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).
Looking to 2016, Iowa GOP gets excited about Walker
“Here’s one way to test (Scott) Walker’s appeal. Talk to Iowa politicos who supported Mitt Romney last time around, and then talk to politicos who supported anybody but Romney, and ask what they think about Walker. You’ll hear a lot of positive things from both groups.”
School choice must be expanded
“In his budget, Governor Walker proposed expanding private school choice and independent charter options to nine additional school districts: Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Waukesha, West Allis, Fond du Lac, Beloit, Sheboygan and Superior. In nearly every one of these districts, the attainment gap for earning a high school diploma is larger for African-American or Hispanic students than in Milwaukee.”
The decline of the Obama presidency
“His second term is coming undone not because of scandal but because of decisions made in the previous four years.”
President Obama's dragnet
“The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.”
4 ways the government is discouraging hiring
“Laws and regulations have made hiring in America more difficult. Government doesn’t create jobs, firms create jobs, so these laws and regulations need to be reversed. Until our government stops doing all it can to prevent employers hiring, our labor markets will continue to stagnate.”
Institutional solutions to school violence are bureaucratic failures
“Kicking children out of school for harmlessly exercising creativity is what passes for education in a world where parents and teachers feel they have no influence on their local schools.”
Sandy Hook photos should not be political fodder
“Our child, Avielle, was beautiful, funny, intelligent and spirited. She was courageous and kind. She was fiercely loyal. We are fiercely loyal to her. No child should be reduced to a picture of her death. We choose to keep our memory of Avielle a healthy one. Releasing the photos and 911 audio of our loved ones killed on Dec. 14 would do just that, reduce who they are to a photo and a scream. These are not healthy images or sounds.”
Boy Scouts: A disheartening betrayal
“Scouts and their families must search their hearts and find the courage of their convictions to decide whether they are going to stay and fight to try to resurrect the BSA — or if it’s time to take a hike from Scouting for good.”
The left's war on Father's Day
“People, of course, need help. A humane society does not ignore those who cannot or even will not fend for themselves. But good faith does not substitute for sound policy. The welfare state is an assault on families.”
Father's Day: Can it survive?
“In another 20 years or so will there even be a Father’s Day? At best, there will be a shortage of old-school, jack-of-all-trades fathers. The current prissy ‘metrosexual’ movement will decimate time-honored fatherly duties, such as grilling out (‘There’s not enough moisturizer in the world to undo that smoke damage, boyfriend’) and the old ‘pull my finger’ gag. (‘No! Don’t pull my finger! You might mess up my manicure!’)”
Imagining Obama's apology to Bush
“And now for the purpose of this letter (I know you are rolling your eyes and saying, ‘just get to the point,’ but you know me: I can be a little long-winded at times): I wanted to say I am sorry. I am sorry that…”