Philip A. Farruggio -- World News Trust
Dec. 19, 2016
Wednesday's USA Today Main Section had an extensive investigative piece on lead in the drinking water supply of many rural communities.
Folks, the report by USA Today honed in on the WHAT of what has been happening to safe drinking water, and mentioned, in passing, the lack of funds needed. Yet, it never alluded to the WHY.
Take the Flint, Michigan, expose on the lead and outdated, inferior pipes in their drinking water supply. This writer watched the entire hearings on C-Span. How many times did those who did not do their jobs properly have to explain to the Congress people that there was not enough MONEY allocated? How many times!?
In the USA Today piece they stated that "ever shrinking tax rolls and a median household income at about half the national average in many communities meant that there was little money available to shore up decaying infrastructure. Thus, leaks occur over and over."
So, what Uncle Sam will do is give out some funding to struggling communities, but drinking water experts state categorically that the need outstrips the money being given out, and loans cannot help utilities because they will not be able to pay them back anyway! Why did the USA report never "connect the dots?"
An EPA assessment in 2013 estimated that infrastructure needs for small water systems would total $64.5 billion over 20 years. Last time this writer looked, at least half of our federal tax revenues to Uncle Sam, about $600 billion in 2015 alone, goes for military spending.
Did you get that folks... around $600 billion per year since we invaded and occupied Iraq! Imagine all the infrastructure upgrades our towns and cities could complete if even a small portion of that military spending was diverted as block grants through revenue sharing... money that never has to be repaid, by the way.
It costs you and me Joe and Joan Q. Taxpayer more than $1 million per year to keep one soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq. How many modern water pipes and purer drinking water can $1 million subsidize? No, this gung ho jingoistic government and mainstream media keep drumming that "We are at war!!"
Oh really, when did Congress declare war last? Oh, the "Big One" WW2. After that, the Military Industrial Complex, AKA Empire, has conned Americans into thinking Vietnam, Korea and more recently Afghanistan and Iraq (and soon to be Syria) were "Wars" we needed to be in for our defense. They tell you that the close to one thousand bases we have in over 100 different countries are necessary for our nation's defense.
Believe that and I have a bridge in Brooklyn you can purchase! Stop supporting this Two-Party bunch of empire stooges and start the New Year right: Get out on the street corners of your towns and cities to demand drastic cuts in the military spending, an end to our unnecessary bases worldwide, and bringing back both our military personnel and sanity to our foreign policy!
Philip A Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. A graduate of Brooklyn College (class of '74 with a BA in Speech & Theater), he is a freelance columnist posted on World News Trust, Nation of Change Blog, Op Ed News, TheSleuthJournal.com, The Intrepid Report, Information Clearing House, Dandelion Salad, Activist Post, Dissident Voice, Counterpunch and many other sites worldwide. Philip works as an environmental products sales rep and has been a street corner protest activist leader and Green Party member since 2000. In 2010 he became a local spokesperson for the 25% Solution Movement to Save Our Cities by cutting military spending 25%. Philip can be reached at PAF1222@bellsouth.net