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.
The liberal NY Times is crying the blues that the rough economy has not resulted in an explosion of welfare. The paper went out of its way to find quotes from folks who are alarmed.
Fewer people on the welfare rolls means more people who are self-sufficient. Reduced dependency on the government is a good thing. Take a look at what’s happening in Wisconsin. Food stamp aid is increasing while the number of welfare recipients is declining.
|Welfare recipients, 2007||Welfare recipients, 2008||Pct. change in welfare recipients||Unemployment rate, 2007||Unemployment rate, 2008||Pct. pt. change in unemployment||Food stamp recipients, 2007||Food stamp recipients, 2008||Pct. change in food stamp recipients|
Are the poor being served? Liberals examining food stamp data would perform a double spin. The increase in the number of food stamp recipients, they’d claim, is an indication that the poor aren’t being helped enough because they’re having to apply for assistance. On the other hand, if the number of recipients goes down, again, the spin is that the poor aren’t being helped enough.
When it comes to government handouts like the Porky Pig stimulus package, it’s never good enough for the liberals and the crowd that can’t wait to get their grubs on the money and spend it.
I raise the question that I have in the past: just how poor are the poor? You’d be surprised.