A Glass of Water

Sometimes a glass of water is more than a glass of water. It was heartening to hear President Obama shoot from the hip in his speech in Flint on Wednesday. Beside demonstratively drinking a glass of Flint water, he made several strong points about the Republican party’s penny-wise and pound-foolish practices in matters of governance, an issue I took up in my “More Flints to Come.” Here are two excerpts from his speech, courtesy of Politicususa.com that are worth noting:

“It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how responsible you are, how you raise your kids. You can’t set up a whole water system for a city. That’s not something you do by yourself. You do it with other people. You can’t hire your own fire department or your own police force, or your own army. They’re things we have to do together. Basic things that we all benefit from.”

“Volunteers don’t build water systems and keep lead from leaching into our drinking glasses. We can’t rely on faith groups to reinforce bridges and repave runways at the airport…You hear a lot about government overreach. Oh, Obama, he’s for big government. Listen, it’s not government overreach to say our government’s responsible for making sure that you can wash your hands in your own sink, or shower in your own home, or cook for your family. These are the most basic services. There’s no more basic element sustaining human life than water. It’s not too much to expect for all Americans that their water is going to be safe.”