Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was advised as early as 2014 to revert the water supply for Flint back to Detroit's water system. Instead, Flint River water, contaminated with lead and high levels of chlorine, flowed uninhibited through Jan. 2016.
A peer reviewed study found that of the 18,000 US policies enacted between 1981 and 2002, the rich and corporations have substantial impacts on US government policy, while the average citizens have little influence.
In strict ID states, Democratic voter turnout drops an estimated 8.8% while Republican drops just 3.6%. For strong liberals, the drop is 7.9%. Strong conservatives actually vote at a higher rate – 4.8% above average.
Between 2007 and 2012, 200 of America’s most politically active corporations spent a combined $5.8 billion on federal lobbying and campaign contributions. For these contributions, the corporations got: $4.4 trillion in federal business and support.
A secretive funding organization called Donors Trust spent the last decade funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to undermine the science of climate change and to gut the Voting Rights Act. Questions? Call Donors Trust (703) 535-3563
The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, passed into law in 2006, gives the Postal Service 10 years to pre-fund yet to be born employees (of the year 2091) retiree health care benefits. This mandate is responsible for $4 out of every $5 in Postal Service debts.
In 1968, Nixon operatives obstructed the Paris Peace Talks to end the Vietnam War. The war was finally brought to a close in 1973. Those four-plus years cost the lives of an additional 20,763 U.S. soldiers, with 111,230 wounded.