Thursday, January 28, 2016

The More Things Change

From Album 6
Even as they were assuring Flint residents the water was safe -- totally safe! -- the State government was whistling a different tune when it came to local employees...


  1. Holy crap! And we thought that Herr Jindal was a huge turd. Well, it looks like Snyder went and did an even bigger 'crap on the residents of the state he is governor of'. No, this doesn't mean lil' Booby is off the hook by any means. It just shows that as bad as Jindal was/is, there are those out there who are even worse. Just proves my old saying, no matter how bad things are, they can always get worse. America, where are you now? Don't you know we need your help to fight the monster?
    As the old Pogo comic once said; "We have met the enemy and he is us".
    Take care Michael.

  2. Total cynicism -- and watching the "hey, don't blame me, I was just governor" attitude is even worse. Snyder ushered in the era of imposed city managers, or whatever they called them, an un-elected official appointed by the governor to impose "fiscal discipline/austerity" on cities like Flint (and another one near Grand Rapids, I think...and maybe more) for allegedly profligate spending...of course, the real issue were communities slammed and hollowed out by globalization doing whatever they could to offset being essentially thrown the establishment, be they Democratic or Republican. Ah, "free" trade.

    That said, I'd be at least somewhat in favor of "free" trade, if it was fair...but it's not. It's just another way to divide and conquer-- even fewer crumbs to struggle over, while the plutocrats get richer and richer. And I'm sure they'll try to set the poor off against each other when the REAL crisis of rising sea levels finally hits.

    Again, though, for some reason I remain cautiously optimistic...though the Flint crisis confirms my utter lack of trust for Repugs...Democrats I don't trust either, but occasionally you can shame them.

    Have a good weekend. Over here I'm dodging the Mardi Gras parade(s). And the weekend looks to be nice, weatherwise.