The New Privatization Nightmare Coming Soon…

The Trump administration has just put the drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans in danger.

The Trump administration has begun the process of repealing President Obama's Clean Water Rule - which protected two million miles of streams and 20 million more acres of wetlands from pollution.

Polling from the Sustainable Business Council found that 80 percent of small business owners support the Clean Water Rule.

The National Wildlife Foundation has found that 83 percent of hunters and fishers support the rule.

The administration's decision potentially threatens drinking water for 117 million Americans.

Isn't this proof that some things are not best left to free market to decide? The market prioritizes profit not health and safety.


Dave Cline 5 years 38 weeks ago


There's a simple rule you can use to gauge when open markets or public systems should be used. And it goes like this:

If there's a negative anywhere in the calculation of profit, expense or impact of the affected service provider or beneficiary -- then the public sector should be used.

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randolphgarriso... 5 years 38 weeks ago

I can only see this as further proof trump and the republicans mean to kill off billions of people, not just americans!

bollivar 5 years 38 weeks ago

Rump's genicide. Killing those who work for the wealthy. There is a polluted river where I live. Locals know better than to eat carp and other more prone to polution species. There have been imported groups of Russian, Mexican, Thai and Polish that show up fishing for anything, but mostly carp and they eat them. I know that the Mexican families get cancer. One thing I know for sure is these ethnic groups disappear after a couple of years. With Rumpty Dumpty at the wheel, they will die much faster. I use bottle water for everything.

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2950-10K 5 years 38 weeks ago

Well we already know who will pick up the tab for polluted water and related health issues? As they say, privatize the profits and then socialize the losses.

I've got a real bad feeling none of this is going to end pretty. Keep your eye on Eastern Europe....lots of bad info coming out of there. I know Putin is a marked man.

The entire the world is horrified by all this extreme right-wing madness.

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stopgap 5 years 38 weeks ago

The scariest thing about Trump, is the degree of his depraved mental illness and the unwillingness of his supporters to comprehend, or even acknowledge it. This is how Hitlers come to power. So far, most Americans are not buying it. However, I'm currently on a trip around the US and it's very depressing to see how much Fox media has become normalized and ingrained in the minds of much of the US through their sports coverage and local TV programing. As a result, many Americans are more inclined to accept "FOX NEWS" as mainstream, factual news.

It's also scary to lsiten to the Talking Heads (both left and right) on the so called "mainstream media" pretend that somehow this man can ever be reasoned with.

THE MAN IS CRAZY!!!!!! It's as simple as that.

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Willie W 5 years 38 weeks ago

Gotta go where the big money is. Our elite visionaries have gutted all the low hanging American fruit. Our rust belt environment has expanded from coast to coast. And so, the only big money left up for grabs belongs to big government.

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jibaro01 5 years 38 weeks ago

I learned in Junior High, back in the 60"s, that the "free market" was the enemy of our economy and that it would only benefit the rich. Everything I was taught happened just as our social studies teacher taugh us but stupid is as stupid does.

That is why our educational system was privatized and now, it dumbs down people. It's on purpose. You see, in the same manner that you can awaken a mind, you can knock it out. That is what is being done to us. Fear, uncertainty, lies and violence, those are the elements that destroy a minds capacity to think an analize things rationally. I would think that you know this.

Today, politics are controlled by the obsenely rich. They have enough money to buy every politician out there and to smear anyone they don't want in power. They have the money to control the Democratic Party and turn it into a useless group of people incapable of developing a clear path that people could recognize. Now the Democratic Party is the "left" of the Republican Party, as Ossoff demonstrated. We are controlled like puppets and there is no one out there talking about it.

Free speech is a joke. All groups hinder communication because all the political groups out there want their followers to follow blindly. That is the reality that will destroy the US and bring us into the next world war, one that will be nuclear and that will desimate Europe and the US.

Think about it. The world already know that the US has nuclear weapons and that the US has no problems using them. We showed our hand when we bombed Japan. So, if there is a war, how long do you think that it will take the enemy to figure out that they must hit the US first before the US hits them? How long do you think that a country like Korea would take to use it's bombs on anyone it considers an enemy? If I know I'm not going to survive, I will take my enemies with me, recognize that?

So, here we are with Trump as our president. A man that has shown that he has no problems using our weapons arsenal, particularly when he has a vested interest in the replacement of the weapons used. Today there's a group of people pushing for a war with Rusia and those people are using every trick in the book to convince people that Russia is the enemy and that it must be stopped. They are doing a wonderful job and there is no one out there moving a finger to stop it. Heck, the Democratic Party is part and parcel of the effort. They are pushing all those investigations, supposedly because they want to put a nail in Trumps coffin.

Heck, I think that if Hillary had won, we would already be at war with Russia. Good thing she lost.

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ErinRose 5 years 38 weeks ago

What do I think? I think this country should have voted Green Party.

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ErinRose 5 years 38 weeks ago

#bolliar: Tests show that these bottle water companies are just usiing regular tap water and who knows what that means in terms of contamination or microbes? Better to get a BERKEY and filter your own water (costs less than purchasing bottled water in the long run, too.) You can get a BERKEY on Amazon, or just google "Berkey water filters". Then you are sure of what you are drinking. They have filters for both microbial life and heavy metals, etc.. I have a small "Travel" size and I use mine every day. It gives me peace of mind, if nothing else, and I only change out my filters once a year on my b-day.

Legend 5 years 38 weeks ago

I have a well. Pure water. No chlorine. In an area with no industry etc. to pollute.

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changeX 5 years 38 weeks ago

Wherever clean drinking water is accessed it will be God's blessing for providing.

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dnd 5 years 38 weeks ago

It's apparent that Trump really likes to eat. Someone should explain to him that clean water is necessary for agriculture.

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dnd 5 years 38 weeks ago

Off topic but I think this dust-up between the Morning Joe anchors and Trump is fake. They've been friends for years. As they say: "Any press is good press." My guess is they are colluding in this scam, Joe and Mika for ratings and Trump for a diversion from the Russia investigation.

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deepspace 5 years 38 weeks ago

Since society is regressing, peasants may have to revive medieval survival strategies independent of strip malls and corporate box stores.

For instance, convert all those useless, resource-sucking, subdivision lawns into productive gardens. When the goddamn compost piles get too big and stinky, well then, start fermenting vegetable matter toward a greater purpose. For the truly inspired, there is an abundance of ancient wisdom: berries. grains, hops, dandelions, you name it. Bad water? Problem solved!

Mead is also easy and cheap; although nowadays, of course, pesticides are wiping out the bee populations. But hell, since regulations evidently no longer matter, there are lots of great alternatives: fruit wines, cider, godale, moonshine, bathtub gin...

Whatever grog grabs your fancy and makes you forget your miserable lot in life, drank in enough quantities, you might even find the courage in the bottom of that mug to become politically active. Hanging the king in effigy, storming the castle, drawing and quartering, lobbing off their heads, impaling on pikes ... alas, the kings and queens and lords and ladies always seem to forget the dark side of stealing all the power and wealth from the disaffected rabble.

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Dianereynolds 5 years 38 weeks ago


How many billions is Trump planning to kill off Randolph?

a. One billion?

b. Two billion?

c. Three billion?

4. All of the above?

Sounds like a plan to contain glowbull warming.

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deepspace 5 years 38 weeks ago

Relax the cacks, ya uppity geebag. Jaysus! Yer a real skanger, a thicko scundered for a hundred, and don't even know it.

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Saint4255 5 years 37 weeks ago

I enjoy the song by Green Day called know your enemy. And there's something everyone can learn from the basic thought of knowing your enemy. Our enemy is the royal class. When we defeated England in a Revolutionary War, they did not quit, the royal class stayed in power in England and Royal classes in the rest of the world we're still in power. They are our enemy. Today we have a new royal class, when they privatize something profits don't go to the working people. The monies goes to the royal class. They're buying up buildings where you have to lease them to start a business they steal our pensions they own Wall Street,and our government The royal class is our enemy and we should stop calling them an oligarchy.. let's say what it actually is ,its royalty in the United States ! The Revolutionary War never ended

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Legend 5 years 37 weeks ago

The guy has lost it. The White House must be in control of the staffers.

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