Oregon: "Mapleton schools find lead in in water," Siuslaw News, September 6, 2016
New Hampshire: "Nine Manchester schools found to have high lead levels in drinking water," New Hampshire Union Leader, September 2, 2016
Ohio: "Norwalk schools turn off drinking fountains & faucets after high levels of lead," Cleveland 19 News, August 26, 2016
Missouri: "Lead found in drinking water at some St. Louis public schools," Fox2Now, St. Louis, August 18, 2016
Massachusetts: "7 More Boston Schools Found To Have ‘Unacceptable’ Lead Levels In Drinking Water," CBS Boston, August 16, 2016
We've ignored all this.
So, as a society, we will continue to gulp down lead to please the rich, in the firm belief that we can't tax the holy "JOB CREATORS" more, lest they get angry and take our jobs away. Ultimately, the luxury and desires of the holy "JOB CREATORS" trumps clean water. Isn't that an amazing cultural philosophy?
Things were different back in the 1930s. Under the Roosevelt Administration, enormous investments were made into the nation's infrastructure, including thousands of waterworks projects. New water mains, new consumer connections to water mains, new water treatment plants, new reservoirs, and more. Roosevelt and his fellow New Deal policymakers did this with increased funding, more progressive taxation, and with work-relief programs for the unemployed. We're still utilizing many of these projects today, well past their intended lifespan.
So great were the New Deal's investment in America's infrastructure, that even Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump have praised it (see my blog post here).
We could make the same investments today, in part by providing infrastructure jobs for many of the nation's 20 million un- and underemployed Americans. We won't, of course, because... well... wealthy Americans don't like that idea too much. Research indicates that only 8% of wealthy Americans like the idea of a public works program for the unemployed, while 53% of everyone else likes the idea. And since the wealthy control public policy--through their campaign contributions, special favors, and Lord knows what else--there will be no public works program for the unemployed. Instead, we will continue to drink lead (and other toxic chemicals) for the rich.