I hate Rick Snyder. Everyone who's read my journals knows this.
I thought that re-electing Snyder to another four years as Governor of Michigan was a horrible mistake that could only end badly for the people. I'm sure you're all aware of that as well.
But in all of my wildest nightmares, I never would have imagined the tragedy that Snyder's scheming and manipulations would result in for the people of this state. And at this very moment, the living nightmare that the people of the City of Flint are living through at this very moment.
The City of Flint is impoverished, and so Rick Snyder sent one of the Emergency Managers that report directly to him to do away with all democracy in the city and take direct control over everything there, as is allowed him by the brand-new Emergency Manager law he rammed down the throat of Michigan after we voted to repeal the original law. And one of this Emergency Manager's decisions was to cut costs by no longer using the water provided to Flint by the City of Detroit, and instead using untreated water taken directly from the Flint River starting in 2014. This was supposed to be a temporary move until a pipeline leading from Lake Huron to the Flint area was completed.
But from right the start, people noticed problems. Problems caused by the fact that the untreated river water was corrosive, courtesy of all the salt in it from the roadways, and was corroding the lead pipes of the low-income city. And now the City of Flint's water systems boast levels of lead that are two to three times the level considered to be unsafe by the EPA, are loaded with bacteria...and the people have been forced to use this water, drink this water, cook with this water, and more, for well over a year. And the result? Massive cases of leading poisoning, water laced with E. coli, and rapidly worsening sickness across the city.
And what makes it even worse is the fact that Snyder knew about it. Emails and more prove that he knew about it as early as February of 2015. And since then did nothing but try and sweep it under the rug. And when that failed, he fell upon the tried and true tactic of politicians and big business people; try and blame someone else. In this case, the city council that had been rendered powerless by his own Emergency Manager. And even now, with the eyes of the USA and even the United Nations on Flint, what has Snyder done? Has he started a plan to fix this nightmarish mess? Does he have work crews ripping open the streets to get rid of the lead pipes that are still poisoning the water, even after Flint switched back to the water from Detroit? Does he have the national guard or anyone else supplying the people with water?
Of course not!
Snyder's blaming everyone but himself! As late as January 8, 2016, there was no plan for addressing the situation in Flint, no disaster relief of any kind! All there was ground level donations and bottled water being handed out at a church. And even now, after President Obama sent $80 million to Michigan in order to help address this crisis, what as Snyder done? Well...he has
asked the Federal government for Medicare provisions to tend to the children of Flint and those under 21 in regards to the lead poisoning they've suffered, the damage caused by which is completely irreversible, but is there work crews removing the pipes? Is there are a plan in place to address this crisis? Is he actually using this money to help people the way it was intended to?
Don't be ridiculous!
Instead, Snyder has hired two PR firms to get to work on covering his butt and making him look the innocent in this disaster!
Rick Snyder is evil. He's a greedy tyrant who has squandered the hopes of the people, taxed the poor to give to the rich, and has now added the title of mass poisoner to his resume. And I say that he shouldn't just be made to resign as governor; he needs to pay for his crimes in jail. And so I'm including in this journal a link to a website set up Michael Moore, who hails from Flint, to have Rick Snyder arrested for his crimes.michaelmoore.com/ArrestGovSnyd…
Please sign this petition. We need to send a message that we will not tolerate the level of sheer evil being displayed by Rick Snyder, and won't allow him to get with his crimes against the people of Michigan.