Saturday, January 9, 2016

Why isn't Governor Rick Snyder free on Bail?

He should have already been arrested, charged and finger-printed. If he we're just an ordinary citizen, he would have already been made to post bail by now.

Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Republican Governor Rick Snyder recklessly inflicted all of the children of Flint, Michigan with lead poisoning in the city's water supply.

In a petition to have Snyder arrested, charged and sent to prison, activist Michael Moore writes in an open letter to the governor:

"To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat. Even international terrorist organizations haven't figured out yet how to do something on a magnitude like this. But you did. And for that, you have to go to jail."

Some other highlights from his petition:

"You cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron and made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River, a body of water where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years ... Even GM won't let the auto parts they use in building cars touch the Flint water because that water corrodes them ... By taking away the city's clean drinking water in order to cut costs, and then switching the city's water supply to Flint River water, you have allowed massively unsafe levels of pollutants and lead into the water ... If there is an ounce of justice left in this land, the water you'll be drinking will be served to you from a tap inside Jackson Prison."

Please sign Michael Moore's petition. These lying politicians have to learn that they are not above the law when they put dollars before real people's lives.

UPDATE: MARCH 24, 2016 [Michigan Governor Rick Snyder takes responsibility for poisoned water in Flint, but hires panel to blame government workers below him.]

New York Times: A panel of 5 in a 116-page report faulted local Flint officials and an overly deferential EPA [Obama's agency that Hillary Clinton wouldn't criticize at the Michigan debate], and concluded that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had primary responsibility for the water contamination in Flint, which caused the crisis to happen.

It questioned whether minorities and the poor were treated differently when it comes to environmental matters, and that race and poverty contributed to the often scornful reactions to their complaints.

But the report appears to give Governor Snyder a pass: “Emergency managers, not locally elected officials, made the decision to switch to the Flint River as Flint’s primary water supply source,” the report said. The panel, created by Governor Snyder in October, met to discuss the findings and conducted some 60 interviews.

Mr. Snyder, who has been heavily criticized for the slow response to the crisis, accepted the report at the news conference in Flint. “There are a lot of excellent recommendations here,” Mr. Snyder said, adding that the state was putting some of them in place. He has repeatedly apologized for the mistakes and indifference cited in the report, and argued that he was repeatedly reassured by “career bureaucrats” and “so-called experts” in state government that the water was safe.

Detroit Free Free Press: Two Michigan government officials have already resigned and one was fired earlier in the fallout from the crisis. "Emergency managers made key decisions that contributed to the crisis, from the use of the Flint River to delays in reconnecting to DWSD (the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department) once water quality problems were encountered," it said. "Given the demographics of Flint, the implications for environmental injustice cannot be ignored or dismissed."

In the 116-page report it concluded that Snyder and his office continued to rely on inaccurate information provided by DEQ and DHHS "despite mounting evidence from outside experts and months of citizens' complaints.

[But Republican Michigan Governor Rick Snyder takes full responsibility for poisoned water in Flint, but refuses to resign.]

Lead poisoning in the city of Flint's water supply.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of Cities Have The Same Lead Pipes That Poisoned Flint:

    "It's a problem that's much bigger than Flint: there are millions of lead pipes all across America, putting children at risk of stunted growth, brain damage and a lifetime of diminished potential ... Despite the life-altering consequences of lead poisoning, there is no national plan to get rid of those pipes."