[nfbmi-talk] Decentralization of the Commission

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Sat Feb 25 14:08:27 CST 2012

The positive well thought out solutions have always been there. One was to 
fastidiously follow the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Second, was to follow 
fastidiously Public Act 260, which the Governor by-the way just effectively 
and retroactively vetoed, which is unconstitutional and not his prerogative.

Finally, it was to ask the public officials running MCB (and MRS) for that 
matter to be open, transparent, and accountable to we the people which is 
their job and not to engage in waste, fraud, and abuse.

Not so hard Mark for public officials getting paid in excess of six figures 
do you think?

The only clowns are those in the state apparatchek who have been violating 
their charge and that now includes the sitting Governor, and of course, boot 
licking lackeys, and those who shoot the messengers.

I just chatted with my State Senator and he is hopping mad at this abuse of 
power, and by the way he was hopping mad though a Democrat when Grandholm 
abused the legislative prerogative with illegal executive orders during the 
past few years too.

And as for your slanders and insults, sir, I've not seen one constructive 
post from you ever, let alone even a purely informative one.

If you want to sob, why not give Pat Cannon a condolence call. I think he's 
in Mexico.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Smith" <mark.smithyman60 at gmail.com>
To: "'NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List'" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Decentralization of the Commission

> Hello Larry,
> Both groups advocated this move by proxy.  If no one provides a
> positive critically thought out solution, you are part of the problem.  I
> have more than 500 messages from this list from the past few months that
> absolutely unequivocally call for the destruction of MCB in its current
> incarnation.  I do not see one positive critically thought out solution. 
> I
> see only the rare call by Christine boone providing a bit of well thought
> out clarification or if necessary admonishment of a member in a gentle and
> kind way.
> Coming from the business world this move that the Governor is
> taking appears to be a  solid one.  He is taking what appears publically 
> to
> be two agencies that are not functioning in an efficient manor, moving 
> them
> to the most logical place where they will leverage the assets of one 
> another
> along with enhancing their own already established organizations.  In
> addition the removal of a program that has smelled of nepotism and insider
> trading  is being placed where it makes the most logical sense, the
> department who handles the states ways and means.
> Only a short sighted person would or could say that the MCB board is
> NOT the most dysfunctional group that has ever existed.  One only has to 
> sit
> in a meeting for about two minutes to realize that it is run by amateurs 
> and
> attended by a group of circus clowns.  The lack of human dignity and 
> respect
> alone calls for its destruction.  The most eloquent and efficient way to 
> do
> this is to dismantle the entire organization.  Take what is working, give 
> it
> to a different management team,, then eliminate the parts that are
> disfunctioning , establish a new legally appointed board to satisfy the 
> law,
> and move on.
> So you got your wish, the change that you have been calling for is
> here.  The bureaucrats in this state are currently hunkering under their
> desks right now just wondering where the next hammer blow is going to come
> from.  The word on the street is that no one has seen this many laws fly
> through the legislature this fast  in a very long time.  Go lawyer up and
> bring up a case.  Before it gets anywhere , you will see the law change.
> The most interesting evidence for the promotion of that change  will be 
> your
> own words and arguments that you have been lodging against MCB for oh 
> about
> the last ten years or so.
> The only question left is; is this going to be good for the blind
> and persons with visual impairment community in our state?  This is a very
> treacherous and mine field ridden question.  On one hand if it is business
> as usual I think that it is going to be very bad for our community.  I 
> feel
> that the credibility is in the toilet bowl and the voice is horse, people
> are sick of hearing the bitching and griping without any real answers that
> call for bringing the community together.  On the other hand it could be
> something that rises like a phoenix from the fires of destruction welding
> our community together in a positive way.  Power is in solidarity not in
> division.  Stop the juvenile antics and come to the table like 
> professionals
> with critically thought out questions and possible reasonable solutions,
> ready to negotiate and give and take a little.  Sound a lot like what our
> federal government should do as well. Lol
> Mark
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org]
> On Behalf Of Larry D. Keeler
> Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 8:01 AM
> To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List
> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Decentralization of the Commission
> It is my oppinion that none of us from iether organization of blind
> comsumers advocates this shocking move by our estemed Governor.  I didn't
> nor will ever vote for him.  That aside, to my knowledge, NFB never
> advocated the abolishment of the Commission.  We constantly called for
> reform in order to serv its clients, blind folks the way it waas meant to.
> I am stunned that this is happening!  I am not really sorry about its
> director being out of a job but otherwise, I think this is appalling!  How
> can us blind folks fight for ourselves when our services will be devided
> across the board?  If our Board of Commissioners is abolished, how can we
> continue having a real say in how our tazx dollars get spent on blindness?
> I also know many folks in the Commission who are decent folks and truely
> want to better our lot.  Having dealt with DHS in a semiproffessional and
> personal capacity, I truely don't have a clue how they plan to have access
> to the services they are supposed to be providing.  And what of BEP?  For
> all its faults, it has provided many blind folks iether with a means to 
> make
> a living or as a start to move up and really be able to contribute to the
> tax pool.  Again, I want to make it clear that in my perception, us in NFB
> never!! called for decentralization!!  I believe we will always fight
> against coruption and abuse of the system whereever it occurs!  Dhis
> decentralization is disastrous for all of us!
> Intelligence is always claimed but rarely proven!
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