Monday, March 6, 2017
Why are we poisoning our children to protect the fortunes of the rich? More cases of lead-contaminated water arise.
Above: In this photo, taken in Annapolis, Maryland, in April, 1938, we see some of the 16,000 miles of new water lines that were installed by the WPA between 1935 and 1943. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.
In the past few days, we've learned of more lead-contaminated drinking water in Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin, New York, and other areas. Lead causes irreparable brain damage to children and the CDC has warned us, many times, that no amount of lead is safe for consumption.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is busy removing regulations that protect the environment, making plans to reduce the budget of the EPA (the same EPA that helps test drinking water systems for lead), and trying to divert that money to America's war machine, which already dwarfs every other war machine on the planet. On top of this, Trump and the Republicans are planning to give massive tax cuts to the rich and reduce health care for the middle-class and poor, because, of course, "we can't afford it."
The super-wealthy, for their part, keep adding billions to their already bloated wealth, and are enjoying a record high stock market - a stock market whose growth never seems to have much effect on our crumbling bridges, our wages, or our lead-contaminated water systems. The rich also continue to manipulate our "democracy" with campaign contributions, lobbying, and Lord knows what else, so that they can continue accumulating more wealth. And if that increasing private fortune means neurotoxins and Legionella bacteria run rampant through our decaying water systems, ready to strike the most vulnerable among us, they collectively snicker, "Who gives a shit? I'm wealthy." On the Rich Kids of Instagram, for example, where young rich people flaunt their wealth, we are informed, "They have more money than you and this is what they do." And "what they do" does not involve ensuring that children have access to clean water; it involves $50,000 per day yacht parties, $23,000 bottles of champagne, and gold bathtubs.
So, here's the question: Given their vain purchases and sociopathic mindset, and given that our wages haven't gone anywhere for decades despite their proclamations of being "JOB CREATORS," why are we not taxing the super-wealthy more, to help pay for the repair and modernization of our infrastructure? Or, to put it another way, why are we poisoning our children to protect the fortunes of the rich?
Are we so subservient to the rich, so scared that they'll take our jobs away, that we're willing to sacrifice our children's health to them?
What is happening in America today is pure, undiluted madness. And we should probably start thinking of an answer to the question our children will ask, when they grow up and realize what was done to them - when they ask: "Why did you allow us to be poisoned?" Are we going to look at them stupidly and reply, "Because the Rich Kids of Instagram needed tax cuts"?