Flint water victims can't sue the government. That's another crime.

If a corporation had made the same mistake, they would be paying out millions to each victim. Instead a family of four may only get $4,000.

A father comforts his daughter after her free lead screening on Jan. 26, 2016.
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Michigan's state and local officials poisoned Flint's water with lead but innocent federal taxpayers are the ones having to foot the cleanup bill. President Obama has pledged to hand Flint $85 million in aid money. This sounds like a lot, but the fact of the matter is that it is far less than what Flint's victims would have gotten if a corporation — rather than government — had been the culprit. That's because, unlike private companies, the government is shielded from liability lawsuits.

This would be an excellent argument for the wholesale privatization of public utilities, but, alas, privatization is a dirty word in the liberal lexicon.

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