by Mike Simpson
I am shocked. Truly shocked that Governor Snyder has not been questioned by Shuette yet.
Only one State Official from Michigan spoke at the RNC this year. Shuette. Four years ago, Governor Snyder had an oyster and champagne bar for RNC goers and was courting the RNC as a potential Presidential candidate. This time, not so much. We are not off the hook yet. Through his Empire like policies, Snyder is the milder, higher pitched voice version of Donald Trump. Snyder also has two criminal defense lawyers working for him at our expense. Regarding Flint, Dan Farough of Common Core Michigan said, "It is striking that the person who bears ultimate responsibility - GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER - continues to be shielded from scrutiny."
So what did Shuette tell the Republicans gathered in Ohio about Flint, Michigan’s worst EM Law Austerity Camp? Shuette explained that pregnant women and newborns “still should not bathe or drink the water.” He told them that he was in charge, and more investigation was coming from his office. Sounds tough.
It is true that he has ordered the Governor to stop tampering with the investigation, at the Department of Justice’s insistence. It is true that he has accused the Governor of not turning over documents. He has sued three engineering firms. He has charged nine people. He told the RNC that he had it under control. Before Trump spoke to accept the nomination, one might have even begun to feel safe that Shuette would do the right thing.
Then, at the DNC, Flint Mayor, Karen Weaver called out Michigan’s Republicans for using the Emergency Manager Law “to take over control of the city.” That control, by one person, the Emergency Manager, who reported only to Governor Snyder is the problem. Let us not forget the emails in April of 2014, from the Department of Environmental Quality that show DEQ warned the Emergency Managers that the Flint River was not even safe for fish to swim in, let alone for people to drink. Let us not forget that the Emergency Manager went ahead with a contract to retrofit the Flint Water Department, but did not even bother to treat that polluted water.
And so it is not so soothing that… well, I continue to be shocked, further still that Shuette will be arguing in favor of the Emergency Manager Law in the U.S. Court of Appeals. His argument?
Wait for it…..
U.S. Citizens are not guaranteed the right to choose their own local government.
Based on this line of thinking, Austerity Camps like Flint will be popping up everywhere, just like mushrooms on the floor of the Detroit Public Schools, which was also run into the ground by the same law.
It certainly seems to be a conflict of interest that Shuette would make this argument while investigating Flint. It indicates that only the folks low on the totem pole will feel any heat. Read More about the Flint Water Crisis at Go Left America