As mentioned in AllPatriotsMedia’s blog on June 27th, Tony Katz was part of the Americans for Prosperity’s Real Facts, Real Solutions bus tour throughout the state of Virginia. On the first stop, they encountered a group of young protestors accusing AFP of promoting voter fraud. Needless to say, Mr. Katz approached and confronted the protestors with interesting results.
Katz – Do we agree with James O’Keefe that there is voter fraud?
Del Aguila – At what percentage?
Katz – What percentage is ok for you?
Del Aguila – Six Sigma?
Katz – I don’t understand what you mean. What percentage is ok of voter fraud? You’re saying that AFP commits voter fraud. I’d like to know if you have any proof of that. I’d love to see it.
Del Aguila – 999
Cesar Del Aguila, leader of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.
I didn’t know what “six sigma” meant either, but according to Katz:
Six Sigma is a business strategy made famous by Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, that attempts to decrease defects in a product line
to an acceptable level. On their website, GE states that Six Sigma would lead to a process that only allows for 3.4 defects per million.
How is it that Democrats claim that voter fraud doesn’t exist, yet can also claim that Americans For Prosperity support it? Del Aguila confirms that Virginia Democrats agree voter fraud exists, but that they are ok with a certain percentage of it. When further pressed on why he blamed 999 – and by extension Herman Cain? – Del Aguila provided no answer.
Stay classy Democrats.
P.S.- Two days later,on June 29th, Katz confronted protestors again concerning why they were there. They couldn’t answer.
As the Virginia U.S. Senate race heats up, Americans for Prosperity’s Virginia Chapter has some interesting facts about Democratic candidate and former Governor Tim Kaine. Last Saturday, AFP Virginia’s State Director Audrey Jackson, writer and Fox News contributor Dick Morris, political analyst Kate Obenshain, conservative activist Stephen Kruiser, and radio talk show host and Townhall.com contributor Tony Katz embarked on a week long bus tour throughout the state exposing Tim Kaine’s leftist policies that have hurt Virginia. They were also joined by AFP President Tim Phillips and other local activists leading the the fight for economic liberty and limited government.
The focus of the Real Facts, Real Solutions bus was clear. AFP VA is dedicated to pushing a narrative based on the governor’s record stating “Virginians deserve better than the debt and higher taxes he left us with when he [Kaine] left the Governor’s Office. Leading the efforts in Virginia, Kaine supported government run health care, he supported a billion dollars in tax increases. When Governor in 2005 he inherited $1.2 billion surplus, yet he left Virginians with a $4.2 billion dollar budget shortfall when he left office. In addition, he increased Virginia’s debt by nearly 50% and he continues to stand by President Obama’s failed policies. Virginia can’t afford more of Tim Kaine’s policies.”
The event, held in Woodbridge this past Friday, was greeted by a few misguided Kaine supporters protesting outside the L&B Pizzeria, but concluded without incident. Local activist Tito Munoz gave passionate remarks concerning how this fight is about the future of our country and not about political allegiances. He stated how economic strife proliferated throughout the state under the Kaine administration and how we need people to continue to fight the left’s agenda. Munoz continued by showing how socialism is a failed economic philosophy that destroyed the Soviet Union and is ruining nations like Venezuela and Cuba. As an immigrant from Latin America, he stated how he came to this country with nothing and knew no English at the time. However, he worked hard and has achieved success as a businessman. Living proof that the American Dream is still alive, but endangered under the policies of Barack Obama and Tim Kaine. He concluded on how the Democratic Party has moved far to the left and the Kennedy Democrats of the past are long gone. Hence, why we must deny Tim Kaine a seat in the U.S. Senate because America deserves better and Virginians need a representative who has the taxpayers’ interests at heart.
AFP Tim Phillips reiterated those points concerning the huge fight ahead of us. However, he did mention how conservatives may have become a bit complacent about the outcome of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. Although he did state how could we not become lulled into that false sense of security because “hey it’s unconstitutional.” However, Mr. Phillips was adamant that it’s up to us to push for full repeal with this takeover of health care. It’s not impossible. The grassroots of the conservative movement came out in full force in 2010 and took away the president’s credit card. Then-Speaker (what a nice phrase…) Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership in Congress blew a 50 vote majority in the House and a 60 vote majority in the Senate to pass this takeover and members of the mainstream media forget that this bill started with a 64% approval rating. Mr. Phillips appropriately bashed the former governor for leaving Virginia behind to become Obama’s biggest cheerleader for his policies before completing his term as Governor.
However, Dick Morris engaged the crowd by asking them if they were willing to sacrifice a week’s salary to pay the fine for not buying health insurance. This should be the next poll about Obamacare. Mr. Morris gave perspicacious examples on how this new law will indelibly change how you make your health care decisions with your doctor. For example, a thirty year old illegal immigrant could get a hip replacement, but an eighty-year old war veteran could be denied since his “quality years are limited.” It could lead to more deaths amongst women since mammograms will not be covered annually, but bi-annually. We all know that detection is critical in the fight against cancer and this change will put 13,000 women at risk. Talk about the war on women. Mr. Morris also detailed how Avastin, an effective cancer fighting drug, is banned from Canada due to restrictions imposed by its health care bureaucracy. Welcome to the world of rationed care.
Mr. Morris reminded the audience that Tim Kaine was on the frontlines promoting Obamacare and how the Supreme Court is not a reliable institution when it comes to protecting our rights. That responsibility rests with us on the political battlefield. He stated why unemployment has remained above 8% over the past forty months. It’s not because the disease is stubborn, it’s because the prescriptions Obama has been writing to cure the illness aren’t working. As a result, this creates a volatile business climate, which is why corporations and banks are holding, cumulatively, $3 trillion in cash and aren’t lending or investing to create jobs and grow the economy. Obama’s remedy to this problem is borrow more and spend more to a point where, as Morris indicated, we’re entering a debt implosion cycle. An event this nation has experienced in the 1840s, 1890s, and 1930s. Morris stated that if Kaine were in the audience, he would give frivolous excuses, like striking at the right time when they had the majorities in congress, because they were afraid that their opportunity of passing government-run healthcare legislation would slip away again. Hence, the progressive mind in action, which centers on sacrificing what is economically responsible for the sake of scoring political points.
Concerning bad policy, the inimitable Tony Katz gave his experiences coming from a state fraught with bad policy. As a California resident, Mr. Katz has seen his fair share of bad government. He cites the city of Stockton filing for bankruptcy and twenty other cities waiting in the wings destined to suffer the same fate. He was concise and to the point. It’s a battle between bad policy and good policy. Tim Kaine inherited a $1.2 billion dollar surplus and left the Governor’s mansion saddling Virginia with $4.2 billion dollars in debt. He stated that people aren’t stupid and know the difference, which is why a convict in West Virginia was able to win 40% of the vote in the Democratic primary last spring. This is a result of the Obama administration’s war on coal. He concluded with California’s pending referendum this November that would raise taxes, yet again, on its residents because Gov. Jerry Brown has increased the deficit from $9 billion to $16 billion. He stated “Don’t be like California” and this November the fight is about policy, not politics.
Political analyst Kate Obenshain dove deeper into the policy aspect concerning Mr. Kaine. She shattered the false narrative that he was a political “moderate.” You’re not a moderate when you become the DNC chair between Howard Dean and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Ms. Obenshain stated under the Kaine administration, there wasn’t a single entitlement program he didn’t want to expand. Mr. Kaine pushed the Democratic Party’s dependency agenda and more Virginians were enslaved in the various poverty programs as a result. A travesty considering that Virginia was the model for welfare reform in the 1990s. Mr. Kaine’s moderate disposition looks very shoddy when as governor, his budget proposal contained the largest tax increase in Virginia state history. Not one member of the Virginia state legislature voted for it, similar to Obama’s budget, which resulted with the closure of 19 of 42 rests stops to save money. In actual fact, Virginia Department of Transportation was sitting on $1.4 billion dollars and the closure was wholly unnecessary. Mr. Kaine chose to ignore this information.
As the pizza and wings began to dwindle, comedian and conservative activist Stephen Kruiser, another resident of commie -California, gave a rousing rallying cry stating that we should never take the left’s criticism that we are powerless. Power is in everyone who cares, who knocks on doors, and makes phone calls. If you think that’s wrong, just look at Wisconsin or ask former Sen. Dick Lugar. He stated how gatherings, like the one held in Woodbridge, from grassroots organizations like AFP scares politicians, especially the those who advocate bad policy. What’s so great about this country, as Kruiser stated, is that “it’s a nation where you can witness a failed policy and work your butt off to throw that politician out on the street.” Americans for Prosperity is doing a great job exposing politicians peddling bad policy. Don’t reward them. Throw them out and deny them another term as a reward for pushing policies that harm American freedom. Mr. Kaine is one of those politicians.
Gov. Scott Walker's Political Career Will Be Decided June 5th
On June 5th, the battle will be over. Will citizens of the Badger State vote to keep their ongoing prosperity or revert back to the old policies that drained the state of economic vigor? Currently, the massive multi-billion dollar budget deficit has been balanced, unemployment is down, and property taxes have decreased for the first time in over ten years. Hence, the reason why Gov. Scott Walker has maintained a healthy lead over his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee mayor, Tom Barrett. This will mark the second time unions have tried to alter the balance of power in Madison. The first being the $35 million dollar state senate recall election last summer that saw Republicans maintain control of the chamber. After all mainstream media coverage and the protesting inside the capitol, the results of that election were the very definition of anti-climatic. Now, with this effort to oust Gov. Walker himself, I expect the same result, but with far more political ramifications.
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has called this recall election a “dry run” for Obama come November.
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN: If the Republican governor should retain his seat up there, what will it say about the power of unions who have been fighting him and what will it say about putting Wisconsin in play this fall?
REP. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Well, I am going there Tuesday to campaign with Mayor Barrett. I think that he has a real opportunity to win. We have put our considerable grassroots resources behind him. All of the Obama for America and state party resources, our grassroots network is fully…
CROWLEY: But are there national implications?
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: … engaged. And — well, I think what’s going to happen is that because of our on-the-ground operation, we have had an opportunity in this election, because especially given that Wisconsin is a battleground state, just like we did in the recall elections a year ago, to give this a test run.
And so what I think the implications will be is that ultimately I think Tom Barrett will pull this out, but regardless it has given the Obama for America operation an opportunity to do…
CROWLEY: Test run it.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: … the dry run that we need of our massive, significant, dynamic grassroots presidential campaign, which can’t really be matched by the Romney campaign or the Republicans because they’ve ignored on the ground operations.
I think Ms. Schultz and the rest of the institutional left are going to be disappointed this coming Tuesday. Radio host Tony Katz gave his insight, and took down former Sen. Byron Dorgan in the process, into the absurdity surrounding this recall. Stating how this “dry run” is costing the Wisconsin taxpayer another $20 million dollars and how Walker’s fiscal reforms are exactly what America is yearning for in this anemic economic recovery thanks to the Obama administration. However, let’s see why the far left thinks Gov. Scott Walker is so evil.
Well, he attacked the parasitic relationship between government and public sector unions and curbed their collective bargaining rights. That sounds scary, but as Peter Ferrara wrote in The American Spectator, it was solely directed towards salary negotiations. It didn’t touch benefits or safety regulations and rules. It gave the local county governments the buffer it needed to maximize efficiency and curb deficits without laying off workers or putting the distribution of state services at risk. How much of a difference would that make?
According to Ferrera, “since Walker’s reforms removed benefits from collective bargaining, government employers were freed to turn to competitive bidding on the open market, where many have found their coverage at substantially reduced costs. For school districts so far, the savings from this competitive bidding alone have amounted to $211.47 per student. Statewide that would add up to nearly $200 million in savings.”
This new economic elasticity derived from Gov. Walker’s reforms has benefited the Wisconsin taxpayer in other ways. Indeed, “the state has also used this flexibility to halt fraudulent sick leave abuses that unions used to inflate overtime expenses. Workers had called in sick for their own shifts, and then worked the next shift on overtime pay. School districts have also been freed to pay teachers based on performance and not just seniority, and to keep better performing teachers rather than longer term time servers who have long given up caring about their job performance.” Now we know why teachers were so irate. After all, interjecting competition into a cartel, which is what a union is at its heart, inevitably leads to dissolution and “what a shame that would be for our children.”
Gov. Scott Walker also decided to put the lid on the cookie jar. As Chris Christie has done in New Jersey, he made public employee unions contribute more to their pensions and health care plans. Unlike what unionized labor may tell you, the contributions are beyond modest. Ferrera writes:
After all the yelling and screaming in Wisconsin, in the end these government workers were only required to contribute 5.8% of their salaries towards their pensions, which is matched by their government employers (taxpayers), and 12.6% of the costs of their health insurance, with the other 87% paid by taxpayers. This compares to private sector workers paying on average 21% of the cost of their company health insurance, with most private sector workers having no pension at all.
The state budget reforms also made payment of union dues voluntary for government workers, empowering these workers to each decide for themselves if they want to be full dues paying members of the public employee unions. That is a potential savings for families of $1,000 a year for each government worker in the family. This forces the public unions to focus on serving their members and convincing each one that their services are worth the dues, just like every other private sector institution in American society.
After seeing union leadership blow $35 million in a state senate recall election, I WOULD HOPE those employees would be ecstatic seeing their dues be spent responsibly, or better yet, opted to keep more of their hard earned money. In conclusion, the results have been “disastrous.” A whopping $1 billion in savings in the first year alone with not one one cent raised in taxes to balance the budget.
the property tax bill for the median home fell by 0.4% in 2011, as reported by Wisconsin’s municipalities. Property taxes, which are the state’s largest revenue source and mainly fund K-12 schools, have risen every year since 1998—by 43% overall. The state budget office estimates that the typical homeowner’s bill would be some $700 higher without Mr. Walker’s collective-bargaining overhaul and budget cuts.
The median home value did fall in 2011, by about 2.3%, which no doubt influenced the slight downward trend. But then values also fell in 2009 and 2010, by similar amounts, and the state’s take from the average taxpayer still climbed by 2.1% and 1.5%, respectively. In absolute terms homeowners won’t see large dollar benefits year over year, but any hold-the-line tax respite is both rare and welcome in this age of ever-expanding government.
The real gains will grow as local school districts continue repairing and rationalizing their budgets using the tools Mr. Walker gave them. Those include the ability to renegotiate perk-filled teacher contracts and requiring government workers to contribute more than 0% to their pensions. A year ago amid their sit-ins and other protests, the unions said such policies would lead to the decline and fall of civilization, but the only things that are falling are tax collections.
With unemployment down, property taxes at its lowest in over a decade, a $3.6 billion dollar budget deficit completely wipe out, and $1 billion in savings; I hope the smart Wisconsin voter would know who to vote for and who saved them from economic catastrophe. That narrative has gained traction with Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett 52%-45%. The far left and some elements in the mainstream media have tried to put forth this “war on workers” narrative aimed at Gov. Scott Walker and conservatives. That is grossly, spectacularly, and demonstratively wrong. We’re freeing union workers to make decisions with their own finances. As a result, union membership has dropped, not due to belligerent smashing tactics, but because it removed the coercive nature of union dues and membership. As Investors Business Daily aptly noted, it’s really big labor vs. taxpayers in this fight. Big labor being a cornerstone of support for a particular left-leaning party and its effete leader who currently occupies the White House. In all, these reforms:
Together…ensure that unions can’t deliver much in the way of economic benefits, and they give workers a way to respond accordingly. They present workers with an easy choice: When dues don’t buy you anything and they compete with the cable bill, why pay them? So it’s no surprise that the unions now appear to be losing members — and, of course, money. According to the Wall Street Journal, membership in the Wisconsin branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees fell from 62,818 last March to 28,745 this February
That’s a good thing. This isn’t a war on workers, but a liberation of them. This isn’t the fall of Wisconsin, but the resurrection of it. I’m confident Gov. Scott Walker will remain the state’s chief executive and thereby vindicating his agenda. In the process, hopefully, giving unionized labor the knock out punch that leads to the day where the American taxpayer can celebrate in their final destruction. This is a test run madame chairwoman and I expect it will be the harbinger that lifts our nominee to the White House and initiate a Wisconsinite reform of Washington D.C come January 2013.
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Tonight: Conservative icon Tony Katz will be a special guest
5/15/12 radio host and tea party activist Tony Katz graces the Dark Side with his presence tonight. We’ll also talk about the latest in the John Edwards trial and zero-tolerance school policies. Join us tonight at 10pm EST, 7pm Pacific on the CDNews Newtwork on BlogTalk radio.
Popular radio host and tea party favorite Tony Katz – of Allpatriotsmedia.com – is in Los Angeles covering the California Republican Party’s Fall convention. The official CRP website has this to say about the convention:
“We’re ushering in a new era, broadening our communications strategy and reaching out to previously ignored voters in order to spread our message and inspiring a new generation of Republicans. We’re leaving our comfort zones and moving forward to success.”
“This convention is also an excellent opportunity to help identify the leaders of the future. You will be able to network with like-minded individuals, attend workshops designed to hone your political skills, and say goodbye to ‘politics as usual.'”
This is the first thing Tony Katz saw when he walked into the convention, and he immediately snapped the photo:
Apparently the future of California is a 75 year old Presidential race loser who refers to the people of one of the most influential movements in American political history as Hobbits. Inspiring.
“What is Damaged Hearing?” I ask Ezra Dulis, or rather tweet him (because isn’t that how we all talk these days, through any means other than actual talking?). He sends me a link to Damaged Hearing, a local radio show out of Colorado, hosted by Louis Fowler.
I check it out, note the airtime and pledge to listen to the next broadcast before I realize when it comes on. It overlaps the local radio show to which I am a call-in guest host back in Gary, IN. Also, it comes right on the heels of Rush Limbaugh’s golden 3 hours, and I never miss Rush. In the afternoons I am sure to tune into Tony Katz’s spectacular radio show, because he has the liveliest chat room in the business. I also always make it a point to tune in to Mark Levin’s show because no one ridicules liberals quite like he does. He’s my dose of “warm fuzzies” for the day. At some point I’ll turn the dial to my local station, KFI, to make sure I’m staying up to date on the happenings in the state that common sense forgot, California. If I’m lucky enough to be driving alone in the evenings, my radio is tuned to Dennis Miller so I can bone up on my obscure pop culture references. I’ll usually end the day with The Stage Right Show with the lovable, loquacious Larry O’Connor. He is a master at breaking down the tops news clips of the day, and his bevy of horrible southern accents somehow endears him to me even more.
This growing list of exceptional programming makes me think to myself, “How on earth can I fit in one more radio show? There is just too much good stuff out there.” And it hits me. What a wonderful problem to have! The rise of the Internet has also meant the rise of conservative “new media” in a way no one could have predicted. But isn’t it serendipitous? The Internet is the great equalizer. There are no fancy qualifications necessary for using this incredible medium.
One does not need a fancy pedigree from an approved school that costs a lot of money and offers degrees in womyn’s studies and masturbation techniques, or even a certain financial status. One only needs a computer and an Internet connection. Navigate to any number of sites that offer free blog hosting, podcasting, or Internet radio services and voila! You are now The Media. It is the epitome of freedom. It is the American Dream written in a series of 1s and 0s. Who better to benefit from this amazing new freedom than conservatives, those who are most dedicated to defending true freedom of thought and expression in all forms.
The Right has effectively harnessed this freedom, this marketplace and managed to create an entire genre unto itself. New Media. It has blazed its own path, dependent solely on the passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the average American citizen. That just burns up the left. You see ,it’s perfectly fine for illegal immigrants to bypass the moral and legal path to American citizenship. But bypass the path to political punditry and journalism that they spent decades crafting, perfecting and narrowing? Hogwash! Poppycock! Noodles! Other ridiculous words! They haven’t paid their dues! They haven’t been to the right parties and schools. It’s hardly fair for the Right to have unfettered access to public ears and eyes. How will the average unsuspecting, unthinking American idiot be able to comprehend the truth of any news for themselves without being told what exactly is news in the first place. Hence the liberal outcry for the return of the ironically titled “Fairness Doctrine”, which would necessarily stifle free speech and conservative new media in the process.
If liberals cannot successfully bring about the return of “fairness” they seem content, for now, to mock new media and it’s perpetrators. Bloggers have been mocked mercilessly by mainstream sources as a bunch of college dropout slackers, sitting at their kitchen table in dirty pajama bottoms and slippers churning out ill researched hit pieces on treasured liberal icons (Note to Self: wipe down this table when you’re done, its still sticky from breakfast). Never mind that bloggers and new citizen journalists armed with cell phones and camcorders have broken nearly every major American political story in the past two years – ACORN, NEA, Tea Party, union thugs, Planned Parenthood, and yes, Weinergate. Nothing to see here. Move along. Do not stare the aging Gen X-ers with crumbs on their shirts directly in the eyes. It will only encourage them.
The saddest insult I’ve seen levied against new media so far is the fact that there are so many of us. I can’t count the number of times a liberal friend of mind has rolled their eyes or made Jon Stewart-face when I mention my blog or an acquaintance’s radio show. “Oh everybody has a blog these days. Big whoop!” Maybe not everyone, but a lot. For the liberal mindset that there is only so much room at the table, only so many pieces of the pie to be distributed, this presents a problem. If you don’t get there first, you’ll be pushed out of the way by someone smarter and hungrier. However, for Righties it’s different. There is no pie to be divided; there are only individuals, and the more individuals adding their dishes to the table, the better. In the end, it means a feast for everyone, not just for some.
2012 elections are fast approaching, and they may well be the most important Presidential elections in modern history. Its been well established by now that the mainstream media cannot be counted on to offer us a fair and objective look at the candidates. We in new media, we citizen journalists will have to take up that mantle ourselves. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Go stake out some Internet real estate. Start that blog. Fire up that camcorder. Get on your local radio station. Some of us will be heard by thousands. Some of us will be heard by a few. But we’ll all be heard by someone, and that’s the point. Our voices will be heard, and every voice counts. That’s new media. That’s the spirit of individualism. That’s American.