GOP Congressional Candidate Ilya Katz: as Wacky as Allen West

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This is one of those columns that practically writes itself. In fact, I could just point you towards Ilya Katz's website and let it go at that: www.katz4uscongress.com.

But noooo. Annoying little twerp that I am, I'm going to have a bit of fun with Dr. Katz (trained in "Early Christian Art and Architecture," he says). Here's why: Affable, mild-mannered and well-meaning as he is, his presence in the race for the GOP nomination in CD-18, where Tea Party hero and confessed torturer Allen West ran aground two years ago, is a sign of the terminal intellectual corruption of the GOP, now a hothouse of nightblooming nuttiness.

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Katz, who describes himself as "seventy-eight years young, an original refugee from Russia," purports to be "a former director, journalist, lecturer and part-time professor of political studies at Loyola University, Columbia College and YMCA community college in Chicago." In a phone interview, and in a thick Russian accent, he told New Times, he had been imprisoned in the Soviet Union in the Brezhnev era, for satirical essays and other activities critical of the regime. "I was advocating a capitalistic system," he said, and when he was released, "They threw me out. They didn't need me."

"I'm quite different from other candidates," Katz told us. No argument here.

The current campaign is Katz's second time around in South Florida, having mounted a 2012 challenge to Debbie Wasserman Schultz in CD-23. Running as an independent, he got 3124 votes. (We'd like to know more about the voters who bought into this sort of thing.)

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Maybe it was his personality. Katz is a such a pip, a real character, irrepressible in the self-assured way of a Catskill's tummler. And sure enough, he does also present himself as a "humorist and cartoonist...a writer who's published eight books in one year." His "humor," though, it must be said, depends on a delusional political syntax--the kind of cult-like private language Tea Party acolytes sling about, an Alice-in-Wonderspeak where words mean "just what I choose [them] to mean -- neither more nor less."

(In Katz's latest tome, The Obamasutra, for example, it is repeatedly and confidently asserted that Obama is paving the path to socialism -- or "soscialism," as Katz often tags it -- as though the man who bailed out Wall Street, sold off the public interest in General Motors and instituted a national health insurance system that funnels millions of citizens into the care of privately-owned insurance companies is some kind of pinko. Democrat Patrick Murphy, who currently represents CD-18, is complicit, of course.)

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In our phone conversation, Katz gave as examples of creeping socialism the federal government's "total spying" and the education proposal Common Core, ("They support homosexuals. They teach babies technique for breast-feeding. And many other stupid things. They throw religion out of schools and other public places because they don't like competition.")

Katz told us his campaign finances are practically non-existent, that he's running strictly on gumption, "driving from meeting to meeting to give enlightenment and entertainment." GOP leadership, he said, is "united behind Ellen Andel. They don't give me a chance to talk about socialism,about economy."

That's unfortunate for the GOP, Katz told us. "[Ellen Andel] developed her legs -- she's some kind of runner -- I developed my brain."

Fire Ant -- an invasive species, tinged bright red, with an annoying, sometimes-fatal sting -- covers Palm Beach County. Got feedback or a tip? Contact Fire.Ant@BrowardPalmBeach.com.





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winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

"as though the man who bailed out Wall Street,  (With our funds, including the "job ready" stimulus)

sold off the public interest in General Motors (at a 10 Billion dollar loss) 

and instituted a national health insurance system that funnels millions of citizens into the care of privately-owned insurance companies (funnels...interesting word for forcing)

Keep drinkin the cool aid

fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

@winsomelosesome  

Okay, pal, pay attention. I'm only going to do this once, since your inane remarks indicate you have a problem with coherent thought.

I raised the three points you ranted about in order to demonstrate that Obama -- despite whatever Dr. Katz and the Tea Party morons may say -- is the farthest thing from a socialist. (You still with me?)

That Obama bailed out privately-held financial services corporations with public funds (what else would he use? his AmEx card?) doesn't make him a socialist. A socialist would have nationalized the damned banks.

That Obama rescued GM and saw it return to private hands, likewise. A socialist would have nationalized the Big Three. (By the way, the auto industry rescue was a great bargain for the American people which “saved or avoided the loss of $105.3 billion in transfer payments and the loss of personal and social insurance tax collections -- or 768% of the net investment.”


http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-gm-bailout-cost-20131209,0,1973037.story#ixzz2nPrgfAP8).


And about healthcare, you can call it funnel or force or steer or whatever (sorta like we're forced to carry motor vehicle insurance) -- the business goes to privately held insurance companies. A socialist would have "forced" us into a government insurance program.

Try to keep up.

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@fire.ant@winsomelosesome

Typical "I'm smarter than you" elitist response. A first I thought Rachel Maddow had responded. I wasn't commenting on your defense of the charge that Obama is a socialist. He isn't.  He's just incompetent.


As far as your "taking points" response on health care, I don't have to buy auto insurance if I don't own a car. The only way to avoid buying health insurance is to not exist. ( I know, but that would make your life too easy)


Try to keep up...Ant.


riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@winsomelosesome @riverrat69 @fire.ant

 Make me a "teabagger"? Nah, to be one you have to own a brass stripper pole with an attached Palin blowup doll and a copy of Ted Cruzer Luzer's Canadian birth certificate.

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@fire.ant@winsomelosesome



You're about 1/3 as smart as you think you are. Someone must have told you that you were special somewhere along the line.  They were wrong.  You're just misguided and living in denial of the disaster that has been foisted up this country by the control freak In the White House.


Looks like you're a last word type of guy and no doubt you will respond to this so I say.....


Aw shaddup!

fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

@winsomelosesome@fire.ant 

There is a difference between the two "screw you's."

Mine only says: have your own opinion.

Yours says: go without a critical service.



Your "PS" shows a failure to understand how insurance works, and I seriously doubt you know what Obama has or has not been interested in.

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@fire.ant@winsomelosesome


Or, "I define it as I please. Take it or leave it,"


Translation.....Screw you.


PS I think it's  foolish to force people into  unnecessary insurance plans.  There are better solutions.  But Obama has never been interested in them, rhetoric to the contrary

fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

@winsomelosesome@fire.ant
I define as I please. Take it or leave it.
You don't think it's indecent to leave millions without health insurance? There's ego for ya, as in: "I got mine, Jack. Screw you."

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@fire.ant@winsomelosesome


You're the stupid one.  Defining a "decent" society.  What ego.  You don't get to tell me what is best for me. Leave that to your Master,,,,,,Obama

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@riverrat69@winsomelosesome@fire.ant


Who cares about that race? Stupid Fire Ant took a nothing candidate to make points for his beloved Obama. 


I didn't know I was a tea party member.  Guess anyone who is not in lock step with the current regime is labeled such. Easier to pigeon hole.

fire.ant
fire.ant topcommenter

@winsomelosesome@fire.ant  

You and your "taking points." You weren't commenting on my "defense of the charge that Obama is a socialist"? That's good, because I hadn't "defended" that charge; quite the opposite.

No wonder you feel stupid.

Here's the deal on health insurance: You don't buy it, you pay a penalty. It's the price of a decent society. 

Some socialized medicine would be even better.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@winsomelosesome @fire.ant

 Whod'a thunk it. A teabagger admitting Obama isn't a socialist. Next thing you know, you'll admit he was born in Hawaii. But, back to the thread topic. Only a card carrying teabagger would even consider voting for a nutjob Russian immigrant.

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