Month: March 2020

Another Coronavirus Overreaction: Indiana County Bans Essential Businesses From Selling Non-Essential Items

In the world of coronavirus, essential businesses are considered those – and this is a very general definition – that allow Americas to survive. The businesses that sell food or medicine or the ability to keep a roof over your head, and the businesses that supply those businesses, those are considered essential. But some of them, from WalMart to Target to Meijer, also sell clothes…and books…and sunglasses…and a myriad of items that aren’t considered essential.

Howard County, Indiana has decided to force those businesses to stop selling those “non-essential” goods. Translation: Social Distancing doesn’t matter when you’re buying eggs or cereal. Social Distancing is the law if you want to buy your kids a coloring book.

In a Facebook post explaining their decision, the county Board of Commissioners claim the issue is Howard County residents who are gathering at these stores. As written in the order, the Board claims store employees are saying people are shopping because they are, “bored at home” and they, “buy only non-essential goods.” From the Board of Commissioners:

This is not fair to businesses that have closed in compliance with the county’s order….Obviously (having people congregate in businesses,) this is not in keeping with the crucial need to practice social distancing and to limit social gatherings.

The order from the county applies to goods including: jewelry, furniture, home and lawn decor, toys/games, carpet/rugs/flooring, non-emergency appliances, music/books/magazines, craft and art supplies, paint, entertainment electronics

The problem here is that the Social Distancing doctrine is applied unequally, and shows again why the nation-wide approach of shutting down business was more overreaction than logic and science.

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Sec. Agriculture Sonny Perdue: How Has COVID-19 Affected Food Supply

Everyone who has been to a grocery store in the past two weeks has seen the effects of COVID-19. People are stocking up on food due to concerns about for availability.

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, joined Tony Katz to discuss how the administration is handling the food supply during this time.

“It’s worked well the way it should have. The demand the first weekend was like everyone was on hurricane threat and the stores couldn’t keep up with the demand. The good news is that the supply chain is healthy and doing what it’s intended to do.”

Virtual Bourbon: Tony Katz Drinks With John Rich of Big and Rich and Redneck Riviera Whiskey

He has a successful music career. He has a popular Nashville bar and restaurant and he has his own American blended whiskey. John Rich of ‘Big and Rich’ fame has a good life, and is not immune to what coronavirus is doing to all of his businesses. He talks to Tony Katz about why he makes his whiskey, the important part of his businesses – the people – and how Granny Rich gave him her all important seal of approval.

What Happens When We Run Out of Doctors in New York?

What happens when we run out of doctors in New York? What happens when the cost of keeping someone alive isn’t worth it? Can the government force doctors into service across different parts of the country? Let’s not pretend this isn’t a possibility. Tony Katz takes a dark look at what could happen 

Katz: In This Spending Bill, We Have Failed Remarkably

The Senate passed a COVID-19 stimulus bill unanimously. Tony Katz is spitting fire in response. It’s been long documented that President Trump is not a true conservative, but this bill is the antithesis of fiscal responsibility.

It pays more for people to not work than if they were working. It gives $25 million to the Kennedy Center. How did this thing pass 96-0? Tony Katz wants answers.

Is It OK To Yell At People For Not Social Distancing?

The government and medical professionals across the planet have strongly advised people to practice social distancing due to the spread of COVID-19.. In other words, people should try and remain at least six feet apart while out and about. Tony Katz asks if it is socially acceptable to publicly scold those who are not adhering to this practice.

Producer Ari feels strongly that yelling at people who aren’t social distancing is completely fine. In fact, he has done this very thing. Tony Katz disagrees and thinks Ari is nuts. What do you think?

Where Did We Go Wrong With COVID-19 Testing?

A frequent criticism being levied against the government is the apparent lack of mass testing for the COVID-19 virus. There have been rumors and accusations about just how we got here. Thanks to some phenomenal reporting, we now have a full picture.

Tony Katz takes us through the play by play of exactly what happened in the FDA and CDC. Regulations and obsolete procedure set us back weeks and prevented COVID-19 tests from being produced at a mass quantity.

Rep. Banks: I’m Calling On China To Pay Reparations

Indiana Congressman, Jim Banks is not letting China off the hook for how they handled Coronavirus. Tony Katz has said for years that due to their hostile activity towards the United States, we must make China pay by taking money off the national debt. Now, Rep. Banks has taken Tony’s idea and plans to implement it  through a bi-partisan proposal.

Rep. Banks joins Tony Katz to discuss how China’s deception throughout this pandemic cannot go unnoticed and the United States should not let it slide and hit China where it hurts

Stopping A Society Doesn’t Save A Society

Tony Katz is not on board with Governors shutting down cities to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. At what point is it OK to completely cripple an economy? It’s important that we listen to our experts, but we shouldn’t allow them to be making decisions for us. If your idea of saving society is by preemptively destroying it., then what are we even doing?

Tony Katz on Fox News: How Midwestern Restaurants Are Handling COVID-19 Closures

Tony Katz took his talents to the streets of Indianapolis. Speaking on Fox News on Leland Littert’s show, Tony was on location outside Havana Cigar Lounge to talk about how restaurants and bars across the midwest are handling closures due to COVID-19.

Tony explains to Leland how people from all walks of life and members of both political parties are banding together and rallying around keeping local business afloat.