Rachel Maddow Blows the Lid Off Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Dangerous Statewide Incompetence (Video)

What’s currently going on in Flint, Michigan right now will go down as one of the biggest tragedies in United States history. I’m not sure how Michigan Governor Rick Snyder hasn’t been arrested, let alone still has his job. The whole situation is appalling and sickening.



Though as Rachel Maddow pointed out in her special report on Friday, Governor Snyder’s incompetence and horrific behavior is not limited to what’s gone on in Flint. There are several incidents that are currently going in Michigan directly linked to the governor that are absolutely deplorable.

First, Maddow exposed a budget cut Snyder made that removed public funding for a home that takes care of elderly or disabled veterans, instead shifting the running of the facility to a private company. This resulted in veterans being mishandled to the point that one man ended up with a broken neck; staffers not even checking in on residents nearly half of the time; sometimes people weren’t being given their medications; the facility almost constantly being understaffed; and even one incident where employees ignored doctors orders, removed a man’s feeding tube and fed him solid food.

Again, this is a house meant to treat and care for veterans. Though Snyder apparently saw it as nothing more than a place he could cut the state’s budget – quality care or concern for our veterans be damned. Then again, Republicans disrespecting or using veterans as nothing but political props is nothing new.

Just ask Donald Trump.

Next up was the shocking condition of the public schools in Detroit. From mold, to buckled floors, rats and caved-in ceilings. Conditions so horrible that teachers have been staging “sick-ins” to protest the unsafe and unsanitary conditions these children are forced to deal with at these schools. Maddow also pointed out how the schools are set to run out of money in April – despite the fact that the school year definitely does not end in April.

Mind you, the school district is being run directly by the governor. So this is all happening under direct supervision of the office of the most powerful politician (supposedly) in the state. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he appointed an “emergency manager” to oversee the situation – an “emergency manager” who then notified the governor that everything was fine and stepped down without fixing anything. You really can’t make this garbage up. 

Then Maddow shifted over to an issue with a nearly century old pipeline running underneath a river just upstream of the drinking water source for Detroit that an oil company is trying to get permission to pump oil through. Even with brand new piping, running an oil pipeline just upstream of a large city’s water source is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard of. But to seek permission to pump oil through a pipeline that was built in 1918 – yes, 1918 – is insane. Especially considering, as Maddow pointed out, the company that wants to use this 98-year-old pipeline was the same company responsible for a pipeline that leaked near Santa Barbara, California, leaking tens of thousands of gallons of oil.



And while oil pipelines are dealt with at the federal level, apparently no one at the state level said or did anything concerning this absurd idea of pumping oil through a 98-year-old pipeline upstream from a major city’s drinking water.

That’s if they even knew about it all. At this point, the incompetence shown by Governor Rick Snyder and his administration is so vast that it’s difficult to tell what’s incompetence and what’s this guy just being the greedy, unscrupulous scumbag that he is.

The craziest part is, this is just the stuff we know about right at this moment. There’s no telling what else is going on that we haven’t found out about yet. Let’s not forget that issues with Flint were known about well before it became a national story – and Snyder did nothing to address it.

While there are quite a few bad governors in this country, Rick Snyder has to be at the top of that list. I certainly hope that that the people of Michigan, and all over this country, continue to put pressure on Snyder and the Republican party to remove him from office. The fact that he’s still in office is bad enough considering what’s gone on in Flint. Combine that with all of this other incompetence, and I have no idea how anyone can justify allowing him to finish out his full term in office.

Watch the segment below via MSNBC:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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    • Jim Bean

      The idea being to punish them into behaving the way you want them to?

      And when they pack up and head to Ireland or Mexico resulting in our government getting less revenue instead of more do you think, “good riddance” or do you think, ‘geez, I really screwed that one up?’

      • tracey marie

        Good riddance.

      • Jim Bean

        Without’em you’d starve.

  • Jim Bean

    The Flint water affair has very much in common with Gold King Mine affair. For some reason, while the Left is outraged at the former, they have no interest whatsoever in publicizing the latter. I suspect its a case of politics serving as magnetic north for their moral compass.

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    • Cranky Man

      Not a week goes by that the accidental discharge at gold King is not in the news here. The difference is in Michigan it was not an accident.

      • Jim Bean

        Is this statement true or false? If false, what makes it false?

        Democrats are making a big push to blame the water crisis in a Democrat-dominated city, overseen by a Democrat Environmental Protection Agency of unprecedented power, on the only Republican within a thousand miles, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

      • bohemio

        FALSE. Rick Snyder was directly responsible scumbag.

      • PRIME79

        James old buddy, its been awhile. Hows things…..good I hope. Look, he’s getting blamed because he is the governor and was, by all appearances, directly involved. How do you compare an accident with an intentional act as it relates to responsibility?

      • Jim Bean

        You believe the governor intentionally and deliberately made a decision that he knew would give his constituents lead poisoning.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Yes, he did.

      • Jim Bean

        Then, given that the Dems run the DOJ, we should be expecting him to be charged with genocide?

      • PRIME79

        Dems aren’t hell bent on trying to destroy those that disagree with them. Dems also tend to think before they act, unlike repubs that react based on emotions and more often then not just end up looking silly. So no he won’t be charged with genocide. But if it is proven that he acted inappropriately and people were harmed as a result then he will be dealt with accordingly, why would he not be? Dems wait and see, repubs immediately attack and make silly claims with zero evidence…like calling Hillary a criminal despite the fact that she hasn’t even been charged with anything, let alone convicted.

      • Jim Bean

        “Dems tend to think before they act?” They way they thought Brown
        had his hands up, more oil on the market will not decrease gasoline prices, Science
        would prove fracking too risky, Obamacare will reduce ER visits, Walker will
        lose the recall, logging is killing the spotted owl, the Duke Lacrosse players committed
        rape, the Bundy standoff will be a blood bath, OWS is the biggest civil
        uprising since the civil war, science will prove XL to environmentally risky,
        you can keep your plan, Jackie was gang-raped at UVA, it would take a century
        to recover from the Horizon oil spill, Romney paid no taxes, science would
        prove the XL Pipeline too risky, Trump would be laughed out of the race,
        Hillary turned over all the emails, Pubs won’t take the Senate, . . . . . . . ?

      • PRIME79

        Of course not. But I do believe he intentionally chose to go the cheapest route without regard to the citizens that may be affected and this is the result. As usual with conservatives profits are always more important than people.

      • guestwhat

        yup. actually no, he just didn’t give a shit.

      • Jim Bean

        If you watched the hearings yesterday, you know Obama’s EPA said they’re the ones who the dropped the ball (although they feel they should not be penalized since they’re aligned with the Democratic Party.)

      • Jim Bean

        If you watched the hearings yesterday, you know Obama’s EPA said they’re the ones who the dropped the ball (although they feel they should not be penalized since they’re aligned with the Democratic Party.)

    • tracey marie

      An accidental release while trying to clean up a mess that a conservative corporation made, deflection troll.