The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has turned into a political blame-game with Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders calling out Republican governor Rick Snyder for his role in the crisis. As a cost-saving measure, the city government switched Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, letting lead-poisoned water flow into citizens’ homes.
Adam Goodman joined political strategist Chuck Rocha to discuss the political ramifications of the water crisis.
“This is political season,” said Goodman, “and a lot of what you’re hearing from the candidates is designed to score attention and points, but not to remedy the situation.”
Snyder, who has already declared a state of emergency and who has appealed to President Obama for relief, is taking fire from Democrats while candidates neglect the Democratic mayor of Flint.
“When people’s health and lives are on the line, I think we have to throw politics to the side and start working on a remedy that actually takes care of the situation,” said Goodman.
“There is declining faith across the board,” said Goodman. “People don’t believe that government or institutions are coming through the way they used to. This is something we took for granted – clean, pure, safe drinking water – and now we see in Flint, Michigan, the warning signs of a system that no longer can provide those guarantees.”
Goodman advised Clinton and other candidates to stay out of the debate over the water crisis, advising she “go back to discussing how she’s going to lead this country out of other crises, some of which, I’d argue, she created.”