Monday, March 21, 2016

The Republi-CON States' Rights Hypocrisy & Myth, Flint Edition

I've not posted many Republi-CONisms lately, but this one is too good to pass up.

"Congress has hamstrung the federal government, giving states the authority to enforce drinking-water standards and all but eliminating the EPA’s power to intervene. This is a pure expression of the conservative doctrine of federalism: States handle things better than the feds because they are closest to the people.

But then came the debacle in Flint, when Michigan authorities embraced cost-saving changes in the city’s water supply and caused mass lead poisoning. Now members of Congress are blaming the EPA for failing to stop the problem — oblivious to the irony that they and their predecessors were the ones who denied the federal government the ability to enforce drinking-water standards in the first place."

Read the Washington Post, The poisonous conservative thinking that caused the Flint crisis.