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).
Top 10 ways to improve the state budget
“As the Governor prepares to put his final touches and signature on the 2013-2015 state budget this Sunday, the special interest groups in Madison are working overtime to convince the Governor to make one more final change to the document before it becomes law. High-priced lobbyists know that the window to slip in one more pork project, one more ‘technical change.’" to benefit his/her organization is rapidly closing. |
“What is missing from this conversation, however, is what is best for you, the taxpayer. The Governor and the legislature hear from capitol insiders and well-organized ‘community groups’ all the time. But what about your voice?
“The MacIver Institute, as a service to taxpayers around the state, has assembled the most important changes this budget needs to turn it from a very good budget to the very best budget for taxpayers.”
20 signs America is in decline
“What we sow as a nation, we should expect to reap and the crop these days isn't looking very good.”
If Paula Deen is out, please explain Maher and Sharpton
“If celebrity cook Paula Deen is out because of her decades-old private use of the ‘n’ word, what about its public AND private use by MSNBC's Al Sharpton? What about HBO host Bill Maher's use of the ‘c’ word?”
The conservative plan for immigration reform
“There is a simple and truly fair compromise that is based on the practical advice from my latest book, The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide. Republicans, conservatives and Libertarians have to be blind or idiots not to support it. If Democrats want the 12 million illegal immigrants already here to stay, I say ‘YES..’ But only if Democrats agree to these key points of compromise…”
“It has long been my belief that the sight of a good-looking woman lowers a man's IQ by at least 20 points. A man who doesn't happen to have 20 points he can spare can be in big trouble.”
Why I entered the lion's den called The View
“So, why did I enter the ‘lion's den’? Perhaps a better question is: Why do so few conservatives see the urgency of doing so in the era of Kim Kardashian, presidential Entertainment Tonight interviews and the Daily Show?”
Dinner bells and other lost sounds of summer
“I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid…These mystical summer sounds have been gone a long time now. How wonderful it would be to bring them back.”
AND FINALLY, AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE...
What's Great About America
"But what about racism? Racism continues to exist in America, but it exists in a very different way than it did in the past. Previously, racism was comprehensive or systematic; now it is more episodic. In a recent debate with the Reverend Jesse Jackson at Stanford University, I asked him to show me how racism today is potent enough to prevent his children or mine from achieving the American dream. 'Where is that kind of racism?' I said. 'Show it to me.' Jackson fired off a few of his famous rhyming sequences- 'I may be well-dressed, but I'm still oppressed,' and so on-but conceded that he could not meet my challenge.
"For a few decades now, blacks and some minorities have enjoyed more rights and privileges than whites. The reason is that America has implemented affirmative action policies that give legal preference to minority groups in university admissions, jobs, and government contracts. Such policies remain controversial, but the point is that they reflect the great lengths to which this country has gone to eradicate discrimination. It is extremely unlikely that a racist society would grant its minority citizens legal preferences over members of the majority group. Some private discrimination continues to exist in America, but the only form of discrimination that can be legally practiced today benefits blacks more than whites.
"The reality is that America has achieved greater social equality than any other society. True, there are large inequalities of income and wealth in America. In purely economic terms, Europe is more egalitarian. But Americans are socially more equal than any other people, and this is unaffected by economic disparities."