Detroit’s Blame Game

One of the most interesting and a questionable thing that has happened in the new lately has been this article reported by the titled “Detroit Water Fight: Activists Ask United Nations to Declare Service a Basic Human Right”. 

In it they report that “nearly half of Detroit water customers cannot pay their bills, so they are turning to the United Nations for help. Activists on the Detroit People’s Water Board are now lobbying the UN to declare access to water service a basic human right to ensure that those who can’t or merely don’t pay their water bills continue access to the flowing liquid when they turn on their faucets.  The average Detroit water bill is $75 per month. According to a Free Press report, the average monthly water bill in other areas of the country is approximately $40 per month.  Detroit water and sewer rates have reportedly doubled in the past 10 years. During this same time period the poverty rate in the city has also risen about 40 percent. The Detroit water human rights activists feel these statistics indicate that maintaining running water has become impossibility for thousands of area families.  The document given to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation claims that the Detroit Water and Sewer District (DWSD) “crackdown” on delinquent customer is part of an overall effort to “sweeten the pot for a private investor” to garner control of the Michigan city’s water and sewer system.”

It’s interesting because has it not been confirmed that he who owns the water rights owns all and why would this be a good thing for any city especially such a major metropolitan and important historical city like Detroit.  Just how much does freedom sells for these days anyway and what will be next?  Wasn't this Emergency Manager Program supposed to fix these problems or was it just for other cities in Michigan. 
It’s questionable because, those who are now in office are there because it has to be assumed that the citizens of Michigan wanted them there.  Whether they did so by voting for them or not voting at all, the people of Michigan and especially Detroit placed in that position of power.  Refusing to exercise the right that so many fought and some died for because you were too busy or didn't care means that you get what you give. 

It’s time that we all stand up and take responsibility for the actions that we took or did not take and stop trying to place the total blame on one person or another.  Just my opinion, I could be wrong and if so ME CULPA.


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