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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #223


The knee-jerk on-line reactions were quite predictable.

Now that's what I call important state business. The economy is in the tank, gas prices are out of this world, joblessness is running rampant and Wisconsin Legislators are introducing bills to name a state dessert. Wow!

OMG what a waste of time.

Good to hear they are taking time to work on the important issues.

I thought this was an Onion headline at first. I know its a harmless bill and a complete waste of time, but with the curent rate of obesity in this state, why do we need an official dessert?

I am ashamed to tell anyone I am originally from Wisconsin. What an embarassment for the citizens.

Would the last sane person to leave the state please hit the lights?

Ok so I'm glad I'm not the only one disturbed by this.

The target of this ire? Wisconsin Senate Bill 100 that would designate the cream puff as the official state dessert.




Senate Bill 100’s author: State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), my former boss.

There are various arguments in opposition to this legislation.

THIS IS JUST A COLLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME

Generally, here’s how these proposals to create a new state symbol work. Led by their teacher, some Wisconsin students study an issue and suggest that their elected state legislator(s) introduce a bill. After consideration and agreement, the legislator (usually through an aide) has the state’s Legislative Reference Bureau draft the bill. Here is Senate Bill 100:


 

2011 Senate BILL 100

 

May 20, 2011 - Introduced by Senators Lazich and Darling, cosponsored by   Representative Kerkman, by request of Mrs. Coley's 2010-11 4th Grade
Clarendon Avenue Elementary School class  from Mukwanago. Referred to Committee on Judiciary, Util ities, Commerce, and Government Operations.

An act to amend
1.10 (4); and to create 1.10 (3) (t) of the statutes; relating to: designating the cream puff as the Wisconsin state dessert.



Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau


              Current law designates a variety of state symbols and requires the Wisconsin Blue Book to include information about them. This bill designates the cream puff as the Wisconsin state dessert and requires the Wisconsin Blue Book to include that information.


                For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:


Section 1. 1.10 (3) (t) of the statutes is created to read:

      1.10 (3) (t) The cream puff is the state dessert.

Section 2. 1.10 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:

      1.10 (4) The Wisconsin Blue Book shall include the information contained in this section concerning the state song, ballad, waltz, dance, beverage, tree, grain, flower, bird, fish, animal, domestic animal, wildlife animal, dog, insect, fossil, mineral, rock, soil, fruit, and tartan, and dessert.

 
I’m pretty sure the drafter was thrilled to get this simple request with prep time about as much as toasting a Pop-Tart.

WHAT ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES?

C’mon. Can anyone truly submit with a straight face that the current session of the Wisconsin Legislature has failed to tackle tough and/or controversial matters? The first few weeks in January were dedicated to a special job creation special session. Let’s go back to the on-line reaction, this one from jsonline:

Also, give me a break, people. The ones criticizing our legislature first say
they're moving too fast to pass everything and are now complaining that
they're doing a symbolic bill like this. I think whether you like or dislike
what's been done in Madison, nobody can claim that the passing of a
symbolic bill is preventing them from working on other bills.

Correct

THE CREAM PUFF IS ONLY AN 11-DAY, STATE FAIR PARK THING


Wrong. Back to jsonline:

To all of you that think cream puffs are only eaten once per year please go and visit a REAL Bakery or visit a farm progress days, county fair or many other food facility in Wisconsin- they can be found from Superior to Kenosha and every where in between.

WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE?

Like what?

LIKE…

Ice cream.

Frozen custard.

Kringle.

Apple pie with melted cheddar cheese.

Someone even suggested a healthier option like non-fat yogurt or cranberries. We can’t confirm but we believe that was Michelle Obama in between cheeseburgers.

Custard and kringle are certainly strong possibilities, especially kringle which is far more exclusive to Wisconsin. However, the cream puff should be the favorite. Stay with me.

THE CREAM PUFF ISN’T REALLY “WISCONSIN”

 

Huh? Someone on-line actually made that foolish claim.

She (Lazich) should spend more time researching what a cream puff is made from and while she is doing that she should also research where the products that make the cream puff are made. Lazich may find out that most of the ingredients from the cream puffs that are made at State Fair are not Wisconsin made products but rather they are New York made products.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

From the
"Make cream puffs the official dessert of Wisconsin” Facebook page:

Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) Executive Director Dave Schmidt “explained that Wisconsin companies are an integral part of the Original Cream Puff business, from boxes and plates that are made in Germantown, Wis., to whipping cream from Golden Guernsey Dairy in Waukesha, Wis.


Schmidt appearing before students pushing for the cream puff legislation.


SO WHY THE CREAM PUFF?

3.6 million sold at the State Fair the past decade.

350,000 sold at the fair each year.

The pastries are a perfect ambassador of Wisconsin’s critical agriculture and tourism industries.

For many years, I worked backstage at the Main Stage at the Fair. Just about every major star that comes to perform doesn’t leave without sampling a cream puff.

I REPEAT, WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE?

Cream puffs over custard or kringle? Really? I mean really? How about we make it Simmas cheescake or a Grebe donut. I'm calling my legislators to complain. This bill is controversial. Where are the protests?? The all night sleep-ins of cuddly college students in the Capitol?

From another writer, who gives the best answer:

If you want to try to pass a bill, you can. What's stopping you? Work with
your local representative like the teacher did, along with leaders in the area.

If the kids can do it, you can do it. If you think you can come up with a
better dessert, do something about it.


As Fonzie (another great Wisconsin icon) would say:

EXACTIMUNDO!

These young students in Mukwonago did the work including much research along with their teacher in a great civics lesson.  Did any Racine students push for a bill designating the kringle? Did any kids anywhere else in Wisconsin urge their representatives to sponsor frozen custard?

Senator Lazich’s bill is progressing. It passed the Senate’s Judiciary Committee this past week, 6-1 following testimony from some students.




The kids talked about how much (the cream puff) means to Wisconsin ... it was pretty cool," Sarah Archibald, committee clerk, said. "I think the committee was very impressed."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Only Democrat Bob Jauch voted against the kids' bill. Back to jsonline:

Is Bob Jauch up for a recall? If not, he should be. Who votes against
something like this? This is like voting against recognizing the Packers'
Super Bowl victory.


FISCHER, YOU’RE A HYPOCRITE ON THIS ISSUE

In September 2009, I blogged against a bill calling for a different state symbol.

At the time, the Democrats in power WERE NOT proposing serious legislation to deal with our economy, jobs, taxes, and spending (setting up their ouster from office in November 2010).

And a state microbe does not exactly foster the emotional type of debate, or any debate or interest for that matter compared to a state dessert that has an endearing quality that automatically fuels heartfelt feelings. The state microbe idea never got off the ground.

SO, YOU'RE JUST BIASED ON THIS WHOLE ISSUE, FISCHER, AREN'T YOU?

(Chuckle)

Yes I am.

That’s my answer and you’re stuck with it.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

“There's more to a cookout than just throwing burgers and steaks on the grill.”



ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Big Brother wants to save us from ourselves so it mandates calorie counts on restaurant and other food items. So where’s the calorie count on alcohol?


AND ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

It’s tough to pick on some Girl Scouts…but I will.

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