This sound like what happened to people in New Orleans when the giant hurricane, Katrina , changed the word for so many who had no way to leave town. I heard a news anchor ask why did they stay? Geez, it was before payday!
Somehow, with industry, the powers just don’t comprehend that people need water without poisons, or food without contamination. But then , sometimes the medicines are just as contaminated. So many lives ruined in Flint–and Governor Snyder knew, he knew of the problem----- and Flint still isn’t fixed. : (
Rick Snyder should be fined so much that he becomes a homeless pauper!
Let me know when to rise up, please.
I clearly recall watching (then-president) Barack Obama capitulate—like other neo-liberal presidents before him and likely after him—to big money politics in the very worst way, with the Flint, Michigan drinking-water atrocity.
I call it an atrocity due to safe drinking water being the second greatest necessity of life (the first, of course, being clean air).
As a then admirer of the president, I muttered ‘Please say it isn’t so’ as he drank (at least what supposedly was) a glass of the Flint water; this signified that the health-hazardously lead-laden water is actually safe to drink, which he must have known is not.
Since then I saw U.S. presidents, along with Canadian prime ministers, mostly as large corporate and power interest puppets.
The American political system essentially involves two established conservative and (neo)liberal parties more or less alternating in governance while habitually kowtowing to the interests of the very wealthy but especially big business’s crippling threats (whether implied or explicit) of a loss of jobs, capital investment and/or economic stability, etcetera.
This of course fails to mention, amongst other things, the corporate-welfare-cheque subsidies doled out annually to already very profitable corporations and the forgiveness of huge loan debts owed to taxpayers.
(Not helping matters is that almost all of our information is still produced and/or shared with us by concentrated corporate-owned media.)
This corporate-political reality may be why so many low-income citizens have felt futility in voting at all, let alone waiting in a long line-up in the weather to do so.
YES, as harsh as that sounds, but YES! Those children’s brains, ruined by lead—in order to profit, so called leaders, actually destroyed children’s brains and limited their ives forever. : (