The narrative’s been firmly established by the mainstream media propagandists: The water in Flint, Michigan was contaminated with lead, Michigan’s Republican governor knew all about it, he didn’t do anything, ergo – it’s all his fault.
Of course even ten months ago the actual facts told a different story ~
The Democratic government of a Democratic city destroys that city’s finances so thoroughly that it must go into state receivership; a Democratic emergency manager signs off on a consensus plan to use a temporary water source; the municipal authorities in that Democratic city responsible for treating and monitoring drinking water fail to do their job; a state agency whose employees work under the tender attention of SEIU Local 517 fails to do its job overseeing the local authorities; Barack Obama’s EPA, having been informed about the issue, keeps mum.
And now as it turns out, according to a new report from the independent Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that very same agency knew there was a problem, and should have issued an initial emergency order in Flint seven months before the water crisis engulfed the town and its population.
Yes folks, the EPA. The overbearing, totalitarian, regulation-writing, rogue cadre of bureaucrats that brought you the Gold King Mine disaster last summer. Per the Daily Caller, the OIG’s report stated ~
“EPA Region 5 had sufficient information to issue an emergency order to Flint as early as June 2015, but did not,” the report indicates, “While events were complicated, given what we know about the consequences of the Flint drinking water contamination, it is clear that EPA intervention was delayed. These situations should generate a greater sense of urgency. The EPA must be better prepared and able to timely intercede in public health emergencies like that which occurred in Flint.”
Forgive my suspicious nature but one hopes that their delayed response wasn’t calculated, deliberately slowed until the damage was done and public outrage could be deftly misdirected at the governor… The Left couldn’t possibly be that deviously cold-hearted and self-serving could they? Nah…
As the editors at National Review so aptly put it last January ~
Flint is a mess made by Democrats, made worse by the Democrats in Detroit, and ignored by the Democrats in the White House. The worst that can be said of the Republican on the scene is that he failed to save the local Democrats from the worst effects of their own excesses.
But in any event, it won’t matter. The mainstream media will totally ignore the OIG report leaving the Republicans-don’t-care-about-you narrative firmly implanted in the minds of the low-information crowd.