What NYC Mayor Bloomberg Could Have Done To Up His Chances On Super Tuesday
Remember the Flint, Michigan problem that became public around 2015 where Flint’s children tested positive for having high levels of lead poisoning due to GOP government officials not adequately treating a new water supply source and its pipes.
Five years later, there’s still work to be done even though it appears the project of cleaning up the lead pipe problems is in the final stages.
This means that the former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg could have easily swooped in as the hero of Flint, Michigan, by insuring that all the pipes with lead issues have been exchanged with new ones. It’s the GOP penchant for cutting government spending that caused this lead seepage into its water supply system, followed up by the Democratic Party officials being slow in fixing the resulting mess within the African-American majority community of Flint. Mr. Bloomberg stepping into this picture could have been a hero while acting in sync with his marketing campaign theme that he’s the one candidate who knows how to get things done. In addition, he could have scored high marks among the Black voters.
There are many similar type projects that the former NYC mayor and business man with his high powered team could have taken on, to show by actions how he as an outsider could take on the likes of President Trump. He needed to make up for his past deeds and not just apologize for his history of having supported “stop and frisk” policies when he was NYC’s mayor that has soured those in predominantly in minority neighborhoods.
This memory was on full display when on 3/1/2020, Mr. Bloomberg showed up to participate in a Selma, Alabama reenactment of the 1965 bloody civil right’s event. This is where US Representative John Lewis who’s suffering from 4th stage of pancreatic cancer, delivered an inspiring message at the Brown Chapel AME Church. But while Mr. Bloomberg was speaking at the front, many in the audience turned their backs to him. Great ads will not fix this hurt.
By the way, guess who was the only Democratic Party front runner (top 5) who did not show up to the above event. It was non other than Senator Bernie Sanders.
Mr. Bloomberg cannot hope to win enough delegates to prevail on Super Tuesday (3/4/2020) without more support from the Black community of voters.
In the near future, Mr. Bloomberg needs to face the above reality by figuring a way to exit this campaign in a statesman-like manner.
As per the November 22, 2019 mlive.com news post by Zahra Ahmad:
“Nearly 1,000 residences still need their service lines checked for lead as Flint works through the final stages of its pipe replacement program.”
“Lawyers with the Natural Resources Defense Council, who represented Flint residents in a $97 million settlement to replace the city’s lead and galvanized service lines, said the city still needs permission from roughly 1,000 homeowners to check their pipes before the program wraps up work next year.”
Here’s the rest of the story…
Let’s review the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where GOP government cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water that contained lead and other toxins.
As per December 2019 CNN report by its Editorial Research Team, “Flint Water Crisis Fast Facts”
“The city’s economic decline began during the 1980s, when GM downsized.”
October 1, 2014 – “The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issues a governor’s briefing paper outlining possible causes for the contamination issues. Among the problems are leaking valves and aging cast iron pipes susceptible to a buildup of bacteria. The MDEQ concludes flushing the system and increasing chlorine in the water will limit the number of boil water advisories in the future.”
February 2015 – “The MDEQ notes some “hiccups” in the transition, including a buildup of TTHM, a cancer-causing byproduct of chlorine and organic matter. In a background paper submitted to Governor Rick Snyder, the MDEQ states that elevated TTHM levels are not an immediate health emergency because the risk of disease increases only after years of consumption. Snyder announces a $2 million dollar grant to fix problems in the pipes and sewers.”
June 24, 2015 – “An EPA manager issues a memo, “High Lead Levels in Flint,” warning that the city isn’t providing corrosion control treatment to mitigate the presence of lead in drinking water. According to the memo, scientists at Virginia Tech tested tap water from Walters’ home and found the lead level was as high as 13,200 ppb. Water contaminated with 5,000 ppb of lead is classified by the EPA as hazardous waste. Three other homes also have high lead levels in the water, according to the memo. Walters shares the memo with an investigative reporter from the ACLU, Curt Guyette.”
October 2, 2015 – “The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reviews the data from Hurley Medical Center and verifies the findings. The state begins testing drinking water in schools and distributing free water filters.”