Thursday, October 29, 2015

Feel Good Failure - part 2 - Office of African American Affairs

Another Feel Good Failure resolution by County Supervisor Khalif Rainey.  He's really pushing for that Alderman gig by proposing to spend County / City / State money on more bureaucracy.

Now he wants Milwaukee to develop an Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) that will do the job he was elected to do.  The sad part is that the County Board will OK this, County Exec Abele can't say no if he wants to keep the black vote in a contested race against Sen. Chris Larsen.  What's even sadder is that this office will offer the same results that Rainey's produced - NONE.

An editorial in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel by Rainey explains why this office will do nothing other than add another layer of confusion to an already whacked County Government.

Does Milwaukee County really need an Office of African American Affairs with no powers to tell us what we already know and to butt in on proposed legislation?

This is nothing more than an extension of a Rainey proposed resolution for a Minority Impact Statement Ordinance that passed the Board in 2014 and as far as I can tell has never been utilized. That resolution was suppose to produce a Minority Impact Statement on all resolutions, grants and contracts with a fiscal impact greater than $300,000.

It was suppose to produce "qualitative and quantitative positive or negative impact on the following groups - Women, African-American & Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian & Pacific Islanders, Native Americans & Alaskan Natives, Elderly over 65 and Disabled."  Basically everyone but white males under 65.

The Minority Impact Statement Ordinance was also a Feel Good Failure piece of legislation that did nothing other let the Supervisor Rainy parade in front of the black community and tell them how hard he is working for them.

It seems that Supervisor Rainey want's this new governmental layer of fat to do the job he was elected to do. To help in this exercise of futility, he's drafted the aid of Alderman Willie Wade and Assemblyman Leon Young. One wonders why with Wade in office since 2003 and Young occupying a seat in Madison since 1992 neither of them have proactively addressed the issues that have given rise to this unneeded resolution.

I hope that some sanity suddenly hits the County Board and they vote down this resolution.  Willie Wade will have a tougher road to hoe with the Common Council and Leon Young will never get this passed in the Assembly and that is good news.

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