So I was in a meeting yesterday.
And someone had a bottle of what looked like very dirty water.
I said to the guy sad-jokingly, "Where's that from--Flint, Michigan?"
He sadly smiles back and says, "No, I just filled the bottle with iced tea!"
But everyone around the table sighed at the tragic state of affairs with the filthy, contaminated water in Flint.
The high levels of lead in the water has allegedly resulted in "skin lessons, hair loss, high levels of lead in the blood, vision loss, memory loss, depression and anxiety."
It's unbelievable that in an American city with a population around 100,000 that they cannot safely shower or drink their water.
To make things even worse, now banks are hunkering down and don't want to give mortgages to people in Flint until they can prove that their water is safe.
What's amazing is that this miserable situation in our cities is not the exception, but the rule.
As of 2003 already, The American Society for Civil Engineering gives us a hideous grade of D on our infrastructure that is aged and in disrepair.
This includes our:
- Inland Waterways
- Hazardous Waste
- Parks and Recreation
- Solid Waste
- Drinking Water
They estimate we need at least $3.6 trillion of investment for infrastructure renewal just by 2020.
Interestingly enough, the useless decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan costs us over $4 trillion and the lives of almost 14,000 American military and contractor personnel.
What would you rather have a destabilized Middle East now swarming with ISIS, the Taliban, and a resurgent $100 billion richer and nuclear- and terror-determined Iran or a proper country here for us to live in with an actual strategy-driven national security and good schools and clean drinking water?
(Source Photo: here with attribution to B1ue5sky)