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.
As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:
1) Photos of the Week (12/28/08)
2) THE TOP TEN STORIES OF FRANKLIN: #5
3) Week-ends (12/27/08)
4) The Barking Lot (12/27/08)
5) Dodging a bullet
Thank you for the off the charts response to the HEROES OF 2008 series on New Year's Eve!
In my Week-ends blog yesterday, one of my OUTRAGES OF THE WEEK was the increasing chatter about raising gas taxes. Sure, just when gasoline falls to a manageable price, political dunderheads want to jack up taxes, while the economy is still struggling.
There are more crazy ideas aimed at attacking you right in the wallet in hopes you’ll abandon your automobile.
In the city by the Bay, motorists could be charged a fee if they dare wander into heavier-traveled areas.
But here’s the real stinker. Some states want to charge you based on the number of miles you drive. How would they know your mileage? They plan to plant a GPS monitor in your car, that’s how.
Tax, tax, tax, tax, tax. Fee on top of fee.
It’s the solution to everything.
Remember, we were informed by authorities that our most infamous sex predator was so fragile, so frail, and so near death that he could be released without supervision, that he posed no danger.
Badger Blogger has the update.
Tonight, the San Diego Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL playoff game, 23-17, in overtime.
The Chargers won the toss in overtime, opted to receive, and drove down the field for the winning touchdown, aided by several penalties to advance to the next round.
I again raise the issue that if the team that wins the toss in overtime scores on its first drive, the opposite team should get the ball for one last drive. I wouldn't mind seeing the current rule of sudden death changed. A playoff spot shouldn't come down to the toss of a coin.
Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend:
This is a must-read, from the highly under-rated Lakeland Times, “A perfect storm for WEAC's, Democrats' greed.”
“All the pieces of the puzzle are sitting on the table known as the state of Wisconsin. And all the players have been elected to sit at the table and put the pieces together. When it's done, it shall no doubt be called The Shafting of the Wisconsin Taxpayer. Let me tell you a thing or two about the players who are so eager to take your money. They are tax-and-spend liberals, in the old-fashioned sense of the word. They control the state Assembly. They control the state Senate. Worst of all, they are led by the biggest tax-and-spend liberal of them all, Gov. Diamond Jim Doyle.”
Another outstanding piece from the Lakeland Times, “Is Doyle telling the truth on state budget deficit?”
“Why would the governor mislead? All of which begs the question: Why would Doyle throw out such a misleading and large number, knowing it contained, at the very least, $2.76 billion in new spending requests from individual state agencies, much of which was unrealistic and unlikely to be approved, even by the governor himself? One answer, of course, could be that federal money and a chance for the state to get its hands on it.”
Income tax holiday could be right idea
“If you want to encourage people to spend money, give them greater access to money through the tax system. Specifically, as proposed by U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, suspend income tax withholding for two months, in lieu of allowing the treasury secretary to spend the second half of the $700 billion bailout bill from earlier this year.”
Obama Will Ration Your Health Care
“It is nearly certain that the process of determining which drugs and which treatments would be approved for use would be quickly politicized. The details of health-care policy may not be kitchen table conversation, but the fact that a Washington committee can deny grandma a hip replacement due to her age, or your sister a new and expensive drug, is. Health care is personal and voters will pressure lawmakers on access to care. Liberal experts believe that America needs to ration new technology and drugs.”
After 6 months, drivers ignoring cellphone ban
The twenty biggest stories of 2008
Everyone does lists. This is a very good one.
Make 2009 the year of useful information
"So here’s a New Years Resolution for our friends in the media: fewer unqualified experts, less wild speculation, more legitimate and even useful information."
Wild speculation? A Franklin story from 2008 comes to mind: Boomgaard.
Red light districts, secret votes taken behind closed doors. Wild speculation? That’s all it was. There's a stronger word that comes to mind.