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.
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?
This photo of inmate Charles Manson was taken Wednesday March 18, 2009 at Corcoran State Prison, Calif. The photo of the 74-year-old Manson was taken Wednesday as part of a routine update of files on inmates at Corcoran State Prison, where he is serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people, said Seth Unger, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.(AP Photo/California State Prison, Corcoran)
Why did corrections officials release this photo of the nefarious Charles Manson, and why is the news media so willing to publish?
Is part of the motivation to garner sympathy? After all, Charlie’s suffered enough, hasn’t he? He’s just a pathetic, old man. No need to imprison this harmless guy any longer, is there?
My built-in natural curiosity actually wants to see what the monster looks like today and compare to what he looked like when he was an evil hippie in the 60’s. But I shed no tears.
Here’s a challenge to the nation’s media. You want America to see what Charlie looks like today? How about also showing what Charlie’s victims looked like?
Don’t want to do that? Why not? Care more for Charlie than the innocent who were slaughtered?
Here is a website with links to graphic photos of the Manson Family Murders. Click on if you wish. The choice is yours.
For my money, Manson would have been put to death a long time ago. Despite my curiosity, I could care less that Manson is wasting away at taxpayer expense in some God-awful prison cell. That’s far too good for him.
Politicians at all levels of government like to propose bans. That's one of their knee jerk reactions to problems.
Need a solution? Something bugging you? Just ban it.
Here's the newest brainstorm.
“I think it's un-American. I think it's un-American."
The words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking to a group of legal and illegal immigrants abut raids enforcing America’s immigration laws. Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment, Joseph Biden-like, a gaffe machine just waiting to go off.
Fox News has the story and the exclusive video.
It’s unfortunate that John McCain, during his woeful presidential campaign essentially caved and threw in the towel on the immigration issue. America, arguably, is its own worst enemy when it comes to the uncontrolled explosion of illegals here because it continues to enable the problem to spread like cancer.
We have a border fence that’s a joke.
Illegals are getting jobs from the stimulus money……….as predicted.
Yep, just come on in all you illegals! Uncle Sam wants you! The welcome mat is out!
"We've always had discussions about how to cut money."
MPS Superintendent William G. Andrekopoulos made that comment to a gathering at South Division High School about how to spend MPS' share of stimulus money.
Sure thing. We've always, always, always, always talked about cutting.
Oh, and then there was this time...
If those are examples in Andrekopoulus' screwed up world of math that are cuts, I wonder what an increase would be.