socialism

Tony Katz on Fox News Talks Trump, CPAC, Socialism, 2020 and China with Leland Vittert and Molly Line

Radio host Tony Katz joined Leland Vittert and Molly Line on Fox News for a wide ranging interview before President Trump took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, MD.

The conversation started with a discuss of CPAC, and the mood of the conservative activists. Then, it transitioned into how big of a role Socialism will play in the 2020 election, who are the Democrat contenders to look out for and if China is public enemy number one.

Earlier that week, Tony spoke with Dana Perino on The Daily Briefing about how CPAC was going, and his interaction with My Pillow founder Mike Lindell who was at the event.

Quick Hit – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On Morality, Facts and How She Wants To Be Judged By You

On 60 Minutes, Dem Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Anderson Cooper that more important than getting the facts right on policy, is that the policy is “morally correct.”

Tony Katz explains how Cortez has opened herself up to an entirely new line of questioning. “Rep. Cortez has done a great job of avoiding criticism and making those who attack her look bad.” says Tony. “But now, she’s let all that go. She doesn’t care about facts, which is exactly the argument progressives make about President Trump. And she has asked people to question whether, morally, her Socialist policies have value; people get to question her morality. I don’t think she realizes what she’s done here.”

Tony on TownHall – Government Pays Big, Because You Deserve It

Here is my latest article on TownHall.com. In it, I expose a USA Today article that highlights the growing pay scale for government workers from lawyers to mechanics. The government says they are getting paid more because they deserve more. As I state, no one ‘deserves’ more pay solely because they work for the feds:

Government Pays Big, Because You Deserve It

As reported by USA Today, via The Transom, all types of federal employees – from scientists to custodial staff – have had huge increases in pay over the past five years. As expected, this has made working for the government the “right” decision for recent college graduates:

A 20- to 24-year-old auto mechanic started at an average of $46,427 this year, up from $36,750 five years ago. The government hires about 400 full-time auto mechanics a year….A 30- to 34-year-old lawyer started at an average of $101,045 this year, up from $79,177 five years ago. The government hires about 2,500 lawyers a year. And a mechanical engineer, age 25 to 29, started at $63,675, up from $51,746 in 2006. The government hires about 600 mechanical engineers a year.

On a percentage basis, the average starting wage for a government lawyer is up 27% over five years. A government mechanic? Up 26%. Mechanical engineer? Up 23%. USA Today gives a very interesting rational for the massive increases in government pay; it’s how the job is now classified: (emphasis mine)

The government is classifying more new hires — secretaries, mail clerks, chaplains, laundry workers, electrical engineers and wildlife biologists — as taking more demanding versions of their jobs and deserving more pay.

It is illogical and immoral to assume that a laundry worker or a mail clerk has taken a more “demanding version” of a job in the public sector than those in the private sector. It is illogical because if one believes in equal work for equal pay, then an open market should create a prevailing wage for that job. Certainly, there may be outliers, but the mid-line should have consistency. It is immoral to think that because someone works for the government, that their job will be more demanding. It is immoral to say that because of this lie, that the worker deserves more pay. No one deserves more pay; they eitherearn more, or they create more value…value that someone will pay for.

Situations like this remind me of my father, who for the majority of my years on planet Earth has been asking a very simple question that focuses on the inevitableness of the big government thesis. He asks the following:

A society has 100 people in it. 50 people work at the hospital, and 50 people are patients in the hospital. Who pays the electric bill in the second week?

My father has asked this question at family gatherings, at talks over coffee and cake, at wedding receptions and at all manner of business meetings where the conversation wandered. People of the political “right” are stunned by its simplicity, and understand near immediately his point. People of the political “left” are simply stunned. They stare at my father as if he was missing his nose; a sense of incredulity and sheer hatred. Then they dismiss him, telling him he is ridiculous.

They never have an answer for the question; that if a society is either being paid by government or taking of government services, and no one is creating the wealth that is required to run those services, then that society is doomed (they can’t pay the electric bill in the second week!)

What is truly ridiculous is the federal government engaging the conversation that their employees are more deserving than private sector employees. What is ridiculous is the leftist mind-set that government can satisfy the needs of man by giving man all of their needs, and the willful ignorance of those who believe in government supremacy; that through government all is possible, and that government jobs create value.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government employs over 2 million people, and is the largest employer in the US. Though mass retirement was expected before the economic downturn, the majority of government workers are holding on to their jobs, with the quit rate falling 29% since 2007. As reported, “Workers are 13 times more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off from the federal government.” The amount of people making over $100,000 per year has advanced from 12% in 2006 to 22% in 2011.

Margaret Thatcher famously quipped that Socialism is great until you run out of other people’s money. Said another way, it works until you have to pay the electric bill. Which is, to say, it doesn’t.

The Statist Sickness

A great article from CNBC about the Chavez regime in Venezuela.  Never forget that Statism is a sickness, and socialism can never lead to prosperity.

From the article:

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution.

Venezuelan army soldiers swept through the working class, pro-Chavez neighborhood of Catia in Caracas last week, seizing 120 tons of rice along with coffee and powdered milk that officials said was to be sold above regulated prices.

“The battle for food is a matter of national security,” said a red-shirted official from the Food Ministry, resting his arm on a pallet laden with bags of coffee.

It is also the latest issue to divide the Latin American country where Chavez has nationalized a wide swathe of the economy, he says to reverse years of exploitation of the poor.

Socialism? Really?

Van Jones, the disgraced and discredited former Green Jobs Czar under President Obama, decided to ask rhetorically – in response to a question being asked to him about Marxism and the economy – “How’s that Capitalism working for you?”  He asked this question under the delusional belief that Capitalism is somehow the problem regarding the state of the economy.

Yesterday, Breitbart.com reported that Venezuela, under their massively inept leader President Hugo Chavez, will begin rationing electricity this year.  From the article:

The new regulations came into effect January 1, with businesses required to comply with reduced consumption limits and authorities warning of forced power cuts and rate hikes if the measures are not followed.

So, let me ask the question now.  How’s that Socialism working for you?

(You can answer me when the power comes back on in your neighborhood.  I’ll wait.)

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.