While lead continues to leach into and poison Flint’s tap water, the City of Flint plans to shut off the water service to residents who have not paid for their toxic water. On Thursday, Food & Water Watch and concerned residents called on the city and the governor to stop billing residents for undrinkable water.
Tragic as the lead poisoning is... the outcome reads like a Ancient Greek Cautionary Tale.
It couldn't get any more obvious what happens--and what is at stake--when so-called Austerity measures done to save pennies end up costing millions!
Those who have no respect for human life do not belong in any public office.
And the 2nd key to this cautionary tale is what happens when Democratic channels are cut off and a city is treated like a vassal state with an unelected patriarch determining how others shall live... down to what they may eat and drink.
If the U.S. media was not in corporately-controlled hands, this situation could serve as a poster child and fully expose the HORRORS of politicians like Paul Ryan and HIS expanded plans for austerity.
Poison water coming soon to a city near you... and me?
Why haven't federal prosecutors and federal Marshalls walked into the offices of the Flint/Genesee County Municipal Water Department, seized the assets and placed the entire staff under arrest ?
If a restaurant employee gets caught regularly adding a cup of urine to the water when they make a fresh pot of coffee and serves the product to Customers, I imagine they would be fired on the spot, and 30 seconds later would have the handcuffs slapped on them.
Regular Customers who learned what had been going on might be disgusted and have all kinds of reactions, but it's doubtful any would contract any long term physical ailments due to drinking the contaminated coffee.
If it was discovered a wife had been feeding her husband meals in which small amounts of arsenic had been concealed, the handcuffs would be slapped on her.
If someone were caught adding weaponized anthrax to air conditioning ducts in an office building, there's a good chance police would shoot them down before the cuffs could be slapped on them.
If I start remodeling my house and find out the exterior has one or more layers of lead paint, I'm required to hire a specialist to perform abatement procedures before I can finish the job.
In Flint we have government employees using the municipal water supply to deliver a known toxic substance to the Public. It's not as if there is any doubt about whether lead exposure is dangerous. That's an established fact.
Is there any reason why an injunction to cease and desist order should not be ordered immediately to force officials and workers from continuing to distribute this toxic substance ? I think not. If I still lived in Flint I'd fill a bottle with some tap water, print out a few articles discussing the threats to the Public health, and copies of a few bills from the water department and make my way down to the Federal District Court. I'd find a seat in a courtroom and at the first recess or pause between cases being called, I'd interrupt the Judge and present him with a "matter of life and death" that required his immediate attention for the following 5 minutes.
After dealing with the cease and desist issue, I'd request relief for the Residents in the form of refunds to be issued to every Customer dating back to the date when elevated levels of lead was first detected.