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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.

Recommended Reading (04/03/11)

Recommended reading

Here are, in my view, interesting, noteworthy columns and articles from the past week that I highly recommend (You will note that on occasion, I do not endorse the opinions of the author and may point that out. Despite my disagreements, I still feel the piece is worth a read).

The one opinion piece The New York Times didn’t want you to read

"Editor’s note: In the weeks since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker introduced his reforms to balance the budget and revoke the collective bargaining rights of public employees, The New York Times repeatedly used its editorial pages to opine on the reforms. Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run."

Wisconsin judicial tyranny

"It's beginning to seem like the will of the people, as reflected in the election results, is completely irrelevant. The Democrats and their special interest sponsors in the labor movement are using any means at their disposal to block the efforts of the officials who won the election.

Our Founding Fathers warned against 'the tyranny of the minority.' This must have been the type of situation they had in mind."

The paranoid style in liberal politics

Up until Walker’s showdown with the Democratic state senators, (David) Koch had never seen a photograph of the governor. He didn’t know him at all. But now the protesters occupying the Wisconsin state capitol were calling Walker a ‘Koch Whore.’

Why? Because the Koch Industries PAC had given $43,000 to Walker’s campaign. That was less than one half of one percent of Walker’s total haul—but still enough for the left to tie Koch Industries to the battle royal in Wisconsin.”

We've become a nation of takers, not makers

“If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse.”

7 topics we can't have adult conversations about in America

"In a world where politics has become all-consuming and there's an interest group looking for an opportunity to exploit every issue, it has become almost impossible to have adult conversations about certain subjects. The moment you try to do so, legions of grievance mongers, ideologues and bottom feeders start belting out scripted responses that have nothing to do with the topic at hand and everything to do with what they imagine your motivations to be and how ugly, stupid, and flawed they think you are as a human being.

What this means is that certain crucial issues never really get discussed in this country. Instead, we just end up with people insulting each other back and forth. That's too bad because these are not small matters. To the contrary, they're rather consequential and they deserve to be seriously discussed instead of treated like partisan footballs."

NPR: Out to lunch

"Much has been written about NPR's self-inflicted travail, especially when (Juan) Williams first got the ax and Vivian Schiller allowed her inner Mean-Girl to suggest, in public, that Williams should have kept his comments about being made nervous at the sight of traditionally-clad Muslims when he got on an airplane, between him and 'his psychiatrist and publicist.' Most thought Schiller was implying that Williams--the lone black male on the air at NPR--was either pathologically bigoted or saying shocking things for ratings attention.

But maybe we should revisit the original scene of the crime. Some have noted that Williams' remarks were wrenched out of context--that he was actually scolding Bill O'Reilly for his sweeping generalization on an earlier program that 'Muslims attacked us on 9-11.' Williams thought this unfair to Muslims as a group, at which point he added his fatal "share" about his feelings about flying with Muslims in mufti--but then saying his or the similar feelings of others shouldn't become the basis of punitive public policy.

What I think needs more scrutiny though is the legitimacy of Williams' nervousness..."

Leave our bulbs alone

"The light bulb represents one of the most ingenious and useful American-created commercial products — so ingenious, in fact, that it’s the metaphor for the arrival of a new idea. Now, the humble old incandescent bulb is in its senescence, about to be snuffed out entirely by an act of Congress."

USA TODAY analysis finds value in men's college basketball scholarship

senior forward Matt Howard got to thinking the other day. He hadn't been asked the standard NCAA men's basketball tournament economics question: Should college basketball players be paid?

He'd been challenged with a question more difficult to quantify: How much are players in Division I programs already being paid?"

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