Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Loss of Confidence in Leadership Related To Economic Decline

Flint's drinking water became contaminated after it switched from Lake Huron water to the more corrosive Flint River water to save money in April 2014. Prior to that, citizens of Flint Michigan trusted their local government to manage their economy which included proper handling of their water supply.

The loss of confidence and trust in leadership has been playing out not only in Flint but also in Chicago and numerous other cities across America. These events are part of a bigger trend that will only worsen as the US and global economy contracts into 2020.

Headline: How dirty water in Flint, Mich., became a federal state of emergency

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to give a State of the State address Tuesday night, following remarks he made a day earlier on how he's made mistakes in handling the Flint, Mich., water crisis.

Snyder said he's lost the public's trust and "that's hard, that's awful." The state downplayed and largely ignored the immediate complaints about the smell, color and taste of the water in 2014.



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