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THE NEED FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS CLASSES

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 29, 2016

BRYCE ON GUNS

– Why it should be considered mandatory to attend such classes.

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Let me begin by saying I believe everyone in the country should attend a concealed weapons class. Whether you are a pro or anti gun advocate, every citizen should attend such a class, be it privately taught, in schools, or some other venue. If you are unfamiliar with the class, let me clear up an important misconception, it is NOT about gun advocacy, it is about gun safety. Although such classes vary from state to state, it is essentially used to teach the fundamentals of how a gun is used, how it should be stored and maintained, and all of the pertinent laws associated with it.

I took such a class a few years ago here in Florida and was very much impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of the instructor. Again, this was less about the actual firing of the weapon as opposed to a description of the various types of weapons (e.g., rifle, shotgun, semiautomatic, single and double action revolvers, etc.), what their capabilities are, gun safety “do’s and do nots,” and what to do in an emergency. For example, in my class, the instructor gave some pragmatic advice as to what to do if someone breaks into your home while you are there. It wasn’t so much about shooting the suspect as opposed to contacting the authorities and protecting yourself. Overall, I found the class to be equally useful for those who were already knowledgeable about guns as well as the uninitiated.

While some people see gun control as the answer to solving weapons accidents and assaults, I believe an educated populace would save more lives and result in fewer victims whether it is due to an accident or premeditated assault. An informed public is less likely to become a victim and more likely to survive a shooting situation. Anyone who has attended such a class would probably agree, education is the key. Everyone from Middle School onward should be taught the lessons of gun safety. Even children in Elementary grades should learn some of the basics.

Again, let me be clear, this is not about gun advocacy or how to hurt anyone, and it certainly is not intended to glamorize guns, which we will leave to Hollywood. Instead, it is about safety and knowing what to do in dangerous situations. It is about survival.

Originally published: June 13, 2014

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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NEXT UP:  THE NEED FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS CLASSES – Why it should be considered mandatory to attend such classes.

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UNDERSTANDING THE TRUMP PERSONALITY

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 25, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– People simply do not understand the “Type A” personality.

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The media and a substantial number of people in this country do not seem to understand Donald Trump, claiming he is crude, racist, greedy, and several other unflattering adjectives. The reality is, they really do not understand such a person. In my 40 years of travel through the corporate world, I have met my fair share of Donald Trumps, be it here in North America or overseas. He is certainly not unique.

In psychological parlance, people such as Trump possess a “Type A” personality (of which there are four types: A, B, C, and D); see “Personalities” – (Aug 13, 2012). The “Type A” person possesses a strong entrepreneurial spirit, typically representing the captains of industry. These are the “movers and shakers” as found in just about any industry. As gamblers, they know how to quickly calculate risk and will not proceed until they are convinced it is the correct course of action. Occasionally they are wrong in their conclusion, at which time they are smart enough to know how to back out of a deal as opposed to continuing uninterrupted to disaster.

One key attribute is their stubborn independence. As mavericks, they hold the cards and want to play the game their way. They do not like to be told what to do and will resist accordingly. It is extremely difficult to paint such a person into a corner as they are always thinking two or three steps ahead. This explains why they want to dominate a situation and are competitively driven.

Such people are normally quite intelligent, be it through formal education, pedigree, or a healthy dose of common sense. I met one such person who did not have much of an education, other than a high school diploma, yet possessed uncanny street smarts, the likes of which I have never seen. He understood what the market wanted, created a company from nothing, and made it a first class operation. I found him to have more savvy about his industry than 90% of the corporate managers I have met.

To the “Type A” person, the company is an extension of their personality. If it is successful, they are successful. The same is true with failure. Not surprising, they are driven by accomplishment and possess a no-nonsense approach to business whereby they are doggedly determined to succeed, and are not easily distracted. They are usually well organized and understand the power of communications. Project delays and cost overruns are closely monitored. They can understand accidents and forces detrimental to project completion, but the one thing they cannot tolerate is incompetence. Consequently, the “Type A” person prefers honest frankness rather than excuses.

It is not unusual for the “Type A” to become a friendly bully to encourage others to improve their performance. Normally, they have an acerbic tongue and challenge their people through cynical teasing. By doing so, they are more concerned with challenging a person instead of becoming an overbearing ogre. To them, they are trying to use humor as a tool, but not everyone appreciates what the person says. However, they are more inclined to speak bluntly with their employees, not so much as to offend them but to rationalize their strengths and weaknesses. While others may take such criticism negatively, the “Type A” person is normally fair and correct in his/her observations. Aside from this, they have a playful side and an infectious enthusiasm that inspires workers, thereby creating employee loyalty. It also causes outsiders, such as customers and vendors, to gravitate towards them.

The “Type A” person understands the power of appearances, and dresses accordingly to garner respect and leave a good impression. Likewise, they are acutely aware of business etiquette and uses it for their benefit, such as making introductions, thanking someone appropriately, tipping, commending employees for a job well done, buying gifts, and more.

The “Type A” personality is not agreeable with everyone though, particularly the “Type D” personality which is best characterized as those people who resist any form of change and prefer the tedium of routine, such as in clerical assignments. They are not adventurous, resist responsibility and prefer to be told what to do. As such, they are the antithesis of the “Type A” and will naturally clash with them. Whereas “Type A” is extroverted, “Type D” is introverted; where “Type A” thrives on risk and success, “Type D” prefers safety and security, and; where “Type A” assumes responsibility for their actions, “Type D” resists being held accountable.

The question before American voters is whether a “Type A” personality, like Mr. Trump, could be an effective president. When it comes to recent presidential politics, we have tried a peanut farmer, a community organizer, professional politicians, and some oil men, all with minimal success. Now, how about a businessman, preferably with a “Type A” personality? Such people have worked wonders in the business world, let’s see what they can do for our country.

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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LEARNING A LOT FROM VOTER REGISTRATION

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 13, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Just sit and listen to the people; you will get an earful.

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Last month I attended an Art Festival in the downtown area of Palm Harbor. This is a typical small town affair attracting no more than a couple of thousand people. The downtown street was closed off from traffic so vendors could erect tents and displays for their wares. At this time, I volunteered to assist in the registration of voters for the 2016 election. This was a first for me, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Now, I know some of you will say, “Wait Tim, you’re a Republican; Republicans don’t want people to vote.”  “Au contraire” my liberal opponents; You have to remember, I come from a generation who believes you do not have the right to complain about the country unless you are at least willing to vote. It is the most fundamental way of demonstrating your civic responsibility.

The organizer of the event had a simple table and chairs for us to distribute Florida standard voter registration forms. The form served three purposes: to register a new voter, to change voter address, and to change political parties.

This was a party neutral activity as we would assist anyone with their registration needs, regardless of their party affiliation. As we sat there, we would cheerfully ask passerbys if they were registered to vote. I was pleasantly surprised to find most of the people were already registered, and we would thank them for being so. We also ran into some people who growled they had no interest in voting whatsoever, which I still do not fully comprehend.

We had a few dozen who were new to the area and wanted to register to vote, but most of the people we talked with wanted to change their address or party affiliation. I was particularly surprised by the latter. These were Democrats who wanted to change to the GOP. Although most wouldn’t comment on their reasons for doing so, one woman in particular adamantly said, “Enough is enough.”

Although this was a party neutral event, there were many people who wanted to engage us in conversation regarding politics. Topics included everything from Obamacare to ISIS and “Muslim extremists,” to Voter ID, to our fragile economy. We also heard opinions regarding the candidates, particularly Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It was most illuminating to just sit back and listen to John Q. Public, who made it plain they were unhappy with the current state of affairs in our country.

If you ever get a chance to participate in such an event, I encourage you to volunteer your time. First, it is not difficult to do, but more importantly, you will learn a lot about what people think of our system of government.

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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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT MR. TRUMP?

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 6, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Not as much as you think.

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Since declaring his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has been at odds with his Republican rivals, allegedly the RNC executive committee, political action committees, the Democrats, and particularly the press who appears to despise this political outsider. The media paints a picture of a loudmouthed, uncouth racist, who is greedy beyond words and, therefore, evil. Let me go on the record by saying you cannot be successful in business, be it large or small, by practicing racism or dirty tricks. Maybe organized crime can get away with it, but there are simply too many bureaucratic rules and regulations to allow this to happen. Besides, it doesn’t make business sense to do so. Trump’s projects as a land developer and entertainer are well known and documented, but the private side is a little sketchy, making fodder for the press.

So what do we truly know about Mr. Trump? First, he has repetitively said he doesn’t smoke, drink, or use illegal drugs, nor do his offspring. Anti-smokers should love this, as should Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). Marijuana proponents though will have a problem with his stance on drugs. He also loves sports, which most red-blooded American men should appreciate. We do not truly know how deeply religious he is, but he claims to be a proud Protestant, a Presbyterian to be exact. When he was younger, he was impressed by the work of Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, the acclaimed author of “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which touted “Believe in yourself!” and “Have faith in your abilities!,” lessons which Trump seems to have embraced.

Then there is the matter of Trump’s philanthropic projects which are often criticized by his antagonists. If you search the Internet, it won’t take long to compile a list of some of the charities he has contributed to, including:

American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
Alliance for Lupus Research
Arnold Palmer Foundation
Autism Speaks
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation
Children with AIDS
Citymeals-on-Wheels
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
David Foster Foundation
The Doe Fund
DoSomething.org
Friends of Scotland
Girl Up
Institute for Implant Analysis at the Hospital for Special Surgery (which treated Trump’s parents).
Jimmy Fund
Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation
Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation
Make A Child Smile Appeal
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Mississippi Animal Rescue League
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Neurofibromatosis, Inc.
New York City Police Foundation
New Yorkers For Parks
Operation Smile
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Pediatric Epilepsy Project
Police Athletic League (PAL)
Raising Malawi
Reef Relief
Ronald McDonald House of New York
Smile Train
St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters
UNICEF
United Way
Vietnam Veterans Plaza in New York
Wounded Warrior Project

That’s 39 charities listed here, not to mention those supported by his children, particularly The Eric Trump Foundation (ETF) which is dedicated to raising money for terminally-ill children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is my understanding that, to date, ETF has pledged nearly $28 million.

Yet, Trump’s detractors in the press still portray him as “Scrooge.” Even if he was to donate all of his assets to charity, they would still find something wrong with his philanthropy, that he didn’t give enough.

As to Trump’s acts of kindness, there are several stories circulating, most notably the “5 Acts of Kindness” by Donald Trump. To paraphrase the popular article, the five acts include:

1. After three members of singer Jennifer Hudson’s family were murdered, Trump provided a free sanctuary in Trump Tower to allow her to grieve. He also provided security to Hudson and her family to respect their privacy, all at his expense.

2. When airlines wouldn’t help a boy with serious medical issues, Trump provided his own jet to transport him.

3. He saved a family’s farm from going into foreclosure.

4. When former Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was released from a prison in Mexico last year, Mr. Trump sent him a generous check to help him re-start his life.

5. In 2013, a Buffalo, New York bus driver stopped to coax a woman from jumping off a bridge. After learning of the incident, Trump sent the bus driver $10,000 to thank him.

There is also the story of a man who allegedly helped change a tire on Mr. Trump’s limousine. In gratitude, Trump and his wife sent the man’s wife a huge bouquet of flowers along with a note stating Trump paid off their mortgage for them. Scopes claims this story is unsubstantiated, but it still may be true.

These are the stories the press has been made aware of, there may be many others particularly within his corporate empire. The fact is, we know Mr. Trump is capable of random acts of kindness. It certainly does not jive with the press’ depiction of Trump as a tyrannical ogre. He is hardly the heartless heathen the media characterizes him as.

Donald Trump is a tough businessman who relishes success, and rightfully so, which is what capitalism is all about; to enjoy the bounty of your efforts. However, there is nothing requiring him or anyone else to help others, but he does so willingly as he has demonstrated on several occasions. Regardless of what his detractors say, there is nothing to dispute his religion, his philanthropic projects, and his acts of kindness.

If the anti-Trump people are even half correct about his contributions, he is still a generous philanthopist.

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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THE GOP DEBATE: ROUND 5

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 16, 2015

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It seems fitting Las Vegas was selected for the next installment of the Donald Trump show, aka the fifth round of the GOP Presidential Debates hosted by CNN.  The network went to great lengths to buildup the show, often referring to it as the Cruz-Trump “Cage Match.”  They reminded us Marco Rubio has to begin to make his move now, that there are just seven shopping weeks until the Iowa Caucuses, whether Chris Christy can maintain his momentum in New Hampshire, how everyone will attack Trump for suggesting a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, and whether Trump’s substantial dominance in the polls can be sustained.  Frankly, it sounded like another episode of “As the Stomach Turns,” a never ending soap opera.

Again, as with all of the other GOP debates, there would be no spectacle without Trump.  Love him or hate him, he is causing more people to think about the election.  According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, “Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) say they have watched at least some of the televised debates between the candidates.  In December 2007 – the most recent election in which there were contested nominations in both parties – just 43% reported watching any of the debates.”  Without Trump, the debates would have garnered considerably fewer viewers.  This also suggests we may witness one of the highest turnouts in election history come November.

Just prior to the debates, Rasmussen produced their latest report stating only “24% Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction.”  This means the American people are still unhappy with the current state of their government, even angry, which politicians such as Trump have tapped into.

The debates have also been a ratings bonanza for the media, setting records for Fox, CNN, and MSNBC.  CNN’s Wolf Blitzer moderated this round, with CNN’s Dana Bash joining Hugh Hewitt of the Salem Radio Network, as questioners.  In the first debate, all treated this with more dignity than past GOP debates this year.  In the second section, they baited the candidates to attack Trump; some dodged the bait, others took it, such as Bush.  The CNN talking heads before or after the debates revealed their pedigree as liberals.

The theme for the evening was primarily concerned with terrorism and international relations, timely subjects considering recent events in Paris and San Bernardino.

The early debate included former Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former Gov. George Pataki.  It was particularly painful to watch these four politicians making desperate last ditch efforts to save their campaigns.  They may be nice guys with good intentions, but the party is over and somebody needs to tell them so.  In particular, Sen. Graham’s histrionics of looking bored while the other candidates spoke didn’t serve him well, and his verbal tirades made him look more like a curmudgeon as opposed to a viable presidential candidate.  The only adult at the table was Gov. Mike Huckabee who remained calm and collected in his answers.

The “Main Event” included Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. John Kasich, and Sen. Rand Paul.  In terms of decorum, they basically treated each other in a dignified manner, but CNN’s baiting of candidates caused them to be distracted from criticizing President Obama and Hillary Clinton, except for a few jabs here and there.  The real objective of CNN was not so much to attack Trump, as opposed to causing Senators Rubio and Cruz to attack each other, with Rand Paul occasionally jumping in.

In terms of the performance of each candidate:

Donald Trump – CNN’s first question tried to pin him down as an isolationist; he countered he is more concerned with security of the country.  After the initial attacks, as orchestrated by CNN, Trump basically sat on the sidelines and watched the senators attack each other.  His biggest detractor was Bush, but Trump exuded confidence and took him to task.  Trump eventually pushed back against the moderators about baiting Bush to attack him.  Whatever bad blood was between Trump and Cruz was quickly brushed aside by Trump.

Sen. Ted Cruz – started by making the observation that any of the candidates on the stage were more qualified to be president than Obama or Clinton.  It was obvious CNN was interested in creating a confrontation between Cruz and Rubio.  Cruz also had trouble observing the speaker time limits which seemed to turn people off.

Ben Carson – began with a moment of silence for San Bernardino victims.  He asked Congress to declare war on ISIS.  Both Carson and Fiorina complained to the moderator they weren’t being given enough time to respond to issues.

Sen. Marco Rubio – CNN baited him regarding Trump and Cruz.  Although he balked at attacking Trump, he went heartily after Cruz.  Cruz fought back, by basically calling him a liar.  Rand Paul also accused Rubio of being the weakest on immigration.  Marco looked slick, was articulate, but his arguments were pushed back by the other senators present.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush – appeared to be truly desperate.  He was the first to attack Trump, calling him a “chaos candidate.”  Trump of course fought back.  Jeb is a nice guy and was a good governor for Florida, but he appears to be incredibly naive about international affairs, thereby hurting his credibility.

Carly Fiorina – was less confrontational this time.  She spent less time attacking and more time being analytical.  She talked tough, and was irritated by her limited time to talk.  Nonetheless, it seems her time has come and gone.

Gov. Chris Christie – began by attacking Obama and Clinton.  However, he didn’t introduce anything new.  Instead, he went back to his canned talk of being a former federal prosecutor and claimed to be the only one qualified to defend the country against terrorism.  This discussion is getting old.

Gov. John Kasich – In his introduction, he called for unity amongst the group.  He faded after that.

Sen. Rand Paul – renewed his call not to trample on the U.S. Constitution, but his campaign is floundering.

By the way, I wish the candidates would stop using the expression “Meta Data,” which literally means “data about data.”  As someone who has been in the I.T. industry for 40 years, “Meta Data” refers to the attributes of data, such as its length, default values, editing rules, etc.  What they are actually describing is “information.”

Following the Iowa Caucuses on February 1st and the New Hampshire primary on February 9th, it is hoped the Republican field will be finally slimmed down to a handful of legitimate candidates.

SO WHO WON?

There was no clear winner.  Inevitably, the press will claim anyone but Trump won the debate, but the true test will be the next few polls.  If Trump’s numbers hold up or continue to rise, then he will be the winner.  The candidates who enjoyed the highest profile in the debate were Trump, Cruz, and Rubio.  All three were engineered by CNN.

One thing is for sure, we are witnessing history.  2016 will represent my eleventh consecutive presidential election, and this is the most unorthodox campaign I have ever seen.  So much so, the press has been stymied by Trump and Carson who refuse to play by the media’s rules.

NEXT UP:  “MAD AS HELL” – Midnight, New Year’s Eve – see you then.

Keep the Faith!

Tim Bryce is a freelance writer in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  timbryce.com

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OUR GROWING IMMIGRATION PROBLEM

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 16, 2015

BRYCE ON IMMIGRATION

– And what should we do about it?

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First, let’s state the obvious; there are two interpretations of our immigration problem. On the one hand, there are those who claim we should show compassion and allow the illegals to stay in our country. On the other, there are those families who came to America legally, took classes and tests to learn about the American system and its history, and took an oath denouncing their native countries and pledged allegiance to the United States. This group of people, which includes most Americans, believe in the rule of law and followed the rules for immigration. Interestingly, it is this group which is accused of lacking compassion. Nothing could be further from the truth, they just recognize the proper process to become a citizen, worked hard to become one and rightfully believe they have been spit in the face by illegal immigrants, with the message being, “following the rule of law is for chumps.”

Those in favor of allowing illegals to stay will claim opponents are “racist.” They are also offended by the expression “illegal immigrants,” preferring instead the politically correct terms of “unauthorized immigrant” or “undocumented immigrant.” The expression “Anchor babies,” denoting children of illegal immigrants born in this country, are also treated as politically incorrect. Such verbiage is a clever subterfuge to misdirect people from thinking of them as “illegal.”

So, we have people who want to observe the rule of law and those who want to craft a compromise which, inevitably, is a refutation of our existing immigration laws. As an aside, the concept of “Sanctuary Cities,” whereby illegals are offered a safe haven from prosecution, is also an affront to our immigration laws.

The only two politicians who have openly endorsed a “rule of law” approach thus far is Texas Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump. In Trump’s case, he sites the precedent of “Operation Wetback” under the Eisenhower administration which led to the deportation of a couple million illegal Mexican immigrants in the 1950’s. Today, it is estimated there are over 26 million illegals in the country, maybe more, making deportation seem enormous, but the costs involved are pale in comparison to the benefits they receive in this country. To illustrate, a 2010 study found illegal aliens impose more than $113 billion per year in costs on the U.S. government at all levels, and pay only $13.4 billion in taxes, creating an annual net fiscal deficit of almost $100 billion, which has to be paid by U.S. taxpayers.

Again, the “compassionates” claim such a deportation is not right; as President Obama said, “That’s not who we are as Americans.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also appears unwilling to deport illegals. Further, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said people coming here illegally is an “Act of Love.” I am not sure about love, but it certainly isn’t legal. However, it appears Cruz and Trump are the only two candidates with the stomachs to make hard decisions. Everyone else wants to dodge the question and handle it like a hot potato.

Whereas America wants a “kinder and gentler” approach to handling illegal immigrants, just about every other country has tougher laws against such people, including our neighbor to the south. Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society. Illegal immigration is a felony there. If you try to enter the country under false pretenses or with false papers, there is a very strong chance you will be imprisoned for up to two years and incur a fine of three to five thousand pesos.

There are two parts to the problem; keeping illegals out, and what to do when we discover them hiding in our country, both of which the United States handles badly. If we truly believe in the rule of law, we must secure our borders. If this means a wall along our southern border, fine. In 2012, the Border Patrol caught 356,000 trying to cross illegally from the south. Obviously this does not include those who allude border agents which may be just as high, if not higher. Common sense would conclude we should use some of the $100 billion we pay out to illegals, to build such a wall, instead of allowing another generation of illegals into our country and doubling the amount of money to care for them.

To add to our problems, President Obama offered to accept thousands of Syrian refugees into our country. This hit a major stumbling block following the Paris attacks when several state governors openly objected to the immigration of what was perceived as a threat to our security. The president claimed it was “un-American” not to take in more Muslim refugees. Perhaps he considers it patriotic to allow entrance to unvetted people with a perceived inclination for terrorism. Or maybe he feels it is more important to care for these people as opposed to the 50,000 homeless American veterans who walk our streets. Somehow I believe we have our priorities wrong; instead of supporting thousands of possible security threats, we should help those who secured our freedom.

The question becomes, can we be compassionate without violating the rule of law? Certainly, but it begins with some form of legal process that identifies the illegal immigrants and checks their background. If they have any problems whatsoever, such as a criminal background, they should either be deported or jailed. A penalty of some kind should also be incurred for illegal immigration, thereby helping to pay for the benefits they have received.

Until they pay their fair share, as everyone else does, they are certainly not entitled to any benefits, nor do they have any special rights such as voting. They should only be allowed near a voting booth when they have become naturalized citizens. This should be obvious.

Whereas the president insists climate change poses an “immediate” threat to national security, I tend to believe it is our policies on immigration that is much more pressing at this time. Not only does illegal immigration provide a pathway for terrorists, but it promotes the proliferation of our drug culture, contributes to our national debt, and places a financial burden on the American taxpayer.

So, what is different between the Eisenhower years of the 1950’s and today? Frankly, we’ve become a generation of wimps afraid to enforce the “rule of law.” It appears we only follow it when it is convenient to do so. Our strong sense of political correctness causes us to be overly sensitive to other people, but who are we concerned about upsetting? People who have no regard for our “rule of law” and become parasitic to the bounty this country offers? No, we do not need a more “kinder and gentler” approach. Instead, we need something that is “fair and equitable,” as prescribed by law. Therefore, we should either enforce our laws or change them.

When we become more concerned with how we will be perceived on the world stage as opposed to standing on principle, we will always have a serious problem with immigration.

Related articles:

“Securing Our Southwest Border” – Sep 25, 2013

“The Facts About: Immigration” – Aug 29, 2012

“Immigration Reform” – May 10, 2011

Keep the Faith!

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THE GROWING POLITICAL POLARITY

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 9, 2015

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– File this under, “More Trouble Brewing.”

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Aside from dirty tricks and name calling, implementing a boycott program has become the tactic of choice for voicing displeasure with a political opponent. Boycotts are certainly not new, but their use in politics has accelerated in leaps and bounds over the last ten years. Back in 2010, I discussed the left’s attempt to muzzle Glenn Beck’s program on Fox News whereby they called for a boycott of the sponsors of his show. We may not know how effectively this worked, but we all know Beck is long gone from Fox.

This was all kicked up a notch when Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president and called for a cleanup of our immigration problems. Shortly thereafter, the liberal boycott machine went into overdrive and called on companies to sever ties with the billionaire, such as Macy’s who dropped his line of ties and apparel. In turn, this backfired on Macy’s when thousands of Trump supporters registered complaints with the store and destroyed their Macy’s cards.

Three of the Cooking Channel’s celebrities have also taken Trump to task on his positions, such as José Andrés, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Anthony Bourdain. Again, Trump supporters are pushing back and boycotting not only their shows, but the network itself. It is hard to imagine a cooking network becoming politicized, but it has.

Liberal Democrats are also actively encouraging the boycott of Trump hotels, golf courses, television programs, and to stop conducting business with his television sponsors. Scared of losing revenues, many of the companies withdrew their support of Trump. Yet, Republicans have taken notice and are now boycotting the boycotters. It is getting to the point we cannot conduct business without first verifying the other person’s political inclinations.

The press actively contributes to the polarity of the country as well. Shortly after Trump’s announcement, the Huffington Post refused to place any news about the billionaire in their political section, instead posting it under “entertainment.” Univision also severed their relationship with Trump and is assuming the role of leading Latino opponents. Latinos also protested NBC’s Saturday Night Live for allowing Trump to host the show on November 7th.

It appears the more belligerent the liberals become, the more conservatives are willing to stand up and push back. This extends to the press who has not been kind to GOP candidates. For example, the ratings of Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News took a beating after her run-in with Trump in the first GOP debate. This became uglier following the third GOP Debate in Colorado where the CNBC moderators baited and attempted to assassinate the character of the candidates. However, instead of taking it, as they commonly do, the candidates collectively fought back much to the moderators’ surprise. Even though the debate generated the highest viewership in CNBC history, plus record setting advertising revenue, the GOP candidates were so angry with the network they cancelled another NBC debate scheduled for February. Again, for every attack by the left, the Republicans have learned to counterattack.

Not appreciating criticism of any kind, the press is stepping up their attacks on the candidates. Understanding the rift, the integrity of the press is now questioned by the public. If it is discovered the press is distorting the facts, or misrepresenting the candidates, they will lose whatever trust the people had in them.

Between boycotts, inflammatory accusations, and confrontations among protestors on the streets, the polarity of the people are at a flash point where I suspect fisticuffs and perhaps a lot worse may be in the offing. For example, consider last year’s confrontation in Nevada between rancher Clive Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Other examples include the anger of American vets over the Government shutdown two years ago, or the Occupy Wall Street movement. We also are witnessing the rise of Black Lives Matter, a group recommending violence to what is perceived as police brutality. We also see a resurgence of the Black Panthers, and the Nation of Islam.

The fact is, the polarity of the American people is reaching new heights. If we are not careful, we will explode into violence and bedlam. Maybe this is what the anarchists want who desperately yearn for a revolution to change America.

It is difficult to hold a conversation about politics today without it turning heated. Whereas the Republicans historically were more sedate when confronted, they are now more inclined to sharply refute derogatory comments. This may very well be caused by conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and others who are teaching their audiences to oppose liberals as opposed to allowing them to have their way. The same is true in Congress, which explains our culture of gridlock.

Plain and simple, we have become less tolerant of the other side’s viewpoint and are willing to go to any length to fight back for what we believe in. Aside from violence, boycotting has become the tool of choice to hurt opponents economically.

If you think the disparity between the Republican Congress and Democratic President Obama is bad, wait until the next president is elected. Regardless of who it is, the other side will simply not roll over and accept it. This speaks volumes in terms of our deteriorating culture.

Related articles:

“Drawing the Lines”

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RASMUSSEN: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TOO BIG

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 4, 2015

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– 60% of Americans think their government is too big.

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I have been a follower of the Rasmussen Reports for quite some time. In particular, I study their “Right Direction or Wrong Track” poll which reflects how Americans perceive the direction of the country. According to Rasmussen, Americans believe we have been heading in the wrong direction since 2009.

Echoing this sentiment, Rasmussen recently produced another poll, “What America Thinks: Back Off, Feds!” (Sep 29, 2015) whereby they reported, “Most Americans feel the federal government plays too big a role in their lives and think, generally speaking, that there is too much government power and too little individual freedom.”

According to the study:

60% – thought the government was Too Big
08% – Too small
22% – About Right

Due to its size, the study showed, “Just 19% of voters trust the government to do the right thing all or most of the time.”

This analysis of the size of the government will be greeted as both good and bad news by people in this country. It will be welcomed by those who believe the American people are not smart enough to do what is best and require a massive government to regulate the populace. Those who support a larger government are likely to believe the government should take care of them, just as in a slave state. Fortunately, most Americans see the federal government as too intrusive in their lives and a genuine threat to fundamental liberty.

The fact we believe the federal bureaucracy has gotten too big, means we no longer think it can function productively to serve the citizens of this country, hence the 19% confidence vote as expressed by Rasmussen. Here’s the catch though, if we honestly believe the government is too big, why would we balk at cutting the federal budget to shrink it? The reality is, we still want most of the services and entitlements the federal government provides. Until such time as we get serious about cutting the budget, nothing will change and the government will remain massive. Then again, this may be the dependency our Congress and Executive branch want to preserve.

Back in the 1990’s Jack Welch embarked on a program to flatten corporate behemoth General Electric to rid the company of waste and get it to operate on a leaner and more productive level. This was done, in part, by slashing budgets, thereby forcing managers to make hard decisions as to what work and personnel were essential, and which were not. One by one he patiently waded through the many divisions of G.E. and flattened them down to size thereby earning him the nickname “Neutron Jack.”

Interestingly, Rasmussen concluded in their study, “Americans don’t believe the federal government of today is at all what the Founding Fathers had in mind.” No kidding!

I prefer President Calvin Coolidge’s interpretation of government when he said:

“I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom.

Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberty.”

Related articles:

Is America Too Big to Succeed? – Sep 02, 2015
Enterprise Engineering the Federal Government – Apr 27, 2011
Flattening Government – Jan 05, 2011

Keep the Faith!

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MORALE IN THE MILITARY

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 28, 2015

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– Lowest since the Carter Administration.

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I happened to have lunch recently with a friend in the military, a captain in the Air Force. In the course of our conversation, he complained about the state of morale in the military. A few days later I happened to talk with another military friend, a captain in the Army, who also spoke of the growing morale problems in his branch of the military. The similarities of their separate remarks surprised me.

As captains, I look upon them as “middle management” in the military, charged with instructing their men under orders from their superiors. Remarkably, both painted a dismal picture, not at all what the general public perceives as the state of our military. What I heard was a dog-eat-dog world where there is little teamwork or cooperation, a cover-your-ass mentality, and people bailing out of the service as opposed to making it a career. They described a very bureaucratic world with an inordinate amount of paperwork impeding progress. There is also a lack of leadership, and you are discouraged from taking charge. In other words, there is no longer a culture of “improvise, adapt and overcome” as characterized by the Marines. Instead, it appears the military is suffering with a bad case of “Theory X,” a top-down autocratic form of management best characterized by the expression “micromanagement.”

I was also told the millennials coming into the service are “soft” as they feel entitled to promotions without having to earn it. This is alarming to people just ten years their senior.

After speaking with the captains, I was reminded of the military culture under President Jimmy Carter, which was perhaps one of our lowest points in recent memory. This all changed for the better when President Ronald Reagan became Commander-in-Chief.

Following these discussions, I decided to do a little investigation to see if these were legitimate grievances. It didn’t take me long to validate their stories. This past December, the “Military Times” ran a story titled, “America’s Military: A force adrift” which described a worsening morale crisis. The Times surveyed 2,300 active-duty troops and from this, “found morale indicators on the decline in nearly every aspect of military life. Troops report significantly lower overall job satisfaction, diminished respect for their superiors, and a declining interest in re-enlistment now compared to just five years ago. Today’s service members say they feel underpaid, under-equipped and under-appreciated, the survey data showed.”

The survey goes on to report, “active-duty troops reported a stunning drop in how they rated their overall quality of life: Just 56 percent call it good or excellent, down from 91 percent in 2009” (at the start of President Obama’s administration).

All of this follows years of deep cuts in the military and tens of thousands of troops pink slipped. Unfortunately, most soldiers do not see the military getting better any time soon, hence the growing disenchantment. From this perspective, the parallel to the Carter years is uncanny. What is most troubling is the American public has no idea of the problem and prefer to think everything is rosie in the military. The truth is, it is not. It should make us all wonder what kind of leadership we’ll have in our next armed conflict, and if anyone will follow.

Keep the Faith!

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HOW THE PRESS CONTROLS POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 26, 2015

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– “The judge, jury and executioner of American politics.”

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I want to touch on a sensitive political issue, namely the role of the press in our electoral process, particularly as it relates to Republicans. This is so sensitive, I experienced difficultly trying to publish an earlier version of this article. It is the dirty little secret which everyone knows, but is unwilling to address, namely the formidable power of the press to alter the course of campaigns. The media knows the Democrats have a weak lineup headed by Hillary Clinton, but they are still loyal to the Clintons and the party, and will go to any lengths to twist public opinion against the Republicans.

Donald Trump appears to be the only candidate who knows how to competently joust with the press. For example, after the second debate, Trump was interviewed by NBC’s “Today Show” hostess Savannah Guthrie who asked his opinion of a new CNN poll showing his ratings are starting to decline. Instead of taking the bait, Trump asked Guthrie why she wasn’t quoting their own NBC poll showing him way ahead. In other words, Trump refused to play the media’s game. He knows the press is needed for exposure, but he also understands their political agenda.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out of the race on September 21st, which is probably a good thing as I do not believe he possessed the intestinal fortitude for such a race, at least not yet. Don’t get me wrong, I like Walker and watched his July 13th presidential announcement which I thought was rather inspiring. However, his bubble burst in just two short months. Of the 17 GOP candidates, he was the second to last to announce his candidacy, and the second to drop out.

In his exit announcement he took a swipe at Donald Trump, thereby implying Trump was largely to blame for his demise. It is true Walker got in the way of the Trump juggernaut, but so were the other candidates. There are two other reasons for his failure; himself for misjudging the complexities of a presidential run, and the most imposing element of all, the press, or as I refer to it as “the judge, jury and executioner of American politics.”

Even before his announcement to run, the press pegged Walker as one of the leaders in the GOP race to be reckoned with, and one of the most conservative. Even the Democrats were afraid of him due to his ability to survive two vicious gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin. Walker was considered anti-union, anti-LGBT, anti-immigration, anti-Planned Parenthood, and (gasp) not politically correct. Such a persona was deemed a genuine threat to the liberal agenda, so an order was likely given to the press to take him down. They did so by simply ignoring him. While they turned their attention to Trump, they shut down Walker simply by ignoring him. Without adequate media exposure, he began to decline in the polls, causing the super-PACs to renege their support for him, along with their money.

During the second GOP debate in California, CNN egged Walker to attack Trump, a tactic he should have been smart enough to avoid. He didn’t, and by taking their bait, Trump boxed his ears. CNN also didn’t give Walker much of a chance to explain his policies and positions, and was allowed only seven minutes of exposure in a three hour debate. This was followed by the media’s talking heads dismissing Walker’s performance which resulted in plummeting poll numbers, and his exit.

In other words, Trump wasn’t really responsible for Walker’s departure, the press was, and the rest of the Republican field should take notice. The liberal media is not interested in having a GOP president and will go to any lengths to prevent a Republican from winning the White House, such as distorting the truth, controlling the ink (media exposure), and manipulating public opinion. Finding fair and balanced reporting is difficult. To illustrate, I make active use of Google’s news alerts whereby I receive news reports based on keywords, such as Republican, GOP, Florida, etc. As a story is produced, I am sent an e-mail notifying me of it. This can become rather voluminous. However, I have noticed of all Republican related news stories, maybe one in twenty or twenty-five are fair and balanced, the rest are fallacious and filled with distortions and lies. So much for the journalistic integrity of the main street media.

If I do not hear the words directly from the lips of the candidates myself, I certainly do not rely on the media to accurately report them. For example, consider Trump’s McCain flap a couple of months ago, or more recently, Ben Carson’s Muslim comments. Both were taken out of context and spun to a gullible public who has been trained to accept short sound bites. Whereas the press doggedly stays focused on Republicans, the Democrats are given a pass, thereby revealing where the media’s loyalties reside.

So, what can be done? The candidates must take the press to task, particularly in the remaining debates. Unlike Walker, they should be smart enough to know when they are being baited. Second, they should not allow the press to distort the truth. Through their speeches and social media, the candidates should recognize what reporters and media institutions are not being honest. Boycotting the media outlet is another viable option. Third, do not give press passes or grant interviews to anyone who does not possess press credentials from The Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA). This pledge is a sort of hippocratic oath as applied to journalists. The CFAPA pledge means they will conform to ethical standards.

I am also in favor of making the media pay the candidates for their participation in the debates. After all, the press is being amply paid for the debates, not the candidates. Honorariums in the form of donations to charity should be mandated, particularly if the press wants to make a mockery of how debates should be performed. I would also suggest the rest of the candidates take a “media relations” lesson from Trump or hire Newt Gingrich to mentor them. If they do it right, they will not allow themselves to be intimidated and the public will respond favorably.

The one thing the press is very cognizant of is the public’s growing mistrust of the media. According to Gallup, “Americans’ Trust in the Media Remains at Historic Low.” The media can ill-afford to lose the support of John Q. Public, and this represents their Achilles’ heel. Should the public turn on the press, it would change politics in America as we know it.

Scott Walker’s departure was celebrated as a major victory by the press. The question is, which GOP candidate will allow him/herself to be the next victim to suffer their wrath? Better yet, when will the public say to the press, “Enough is enough!”

By winning the war with the media, Trump has a legitimate chance of winning the election. The media’s attempt to control him will backfire in their faces by earning the respect of the public. What the press doesn’t seem to grasp is they need Trump more than Trump needs them.

Keep the Faith!

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