No Water For You
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What human on planet earth has every produced before consuming?
Production before Consumption?
Perhaps in the magical world the judge resides in, humans can go for a week, perhaps two, depending on when they are paid, and can produce without ever consuming life necessities such as water. But in the real world no such power exists, after 3-5 days a person will succumb to either death or collapse from dehydration if they do not drink water, yet this judge somehow has concluded Detroit citizens are not beholden to this human limitation.
What is even more bizarre is his justification for the ruling, stating that allowing these citizens to receive "free" water (something already freely found on earth in abundance for all of life, hence why there is life on this planet) would be ruinous to the city's finances. Never mind how ruinous it will be to those citizen's lives, but ruinous to the city's finances. The judge didn't express concern for the corruption which has led to a budget shortfall in Detroit, didn't even mention how city judges bloated pay rates and retirement packages are a blight upon the city's budget, he wasn't even concerned about the corporations behind on their water bills who still receive "free" water service, but instead he focused on a few thousand citizens obviously in dire straits financially as the reason for the city's budget problems.
I guess I am not shocked, after all, the federal government lacking any democratic authority usually works against the citizen's best interests, and since capitalism seeks to commodify and monetize anything it can, including life necessities, the horrible reality in this country is that you need to pay for already free resources with man-made currency or you shall perish, unless you are a corporate entity according to judge Rhodes.
Which brings me back to my original thought, what human on planet earth has every produced before consuming? Did judge Steven Rhodes plop out of the womb with gavel in hand, or was he nurtured for almost two decades before he ever produced anything? The answer is obvious, yet judge Rhodes decided unilaterally that the citizens of Detroit will not even have a year or two of nurturing, they must produce first, consume later, and if they happen to die before their production results in monetary reward, then those are the breaks. After all, the budget of the city of Detroit cannot afford "deadbeats", but I wonder how it will afford disposing of those "deadbeat's" bodies when they succumb to dehydration?
Claude Morton, Column Editor: Claude Morton is an independent contributor, who mostly writes articles on politics, Veganism, philosophy, or local events. Claude has contributed to a variety of print and online outlets including Yahoo!, MovieMaker Magazine, and the Ann Arbor News. From Claude; I’m in the 1%, no, not that 1%. I’m a vegan, indie filmmaker, libertarian socialist, and a pacifist. I champion freedom as much as equality, and love discussing solutions about our country’s biggest dilemmas. ... (more...)