The mainstream media doesn't know a crisis until it says it's a crisis. The Flint Water Crisis started a year ago.
I hope to write more about this later. For now, let me just say that I find it very disturbing to find that the government agencies we trust to protect us have failed... again. This time, there is no question about it. The failure came from willful acts of deception and continued reports of "Everything is fine. It's under control. Move on. Nothing to look at here."
There are many instances of speculation that law enforcement agencies have done this in the past. Conspiracy theorists have a field day with these. This time, we have a real "smoking gun". Although this isn't a "police department" or other "first responder" agency, it is nonetheless a public safety agency chartered to protect the public. I'm talking about the Michigan DEQ and US EPA among others.
The EPA probably gets off lightly as they tried to address problems. Still! You gotta wonder why They couldn't shoot up a flare earlier and assert their concerns with more authority.
This is where the "smoking gun" becomes apparent as the Michigan DEQ beat down the U.S. EPA in a deliberate attempt to stonewall the agency's claim that there were danger signs present in Flint's drinking water supply.
The Michigan DEQ doesn't wear a policeman's uniform, badge and side-arm. They are still responsible for protecting the public! It's one thing to make an honest mistake. It's another to deliberately fail to correct it and let it fester until people become seriously ill and permanently injured.
Sorry to see this become a three-ring circus in the national news media. It should never have been allowed to get this far; not because of the news media but because people got seriously injured.
Americans want to trust our government. Most of the time, we can. Sometimes, we can't trust our government.
The vast majority of your government's workers in the public health sector care deeply about public health. I'm shocked and saddened that anyone in our public safety system would fail so badly in their judgement.
I can think of only this line of advice:
Use your common sense. If your city changes its water supply and the water quality isn't good, get a filter! Buy bottled water. Report the problem and don't discard your own judgement because the government says there isn't a problem.
There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)
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