The ‘Michigan Main Street’ plan was hatched in the private dwelling of George and Kay Brown’s, basically behind the scenes and in the background with a select ‘invitation only’ list of our esteemed lawmakers – these are whom I’ve deemed the ‘Blissfield Elites’, some refer to them as ‘the clique’. Not because they are better, more intelligent or wealthier than the rest of us but because they deem themselves to be so. They’ve earned this by operating as an exclusive network. Friends of Historic Blissfield (FoHB) claimed responsibility for MMS involvement in our community through a publication they made explaining what they are and why they exist. I don’t think how and what they’ve enacted is even legal and binding.
It looks like FoHB is very much an ‘Acorn’ type organization that was working with the Liberal minded portion of our government to promote implementation of a liberal philosophy agenda, it wasn’t just about beautification of Blissfield. I’m actually thinking the elites are all Liberals as this bit of research will show. Most importantly, a conservative group would not ask for and receive public funding for beautification projects they view as important but would have campaigned for private donations to fund them. As far as I can tell, even their adopted ‘Make a Difference Day’ agenda is more narrowly scoped for making things look pretty than helping those in need, as the national event intended.
Perhaps implementing MMS was to give some teeth to the committee for beautifying, actually legitimizing the unnecessary spending campaign. Now they’ve got a whole organization on board cheerleading the effort. Of course to be fair, MMS warns theirs is not a grant program, but they’re carefull not to make the connection they’re affiliated or are the marketing arm for those that distribute the grants. MMS also claims that MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority) doesn’t use taxpayer funds to fund their programs, they sell bonds and notes. Are these the same bonds and notes the treasury just bought for 600 billion? You may have heard about quantitative easing and monetizing the debt.
Does the entity Fannie Mae ring any bells? MSHDA helped cause the housing crisis by getting people into homes without any or little skin in the game, those were probably the first homeowners to face foreclosure. MSHDA came in to help through stimulus/bailout money from the Federal Government and distributed funds to those lucky enough to get some financial help to stay in their homes.
As I’ve pointed out before, those that are in opposition to the spending/bailout cycle that we’ve allowed our government to orchestrate are called negative, anarchists or the 20% that don’t want to do anything, etc. Well, MSHDA and Michigan Main Street have their own terminology for responsible people and they know just how to deal with us. They call those people ‘Cave People’. Isn’t that sweet, we get a special nod and special handling.
You bet, want to know how often that happens? I’ve tried to find negative press about Michigan Main Street – the reason – I wanted to know what the down side was, I wanted to know why certain communities have bowed out of the program…but I found out why I can’t find any negatives to MMS. Because they’re not allowed to have any. If you belong to a MMS committee, once you leave a meeting you’re to support any and all decisions that the committee has made. No documented differences of opinion, just happy faces to the community. In fact you’re not allowed to take anything viewed as negative to the DDA/MMS Director. I guess the fires the director was supposed to be putting out all the time (I got this from the Board Training Session they held) would come from, hmm… where would those fires come from? I’m stumped on that one.
Anyhow, I also found a reason why President Guetschow was such a fervent supporter of Main Street…
Main Street communities are given preference for grant funding – yup, puts them right up there at the top of the list. Oh, we’ve got people working on Historic designation too, it was suggested (or required) by MMS.
But the bottom line from this particular ‘Cave Person’ is the program is not free. Have you read all those Blissfield Village Newsletters for the last two years telling you there’s no cost for the program? Other than the $20,000.00 they had in their budget for hiring a Main Street Director. Somehow they magically found $8,000.00 more to throw in and even that number will surely increase – with benefits. (more spending in another post)
Since I paid for a FOIA request to see a DDA financial statement May 28/2010, the budget for hiring a director to manage the MMS program went from $20,000.00 to – $50,750.00, my additions are in the right two columns FY10-11 Budget Main Street
MSHDA of course counts this as creating a job.
Bills paid for the program coming out of the Village Budget is actually costing us. DDA spending is also costing us when those funds could either not be captured in the first place or better spent elsewhere.
Does anybody know why a government housing organization is involved with economic development? I think its to create more housing, whether the community needs it or not. I think they know that we’ll watch the left hand while the right one does it’s magic.