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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.

UPDATE: Photos of the Week (08/19/12) or, Hey! My Mom's on Medicare!


Our week-end blogs, Best Cartoons, The Barking Lot, Week-ends, Photos of the Week, are obviously quite subjective. We miss stuff.

That was the case Sunday for our 8/19/12 edition of Photos of the Week that should have included:






Photos: Orlando Sentinel

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at a retirement community in Florida this past Saturday. Ryan was accompanied by his mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Ryan Douglas, when he spoke at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community. His mother lives in Florida for part of the year and spends the rest of her time in Wisconsin.

When it come to the Medicare debate, Romney and Ryan say, "Bring it on!" And why not. It appears they’re winning against the Democrats’ typical, predictable Mediscare tactics. Blogger
Ace of Spades writes:

"Even as they call Paul Ryan a cruel and merciless budget cutter who cares not for the weather service and would gladly see children exposed to E. coli, the Democrats justify their taking $710 billion out of Medicare and spending it on Obamacare over the next decade by pointing out that Paul Ryan didn’t put that money back into Medicare in his budget. So if he had, would that have made their cuts unjustifiable? Well it so happens that he did. By repealing all of Obamacare’s spending, the Republican budget does not spend the money Obamacare took out of Medicare and thus those funds are used to extend the Medicare trust fund. And this point is hardly hidden in the Ryan budget. The budget document spells it out in its spending tables and also explains it in its narrative section, noting on page 54 that:

‘This budget ends the raid on the Medicare trust fund that began with passage of the new health care law last year. It ensures that any potential savings in current law would go to shore up Medicare, not to pay for new entitlements. In addition to repealing the health care law’s new rationing board and its unfunded long-term care entitlement, this budget stabilizes plan choices for current seniors.’"

During his speech in Florida, a state loaded with seniors that the mainstream media told us would never go for Romney/Ryan (and polls show otherwise at the moment), Ryan emphasized that his plan for Medicare would leave health care benefits in place for current seniors and anyone over the age of 55. He said that his generation would see reforms to prevent the program from going bankrupt. He said that the plan that he and Romney support originated in the Clinton White House and was based on a choice between the traditional Medicare program and a voucher for private insurance.

Here's the speech in its entirety from C-SPAN.



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