Leaked Emails: Gov Officials Mocked Flint Residents Who Complained About Water

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It’s been nearly two years since the residents of Flint, Michigan were first exposed to highly polluted tap water. The financially insecure city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which saved the city millions of dollars. However, residents of Flint immediately started complaining about the color and foul taste of the water, but those complaints fell on deaf ears and assurances that the water was safe.

In reality the water was loaded with high levels of lead, likely caused by corrosion of old lead pipes. Once the truth was impossible to ignore, Governor Rick Snyder was quick to apologize and asked FEMA to distribute clean water to Flint. In an effort to provide transparency, the governor released 295 pages of emails related to the crisis, (some of them redacted) which don’t paint a pretty for the state government.

The emails reveal that government officials were completely dismissive of the countless complaints that were made against the tap water. Members of Snyder’s administration mocked residents who complained, saying that they were merely whining about the “aesthetics” of the water and played off their concerns as “initial hiccups.” The governor’s chief of staff said in one email “I can’t figure out why the state is responsible except that [State Treasurer] Dillon did make the ultimate decision so we’re not able to avoid the subject.”

Moreover, the emails also reveal that state officials thought these complaints were politically motivated, and came from an “anti-everything” group which was using their children as a “political football.” Most damning of all, was an email from an EPA official who claimed “the state was testing the water in a way that could profoundly understate the lead levels.” In other words, state officials were well aware of the dangers, completely dismissive of residents who complained about those dangers, and they tried to cover it all up.

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  • JeanniB

    OMG!!!!

  • Reverend Draco

    Gee, what a surprise!

    /sarc

  • august

    “It’s Worse Than People Know”

  • Mike

    when are people going to learn that governments don’t give one rats arse about anyone that is not filling their pockets are helping them reach their agenda.

    • august

      When shit hits them in the face, then it is to late!

    • Smarty

      They don’t give a rat’s ASS either….

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  • cmb

    Until blood is shed nothing is going to change

  • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com BillyJoeBobCarsOnBlocks

    What would George Washington do?

    • http://www.houseofpaine.org/ Lewie Paine

      ‘What would George Washington do?’
      He would gather an army and make sure everyone paid their taxes.

      • John C Carleton

        Kind of like, what would the feds do if veterans of a foreign war, demanded the cash bonus promised them?

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      You may be amused by the plight of the people of Flint, but I can tell you that the city was absolutely decimated by the treacherous “free trade” deals that the feds claimed would benefit American workers. Flint was composed primarily of GM and Ford auto workers as well as workers from the associated component manufacturers sprinkled throughout the greater Detroit and surrounding areas. What once was a vibrant and industrious city, died a slow and anguishing death. It wasn’t pretty-or amusing.

      • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com BillyJoeBobCarsOnBlocks

        I used to study the maps of Michigan when they came out, and Flint always was losing lots of people. Politicians were, and are, IMF sellouts to America.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      It is depopulating far faster than it is disintegrating.

      • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com BillyJoeBobCarsOnBlocks

        God I wish I could iggy you, and NEVER read your horsedroppings ever again for all eternity……..such arrogant vomit / puke / fecal matter / blaaaaahhh

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          If you had the common sense that God gave vegetable oil, you’d recognize the learning opportunity that exists in learning that all the things you know are wrong.

  • Unapologetically White

    I thought I was reading “news”, but found it was the same old crap about corrupt bureaucrats and quisling politicians. There’s not enough rope or lamp posts to take care of the problem.

    • Guillotine_ready

      But we also have guns, knives and other creative devices that will do the job. And it needs doing, the whole world is with us on that one.

    • twinkiedooter

      How about Madame Guilletine? She never runs out of rope or lamp posts but just keeps chopping away at the problem at hand.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    I’m a lifelong resident of Michigan, so I feel I can speak with some authority about this situation. The state-specifically Governor Snyder’s administration-has completely ignored the plight of the people of Flint. Until it became a political brush fire through media coverage. While the residents of Flint were being poisoned daily, the governor’s henchmen concerned themselves with the important business of concocting excuses for why the state shouldn’t be responsible for fulfilling one of it’s most fundamental duties-the protection of it’s citizens. If the residents of Michigan can’t count on Snyder to protect them from their drinking water, they damn sure won’t be able to count on him intervening on their behalf if/when the feds start their gun confiscation program. I consider him to be just another NWO, establishment hack.

    • sunshine

      I guess I just wonder where all the blame is for the city, and those officials that bankrupted the place, did the switch, allowed the pipes to corrode, etc. Snyder didn’t do any of that, but now he’s responsible? I’m not from Michigan, I don’t know the guy from a hole in the ground, I’m not on any “side” politically, but it’s pretty ridiculous for this guy to be blamed over this.

      • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

        For whatever reason, the governor’s office strong armed the Flint officials into making the switch.

        • paulgilpin

          your comment should be front and center. not buried down here. when i have a problem with tap water i would call city hall. not the gov’r’s mansion. somehow/way flint city hall needs to be brought into this.
          that is, of course, unless they are democrats and just a culpable.

          • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

            Of course, this whole story is evolving. Who knows how long it will take until the entire timeline of events and characters is unraveled? But I agree-if the Flint officials were uncertain about the wisdom of making the switch, they could have sued the state to buy time to sort it out, if nothing else.

        • sunshine

          Oh I see. I didn’t know that, I have been following this very little because it seems like another case of “blame whitey” mixed with racial BS. Thanks for setting me straight :)

          • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

            It’s a little murky, but my problem with this is how long the governor knew about it-without doing anything. He finally took action when media exposure blew up and it became apparent the game of connect-the-dots was leading the blame train back to his office. It’s been two years.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          And who made the people refrain from buying water filters and distillers?

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Can you tell me where the protection of the citizens of Michigan appears in the constitution of the state of Michigan?

      • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

        Nowhere in the Michigan State Constitution does it identify the protection of citizens. But I will say this-as long as they are collecting taxes-at both the state and local level-for the provision of water delivery services into citizens homes, they are responsible for ensuring that water is clean. This is a problem caused by government malfeasance and they should make it right. That, to me, is a de facto example of government assuming the responsibility of protecting it’s citizens.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          Please cite the law that makes them “responsible for ensuring that water is clean.” You will be citing a solo case where a municipal government does not have sovereign immunity.

  • StevetheHun

    Best article yet explaining what was going on with Flint’s water.

    The question still need answering, tho… why is this national news, other than some Democrats are trying to make a partisan issue of it?

    • sunshine

      If the gov was a Democrat, you wouldn’t hear a WORD about any of this. I think both parties suck but this is just ridiculous!

  • curenado

    Yet again the same people who vote for more govt dependency and 3rd world standards are amazed and complaining about their utopia…..doing the same thing but expecting different results.

  • cmb

    .” Most damning of all, was an email from an EPA official who claimed “the state was testing the water in a way that could profoundly understate the lead levels.” In other words, state officials were well aware of the dangers, completely dismissive of residents who complained about those dangers, and they tried to cover it all up.

  • doucyet

    Our current government at every level from executive to judicial to local, county, state and fed………is one big cover-up. Corruption, manipulation and lies are the norm.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    Probably less than the pocketing of money by everyone who could.

  • Dina

    I’m appalled, sadden and angry to See this happen.

  • SP_88

    Typical government corruption, inefficiency and lack of any leadership or organization. This is how government feels about it’s constituents on any given day about any given subject. I bet that none of these politicians got their water from the same place as the people. They probably have big fancy homes far out of town with well water.
    Politicians are rarely ever victims of their own policy. It’s always someone else’s problem.

  • Undecider

    Maybe adding fluoride might help.

    • twinkiedooter

      More like LSD. That would really hit the spot!!!! But only add that to the Governor’s tasty glass of Flint’s finest sparkling water!!!

  • Undecider

    People are learning the hard way why the Founding Fathers didn’t trust government. There’s a reason the Constitution and Bill of Rights was written the way it was.

  • twinkiedooter

    Just to save $5M so they could give to their friends!!! WTF? It will cost the govt a hell of a lot MORE than $5M to fix this problem…..more like $5Billion dollars the way it stands now. And they make jokes about this poisoned water. Can they all be terminated and real people put in their place?

  • twinkiedooter

    Good post there guy. I wish someone would offer a glass of Flint’s finest to gov Snyder and FORCE the bastard to drink it ALL. He would happily say no thank you he’s not thirsty.

  • twinkiedooter

    I’m beginning to think that the entire state of Michigan is being deliberately depopulated on purpose….so that the entire state can be given away to the muslim invaders as there will not be any Americans left there to fight for their homes or state.

  • Guillotine_ready

    Anyone wearing a badge in Michigan that does not arrest these corrupt psychopaths just lost all credibility and will never earn it back.

    • Lynn

      Maybe they’ll arrest those responsible as soon as they arrest Hillary for jeopardizing and allowing classified information to be shared with our enemies. Think that will happen? I doubt it. Every City in this Country that’s run by Liberals (Democrats) is a shit hole. Flint is no different!

  • twinkiedooter

    Thanks for the heads up…..I knew there was somebody in the woodpile making shitting smells!!!!!

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    The collapse of Flint coincided with the collapse of the auto industry, which provided the overwhelming majority of high pay, blue collar jobs. Race had nothing to do with it.

  • sunshine ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    Why couldn’t the city government of Flint govern themselves without need for all of the appointed managers? I think we both know the answer to that.