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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 (10/30/11)

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).

 

 Paul Ryan: Saving the American Idea

"The American Idea is not tried in times of prosperity. Instead, it is tested when times are tough: when the pie is shrinking, when businesses are closing, and when workers are losing their jobs.

Those are the times when America’s commitment to equality of opportunity is called into question. That’s when the temptation to exploit fear and envy returns – when many in Washington use the politics of division to evade responsibility for their failures and to advance their own narrow political interests."


World power swings back to America

“The American phoenix is slowly rising again. Within five years or so, the US will be well on its way to self-sufficiency in fuel and energy. Manufacturing will have closed the labor gap with China in a clutch of key industries. The current account might even be in surplus.”


Why Occupy Wall Street will fail

"The public has every reason to be angry at what’s going on in this country, and every reason to protest. But will the Occupy Wall Street movement succeed in changing anything? Don’t count on it."


Sorry, but I'm not sorry

"– Sorry, but I’m not sorry that I support our civilized Israeli friends who want nothing more than peace over violent Palestinian savages who want nothing more than genocide.

– Sorry, but I’m not sorry I have no white guilt. I was born in the seventies, I’ve never discriminated against anyone, and my race has never been of any advantage to me. Why should I have any white guilt?"


How to speak liberal

"It's also pretty tough for most people to figure out what liberals mean sometimes. You think they're on your side, but they're not. You believe they're saying 'yes,' but they mean 'no.' You think they're offering you a ride home, and next thing you know, you're at the bottom of a tidal pool and they're swimming away. Someone has to translate what they mean. Well, have no fear, because after studying liberals for years, I've got the lingo down."


Let's get educated on school vouchers

"Do vouchers work? You bet they do. Just ask the low-income kids in Washington, D.C., who have participated in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The U.S. Department of Education found that the voucher kids read better than their government-school counterparts.

So what did the politicians do? Expand the program? No. Two years ago, President Obama killed it."


Time to cut off NPR

"OK, so put the shoe on the other foot. Imagine an NPR opera host working the weekends for the Tea Party. Time magazine writers would require smelling salts."


Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?

“Imagine you have a 10- or 11-year-old child, just entering a public middle school. How would you feel if, as part of a class ostensibly about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, he and his classmates were given ‘risk cards’ that graphically named a variety of solitary and mutual sex acts? Or if, in another lesson, he was encouraged to disregard what you told him about sex, and to rely instead on teachers and health clinic staff members?

That prospect would horrify most parents. But such lessons are part of a middle-school curriculum that Dennis M. Walcott, the New York City schools chancellor, has recommended for his system’s newly mandated
sex-education classes”


5 ways to increase your productivity by working less

 “I own or co-own five websites…write weekly columns…I’m also on Twitter and Facebook. I do 1-3 hours of radio appearances and get 1000 emails in an average week and I also have a hand in a GOP fundraising project that I co-founded… That’s in addition to socializing, dating, working out, consulting, reading, watching TV, writing a book, eating, sleeping, relaxing, and everything else I do in a week. How do I do all of that? It’s not easy. But here are a few hints that you can hopefully adapt and apply in your own life.”

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