In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about 70,000 homes need water line replacements because of lead contamination. The city has started handing out free filtration systems, but they don't have enough for everyone. Parents are worried. "My kids are growing," said one, "I don't know what lead in the water is doing to their bodies or brains. We should all have clean drinking water no matter where we live." And a community health care provider said, "We see a lot of babies come into our clinics with high lead levels" ("Hundreds of people line up for free water filters in Milwaukee," WTMJ-TV, November 30, 2016).
Lead contamination is happening all across the country, and people have good reason for concern. Lead can cause irreversible brain damage, organ damage, and bone damage - and the CDC has warned us that no amount of lead ingestion is safe for children.
In light of these facts & events, one would expect to see a large nationwide infrastructure program to replace all questionable water mains, connection lines, and plumbing fixtures. Do you see such a movement? I don't. What I see are some local, albeit noble, efforts to replace water lines (most cities and towns don't have enough money for complete replacement); water bottle distribution (though Republican-led Michigan is fighting that effort); free water filters (though they are not always 100% effective); and a federal government that refuses to adequately address the problem.
So, why aren't we doing a better job of delivering clean air and clean water to children? Answer: Because the super-wealthy sociopaths of the world don't want their money going towards such things. That's not the type of investment that brings them more cash. Also, they prefer war to the common good. You see, war does bring them profit. "Why should we be taxed to fix infrastructure," they ask, "when, instead, we can invest in profit-making companies that produce bombs, missiles, and rockets? Especially when it will be other people's children who die in our wars - while our own children can comfortably soak in gold bathtubs and flaunt their luxurious lives on Instagram?"
But here's the overarching problem: Super-wealthy sociopaths have bought so many politicians, and have successfully duped so many voters into thinking that the super-rich are our saviors and holy "JOB CREATORS," that the great mass of humanity can no longer think straight. In America, tens of millions of people continue to support (or sit by and let happen) more wars and more tax breaks for the super-wealthy. All signs are indicating that the Trump Administration is preparing us for more multi-trillion-dollar "regime changes," and more gargantuan tax breaks for the rich. Sixty million Americans voted for that. But, replacing toxic water lines? Cleaning the air? "No, no, no," they collectively say, "for GOD'S SAKE!! How will we pay for it?!? You tax-and-spend liberal!!"
You see, when it comes to helping those in need, or providing children with clean air & clean water, the super-wealthy and their conservative marionettes want limited government. But when it comes to pampering the wealthy, and bombing "the other" for profit, they want unrestrained and unlimited government.
Indeed, the conservative cry of "limited government" is a farce. It's code for, "Let's slavishly devote our lives to the rich, no matter how much we, and our children, are abused, poisoned, and killed."