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.
Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television at 6:30, with a repeat broadcast at 11:00 Sunday morning.
1 – A.I.G.
Do we have a right to be angry about the giant bonus checks given to A.I.G executives? Shouldn’t the government had taken steps to stop this before it happened? Did the lawmakers who approved the bailout bill for A.I.G. know that these compensation packages were going to be paid out? Is it fair to ask the recipients to give the money back? Aren’t they contractually entitled to it? Should the contracts have been “renegotiated” just as U.A.W. workers contracts were renegotiated? Does this show yet another incredible disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street? Does this hurt Obama? Is his reaction just a little too late?
2 – U.W.M.
Governor Doyle proposes a huge $240 million investment in UWM, which would be the largest cash infusion in the fifty year history of the school. Does it make sense at this point in time? Is it hollow rhetoric, or a sincere pledge of faith? Will lawmakers go along with it? Is this long overdue? Does it make sense for U.W.M. to be proposing a new School of Health downtown, a new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Wauwatosa, and a new School of Freshwater Sciences at the lakefront near Discovery World? Is U.W.M. finally getting the attention that it deserves?
3 – OBAMA / LENO.
Friday night, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to be a guest on The Tonight Show. Is this brilliant politics, or the dumbing down of the presidency? Is he simply trying to reach out to the people who watch TV, or is he degrading the office of the presidency? At this point in time, when there is an economic meltdown, is it wise to go on a comedy talk show? Does Obama crave rock star status, or is he simply demonstrating an incredibly astute and sincere awareness of identifying with the common man? Is this the same quality that helped get him elected?