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GOP CONVENTION: IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF DAY TWO

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 20, 2016

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The Donald is nominated.

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The second day of the 41st Republican National Convention in Cleveland continued on Tuesday.

The biggest controversy from Day 1, at least according to CNN and the main street media, was that Melania Trump allegedly plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech from 2008.  In other words, much ado about nothing.  Other than this, there was little reported about the content of last night’s convention speeches, particularly the passionate stories from parents who lost offspring due to the policies of Obama/Clinton, stories which will likely haunt the Clinton campaign.  The reporting by the press on these stories was as if it never happened.  Basically, what we witnessed regarding the attacks on Mrs. Trump last night is what is commonly referred to as a “smokescreen” to divert the public’s attention away from the other stories.  The only thing funnier was the gullibility of the people who fell for this old gag.

The outrage by the media and Democrats over this trivial affair is laughable.  Where was this indignant rage resulting from the Benghazi deaths, “Fast and Furious,” the IRS affair, the VA nightmare, Hillary’s dissemination of classified material, or the deaths incurred by illegal immigrants?  There simply wasn’t any as there is a double standard in this country.  Not surprising, the opposition to Trump and the Republicans by the media is becoming more pronounced with each passing day.

MORE INTRIGUE?

My sources inside the convention claim the “NeverTrump” forces were not giving up their fight and becoming a sore point during the day.

Protesters have so far been relatively peaceful, including both Trump supporters and detractors.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman of the RNC Reince Priebus, called the meeting to order at 5:44pm ET.  Following the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, and Invocation, the gavel was turned over to Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, who began the process of electing the presidential candidate.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama was given the honor of placing Donald Trump’s name into nomination.  This was followed by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) who seconded the motion.  As an aside, Collins was the first congressman to endorse Trump.  Lt. Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina was given the honor of also seconding the nomination.

Charged with conducting the roll call was Susie Hudson and Jeff Kent.

As is customary, in alphabetic sequence, each state pledged their delegates.  1,237 delegates were required to secure the nomination.  The State of New York, Trump’s home state, was given the honor to push the delegate count over the minimum and to victory.  This was made especially important by having Donald Trump, Jr., the candidate’s son, make the formal announcement on behalf of the State of New York.

The final count of delegates included:

1725 – Trump
744 – Others

The State of Alaska asked to have its delegates polled for clarification of their votes, but this had an inconsequential effect on the numbers.

As expected, the voting wasn’t even close.  Speaker Ryan declared Donald Trump the Republican nominee at 8:09pm.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky then came forward to manage the nomination of Vice President.  Lt. Governor Luke Holcomb of Indiana was given the honor of nominating Indiana Governor Mike Pence as VP.  Senator Dan Coats amended the motion that Gov. Pence should be elected by acclimation.  The motion passed overwhelmingly.

At 8:25pm, Speaker Ryan formally declared Donald Trump and Mike Pence as the Republican nominees for President and Vice President.

TUESDAY’S SPEAKERS

The theme for Day 2 was “Make America Work Again,” representing an examination of employment practices and keeping American businesses in this country, as well as attracting others to return.

Like Day 1, the speaker list was a long one.  The following is a brief summary of the prime time speakers:

Sharon Day, the GOP co-chair, kicked off the speaking engagements by criticizing Hillary Clinton, claiming she was a hypocrite and liar.

Paul White, the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), described how Trump helped his fledgling UFC.  He claimed Trump possesses three important business skills:  He has great instincts; he is a hard worker, and; he is a loyal and supportive friend.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said it is time for leadership, strength, boldness and energy; traits Trump possesses.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge claimed Mrs. Clinton was a phony.  She warned of the consequences of allowing Hillary to appoint Supreme Court judges.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey discussed the lies and falsehoods Mrs. Clinton committed regarding the Clinton e-mail server scandal.  He questioned how she could take an oath of office as president if she violated her oath as Secretary of State.

Businessman Andy wist claimed he no longer sees the American dream.  He doesn’t see Mrs. Clinton as solving the problem.  He sees Mr. Trump is a builder and the only person who can keep the dream alive.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) claimed Mrs. Clinton handled the Benghazi incident badly.  “She lies,” he claimed.

Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, discussed the importance of the Second Amendment and why it is necessary to have a Republican appoint the next few Supreme Court justices.  “Voting for Hillary Clinton is simply not an option.”

Professional Golfer Natalie Gulbis discussed her experiences with Trump who helped her open a boys and girls club.  “Never be afraid to challenge the status quo,” he admonished her.

Donald Trump then spoke briefly to the audience via remote video from his Trump Tower in New York City.  He thanked the delegates for their confidence in making him their nominee.  On Thursday night, he will articulate his plans for the campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) discussed why people shouldn’t vote for the Clintons.  “Hillary Clinton will say anything, do anything, to become President, and we cannot allow it,” he said.

Several freshman Republican senators then joined McConnell on stage.  Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) spoke on behalf of the group.  He discussed their plans to help put people back to work.

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, returned to the stage to thank the City of Cleveland and Law Enforcement for helping them put on this convention.  His talk was intended to unify and motivate the crowd.  He closed by saying, “Let’s win this thing.”

Cong. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House Majority Leader, discredited Obama’s record as president.  He reminded the audience, “In 112 days it is over.”

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), former presidential candidate, put on one of the more entertaining sessions of the evening.  He played the role of a prosecuting attorney and asked the audience to act as the jury.  He made a case against Mrs. Clinton’s role in Libya, Nigeria, China, Syria, Iran, Russia, Cuba, and her e-mail server.  Time and again, he asked the jury, “Is she guilty or not guilty?”  Which resulted in a loud chorus of “Guilty!” from the audience.  It also led the audience to chant, “Lock her up!”

Tiffany Trump, the daughter of Donald Trump, who just graduated from college, discussed the values her father instilled in her.

Kerry Woolard, the General Manager of Trump Winery, described how Trump turned around a worn out vineyard in Virginia into a $50 million operation.  She claimed in wouldn’t have happened without Trump and his family.

Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president, put on the best speech of the evening.  He was clear, polished, and articulate, causing talking heads to claim he may become a political star in the future.  Trump claimed this was the most important election of our lifetime.  He described his father’s work ethic, and the need to simplify the bureaucracy in Washington.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) discussed how President Obama has hurt her state due to his liberal policies which has cost West Virginia 60,000 jobs since 2011.  She also claimed Mrs. Clinton would continue Obama’s legacy.

When former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson came to the podium, he was the only speaker to receive a standing ovation prior to the start of his talk.  He began by discussing the dangers or political correctness.  He also admonished the audience, should Hillary Clinton become president, the country will not recover due to its long lasting effects, particularly in Supreme Court selections.  He ended by telling the crowd to, “Take America back!”

Kimberlin Brown, soap opera actress and small business owner (advocado farmer), ended the evening with a fine talk.  She claimed Obamacare scares her young employees and must be repealed.  She also discussed why it is necessary to get the government off of the back of business.

Sajid Tarar, the founder of the American Muslims for Trump, closed the meeting with the benediction.

CONCLUSION

Overall, the speakers were not as good as Day 1.  Some went on simply too long and should have been reigned in.

Trump’s long journey to capture the nomination finally came to end this evening.  The anti-Trump movement finally disappeared after Day 1.  They may have been in attendance last night, but they knew they were defeated.

Reaction to the Republican convention seems to be positive.  A Rasmussen Poll published during the day (7/19) found, “Voters Drawn More to GOP’s Convention Than to Democrats.”

UP NEXT

For Wednesday night (beginning at 7:30pm), the theme for the speakers will be “Make America First Again.”  Among the speakers will be:  Lynne Patton, vice president of the Eric Trump Foundation; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential pick, and; Trump’s former political opponents including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  Speakers will begin at 7 pm eastern time

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THE CLINTON DIRTY TRICKS DEPARTMENT

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 18, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What shenanigans will they pull before November?

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I do not believe Donald Trump realizes who he is competing against in this presidential election. When it comes to politics, the Clintons have shown they will say or do anything to get elected. To illustrate, Mark Leibovich’s 2013 book, “This Town,” provided an excellent assessment of the political culture in the nation’s capitol, including how the press fawns over the Clintons and treats them like royalty. In the book, the author mentions a remark Bill Clinton made to Hillary whereby should his health continue to deteriorate and he dies on the 2016 campaign trail, she should use it to create a lavish funeral which would generate millions of sympathy votes for her. Personally, I found this train of thought somewhat morbid, but is indicative of how the Clintons think, namely “win at all costs,” regardless if it is moral or not.

As Trump’s stature grows and passes Hillary in the polls, the Clintons will inevitably need a knockout punch. They will need an act of desperation, something to rally their troops and call upon the emotions of the public. There are several scenarios, but the most bizarre would be:

* Have Bill feign a life threatening medical condition, and depict Hillary as his loyal wife tending to him at his bedside.

* Have Chelsea fake a kidnapping. The criminals, of course, would never be caught as there aren’t any.

* The most twisted would be to feign an assassination attempt, and make it look like the right was behind it.

Such an event would be designed to cause outrage with Republicans and pull on the heartstrings of Hillary’s supporters. Of course, there will be no evidence or proof of any wrongdoing, and Trump will look heartless if he questions the authenticity of the event.

Keep in mind, the Clintons already have the press digging up as much dirt as possible on Mr. Trump, creating a smoke screen over his policies, and attack him on every syllable he speaks. So, the full court press is already on and the Clintons will be unmerciful.

As the Clintons know, truth and honesty are the first casualties in American politics.

The Donald simply will not know what hit him.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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THE 2016 PARTY CONVENTIONS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 13, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– A windfall for the press.

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The party conventions are just around the corner. The Republicans will meet July 18-21 in Cleveland, followed by the Democrats in Philadelphia on July 25-28, and they both will be “huuuge!”

Many years ago, a political convention was a big event covered by all the television networks, radio, and printed press. Speeches were given, platforms adopted, and a candidate selected as the party nominee. In 1968, the Democratic convention in Chicago was perhaps the most controversial of all time when the Yippies rioted. Since then, the American public has become bored with the conventions and viewership declined rapidly. They were all but forgotten until this year when Republican Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders, running as a Democrat, caused heightened interest in party politics by creating controversy.

Interest in both conventions will reach new heights this year, likely going well beyond 1968, representing an advertising bonanza for the media. In a way, it will be reminiscent of the 1975 World Series between the Reds and the Red Sox, often touted as “the series that saved baseball.” Likewise, Cleveland and Philadelphia will likely save the concept of the political convention.

According to Nielson, 30.3 million people watched the final night of the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa. This was down from 39.9 million people in 2008. As for the Democrats, 35.7 million viewers watched the 2012 convention, down 2.7 million viewers from 2008. In all likelihood, the 2016 conventions will far surpass the 2012 editions and set new records, maybe as high as 50 million people each.

Higher convention viewership will also mean higher voter turnout in November. Traditionally, Republicans have lower viewership than the Democrats. However, if the 2016 GOP convention garners more viewers than the Democrats, look for a major Republican turnout and victory in the Fall.

All of this has the television networks salivating as they know this will generate millions of dollars for their coffers. Such a cash infusion will make them stronger and more obnoxious than ever.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two conventions is simply: there will be more police OUTSIDE of the Cleveland convention, and more police INSIDE the Philadelphia convention. Whereas there will likely be anti-Trump protesters in Cleveland to disrupt the convention, the Democrats will be fighting among themselves over the platforms of Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders.

Stay tuned, it will be great political theater.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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:  A NEW TWIST ON THE EXISTENCE OF GOD – A popular physicist poses an interesting theory to an old argument.

LAST TIME:  WILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS DEFEND THEMSELVES?  – Who will pull the trigger?

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WILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS DEFEND THEMSELVES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 11, 2016

BRYCE ON DEFENSE

– Who will pull the trigger?

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We’re all familiar with the anti-Trump forces protesting at Donald Trump’s events. Actually, it’s not so much about protesting, as much as it is about inciting a riot. Such events have been well covered by the press which have shown scenes of demonstrators in California waving Mexican flags and burning American flags. Recently, a young woman, who was a Trump supporter, tried to talk to the demonstrators and was attacked for wearing a Trump shirt.

Some of the demonstrators are from liberal organizations bent on defeating Donald Trump in the November election. Not surprising, their tactics are well choreographed. The protesters do not like Trump and do not believe he is entitled to 1st Amendment rights of free speech. In fact, they blame him, not them, for causing the disruptions as a provocateur. Make no mistake, this is anarchy in action. Emmett Rensin, an editor at Vox, a liberal on-line publication, tweeted the following on Friday, June 3rd: “Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.”

Whereas the left wants to incite a disruptive incident, the Trump supporters are restraining themselves, for now. Such hatred only hurts the left in the eyes of Independent voters.

Now let’s imagine a scenario where a Trump supporter is cornered by angry demonstrators threatening physical harm, and let’s suppose said person is lawfully carrying a concealed weapon. Should the victim feel severely threatened, it would not be surprising for the person to draw their weapon on the anarchists. However, if the person pulls the trigger and discharges the gun, a titanic media storm will ensue much like what we saw in Ferguson and Baltimore. Even if the person was correct in using the gun to protect him/herself, it will be immaterial in the eyes of the media. The press will use this incident to slam Trump, claiming he and his supporters are out of control, and the effect could be catastrophic for the Trump campaign. This is precisely the type of incident the left is hoping for, and why they will keep encouraging it.

Should gun fire erupt on one side, it is also likely the other would return fire thereby causing a battleground even the police wouldn’t be able to stop.

This is why it is important for Trump supporters to maintain their composure and do not do anything drastic. Again, Independent voters will see the rioters for what they are: anti-American thugs and criminals. By realizing this, they will likely vote for the Republican candidate.

Let’s hope nobody pulls the trigger during this presidential campaign, particularly at the party conventions.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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LAST TIME:  WHO ADMINISTERS STATE GOVERNMENTS BETTER, DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS?  – A new report from George Mason University says a lot.

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WHO ADMINISTERS STATE GOVERNMENTS BETTER, DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 8, 2016

BRYCE ON GOVERNMENT

– A new report from George Mason University says a lot.

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Today we hear stories about the economic instability of state governments, rising taxes, potential bankruptcies, etc. Are these flukes of just bad policies and administration? According to a recent report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, it appears success is not by accident, and Republicans appear to do a better job than their Democratic counterparts.

The Mercatus report, titled “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition” (June 1, 2016), examined the financial stability of the fifty states, plus Puerto Rico. The report considered debt and financial obligations, as well as state pension programs and health care benefits. Not surprising, Puerto Rico, with its pending bankruptcy, was rated dead last (#51).

The TOP 10 states demonstrating financial solvency include:

#1 Alaska
#2 Nebraska
#3 Wyoming
#4 North Dakota
#5 South Dakota
#6 Florida
#7 Utah
#8 Oklahoma
#9 Tennessee
#10 Montana

The BOTTOM 10 states not demonstrating financial stability include:

#41 Maryland
#42 New York
#43 Maine
#44 California
#45 Hawaii
#46 Kentucky
#47 Illinois
#48 New Jersey
#49 Massachusetts
#50 Connecticut
#51 Puerto Rico

Perhaps the most noteworthy observation made was that all of the Top 10 states are Republican controlled, meaning both the Governor and the legislatures are in GOP hands. Further, with the exception of Kentucky, all of the bottom 10 states, plus Puerto Rico, are controlled by the Democrats. In New Jersey, the Governor is Republican, but both houses of the legislature are controlled by the Democrats.

Let’s examine the differences between #1 Alaska and #50 Connecticut. According to the Mercatus report:

Alaska: “Given Alaska’s reliance on oil revenues, the state has between 22.46 and 23.44 times the cash needed to cover short-term liabilities. Revenues exceed expenses by 55 percent, producing a surplus of $8,296 per capita. On a long-run basis, net assets represent 85 percent of total assets, and liabilities are 3 percent of total assets.”

Connecticut: “Connecticut’s fiscal position is poor across all categories. With between only 0.46 and 1.19 times the cash needed to cover short-term liabilities, Connecticut’s revenues matched only 94 percent of expenses, producing a deficit of $505 per capita. The state is heavily reliant on debt to finance its spending. With a negative net asset ratio of -0.88 and liabilities exceeding assets by 34 percent, per capita debt is $9,077. Total debt is $20.88 billion. Unfunded pensions are $83.31 billion on a guaranteed-to-be-paid basis, and other postemployment benefits (OPEB) are $19.53 billion. Total liabilities are equal to 53 percent of total state personal income.”

The difference between the two states is rather obvious, one has developed assets and works to live within its means; the other relies on deficit spending thereby adding to the state’s debt.

Beyond assets and liabilities, the programs established for social services and employment varies. For example, with the exception of Alaska, all of the Top 10 are “Right to Work” states, and none of the Bottom 10 have a “Right to Work” program.

From the Mercatus report, you can conclude Republican states take their fiduciary responsibility more seriously. The Democratic states seem to possess a credit card mentality where they spend and spend on social programs and civic projects without considering how to pay for them, causing the states to lean towards a Puerto Rican bankruptcy scenario.

I invite you to examine the report and consider how well your state is managing its financial resources. Click HERE.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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:  WILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS DEFEND THEMSELVES? – Who will pull the trigger?

LAST TIME:  TRUMP’S GOAL: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE  – The benefits from becoming the world’s energy merchants.

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TRUMP’S GOAL: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 6, 2016

BRYCE ON ENERGY

– The benefits from becoming the world’s energy merchants.

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On May 26th, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump issued “AN AMERICA FIRST ENERGY PLAN” whereby he claims, “Under my presidency, we will accomplish complete American energy independence.”

He goes on to say, “American energy dominance will be declared a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.” When I read this, it was music to my ears as someone from the United States finally figured out the importance of energy independence and wants to go beyond mere words to physical implementation.

Unfortunately, Mr. Trump’s plan didn’t receive much attention from the press, in fact it was buried and dismissed as insignificant. However, his point is incredibly important to our country.

Trump’s declaration is reminiscent of 1962, when President Kennedy challenged the country to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and by doing so established a national objective for us to aspire to. We met that goal and won the space race. In the process, we created new technologies, industries, jobs, and promoted education in the process. Basically, it reinvigorated the country, bringing us out of the doldrums, and created a boom-time in business. It was a win-win scenario all around, but that was then, this is now. Today, the space program is considered passé and the country is experiencing economic stagnation. Frankly, we don’t know where we are going anymore, except possibly in circles.

We should learn a thing or two from Kennedy’s challenge and establish a new goal. Perhaps it should be underwater research, fix the national infrastructure, or devise a new rapid transit system. To Trump, the logical choice should be to establish energy independence as our national priority, thereby freeing us from Middle Eastern entanglements and economic extortion.

Such a national goal would invigorate education, particularly in the areas of geology, engineering, and mathematics. New technologies would inevitably be devised to access and cultivate energy resources. We already know there are huge reserves of untapped oil, gas, and coal in this country which we should capitalize on. Beyond this, there is the prospect of nuclear, wind, solar, and oceanic energies which we should continue to pursue. Whoever masters the energy resources of the world commands their own destiny. Currently though, we are forced to dance to somebody else’s fiddle which does not bode well for our economic well-being.

4.3 billion barrels of oil have been discovered in Montana and North Dakota, easily dwarfing oil production in the Middle East. We are also sitting on a huge gas field in Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Western New York. And let us not forget the other billions of barrels of oil in Alaska and off our shores. Such resources offer a golden opportunity to relieve our economic plight as exemplified by the current oil rush in North Dakota and Montana where jobs are aplenty.

The challenge, of course, is extracting the energy without harming our environment, which is why we need a national challenge to meet our demand without hurting ourselves. Like Kennedy, this requires presidential leadership which, unfortunately, is lacking at this time. The benefits are simply too numerous to overlook. A national energy objective would put the country back to work, promote education, research and development of technology, and free us from foreign entanglements which have plagued us for years.

Trump’s statement of our national resolve could work wonders for us right now. It would give us a sense of direction and hope. There are countries who command gold reserves, diamonds and minerals, etc. Frankly, I’ll settle for being the energy merchant of the world. Everybody else will be forced to fall in line behind us.

Tree huggers, climate control people, and Democrats in general are wary of such a national goal, claiming it will hurt the environment. However, if we applied a little commonsense and a lot of research into it, I’m confident we can overcome their objections. The benefits of energy independence are simply too numerous to overlook any longer. If we had energy independence, we could then easily pay for such things as underwater research, fix the national infrastructure, or devise a new rapid transit system. It would be chicken feed.

Trump is right on this one, and we should openly commend and support such a program.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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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:  WHO ADMINISTERS STATE GOVERNMENTS BETTER, DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS? – A new report from George Mason University says a lot.

LAST TIME:  THE DARK SIDE OF THE PRESS  – How the carpet bombing of news can produce unsavory results.

Listen to Tim on WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington “The Morning News” with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific); and WWBA-AM (News Talk Florida 820). Or tune-in to Tim’s channel on YouTube.

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THE DARK SIDE OF THE PRESS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 1, 2016

BRYCE ON THE MEDIA

– How the carpet bombing of news can produce unsavory results.

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We recently witnessed an incident at the Cincinnati Zoo whereby a four year old boy fell into a gorilla habitat and was discovered by a rather large lowland silver-back gorilla named “Harambe.” I think just about everyone has now seen the footage.

Fearing for the child’s safety, zookeepers had to act fast. A tranquilizer shot may have produced unpredictable and disastrous results. Therefore, a life or death decision had to be made to shoot the gorilla and save the child. What ensued was an inordinate amount of press coverage resulting in a flurry of condemnation from people around the world complaining the zoo had mishandled the affair.

Could the mother have taken better precaution to watch her child? Undoubtedly. Nevertheless, the boy fell into the moat with Harambe and a quick decision had to be made. Frankly, I think zoo officials made the right decision. Although it was unfortunate to destroy the gorilla, human life should take precedence. Would the zookeepers have acted differently if it was the lion or tiger habitat? Unlikely.

What is perhaps more frightening is how the press was able to stir up outrage over the incident. All of the news networks showed the video of the gorilla and child, and interviewed people, both professional and John Q. Public, about their opinion. In the end, it was the zoo’s responsibility and they handled it professionally. If anything, I am sure they will be reviewing safety precautions around the exhibits.

The press simply beat this story to death, resulting in negative publicity for both the zoo and the child’s family. On-line petitions have also been introduced with thousands of signatures and comments, many of which sounded like a lynch mob. Frankly, the people should stand down and let public officials perform their investigations. Regardless of the outcome, the people will not be satisfied.

The public outrage generated by the press was essentially no different than what followed the deaths of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Michael Brown in Missouri, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, and we are all familiar with the repercussions from these stories. In all three instances, the public cried out for retribution before authorities finished their investigation.

A lot of this can be attributed to what I call the “carpet bombing” of news by the media. Instead of allowing officials to do their job, the press beats a story to death and whips the public into a frenzy. Whether it is Florida, Ferguson, Baltimore, and now Cincinnati, the press should bear a share of the responsibility for provoking public uproar. For example, the family of the four year old boy went into seclusion in fear of being attacked by the public.

Regrettably, the press has the uncanny ability to jump to conclusions and judge people in the court of public opinion. Instead of being considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, it is now just the opposite. Frankly, the actions of the press are reprehensible.

Having spent many years in Cincinnati, I have known the zoo to be a world class facility and took my children there many times when they were young. I hope the citizens of Cincinnati will rally to support it. As for the press, until such time as the investigation is completed, the press should cover another story. Please don’t tell me there’s nothing going on in the Middle East, or with Russia’s Putin, the economy, or the presidential campaign trail; just move along.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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HILLARY CLINTON IN DENIAL

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 29, 2016

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– The report from the Inspector General may hurt her irreparably.

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On May 25th, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled, “Office of the Secretary: Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements.” This was triggered by recent events surrounding Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. It was not intended to be an indictment of anyone in particular, but a clinical analysis of the problems of cybersecurity in the State department. Most of it is bland and uninteresting, almost as exciting as watching grass grow. However in the course of the investigation, the OIG found:

“…sending emails from a personal account to other employees at their Department accounts is not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a Federal record. Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary. At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

In other words, she broke the law. More damaging though, the report goes on to say:

“Throughout Secretary Clinton’s tenure, the FAM (Foreign Affairs Manual) stated that normal day-to-day operations should be conducted on an authorized AIS (Automated Information System), yet OIG found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server. According to the current CIO and Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs. However, according to these officials, DS (Bureau of Diplomatic Security) and IRM (Bureau of Information Resource Management) did not—and would not—approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions in the FAM and the security risks in doing so.”

This means Mrs. Clinton should have been cognizant of the rules of implementing an email server, but failed to seek approval to do so, and implemented one regardless of stated policy. Again, another violation.

This is the first official published report stating security improprieties by Mrs. Clinton, but may only represent the tip of an iceberg of trouble for her. It is worth noting that Mrs. Clinton and several of her staff refused to cooperate with the OIG investigation.

Mrs. Clinton quickly shrugged off the report and claimed other Secretary of States did likewise. Not quite, as there were no guidelines at the time, particularly for BlackBerries, Mrs. Clinton’s preferred devise for telephone and email communications. In 2009, security notices began to be distributed regarding the security weaknesses of the device which must be configured in accordance with Department security guidelines.

The former Secretary of State adamantly denies any wrongdoing but admits she should have done things differently. This report ultimately represents a smoking gun which could ultimately cost her the Democratic nomination and the White House. She has tried laughing off any mistakes she may have made, but refuses to answer any hard questions about it. Her supporters may accept this, but Republicans and independents will not. They believe where there is smoke, there is fire.

Denying fault is the modus operandi of the Clintons, going as far back as the Whitewater controversy, Madison Guaranty, Travelgate, Filegate, Vince Foster, and the many alleged sexual indiscretions of Bill Clinton. As to the email server and Benghazi, Mrs. Clinton will continue to deny fault and blame others, not even after she has been been found guilty in a court of law. This will likely take years as it is doubtful the Obama Administration will pursue a case against her.

Mrs. Clinton will continue to maintain her innocence over and over again until people begin to believe it. Her Achilles’ heel though is this OIG report, and possibly anything produced by the current FBI investigation. If one more official report is produced, she will be branded a pathological liar, and her run for the White House will be over.

The more the American public knows about her indiscretions, the less likely she will remain a candidate.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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THE MAIN EVENT: THE TRUMP/CLINTON DEBATES

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 22, 2016

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– Hold on to your seats, you won’t want to miss them.

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Aside from the party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the most anticipated series of events will undoubtedly be the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is going to set historic records of viewership for the networks lucky enough to host one of them. Actually, a bidding war should be devised between the networks with the proceeds going to a mutually agreeable charity.

The debates will be “huuuge” and represent a flash point in the direction of the country. They will be even bigger than the heavyweight contests between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier in the early 1970’s. Such fanfare will be as a result of Mr. Trump’s ability to promote such events, as demonstrated by the high ratings of the GOP debates. Due to the sharp ideological differences between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump, the nation will watch in greater numbers than any previous presidential debate.

As a “Type A” businessman, Mr. Trump will be brash, boisterous, confident and entertaining. He will undoubtedly take the offense in the debate. Mrs. Clinton will try to depict him as a naive, uninformed clown with no practical experience in government. She may even poke fun at him for some of his positions.

In contrast, Mrs. Clinton will try to portray herself as super confident and experienced. She will maintain her sense of entitlement because of her background. This will be the same mistake she made against Obama and Sanders, and therein lies a weakness. She must earn the public’s vote and not take it for granted simply because she is a Clinton. Mr. Trump will attack her list of limited accomplishments, and portray her as an integral part of the Washington Triad (politicians, the press, and lobbyists). Trump’s goal is to depict her as a part of the establishment, which is considered broken by the general public. Consequently, she will be forced to play defense.

Mrs. Clinton will likely accuse Trump of being a hypocrite, violating business ethics and not treating women fairly, and by doing so she will unwittingly open Pandora’s Box which will be the green light for Trump to attack the past indiscretions of the Clintons.

She desperately needs to maintain her composure and will try to appear above it all. When Trump speaks, she will likely wear the same bored expression she wore in the Benghazi congressional hearings. This will work against her.

If Trump attacks her like his GOP rivals, she’ll say “You see, this is how he treats women.” To which Trump will in turn claim, “You see, she hides behind her skirt. How will she handle someone like Putin?” We saw the wrath in Carly Fiorina’s eyes after allowing Trump to get under her skin. If Hillary does likewise and cracks under the strain, she may go into one of her legendary tirades, thereby losing the debate. I call this the “Captain Queeg phenomenon” from the movie, “The Caine Mutiny.” Like Queeg, who was played by Humphrey Bogart, Mrs. Clinton may become unglued under pressure from Trump.

For his part, Mr. Trump will ask the hard questions the press and Senator Sanders will not, unlike what Romney did with Obama. The kid gloves will be off. If a debate moderator asks, “Why do you believe Mrs. Clinton belongs in jail?” Trump will be unafraid to reopen Benghazi and the e-mail server.

More than this, Trump will hammer away on her lack of political accomplishments. If he can get the American public to believe she cannot stand on her own two feet, without relying on the support of her husband, she will appear to be unfit to serve the office, and the game will be over.

Back in 1971, Ali was the overwhelming favorite to win the match, which is why everyone was shocked when Frazier won by unanimous decision. Likewise, in the 2016 debates, Mrs. Clinton comes into the contest as the odds-on favorite, but do not count Trump out, as he will likely pull a Frazier-like upset.

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TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 15, 2016

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– Much ado about nothing.

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Donald Trump’s failure to disclose his tax returns thus far has come under scrutiny by the press. They contend it is their “right” to review all candidate returns to assure they are not cheating or using unscrupulous tax schemes. Mr. Trump contends his tax returns are being audited by the IRS and, based on the advice of his lawyers, he should not release them prematurely. Of course, the press does not accept this and adamantly demands to see his tax returns. This confrontation finally resulted in Trump telling ABC’s Good Morning America that his tax returns are “none of your business” (Fri, May 13, 2016).

Let’s see if we can clear up a few things regarding this issue.

First, there is absolutely no legal requirement for a candidate to disclose his/her tax returns. This is something the press views as unwritten law, but there is no sand in it. Further, not releasing tax returns is certainly not without precedent. Tax Analysts, a nonprofit organization who monitors presidential tax returns, lists many exceptions:

* “For tax year 2001, both President Bush and Vice President Cheney released partial returns. For tax year 2000, Bush released only his Form 1040; Cheney provided a summary of his taxes, but released no forms.”

* Ronald Reagan did not report his returns for the 1980 election.

* Jimmy Carter also didn’t report his for the 1976 campaign.

* “Gerald Ford did not release his returns, but he did release summary data about his federal taxes for the years between 1966 and 1975.”

* “Franklin Roosevelt did not release tax returns during his presidency, but many returns were later made available by his presidential library.”

And there are no tax returns listed for Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy. So, as you can see, there is no mandate to release tax returns. It’s just something the press insists they have a right to. They do not.

Second, rarely does anyone read the tax returns, people just want to know if they have been released. In Mr. Trump’s case though, the attacking liberal media will go through it with a fine tooth comb, spotting any possible indiscretion and blowing it out of proportion. If and when Mr. Trump releases his tax returns, they will undoubtedly be squeaky clean, leading the press to conclude, “Well, yes, I guess he knows how to make money” (but will never openly admit it to the public).

Third, Mr. Trump provided a summary of his financials in his book published last year, “Crippled America.” Why is the press not interested in analyzing this report?

As long as Mr. Trump holds on to his tax returns, the press and his political opponents will claim this is a liability, that he has something to hide. However, let’s assume Mr. Trump is correct, that he is being audited by the IRS. Those of you who have suffered through such a review will probably side with Mr. Trump by saying, “It’s none of your business,” or possibly something a little stronger.

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