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Snyder's Advisers Knew Flint Water Was Toxic


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Yet even with all the evidence of Snyder and his advisors' criminal malfeasance, no charges have been made and all remain in their office chairs collecting their salaries and honoraria. Justice? Not on their watch.


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Media coverage of this story has been counter-productive overall, with liberal media sometimes going to the insane degree of regarding this as a plot to poison black people. People rightly ask why white victims of the Flint water contamination crisis, shown early on, were completely disappeared from the media discussion.

This issue actually has nothing to do with race, everything to do with taxes and budget priorities. Consider that the great majority of US poor are white, living in poor neighbors or towns throughout the country, living with the very conditions that were brought to the public's attention via Flint. There has been no money to replace the old water pipes for many years, and people are paying the price for years of skewed budget priorities. Flint is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Even though the US has been through the longest, most expensive war in the nation's history, the demand for tax cuts by the middle class and rich are as relentless as ever.

If we were to sum up US economic policies since the 1980s, it has been a time of massive upward wealth redistribution while utterly ignoring the consequences. The US has been crumbling for years, and we simply don't have the money to save it.


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Correct. The Flint case is not about Race. Snyder & his aides KNOWINGLY violated the law. In addition, they behaved in a manner that
sets them apart from the rest of the Community of Citizens -- Morally, Ethically and as stated, LEGALLY.

It is a known fact that a FEDERAL COURT determined THE GOVT./LBJ MURDERED MLK in a 'conspiratorial manner' -- THE SAME MANNER
in which BUSH SR. & LBJ MURDERED JFK & RFK.. ALL 3 DEAD MEN SOUGHT TO UNITE AMERICA REGARDLESS OF RACE &
END THE VIET NAM WAR IN DOING SO. THUS, THEY HAD TO DIE & DID !

A DEMOCRACY & REPUBLIC ARE ABOUT PEACE, ECONOMIC DEVELOP & SOCIAL JUSTICE. WHEN THEY DIE, AS IN THE CASE OF ROME,
THE EMPERORS TAKE OVER AS THEY HAVE IN THE U.S. & DEMOCRACY & THE REPUBLIC DIE LEAVING ALL THE PEOPLE TO SUFFER.


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THEN, they and SNYDER must ALL GOT TO JAIL for CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.
They knowingly violated the LAW. They did so TOGETHER. Thus, their ACT was NOT just a violation of LAW .
It was a PURPOSEFUL CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE LAW -- TOGETHER... BIG JAIL TIME FOR ALL.

The people who knowingly violated the Law are UNFIT TO LIVE WITH OTHER 1/2 WAY MORAL HUMAN BEINGS.
WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, YELLOW OR RED.


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How much longer before the NAACP (mega gratitude to you) arrives in Flint for its disruptive civil disobedience? NOT soon enough, I fear!

I fervently urge them to call for Snyder's immediate FIRING - as only a first step! Then insist he be arrested and tried for his blatant crimes/disregard for the very lives he was elected - supposedly to protect.


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Agree with everything except for the last part---the money is there-and it can be done if people really want it to be done------funny there is this guy running for president right now who wants to invest one trillion into infrastructure.

Democracy Now did a great story on Nestle bottled water just north of Flint---Nestle takes this water at no cost??????While low income people pay large water bills??I am still waiting for Rachel Maddow to report this. Chris Hayes stopped reporting about the drought in Calif when it came to light that big agriculture takes 85% of the water and pays next to nothing for it.

And the Gov of Michigan shouldn't go to jail for the manslaughter of people in Flint--he should go to prison for this take over of city governments!


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I BEG your pardon?! "NOTHING to do with race"? Do you seriously believe the governor and his minions would have swapped the water source - without instituting any proactive measures - if Flint was populated with 80% white people?

When these guys were checking for ways to cut expenses, I seriously doubt they looked at accomplishing these cuts in predominantly white neighborhoods - or ANYWHERE that might cause serious harm to majority-white people/businesses/social outlets.

In fact, the minute Snyder, et al realized a car manufacturing plant was having real problems, they jumped right in to begin correcting them. REAL, LIVE human beings – not so much. They are STILL waiting for something, ANYTHING to be done to fix their water problems! But you KNOW – ‘“These people” need to realize the critical importance of that plant to the overall well-being of/to the State of Michigan as a whole”’. Understood?

While I DO agree this issue is not solely about race, RACE was almost certainly a predominant factor in the decision-making process! Red or yellow, black or white - these were crimes against ALL of humanity!

Of COURSE white people live in poverty! Not sure what your point was in saying this with regard to Flint, specifically. Regardless - the FACT remains that most Flint residents are Persons of Color - especially African-Americans! And Snyder, et al ABSOLUTELY knew this while considering how/where to cut the budget. I would argue that it was one of THE most important considerations that led to the decision to swap Flint's water source!


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There's what he knew he knew, what he knew he didn't know, and what he didn't know he knew. Now we know he knew all he needed to know to avert this disaster, and we know what we need to do to fix it and fix him. What's taking so long?


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Flint is a good representation of what to expect if and when the GOP ever take completely over our government......We can expect large scale pollution of air water and land....also chemicals from the corporations will be in everything we eat. if not already....These vile republicans are the evil of the world....Their ignorance is downright scary....It is hard to believe that people can be so ignorant or just ignore facts in a race to destroy everything for profit and poison us all is beyond me..There are no good republicans anymore they are all owned by the likes of the Kochs and Adelsons...


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Go to jail Motherf#$ker! And I don't mean some cushy "Club Fed". Let's see how long he lasts out "on the yard" with the Brothers whose families he's poisoned.


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Resign? Governor Snyder and his minions should be arrested for willfully harming innocent people.


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DHFabian asserts:
"Consider that the great majority of US poor are white"

Bullshit. You've made this claim before, weaving this false assertion into your repeated racist commentary on this site, simply stating it as if it's true and everyone knows it. It's not true.

Roughly half of people in poverty in the USA are white, despite white people comprising over 60% of USans. This is due to poverty rates being more than double in black and latino populations: 10% of whites, 26% of blacks, and 24% of latinos live in poverty in the USA.

Also, this standard measure of poverty is based on income, while white families also hold far more wealth than black and latino families in the USA.

But you will repeat your false meme, because you are motivated to do so by your racism.