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.
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).
Bolstering Scott Walker's jobs numbers
“Walker won the recall election. And on June 28, after all the banging drums, chants and vuvuzelas had gone silent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quietly confirmed that Wisconsin had a net increase of 27,811 jobs in 2011. Walker was retroactively right.
“Of course, the heat of a contentious recall election isn't necessarily the place to have a reasoned debate about jobs figures. But given some of the recent talk about Walker's job creation record, it appears the issue needs revisiting.
"Whose side are you on?"
"Columbine survivor Evan Todd released an open letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday in which he offers a point-by-point analysis of proposed firearms control initiatives, dismissing them as ineffective and dangerous to Americans’ rights...The letter, which speaks directly to the president, covers a number of key facets in the gun control debate."
Why the hell should anyone vote for the Republican Party?
“Of course, black and Hispanic Americans won't vote for us. Democrats have been telling them for decades that we hate them and the GOP treats them like they have cooties. We do almost no minority outreach of consequence as a party. We don't tailor our message specifically to appeal to single women, young Americans, or people who live in cities either. We're behind on technology, we don't support new media, we don't do much to build conservative grassroots organizations, we don't help groups trying to reach out to new constituencies, we don't aid churches, and we've given up on impacting the mainstream media, the education system, and Hollywood. We're like a football team that keeps running the same plays that don't work, no matter how many times they fail.”
Long lines to vote
“We have started getting lines at the limited number of early voting sites because advocacy organizations and campaigns keep pushing all voters to vote early, not just those who can’t vote on Election Day. That makes no sense, given the small number of early voting sites compared to the huge number of voting sites open on Election Day.”
Preschool debate obscures core problem
“Sure, explore Obama's plan to expand quality preschool, and make sure kids aren't then dumped into failing elementary schools. But don't miss the core problem. The primary engine of social advancement has always been the family, and it is breaking down.”
Why we're Obama's lapdogs
"Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen (VandeAllen) must have recently woke up feeling a little dirty about themselves and their chosen profession...Whatever the motivation, it is fun to read their long, rambling rationalization for why they, their awful publication, and the media as a whole have spent the last four years willingly assuming the position of Obama's footstool."
All is forbidden
"Kiddies, we’ve become losers. We’re losing everything. In my case, not weight — but money, patience, hair and, mostly, privileges.
"No longer allowed salt. Sugar is outlawed. Smoking’s second to cheating on taxes. Sodas, forget. Sounds — horn-honking, boombox blaring — could get you three-to-five. Spitting? A no-no."
Oscar night vs. sports
“I believe I fall into the sweet spot of viewers who semi-watch with low expectations. Our attention peaks early for the opening monologue, hangs in through those Supporting Actor and Actress presentations, and then drifts in and out of consciousness until the heavy hardware arrives somewhere around the time local TV is supposed to be doing the weather. It takes forever.”