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.
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history.
That’s the central theme/finding of a massive political survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. Results were announced last week.
Democrats are taking more consistently liberal positions than they have in the past. Republicans are taking more consistently conservative positions.
The percentage of Democrats taking mostly or consistently liberal positions has grown from 30 percent in Pew’s 1994 study to 56 percent today; the number of Republicans taking mostly or consistently conservative positions has spiked from 31 percent in the 2004 study to 53 percent today.
“Ideological silos” are now common on the right and, to a lesser extent, the left. About six-in-ten (63%) consistent conservatives and 49% of consistent liberals say most of their close friends share their political views, compared with just 35% among the public as a whole.
Differences between the right and left go beyond politics. Three-quarters of consistent conservatives say they would opt to live in a community where “the houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores and restaurants are several miles away,” while 77% of consistent liberals prefer smaller houses closer to amenities. Nearly four times as many liberals as conservatives say it is important that their community has racial and ethnic diversity; about three times as many conservatives as liberals say it is important that many in the community share their religious faith.
And how about this:
Fully half of consistent conservatives, and 35% of consistent liberals, say it’s important to live in a place where most people share their political views. And some researchers have, in fact, found evidence that:
Such preferences factor into where Americans decide to move.
In short, like-minded people like to live around other like-minded folks.
This reminds me of the time several years ago here in Franklin when former alderman Steve Taylor lashed out at local bloggers (that would include me) who kept writing about Franklin’s high taxes. Yours truly often called Franklin, and still does, a “Tax Hell.”
Taylor reacted by saying that if these bloggers didn’t like it here, then they should, and I quote,
"get the hell out,” demonstrating that he, too, could use the word ‘hell’ in a political argument.
Not the best response.
Instead of immediately shutting the door to any possible dialogue or debate on the matter, and heaven forbid admitting that a member(s) of the citizenry might be right and the issue demanded further review, critics were unceremoniously dismissed and urged to pack their bags.
However, the Pew Research survey results and Steve Taylor’s “get on your horse and ride” comments made me wonder. If not glorious, beautiful, nearly perfect, Camelot-like Franklin, where would the Fischer clan call home?
How could I possibly know where to choose?
You’d never guess who would supply the answer. Clarity Campaign Labs, that’s who. Clarity Campaign Labs says the following on its website:
“We provide advanced modeling and analytic services to Democratic party and coordinated campaigns, candidates, charitable groups, and other progressive organizations and corporations.”
They have, according to the Washington Post, provided a short list of simple questions that will tell you which zip code is best for you to live, based on your political ideologies, in all 50 states.
I took the questionnaire, and the results told me that as far as Wisconsin was concerned, I’d be better off living somewhere else. Leave God’s country?
Under the current leadership in Madison, we have put more than $800 million back into the hands of taxpayers through property and income tax cuts and withholding changes. We have reduced property taxes by over $406 million, reduced income taxes by nearly $100 million, and reduced withholding tax for state income taxes by $322.6 million.
But more work needs to be done because not everyone in Wisconsin got the memo. That would include Franklin, primarily the incredibly out-of-touch school administration and school board.
Here and elsewhere, there are still:
1) Tax hellions who don’t give a damn.
2) Too many voters who continue to put tax hellions into office.
3) Elected officials who promise not to be tax hellions but become tax hellions once they get into office.
So, where do the Fischers go?
Here’s where the questionnaire designed by Democrats told me, ahem, where to go.
It’s a village.
About an hour or so from Milwaukee.
There’s a Dutch historical influence, so there are miniature windmills and tulips.
Active churches, well-kept homes, neat yards, clean streets.
The village promotes a "family friendly" atmosphere, without burdensome taxes or excessive government intervention.
Population: Less than 3,000.
The place is…
The questionnaire is in this Washington Post blog.
No offense. I’ve lived in Milwaukee or Franklin which is very close to Milwaukee all my life. So if the Dems who are wrong more often than not are telling me to move to Oostburg. I'm stayin' put.
But if I ever do pass through Oostburg again, save me a seat!