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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Jim Doyle is no Barack Obama.
His sour puss and sour delivery made our economic crisis feel even worse.
Doyle’s speech was 7 pages long. It seemed like 70.
The governor blamed a lot of people at the beginning of his speech for the pickle we’re in. I checked the Blue Book. Doyle’s lived in the governor’s mansion for six years.
Doyle said he “inherited” a $3.2 billion deficit when first elected governor. Later in the speech he noted the deficit is now $5.4 billion. Do the math. So he’s been a great governor….how?
Doyle said, “We eliminated the tax on Social Security.” Actually, Republicans in the Legislature pushed that through.
“I refused to raise taxes.” The governor’s funniest line of the night, and there were very few. He just had to be joking.
He said we dropped out of the top 10 in taxes. Oh, really!!!
"From December 2007 to December 2008, the state lost 62,600 jobs and the unemployment rate went up to 5.8 percent." I'll bet Scott Walker caught that line.
“So when people lose their jobs and stop buying things, and the demand for state services go up, states have deficits.” No, Governor. When states spend more than they take in, that's when states get deficits.
Doyle said we shouldn't wait around to be the 48th or 49th state to enact a statewide smoking ban. Great logic, Jim. What about conceal-carry?
"This is a national problem, so I started working closely with a bipartisan group of governors across the country to call attention to the unique situation states are in." No, Governor, you joined forces with a few other Democrat governors to demand that the economic stimulus package be $1 TRILLION.
Cheesy ethanol, a global warming task force, and begging Washington D.C. for the moon won't create jobs.
Biggest cheer of the night: The mention of Supreme Court Justice (and former Assembly Speaker) David Prosser. A close second was the intro of the copilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, Jeffrey Skiles of nearby Oregon, Wisconsin.
Biggest dud of the night: Doyle calling for sobriety checkpoints. As the governor paused for recognition, only a few in the Chamber quietly clapped.
Unlike most State of the State speeches, not a single mention of any Wisconsin sports team or athlete.