Republicans beholden to Libertarians like the Koch Brothers purposely underfund government so they can turn around and use its "failures" to incite support for their anti-regulatory (and anti-govt.) causes.
This is a textbook example:
“The Flint water crisis is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice,” the independent Flint Water Advisory Task Force reported last month in a scathing indictment of the handling of the situation. Last week, two state workers and a Flint city employee were charged with criminal wrongdoing in the case, and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told reporters, “There will be more to come — that I can guarantee you.”
"Elevated levels of lead have been found in thousands of water systems
across the country, including in North Carolina, Rhode Island,
Mississippi, South Carolina, and even our nation’s capital. "
Does this explain the USAian propensity for violence?