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Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All


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Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

Sonali Kolhatkar

By now most Americans have heard about the water crisis in Flint, a Michigan city of about 100,000 with a majority black population and high levels of lead in its water. With companies like Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola offering to donate millions of bottles of water to the city’s residents, there is a danger that the story of Flint will be seen as a calamity that turned into a saga of hope through charity.


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The way this article is written does make it sound like this was an act of terrorism, doesn't it? The only difference is that it was by our own governing elites. Are Flints our future? Communities (not the gated community kind) that get the short end of the stick? Who said that river water was good enough for 'those' people?

In the future will the poor and near poor, the working poor, the lower middle class and so forth... Will they be the ones who will most often hear >>> "That's good enough for those people." ? They heard that in Flint.


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So preetttttttie
Map so Prettttttttty


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Thank you for providing these graphics.

I'll bet most of these "red states" also vote majority-Republican and end up with the governors who oppose EPA regulation and applaud the business enterprising skill and commitment of The Frackers.


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Sometimes it seems, that the real reason to frack is to pollute the water. This would then require almost everyone to purchase water from corporations.


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Goddammit! This is what happens when the rich are allowed to buy politicians who then write the tax laws to benefit their wealthy owners. This is what happens when the rich are allowed to keep ALL the money they "earn" no matter how disproportionate to their effort. This is the reason that progressive taxes are needed. If it weren't for the need to save money to avoid raising taxes on the higher income earners, this wouldn't have happened!

Our financial situation is a 2 sided equation! Why don't I hear anyone talking about this?! A progressive tax structure is key to maintaining a collective, collaborative, all-in-it-together mentality, that has been and will continue to be far into the future, necessary to the survival and evolution of the human race. Without being taxed back to our level, yay verily FORCED to participate with US, the wealthy elite can afford to not be a part of any local social structure, and those social structures suffer from lack of funding to provide better quality of life for their citizens.

OK so, even with a progressive tax structure, everyone is not earning the same, so it's not quite taxing back to our level, but that's ok. I understand they'll always have more than others according to this simple math fact: the more you make, ...the more you make. It's just that after about 3 or 5 million a year, we're gonna take 91% of it to help pay for: SSI, and medicare for all, and the biggest scaled down military in the world and environmental and financial regulatory oversight, and infrastructure reclamation, our scientific research and development through all the TLA agencies, hell we could afford to have rangers paid a living fucking wage riding around on beer bikes at national parks serving local brews and kissing our asses.

That's why I'm for Bernie, no matter what any talking head says.