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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.

Earth to Franklin City Hall: HELLO, we've got a great big budget shortfall!


I recently blogged that there doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency at Franklin City Hall about the $1.8 million budget shortfall announced by Mayor Tom Taylor in June.

Here’s what has happened since then:

1) The budget shortfall for this year in the city of Franklin is no longer $1.8 million. It has ballooned to $2.5 million.

2) Even so, there still isn’t any sense of urgency at City Hall.

Case in point: This week’s Franklin Common Council meeting.

FranklinNOW reports that the meeting had some debate about replacing an eight-year-old ambulance that has an odometer reading of 99,000 miles.

Aldermen Steve Olson, Lyle Sohns and Ken Skowronski, according to FranklinNOW  “said while they are strong supporters of the police and fire departments, the city should try to get more mileage out of the ambulance due to the tough economic times. ‘At some point you have to say no’ to more spending, Olson said.”

Everyone acknowledges the importance of ambulances. But when you’re $2.5 million in the hole right now and another $1.4 million in the hole projected for next year, you, as the Rolling Stones professed, can’t always get what you want.

Olson, Sohns, and Skowronski made the right move, voting against purchasing a new ambulance. Aldermen Steve (I am so a conservative, really I am!) Taylor, Kristen Wilhelm, and Tim Solomon voted for the purchase. Apparently the attitude is, we’ll buy now and worry about it, and our deficit, later.

NO SENSE OF URGENCY.

NONE.

Mayor Tom Taylor broke the 3-3 tie and voted in favor of buying the ambulance.

Our city leaders voted to INCREASE SPENDING when the budget shortfall for a $20-million city budget is $2.5 million.

Is it any wonder Franklin taxes are so high?

When personnel, i.e., real living, breathing city workers have to be told they’re losing their jobs, how important will that new ambulance look to those folks?

How dare angry constituents get angry!


Now we know why liberal (Socialist) Congressional Democrats so desperately wanted to pass government health care before:

A) Anyone read the bill

B) The August recess


They did not want to face the wrath of the voters, the people they work for. They’re hearing an absolute earful from constituents back home at their “listening sessions.” The left is stunned that Democrats pushing a complete overhaul of America’s health care system actually are supposed to “listen” at “listening sessions,” especially if it means hearing what they don’t want to hear.

Americans who hate seeing the America they love, honor and respect swiftly sink more and more into Socialism every day are upset. They show up en masse at a “listening session” so that their elected representative will “listen.”

Yes, they’re angry. Yes, they’re mad. Imagine that.

To be sure, there has been some hollering and yelling. How dare constituents speak their minds to their Congressmen! How dare they stand up against a complete government takeover of health care! How dare these people who actually like their health care plans and want to keep them talk that way to a United States Congressman!

Lefties just can’t come to grips with the fact that not everyone genuflects at the thought of more government control. Not everyone has sipped the Obama Kool-Aid.

Obviously, these “mobs” of people with day jobs who pay taxes on top of taxes who have the audacity to show up at “listening sessions” and not treat them like ice cream socials have all been orchestrated or affected by:

Talk radio

The right wing conspiracy

Ronald Reagan

El Nino

The left apparently has forgotten that the Community organizer-in-Chief that they worship  told supporters in Elko, Nevada last year the following:


“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.”


Get in their face.

Argue with them.

Get in their face.

Guerilla warfare is fine as long as it’s the flaky wackos on the left tossing the bombs.


What do these Democrats think, that constituents are going to show up at these sessions like lemmings, quietly nod their heads, and blindly accept anything fed to them?

High tea it ain’t. Thank goodness.

Give ‘em hell!

You think the warm, compassionate left will fry this guy?


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Prince Fielder needs to grow up


Prince Fielder’s temper tantrum following last night’s 17-4 shellacking by the Dodgers in Los Angeles is the talk of baseball today.

Upset because Dodger reliever (and former Fielder teammate) Guillermo Mota drilled him with a pitch in the ninth inning, an angry Fielder attempted to barge his way into the Dodger clubhouse after the game to go after Mota.

Mota hit Fielder after Brewer reliever
Chris Smith nailed Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez with a pitch in the seventh inning. Fielder is either too stupid, too immature, or both to realize that as long as baseball has been around, if your pitcher hits one of their guys, one of their pitchers will retaliate.

Though Mota’s action was intentional, he hit Fielder in one of his large legs where damage would be just a few smarts. It certainly was not as dangerous as throwing at Fielder’s head.

You never, ever try to go into the other team’s clubhouse seeking revenge. Brewer players were seen right there with Fielder along with manager Ken Macha. It appeared some players weren’t even making an attempt to restrain Fielder. Nice leadership by the manager.

And speaking of the manager, why does he even have Fielder in the game in the ninth inning of a 17-4 embarrassment?

This isn’t the first time Fielder has gone crazy.

Major League Baseball is investigating. That means fines and/or suspensions. Fielder, who is having a nice season, wasn’t thinking about his teammates when he went berserk. He deserves punishment.

Hey Big Spender!


CBS News, not FOX, CBS News reports:

“So rapid is the pace of deficit spending by the federal government, that the National Debt has increased over a trillion dollars since President Obama took office.”

Yeh, so. George W. Bush was a big spender, too wasn’t he?

Oh yes he was. But as CBS emphasizes:

“During the last administration, it took over 2 ½ years for the National Debt to increase a trillion dollars.”

Read Mark Knoller’s blog.

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