MDOT Station Hosts Wild Party

Perhaps we ask the MDOT why the May 5th question failed so badly.

MDOT-BloodThe Michigan Department Of Transportation continues to ‘effectively’ use transportation monies provided by the richest state citizenry in the nation.

But a “wild party?”  OK, maybe just because its usually accompanied by cookies and orange juice.  And yes, as some readers might suspect, I have the sarc switch on.  ‘Effective’ use of our taxpayer dollars might actually mean that we don’t have to face the crony machine kicking into full gear tomorrow. The Steudle led MDOT does indeed continue to spin its wheels and waste our resources in areas not reflected in their mission.

There is no question the good works provided by our blood letting missions will save lives, and continue to provide our hospitals with the perishable commodity that we all share.  Indeed we have need for those organizations who will accommodate blood drive efforts, and we hope those needs will be met.

However, it is neither the mission or responsibility of the Michigan Department of Transportation to manage,, aid, provide assistance, or promote such efforts.  Yet they think it is:

August 17, 2015 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) encourages state employees and the general public to give the gift of life by donating blood at the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center (TSC) Aug. 26.

The Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center will have its mobile collection vehicle at the facility from noon to 2 p.m. The TSC is located at 100 S. Westwood Drive in Ishpeming.

“Making the decision to donate blood can save lives, it’s really just that simple,” said Harmony Michaud, the MDOT employee coordinating the event. “We sometimes take for granted that there will always be blood readily available in an emergency, but what if no one donated? It only takes 10 minutes to donate and it could help save a family member or friend – or someone else’s family member or friend. There are a lot of people who need long-term treatments and donated blood is their lifeline.”

Harmony’s paycheck is from the state (taxpayers),  not the UP Regional Blood Center.

Perhaps her time might be best spent filling out the warranty orders?

Policy Changes:

Making MDOT accountable.

What good are road warranties, if you won’t enforce the ones you have already?

Given that literally MILLIONS were wasted when it was recently reported that MDOT let road warranties expire without any action being taken, legislation should be implemented to hold those accountable. No one would tolerate an employee who simply walked off in million in Michigan Taxpayers money, so why should hiding under the guise of being an appointed official and not doing the job you were hired to do, be any different?


Some things are hard to change, yes?

Some folks expect action to fund more of the same to happen this week.


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  6 comments for “MDOT Station Hosts Wild Party

  1. KG One
    August 18, 2015 at 7:27 am

    My rep informed me that they have no intention on voting for any tax hikes on motorists.

    They also said that the rest of their caucus is expected to follow suit.

    So, if any taxes are approved, it will all be on Team "r".

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  2. Bruce Hall
    August 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I understand the vitriol against the MDOT waste in general, but this might be carrying it a bit too far. I donated in blood through Air Force "parties" a long time ago and continued for 30 years with Ford Motor Company. Sometimes just doing the right thing transcends politics.

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    • Corinthian Scales
      August 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Ya, and I watched that crap go on at FoMoCo for decades. While others worked picking up your slack, you got paid to sit on your ass so, if it really was something you felt a need to do, you could've done it on your own time and dime.

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      • Bruce Hall
        August 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

        Wow, CS. You really are a bitter person. I was salaried and got my work done no matter how long it took. Do you still beat orphans with a stick?

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        • Corinthian Scales
          August 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

          Not bitter, Bruce. Tho, am real tired of horse shit, nitwits, and unaccountable bureaucrats pissing away my coerced tax dollars like goose shit through a tin horn.

          For record, I was GSR as well, and I know how the overtime game got played so, blow that one out your ass too.

          Beating orphans? WTF is wrong with your head?

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    • Jason
      August 18, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Bruce, A few years ago I may have said "yeah ok, its all good."

      We don't have the luxury of that anymore. We simply do not. Ford as a private company is welcome to answer to its shareholders, but as it has been put in a comment already 'coerced' money is a far different matter. The slippery slopes have gone full bore avalanche, and as I alluded to in the post, warranties are NOT being handled costing us more money.

      Perhaps if they were doing the jobs they were hired to do?

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