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Tony Katz is the host of The Morning News with Tony Katz on 93.1FM WIBC (Indianapolis.) Working his way through current events and pop culture, Tony entertainingly exposes media hypocrisy and makes the complex easy to understand. Different than other talk show hosts, Tony focuses on right vs. wrong, instead of right vs. left. Follow him on Twitter @tonykatz. Listen to Tony Katz Monday - Friday, 5-9am on 93.1FM WIBC and WIBC.com

Moderating a Health Care Panel

I’ll be moderating a public forum on healthcare at UCLA on Friday, August 21st at noon.  The forum is being sponsored by Ari David, who is running for congress in the CA-30th, against incumbent Henry Waxman (D-CA).

This forum is open to the public, and to the voters in the 30th.  It is meant to provide an actual, honest debate, where people get to ask questions that are unfiltered, and get answers that are not rooted in obfuscation.

Here is the story that Ari wrote for Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.  All of the information about the event is there, just scroll down.  Here is the information for those who want a quick glance.

ARI DAVID

Ari will be holding a town hall discussion for the public and the constituents of the 30th district on the issue of health care reform.
Friday, August 21st
Noon – 1:30 pm
Humanities Building room 169
UCLA Campus
405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles
Enter UCLA Campus off of Hilgard and park in lots #1, #3 or A

See you all there.

Seeing It For Yourself

The moment exists, in all of us, when you see something, hear something, sense something, and, without being consciously aware of it, you say to yourself, yet out loud:

“What the hell are they talking about?!”

Such a moment has now come for millions of Americans, after the twisted editorial in USA TODAY by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

The editorial, entitled, “Un-American attacks can’t derail health care debate” is a hit piece at Americans who disagree with Forced Universal Health Care.  Poorly wrapped in the guise of being a primer as to why there should be Forced Universal Health Care, the editorial is an attack on everyday Americans who, of their own volition, go to town hall meetings and let their voices be heard.

Speaker Pelosi and Rep. Hoyer are still pushing a party line that is failing.  They state in their article, quite amazingly, that there are, “….Americans strongly supporting health insurance reform.”  Yet a Rasmussen poll disagrees with their assessment.  Also disagreeing with them is the massive attendance at the Town Halls.  It is this level of disagreement that forces the Speaker to write an editorial in USA TODAY to make their case.  If a majority of Americans agreed with the Speaker and the Majority Leader, would they have wasted their time writing the editorial in the first place?

The issue with the hit piece, however, is the assumption that those who disagree are Un-American.  It was just the other day that Sen. Boxer (D-CA) claimed that those who attend the town halls in disagreement are part of the “Brooks Brothers” brigade – too well dressed to be seen as serious.  Then, it was Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) who referred to those who disagree with him, and voice their opinions, as a mob.  Then, it was Speaker Pelosi who declared that those who disagree with Forced Universal Health Care have been showing up with swastikas. (To date, she has provided no proof of this claim.)  And now, the hit piece in USA TODAY.

Millions of Americans are forced to ask aloud, “What the hell are they talking about?”

If support existed for Forced Universal Health Care, it would have passed.  All of the town halls in the world could not have stopped it.  Speaker Pelosi, and her fellow Democrats, control the House, the Senate and the White House.  If they believe so strongly in it, if Americans believe so strongly in it, they could pass it right now.  Nothing can stop them.

So why all the histrionics?  Why the constant attacks, and foolhardy double speak?  (The Tea Party protestors are both rednecks AND members of the Brooks Brother’s Brigade?  Hey Statists,  compare your talking points, and get back to us.  OK?)

It’s simple: America does not want Forced Universal Health Care.  They don’t believe in government control of healthcare, and they do not believe that Congress has the best interests of the people in mind. Want proof?  We’re in the middle of a recession, and Speaker Pelosi is spending $500 million for luxury jets.  The Speaker is completely out of touch, and proves it everyday.  She is out of touch regarding Forced Universal Health Care.  America is speaking loudly – and that is what bothers her (and the rest of Congress, regardless of their side of the aisle) the most.  Our “leaders” have lost the ability to control the people, as the people are starting to remember who they are.

Americans who have forgotten their roots are beginning to realize the history that precedes them.  They remember that Liberty and Freedom are not just words in the dictionary, but ideals that must be worked for and fought for.  They don’t believe that government is the answers to their problems.  They believe in a small government of, by and for the people.  They believe in Capitalism, and free markets.

And many of them have been seeing something, hearing something, sensing something, and, have become consciously aware of it.  And now they say it to their Representatives, their Senators, and the Administration, out loud:

“What the hell are you talking about?”

The perversion of Communism

I can’t recall where I first heard this joke. I don’t think I created it, but every time I tell it, I’m told no one has head it before. So, while I don’t take credit for creating the joke, feel free to credit me with telling you the joke.

A farmer in the Soviet Union is plowing his field, and comes across a vase. After brushing the dust off of it, a genie appears.

“I am the Genie of the Vase, and I will grant you one wish!”

The farmer thinks for a second, and says, “I have three cows, but my neighbor across the way, he has seven cows.”

The Genie bellows, “Would you like me to give you 20 cows?”

“No,” the farmer replies, “I want you to kill four of my neighbor’s cows!”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the perversion of Communism.

Here’s a more up-to-date tale. A video that explains what happens when you rely on government, and not free markets:

A perfectly good car is destroyed to gain a “free” $4500 from the US Government.  This, as it was said to me by a friend, is the perversion of Socialism.

The Story Of The Statist and the Tonsils

The media basis for Forced Universal Health Care (the concept sold to us via MSM) is simple: health care costs too much.  Doctors are robbing you blind.  Insurance companies are robbing you blind.  Big evil corporations don’t care about you.  You have a right to health care.  Government is the answer.  Government is the way to fix healthcare.  All praise President Obama, for his plan is the right plan.

To ensure that we understand how important health care is, I refer you to President Obama’s July 22nd prime time press conference (his fourth in six months), and his incredibly telling (and tall) tale regarding your child’s tonsils.

The President starts by telling a tale about you having a sore throat.  Then, in a matter of a few seconds, he changes it to your child having a sore throat – repeated sore throats…chronic sore throats. Once he has established the story that will most affect your heart strings, he then gets diabolical, as if he was ghost writing for Stephen King. The President – in a clear voice – then suggests that a doctor will look at the re-imbursement chart, and decide that he can make the most money by taking out your child’s tonsils.  The President continues, saying that this surgery could have been avoided if the doctor, maybe, changed your child’s allergy medicine.  Because, in the President’s made up tale of woe, your child has allergies.

Translation: “Doctors are greedy, scumbag bastards who will slice and dice your beautiful child for a few bucks.  But I, the President, the Hope we have all waited for, and the beautiful Government, won’t let that happen to your beautiful child.  An unnecessary surgery could be avoided if your doctor had listened to a big time Constitutional Law lecturer, instead.”

It is important to remember, throughout this exercise that the President put us through last night, that the scenario Obama laid out has a fatal flaw.  It Isn’t Real!  It’s hyperbole, stacked upon nonsense, with nice sprinkle of “what the hell is he talking about!?!?”  Michelle Malkin referred to it as fear-mongering.  How right she is!

But this is nothing new.  This is the entire strategy of the MSM, and the Statists, laid bare by President Obama.  The strategy is to scare, cajole, and embarrass people into accepting the idea of Forced Universal Healthcare.  The strategy, as of last night’s press conference, now involves making up doomsday scenarios regarding your children to get you to buy into this great lie of Forced Universal Healthcare.  The strategy is to get you to buy in.  For if you buy in, you never realize that this has been forced upon you – which is exactly what the Statist wants.

For the Statist, the worst thing you can do is have a mind.  And not just have a mind, but use your mind.  For the Statist, there is nothing but contempt, hatred and irrefutable loathing for the person who recognizes that they can think for themselves, can see the entire field before them and can rationally explain where things are going, what might happen, and how it will, or won’t work for them.

This is why I will not write about Forced Universal Healthcare, without using the word “Forced.”  This is the defining moment in this debate, and its most insidious.  The idea of forcing me to purchase insurance, and fining me if I don’t, is immoral, it’s disgusting and it’s wrong.  The US Government is getting involved in the kindness business.  They are dictating to me, and to all of us, the terms under which we have to take care of our neighbors.  This administration, and this government, believe their job is to tell me how to be a moral person; that I must care for my fellow man, even if I don’t want to, and by force if necessary.

Is this true?  Sen. Cardin (D-MD) says yes.  In a townhall meeting, he stated, “I just think the overriding public interest is to require you and everyone in this country to have health insurance.”

If it was in the overriding public interest, we’d do it already.  The worst thing, for the Statist, is for you to use your mind.  So, they must work constantly to keep you on their task;  That Forced Universal Healthcare is in the public interest, that doctors are only after profits with no interest in helping your child, that you deserve healthcare, that it should be free to you, that those evil rich people will pay for it.  Just vote for us, and we’ll give you everything you want.

When the country was created, the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to give us liberty.  They were focused on one thing – freedom.  They constructed a constitution that clarified, and quantified our rights.  They recognized the need for government, and the evil that can happen if it goes unchecked.  They gave us three branches of government, and checks and balances.  When Ben Franklin was asked by a woman on the street what kind of government we were going to have, Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  It is obvious that the focus of the Founders was a government of, by and for the people, that was kept in check at all times.

The average life span at the time was 35 years.  They could have been very worried about the need for healthcare for all the new citizens.  They could have written into the constitution multiple provisions regarding government and healthcare, and how the government was to supply doctors and medicine to it’s people, free of charge and on demand.

But they didn’t.  Our forefathers did not risk life and limb, take on a dictatorial king, and then convince a new, fledgling nation to fight and die for a lower deductable. They fought for freedom.  They knew that Forced Universal Healthcare is not the purpose of government.  Government is there to protect our most inalienable rights – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Something the Statist would like you to forget.

It’s All Just A Little Bit Of History Repeating…Yet Again!

A fantastic cartoon from 1934, entitled “Planned Economy or Planned Destruction”

Planned Economy or Planned Destruction

Amazingly accurate, incredibly prescient.  Note Stalin in the bottom right corner.  This cartoon, according to sources, was created in 1934.  The Great Depression was on, people were destitute, things were lousy – yet here is a cartoon that exhibits the same beliefs that a growing number of Americans feel.  You can not spend your way into prosperity.  Capitalism is good.  The Republic (and the rule of law) is always better than the oligarchy (and being ruled by a few.)  That the last thing we need is another “new deal.”

The past is trying to tell us something.

Most Important Documents

I have been a regular guest on The World with TJ McCormack recently.  During one of the shows, TJ asked me what I would consider important reading.  I thought it was a great question, and was amazed that I never had a list here.

At the bottom of TonyKatz.com, there is a new section called Most Important Documents.  Slowly, I’ll be filling it with what I consider the things everyone should be reading.  Some of them will be free texts, some will be links to books I consider must reads.

If I link to a book, you should know that I am not being paid to do so.  If I own the book, I paid for it, or it was given as a gift to me for a birthday or some other event, but not as a Quid Pro Quo.  If I am ever offered, or accept, payment for a book review or a link, I will mention it.  If I suggest a book, I may add a link to Amazon so you can purchase it.  If so, I will let you know if I offer that link via an affiliate program.

I look forward to adding to the list over time.  For now, take a look, and give a read.  If you have a suggestion, add it in the comments.

They Love The Planet, Because They Love Your Cash

“We have become increasingly concerned that EPA and many other agencies and countries have paid too little attention to the science of global warming. EPA and others have tended to accept the findings reached by outside groups, particularly the IPCC and the CCSP, as being correct without a careful and critical examination of their conclusions and documentation…”

This statement, from the EPA, and released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says it all.  Cap and Trade is not about saving the planet.  If it was, lawmakers, and those who pray at the altar of the Church of Environmentalism, would be concerned that the bill in front of the House does near nothing to help the planet.  Lawmakers are not concerned with the planet, they are looking for new ways to tax the citizens, and by doing so, make them dependent on government for relief from those taxes.  Cap and Trade is about control, by government, of you.

If it weren’t so blatant, you’d think I was making this up.

Get the entire scoop from Michelle Malkin, and make sure you follow her on Twitter.  She has done an incredible job in gathering the information to help people get the full picture.  What is Cap and Trade, how are the politicians, like Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), lying to us and what this means for you, for me, and for America?

Call your Congressperson, now!

On The Air…Every Thursday

Every Thursday, at 8am PDT, I will be the guest of TJ McCormack on The World Of TJ McCormack on LA Talk Radio.  I do my first show tomorrow, and look forward to a great conversation with TJ, and with the listeners.  Ask me any question you want by calling the show at 1-323-203-0815,  email me or you can send me a tweet, and I’ll read your question on the air.

Thanks for being so supportive.  I look forward to brewing up some more content in the near future.

4th of July Celebration

Come celebrate the 4th of July with some like-minded Americans this year in the Los Angeles Area. We will be gathering in Pasadena at Memorial Park from 11am to 1pm. It will be a day of music, food (bring a picnic), conversation, education and lots of laughs. We’ll have speakers talking about the greatness of America, and what we can do to keep it going for generations to come.

All are invited – Libertarians, Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Liberals, Independents and anyone else I did not mention here. For more information, visit the page on Facebook. See you there!