Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Live-Tweets Defense Of #FlintWaterCrisis During Democratic Debate


As if Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder isn’t already enough of a nationally despised political figure due to the #FlintWaterCrisis and the deplorable state of Detroit Public Schools, he took to Twitter Sunday night in order to respond to calls for his resignation from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at the democratic presidential debate, in Flint, further “endearing” himself to those living under the oppressive thumb of the state’s authoritarianism, as well as the rest of the nation forced to witness the country’s smoking gun when it comes to evidence of America’s failing infrastructure.

“Taking responsibility” can take many forms. It can mean rectifying a problematic situation one has caused, as Rick Snyder says he’d like to do, but then again there are elements to the #FlintWaterCrisis that are simply unable to be rectified, such as the health of anyone who has elevated levels of lead in their system—children who will live the rest of their lives with the impacts of lead poisoning, and the elderly, for example. There is no rectifying that. People have died.

“Taking responsibility” can also take the form of facing the music and accepting the consequences of the decisions one has made, such as resigning from office when the people (and even multiple presidential candidates) call for it, or simply admitting what one has done, rather than passing the blame onto various organizations and personnel, even if it means facing criminal charges. There is not an #ArrestSnyder hashtag going around for nothing, after all.

As for the desire to “get things done,” Gov. Snyder has done quite enough already, thank you very much. Have you seen Detroit’s public schools? Have you heard of Rick Snyder’s democracy slayer financial emergency management system? Besides, one more thing “one tough nerd” can do is accept that no one wants the guy who caused the problem working on the solution. Sorry. Sometimes you can muck up so bad someone else has to be brought in to make things right, especially where the people’s security is involved. Sometimes, when you royally screw up, as Rick Snyder has done, no matter how much you want it, you just don’t get to make right. It’s better to get someone else, and that’s what the people want. That’s what Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders called for in the latest democratic debate, too. The fact that all of it revolves around money—cutting corners where the people are concerned—makes it look all the more dirty and shameful. Isn’t government’s first and foremost purpose to provide services to the people, after all?

But Snyder’s still holding on, arrogantly tweeting against a nation calling for his resignation:

Indeed—a gross “failure of government at all levels,” and guess what, bub? You’re part of that government. Not only that, in the state of Michigan, you’re top dog, and the #FlintWaterCrisis goes all the way up the chain.

Snyder failed Michigan so hard and so foul that he is loathed across the board and viewed with massive scorn. He is the epitome of the tyrannical politician and everyone can see it but him. To Snyder, he’s simply made a mistake and is working to fix it.

But sometimes when you make a bad enough mistake, intention aside, one can still end up losing a job, or even ending up in jail, and that shouldn’t change just because you happen to be a governor.

When Clinton criticized Snyder further for keeping a tight fist on Michigan’s “rainy day fund” while Flint sits in ruins, Snyder tweeted:

Snyder can spare Michigan, and the rest of the nation, the hero talk. Because of him, Flint now faces an estimated $1.5 billion in infrastructure repair, so tossing $70 million at it, and proposing another $230 million, is only a drop in the bucket. Besides, if there’s ever a “rainy day” in Michigan, the #FlintWaterCrisis is it, yet Snyder holds onto the rainy day funds while simultaneously claiming “it’s never been about money,” when that all it’s ever been about, whether you look at it in the long- or short-term. It’s certainly never been about the well-being of the people of Flint, nor the people of Michigan.