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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 (06/27/09)

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).

Sex Americana

"For all the talk of yet another politician dragged down by an uncontrollable libido, it may well be the sheer strangeness of Mr. Sanford’s behavior, rather than his original sin, that will do him the most political harm."

Please cry for me, South Carolina

"Yes, I know, shocking. Another Republican affair. Next thing you know, we'll learn that a Democrat hasn't paid his taxes."

Governor Mark Sanford and liberal hypocrisy

"Oh sure, we hear the usual liberal talking point about how Republicans stand for 'family values.' And how ALL Republicans are now hypocrites because a handful of Republican leaders cannot behave.  Yet, even though that statement is false, one could look at that statement in a different way.  What do Democratic politicians stand for?  Anything?  Do they have any values?  If they don't, then I guess it is OK for them to absolve and forgive all the Democratic politicians like the Kennedy's, Clintons,' etc. for their reprehensible and illegal behaviors."

More about the McBride affair

"I neglected to demand from McBride all of the e-mails between her and Flynn. I have now done that and was taken aback at what I received." 

Are the uninsured really 'victims'?

According to a new study from the Employment Policy Institute, authored by two economists from City University of New York (one, June O'Neill, spent four years as head of the Congressional Budget Office), 43 percent of the 47 million can afford insurance and choose not to purchase it."

Throw the bums out

"I'm not exaggerating here. Doesn't it make sense that before enacting legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of reducing man-made global warming, Congress would investigate whether significant man-made global warming is occurring (as opposed to watching Al Gore's propaganda film and simply declaring, by fiat, that scientists have reached a consensus on the issue when they clearly have not)?"

The most dangerous credit card

"Enough is enough.  A trillion dollars here, a trillion there -- doesn’t this new Democratic Congress understand there is no 'free money'?"

Cultivating gratitude

“Recently I was with a friend whose oldest son, having just completed his junior year, is home from college. The young man has not yet found a summer job and, much to my friend’s chagrin, has been spending significant hours of the day just hanging around the house. ‘Why don’t you get a job waiting tables?’ my friend asked the boy. ‘Dad, those jobs suck,’ was the reply. The conclusion my friend drew: his son considers some jobs beneath his dignity. Ultimately, my friend was concerned that his son was profoundly ungrateful or at least acting in a way that does not reflect a grateful disposition. What, if anything, can parents do to help cultivate this virtue?”

700 NYC teachers paid to do nothing

"Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do."

The man who would be God

A while back, I heard Obama bragging about his first few months in the White House. When he claimed he had done as much in that period as any president in history, my initial thought was that for the first time in his life he was being modest. Frankly, I think he’s done more, much more, and I only wish that some of it had been good for America."

We need fathers to step up (by Barack Obama)

"We need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well—but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most."

Obama tosses kids a fraud for Father's Day

'Why was a lowlife like Miami Heat (and former Marquette University) superstar Dwayne Wade invited to participate in these Father’s Day celebrations?  And how could the President expect young black men to take his message of personal responsibility seriously when he sends Dwayne Wade into their midst parading around as a role model for young people?  Is the President so enamored with the rich and famous that he would turn his Father’s Day events into a meaningless shame just so he can shoot the breeze with the NBA superstar?"

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