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Michigan to Make Flint ‘New Tourist Capitol’ to Recoup Water Costs

Gov. Rick Snyder: “Why fly to Iraq to see urban death, destruction and despair? In Michigan, we have it all and at a fraction of the price!”

FLINT, MI – Michigan governor Rick “Water Boy” Snyder announced today that a fleet of tourist buses will soon be available to take wealthy visitors on “educational” tours of Flint’s worst affected areas, starting next week.

Rick Snyder Wanted, Flint MichiganGov. Snyder said that “one-percenters” from all over the USA and the rest of the world had been in contact “almost incessantly” since the city’s lead-poisoning crisis hit the headlines.

More than 40 of the 63 individuals who own half the world are willing to pay “substantially” for the opportunity to view “real-life scenes of human destruction, tragedy and suffering in an urban environment,” without the expense and danger of traveling Riyadh, Mosel, etc., Gov. Snyder said.

“TV just doesn’t do it for them” he explained. “Especially not Sheldon Adelson, for some reason.”

The tour will include the offices of Flint’s former emergency manager, Mr “Gosh Darnit” Earley, who took the original decision to poison the city’s water supply. Visitors will also see a local hospital, two orphanages and various scenic points along the river bank itself.

Opportunities will be provided to swim in the water, which the governor says is perfectly safe, and all tourists will receive as many cases of bottled river water as they like, to be used for souvenirs or refreshments.

Tea made with river water will be served at Al’s Greasy Spoon, near a small local dam, where the air is said to be wonderfully chlorinated

“I think Sheldon will find it delightfully low and working class,” Gov. Snyder said. “He hasn’t seen a real black face in years.”

Gov. Snyder noted that the tourism idea came up recently when Flint residents began refusing to pay their poisoned water bills.

“I think the lead’s already gone to their clouded brains,” the governor laughed sneeringly. “They drank, cooked and bathed in that stuff for three years and now they’re questioning our assurances?

“Like David Koch says, if they don’t like the water, let them drink coke.”

Gov. Snyder went on: “Either way, if they won’t cough up – ha, ha, pun intended – then we’ll make ’em, by charging the affluenza crowd plenty to come out here and see what they’re missing.

“It’s pretty educational to witness an old black woman caring for her brain-dead grandchild, knowing you can go back to Dearborn Heights or Beverly Hills and feel good that it isn’t you or your kids. It’s sorta like the zoo. The whole family will love it.”

Governor Snyder sighed with satisfaction. “Flint, Michigan,” he said. “America’s new tourist capitol! It’s like a window on the future. Can I get an Amen?”

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