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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.

Meet Melika Willoughby

In the past, I have tried to highlight truly great young minds with real writing and thought skills. One of them is this bright University of Minnesota student.

At Wednesday’s Tea Party in Madison, the crowd was wowed by 17-year old Melika Willoughby. Click on the video to the right on the home page of the MacIver Institute to hear her rousing speech.

It’s so refreshing to know that there are intelligent, insightful young people that will ensure the future of our great country is in good hands.

What happened Wednesday is only the beginning

From Americans For Prosperity:

Americans for Prosperity

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Hey, big spender

According to the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), Congress has never been this bloated. There are more members receiving lousy scores from the NTU on fiscal restraint than ever before.

The NTU writes:

“The scorecard, the only one to utilize every roll call vote affecting tax, spending, and regulatory issues, was based on 286 votes – 182 in the House and 104 in the Senate -- in the second session of the 110th Congress (all of 2008). In 2008, only 48 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for a significantly ‘curved’ grade of "A" (at least 80 percent in the House and 76 percent in the Senate) and hence were eligible for the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" -- a drop from the 52 who earned top grades in 2007. Meanwhile, a record 267 Senators and Representatives captured the title of ‘Big Spender’ for posting "F" grades (even more heavily curved at 25 percent or less in the House and 15 percent or less in the Senate). This tops the 2007 Rating's 266 biggest spenders and is an even more significant jump from the 224 biggest spenders in 2006.”

The NTU rates everyone in Congress. How did the Wisconsin delegation do?

There are no surprises.

So Herb, Russ, Gwen, Susan, Dave, Ron, and Steve, this one’s for you:

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Why college students get too many A's

My good friend, retired history professor Tom Reeves has written a column that appears today on the National Association of Scholars website, examining how professors hand out A’s and B’s like candy at Halloween. Reeves writes:

“Grade inflation continues because, on the whole, it works. It is in the best interests of students, faculty, and administrators. Of course, there are always professors who uphold their academic standards and grade honestly and remain popular, at least in the better schools. But an individual professor’s conscience, like his reason, can be easily swayed when faced with the demands of self-interest. Leftist ideology no doubt eases the pain. The path of least resistance is to give everyone an A or a B in a class that demands little or no individual study and thought.”

It’s an outstanding piece.

One of Obama's biggest fears

Recently, Chuck Norris wondered if President Obama is afraid of the J-word.

I guess we know the answer.

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