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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
My most popular blog last week that I also discussed at length while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN dealt with an exhaustive e-mail I received that was written by a woman who, along with her husband, befriended another couple that used and abused welfare benefits. The larger issue, of course, was the bloated entitlement mentality that has exploded in
“When Joe first came here, Mary bought him $200 worth of groceries with food stamps. I was ashamed to have that welfare food in my house, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to hurt his feelings.
He bought nice, big porterhouse steaks, beef roasts, chicken breasts and all sorts of name brand stuff. But it really wasn't even enough food to last a week.
My husband and I live on less than $60 worth of groceries per week; we eat a lot of chicken leg quarters, not much steak.
We cooked BBQ chicken leg quarters on the grill and Joe wouldn't eat them because he doesn't eat dark meat. Can you say ‘entitlement mentality’???
My husband said later that when they were going to work, Joe said to my husband he didn't like what I had said. My husband said that we are poor and eating chicken leg quarters while he is living high and eating steak, that can make an honest person just a little upset.
Joe actually said that he ‘deserved’ those food stamps, though he could not give any reason why he deserved them.
I could go on and give you a million examples of Joe refusing to eat generic brand food or consider wearing clothes without some fancy label on them. He would only eat Skippy peanut butter, that was one that especially pissed me off.
Don't say that Joe is a bad example of someone on welfare. Every time I go to the grocery store I see someone buying food with food stamps and every single time it's all top shelf, name brand stuff, best cuts of meat, etc. I mean if someone was buying your food and you had no personal responsibility for it wouldn’t you get only the best?”
Now, that is not unfair, false stereotyping. I’ve seen it. Maybe you’ve seen it. My cousin who is a Milwaukee Police Department officer has seen it, in the checkout line, a smorgasbord of luxury items, thanks to you and me, the oh-so generous taxpayers of the state of
Reaction? Of course I got reaction. On the air I begged for people to call in to defend this waste of hard-earned tax dollars. They stayed away. Only a day later or so did they cowardly emerge and send he hate e-mails. One of the more respectful e-mails came from a doubting Thomas who wrote:
That person suggested I fell for a bunch of BS. Nope. I firmly believe the person who sent me the e-mail, whom I’ve corresponded with in the past, is legit and then some. Anyone who doesn’t think this crap happens is incredibly naïve.
Doug Ross, who does a great blog, offers proof. Yes, fellow beleaguered taxpayers who see steak and lobster as an episode of “