Government 's Financial And Political Interests Coming Before Citizens ' Rights

909 Words May 5th, 2016 4 Pages
All over the world, we have been facing challenges regarding the government’s financial and political interests coming before citizens’ rights. One of the most recent hazardous situations happened here in the U.S.A. The government failed to keep Flint’s population safe as evidenced by the poisoning of their water.

Approximately 100,000 people live in Flint, Michigan according to the 2010 census (Wikipedia, 2016). It is the largest city and the County seat of Genesee County, Michigan, along the Flint River (Wikipedia, 2016). This city became an automobile-manufacturing powerhouse for GM’s Buick and Chevrolet divisions after World War II. Both companies were founded in Flint (Wikipedia, 2016). Unfortunately, the city is also known for its high crimes rates, one of the highest in the country (Wikipedia, 2016). Flint’s citizens lost their jobs when GM left and after so many problems in their economy and the financial emergencies in the past years, citizens started to leave the city (Wikipedia, 2016).

To understand what happened in Flint and still has been happening we have to go back to 2014. At that time, the State decided to save money by switching Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron in Detroit to the Flint River. Many citizens complained at that time about this change but nothing else could be done or made at that point. The financial state of emergency was the trigger for this switch, which was supposed to be temporary until a new state-run supply line was finished after…
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