Abele picked up right where Walker left off, allowing things to deteriorate even more and then deciding to abandon these most vulnerable citizens altogether. When the Milwaukee County Board tried to put some common sense safety measures in place, Abele went to the state legislature, bought himself some legislators, and had a bill passed which cut the board out of the mental health system.
I warned at the time that it was a really bad idea.
Sure enough, Walker, who called the mental health system "a natural disaster" - forgetting that he was the cause of the disaster - has again failed in his duties and responsibilities to them:
Gov. Scott Walker missed the deadline Monday to name all members to a new board to oversee mental health care in Milwaukee County.If anyone is shocked by this, they should be ashamed of themselves. There was no reason on earth why anyone should think that Walker was concerned about the well being of these people. They don't have enough money to be even a blip on Walker's radar.
Walker named seven of his 11 appointments but needs more information before he can name the other four, according to Laurel Patrick, his spokeswoman.
Patrick said in an email Monday that two more members — a substance abuse specialist and a consumer of mental health services — would be named later this week, once they are vetted. The final two — a lawyer and a consumer — will be named once all candidates for those slots submit their paperwork.
Mary Neubauer, who will serve on the board by virtue of her position as co-chair of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, said she was bothered by Walker's failure to name the full board by Monday's deadline.
"It's not like they didn't have the names," Neubauer said.
Patrick said the nine members were enough for the board to be "operational and function."
But, Neubauer said, without all members named, they would not be able to meet.
"It's very frustrating," she said.
But don't expect the paper to push on this issue or for anyone to raise their voice in protest.
After all, it's like Kelly Rindfleisch said..."No one care about crazy people."