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REPUBLICAN VALUES

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 15, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It is actually quite simple.

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I recently attended a Republican strategy session where the speaker discussed a list of activities for the group to pursue. Among them, he mentioned the need to “promote Republican values.” As morality is an important subject with me, I asked what he meant by this. At first, he referred me to the Republican Party Platform as produced in 2016 and still in effect to this day. It’s a nice document but doesn’t precisely define values. Instead, it lists a series of positions the party embraces, such as fair and simple taxes for growth, balancing the budget and reducing the federal debt, elimination of massive trade deficits, promoting legal immigration, position statements on the various amendments to the U.S. Consitution, etc. These are all noble efforts, but doesn’t precisely define Republican “values.” There is also a section on the GOP web site recapping the platform called, “Renewing American Values,” but I do not believe this was what the speaker was alluding to.

The platform is nice, but the items listed will change over time. Instead, I am looking for the hard “values” Republicans believe in, e,g, what is the fundamental dogma of the party, thereby becoming a litmus test for comparing it to others.

It is said Republican values are derived from Judeo-Christian values. These are values which ultimately defines modern civilization. Hence, this explains why Republicans embrace such things as the Ten Commandments, and why they hold dear the rights and freedoms of the common person as defined by the U.S. Constitution. Such values include basic honesty, fairness, truthfulness and more.

It also implies acceptance of the principles of a Supreme Being, such as the “Golden Rule” – “do unto others as you would have others do unto you” (which all religions accept). Such principles represent the morality people embrace. Judeo-Christian values ultimately represent an amalgamation of the principles of the various related denominations.

So, can an agnostic be a Republican? Yes, it is possible, but not likely due to the lack of acceptance of a Supreme Being. However, if the person accepts Judeo-Christian values, as well as those defined below, then, Yes, the agnostic will likely be a Republican.

What follows is not an official statement by the party, but if I had to articulate Republican values, I would suggest it comes down to three simple points:

1. THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, meaning the individual is entitled to unalienable rights and freedoms such as, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This gives the individual the right to pursue any form of livelihood, to build, create, invent, innovate and personally prosper from such efforts. This means values such as equality and fairness are vital to this effort, but it offers no guarantee for success, it just establishes the environment for the individual to operate, not to dictate their actions. This means the individual can either succeed or fail, which is an inherent property of capitalism.

This value also means the individual should have purpose and meaning in their life. People should lead a worthy and productive life thereby encouraging them to live life responsibly and industriously. Again, this supports the concept of capitalism, as well as fair trade.

2. WE MUST LIVE AND WORK TOGETHER IN PEACE. To be able to “row on the same oar” requires recognition of the concept of equality, something Republicans have long touted since before the Civil War. This explains why racism has been frowned upon in the GOP for many years.

Living and working together also requires the rule of law thereby establishing common rules of conduct. The absence of law represents anarchy, thereby defeating the concept. Aside from laws, there are the unwritten customs and etiquette used to establish social interaction, such as forms of address, appearance, vocabulary, common courtesy, etc., not to forget honor and respect for our elders and predecessors.

Republicans also promote patriotism so the country can come together in times of national or regional crisis.

3. SUPPORT THE FAMILY UNIT – Republicans value the sanctity of marriage, and the roles Mothers and Fathers play in raising their children. This includes support for the triumphs and tragedies associated with the family unit; e.g., a graduation, the arrival of children and grandchildren, a promotion, an accident, or a death in the family. All of these acts represent real world experiences all families must inevitably experience, which explains why the strength of the family unit is so important, and why Republicans are concerned with matters related to education, insurance, property, housing, religion, financial prosperity, and love of neighbor, community, and country.

Republicans also believe it is the family unit that is responsible for raising their offspring. Others may also influence the development of children, such as schooling and entertainment media, but the ultimate authority over the development of offspring lies with the elders of the family and nobody else.

These three simple values, along with basic Judeo-Christian values, spell out the values of the Republican Party and provides insight into why the party’s platform is written the way it is. They are good values and, Yes, Republicans should be promoting them to the public.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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REMOVING PALMETTO PALMS

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 10, 2021

BRYCE ON LIFE

– and the satisfaction derived thereof.

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We moved into our current residence about thirty years ago. At the time, we backed up to a bit of a Florida jungle, with pines, oaks, and several Palmetto Palms. At first, I thought the Palmettos gave the house a Florida feel to the property. There was one catch though, which I learned early on, you had to constantly maintain the Palmettos or they would grow out of control, bringing vines and vermin with them. So, once a year I would give them a “haircut” which was no small exercise. It took several hours to prune them back accordingly, and several garbage cans or bags to dispose of all the fauna.

As years went by, I finally acquiesced and hired workers to come in and clean out the Palmettos, along with the associated vines and weeds growing there. This became an expensive endeavor as it cost me thousands of dollars to maintain the property. I desperately wanted to put an end to this vicious cycle, so I finally contracted with a trio of companies to dig out the Palmettos, extend my sprinkler system and sod the area.

To do the job, my first contractor obtained a Bobcat digging machine to remove the Palmettos. If you are unfamiliar with Bobcats, think of it as a mini-bulldozer. Frankly, he saw it as a relatively easy job which shouldn’t take much time to perform. Wow, was he in for a surprise. The Palmettos were so old, their root structures went deep in the sandy soil of Florida. At first I thought the Palmettos were getting the better of him. Nonetheless, he persevered. The roots were so deep, I thought the Bobcat would flip over as he tried to extract them. Slowly though, one by one, he successfully pulled them from the soil.

After all of this, my backyard currently looks like a moon landing, but this will all be corrected when the site is prepped for the sod, which is coming.

In hind-site, I had a strange sense of satisfaction from watching the removal of the Palmettos. This is something that had been a thorn in my side for several years. I was so disgusted by it, I often thought of pouring gasoline on them and burning them out which, of course, would see me ending up in jail. So, you can imagine my frustration in maintaining these palms.

Watching the removal of something as nagging as the Palmettos actually put a smile on my face. “Finally, it’s over!” I said to myself, and I felt a great sense of gratification come over me, something I haven’t experienced in a long time.

“Good, it’s over, hot damn!” I thought and I poured myself a congratulatory drink.

This got me thinking, as to why I was so happy, and I realized it was a small victory for me. This was something that irritated me for years and I finally remedied the situation. As I grow older, I find it becomes necessary to keep things simple, and not to complicate life. Once the sod has been installed, I think I’m going to begin a campaign of cleaning out the garage and attic, and the house in general. Basically, I want to clean up the flotsam and jetsam surrounding me and stay as unencumbered as possible. That would be a huge victory and will undoubtedly cause another satisfying moment for me.

I guess satisfaction comes from doing a good job of divesting ourselves of the complications of life so we may live with fewer headaches and enjoy ourselves. I also do not want to leave a mess for my heirs to clean-up. No, “Keep It Simple Stupid” (the KISS approach) is my mantra now and I am looking for more satisfying moments.

I also discovered as you get older, it is wise to relish all of your victories, large or small, as they become fewer and far between.

Now, on to the garage. Charge!

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – For a listing of my books, click HERE.

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY IS EVERYONE HIRING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 8, 2021

BRYCE ON EMPLOYMENT

– As Covid-19 begins to fade away, companies return to normal.

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I recently went on my annual pilgrimage of fly-fishing in North Carolina. I drove this time in spite of the recent gas scare where the pipeline was allegedly sabotaged. Nonetheless, I traveled through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and of course, Florida. Along the way, in all of these states I saw signs clearly stating, “Hiring!” I primarily saw them at gas stations, fast food restaurants, laundromats, supermarkets, drug stores, even bait shops. I was also told by the locals there were numerous big companies in the area hiring as well.

After fishing early in the morning, a buddy of mine and I stopped in Spruce Pine, NC at a KFC/Taco Bell for lunch. Their sign out front invited job seekers to come in on Fridays for their Interview party. “Party?” I asked myself and began wondering if hats and horns were included. It was then I started noticing a change going on. When we ordered our food, the manager was a white woman, but everyone working in the back were all of Mexican heritage. I don’t have a problem with this off-hand except if I have a problem with an order, which I did that day, I couldn’t remember enough high school Spanish to let them know what was wrong. Oy!

I am now hearing more and more stories of companies trying “hiring parties” and other gimmicks to encourage people to come in and go through the hiring process, such as a signing bonus to work at a fast food restaurant. Down here in the Tampa Bay area, a local McDonalds’s made the news when they offered $50 for people to come in and be interviewed for a job. Despite the incentive, very few people applied. One of the managers claimed people didn’t even come in to scam them. The company stopped the experiment after two weeks.

The point is, as the Covid-19 panic dissipates, and companies want to return to normal, they face a brick wall in terms of employment. To illustrate, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest unemployment report states, “Both the unemployment rate, at 6.1 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 9.8 million, were little changed in April. These measures are down considerably from their recent highs in April 2020 but remain well above their levels prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (3.5 percent and 5.7 million, respectively, in February 2020).”

So what’s going on; why don’t people want to work? Quite frankly, why should they if the government is going to pay them not to work? To find out more, I checked with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity who claims, as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 for eligible claimants, has been extended to September 6, 2021. This includes former employees, and now, courtesy of the CARES Act, independent contractors and other workers who are ordinarily ineligible for unemployment benefits. Translation: just about everyone who asks for it can get it.

Keep in mind, the $300 is a supplement, not the main source of unemployment income. This means a lot of people can be collecting a substantial sum through September 6th. Consider this, if you are the second person in the household responsible for producing income, there is little incentive for you to return to work. Hence, the need for “Hiring!” signs.

To minorities, this is a golden opportunity to advance and obtain job security if they act and prove themselves accordingly. So much so, anyone staying at home to claim the unemployment money may find it difficult to secure a job when the gravy-train has ended.

The point is, while companies are begging for workers, and people are staying home to live off the government’s teat, now is the time to get a good job.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – For a listing of my books, click HERE.

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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LEARNING TO RAISE DOGS, AGAIN

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 3, 2021

BRYCE ON PETS

– Life with “Pearl the Girl.”

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Back in my youth, my family had two large German Shepherds who were both delightful. Not only were they loyal and protective, they were simply a lot of fun to be around. Yes, I did my fair share of feeding them, taking them for walks, and washing them, but they were actually low maintenance. I cannot remember a time when there was an “accident” on the carpet, unless perhaps when they were pups. Even then, we watched and trained them carefully.

As I grew older and had my own family, I avoided getting a dog as I was traveling a lot back then and had little time to train the animal, plus we didn’t want any “accidents” in the house. It wasn’t that we hated dogs, we just had no time for them as my family had several extracurricular activities to tend to, and consequently, peace reigned in the Bryce household for several years.

My mother on the other hand loved dogs and was never without one. Following the shepards, she had a Boston Bull, two Dachshunds (who both lived to an amazing 18 years of age), and finally a Chiweenie named Pearl. Unfortunately, my Mom passed away a couple of months ago and I inherited her dog. So now, after several quiet years, I find myself to be a dog owner.

I had never heard of a Chiweenie before. It’s a small dog, part Dachshund, part Chihuahua, (and part Wildcat I think). Pearl looks more like a Dachshund than Chihuahua. Interestingly, she is probably the fastest dog my Mom ever had and could easily outrun the Shepherds. She likes to kick on the afterburners now and then, her ears fly back, and she reaches warp speed in no time at all. It’s actually remarkable how fast she can go and I know she likes to show off, not only her speed, but her cornering abilities.

Now I am re-learning how to care for a dog. The difference is whereas I grew up with big dogs, now I have to content with a small twelve pound dog that runs like a rocket.

One of the biggest things I had to come to grips with is feeding the dog. Back when she was with my Mom, she ate normal dog food and kibble over and over again on a daily basis. The food came in a small plastic container and consisted of several flavors, e.g; beef stroganoff, rotisserie chicken, omelets, prime rib, etc. I’ve always wondered how they verified the flavors. Since dogs don’t speak, it is logical to assume a human has to taste the food and label them accordingly. I do not think this is a job I would relish, particularly since it is all made from liver which I detest.

Even though I continued my Mom’s food regimen for Pearl, after awhile she simply would not eat it anymore, regardless how long I would leave it out for her. After a few days of this, I was beginning to worry about her health and tossed a piece of beef bologna into her bowl which she gobbled up. I also tried some leftover deli turkey and ham which, again, was enthusiastically devoured. When I tried to reintroduce her old food, she would have nothing to do with it for days. As of this writing, I now give her deli Roast Turkey, Tavern Ham, and some other cuts of beef. When this runs its course, I suspect Filet Mignon and Lobster Newburg will be in the offing. She now eats better than I do. Ah, the life of a dog.

Then there is a variety of dog cookies and chew sticks for her discriminating taste. Usually she enjoys them, but I have seen her turn her nose up to those treats designed to clean her teeth and keep her breath fresh, which I discovered was important, particularly at 6am when she wants to go out and stares closely at me with her panting breath going directly up my nose.

Shortly after Mom passed away, I received a note in the mail from the county government claiming it was time to renew Pearl’s registration. I thought, “No problem,” it would be just a couple of bucks. Wow, did I get this wrong. I had to first prove she had a series of shots, including: Rabies, DAPv, Fecal, Heartworm, Bordetella, and Influenza. That’s right, a Flu shot (actually it was two shots). I never heard of such a shot for dogs back in the day. Nonetheless, $375 later, I could apply for the county registration.

I took a fishing trip recently and was forced to put Pearl in a nice kennel as nobody would watch her for me. This was a first for her but I thought it would be good for her socialization skills to meet other dogs. Frankly, I dont know how she reacted. The people at the kennel said she was shy among other dogs but did fine. Another $375 later, I picked her up and took her home.

Initially, I was worried she would piddle on the carpets in my house. However, she was trained to do her business on puppy pads and continues to do so to this day. I take her out several times a day, and she does her business outside, but the puppy pads remain the preferred place for her to take a dump, representing another fun task for me to clean up. Oh, by the way, I’ve probably already paid hundreds of dollars for the many packs of pads she has gone through. Did I mention, dogs are much more expensive today than back when we had the shepherds? (Duh).

As I said, I take her out several times a day, the first being somewhere between 5:30am – 6:00am when it is still dark. In my neighborhood, we have coyotes occasionally roam our streets looking for rabbits, cats and small dogs. As I am keenly aware Pearl would make a snack for the coyotes, I arm myself with a Louisville Slugger to fend them off should the necessity require it. So here is this big guy in his night shirt and not much else, out in his driveway waving a bat to protect a small dog. Frankly, even I had to laugh at how preposterous I looked and was glad I still can get up before the neighbors do.

I have also gotten used to her idiosyncrasies, such as giving me a look indicating she wants to be picked up and held, her burps as she looks at me directly in the eyes, her warning barks, her baths, playing with her toys, her snoring, and she is the only dog I’ve known who sleeps comfortably on her back. She used to be scared to ride in the car as it represented a trip to the Vet. Since I’ve had her, I take her out more frequently, roll down her window and let her look and smell the outside world. She loves it.

People have asked me if I intend to put her down, give her to someone, or drop her off at the pound. Since she is just four years old (going on five soon), I cannot in good conscious bring myself to do this. She is still a good basic loving dog, and even though she has become somewhat of an anchor to me, I cannot bring myself to harm her.

More than anything, I have discovered I am the one who has had to make adjustments to my life, not Pearl. After seeing where she hides her toys and how she positions her bed, I now realize it is her home, not mine. Whereas the shepherds we had years ago were low maintenance, “Pearl the Girl” requires much more, and because she craves my attention, I really cannot say “No” to her.

I realize some of you will say, “Tim, you’re spoiling her,” and you might be right. As I see it though, I’m just trying to co-exist with her, but I think she actually got the better of the deal. Perhaps my biggest concern with her is her uncanny ability to get under my feet which will sooner or later lead to me taking a fall. Then she would finally have the house all to herself, which I think was her plan all along.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – For a listing of my books, click HERE.

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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WHY ‘THE BIG LIE’ WON’T GO AWAY

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 1, 2021

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Dems/Media cannot spin their way out of this one.

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The Democrats and News Media (same thing) would have us believe there were no improprieties related to the 2020 election; that there was nothing wrong with the voting machines, that the sudden surge in mail-in ballots at the end was a coincidence, and Joe Biden won the presidential election by record numbers; not bad for someone who hid in his basement during most of the campaign, and was easily defeated by Hillary Clinton, not just once, but twice in prior elections. Let us also not forget President Trump earned ten million more votes than the 2016 election where he handily defeated Mrs. Clinton. According to the Dems/Media, everything was legitimate and anyone contesting the findings are obnoxious sore losers. They even went so far as to label the contention that the election was fixed, “The Big Lie,” thereby trying to put the onus back on the Republicans to prove it or shut-up. This is a story that simply will not go away any time soon.

The drama continues as they are slowly auditing the electoral processes in the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, and Michigan. The press insists they have “turned up zero evidence of systemic voter fraud and confirmed the Election Day results.” Not so fast. As much as the Dems/Media want to see this issue swept under the rug, the election audits are actually expanding, hence the Left viciously ridicules anyone supporting “The Big Lie.” Although I personally believe they will find irregularities, the Republicans only have to find just one substantial problem to hang their hat on before pushing this in the courts, something the Dems/Media will openly resist. As much as they want to see this all go away, millions of Americans have doubts about the legitimacy of the election.

To illustrate, a recent Ipsos/Reuters Poll: “The Big Lie” (May 21, 2021) should be cause for concern by the Dems/Media. The poll used responses from 2,007 adults, including 909 Democrats, 754 Republicans, and 344 Independents. Of particular interest, the poll found:

* 61% of Republicans believe the election was “stolen” from Trump, as does 19% of Independents and 10% of Democrats.

* 56% of Republicans believe the election was rigged for the result of illegal voting, as does 16% of Independents and 5% of Democrats.

* 53% of Republicans think Donald Trump is the actual President, not Joe Biden, as does 22% of Independents, and 3% of Democrats.

* Whereas 86% of Democrats believe mail-in/absentee ballots were counted correctly, 71% of Republicans did not, nor did 26% of Independents.

No matter how you slice it, the 2020 election is perceived as tainted by a lot of Americans. Everyone knows it, particularly the Dems/Media. This explains why they continuously push back with “The Big Lie” slur to denigrate anyone who doesn’t tow the party line. A typical Dem/Media talking point refutes all this by stating something like, “Dozens of courts rejected Trump’s challenges to the results, but Trump and his supporters have persisted in pushing baseless conspiracy theories on conservative news outlets.” In other words, it is the fault of conservative news outlets for spreading “The Big Lie.” No, not really, but this is what they would have us believe as they see this as an opportunity to undermine the popular conservative news.

Again, the election will forever be remembered as being tainted and, as such, the American people are losing their faith in our ability to conduct honest elections which will ultimately have long-term repercussions. Now is the time to clean this up, not later, particularly as the 2024 election looms closer. The point is, will we tolerate another suspicious election and the politicians that come along with it? I hope not.

Let us for a moment assume it is discovered the election was fixed. Will the Democrat politicians falsely elected go quietly into the night? And will their legislation and executive orders be automatically rescinded? In a word, No. They will stay firmly in their positions until forceably removed by the courts. Only then will we really know if our Republic truly works.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – For a listing of my books, click HERE.

Note: All trademarks both marked and unmarked belong to their respective companies.

Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2021 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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