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.
That’s quite a contrast in economic philosophies between Wisconsin Congressman Dave Obey and Paul Ryan featured in today’s New York Times.
The newspaper portrays Obey as a big-time spender who views the proposed stimulus package as his own personal pork machine. Obey is one of the key architects of the plan. The liberal Times also points to well-known Obey criticisms, that he’s impatient, has a temper, and can be rude.
The newspaper calls Obey “unapologetic" about the stimuus:
“You have to take into account the fact that there are certain people in this society getting crushed by this economy,” said Mr. Obey, whose work on the package left him worn down and struggling to regain his voice. “They lose their jobs, they lose their health insurance, they lose their ability to keep their kids in college.
“If you didn’t have two million additional people out of work, you wouldn’t have to be looking for ways to help them. What the hell do you do if the economy goes to hell and two or three or four million more people are out of work?”
Enter the voice of reason, Paul Ryan:
“This is 1936 economics,” Mr. Ryan said. “But it reflects David’s ideology and his economic doctrine. They took everything in their file cabinet that has been piling up for 100 years, threw it in this bill and called it economic stimulus.”
Read the NY Times piece here.
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The Greenfield Common Council holds a special meeting Wednesday night to possibly reconsider its vote last week to reject a proposed Franklin-like ordinance that restricts where released sex offenders can live. The vote angered many Greenfield residents, and a protest rally is scheduled outside Greenfield City Hall this Thursday night.
Who asked for reconsideration? Greenfield aldermen Don Almquist, that's who. Almquist voted with aldermen Tom Pietrowski (who's also running for Mayor) and Shirley Saryan in opposition to the ordinance propsoed by alderman Linda Lubotsky.
The hastily called special meeting gives little notice to residents wishing to attend. Here are more details from GreenfieldNOW.
A special meeting was requested and scheduled after word got out about the protest. Merely a coincidence?
I don’t think so.
Meanwhile, two new sex offenders notified Greenfield police today they have moved into Greenfield.
UPDATE: Almquist confirms he will change his vote.
UPDATE: Mark Belling discussed this issue on his program Tuesday afternoon. You can hear the audio by going to the podcast, Hour 1 Part 2. Click on LISTEN. The Almquist segment is 10:00 into the podcast. NOTE: This segment will only be available online until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.
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