The Cost of Compassion


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On children, the GOP is three for three: they will ban children (refusing Middle East refugees–“as young as four” (NJ Gov. Christie)– with their mothers, fully vetted); they will kill children (poisoning their brains and nervous systems in an irreversible process and calling the presence of scientific evidence a PR attack); they will deport children (turning away thousands who heroically walked to our borders to avoid death squads and enslavement by Latin American drug cartels, as one GOP official said they only came for lunch boxes and cots).

South Carolina has suffered record deaths (over 100 a year!) of children in state custody. Mass killings at schools continue. Inner city youth have a culture of violence and gun warfare. There are standards for the length of sports fields but not for schools. The corporate sweep of education’s public balance sheet has not produced the touted change of prior claims. South Carolina’s persistent rural poverty has created an education system that is multi-county colossus of leaky buildings and bad teaching, a corridor of shame. The state tried judges. Little has changed. The whining is about mine; the blaming is on “them.”

Charleston in the 1950s served pitchers of “Oh Be Joyfuls” (Psalm 100) at its cocktail hour. Now the national mood and its proscribed policy of fear and threat mongering mixed with bitters, stinginess and hate reflects the 1 % sensibilities of Marie Antoinette toward the peasants and the trauma of their children; we act like blind mules at home and abroad and concur with the beheaded queen: “let them eat cake.”

In contrast to the judge’s clear reasoning on resettlement and his refusal to be deflected as he prohibited Indiana from prohibiting money to be used for refugee assistance, take the case of Utah’s first-term Republican senator Mike Lee, who is now the single senator blocking $300 million in aid to Flint, $250 million for infrastructure repair (new pipes!) and $50 million to monitor and provide care for health problems caused by irreversible toxic levels of lead in the city’s water that can lead to brain damage, seizures, and death.

The $300 million allocation would go to the city, bypassing the GOP governor who has yet to do a single thing besides saying, “sorry.” He hired a PR firm to manage his image and another organization to “study” the problem. (Rubio agrees with Gov. Synder’s staff that the unimaginable poisoning of a city of 100,000 people through government actions, despite evidence and warnings, shouldn’t be “politicized,” code for left broken without a fix!)

Both parties and the leadership agreed to the aid for Flint, Lee claims he’s protecting the balance sheet. He has never been to Flint, talked to no official or family, but blocks direct help badly needed. For him, simply put: money is more important than life.

Rubio says no one woke up planning to poison Flint’s water. He misses the point that they went to bed surely knowing they had.

A Judge’s Message to the Xenophobes – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1R6O2g5

Lee is an example of American duplicity and cynicism: Lee’s press release on his Senate web site (reprinted widely) is “outcome bias” supporting a divide and conquer power play. Lee’s MI budget numbers (accurate) conceal the shift in power the federal allocation represents.

Michigan has money (I’ve written about its rainy day fund!), but the governor has repeatedly failed to use it! Because of the governor’s gamboling, nothing has been done!

Federal aid goes directly to the city. The mayor would have full and immediate authority to decide and act on health monitoring for families and rebuilding residential infra-structure.

Lee’s balance sheet politics is really a battle over power. The state is refusing to move forward. With federal money, the city can.

The End of American Idealism – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1UE9q0G

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~~Walter, you definitely woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. Not one, but two great reads.

~~Walter,
I was similarly appalled that Senator Lee would appear, empasis appear, to block needed federal assistance for Flint. I found an article in the Salt Lake Tribune (http://www.sltrib.com/home/3617198-155/why-utahs-mike-lee-is-single-hand… that quotes Lee:
“Federal aid is not needed at this time,” Lee said in a statement, noting that Michigan has a budget surplus and a “rainy day fund” that it could tap before turning to Congress. “The people and policymakers of Michigan right now have all the government resources they need to fix the problem. And those public resources are being augmented every day by the generosity of individuals, businesses, labor unions and civic organizations of every stripe from across the country. The only thing Congress is contributing to the Flint recovery is political grandstanding.” The article continues to explain the elements of the emergency funding request.
He may be right.

~~Would you care to run for office? Seriously. The country needs you, Now.

~~Most of these so-called refugees are not children. They are grown men who should be fighting for their homeland, not cowardly fleeing to this country.

~~Just what is the reason for 300M in spending? The issue is improperly treated water which when properly treated will make the issue go away. Now medical monitoring I would support, replacing all the pipes not. After all such pipes exist in many older cities are we going to replace all of them? And if so who pays? Surely not the federal government!!!

~~Your “fully vetted” is mine not vetted at all. How do you vet people who don’t come from a country with decent records at all, and that no records exist any more. I don’t want them to eat cake, but rather stay in their home countries and fight, or go to countries with similar cultures. Not the US and if I lived in Europe not there either. We don’t need or want more people we have too many already.

~~I was similarly appalled that Senator Lee would appear, empasis appear, to block needed federal assistance for Flint. I found an article in the Salt Lake Tribune (http://www.sltrib.com/home/3617198-155/why-utahs-mike-lee-is-single-hand… that quotes Lee:
“Federal aid is not needed at this time,” Lee said in a statement, noting that Michigan has a budget surplus and a “rainy day fund” that it could tap before turning to Congress. “The people and policymakers of Michigan right now have all the government resources they need to fix the problem. And those public resources are being augmented every day by the generosity of individuals, businesses, labor unions and civic organizations of every stripe from across the country. The only thing Congress is contributing to the Flint recovery is political grandstanding.” The article continues to explain the elements of the emergency funding request.
He may be right. (Answered above. /wr)

~~Let us not forget that the above referenced Mike Lee is Ted Cruz’ best (only? ) friend in the US Senate.

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