Yes, our Wall Street millionaire Guv and his Libertarian partners in crime are perfectly OK with endangering public health and calling it “choice”. You see, lakes across the state are heavily contaminated by feces, some of them more full of feces than at any time in history. And the state employees who are supposed to be responsible for our safety are saying & doing stupid, well, shit:
Other states, including Illinois, Vermont and Missouri, typically close beaches when E. coli levels pass 235 colonies per 100 milliliters of water. Yesterday, 13 beaches in Illinois were closed for levels that ranged from 300 colonies to more than 2,000.
(In Ohio,) Levels at Crystal and Brooks beaches exceeded 10,000 colonies this month.
Mary Clifton, recreation programs administrator for the Ohio Department of Health, said the state doesn’t want to shut down beaches.
“Ohio typically would prefer that consumers and constituents be able to make an informed decision, instead of dictating the use of the recreational waters of the state,” Clifton said.
You might ask “why would someone working for a ‘department of Health’ knowingly expose people to record-breaking health hazards?” Good question. The answer, as it always is with the GOP, revolves around handing rich people money and shafting the rest of us.
You see, it costs more to close a beach than it does to put up a sign. Likewise, it costs money to maintain sewage systems, control wildlife, and regulate things like agricultural and industrial pollution. And when your elected government is focused on stealing money from the taxpayers so as to pad its cronies’ offshore bank accounts, why, there isn’t much money left to do, you know, the actual job of the government.
Ohioans, by their votes, decided to swim in shit. Said swimming in fecal matter being both real and metaphorical. And at this point, it links like the lazy, stupid liberals and centrists of the Buckeye State will once again not bother to go to the polls in 2014, allowing Republicans to continue their crime spree. And by so doing, allowing our children to continue swimming in shit.
Fucking idiot voters.