RACHEL MADDOW 12/19/2015 Flint toxic water tragedy points directly to Michigan Gov. Snyder
Flint Kids Have So Much Lead in Their Blood That the Mayor Declared a State of Emergency. Thanks GOP.
The beleaguered city’s water problems can be traced back to a controversial move by Michigan governor Rick Snyder.
Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley implemented steep budget cuts, including last year’s decision to save money by changing the city’s water source. In March, Earley nixed a city council vote to “do all things necessary” to switch back to the Detroit system in March, calling the decision “incomprehensible.” He stepped down the next month. The series of events has led to litigation: In November, Flint residents filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the contaminated water caused them to experience myriad health conditions, including skin lesions, hair loss, depression, vision loss, and memory loss.
Governor Rick Snyder has no legal authority under the US Constitution to un-elect elected officials, installing “managers” that don’t know how to manage, and could care less how much financial and physical harm they cause to the men, women and children being managed, rather than governed.
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The lead emergency in Flint Michigan is completely unacceptable. The EPA must take charge of ensuring Flint’s water is safe. Please respond immediately to Mayor Weaver’s declaration, and develop, fund and implement a lead action plan between the state of Michigan and your federal agencies to address the health and social service needs that are imminent and long-lasting.
And please share this post. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder – known on Twitter as @onetoughnerd – is acting under Color of Law rather than by rule of law, and it’s time for the FBI and Department of Justice to very, very belatedly take him down.