EPA and other leading water experts across America), you denied what you did. Even worse, you decided to mock your accusers and their findings. As I said, I know you don’t like to believe in a lot of science (after all, you used to run Gateway Computers, and that, really, is all anyone needs to know about you), but this time the science has caught up with you — and this time, I hope, it’s going to convict you.
The facts are all there, Mr. Snyder. Every agency involved in this scheme reported directly to you. The children of Flint didn’t have a choice as to whether or not they were going to get to drink clean water. But soon it will be your turn to not have that choice about which water you’ll be drinking. Because by this time next year, if there is an ounce of justice left in this land, the water you’ll be drinking will be served to you from a tap inside Jackson Prison.
I am calling upon my fellow Michiganders — and seekers of justice everywhere — to petition U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking her to arrest you for corruption and assault (i.e., the physical assault you committed against the children of Flint when you knowingly poisoned them).
Yesterday, the federal prosecutor in Flint, after many of us had called for months for this action, finally opened up an investigation into the matter. Now we need your arrest, prosecution and conviction.
And who will be cheering on that day when you are fitted with a bright orange jumpsuit? The poor and minority communities of Michigan who’ve endured your dictatorial firing of their mayors and school boards so you could place your business friends in charge of their mostly-black cities. They know you never would have done this to a wealthy white suburb.
I welcome all to look at the appalling facts of this case, which have been reported brilliantly here, here, and especially here by the great Rachel Maddow. Thank you, Rachel, for caring so deeply when the rest of the national television media didn’t.
I’m asking everyone who agrees with me to sign on to this petition and call for your arrest, Governor Snyder. You are not allowed to run amok in my hometown like you have done. The children whom you have poisoned have to endure a life of pain and lower IQs from your actions. You have destroyed a generation of children — and for that, you must pay.
It is time for you to go to prison. Out of mercy, I’ll ask that you have in your cell your own personal Gateway computer.
Michael Moore
Flint native
Michigan resident and voter

For everyone wanting to sign on to this petition calling for the IMMEDIATE resignation of Governor Snyder AND for the FBI to arrest him, please sign the petition here.

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