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FAKE VOTES

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 22, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– First we had Fake News, now we have…, a bigger problem.

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There is an old axiom in poker which says, “When your opponent is sitting there holding all the aces, there is only one thing left to do, kick over the table.” In other words, if you know you cannot possibly win, it is time to change the rules of the game. Coincidentally, this is the philosophy of progressive Democrats as we approach the 2018 mid-term elections, particularly as it applies to voting.

There was a time when we respected the integrity of a citizen’s vote. Originally, only land owners were given the right to do so, based on the premise they would be responsible voters. This changed over the years to allow any citizen to vote, assuming they were registered. This included people of all races and socioeconomic conditions, women, and even youth (18 years of age).

To encourage people to vote, the political parties helped register voters, as well as provided transportation to get people to their voting precincts, all perfectly legitimate. This started to change though as people began to dig up names from the cemeteries and have the dead vote, or encouraged people to vote multiple times in different precincts, all of which, of course, is illegal. However, such shenanigans are reaching new absurdities as we approach the 2018 mid-term elections. For example:

Electoral Votes

The electoral college devised by our founding fathers is a brilliant way to balance voting between our rural and metropolitan communities. By doing so, candidates are forced to appeal to both groups, not just one. However, the Democrats do not appreciate this (or understand it) as they blame the college for electing Mr. Trump president, and not Mrs. Clinton who won the national popular vote.

To overcome this problem in the future, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact was created to have a state award its electoral votes to the candidate winning the popular vote in the country, not their own state. Even if the popular vote in the state went to one candidate, they would have to award their electoral votes to possibly another candidate winning the national vote. In other words, you are allowing the country to make the decision for you, not the people of your state. If this sounds unconstitutional, it probably is and will likely be challenged in court.

To date, eleven states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to participate in this program, including: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Yes, these are all strongholds for the Democrats, certainly not Republicans.

Remarkably, these states also rate among the worst in terms of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s Ranking of States by Fiscal Condition, to wit:

WA-#26
HI-#27
CT-#37
RI-#38
NY-#39
VT-#40
CA-#43
MD-#46
MA-#48
IL-#49
NJ-#50

I will find this all particularly amusing if Mr. Trump wins the popular vote in the 2020 presidential election, whereby they would be compelled to award their electoral votes to the president, and not the Democrat candidate they voted for.

Prisoner Votes

There is a movement afoot to give felons the right to vote. We have seen evidence of this in New York, Louisiana, and Virginia, but many other states are looking into this, including Florida. The premise is to allow convicted felons, who have been released and are still on parole, to vote. In other words, their sentence is not yet completed, yet Democrats want to give them the right to vote. It’s one thing for the criminal to regain his/her rights following completion of their sentence, quite another to be allowed to vote while under such term of sentence. The Democrats are pushing for this as they believe it will cause the criminals to vote for their candidates.

Identification Cards

Voter identification has long been a bone of contention between Democrats and Republicans. Whereas the GOP wants to assure the integrity of the vote, Democrats claim it is a racist attempt to prevent minorities from voting.

One new twist to this recently emerged in Chicago which has produced a new identity card available to anyone, including illegal immigrants, allegedly to allow residents to use public transportation. However, it has been confirmed the new card will be accepted as identification when voting. In other words, you do not need to prove your citizenship in order to vote in the City of Chicago. Watch for other cities controlled by the Democrats to follow suit.

Lowering the Voting Age

Back in 1970, the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18. The thinking at the time was that if a young person was old enough to serve in the military, he/she should be allowed to vote. At first, this was embraced by young people, but over the years, their voting record can be described as “spotty” at best.

However, a new movement is underfoot with the Democrats attempting to lower the voting age to 16. It is slow in taking root, but the Democrats became inspired following the recent march on Washington in support of gun control by young people.

The big question of course is whether 16 year olds are knowledgeable and mature enough to vote responsibly, or will they just be a pawn of the Democrats and news media. Frankly, I’m surprised they stopped at 16, and didn’t seek the vote of 12 year olds for the same purposes.

Again, this is all being staged to embrace the ideology of the Left and secure votes for Democrats.

Voter Fraud Commission

Shortly after assuming office, President Trump appointed the Voter Fraud Commission chaired by Vice President Mike Pence. The purpose was to investigate voter fraud. Unfortunately, states controlled by the Democrats resisted and refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the commission, thereby making it impossible to verify any wrong-doing. So strong was the opposition by the Democrats, one could only suspect something was indeed wrong. Nevertheless, because of their refusal, Mr. Trump cancelled the commission in January.

Conclusion

It appears to be rather obvious the progressive Democrats are desperate for a win in the Fall. As I have said repeatedly, their future is in peril should they lose in either chamber of the Congress this year, which is why they are pulling out the stops and going to any lengths to win. This is so flagrantly obvious, it makes you wonder why there isn’t a national uproar over this.

The left cannot possibly win playing fair, which explains why they have a full court press on to change the rules. As such, they will concoct any scheme to usurp the rule of law and sanctity of the ballot, to win, which is why I refer to this as “Fake Votes.”

They are not interested in winning fairly and squarely, but any way possible, legal or otherwise. In other words, they are willing to kick over the poker table instead of suffering through the embarrassment of another loss.

Let’s hope American voters wake up to this soon before we no longer recognize the American electoral system.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHO ARE AMERICA’S FRIENDS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 15, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– We want to believe we have many friends, but do we really?

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Have you ever been out to a large family dinner at a restaurant? Typically someone picks up the check for the entire party, such as a rich uncle. During the meal, he is kidded and listened to, but he is always expected to pick up the bill, with tip. It gets interesting when, one day, the family sits down at the table and the waiter asks who will be taking care of the bill at the end of the meal. The family is aghast when the uncle speaks up and says, “Separate checks.” Suddenly, the uncle isn’t quite so funny anymore, nor do people listen to him during the meal; in fact, he is ostracized and accused of being cheap. This pretty much describes America’s relationship with other countries.

On May 8th, President Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. This sent shock waves through our European allies as they had hoped we would stay in it, believing the Iranians would keep their end of the bargain and not develop nuclear weapons down the road. Mr. Trump didn’t read it the same way and saw it as producing long-term problems. It must be remembered this agreement was never ratified as a treaty by the Senate as the Obama administration didn’t want to see the Congress upset one of his landmark achievements.

Following America’s withdrawal, protests were formed in Iran, American flags were burned, and “Death to America,” was chanted by protesters and members of the Iranian parliament. Then again, this was also done when the agreement was first signed, so nothing has really changed; the Iranians never did like us, and probably never will.

This is another example of Mr. Trump’s “Big Stick” foreign policy where we no longer cajole countries into trying to see things our way. Whereas other presidents hoped to entice countries into working together, Mr. Trump is more results oriented, likely because of his business background. Time and again he has been using his “America First” mantra as an intricate part of his foreign policy.

We have used the “carrot and stick” approach for many years, but what did we get in return, loyalty? Hardly. For example, in December 2017, the United Nations held a resolution disapproving of America’s recent decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, something many past presidents had promised to do, yet failed to deliver. The vote passed 128-9 with 35 countries abstaining. Among those countries voting against the United States included our “friends,” the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Others also voted against the United States, including many receiving generous foreign aid from America, including:

(From FY2017) –

Afghanistan – $977M
Bangladesh – $179M
Brazil – $25M
Congo – $395M
Cuba – $7.3M
Egypt – $143M
Ethiopia – $939M
Ghana – $167M
Iraq – $529M
Jordan – $813M
Lebanon – $116M
Libya – $64M
Nepal – $181M
Nigeria – $684M
Pakistan – $485M
Somalia – $416M
South Africa – $360M
Sudan – $151M
Viet Nam – $81M
West Bank/Gaza (Palestine Auth) – $285M
Yemen – $573M
Zimbabwe – $154M

Source: USAID

In all, $21B was spent on foreign aid last year, which is used for such things as disasters, poverty relief, technical cooperation on global issues, including the environment, U.S. bilateral interests, and socioeconomic development. However, this does not include military aid which would probably double the figures shown. Yet, all of these countries voted against the United States, thereby creating an embarrassing moment for us.

If you study the individual donations listed here, which is only a partial list, one can only wonder if there is a better way of spending this money, particularly in our own country instead of giving it to our “friends.” Don’t we still have a national debt?

In refuting the resolution, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations. And we will remember it when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

The Palestinian Authority has declared it will not with work the Trump administration in peace talks because of the Jerusalem decision, and will negotiate with other parties instead. Fine. I’m sure they will not need the $285 million they are currently receiving from our country.

Countries ask their rich “Uncle Sam” for money for a variety of reasons, such as to cooperate with American military policy, payola, and because they desperately need it. Whatever the reason, they have to learn to play ball with the administration. A vote against the United States, such as what happened at the United Nations, should be felt in the pocket book.

We would like to believe the European countries are our friends, particularly the United Kingdom. The truth is, it is a myth. Even Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines, long considered friendly to the United States, opted to abstain as opposed to rejecting the UN resolution outright. We should know by now, the other countries only want deals favoring their countries, and not our own. This is what Mr. Trump has been warning us about since he began to run for president. There is nothing wrong in helping others in time of need, but it should come with the stipulation they will support us in return. Otherwise, it is a Win-Lose proposition and as our president can tell you, the only good business relationship is when both parties prosper.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM GENERATION Z?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 10, 2018

BRYCE ON SOCIETY

– Are they the same as the Millennials?

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For far too long we have belabored the strengths and weaknesses of the Millennials (aka, Generation Y), but what about their successors, Generation Z? This is the Generation born between the late 1990’s and the middle of this decade. This is a generation who is now getting ready to graduate from High School and enter college, but what can we expect from them?

Whereas the Baby Boomers were responsible for the Millennials, Generation X begat Gen Z, and hopefully they will do a better job than the Boomers who, frankly, dropped the ball along the way.

Generation Z has no recollection of Bill Clinton or the scandals surrounding him, or George W. Bush for that matter. They were also too young to truly remember 911. They primarily remember Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. More recently, they have heard about North Korea, Iran, and Cuba, but have no recollection of the events surrounding them, such as the Korean Armistice, the American hostages in Iran under President Carter, or the Cuban Missile Crisis and Bay of Pigs under President Kennedy. They have also heard of numerous terrorist attacks and school shootings. In terms of academics, they have grown up in an age of testing and technology. Just about all of them are intimate with smart phones, social media, eCommerce, and other features of the Internet, much more so than the Millennials.

In school, they have excelled in the areas of math, science, and foreign language (primarily Spanish). Unfortunately, they are weak in terms of their knowledge of government, history, and speech. Their sense of socialization is different than their predecessors, as the media has been highly influential in their lives since infancy. I am also concerned about their interest in reading as paper books, newspapers, and magazines are disappearing. They may not be too informed about current events or history, but they are perhaps the most educated generation to date.

Whereas prior generations were hungry and understood the value of a dollar and an education, it is yet unclear the priorities Generation Z possesses. The recent shootings in Parkland, Florida triggered an outburst of outrage, but it is uncertain how much of this was sincere, and how much was orchestrated by politicians. Nevertheless, it was the first such political reaction by high-schoolers since the 1970’s.

The proof in the pudding will be in November which represents the generation’s first opportunity to vote in a major American election. If the turnout is low, we will know we have produced another generation of apathetic voters, but I am not yet convinced it will turn out this way.

I have been reading there are significant differences between the Millennials and Generation Z. From what I’ve heard, Gen Z looks upon the Millennials as irresponsible and foolish. Whereas, the Millennials have shown signs of embracing liberal doctrine, Gen Z is more conservative in nature.

According to a 2015 report from Goldman Sachs, “Gen-Z is more conservative, more money-oriented, and more entrepreneurial than the millennials were.”

This was echoed by another report in 2016, “My College Options and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today presented the results of a new national survey of approximately 50,000 ‘Generation Z’ high school students (ages 14-18) attitudes on the 2016 presidential election which found that the majority identify as Republicans – in sharp contrast to Millennials – and overall would vote for Donald Trump.”

If this is true, it is likely Generation Z will become more politically and economically influential than the Millennials.

Maybe Generation Z represents a correction in society, just as we experience in the stock market. Whereas the Millennials may have gone too far left, it appears Generation Z is turning to the right instead.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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THE 2018 MID-TERMS, WHAT TO EXPECT

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 8, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Yes, voter turnout will be higher, but nothing like 2016.

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The Democrats want us to believe the mid-term elections are all sewn up, and the Republicans should acquiesce and let Rep. Nancy Pelosi re-assume the Speaker of the House. In other words, they want the American public to believe it is a done deal and the GOP cannot possibly retain control. Not so fast. First, we are hearing this through the Main Stream Media (MSM), which is not the most reliable source of information and certainly no friend of the current administration. The question though becomes, is the country really as bad as the Democrats claim? According to the MSM, yes it is, but the data suggests otherwise.

Under Mr. Trump, we have seen tax cuts putting more money into people’s pockets, an improved economy and jobs picture, less people on welfare, a stronger defense, tighter security on our borders, reduced government bureaucracy, jobs are returning to our shores, and Mr. Trump’s “big stick” policy appears to be working, just as it did for Theodore Roosevelt. The idea he might win a Nobel Peace Prize is more mind boggling to the Democrats than to Republicans when Mr. Obama received one in his first year in office for doing nothing more than being elected.

The problems the Democrats have are threefold:

First, they offer no significant policy proposals other than to repeal Mr. Trump’s actions, this includes undoing his tax cuts and raising taxes. Sen. Bernie Sander’s proposal to guarantee every American a lifetime government job can best be described as a “boondoggle,” something that will appeal to youth and the unsophisticated.

Second, the Democrats have a bad reputation for voting in mid-term elections, naively believing they are inconsequential. By claiming they have already won the election, they run the risk of discouraging Democrats from voting, after all, “it’s a slam dunk, right?” If anything, by taunting the Republicans they are only encouraging them to get out the vote.

And third, the party is embroiled in a struggle for control, pitting the left-leaning progressives against moderates. Should the Democrats lose in November, the progressives could lose control which explains why they are pulling out the stops for this contest, even though their financial resources remain depleted.

It ultimately comes down to whether the country likes the direction Mr. Trump has set us on or not. The Democrat’s “resistance” movement was created to stop Mr. Trump as he represents a roadblock in the socialist agenda.

So, what is at stake this year? Three things: the economy, security, and the Supreme Court. Besides the progress Mr. Trump has made in terms of the economy, the GOP has a better track record of running state governments, with fiduciary responsibility, than the Democrats. Should the Democrats take over, illegal immigration will once again run rampant, bringing drugs and crime into the country.

This particular race will likely affect the future of the Supreme Court as Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy (81) is rumored to be retiring soon. Also, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (85) is not far behind, yet she will likely stay on as long as possible with a Republican in the White House.

The Democrats believe their best bet is in the House of Representatives, where they have been zeroing in on any perceived weakness of a Republican candidate. The MSM has been helping them by spreading fake news in predicting a “Big Blue Wave” is in the offing.

The Republicans are pushing back though, particularly in senate races where they will aggressively challenge Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Make no mistake, the Republicans understand the importance of the 2018 election as much as the Democrats. They may not be as desperate as the Democrats, buy they are just as determined. This election is certainly not about Russia, which is nothing but a clever political ruse, but about the direction of the country. If Americans like what they see, they will stay the course.

One variable that may very well seal the fate of the Democrats is if peace is secured between the two Koreas. If this miracle materializes, the progressives are done for.

Keep the Faith!

P.S., Be sure to see my video, “The PRIDE Renewal Tour,” on YouTube.

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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READING BETWEEN THE POLITICAL LINES

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 1, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS & THE NEWS MEDIA

– “Liar, liar, pants on fire.”

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I have discussed problems with the Main Stream Media (MSM) on more than one occasion, but as the mid-term elections are rapidly approaching, I have spotted another example of media corruption which voters should be made aware of, specifically, the misrepresentation of voting data.

I first noticed this with the special Congressional election in Pennsylvania’s 18th district held in March, where the Democrat candidate squeaked by the Republican by just 755 votes. Prior to this, the New York Times made the observation, “In 2016, Mr. Trump won the district (PA-D18) by double digits…” This was parroted by the political talking heads on television repetitively. So much so, I became suspicious and decided to investigate their claim.

The first thing I did was go to the Pennsylvania Board of Elections to see what data was available pertaining to the 2016 presidential election on a “district” basis. I quickly discovered, there is no such data as presidential election results are reported on a “county” basis, which is quite common.

Knowing this, I then tried to piece together the data based on the counties in the district. This was not easy to do as District 18 consists of “parts” of Allegheny, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. This complication explains why there is no presidential election data available on a district basis. Nonetheless, here is what I was able to compile:

ALLEGHENY
– Trump – 257,488
– Clinton – 363,017
GREENE
– Trump – 10,394
– Clinton – 4,157
WASHINGTON
– Trump – 58,941
– Clinton – 34,436
WESTMORELAND
– Trump – 116,427
– Clinton – 59,506
TOTAL
– Trump – 443,250
– Clinton – 461,116

SOURCE: http://www.electionreturns.pa.gov/

Here, we see Mrs. Clinton was actually the winner of this area, not Mr. Trump, but we must remember District 18 consists of “part” of Allegheny County, the largest prize. If we were to cut the county’s figures by half, Mr. Trump would win the district by only six percentage points, hardly the “double digits” reported by the MSM. In other words, the MSM is spreading falehoods to the public.

So, I challenge the press to reveal their sources for making such a bold claim. I’m betting there is no such data and this was a fallacious statement designed to mislead the public and encourage “The Blue Tide” to vote.

The victory by the Democrats was widely trumpeted by the MSM to indicate the tide is turning, thereby rebuffing the president, and will likely turn the House of Representatives back to the Democrats. Democrat Conor Lamb may have won the Congressional seat for now, but he faces re-election in November.

ARIZONA’s DISTRICT 8

Like Pennsylvania, a special election was held in Arizona on April 24th for District 8. Like PA-DI18, the Arizona District is just a portion of Maricopa County, as represented by the north and west suburbs of Phoenix.

Prior to the election, I spotted an e-mail from a Democrat Fund Raiser. The verbiage was remarkably similar to what we heard in Pennsylvania, to wit:

“If you’d asked me a year ago if I thought Arizona’s 8th congressional district was going to be a competitive seat for Democrats, I might have said no. The district has been considered safely Republican for years and Donald Trump won it in 2016 by more than 20 points.”

This too was parroted by the media, including CNN who wrote, “President Donald Trump carried the district in 2016 by 21 percentage points.” (4/23/2018) Naturally, I became suspicious again and checked the presidential election data in Arizona. Like Pennsylvania, I could find no data on a “district” basis, only by “county.” From this perspective, I discovered Mr. Trump won Maricopa County by 2.9 points (47.7% – 44.8%), not the “20 points” claimed by the Democrats. Once again, I started to smell a rat.

The e-mail I received went on to claim:

“But we’ve seen in 2018 that any district can be competitive if we go for it. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni has been organizing on the ground and talking to voters directly — and guess what? Two polls this week have her up or tied.”

Again, my spider senses told me something was wrong and I looked it up and found two polls:

The first one, from Emerson College in Boston, had the Democrat candidate up by one point. Emerson is a fine school for the Creative Arts, but I question their surveying methodology.

The other poll was based out of Phoenix (part of Maricopa County), OH Predictive Insights, which was sponsored by the local ABC affiliate. According to the poll, the Republican candidate was up by ten points and indicated the Republican will win the race convincingly.

Interestingly, Republican Debbie Lesko did, in fact, win the contest, by a decisive margin of 5.22 percentage points, more than Mr. Trump took in all of Maricopa County. Following her win, the silence from the media was deafening. Had the Democrat won, the hoopla would have been as loud as what followed in Pennsylvania. Why would that be? Hmm…

If anything, the media sounded more like sour grapes following the Republican’s victory. For example, “CNN has projected that Republicans won the special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District, but once again Democrats have overperformed in a deep red district, in another sign the national environment is in the their favor.”

THE BOTTOM-LINE

The distortion of the facts by the MSM is reprehensible and denotes their loyalty as they are materially assisting the Democrats get elected. All of this is being done to suggest a “Blue Tide” is rising and will recapture the Congress in November, thereby becoming more of an impediment to the Trump administration.

The lesson here is simple, the next time you read or hear about how Mr. Trump won a congressional “district” by a wide margin, know that the news media is presenting you with a bold-faced lie. And if they top it off with polls that do not seem to make sense, they are probably a figment of someone’s imagination, someone in the Democrat party.

And the main stream media wonders why they are no longer trusted by the American public. Go figure.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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MR. TRUMP VERSUS THE DEMOCRATS

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 24, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Democrats are desperate for a victory in November.

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I had a friend recently comment to me, “The biggest threat to the Republicans maintaining control of the Congress is Donald Trump.” Admittedly, he was never a fan of the president, nor did he vote for him in the 2016 election as he thought Mr. Trump was rather un-presidential and his rhetoric embarrassing. I countered that I found the president’s comments rather refreshing as compared to the stale gobbledygook typically coming out of Washington. I also find it interesting my friend doesn’t seem to have a problem with the disparaging comments made by the president’s opponents in the other party who frequently accuse him of corruption, racism, misconduct, and hate. Their unbridled distortion of the truth leads me to believe what is good for the goose is not good for the gander.

So far, Mr. Trump has delivered on a lot of his campaign promises and has reversed the socialistic direction spun by our last president. True, he possesses a super Type-A personality, which is typical of businessmen like him (e.g., Ted Turner), but he is the type of person who is more interested in results as opposed to facade. In other words, I’m less interested in his personality, and more interested in his ability to deliver on his promises.

Judging by his repartee in the media, the one thing Mr. Trump obviously understands, and others do not, including his fellow Republicans, is the country is embroiled in a war over the very essence of America. Since his election, the opposing party has worked overtime to thwart his every move. For example…

Because of urging from Democrats, the administration has been embroiled in an investigation regarding Russian collusion, which has yet to produce anything of substance. The special prosecutor is desperately trying to pin something on the president, anything, even to the point of violating attorney-client privilege.

Democrat members of the House want to impeach the president over fabricated charges.

Democrat Senators are still holding up presidential appointments.

Democrats are still buried in the administration who routinely leak information to the press and undermine the President.

Democrats control academia, the entertainment media, news media, and social media. Consequently fake news and spin is the norm today, all aimed at brainwashing the public.

Democrats want to abolish the 1st and 2nd amendments, if not the whole Constitution, claiming it is outdated.

Our young people are being engineered by the Democrats to be naive about government and ignorant of history, making them easy to manipulate.

Democrats support illegal immigration for the purpose of securing future voters.

Democrats support sanctuary cities and states to shield criminals as opposed to lawful citizens.

Democrats practice a “divide and conquer” strategy called Identity Politics, pitting citizens against each other.

Democrats are trying to remove God from our country.

Democrat Governors openly resist the president, such as Oregon, Montana, and Nevada refusing to send their National Guard troops to the southern border.

And it is now common practice for Democrats to tie up presidential orders in the courts.

This is more than just the Democrats resisting the president. It represents bureaucrats, the Washington establishment and the Media openly defying Mr. Trump, which is why he takes them to task every chance he gets, rightfully so I might add. In fact, in defference to my friend, I would like to see more GOP members of Congress sounding the alarm as well.

As I pointed out in an earlier column, this rebellion by the Democrats is caused by the radical Left who is currently in control of the party, the “Progressives.” Should they fail to take back at least one chamber of Congress in the mid-term elections, their grip on the party will likely slip defaulting control back to moderates, and maybe then we can start making progress.

So, it comes down to this…

If you believe in Socialism over Capitalism, you’ll vote Democrat.

If you believe the Constitution needs major surgery or completely revised, you’ll vote Democrat.

If you believe there is no room in our society for God, you’ll vote Democrat.

And if you sincerely believe the spin coming from the media, hook, line aned sinker, you’ll definitely vote Democrat.

As for me, I am not so gullible as to believe this nonsense.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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THE GENIUS OF IDENTITY POLITICS

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 17, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Diabolical, but genius nevertheless.

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I recently wrote a column describing the concept of “Old White Men” which is a mean-spirited attempt to discredit the wisdom of our elders, who are portrayed as stumbling blocks to progress. I want to take this a step further as this is a part of what is today referred to as “Identity Politics.”

The idea behind this is to differentiate various groups based on such things as race, religion, sex, and age, so they can be politically manipulated. Once segregated, the groups are stereotyped, vilified, and attacked thereby putting them on the defensive. For example, we see this in:

* Old versus Young people – as mentioned, young people are taught to malign the values of their elders.

* Men versus Women (Feminism) – the values and character of men are portrayed as seedy and heartless.

* Whites versus all other ethnic groups – here, whites are portrayed as racists who have been in control far too long.

* Christians versus all other religions – whereas Christianity was an important part of our culture at one time, now it is portrayed as insensitive to others and an effort is underway to systematically remove it from society.

Gun owners and the NRA are portrayed as evil. In reality, they promote safety and education. Responsible gun owners, particularly those in the NRA, are not the problem. It is those who do not truly understand what guns are and are unfamiliar with how they should be used, they are the reckless ones.

Even American History is under siege as statues and monuments representing important figures from our past are being toppled. The message is clear, “America is evil.” By doing so, patriots are ridiculed and condemned. It’s true, our country has made a lot of mistakes along the way, after all we are only human, but we have also done a lot of positive things to make us an economic powerhouse and the champion of freedom, which are conveniently overlooked.

From this perspective, the epitome of evil is a white, Christian, old man, who supports the Constitution, owns a gun, belongs to the NRA, and believes in hard work, responsibility, citizenship and patriotism. Such a person is falsley accused of being unfairly “privileged” as opposed to everyone else. Years ago, there was respect for such a person, but today he is condemned, and blamed for all of the problems in the country. By doing so, whatever this person’s political inclinations are, others are encouraged to vote as his opposite.

The intent of Identity Politics is to simply divide and conquer. To do so, key words and expressions are introduced such as “Old White Men,” “Racist,” “Hate,” “Deplorable,” “Fascist,” and “Trickle Down Economics,” all intended to solicit a Pavlovian response. This is designed to program people who can only grasp simple words and expressions as opposed to thoughtful dissertations. From a strategic perspective, this is sheer genius; diabolical, but genius. Whoever is devising such expressions is counting on the public to act like a herd of sheep, and regrettably, they are correct.

An inherent component of this is the news media who is used to plant the seeds in the public’s mind, and cultivate their perspective. By making a word or phrase popular, it becomes another image to indoctrinate the masses.

Who exactly is pulling the strings on Identity Politics is hard to say. The Clintons? The Obamas? George Soros? Or perhaps a media mogul. Most likely it is from the Saul Alinsky playbook. One thing is for certain, it is a strategy used by liberals to combat conservatives. The use of simple slogans by the Left is preferred over a debate which they cannot possibly win.

However, not all is lost, as the public grows weary of the trite stereotypes and is no longer buying it. The fact Donald Trump was elected president, and his popularity continues to grow, is indicative of this. Another sign is the unexpected popularity of ABC’s new “Roseanne” TV show whose ratings are skyrocketing as it is the only show addressing issues opposing liberal doctrine. This was followed by “Chappaquiddick,” the popular movie about Sen. Ted Kennedy and his involvement in the death of aide Mary Jo Kopechne, a story liberals would like to see go away. However, these two shows are the exception as opposed to the rule in Hollywood. The fact remains, people are growing tired of political correctness and liberal spin, preferring substance as opposed to facade. This will undoubtedly all have a bearing in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Identity Politics was not invented by accident, but by design. The words and slogans used are incredibly effective in shaping the attitudes of the masses. As I mentioned, it is genius, diabolical to say the least, but sheer genius nonetheless.

Keep the Faith!

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OLD WHITE MEN

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 3, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Recognizing the communication gap between the generations.

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Following one of my recent essays, a reader claimed it was the rantings of an “Old White Man.” I had heard this expression elsewhere during the 2016 campaign but didn’t pay too much attention to it until I was recently accused of being such a person. I find this rather interesting as my rhetoric and politics haven’t really changed over the last thirty years, yet I was never accused of wailing as a “Young White Man” back then.

Frankly, I believe this is a clever political maneuver invented by Liberals to place a wedge between the young and the old in this country. As I was growing up, I was taught to respect my elders, particularly as I entered the work force. Such people mentored me and offered valuable advice based on their many years of experience. Whether or not I used their advice, I listened carefully.

This is evidently not so anymore. It is true I no longer share the younger generation’s tastes in such things as music, fashion, film, food, and other social customs, but that is to be expected with the transition from one generation to the next. We simply get comfortable in our ways and do not like any unexpected twists. Take music for example, I like to believe I have a rather eclectic taste in music. Even though my generation enjoyed classic Rock and Roll, I also appreciate symphonies, operas, Big Band, Jazz, Blues, and some country/western. However, I started to gravitate away from Pop music with the advent of Punk, followed by Rap, which sounds to me like the sound of fingernails scratching a blackboard. I recognize the Millennials will not agree with me on this, but I hope they also learn to appreciate the music from other generations as well.

Regardless of our tastes, I recognize the Millennials will replace us one day, and I obviously hope the best for them. Would I rather have them fail? Certainly not, but I want to pass along what I learned in my walk through life, just as they will some day. It’s natural.

The expression “Old White Man” is a mean-spirited attempt to discredit the knowledge of our elders, and frankly, I do not believe it was invented by accident. It is intended to split the generations along political lines, and implies such people are stuck in the past and can no longer be relied on to make sound decisions in these modern times. Whenever it is mentioned, the younger people are inevitably accused of being “snowflakes” and the chasm widens between the generations.

As we should all know, with age comes wisdom based on experience, and the elders are more than willing to share it with the next generation. They may not have all of the answers, but they will share what they know and, Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks. It has always been such. However, if youth is being trained to tune out their seniors, they will have to suffer through the elder’s mistakes all over again.

Instead of dismissing the advice of their elders out of hand, I would rather see youth develop a dialog with them, thereby seeking the truth and finding viable solutions to our problems. This will never happen if the different generations refuse to listen to each other.

Keep the Faith!

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WHEN THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 27, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS & THE NEWS MEDIA

– The Liberals are frightened of conservative television.

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Earlier this month my liberal and news media friends went into a state of panic over a recent report the Sinclair Broadcast Group was pushing the owner’s conservative agenda through their many television outlets. It wasn’t bad enough the owner was a conservative, but it was alleged by CNN the Sinclair stations were now being forced to run segments in support of President Trump.

Sinclair was founded in Baltimore, Maryland (now in Hunt Valley) by Julian Sinclair Smith, who passed away in 1993. Since then, the company has been run by his family who subscribes to conservative principles. Sinclair is a force to be reckoned with as it is the largest television station operator in the country and commands the larget total coverage with 100 markets, and likely more on the way.

Although there are no Sinclair based television stations in my area, Tampa Bay, they own WKRC-TV in my old stomping grounds of Cincinnati, Ohio. WKRC is a well known station that has served the Queen City for many years. Anyone remember “Skipper” Ryle or Nick Clooney?

CNN was the first to break the story, claiming, by the end of the month, Sinclair will require all of its local news anchors to condemn “national media outlets” for “fake stories” and “using their platforms to push their own personal bias.” The Washington Post took this a step further by claiming, “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sinclair was criticized for reportedly ordering its stations to air news stories favorable to Donald Trump on a mandatory, or ‘must-run,’ basis.”

The reason the Left is concerned with Sinclair is because television news has surpassed the printed media in terms of market penetration, and local news broadcasts are more trusted than national networks. In other words, Sinclair has developed considerable political influence, and the fact they wish to promote conservative dogma scares the hell out of liberals and the news media.

When I first heard of the Left’s concern, I was frankly amused by their reaction. They would have us believe the news media is unbiased, something the public simply does not believe and explains why journalistic integrity has plummeted in recent years.

ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, et al are widely regarded as bastions of the Left, certainly not “fair and balanced.” This is why I found the liberal reaction so amusing. Let’s be clear about the press in this country, it has always had an agenda and always will. This goes back to the 18th century when newspapers were founded simply to preach the politics of one side or another. They were used to stoke the fires of the Revolution, sell the Constitution to the American public (see “Federalist Papers”), and promote the interests of north versus south prior to the Civil War.

This is why I find the Left’s revelation about Sinclair amusing. They simply realize the Right is starting to put up a fight, and they do not like it. Whereas conservatives had to endure Liberal dogma for many years on television, now it is the Left’s turn. When the Left screams “foul” claiming Sinclair should practice journalistic impartiality, all I can say is, “Don’t make me laugh!”

The only thing possibly worse for the Libs is if a conservative late night talk show would be introduced. I think their heads would spin off.

Keep the Faith!

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IS RUSSIA OUR FRIEND?

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 13, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Have they ever been?

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We’ve been hearing a lot about Russia these days, be it in congressional investigations, the Syrian war, in the Ukraine, and recent nuclear missile developments. The United States has a long history with the Russians, since its revolution about 100 years ago. In that time, our relationship could best be described as “tolerant” but certainly not friendly. This is due, in large part to opposing political ideologies. We simply do not trust each other and it is remarkable neither side has pulled the trigger to cause a major armed conflict.

During World War II Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin had a tepid relationship. America came to Russia’s aid under the Lend-Lease Act to give them vital supplies to fight Nazi Germany. Stalin repaid us by snapping up Eastern Europe at the conclusion of the war and triggering the Cold War which lasted several decades. He also consolidated his power by purging his enemies in the country, not once, not twice, but three times. By doing so, he became the model for other Communist dictators to assimilate, particularly the North Koreans.

We all remember the relationship between John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis which was the closest we came to war. Fortunately, Khrushchev blinked, but it cemented our adversarial relationship. It wasn’t until Richard Nixon introduced the spirit of “detente” to Leonid Brezhnev that tensions began to ease and an Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was signed.

By the time Ronald Reagan became President, the Soviet Union was economically weak. Reagan began to rebuild America’s military and surprised the world with the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI; aka “Star Wars”), offering new technologies to prevent ballistic missile attacks. In turn, the Soviet Union was forced to compete militarily with the United States, which they could not afford to do. Further, Mikhail Gorbachev of the USSR introduced new policies at home with “glasnost” (openness) and “perestroika” (restructuring). All of this contributed to the end of the Soviet Union as a communist entity, and the end of the Cold War.

During the Clinton years, Boris Yeltsin became the first President of the new Russian Federation. Yeltsin proposed a new constitution which became popular and was passed. More importantly, he moved Russia’s socialist economy to capitalism, and the country began to flourish economically. The Yeltsin administration though was fraught with corruption, eventually forcing the Russian president to resign.

Enter Vladimir Putin in 2000 to pick up the pieces. The former KGB foreign intelligence officer and Cold Warrior has served as Russian president for three terms and is now running for a fourth. As the Russian Constitution barred a third consecutive term, Putin took a term as the country’s Premier (Prime Minister) until the next presidential election where he was reinstated, a clever maneuver allowing him to maintain control.

In theory, the Russian Federation is a Constitutional Republic, much like the United States, with three separate branches, including Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary. However, most experts agree it is no longer such as Putin has consolidated power and is essentially a dictator, much like Stalin except without the purges.

Putin has dealt with three American Presidents, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump. Putin and Bush generally had a good relationship. During this time, Russia cooperated with America in the War on Terror following 911. The two countries have cooperated in space, most notably the International Space Station, but in 2024, the Russians will take elements of their section to build OPSEK, a new and separate space station.

During Mr. Obama’s administration, relations with Russia began to deteriorate. Several incidents occurred:

* In 2013, Russia gave asylum to Edward Snowden of the NSA who leaked classified information. This resulted in the cancellation of a Russian-American summit, the first time since 1960.

* In 2014, Russia invaded the Crimea, which led to the country being voted out of the G8.

* In 2015, Russia’s military intervened in Syria.

* In 2016, Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election.

Mr. Obama’s policies towards Russia were generally regarded as a failure and Putin took advantage of the situation with bolder activities against the United States.

And now we come to the tenure of Mr. Trump and although the two have met briefly and spoke, they have not had a chance to negotiate policy. Just three short months into the Trump administration, the President ordered a missile strike against a Syrian airfield. 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were sent in retaliation for the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack. The show of strength demonstrated the decisiveness of Mr. Trump to act, something well observed by Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia.

On March 18th, Russian voters will elect a president. Candidates include Putin as incumbent, and a handful of other token applicants. The only true candidate to oppose Mr. Putin is Alexei Navalny, who has been conveniently barred from running. In other words, there is little doubt as to the outcome of the upcoming Russian election. When his next six year term is over, he will have controlled Russia for 24 years, just six less than Stalin.

Even though the Russian Constitution claims the country is a republic, Mr. Putin’s consolidation of power leaves little doubt the country is returning to a dictatorship. His roots are planted in the KGB and Communist Party which means he resents the success of the United States and considers us his #1 competitor for world domination as we represent a free country based on capitalism, unlike the Chinese which remains Communist. Consequently, it is to Russia’s advantage to undermine America’s political system and constantly test our resolve as leaders of the free world. If America fails, Russia wins.

If we have learned anything about the Russians, it is they respect strength and will exploit any weakness we may reveal. The only time we will get into trouble is when one country treads on the other’s turf. Then we have a problem we must both address.

Although we have forged some good relations with the Russians over the years, are they really our friends and should we trust them? Hell no, but we better find a way to get along, for eveyone’s sake.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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