GOP presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) against criticism over his handling of the Flint water crisis on Sunday, arguing instead that the blame should go to the fact that regulations are too complex.
On ABC’s This Week, co-host Martha Raddatz asked Bush who is to blame for the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and the fact that the city of more than 100,000 Americans had been “drinking, eating, brushing their teeth in lead-contaminated water, while the government was telling them repeatedly ‘it’s safe to use.'”
“We’ve created this complex, no responsibility regulatory system, where the federal government, the state government, a regional government, local and county governments are all pointing fingers at one another.” He proposed simply having a “21st century system of rules: Whenever you see a problem, it should become public, there should be transparency instead of trying to cover it up.”
He then praised Synder for having “taken responsibility” and for “rolling up his sleeves and trying to deal with it.” Bush said he should not resign, as he “needs to do what he’s doing, which is to accept responsibility and began to solve the problem,” adding that Snyder has “been a great governor for Michigan.”
Snyder has come under fire — including a class-action lawsuit — from Flint residents for his slow response to the crisis. Far from being fully transparent, Snyder has released a heavily redacted and apparently incomplete set of emails relating to the contamination problem.
Bush has previously endorsed a massive rollback of environmental regulations — a “regulatory spring cleaning” that would require Congress to individually approve rules and requiring that all new regulatory costs be offset by regulatory savings.which one is suppose to be the smart one again??????? that is the most asinine thing i've heard from a republican in less than 24 hours. the gov. Snyder is the state governor that he just said is pointing fingers elsewhere when it has become clear he and his admin are totally responsible for poisoning those citizens.
accepting responsibility is a given doing something should have happen at first alert.
what in those papers was so secret that it had to be redacted, that is not a nat'l defense situation there is no compromise of info if it were published theonly reason to redact in this case is to hide your skulduggery true republican screw up than the attempt to square it is what really takes them down.
the very agency that would protect us is the number one on their hit list EPA it would regulate air and water pollution and that is their real reason for climate denial and carbon causes.