The phrase, “They make the profit and we suffer” seems to play out in a lot of different situations in the United States. In a country there’s a consensus on water being a basic human right, that notion was not the case for the people of Flint, Michigan.
Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan made the decision to save a million dollars by switching the people of Flint’s water from Detroit’s source, Lake Huron, to Flint’s contaminated river containing industrial runoff and sewage.
The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of the heavy metal. Between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and may experience a range of serious health problems.
Politicians are always so quick to choose the path that saves the most money, and dare I say it, pocket the leftover dough, and divvy it up with their special interest friends.Snyder put special interests over the interests of the people that elected him, and his punishment? No accountability. America places no accountability on the powerful appointees that fail to play by the rules, while the people who reap the harshest consequences of these unfair deals are the people of community.
Thousands of bottled water cases are now thoughtfully being donated to Flint, and there has been a halt placed on water utility bills. In America, clean drinkable water is proving to be more of a privilege than a right. Not even plastic water bottles can be trusted because of the serious health risks associated with plastic containers. Do low-income neighborhoods not house American citizens that hold the right to be protected by the Constitution? Why are they denied the right to choose the outcome of their health?