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mac



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:47 pm    Post subject: The fruits of austerity Reply with quote

The mantra of those who don't understand government or budgets is austerity. Here is just one example of what happens:

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by JON SCHUPPE, TONY DOKOUPIL and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The National Guard sent dozens of additional members into Flint, Michigan, on Monday to help address the impoverished city's water crisis, as Gov. Rick Snyder came under widening criticism — from residents and presidential candidates — for his handling of a massive exposure to lead.

The 70 new guardsmen more than doubled the number already in Flint to hand out bottled water, filters and testing kits in the city's worst-hit neighborhoods. The first wave of troops arrived over the weekend, while President Obama declared a state of emergency and ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to join the effort.

The contamination is linked to Flint's decision — under the oversight of a city manager appointed by Snyder — to save money by taking tap water from the Flint River. Soon after the April 2014 switch, some of the city's 100,000 residents began complaining about the taste, smell and appearance of the water. Tests later showed the river water lacked proper treatment, causing lead to leach from old pipes. Local children have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood, a condition that can cause permanent brain damage.
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nw30



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot our whittled down military due to the same thing, intentionally.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nw30 wrote:
You forgot our whittled down military due to the same thing, intentionally.

Our enemies haven't forgotten it. Add to that a naive pacifist in the White House and we're heading for BIG trouble if the GOP can't turn both problems around before some country pushes a very big button. China and North Korea may already have an EMP button, and NK feeds Iran weapons capabilities.
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MalibuGuru



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$21 Trillion in debt is austerity?

Mac, Michigan has been run down by overspending liberals for decades.
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mac



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:41 pm    Post subject: he Reply with quote

I'm sorry I didn't find and post this yesterday.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

Martin Luther King jr.

Malibu Bard's simplistic comments about Michigan amply illustrate the fundamental truth of this statement.
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mac



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Governor apologizes--but the myth of austerity persists: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Flint-Water/2016/01/20/id/710111/?ns_mail_uid=95718647&ns_mail_job=1651350_01202016&s=al&dkt_nbr=dl7synrd
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mrgybe



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The EPA has not apologized. The local government failed, the State government failed, the Federal government failed. I know!! Let's blame austerity and have more government!!
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mac



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rarely do we find...

wrong on all particulars.
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MalibuGuru



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The idiots think the governor conspired to make the people drink polluted water. If he did, he should be shot. However, I figure the giant bureaucracy including Democrats just did the easy thing. If anyone along the way new there was lead in the water and didn't disclose the fact, they should be shot regardless of party.

I doubt the governor knew a thing.
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mrgybe



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mac wrote:
Rarely do we find...wrong on all particulars.

Once again......be very cautious about anything he says.

EPA admits fault, blames Michigan officials over Flint
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/19/epa-flint-water/79022506/

How Government—and This Columnist—Failed Flint
http://www.nationaljournal.com/s/352795/how-government-this-columnist-failed-michigan-city
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