PASADENA, California, January 19, 2016 – Residents of Flint, Michigan recently learned that the water they have been drinking over the past year or so contained unhealthy levels of lead and is likely responsible for many serious illnesses that have been plaguing the community.
The finger pointing began almost immediately, and the brunt of criticism has been focused on the man who is ultimately responsible for running the state of Michigan, Republican Governor Rick Snyder. He is without a doubt the easiest target, but while the buck technically stops with the top executive of a state, it is short sighted to think that the governor was micro-managing details of the water supply in Flint.
To his credit, Snyder has taken full responsibility for the incident and has even admitted that this amounts to his career’s “Hurricane Katrina”.
While many find Snyder’s position noble, he is doing himself a major disservice by falling on his sword over an issue that has many guilty parties, most notably Michigan Democrats and President Obama’s out of control EPA.
The city of Flint has been run by Democrats for a long, long time. Dating back to 1975, 9 out of the last 10 mayors of Flint have been Democrats and that one exception was an Independent. Kevin D. Williamson penned a great piece for National Review that outlines the devastating effects liberal policies have had on the city which ultimately resulted in a financial crisis that forced the city to make difficult and drastic budget cuts.
One of those cuts was to shift the source of Flint’s water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. Detroit, which has been having its own problems that stem from liberal incompetence, was charging Flint too much money for access to their water. Flint’s response, under the control of an emergency financial manager appointed by Governor Snyder, was to ditch Detroit and start using the Flint River as a water source which was clearly a huge mistake.
That brings us to President Obama’s EPA which has solidified itself as the most corrupt and overbearing agency in the entire administration. It has been well documented that the EPA has no regard for the American people or the rule of law and that is supported by their misuse of taxpayer money, extortion practices, and perjury.
Unfortunately, the EPA is also very much involved in this mess in Michigan.
The EPA was looking into and discovered that the water supply in Flint was toxic and rather than tell the people, they kept it to themselves for up to a year. Instead of telling the people, EPA official Susan Hedman bickered with local officials about what should be done while Flint residents contracted awful diseases like Legionnaires without being warned about how they were contracting it.
Of course Gov. Snyder shares responsibility for this terrible tragedy but it is extremely disingenuous for this conversation to not include the way Democrats have bankrupted Flint and Detroit as well as the fact that the EPA hid this from the American people for months and months.
Liberal ideologues like Michael Moore have been clamoring for Gov. Snyder to resign but as National Journal’s Ron Fournier pointed out, it is hypocritical to pretend that the federal and state government as a whole didn’t play a huge role in hurting the people of Flint.
There is plenty of blame to go around but just because Gov. Snyder is taking full responsibility that doesn’t necessarily mean that is the case. Flint, Michigan has been let down by decades of liberal cronyism, EPA incompetence, and yes the failure of their governor to effectively delegate.