Having served as Secretary of State under Obama -- and being an obvious water-carrier
for Wall Street mega-banks (Goldman Sachs in particular) -- a Hillary Clinton presidency, one can reasonably say, would be a mere continuation of the Obama administration.
It follows, therefore, that Hillary is desperately counting on Trump to give her the same "left cover" that John McCain gave Obama eight years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhXY2dwbrpE
In light of this self-evident truth, Trump would be well-advised to look for opportunities to deny
Clinton the left cover she so craves by attacking her politically from
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, I would argue, is one such opportunity -- an opportunity that is practically screaming out to be taken advantage of.
If you read the following two articles, you'll know why I say that:
------------------------------------------http://www.globalresearch.ca/democrats-cover-up-role-of-obama-administration-in-flint-water-crisis/5513112Democrats Cover Up Role of Obama Administration in Flint Water Crisis
By James Brewer
March 09, 2016Democratic Party politicians and operatives descended on Flint before Tuesday’s Michigan primary hoping to exploit public anger over the water crisis to boost their electoral chances. The selection of the city as the venue for the March 6 debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was designed to give the appearance that the Democrats were concerned with, and would seriously address, the disaster inflicted on the people of Flint over the last two years.
Both candidates sought to lay blame solely on the Republican governor, Rick Snyder, while concealing the role of state and local Democrats, including the state treasurer, the mayor, the emergency manager and the city council. They also said nothing about federal officials from Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who knowingly concealed the fact that the city was not treating its water supply with anti-corrosive agents and that lead levels in the water had made it toxic.
While making various demagogic statements, neither candidate offers any serious proposal to provide relief to the beleaguered residents. During the debate, LeeAnne Walters from Flint asked both candidates if they would require public water systems to replace lead pipes throughout the US if they were elected. Neither candidate would give a direct answer to the question.
Clinton replied, “We will commit to a priority to change the water systems and we will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere,” referring to all lead sources, including paint and dust.
Walters, a key figure in exposing the consistent cover-up by water quality officials, told the Huffington Post
on Monday, “I hated Clinton’s answer. To tell a Flint resident that we’ll handle this in five years is no different than what the city was telling us and what the state was telling us.”
The Flint mother noted that federal agencies, particularly the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have been downplaying the importance of lead in drinking water for decades, focusing almost exclusively on lead in paint and dust. This attitude toward public water systems was a significant factor in the lead poisoning of Washington, DC from 2001 to 2005 and contributed to the culture within agencies tasked to protect drinking water safety that has been exposed in the Flint events.
]http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-in-flint-let-them-drink-lead/5523824Obama in Flint: Let Them Drink Lead
By Andre Damon
May 06, 2016On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama told the residents of Flint, Michigan that their children, poisoned by water from the contaminated Flint River, and many potentially scarred for life, “will be fine.”
The president’s trip to Flint took place amid an ongoing drinking water crisis in the city, where the water supply was poisoned when it switched its water source to the Flint River in 2014.
After taking a tiny sip of Flint water while delivering a speech at Northwestern High School, the president announced that the water is safe to drink. Obama went on, “I don’t want anybody to start thinking that somehow all the kids in Flint are going to have problems for the rest of their lives, because that’s not true.”
Trivializing the disaster, Obama declared,
“If you are my age, or older, or maybe even a little bit younger, you got some lead in your system when you were growing up. You did. I am sure that somewhere, when I was two years old, I was taking a chip of paint, tasting it, and I got some lead.”
Obama’s statements are reminiscent of the declaration attributed to Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France before the Revolution, upon hearing that the population of Paris could not afford bread: “Let them eat cake.” Obama declared instead: Let them drink lead (or eat lead-based paint)!
The attempt to downplay the significance of what has happened in Flint (paralleled in many other cities throughout the country) by referring to the widespread use of lead paint in an earlier period displays an extraordinary level of ignorance and complacency. Regulations on the use of lead paint were bitterly opposed by the paint industry for decades before the clear evidence of its disastrous health consequences, particularly for young children, eventually led to it being banned in the US in 1978.
According to the World Health Organization, lead-based paint continues to cause 600,000 disabilities each year worldwide. Nearly 150,000 people die every year from lead poisoning, with paint a major contributor. Yet Obama would have Flint residents conclude that everything is “fine” because they have ingested lead through their water instead!
In an effort to further minimize the disaster, Obama added,
If Trump wants to hand Clinton a public relations gift on a silver platter, he'll suggest or imply that this crisis is some how the fault of the victim -- e.g. "Why don't they just move?" [blah blah blah] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTQWYzaLjB4
But if he wants to do the opposite, he'll explain the politically embarrassing extent to which both Democratic Party politicians and certain state-level Republicans (through deceit and malfeasance) made
the working poor of Flint victims of contaminated water in the first place, and why "privatizing" the public water supply -- by turning ownership and control of it over to the very robber barons who own
these politicians -- is a cure that's even worse than the disease. http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=39a38233b6d771ed1ae8180ce95a6215
The real "populist" solution? First and foremost, initiate a class action lawsuit against all of the politicians and bureaucrats responsible for this crime, and make them
(not the taxpayers) pay for whatever damages are awarded by the court.
Second, promote the idea of electing a modern day Tom L. Johnson as mayor of Flint (preferably on a 3rd party ticket): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW8sJS6UPPw
Last but not least, promote the idea of instituting a Bank of Michigan modeled on the Bank of North Dakota, so that the cost of renovating and modernizing crumbling public infrastructure (of which municipal water systems are an obvious part) can be greatly reduced by eliminating interest-gouging
from the equation: https://ellenbrown.com/2016/05/02/bank-of-north-dakota-soars-despite-oil-bust-a-blueprint-for-california/