Genevieve Wood | The Problem With the Bipartisan Push to Bail Out Flint

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The Problem With the Bipartisan Push to Bail Out Flint

by Genevieve Wood | March 8, 2016

Anyone who agrees that the federal government has gotten too big and that Washington lawmakers are addicted to spending money we don’t have should applaud Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, for his efforts to block the funneling of more federal dollars to Flint’s water clean-up project.

First of all, the state of Michigan has the resources to address the crisis in Flint. The state has an almost $600 million surplus from its 2015 budget and over $380 million in an emergency “rainy day” fund. On top of that, President Barack Obama committed $80 million in federal emergency assistance to the state earlier this year.

But never “letting a crisis go to waste” or missing an opportunity to “look like we’re doing something,” lawmakers in Washington are calling for more money in the form of federal legislation totaling $220 million. That money’s not just for Flint: It would also subsidize communities around the country dealing with lead contamination and water projects.

As usual, those supporting the measure say “it’s paid for,” but only in Washington is something “paid for” by promising to take money from another budget four years from now.

All that madness aside, how about the fact that the Flint crisis is a local and state issue? Is the federal government supposed to bail out every town, city, county, and state that mismanages its affairs—whether it be public utilities, infrastructure, pensions, or budgets?

If so, there will be a long line of government bureaucrats and elected officials at the local and state level ready, happy, and willing to pass off their corruption and fiscal irresponsibility to the American taxpayers. (Read More)


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