By now you've probably heard about the water disaster in Flint, Michigan. After the state took over the financially-strapped city, Governor Rick Snyder mandated cutting costs -- and one of the cost-cutting matters his administration undertook was to change the source of Flint's water supply (from safe Lake Huron drinking water purchased from Detroit to using water from the Flint River).
The state knew (or at least should have known) that the Flint River water was contaminated by industrial dumping. That didn't seem to matter to Snyder and his cohorts -- who considered saving money more important than making sure Flint residents had safe water. And it turned out that water was not safe. One of the Flint River contaminants affected the city's water pipes -- causing those pipes to leach lead into the drinking water. Depending on the area of the city, the lead contamination varied from 5 times the safe level of lead to hundreds of times the safe level.
The fact is that the GOP cost-cutting without thinking of the consequences has poisoned the residents of Flint -- and sadly, there is no medical cure for lead poisoning. This poisoning will have both immediate and long-term effects for Flint's residents. What are those effects? Here is how Think Progress describes them: