Born in the Palestinian city of El-Bireh (presently under Israeli Military and Settlers Occupation). Immigrated to the US in 62. After graduating from high school in Gary, Indiana was drafted into the US Army (66-68) received the Leadership Award from the US 6th Army NCO Academy in Ft. Lewis, Washington. Five of us brothers were in US military service about the same time (Nabil-Army), (Lutfi-Marines), (Sam-Army) and (Taiseer-Marines) with two nephews presently with US Army. Graduated from Indiana University with BA-72, Master of Public Affairs-74 and Jurist Doctor-77, and in senior year at IU, was elected Chairman of the Indiana Student Association. Sami Jamil Jadallah is an international legal and business consultant and is the founder and director of Palestine Agency and Palestine Documentation Center and founder and owner of several businesses in technology and services. His articles are also featured on JeffersonCorner.com, PalestineNote.com and Ramallah Online.

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Toxic America

Let us use the $50 billion designated for Israel and start fixing our own falling apart infrastructure.

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Watching the news from Flint, Michigan you would think you are in one of the poorest cities in Africa with reddish/yellowish toxic drinking water. This is America today; a country that has not only toxic water, but toxic politics as well.

The Flint, Michigan water system, neglected for a long time, carries toxic poisonous water from the Flint River, which in turn carries water from Lake Huron. The pipes are so corroded, they cause high levels of lead to leak into the drinking water.

There has been no investment in the drinking water system for over 50 years. Rather than fixing and investing in a new water system, the city kept pumping “orthophosphate” to prohibit corrosion.

For a long time, the water of Flint smelled and looked bad, was smelly and tasted funny, and the government knew about it years before. I guess adding extra “lead” in the residents’ blood is okay.

One can’t be sure if the delay in taking effective action has to do with the fact that Blacks are 57% of the population and 41% of the residents live beneath the poverty line. One has to wonder if the majority of the city where White and affluent. Poor Whites are treated no differently from poor Blacks. Just take a look at Appalachia.

However, the story of Flint is not unique. America’s entire infrastructure is falling apart. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our infrastructure falling marks. This is how the American Society of Civil Engineers graded America in 2013.

“Energy D, Transit D, Ports C, Aviation D, Levees D-, Schools D, Roads D, Inland Water Way D-, Waste Water D, Hazardous Waste D, Public Ports C, Rails C+, Bridges C+, Solid Waste B, Drinking Water D, Dams D.”

While American politicians are debating “important “ issues, such as what to do with “Muslims” and “immigrants” legal and illegal, and what to do with ISIS (kick their ass as the revived and resuscitated Sarah Palin suggested), no one is looking at our falling apart schools, dams, drinking waters and our failing infrastructure, which in fact is the biggest threat to our national economy.

With solid renovated infrastructure, which is the backbone of national economy and business, America will soon be in deep trouble. We handed close to a trillion dollars to the criminal crooks of Wall Street, but we do not have the money to rescue our towns and cities from falling apart infrastructure.

Not only our drinking water is toxic, but also our politics, our national institutions and our financial system are toxic. Too big to fail, too big to tax, too powerful to collect tax from, too powerful to force them to keep jobs at home.

We see divisions between the few rich and the hundreds of millions of poor. We see divisions between Left and Rights in politics. We see divisions along racial lines; we see divisions between citizens and police, between citizens and politicians. These divisions are incited by toxic politics. We want to solve the world’s problems while neglecting our own issues at home.

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We want to “Kick Ass” while neglecting the very basic things that makes America the powerful nation it is. More money for the military will not make our country strong while the very basis of our economy is falling apart. Ah, with all due respect to our fellow military, but when was the last time we won a war?

We spend tens of millions on the Senate hearing on Benghazi, but we fail to spend one million investigating the false wars and the trillions of dollars wasted on “personal wars” and wars on behalf of an ally that kills and murders our sailors.

The thousands of brave soldiers who died and the tens of thousands injured in these stupid reckless criminal wars are of no importance and no priorities to our national politicians, and not worthy of having open public hearings on the whys and how’s we went to war?

Our national elected officials have no time to look into and investigate “the falling apart America”, but have much time to debate and hold public hearings on issues for the rich and powerful.

Let us use the $50 billion designated for Israel and start fixing our own falling apart infrastructure. Let us give Flint the money it needs to fix its water system rather than giving it to Israel to build swimming pools in illegal settlements built on stolen land.

Let us put America first for a change.

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9 Responses to "Toxic America"

  1. Hwysong  January 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Let’s not forget the 2.1 – 3 trillion that the pentagon “lost”. I’m sure Israel
    found it.

    • Hwysong  January 21, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      We could have paid off the national debt with money that has been
      absolutely pissed away. Instead we doubled the debt and have nothing
      to show for it.

  2. Altimometer  January 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Many have stated that flying back to US airports have a run down feel to them compared to the ones that they came from in China. Similar statements about their railroad infrastructure,maglevs verses our diesel electric sysyem.

  3. Bill  January 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

    $ 4 Trillion you say? Funny, that’s how much we wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq…

    • Sami Jamil Jadallah  January 21, 2016 at 6:34 am

      Bill you are right add to that the $ 1 trillion money to bail out the criminals on Wall Street and we could have brand new infrastructure in America for the next 50 years and could have put tens of millions of Americans in high paying jobs even defense contractors could have made a killings out of this investments rather than make a killing our of killings. thank you.

  4. Simpsons Donkey  January 21, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Infrastructure bill is $4.0 TRILLION, not $50 billion.

    • Sami Jamil Jadallah  January 21, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Simpsons the $50 billion mentioned was only a down payment to help renovate the water systems in Michigan and in Ohio which had its own problems only a year ago… thanks.

  5. Simpsons Donkey  January 21, 2016 at 12:03 am

    This issue deserves better coverage, and it’s well-covered by Dr Tarpley, who has chronicled the rule of the fascist Rick Snyder and his Republican thug regime. The bad water is only a small part. Look up the jailing of the Rev. Edward Pinkney, community advocate in Benton Harbor who turned taps back on after the city turned them off, then took away black children for ‘living unsafely.’
    This is naked fascism. Pinkney was convicted by a kangaroo court, on NO evidence whatsoever, and faces up to 10 year for vote fraud. It’s state terror, and its because they’re black. Whirlpool moguls and the Upton politician are driving this. The whole state neeeds a reamer thought it, and Snyder needs to be hung from a streetlamp.

  6. Aziz Khalfan  January 20, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    So that is the method to their madness, just like the Bangladeshis.

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