Month: January 2014

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 1/30/14 – More MSNBC Apologies

It’s a shortened show because of station commitments, but that doesn’t stop MSNBC from issuing another apology for their racist behavior. One day earlier, they tweeted that “rightwingers” would be upset by seeing a biracial family in an ad for Cheerios. The Right spoke back, and MSNBC was forced to listen.

Tony explains the reality behind MSNBC’s message, and their mission. The network was emphatic to say that the tweet did not represent their position. No, their history does, and its a long one. Tony details all of it on air, and in his article on WIBC.com.

Plus, who will win the Super Bowl and a music lesson with Producer Paige.

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Nancy Pelosi says Dems The Party of Responsibility, but I’m Not Responsible

If you haven’t seen former Speaker Nancy Pelosi on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, you need to watch it. If you need to, have your friend go full A Clockwork Orange on you, and get the dropper ready. You need to see it. But, moreover, you need to hear it.

In her short appearance,  Rep. Pelosi provides the fullest understanding of the Democrat Party view of their value system that you have ever heard.

Stewart is not going for the jokes in the interview, as he starts with a question about policy over politics. Why, he muses, do we hear so much about the politics (the people running for office, in office, etc.) and so little about the policies being debated and how they better the nation?

Pelosi answers by discussing the people in office, specifically Republicans, stating:

The whole idea is really about the substance…what you know about it and how you plan to execute…right now, though, we have a school of thought in the House Republican caucus that is anti-government, anti-science, anti-Obama. They have a trifecta which is, just enables them to vote against everything…

When you listen to the response, it’s rambling. Stewart presses, asking about how Democrats can prove their case about the competence of government. Pelosi gives the beginning of the understanding of the modern Democrat party: (emphasis mine)

Again, if you’re dealing with people who have no agenda (Republicans)…it’s very hard to negotiate with them. And sowe are responsible. In other words, call us responsible

Stewart asks about Obamacare, the website and why is it so difficult to get a company that can build a website competently. Pelosi answers, “I don’t know.”

You’d think that was the big surprise. That her “I don’t know” was the lead. But it’s not. Stewart, laughing at her “I don’t know” answer, exclaims, “What do you mean you don’t know! How do you not know?”

Pelosi answers quickly, with a straight face, dropping the other shoe right in Jon Stewart’s face:

Well, it’s not my responsibility

The modern Democrat Party is the party of responsibility, right up until the point where they have to take responsibility. Then, they are not responsible.

The video is a must watch. Pelosi’s jumbled, nonsensical commentary is made even more laughable when placed next to Stewart’s laughter at it. (At more than one moment, you can see him mocking her answers, even holding his hands over his mouth to keep from laughing.) Pelosi was clearly unprepared to answer the most basic of softball questions.

Jumbled or not, Pelosi has explained her party. She couldn’t have been more clear.

(This story was originally posted on Rare.)

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 1/29/14 – SOTU Fallout and MSNBC Race-Hate

Post State of the Union, and everyone has an opinion. Tony shows the fallout of the SOTU, from those who loved it and those who laughed at it. The big question is, did it move the needle?

Also, MSNBC tweets that “rightwingers” won’t like a Cheerios ad that highlights a bi-racial couple. Soon, it takes social media by storm. Tony talks about the kind of people MSNBC have in their employ, and why they always seem to talk about race, and want to divide America.

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Rep. Todd Rokita Talks about the SOTU, Winning Elections and Impeachment

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) speaks with Tony Katz just minutes after the State of the Union address by President Obama. Rep. Rokita discusses the President’s view on jobs and the economy, and also questions the position of doubling down on the importance of Obamacare.

The conversation gets very pointed when Tony asks Rep. Rokita what he will do about President Obama’s claim that he will “go it alone,” bypass Congress and utilize Executive Orders. Rep. Rokita is clear that the answer is to win more elections. He also invokes the “I” word, and why he’s not in favor of it.

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Tony Katz Tonight – 1/28/14 – Live Coverage of the State of the Union

Tony takes the State of the Union and breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly. From the economic message (the President called for jobs AND for an increase in unemployment benefits) to income “inequality” to a full-throated doubling down on Obamacare, Tony talks the audience through all of it.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) talks about the experience from the speech, and how Congress will react to the President’s new agenda, including “going it alone” and using Executive Orders to bypass Congress. Tony presses, and, to his surprise, Rep. Rokita mentions the “I” word. It’s a must listen interview you won’t want to miss.

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The Living Wage Is A Myth

According to Press Secretary Jay Carney, President Obama is going to discuss the need for increasing the minimum wage to a “living wage” in this Tuesday’s “State of the Union.” This has become the new cause-celeb for the Progressive Democrats, because it increases their opportunities to further class warfare. But there is no such thing as a “living wage.” President Obama is going to lie to America.

There is no such thing as the living wage. In the same way that there is no such thing as social justice, economic justice or racial justice. There is, however, wealth redistribution and redistributive policies. All those “justice” concepts — along with the “living wage” — fall under the redistributive heading.

Saying that you’re going to the floor of the House to push for redistributive policies doesn’t make headlines. Saying you’re for the “living wage” gets you even more column inches in the New York Times and a full-on orgy at MSNBC.

When you do a search for “living wage” you’re met with a definition that reads, “a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living.” Of course, the rational person needs a definition of “normal standard.” That’s different for everyone. The normal of Venice beach is far different than the normal of Norman, Oklahoma — if only so far that one prepares for tornadoes and one prepares for the pot brownie sale on Tuesday.

But the search also brings up the Living Wage Action Coalition (LWAC.)  They describe the “living wage” as:

…a complete consideration of the cost of living. Wages vary according to location, as costs of living vary. A living wage in rural Louisiana is around $9.33, while in Washington, DC it’s closer to $15 an hour

This is true, as different geographic locations indeed have different costs. (And note how much more it costs to live in the nation’s capitol. I wonder why everything is so expensive there? Hmmmm.) It also renders the first definition obsolete. You can’t normalize a wage and expect the people of Louisiana and the Washington, D.C. Metro area to have the same result.

LWAC says there are seven factors that go into the “living wage” — housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, other basic necessities.

But what if I don’t have children? Does that make my “living wage” less? Aren’t transportation costs different between Los Angeles — where you drive or die — and New York – where if you drive you will die? And does the single person get the same food allowance as the family of four? Or the Duggars?

And what to make of Number 7 on their list (which I will, from now on, refer to cryptically as Number 7 in every article I ever write on the subject or anytime I speak about it anywhere!) What constitutes “Other basic necessities?” Like “a normal standard of living,” it requires, for the rational person, a definition.

Are we talking toothpaste and toilet paper? Are we talking sex toys? Are we talking house plants and art work for the walls? Does a TV constitute a “basic necessity?” What about an iPhone? Will one family computer suffice, or does this include a lap top for every kid?

And if we’re really digging in to their list, what about clothing? It’s clearly important, yet not listed. So, one must assume, it falls under the dreaded Number 7. Are we shopping at Nordstrom or TJ Maxx? What if I only buy designer? Or only from the big and tall shop? Or only silk? What if someone is so frugal that they make their own clothes like my grandfather, a tailor by trade, did for my mother? (It should be known that my mother, at the time, hated the idea that she couldn’t go buy a new dress and had to wear what her dad made her. She was a kid, so we’ll forgive her…which is more than we can say for the other kids who teased her mercilessly. Does Number 7 also pay for mom’s therapy for all the times the other kids laughed at her?)

But LWAC doesn’t stop there. They reveal their conceit quickly enough by adding the concept not of the “living wage,” but of the “just wage”: (emphasis mine)

A living wage is not a just wage! Since a living wage cover only the very basic necessities and don’t even account for savings or emergencies, it is only one small step towards a truly just wage. Many religious traditions and political philosophies relate the concept of just wages to a radically fairer redistribution of wealth

The living wage is not real. The living wage is a trojan horse.

LWAC is a special project of the Center for Community Change. Among its board members are:

  • Arlene Holt-Baker, Executive Vice President for the AFL-CIO
  • Peter Colavito, Director of Government Relations for SEIU
  • Garlin Gilchrist, National Campaign Director for Moveon.org
  • Esther Lopez, International Vice President and Director, Civil Rights and Community Action Department of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

That’s a lot of organized labor and organized labor lovers; The kind of people who would do well from an increase in the minimum wage.

Also on the board is Kierra Johnson, Executive Director for Choices, USA. According to their site, they, “…give emerging leaders the tools they need to organize, network, and exchange ideas to build a youth centered pro-choice agenda and mobilize communities for reproductive justice.”

Not sure how abortion fits into the living wage…unless that’s childcare or healthcare. Maybe it’s listed under “Other basic necessities.” Number 7 strikes again! (And, like with social, racial and economic, there is no such thing as “reproductive justice.”)

The “living wage” is a myth. And now we know that its just the front runner to further wealth redistribution schemes of the Progressives Democrats and those who support them politically and financially. President Obama is going to make the “living wage” a cornerstone of his remarks a the State of the Union.

President Obama is going to lie to America. It won’t be the first time.

 

(This article originally posted on Rare.)

The Media Censorship of Ted Cruz

NBC has a record of selective editing, whether it be purposefully distorting the words of George Zimmerman to build the public image of him as a racist, or MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell editing the words of presidential candidate Mitt Romney to make him look out of touch with “ordinary” Americans. Now, CBS has joined in the journalistic destruction in America by editing out the commentary of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on President Obama.

Sen. Cruz appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer this past Sunday. During the interview, Schieffer asked Cruz many questions about the government shutdown (which was near four months ago). That conversation made the broadcast in full, as blaming Cruz for the shutdown fits CBS’s clear narrative. However, not all that was discussed made it to air. According to Newsbusters:

Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on today’s Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s “abuse of power” were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s complaints directed at President Obama

Sen. Cruz was very pointed in his commentary. He said to Schieffer that, “Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this Administration.” Schieffer wanted to hear none of it, and tried to stop him, but Sen. Cruz continued, “Can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?”

Schieffer again wanted none of the conversation, and, clearly, neither did CBS. The entirety of Sen. Cruz’s comments on President Obama’s abuse of power were edited out of the broadcast. Said a different way, an entity that is given the trust of the public airwaves purposefully and willfully censored the words of a sitting United States senator in order to deflect criticism away from their ideological stalwart Barack Obama.

Say what you will about President Obama. Say what you will about Senator Cruz. Say what you will about CBS. But never say that this kind of tactic is American. It’s not.

– See more at: http://rare.us/story/cbs-selectively-edits-ted-cruz/#sthash.Z4b6IKeH.dpuf

(This article originally posted on Rare.)

Tony Katz Tonight Radio – 1/27/14 – SOTU preview, the Grammy Recap and a Need For History

Tony starts with a preview of the State of the Union (SOTU.) As President Obama prepares to speak to the nation, many of us already know what is going to be said. If history is any indicator, it’s most probable that we’ve heard it all before. There will be, as Tony explains, the great lie of the “living wage.” Yes, class warfare will once again be front and center in the SOTU.

Tony also speaks with Erik Telford about School Choice Week, and the site AmplifyChoice.com.

Then, why is new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson proclaiming that people in the country illegally have “earned” their citizenship?  And who, exactly, is still living in the shadows? Aren’t we passed this rhetoric, or is it still necessary to keep the important conversations from happening.

Tony has a full Grammy’s recap (Macklemore failed in a big, big way) and, out of the blue, is shown a page from a 5th grader’s history book. That sends Tony into a history lesson that you should share with your kids.

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School Choice Week Begins; AmplifyChoice.com Gets The Word Out

Radio host Tony Katz speaks with Erik Telford, VP of The Franklin Center about School Choice Week and their new site, AmplifyChoice.com.

School choice has been endorsed and championed by Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals alike. Simply stated, school choice is good policy – for kids, for their parents and for teachers. Yet many oppose school choice on solely ideological grounds, siding with talking points over the students.

Tony talks to Erik about the value of school choice, who it helps and the mindset of those who want to do away with it. Plus, why is the Department of Justice trying to keep Louisiana students from finding a better education?

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The Toilets of Sochi

Pictures of the toilet situation in Sochi have surfaced, and it is not pretty.

This is not about the attacks on homosexuals that Russia is now famous for. It’s not Russian President Vladimir Putin saying that gays are welcome, as long as they, “leave (the) kids alone.” And sure, it’s not the terror warnings that have the United States parking two warships near by, just on the off chance that a rescue of the athletes is necessary.

No, this is just two toilets, side by side, in one stall, in Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The photo, by now, is famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at these things). It was taken by a BBC reporter who thought it odd. Yes, odd indeed, that two fully functioning toilets would be placed in the same stall without so much as a divider between them. Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear – your prayers have been answered!

Money problems have plagued the games. Russia built a 31-mile highway and train system that cost close to $9 billion. According to Business Insider, they could have paved the street with Beluga caviar and still spent less money. Critical of the games is Garry Kasperov, the chess Grand Champion and harsh critic of Putin. On Twitter, he said the two toilets of Sochi:

Toilets aside, spending/stealing $50b of Russia’s money to destroy a beautiful place in attempt to showcase a dictator’s power is no joke.

It shouldn’t be a joke, but hey, this is Russia. They have spent $51 billion on these games, which is 20 percent more than Bejing spent in 2008. Yes, the Russians have outspent the Chinese for Best Potemkin Village of the 21st Century.

And for that, they have a security issue, possible black widows roaming the streets looking for Westerners to blow up, a glaring public relations problem that has lead to low and slow ticket sales and now shared bowel delivery systems.

No matter how cold it gets in Sochi, no two people are ever close enough to share a stall for number “dva.” If so, Sochi is worse than I ever imagined.

(This article originally appeared on Rare.)