People of Flint Getting Screwed Again - Hillary and Chelsea MIA
Yes, the politically poisoned environment in Michigan is ensuring the poisoned water of Flint will continue to flow through corrupted pipes, while corrupt politicians are doing their best to shut out the participation of the people of Flint in remedying the situation. Talk about your lack of transparency.
Residents of Flint, Michigan who traveled to Chicago were barred from attending a private meeting Tuesday between Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials, who advocates say are rushing to declare the city's water supply safe.
Inside the summit, officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), as well as Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards, who is credited with exposing the lead contamination crisis, met with Snyder to discuss current sample data, ignoring testimony from residents.
"My eyes are still burning. I can't breathe when I get out of the shower...we're still melting here," Flint resident Tony Palladeno said in a recording aired on The Young Turks (TYT). Many residents have reported similar symptoms, particularly in regards to the city's shower water, which TYT host Cenk Uygur notes was not tested.
Hell, the people of Flint can't event sue the state or the crooked officials who poisoned them. By court order they are barred from suing anyone who wronged them under under the "Safe Drinking Water Act because Congress never intended that private damage claims could be made under those regulations."
And where are Flint's champions, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton now? Hillary at the convention took credit for putting the Flint water crisis on the map. Chelsea shamelessly promised in September, during the general election campaign, that her mother would continue to support Flint throughout this man-made, politically engineered crisis.
FLINT, MI - Chelsea Clinton spent Friday afternoon reassuring community members and Flint officials that her mother, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, will continue to support Flint through its ongoing water crisis.
Chelsea Clinton, along with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., addressed community members and media Friday, Sept. 23, during a visit to the Greater Holy Temple Church on Dort Highway in Flint.
"This is about our children, our families, our future and our values," Chelsea Clinton said. "My mother is ... personally committed to help Flint as long as Flint needs our help ... Flint knows what Flint families and Flint's children need. So, the rest of us need to listen and continue to respond and partner with Flint."
What exactly have the Clintons done to show that support or help the people of Flint? Have they made major speeches to keep this matter on the front pages of our newspapers and gone on Cable News shows to demand support for Flint? Have they shown up in Flint since Chelsea's September stop? Well, Bill Clinton made an unannounced campaign stop there on November 6, 2016 just before the election. Hillary's last stop in Flint was on March 6, 2016 for her debate on CNN with Bernie Sanders.
So far as I can tell, the last public mention of Flint's water crisis by Hillary Clinton occurred at the Democratic National Convention. Though she did use the water crisis in Flint, and the families victimized buy it, in to push a essentially showpiece initiative to obtain the Flint Mayor's endorsement.
In essence, Hillary got one of the top donors to her candidacy to come up with the money necessary to pay Mayor Weaver for her timely endorsement. [...]}
It should be noted that this Pritzker foundation's $500,000 grant was not contributed directly to the City of Flint but to an organization controlled by Mayor Weaver and Chelsea Clinton:
According to Weaver, the Flint WaterWorks initiative was developed in partnership with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose team helped the mayor establish the public-private partnership program.
The initiative is being started with a $500,000 contribution from J.B. and M.K. Pritzker to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
"For my mother and for me, this is not political," Chelsea Clinton said at a news conference. "It is deeply personal and I think it should be personal to every American. ... (We want) to see the children of Flint as our children and to see the youth in Flint, as the mayor says, as being a promising youth for Flint and really our country."
Unfortunately, not much has happened since for the people of Flint to improve the situation.
I should qualify “nothing.” In the past year, Flint has been the focus of national attention, as every major news outlet came to the city to cover the human-made environmental catastrophe. Celebrities from Cher to Russell Simmons dropped in or made goodwill donations of plastic bottles. Hillary Clinton visited. Bernie Sanders visited. It took a while, but even Donald Trump made the pilgrimage to Flint to talk about our water crisis. We hosted a prickly debate between the two Democratic contenders, and later, Obama followed up with a visit of his own.
The Michigan National Guard briefly made rounds of the city, dropping off tiny plastic bottles of water and filters, but that didn't last for long. After a few weeks, the Guard and its escorts were replaced by nine “point of distribution sites” where Flint residents made ritual trips to stock up on cases of 16.9-ounce bottles of water. This last Thanksgiving, one grim local joke involved residents taking pictures of the dozens of such bottles it took to cook a turkey. [...]
What hasn't happened is a large-scale project to replace the corroded pipes.
According to the most recent estimates, 30,000 of Flint's corroded pipes need to be fixed. To date, only 600 have been replaced. After a year in the media spotlight, our pipes have been replaced at a rate of fewer than two per day. One can understand, perhaps, why many of us doubt that the remaining 29,400 will ever be replaced, and why we would swap bleak jokes with the construction workers tasked with replacing our more or less okay natural gas lines.
But I guess when politicians lose they forget the deeply felt commitments they once made so blithely. Cher, on the other hand is going to do a Lifetime movie about it. I'm sure that will do a hell of a lot to help the people of Flint. More than Hillary and Chelsea's silence on a subject that us clearly too personal for them to publicly comment upon, at least.