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.
Look at this disturbing photo:
No matter what your political persuasion, you certainly feel some emotion, sadness, anger, possibly disbelief when you see the ugliness, the devastation in that photo.
You immediately sense this is wrong, abnormal.
Horrible, isn’t it.
For a moment, did you think this was yet another picture of the atrocious oil spill in the Gulf?
If you did, you’d be wrong.
The picture appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May, 2004 with this caption:
"A sailboat makes its way along Lake Michigan in this aerial photo from Chopper Four with power zoom. The discolored water extended past the breakwater; the contents are unknown. Photo credit: Butch Jorgensen, photojournalist, WTMJ-TV."
I believe we can reasonably guess what the "contents" are.
The silence from local enviros about the consistent dumping of raw sewage into Lake Michigan by MMSD over the years has been deafening. There has been no faithful, consistent drumbeat of outrage from that special interest group as Lake Michigan has literally been turned into the world's biggest toilet.
On the national level, the same holds true as President Obama, set to address the nation Tuesday night, has escaped enviro wrath over the Gulf disaster.
"As the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history has played out on Obama’s watch, the environmental movement has essentially given him a pass — all but refusing to unleash any vocal criticism against the president even as the public has grown more frustrated by Obama’s performance. About a dozen environmental groups took out a full page ad in the Washington Post — not to fault Obama over the ecological catastrophe but to thank him for putting on hold an Alaska drilling project. 'We deeply appreciate your decision. ...' the ad says to Obama"
One school of thought offered by Politico is that the enviros are so in bed with the president, they feel they can't turn on him because, where do they go?
So they abandon their principles?
Once again, Politico:
"Some say there’s little doubt that if a spill like the one in the Gulf took place on former President George W. Bush’s watch, environmental groups would have unleashed an unsparing fury on the Republican in the White House. For their liberal ally, Obama, they seem willing to hold their tongues."