Flint water crisis shows how the left operates

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Flint water crisis shows how the left operates

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By John Ruberry

The Flint cri­sis – dan­ger­ous lev­els of lead have been found in its drink­ing water – is a trav­esty, but one that the left is using to advance its agenda.

Back­ground: Two years ago after telling the the Detroit Water and Sew­er­age Depart­ment in a cost-​cutting move that it would stop buy­ing its Lake Huron water by 2017 when a new Huron pipeline project would be com­pleted, Detroit ended its agree­ment with Flint, which com­pelled the impov­er­ished city to turn to the Flint River for its water. But some­how Flint author­i­ties made a colos­sal and pos­si­bly deadly mis­take by not adding an anti-​corrosive that costs $150-​a-​day into the water sup­ply. That toxic error allowed lead from old pipes to get into the drink­ing water and yes, into the bod­ies of Flint res­i­dents. Had that addi­tive been used, the expert who uncov­ered the Flint deba­cle says the lead cri­sis never would have occurred.

Rather than uncov­er­ing what went wrong and find­ing out who was respon­si­ble, the left is look­ing beyond the Flint water cri­sis to inten­sify a long-​running polit­i­cal bat­tle. Busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments from all over the nation are ship­ping bot­tled water to Flint. Lib­eral bomb-​thrower Michael Moore isn’t inter­ested. The self-​described Flint native – he actu­ally grew up in a wealthy neigh­bor­ing sub­urb–lists his demands for Flint which include the arrest and removal from office of Rick Sny­der, Michigan’s Repub­li­can governor.

Flint and Detroit Pub­lic Schools are under con­trol of an emer­gency man­ager because of long­time cor­rup­tion and malfea­sance per­pet­u­ated by its so-​called pub­lic ser­vants. Until recently so was the city of Detroit. Not coin­ci­den­tally these gov­ern­ment enti­ties are cash honey holes for Demo­c­ra­tic bureau­crats, which is why the left hates the emer­gency man­ager law. Sny­der appoints Michigan’s emer­gency man­agers. Get it?

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If you don’t, then read last week’s Wash­ing­ton Post col­umn by left­ist Dana Mil­bank. He blames the entire Flint trav­esty on Sny­der and he of course sub-​divides his finger-​pointing on the emer­gency man­ager law.

Was Sny­der – who should not be entirely blame­less – the one who made the deci­sion not to spend $150 on anti-​corrosives? He almost cer­tainly was not. Do Moore and Mil­bank care who it was? No, they would rather attack a Repub­li­can and push their idealogy.

A Stu­dents for a Demo­c­ra­tic Soci­ety rad­i­cal once mused, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

Some things never change.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Lake Huron
Lake Huron

By John Ruberry

The Flint crisis–dangerous levels of lead have been found in its drinking water–is a travesty, but one that the left is using to advance its agenda.

Background: Two years ago after telling the the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in a cost-cutting move that it would stop buying its Lake Huron water by 2017 when a new Huron pipeline project would be completed, Detroit ended its agreement with Flint, which compelled the impoverished city to turn to the Flint River for its water. But somehow Flint authorities made a colossal and possibly deadly mistake by not adding an anti-corrosive that costs $150-a-day into the water supply. That toxic error allowed lead from old pipes to get into the drinking water and yes, into the bodies of Flint residents. Had that additive been used, the expert who uncovered the Flint debacle says the lead crisis never would have occurred.

Rather than uncovering what went wrong and finding out who was responsible, the left is looking beyond the Flint water crisis to intensify a long-running political battle. Businesses and governments from all over the nation are shipping bottled water to Flint. Liberal bomb-thrower Michael Moore isn’t interested. The self-described Flint native–he actually grew up in a wealthy neighboring suburb–lists his demands for Flint which include the arrest and removal from office of Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Republican governor.

Flint and Detroit Public Schools are under control of an emergency manager because of longtime corruption and malfeasance perpetuated by its so-called public servants. Until recently so was the city of Detroit. Not coincidentally these government entities are cash honey holes for Democratic bureaucrats, which is why the left hates the emergency manager law. Snyder appoints Michigan’s emergency managers. Get it?

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

If you don’t, then read last week’s Washington Post column by leftist Dana Milbank. He blames the entire Flint travesty on Snyder and he of course sub-divides his finger-pointing on the emergency manager law.

Was Snyder–who should not be entirely blameless–the one who made the decision not to spend $150 on anti-corrosives? He almost certainly was not. Do Moore and Milbank care who it was? No, they would rather attack a Republican and push their idealogy.

A Students for a Democratic Society radical once mused, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

Some things never change.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.