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 president declares a national emergency about swine flu. He even reminded us to make sure we wash our hands.What a guy!
News consumers are flooded with one confusing story after another. Should I get the shot? Should I stay home? One expert says by all means, get the shot. Another says you’ll die if you don’t. Still another says it depends. Depends on what?
The government says not to worry, after they tell you to worry.
Our nation’s human gaffe machine, Vice President Joe Biden said earlier this year, “I would tell members of my family — and I have — I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now. It’s not that it’s going to
Now that our leaders have scared the hell out of us, they assume their role of would-be rescuers on white steeds. We will save the day with flu clinics and shots of vaccines, no matter what you read in the newspaper.
And so we line up in the rain like sheep, whether we need the shot or whether we fall into the appropriate at-risk group or not. We have taken the bait. We fear for our very lives and seek government assistance.
Bureaucrats are smiling.
Government thrives on crises, real or not. Especially those in government that are proponents of big, bloated spending and big, fat programs. You’re in trouble. No need for despair. I will help you. I am larger than life government. Don’t forget to vote for me.
Yes, that’s how it works. For decades, liberal Democrats that forgot that all those programs designed by FDR were supposed to be temporary did their darndest to prevent the downtrodden from self-promotion. Enact welfare reform? Are you crazy?
My friend who I used to appear with on Charlie Sykes’ TV program, Mikel Holt often referred to the “poverty pimps.” They’re the social service agencies that are beneficiaries of huge government allocations. It’s their job to keep poverty and the need for their programs alive. Otherwise, they’re out of a job and those nice government checks.
Don’t get me wrong. The swine flu is, indeed, deadly. But how deadly? From a global perspective, should we all be in some crazed state of panic?
The government wants you to feel helpless. It wants you be on constant alert. It wants you to need the public sector’s help. That way, it can spend, and spend, and spend more than it needs to, and you feel good that they are, and you will love it, and you will remember come Election Day. Or maybe the government doesn't have to wait that long. It can use the crisis du jour to promote its ant-business crusade for more and more paid sick leave. Keep an ear open for that.
Deep down inside, President Obama was in sheer ecstasy when he proclaimed a national disaster. Big brother to the rescue. Make that, very big brother.