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WHY WE NEED A MIDDLE CLASS

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 28, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– An argument for capitalism.

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Do people truly understand the power of the middle class? I think they’re starting to overseas. We may not have invented the concept of a middle class, but we sure perfected it, and everyone wants to emulate it. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, countries around the world have been reconfiguring their economic policies in order to remain competitive in a global economy. In case you haven’t been paying attention, new middle classes have slowly emerged in such places as China, Belarus, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam, and amongst South African blacks. People in these countries now have spending power thereby causing a demand for products and services, not to mention a call for construction of new houses and businesses.

The rise of middle classes around the world is significant as it is a recognition that capitalism works as opposed to socialism or communism. A sizable middle class represents an economic engine for a country. Capitalism encourages people to work and to invest and spend their money and allows a country to collectively compete. The average person wants nothing more than to earn a respectable livelihood, so they can enjoy life and raise a family unencumbered by overbearing government regulations. As President Calvin Coolidge observed, “After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.”

In order for capitalism to work, you need to be allowed to have certain freedoms, such as the freedom of expression, the freedom to innovate and invent, the freedom to choose your own path, the freedom to conduct legitimate business, etc. This is why it is rather ironic how some of our former communist foes are now embracing capitalism.

In the absence of a middle class, you have just the rich and the poor (the “have’s” and the “have not’s”) which lends itself to being a feudal state controlled by dictators or monarchies. Such a state does not operate harmoniously, corruption is rampant, and unrest is common. The “have not’s”, which is a sizable majority, have little to earn and spend. Consequently, the economy sputters and stagnates which our communist friends discovered the hard way.

As mentioned, in order for capitalism to work, certain freedoms have to be permitted to allow a person to work, earn, and save their money, not to have it redistributed to others by government decree. This means there is an explicit relationship between freedom and capitalism. Implicitly, it means capitalism requires a certain amount of democracy to allow the citizens to participate in how the government runs, which means capitalism cannot work under a dictatorship (see Cuba, Iran, North Korea, et al). As an aside, it is the middle class who elects government officials, not the upper or lower classes. The upper class may support politicians economically, but it is the middle class that casts the votes.

When someone asks me about my political leanings, I tell them I am an unabashed capitalist. This of course means I believe in liberty, and the right of the individual to lead a meaningful life, and I abhor any attempt by government to alter this or forcibly redistribute the wealth earned by the individual. I can understand government monitoring the legality of someone’s occupation, but aside from this they should not hinder a person’s right to earn a living.

Capitalism is our greatest export. It represents the seeds of freedom and economic prosperity. If it spreads, it could lead to world stability and peace which, of course, certain tyrants and crackpots openly reject. For example, Iraq will be an interesting experiment in capitalism. If Iraq succeeds, freedom and democracy will succeed, which is why Middle Eastern terrorists desperately want to see it fail as it represents a challenge to their authority. It’s not so much about religion as it is about control. Capitalism is a genuine threat to feudalism, a system which has no regards for the rights of the human-being and respect for the human spirit. Make no mistake, feudalism is barbaric.

To summarize:

1. In order to effectively compete in a world economy, you need capitalism.

2. In order for capitalism to flourish, you need freedom and democracy.

3. A byproduct of capitalism is a sizable middle class with spending power.

4. Therefore, any attempt to change capitalism is a threat to freedom, democracy, and the middle class.

No, I am not a proponent of government sponsored bailouts, stimulus packages or the creation of artificial jobs. Such devices does a disservice to capitalism and is unnatural. It is not government’s role to tamper with capitalism, only to establish the environment for capitalism to flourish, namely assuring freedom and democracy, serving its constituents, and providing incentives to encourage new avenues of business.

Yes, the failing financial companies and automotive manufacturers should have been closed. They were corrupt, made bad decisions based on greed and stupidity, and do not deserve any sympathy for their plight. If they had been allowed to fail, new institutions would have surely been created to replace them which would have been leaner, stronger and smarter. It’s called “evolution.” By bringing back our right to fail, you assure our right to succeed.

Originally published: August 4, 2010

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HILLARY CAN BE BEATEN

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 19, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– She is certainly not invincible as our president has already proven. In fact, she is quite vulnerable.

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Regardless of how the liberal media and Democrats try to portray the invincibility of Secretary Hillary Clinton as candidate for president of the United States, she can certainly be beaten. She has many weaknesses, one of which is the myth that it is “her turn” to be president as touted by her supporters. Obviously, presidents should be elected based on qualifications, not turns, but these are strange times we are living in and her supporters are willing to overlook her dismal record.

First, there is the issue of treating the Clintons as American royalty which can be intimidating for the faint of heart. In the 2008 election, then Senator Barack Obama, who was her biggest Democratic competitor, overcame this problem by simply leveling the playing field. By refusing to recognize her celebrity and kowtowing to her, voters discovered Mrs. Clinton was nothing more than an ordinary person. This time around though, she has the liberal media (NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBC) squarely in her corner and are charged with protecting her reputation.

To depose Mrs. Clinton from her throne, she needs to be embarrassingly beaten in the presidential debates, something she has never mastered. Her competitors, be it Democrat or Republican, cannot afford to pull their punches and must ask the tough questions the media will not.

Second, Hillary has an excessive amount of baggage she is carrying. There is, of course, the 2012 Benghazi attack and cover-up, and the Clinton Foundation scandal. These two incidents alone have already taken a toll on her credibility and trustworthiness. However, if you dig further, you will inevitably rediscover, the Vince Foster suicide the Whitewater controversy, Travelgate, Filegate, Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, and, of course, the Monica Lewinsky scandal involving her husband and a presidential intern. Let us also not forget her allegiance to radical Saul Alinsky, of whom she wrote her senior college thesis.

Hillary’s defenders will claim this is all “water under the bridge.” Not really. Instead, it speaks volumes about her character and the family’s pattern of abuse of power.

Third, her record of accomplishments is abysmal. As I have written in the past, the nagging question is in all her years as First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State, “What has she accomplished?” Unfortunately, nothing of substance.

Further, her positions on immigration, the economy, the Iran nuclear deal, and the president’s foreign policy, most of which she implemented, are naive attempts to sway voters. It also reveals her socialist ideology.

Unlike her competitors who clamor for the attention of the press, Mrs. Clinton wants to keep the press at bay, presumably in fear she will say something out of turn. Everything issued to the press is highly crafted and orchestrated for delivery. This means she is afraid of making an extemporaneous remark, and why she will again fail in the debates (assuming she agrees to participate in them). Her Achilles’ heel is answering any embarrassing questions which might be used against her in Congressional hearings or a court of law.

Before Hillary can face the Republicans, she must get by her Democratic challengers which currently includes Gov. Lincoln Chafee (RI), Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD), Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), Sen. James Webb (VA), and possibly VP Joe Biden. If “Uncle Joe” jumps into the race, it is a sure sign he sees Mrs. Clinton’s vulnerability and is ready to pounce on it.

If and when she faces the Republican candidate, she will have the uncomfortable task of distancing herself from President Obama. It’s a Catch-22 for her. If she aligns herself with the president, she makes herself an easy target for his unpopular policies and programs. If she tries to divorce herself from the president, she risks losing the liberal Democratic base she desperately needs. Either way, it is a lose-lose scenario for her.

The only way she can survive is if the Republican challenger fails to openly challenge her. If they show any signs of fear or weakness whatsoever, she will own her political opponent. The Republicans must take the argument to her and put her on the defensive whereby she will crumble under pressure. They cannot afford to retreat.

As should be apparent, her highness’ slip is showing.

Keep the Faith!

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THE PRESS’ WAR WITH DONALD TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 13, 2015

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– How will he spar with the press in the next debate?

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At the August 6th GOP presidential debate in Cleveland, and the ensuing fallout, it became clear the press had declared war on Donald Trump. They simply do not want him in the electoral mix as his roots are planted in business as opposed to politics. Calling it a “debate” is being much too generous. Rather, it was a modified version of a press conference where candidates field questions from the media. In a debate, a moderator coldly presents a topic and a speaker poses their argument, followed by a counter argument by an opposing person. This is not what happened during the debate where Fox moderators offered sensational questions and were not interested in discussing legitimate topics, such as how to stimulate the economy and GDP, what our policy should be in the Middle East, how we should attain energy independence, a discussion on diminished morality, race relations, our space program, etc. In contrast, the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon debate was perhaps the closest we’ll ever witness of a true debate, which was a civil exchange between two totally different candidates.

The 24 million viewers who tuned into the Cleveland debate was the largest audience ever for a primary debate. It was also the largest in the history of Fox News and the largest in all of cable news; all thanks to Donald Trump. Had he not been there, Fox would not have achieved such lofty ratings. Yet, I felt the debate was conducted unprofessionally, particularly when you compare it to the Kennedy/Nixon debate. The introduction of the candidates was clumsy and embarrassing, and the questions asked by the moderators lacked tact and significance. It sounded more like the women arguing on “The View,” as opposed to a presidential debate. Frankly, the earlier debate of seven candidates was much more dignified and to the point.

The press is exasperated by Trump. They complain he lacks specifics in solving problems. When they ask him, “How will you do this or that?”

His answer, “negotiate,” infuriates them.

They are also appalled he donated to the Hillary Clinton campaign back in January. “Sheer hypocrisy,” they claim. No, that is how business is performed in today’s world, right or wrong. As a businessman, I understand him perfectly, but the press obviously does not. In business, it is common not to tip your hand before you play your cards. However, the press not only wants to see his cards, they also want to argue how he should play them. If he doesn’t play the cards their way, they get very upset. It is no small wonder he doesn’t accept political correctness.

His unscripted candor is typical of board room discussions. Whereas such talk is remarkably refreshing to the people who have lost faith in government and political machines, it is unnerving to the press.

The next GOP debate will be on September 16th at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. It will be interesting to see if there will be any change in the give and take between Trump and the press. As Trump knows, the best form of defense is a strong offense. Now it is time for him to take on the irresponsible press. The people love every shot he takes at them.

If another superfluous question is asked, such as that posed by Fox’s Megyn Kelly, do not be surprised if Trump answers something to the effect, “Really, that is the best question you’ve got? Aren’t you aware this country has more serious problems we should be discussing?” The press will be climbing the walls. If they persevere, do not be surprised if Trump simply ignores them and discusses whatever he wants to.

If we have learned anything thus far in the Trump campaign, the more the press attacks him, the higher his numbers rise in the polls. When they tout he is nothing but a “flash in the pan,” the public rallies to his cause. This is indicative the public no longer trusts the media. One thing is for certain, as Trump continues to move ahead, the rhetoric from the press will become more visceral, much to Trump’s benefit. The press just doesn’t get it.

Stay tuned.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WILL THE REPUBLICANS BOTCH THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 5, 2015

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– I just hope they do not grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.

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On the eve of the first GOP debate in Cleveland (August 6, 2015), I want to comment on the the Republican Party’s chances for taking back the White House in 2016 and breaking the gridlock in Washington. I have been a loyal Republican since 1972, representing the first class of eighteen year olds given the right to vote. Over the years, I have voted in numerous elections, believing each was more important than the last. However, I do not believe the stakes can be any higher than the 2016 elections as the country appears headed in the wrong direction, at least according to Rasmussen and Gallup. Frankly, I am not optimistic of the Republican chances for success. This is a new world, with new perspectives and thinking in play. There is nothing wrong with the GOP’s message of smaller government, empowerment of business and people, financial responsibility, and belief in God and the US Constitution, but I’m not sure young voters are listening or comprehend it.

I have five concerns bothering me this election cycle:

1. There are currently 17 GOP candidates in the running for president, the most in the last 50 years or longer. Such a large number gives the impression the Republican Party hasn’t a clear front runner. I hope those candidates who do not fare well in Iowa and New Hampshire will withdraw early, so we can begin to build on a front runner. Anyone who overstays their time in the race will only hurt the party. As an aside, I am frequently asked which candidate I prefer. Although I have my favorites, my standard answer is, “Anyone other than Hillary or a liberal,” meaning I honestly believe any of the GOP candidates would do a better job than a Democrat.

As to the upcoming debates, here are the questions I would ask the candidates and, No, I wouldn’t bother with anything regarding the Confederate flag, gay rights or giving away the store, but rather, how we can invigorate business, raise the GDP, increase jobs and wages, make America competitive again, balancing the budget and reducing the trade deficit. I would also like to know their thoughts on social engineering, declining morality, immigration, health care, defeating ISIS and Muslim terrorists, and putting Russia and China in check. We need discussions of substance, not facade.

2. Since winning the Senate in 2014, thereby assuming control over both chambers of Congress, the Republicans have not displayed any significant form of unity. We have thus far seen rifts between moderates and conservatives, and between the House and the Senate. They also give the impression they are afraid to confront the president. Mr. Obama may have veto power, and is willing to exercise it, but the Congress holds the purse strings and appears unwilling to assume their fiduciary responsibilities. I am frankly tired of hearing Congress whine about the president yet refuse to challenge him. If they are truly incapable of standing up to the President, perhaps it is time to elect new Congressmen.

3. I recently had a glimpse of the party’s infrastructure and, as a management consultant with nearly forty years of experience, the GOP appears to be woefully weak in terms of systems. They know how to solicit money, but not much else. As a systems man, I can see they desperately need vertical mobility in data bases, from the federal, to state, to county, to city, to Republican club. Currently, there is nothing remotely like this available to the GOP, just separate and incompatible data bases which greatly hampers their ability to administer their membership.

They should also establish “standard practices” for all levels of the Republican infrastructure. This includes such things as accounting, membership, communications, etc. This does two things: It makes the GOP more productive, particularly when new board members are introduced, and; it brings uniformity to the operations between Republican units.

The party also needs to adopt a program to effectively communicate to their membership. Currently nothing exists to this effect other than the mainstream media. Through such a vehicle, they could educate their members, as well as the public. Since the integrity of the press is in question, this would provide a mechanism to present the Republican side of an issue.

4. I find it rather disturbing, the Republican Party is trying to win an election in the 21st century, using campaign tactics from the 20th, e.g.; campaigning door-to-door and telephone calls, both of which tend to irritate people today as opposed to soliciting their support.

If you want to attract young people to the party, you must devise an “app” for them to access news and information via their smart phones, tablets, laptops, or desktop computers. This is an area where the Democrats have an edge as demonstrated in the last two presidential elections. The GOP needs to build an app to disseminate GOP news and advertisements, coming events, access to information resources (e.g., position papers), and monitors what the user is looking at (data mining) to fine tune campaign strategies.

5. And finally there is the matter of the Hillary Factor. During the 2008 presidential cycle, she self-destructed in her race against Mr. Obama. Now it looks like she is going to do it again. Her missteps during the campaign, including Benghazi and the Clinton Foundation, is hampering her credibility and trustworthiness in the opinion polls. In other words, Hillary Clinton is giving the Republicans ample opportunity to take her down, but are they smart enough to do so? I’m no longer certain.

If the Republicans lose the 2016 presidential election, they only have themselves to blame. I may be a loyal member of the party, but as a management consultant, I see a lot of dry rot in their operations. The fact I am asking these questions, a 43 year Republican, is symptomatic of the lack of confidence growing in the party. I just hope they do not grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.

I am sorry if I appear to be the child who exclaims, “The Emperor has no clothes,” but the GOP needs to quit fooling around and get their act together. The stakes are simply too high.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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LEGISLATING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 3, 2015

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– Will the latest round of political correctness change our attitudes?

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In June, the American people were peppered with a powerful dose of political correctness (PC). Following the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, there were calls for the removal and elimination of Confederate flags across the country as it was claimed the flag was nothing more than an icon of bigotry. Retail titans Walmart and Amazon were just two of the major companies who panicked and removed the flags from their shelves. This was followed by several other calls to eliminate any trace of the Confederacy in the South be it on bumper stickers, license plates, or changing the names of parks and removal of statues. While this was going on, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in all fifty states. These two events polarized the country. Southerners defended their flag, not as a symbol of bigotry, but as representative of their ancestors’ heritage. Heterosexuals were aghast the biblical sense of the word “marriage” was being distorted by a government institution.

These two instances will likely not change the opinions people hold about these two issues. If anything, they will reinforce attitudes and reinvigorate disagreements between people, thereby dividing the country further. It also demonstrates you cannot legislate thinking patterns. Regardless if South Carolina removes the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol, or the Supreme Court’s ruling on gays, attitudes about these subjects will only solidify, not dissipate. Only political maneuvering, such as PC, can alter the perspectives of people.

The intent of political correctness is to subliminally alter our perceptions and values. In the Confederate flag incident, it is intended to distort our sense of history. Personally, I never thought too much of the flag. I was raised a Yankee for the first half of my life and was proud the Union won the Civil War. However, I have lived in the South for the last thirty years and have come to understand the South’s view of the war. I have learned it is more about states rights as opposed to slavery. I will not argue there is no bigotry in the South, nor will I argue there is no bigotry in the North, on both sides of the color line I might add. However, we have been asked to make a rush to judgment, simply for political correctness.

As we should all know by now, PC is primarily intended to influence our thinking processes, our vocabulary, and even our sense of humor, as American comedians are just now discovering. Make no mistake, it is nothing more than social engineering in sheep’s clothing. Our attitudes, perceptions, and moral values are being constantly tweaked by the liberal press, and not necessarily for the better; to illustrate:

PC does not make us better workers – In fact, it make us impotent in terms of achieving results.

PC does not make us better citizens – Instead, it will distort our sense of history, civic duty, and patriotism.

PC does not make us better people – We’ll become rather bland with little imagination and no desire to challenge the status quo.

I remember when I first heard the expression, “The N Word.” This was driven home in the first OJ Simpson trial in 1995. Now we have a “Word” for just about every letter of the alphabet. Frankly, people are getting tired of this and a push back is likely in the offing. For example, Christians will no longer be apologetic for their religion; Capitalists will no longer be ashamed of their entrepreneurship and being successful; Whites will no longer feel guilty for the color of their skin; Conservatives will no longer be apologetic for their political views, and; people will continue to wave Confederate flags and not alter their definition of marriage.

As I said at the beginning, PC is intended to divide us, not to bring us together.

God, how I miss Sam Kinison, one of the most politically incorrect comedians we ever had. We could really use a strong dose of Sam today.

Related article:
Political Correctness – Let us be bland (Feb 3, 2009)

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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DEAR NY GOVERNOR CUOMO…

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 29, 2015

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– About those preposterous “START-UP NY” television ads of yours.

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Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo,

Over the last two years I have watched your “START-UP NY” television ads encouraging companies to move to New York. As a Floridian, I am baffled by the ads. I understand your intent of providing dozens of Tax Free Zones near universities and schools, to entice businesses and stem the exit of 100,000 people and jobs leaving your state each year, but is your program really working? Your major incentive is to allow businesses to move to New York where they can work tax free for ten years. At the end of this period, the exorbitant corporate taxes will spring back into effect causing companies to exit again. You will also defer state income taxes for workers for five years, but here in Florida we have no state income tax whatsoever, plus we’re in a “Right to Work” state. There is also considerably more red tape and bureaucracy in your state as opposed to ours. Let us also not forget the differences in climate, where Florida doesn’t suffer from the Arctic weather conditions New York does. So please carefully explain to me why a Floridian would want to move to New York when more people, companies, and opportunities are moving to our state and not yours?

What has been the result of your campaign so far? I’m told “START-UP NY” claims 110 businesses participate in the program, pledging 3,150 jobs. Are these real jobs or just pledged? I read a report your State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, recently produced claiming the program is a disaster. His report follows a review by the Albany Bureau of “START-UP NY” which found the campaign cost $53 million since its inception in 2013, and produced a measly 76 jobs. The Associated Press (April 3, 2015) also reported, “The agency reported another 26 businesses have been approved so far this year, while 12 have withdrawn applications. The largest group of approved companies is 37 in Buffalo and western New York. Another 15 are on Long Island, seven in New York City and seven in the Southern Tier.”

For the millions of dollars New Yorkers are paying for this campaign, and the minimal results, this doesn’t sound very cost effective does it?

You are not alone though. Connecticut’s Governor Malloy raised taxes a second time, after he promised he wouldn’t, in excess of $1 billion, a new record. Between increases in real estate and corporate taxes, people are fleeing the Constitution State, and, No, they are not moving to New York to face the same financial burden.

However, Florida Governor Scott is visiting Connecticut and other states to encourage businesses to move to the Sunshine State. His selling points are simple: “Florida has no state income tax, and has cut taxes more than 40 times over the last four years. Unlike Connecticut, Florida is a right-to-work state, with no estate or gift tax. If you’re a business that wants to pay less taxes so you can earn more money, come to Florida.” No doubt he also mentions the lack of snow in our state.

Let me offer some simple advice; first, stop showing those ridiculous “START-UP NY” ads. They are demonstratively ineffective and waste the taxpayer’s money. Second, offer a business friendly environment, such as Delaware and Florida, where corporate taxes are reduced, income taxes are eliminated, and become a “Right to Work” state. Third, cut the waste and spending in your state and learn to live within your means. By doing so, businesses and jobs will return, or at least you will have stopped the massive desertions from New York. Sorry, but I cannot help you with the weather. I do not believe palm trees will survive your winters.

Keep the Faith!

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WHY THE LEFT HATES DONALD TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 27, 2015

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– And, No, it has nothing to do with his hair.

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On June 16th, real estate mogul and celebrity businessman Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring as a candidate for president of the United States. This immediately set liberals into a frenzy and the inevitable jokes about his hair and some of his comments became the butt of jokes. Even the television talking heads snickered at his announcement and dismissed his chances for success. The levity was short lived though as the polls in New Hampshire suddenly showed Trump surging in the state.

The left claims Mr. Trump’s announcement was nothing more than an obnoxious publicity stunt, and characterized him as a buffoon who shouldn’t be taken seriously. Hardly. Trump is the one candidate the left is most afraid of, and for good reason; he is a serious contender, well financed, and represents the polar opposite of the left.

In the coming campaign, liberals will portray Trump as politically incorrect. Maybe, but he is more results oriented and less concerned with making a faux pas, something very appealing to voters frustrated with the gridlock in Washington. Others will portray him as an icon of big business and “trickle-down” economics. The fact remains, Trump has created thousands of jobs for people due to his entrepreneurship. He is admittedly pro-life and anti-gun control, two areas the left despise. Yet, he is a philanthropist and has donated generously to a variety of charities. Bottom-line, he is a confirmed capitalist who understands the value of work and, as such, represents a deterrent to the socialist agenda. The left’s visceral attacks on him suggest they are not only scared of him, but are jealous of his success as well.

Where liberals miss the mark is underestimating the public’s frustration and lack of confidence in our government today. According to a recent Rasmussen poll (June 22, 2015), only 28% of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction. Likewise, a recent Gallup Poll (June 23, 2015) lists U.S. economic confidence at -9.

Taking note of the success of the fiery speech made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last March before a special joint meeting of Congress, Trump is taking on the roll of a tough-talking, no-nonsense New Yorker. Recognizing America wants a fighter without the usual political spin, he is quickly becoming the voice of the people who are sick of the status quo in Washington and do not trust political elites such as Mrs. Clinton. He may not be the most eloquent orator, but he is going to tell it as he sees it, which is rather refreshing to voters. During his campaign announcement, Trump told the audience several things they could identify with, such as:

“Our country is in trouble.”
“America has become the dumping ground for the world’s problems”
“We have all the cards, but we don’t know how to play them.”
“We are going to make our country great again.”

Such messages resonate with voters as they realize the country is following the wrong path.

Donald Trump is hitting a nerve with voters, not just in New Hampshire but across the country. This explains why the left will go to any length to assassinate his character. They will try to discredit his every move and word, even going so far as to intentionally misquote him. Unlike most of his GOP competitors, Mr. Trump is not a politician (neither is Dr. Ben Carson), but a businessman who understands the world, people, negotiations, and what is necessary to succeed. This means his rhetoric will be noticeably different than the other candidates.

Does Mr. Trump possess a huge ego? What politician or successful businessman doesn’t? Frankly, I am more interested in results.

Liberals and the press giggled when Trump announced he would build a wall along our southern border and have Mexico pay for it. They thought it was hysterical. However, let’s suppose Trump pulled it off, as he has done with other ventures people scoffed at, who would be doing the laughing then? Again, this is the difference between a businessman and a politician. We’ve tried a community organizer, oil men, a peanut farmer and professional politicians, all with minimal success; voters may very well be ready to give a successful businessman a chance.

Do not expect Trump to take liberal criticisms sitting down. He appears to be willing to fight back as he has both the disposition and financial resources to do so. Next time you hear a joke about his hair, just remember it is an attempt to conceal the liberal agenda. If that is all the left has, Trump will only gain momentum.

Keep the Faith!

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THE MEDIA’S SELECTIVE HEARING

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 23, 2015

BRYCE ON THE MEDIA

– People hear only what the media wants them to hear; take the Trump interview for example.

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I have always marveled at the power of the press and how they can manipulate public opinion (or is it spin?). People hear only what the media wants them to hear. To illustrate, I’ll use Donald Trump’s recent interview at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa on July 18th. You know, the one that allegedly cast aspersions against Senator John McCain.

First, let’s be honest, did you hear the nine second sound bite the press used, or did you listen to the full interview? Click HERE for the full interview. Most people have only heard the short sound bite and are unaware of what was truly said. Instead, they relied on the media’s interpretation of the interview with the inflammatory remarks.

Here is the media’s nine second sound bite –

TRUMP: “He (McCain) is not a war hero…”

INTERVIEWER: “He’s a war hero. Five and a half years in a POW camp…”

TRUMP: “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay?”

Now let’s compare it to the full version with the section referring to John McCain (3:24) –

INTERVIEWER: “…but referring to people as rapists; referring to John McCain, a war hero, five and a half years as a POW, you call him a dummy. Is that appropriate in running for president?”

TRUMP: “You’ve got to let me speak though Frank as you interrupt all the time. So, No, I know him too well, that’s the problem. Let’s take John McCain. I’m in Phoenix. We have a meeting that is going to have 500 people at the Biltmore Hotel. We get a call from the hotel, it’s turmoil. Thousands and thousands of people are showing up, three or four days before. They’re pitching tents on the hotel grass. The hotel says we can’t handle this because it’s going to destroy the hotel. We move it to the convention center. We have 15,000 people, the biggest one ever, bigger than Bernie Sanders, 15,000 people showed up to hear me speak, bigger than anybody, and everybody knows it. A beautiful day with incredible people that were wonderful, great Americans, I will tell you. John McCain goes, ‘Oh boy, Trump makes my life difficult, he had 15,000 crazies show up.’ Crazies; he calls them all crazy. I said they weren’t crazy, they were great Americans, these people, if you were to see these people, you…; I know what crazy is, I know all about crazies, these weren’t crazies. So, he insulted me and he insulted everybody in that room, and I said, somebody should run against John McCain who has been, you know, in my opinion, not so hot, and I supported him, I supported him for president. I raised a million dollars for him, it’s a lot of money; I supported him, he lost and let us down. But, you know, he lost. So, I never liked him as much after that because I don’t like losers. But Frank, let me get to it…”

INTERVIEWER: “But he is a war hero; he’s a war hero…”

TRUMP: “He is not a war hero…”

INTERVIEWER: “He’s a war hero. Five and a half years in a POW camp…”

TRUMP: “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay? I hate to tell you. Do you agree with that?”

INTERVIEWER: “He is a war hero…”

TRUMP: “…because he was captured. Okay? Perhaps he is a war hero, but right now he has said some very bad things about a lot of people. So what I said is, John McCain I disagree with him that these people are crazy, and very importantly, and I speak the truth, he graduated last in his class at Annapolis. So I said, nobody knows that, I said he graduated last or second to last, he graduated last in his class at Annapolis, and he was upset. I said, Why? For telling the truth? See, you’re not supposed to say that somebody graduated last or second to last in their class, because you’re suppose to be like Frank says, very nice. Folks, I want to make America great again; we want to get down to brass tacks. We don’t want to listen to his stuff with being politically correct, and everything…, we have a lot of work to do. Frank, the other day Hillary Clinton got up, and she said ‘I didn’t like Mr. Trump’s tone.’ We have people, Christians, having their heads cut off in the Middle East. We have people dying all over the border, that’s where I was right, 100% right. We have all this like Medieval times and she said, ‘I didn’t like his tone.’ And you know who else said this? Jeb Bush, ‘I didn’t like his tone.’ What does it have to do with tone? We want results; this group wants results, they don’t want tone.”

So what did we learn from the full interview? First, Trump had a positive relationship with McCain in the past, even going so far as to donate $1,000,000 to McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. Second, the relationship soured when McCain made the “crazies” comment. Third, Trump made a flippant comment about McCain as a war hero. If you listen to the audio section carefully, you realize Trump was trying to be entertaining as he had through most of the interview. None of this came through the nine second sound bite, which was the effect the media was hoping to achieve. Trump may not be the most articulate speaker, but as a businessman he wants results and the audience reacted positively in this regard. Bottom-line, this incident was much ado about nothing, and the media turned it into something to suit their needs. I’m not sure who owes who an apology, but I suspect it is the liberal press to American voters.

The liberal media has a love/hate relationship with Donald Trump. Because they are working for the Democrats, they certainly do not want him as president, but they love him for increasing their viewership. Think about it, without Trump there would be little to talk about regarding the Republican presidential race. Trump is even overpowering Mrs. Clinton’s public image, as well as the rest of the Democrats. He has single-handedly preempted their exposure as candidates. Any attempt by the other GOP candidates to criticize Trump is a desperate attempt to ride his coattails for publicity. This all makes for great political theater. No wonder Trump’s standings in the polls keep rising.

If Trump’s tactics of no-nonsense straight-talking succeeds, he will change the dynamics of political campaigning. Frankly, he has a chance as people are tired of political correctness and desperately want leadership and results.

One last note about the Ames, Iowa interview; did you know Trump received a standing ovation for his remarks? No, I didn’t think so; the press didn’t want you to know about it. Nor do they want you to know the truth about a lot of things. As we should all know by now, whoever controls the information, controls public opinion.

Keep the Faith!

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OUR CONTEMPT FOR AUTHORITY

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 8, 2015

BRYCE ON LIFE

– Why do we dislike our leaders?

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If you watch television news, you no doubt have recently seen numerous examples of contempt for authority, be it in the streets of Baltimore and Ferguson, our distrust of politicians, as well as in business. We also show contempt in the nonprofit organizations we participate in, be it homeowner associations, clubs, the coaches, umpires and referees in youth sports, even God and religion. It would be hard for me to think of an institution not undergoing criticism of some kind and it seems we are about to boil over at any second.

I tend to believe a lot of this is due to living in a heterogeneous society mixing different religions, races, and cultures. We are also taught to value individuality over teamwork, and not to respect our elders, particularly teachers. This is the opposite of countries like Japan, which is a homogeneous society embracing cooperation. We can also blame declining moral values and common courtesy for our sense of contempt.

When it comes to government, our country is split along ideological lines, which explains why there are low approval ratings for our Congress and President. I trace our contempt in the modern era back to President Lyndon Johnson and the Viet Nam War, a difficult war that was not supported by the American people. Then there was Richard Nixon and Watergate, an ugly affair where the president made some mistakes and was hounded out of office by the media. Prior to this, we respected the office even if the president didn’t belong to our party. Sure, we often disagreed with a president’s position or policy, but there weren’t the visceral attacks like we have today.

Our elected officials are so berated they are now showing signs of contempt for American voters, thereby taking them for granted and only approaching them at election time for money and votes.

Today, black rioters show little respect for the rule of law, claiming instead to be victims of slavery and inequality. Whites scratch their heads in bewilderment. According to today’s standards, a person is presumed guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion.

In business, workers look at managers with disdain, thanks in large part to micromanagement. Likewise, nonprofits suffer from leaders on an ego trip as opposed to solving real problems.

When you consider our contempt for authority, we are basically saying to our superiors, “You haven’t got your act together.” It is difficult to respect an authority figure if they cannot demonstrate leadership of any kind, be it your boss or government officials. People have become so frustrated, they seek to undermine them at any chance they get, such as what we witnessed in Baltimore.

Some institutions do not permit contempt, as in the military, where the chain-of-command must be maintained otherwise anarchy and mutiny will ensue, and lives will be lost. Interestingly, in the military, they are taught the duties and responsibilities of the next officer in charge. This is done in the event a superior officer is killed or incapacitated, thereby the next person in line must be put in charge without losing momentum. This is also done in other parts of the government, but not so much in nonprofits or business. As an aside, the earmark of a good leader is to prepare his subordinates to succeed him in the event of a calamity. Failure to do so is an expression of contempt for your subordinates.

Whether you are the boss, a government official, a member of the clergy, or whatever authority figure you can pronounce, it is simply a matter of leadership. In this country, it is our Achilles’ heel. I believe the American people are desperate for true leadership and are frustrated one cannot be found in our government, not just now but in the foreseeable future. Maybe such people no longer exist, which would be a tragedy.

It is not easy being the leader, particularly in an institution where the person is not properly trained. Quite often people rise above their level of competency, aka “The Peter Principle,” making them ineffective as a leader. Companies who do not properly train their managers in leadership are simply inviting contempt to flourish among their workers.

There are several facets to leadership, but in a nutshell, a leader must be fair, determined, know how to motivate their subordinates, work with people, and above all else, demonstrate they know what they are doing. Unfortunately, we see little of this in today’s world which explains why contempt is so prevalent.

Think about it, is this why we no longer trust our government? Or why we loathe the boss, or all the other people in a position of authority, even youth sports? Isn’t it a matter of people failing to demonstrate they know what they are doing? Anytime you see a budget running in the red, if we cannot live within our means, people feeling ignored or in need, or the affairs of our enterprises are not being properly managed, these are all indicators of ineffective leaders, and an expression of contempt.

However, let’s hold those people in contempt who truly deserve it, not just because of misinformation and lies.

It’s not a matter of answering a single question right or wrong, but a leader’s overall body of work in the aggregate that is of importance. After all, we all make mistakes and do not agree on every decision or policy, large or small. We must find those people who are, as Theodore Roosevelt said, “actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails Daring Greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

If we can find such people, I believe we will lose our sense of contempt.

Keep the Faith!

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THE WORDS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 3, 2015

BRYCE ON OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY

– Time to remember why our country sought independence from Great Britain.

Communications were understandably slow in 1776. Couriers on horseback would deliver messages by hand. There were no electronics, and no real signal corps. Morse code wouldn’t be invented for another sixty years. Not surprising, it could take days or weeks for messages to be received between parties during the Revolutionary War.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4th, the Congress would sign the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Primarily written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration explained the rationale for breaking ties with Britain. The president of the Continental Congress, John Hancock, ordered a copy rushed to General Washington who was stationed in New York making preparations to defend the city from the British. Washington eagerly awaited the Declaration as he wanted to communicate to his troops exactly why they sought independence. The General finally received the Declaration on July 6th. He then ordered his troops to assemble in lower Manhattan on July 9th at 6:00pm where his regimental commanders read the Declaration to the troops and citizens assembled. They found the words so stirring, a group raced down Broadway toward a large statue of King George III where they toppled and decapitated it. They later melted down the statue for much needed bullets.

From time to time, we need to be reminded of the importance of this document. As such, I present it in its entirety:

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

– He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

– He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

– He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

– He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

– He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

– He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

– He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

– He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

– He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

– He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

– He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

– He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

– He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

– For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

– For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

– For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

– For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

– For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

– For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

– For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

– For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

– For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

– He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

– He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

– He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

– He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

– He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

(signees)

Connecticut:
– Roger Sherman
– Samuel Huntington
– William Williams
– Oliver Wolcott

Delaware:
– Caesar Rodney
– George Read
– Thomas McKean

Georgia:
– Button Gwinnett
– Lyman Hall
– George Walton

Maryland:
– Samuel Chase
– William Paca
– Thomas Stone
– Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Massachusetts:
– John Hancock
– Samuel Adams
– John Adams
– Robert Treat Paine
– Elbridge Gerry

New Hampshire:
– Josiah Bartlett
– William Whipple
– Matthew Thornton

New Jersey:
– Richard Stockton
– John Witherspoon
– Francis Hopkinson
– John Hart
– Abraham Clark

New York:
– William Floyd
– Philip Livingston
– Francis Lewis
– Lewis Morris

North Carolina:
– William Hooper
– Joseph Hewes
– John Penn

Pennsylvania:
– Robert Morris
– Benjamin Rush
– Benjamin Franklin
– John Morton
– George Clymer
– James Smith
– George Taylor
– James Wilson
– George Ross

Rhode Island:
– Stephen Hopkins
– William Ellery

South Carolina:
– Edward Rutledge
– Thomas Heyward, Jr.
– Thomas Lynch, Jr.
– Arthur Middleton

Virginia:
– George Wythe
– Richard Henry Lee
– Thomas Jefferson
– Benjamin Harrison
– Thomas Nelson, Jr.
– Francis Lightfoot Lee
– Carter Braxton

Source: The National Archives

By signing their names to this declaration, these men essentially put their lives in jeopardy. Very bold, very risky.

Keep the Faith!

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LAST TIME:  THE MUCKRAKING HAS BEGUN  – The political mud slinging has already begun.

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