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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.

Jindal Declines

By Guest Blogger Conservative Casanova

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Snow Blower Etiquette

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Playing Doctor Washington Setting Us Up for a Health Care Bailout too?
by Guest Blogger: J. Gravelle
from: the blog
I'm mostly getting inquiries from businesses in the health care sector for new assignments in January of 2009.
As I've mentioned, I'm an independent computer services contractor/developer/programmer/whateverer. 
I get called in to automate (re-engineer) a company's processes when:
  • business is booming, and a company wants to avoid hiring a proportionate number of new workers to handle the load; or
  • business is stagnant or declining, and a company needs to be able to scale back on labor as much as possible but not allow their service level to suffer.
 It's safe to assume that the demand for health care services, in general, isn't declining.  But that doesn't make providers immune to the effects of the economy.
Combined with a greater demand for services is a lack of skilled labor and perhaps most ominous: an onslaught of ever-increasing record keeping and reporting regulations imposed by our friends in the government.  No other sector comes close to having the onus of "having to do more with less" foist upon them than health care providers do.
(My friends and colleagues in the Financial Services arena might balk at that somewhat, but the fact of the matter is that it's easier to put off an investment than to postpone an appendectomy "until you can afford it".)
The auto makers were careful not to squawk about the cost of burdensome regulations when they went crawling to the very lawmakers who set UP those regulatory hurdles.  The time to DO that had already passed.  The rest of the nation's industries and service sectors had best seize this opportunity to complain about the weight of Uncle Sam's thumb, before they too collapse beneath it.
If the health care industry doesn't unite NOW and demand preliminary relief from the cost of placating Washington, it is quite foreseeable that Big Doctor, Big Nurse, Big Hospital, and even Big Insurance will find themselves crawling to the capital in the not-too-distant future just like the car makers did...
-J. Gravelle
Gravelle is lucid when he stays on his medication.  This is unlikely to last...

In Rod We Trust

 By Guest Blogger: Conservative Casanova

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested today by the FBI on very serious corruption charges.

Of all the accusations, perhaps the most troubling is that the governor was preparing to 'sell' Obama's vacant senate seat to the highest bidder. He was hoping to garner the most benefits for himself in exchange for using his gubernatorial authority to appoint someone to the seat.

FBI special agent Robert Grant had this to say about the history of corruption stemming from Illinois “If it is not the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor”.

The "Land of Lincoln" has certainly become a breeding ground of corruption over the years.

Blago's own predecessor, George Ryan, was incarcerated last year for separate corruption charges.

This has caused a major headache for the president-elect and will test his ability to manage crisis.

The Chicago machine is alive and well. It has modernized with the times. Its ability to sink to new lows is a source of constant amazement to me.

"Honest politician" is an oxymoronic phrase in Chicago. And now we have several Chicagoan politicos holding top spots in Washington D.C.

I just hope Rahm Emmanuel isn't already working on Blago's pardon.

Say it ain't so, Joe!

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