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.
Here are interesting articles from the past week I’d like to share.
We are shutting down 13% of the government (at most)
"I would not count reducing federal government spending by 13 percent a 'shutdown.' A more appropriate term would be a 'reduction in non-essential discretionary spending,' or 'government slim down' for short. I invite the Republican members of Congress to use this term instead of 'shutdown.' In politics, he who controls the rhetoric of political discourse wins. 'Shut down' is a loser. 'Slim down' is a winner, and it captures the reality of what is going on right now in Washington."
Gov love was fading long before the shutdown
"In the gray dawn of shutdown, Americans don't need fancy research to confirm faith is waning in the government. By how much? A study, released Tuesday, finds historic slippage in the trust many U.S. citizens hold in their elected leaders to fix the biggest problems."
10 things ObamaCare won't tell you
"The health exchanges, central to the law, are also its biggest mystery."
Needed blue-collar horse sense
"One 29-year-old fellow in Washington, D.C. — he has a degree from Notre Dame — considered going to law school, like many others in the lawyer-saturated town.
"After watching his friends work long hours as paralegals — and watching his lawyer pals sign their lives over to their firms — he did something sensible.
"He became an electrician’s apprentice."
Too many casinos
“Even as more casinos open around the country, there are indications that gambling revenues are leveling off—that we're reaching a saturation point, with too many casinos for everybody to win.”
Help Wanted: Successful candidate must be nice
"Most companies don't explicitly say they're looking to hire people who aren't that nice, but let's face it: In today's tight job market, many companies seem to favor aggressive workers, a win-at-all-costs attitude and a cutthroat mentality. A handful of companies are bucking that trend by specifically recruiting workers that aren't, well, jerks."
10 rules for digital happiness
"I'm the Luddite professor: My students are not allowed to use cell phones or laptops in my classes. During the break, they can power up and engage in a text and email frenzy for ten minutes -- then it's time to unplug again. Not all professors are this stringent with technology in the classroom.
"And certainly an argument can be made for the value of typing one's notes or looking up discussion-related topics in realtime. But whatever value those things hold, I believe that being tech-free during that brief period of time is even more precious."
Greeting card tycoon tries hand at newspapers
“Kushner believes in newspapers. Physical newspapers. The kind made with ink and news print. And apparently, he's making his beliefs work. ‘A physical newspaper can do things a digital paper cannot,’ he told CNBC. ‘It conveys and builds a sense of community that you don't get online.’ He admits this is his own observation, not the result of research. Still, ‘You're never going to tape your iPad to the refrigerator’."
It's true: You talk too much
"Because it's more fun to talk than to listen. Talking is like drinking a great Cabernet. Listening is like doing squats."