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MEDIA MONITORS: SPINNING THE SPIN

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 19, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Another reason why the press is not fair and balanced.

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According to recent polls, the news media has been taking a pounding in terms of losing credibility with the American public. People no longer trust the press as they see it as nothing more than a cog in an ideology machine as opposed to a trustworthy source of unbiased information. From this, the concept of “fake News” has emerged, causing people to look for news from other outlets, such as social media, which is also not necessarily the most reliable.

As if the press isn’t bad enough by itself, there are other forces at play to manipulate the public’s perception of news, namely media watchdogs on the Internet, scrutinizing both liberal and conservative voices. With the exception of MRC, these organizations are not members of the press but rather keep a close eye on news related television and radio personalities. Their intent is to note and refute the stories of the opposition. In their own unique way, they spin the spin of the news media, thereby clouding the accuracy of news even further.

Four such institutions come to mind, two pro-liberal, and two pro-conservative:

MEDIA MATTERS (Liberal)
According to its web site, “Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Launched in 2004 by political commentator David Brock, Media Matters was started with funding from sympathizers of the Democratic party, such as George Soros and MoveOn.org.

In addition to analyzing conservative stories, Media Matters helps organize boycotts of conservative news shows, such as the recent push against Sean Hannity. In their May 23, 2017 report, they describe the Fox News talk show host as “a professional propagandist for President Donald Trump, as well as a bigot, a sexist, and a conspiracy theorist.”

Although Media Matters avoids the use of the word “boycott,” there is no doubt as to their intent. They list Hannity’s advertisers, as well as those they claim will no longer advertise on his show. Whether the lists shown are accurate or not is anyone’s guess, but it is obvious they would like to see Hannity gone.

FAIR – Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (Liberal)
Started in 1984, FAIR is another 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee, with roots in academia. On its web site, FAIR also describes itself as a “national media watch group,” and openly defines themselves as a “progressive group.” FAIR appears to be more bullish in terms of protecting 1st Amendment Rights than Media Matters, claiming to be anti-censorship.

In addition to written stories, FAIR produces a weekly podcast, “Counterspin,” to discuss media topics. The broadcast is professionally prepared, but critical of President Trump and conservative causes. Donations to FAIR are tax-deductible.

MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER (MRC) (Conservative)
Launched in 1987 by political commentator L. Brent Bozell III, a nephew of the late William F. Buckley, Jr, MRC claims its sole mission is “to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media.” On its web page, the company claims to receive “no government grants or contracts nor do we have an endowment. We raise our funds each year from individuals, foundations, and corporations.”

MRC has blossomed over the years to include several arms, including: cnsnews.com, mrcNewsBusters, mrcBusiness, mrcCulture, mrcLatino, mrcTV, and mrcAction, all of which aimed at debunking liberal bias in the media.

MEDIA EQUALIZER (Conservative)
The newcomer of the media critics. Founded in 2014 by Brian Maloney and Melanie Morgan, two West Coast newscasters, Media Equalizer produces a blog and claims to be readying a new media channel over the Internet. Their forte is responding to liberal criticisms of conservative talk radio.

All of this represents a unique situation where liberals and conservatives analyze the opposition in the hopes of holding them accountable for their political reporting. Their criticism of the opposition is often used to form talking points. Aside from this, it is not uncommon for them to try and rally their readers to oppose specific news entities, either by boycott or by writing refutations of politicians and news personalities. All of this adds to the static of the news thereby making it difficult to ascertain legitimate stories and analysis and, as a result, further diminishing the public trust of the press.

Some time ago, I wrote about “The Liberal Playbook,” describing the tools on the Internet used by the Left to organize their resistance movement. The liberal media watch institutions mentioned herein are also an important part of this. It also appears the liberals are being more effective in their use of such facilities than their conservative counterparts.

Surprisingly, the general public has no idea such institutions exist, but they represent an important reason why we no longer trust the news being presented to us. If news was truly fair and balanced, such web sites would never have emerged. The fact that they do exist not only suggests a problem does indeed exist within the press, but compounds the problem further.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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THANK GOD FOR DONALD TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 7, 2017

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Standing up to the news media.

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“Thank God for Donald Trump.” There, I’ve said it. Now let me tell you why. Most newly elected presidents enjoy a short period of harmony before the press openly attacks them. Not Donald Trump. He has been under attack since well before he shocked the media by his victory in November. Between the press, the Democrats in Congress, the DC and entertainment establishments, and the anarchists in the street, an unwholesome rebellion has erupted to thwart Mr. Trump at every turn. It is is so vicious, it makes the Nixon episode seem like “Bambi.”

Now we come to learn the press is indeed anti-Trump, at least according to a new study by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy (May 18th) which analyzed the media’s coverage of Mr. Trump’s first 100 days in office. Basically, it confirms what many of us have long suspected, that the president is not getting a fair shake from the press.

The report scrutinized the coverage of such heavyweights as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, as well as three European news outlets (The UK’s Financial Times, the BBC, and Germany’s ARD). From this, some interesting facts emerged:

First, the president dominated 41% of all news coverage, representing three times the amount of coverage when compared to other presidents.

Second, for most of his presidency, the coverage of Mr. Trump was more negative than positive, thereby setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage. The one exception was during the period of the Syrian rocket attack.

Third, over 90% of the news stories from CNN, NBC and CBS were negative. Fox News came closest to parity between positive and negative stories, but 52% of their stories were also considered negative.

Bottom-line, the report paints a picture of a biased news media. Why are they so overtly negative? Perhaps they are still miffed from miscalling Mr. Trump’s victory in November. One can also speculate the news media is an organ of the Liberal agenda and is bent on taking back the Congress and the White House. Consequently, their rhetoric is intended to stir anger in the country and cause disharmony.

Most likely, this indignation is aimed more at Republicans in general as opposed to just Mr. Trump. Had another Republican won the election, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. John Kasich, or any of the remaining 15 candidates, the press would have surely turned their venom on them as well. The big difference is Mr. Trump is considered an outsider, not imbued with political protocol. Nor will he be intimidated by the press and has taken the fight to them, as opposed to sitting and taking it. Whereas other presidents tried to play nice with the press, in hopes they will be treated fairly, Mr. Trump seemed to instinctively know who his enemies were and has pushed back, much to the surprise and anger of the media.

The president’s Republican opponents during the election did not have the combative spirit of Mr. Trump. Now that we know how vicious the press can be, we should consider how others would handled the scrutiny of the savage press, such as Sen. Rubio, Gov. Walker, Gov. Jeb Bush, et al? Most likely, they would have found themselves playing defense. Even Carly Fiorina, the press would have overlooked her as being the first female president and would have attacked her unmercifully.

Poll after poll shows the credibility of the press continues to diminish with the American public, yet they staunchly defend their one-sided approach to covering the president.

Only Donald Trump had the temerity to face the news media and take them to task. Whereas others would have tried to play nice with the press, they would still be vilified. Fortunately, Mr. Trump seems to know their intention and shows no sign of backing down from them. Some might say, “How can he stand such abuse? Why doesn’t he just throw it in and retire to an island somewhere?” That is most definitely not Mr. Trump’s style as he doesn’t run from a fight, which is why I say…

Thank God for Donald Trump.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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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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STOP THE PRESS!

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 5, 2017

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– Time to get tough with the news media.

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In the past, the expression “Stop the Press” meant to halt production in order to include a pressing news story in a newspaper, now it is becoming a war cry to take the news media to task for “fake news.”

When Donald Trump assumed the office of the President, there was no honeymoon as was afforded his predecessors. Instead, he has been constantly under attack by the liberal Left on the streets, Congressional Democrats, inside gremlin leakers, the entertainment media, and the press. In their minds, he can do nothing right and, as such, they are on a mission: take him down at all costs. By using stalling and smearing tactics, they hope to make him impotent. Ideally, they would love to impeach him thereby killing two birds with one stone, both Mr. Trump and the Republicans.

The animosity is so great, if the President’s life was somehow taken, God forbid, I suspect the left would celebrate as opposed to shedding a single tear.

The greatest threat to American national security is not the climate, terrorist groups, or a foreign government such as North Korea. It is the American press who has turned from the watch dog of government to attack dog. Every day, a new story is introduced, be it large or small, designed to be derogatory against the president, most of which is fallacious. Their objective is simple: create a feeding frenzy to tie up the White House by spreading falsehoods and calling for a continuous line of investigations. By doing so, they hope to put the president on the defensive and deter his agenda. Anybody who believes the press is fair and impartial is taking it in the arm. Journalistic integrity is a myth, it’s about the Democrats retaking the government.

The rhetoric is so vicious by the liberal press that drastic measures are likely in the offing. The media was shocked when President Trump recently suggested curbing White House press briefings and distribute news through written press announcements only. As for me, I wondered why it took him so long to come to this conclusion as this is something I recommended last year. After all, the press is not honest with the White House and often misinterprets the news secretary. So why bend over backwards for the press if their mission is to destroy the president?

The reality is, America is a country embroiled in a civil war of ideologies. The hate and animosity in this country is perhaps at its highest since before the 1860s. Think about it. Our values on the two sides are incompatible, our work ethic is different, and our sense of socioeconomics are at polar opposites. Whereas America used to fear the Red Menace of Socialism, the left now openly embraces it.

Former Presidents Reagan and the Bushs were somewhat prepared for the news bias as they were established politicians, but Mr. Trump is an outsider who was elected to “drain the swamp,” which includes the news media. As such, the press feels emboldened to take him down. In response, the president does not feel compelled to play by their rules and is willing to strike back, something the press is unaccustomed to and angers them.

Whenever I discuss politics with friends, and they begin to spout rehearsed talking points, I first ask them, “Where did you get this from?” which inevitably leads me back to the liberal press. I inevitably admonish them, “Don’t believe everything you read.”

As a news junkie, someone who used to read newspapers cover-to-cover, I consider this all rather sad as I no longer trust the press, nor does America in general according to polls. The reality is the news media has become an organ of the left, with no sense of moderation. Whether it is the elimination of the press briefings or some other tonic, the press has to be confronted as it is obviously running amok under the ruse of journalistic honesty and integrity.

The news media will likely keep attacking the president through the mid-term elections next year. If their criticisms backfire, and the Republicans gain ground in Congress, the left will have to go back to the drawing board. It seems to me they would have more luck articulating their policies and positions on such things as the economy, foreign affairs, national security, etc. than just being the harbinger of doom and gloom. Then again, maybe they have nothing new to offer the American public.

The important point to remember here is, “Stop the Press!”

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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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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IF YOU CANNOT BEAT THEM, INSULT THEM

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 31, 2017

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– Has liberal humor gone too far?

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When it comes to humor in America, the age of subtlety disappeared a long time ago. Now, it’s a matter of “in your face” comedy whereby innuendo has been replaced by shock. Desperate for laughs, comedians rely on bawdy vulgarities to entertain their audiences. This is particularly true today in political humor where people like CBS’s Stephen Colbert and HBO’s Bill Maher recently used vulgar sexual humor in reference to President Donald Trump.

The question becomes, have we gone too far? Are such jokes designed to really be entertaining or just plain vicious? I understand the concept of free speech, but I also understand what is in bad taste.

Years ago, comedian Soupy Sales was thrown off the air for kiddingly asking his young viewers to take the change off of their parent’s dressers and mail it to the station for the crew’s holiday vacation. The FCC and his station wasted little time suspending him. A vulgarity like what is commonly heard on television today would have ended an entertainer’s career back then. Not anymore.

The crude and vulgar humor of liberal comedians on television is the new norm, and the FCC is slow to reprimand such bad taste. They now say things about Mr. Trump nobody would dare say about Barack Obama without fear of retribution. Plain and simply, it is classless, devoid of good taste, and insolent. Even worse, it is not funny and represents a deterioration of our culture. Despicable behavior endears you to nobody other than your friends who think the same as you.

More importantly, it is not going unnoticed by independent voters who handed Mr. Trump the election last November. The Democrats are no longer a national party. Because of its liberal slant, it only appeals to bedrock liberals in New England, Miami, Chicago, western California, and Seattle. The Midwest, South, the northern industrial states, and the West are not amused by the liberal antics, and are more interested in seeing the country prosper economically and peacefully.

The obnoxious behavior of the liberal comedians stoke the flames of controversy and encourages others, such as protesters and anarchists, to take action. The result, we are no longer tolerant of the rights of others. Hence, liberal college students are emboldened to shout-down opposing opinions, or fire-bomb a building. Colbert and Maher may have hit a cord with their Democratic viewers but they are also encouraging them to be more antagonistic. It is this mindset which is going to ultimately cost the Democrats next year’s mid-term elections. Obnoxious zealots are less likely to win political jobs than people who appear to be cool under pressure.

This is going to be a hard lesson for Democrats to learn. Until such time as the liberals can temper their fanaticism and appeal to the masses, not just the coasts, they will continue their death spiral. Then we will see who is laughing.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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WISCONSIN’S “CAMPUS FREE SPEECH ACT”

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 29, 2017

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– Get ready for another showdown.

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Since childhood, many of us have been taught the concept of freedom of expression as contained in the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Congress may not be able to make such law, but the Left is using political correctness as leverage to prohibit the expression of anything other than Progressive dogma. Chastising and berating conservative speakers on college campuses has become commonplace. There is also a tendency for liberal professors to preach their ideology from the classroom podium, regardless of the subject they are charged to teach.

Historically, universities have been neutral grounds to discuss just about any subject, but not so recently where conservative speakers are often shouted down and threatened by liberal agitators. Such censorship was simply unimaginable not long ago. A lot of this is based on the liberal inclination of the universities themselves which are overwhelmingly run by Democrats. A recent study published in the “Econ Journal Watch” (Sep 2016) reported on the number of Democrats and Republicans of faculties of the top 40-rated universities in the country. According to the study, Democrats enjoy a 11.5:1 ratio (115%) over Republicans. The study also revealed that 66 of 170 departments surveyed had no Republican faculty members whatsoever (39%). Consequently, the inclination of liberal doctrine on campus isn’t much of a surprise.

In response to the hostilities of the Left, Wisconsin Republicans have introduced the “Campus Free Speech Act” which is aimed at imposing disciplinary penalties on those thwarting free speech on campus, primarily shout-downs. It also requires that entering Freshmen are made aware of their free speech rights and the sanctions for violating them. One area it overlooks unfortunately, is professors editorializing in the classroom. Under the Wisconsin plan, professors and students can carry on a political dialog during class time, even if it wasn’t included in the course syllabus.

Opponents to the legislation claim any speech deemed offensive or hateful should be barred. This, of course, requires an interpretation of what is offensive or hateful.

In making his argument for the bill, Representative Jesse Kremer, one of the authors, quoted a 1949 Supreme Court decision regarding free speech:

“The function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger.”

This is precisely how the concept of free speech was taught to me, even in grade school. However, this is not how the radical Left wants it, particularly in Wisconsin, a state well known for union and agitator organizers who tried unsuccessfully to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker. Instead, they want to suppress any talk not in line with their agenda.

Knowing of our first amendment right, it is difficult to believe such legislation is needed in this day and age, but because the radical left is bent on opposing any viewpoint other than their own, it was inevitable.

Keep your eye on Wisconsin. Look for the Left to bitterly fight passage of this bill. However, if it successfully passes, look for the same bill to appear on the docket in many more states. If it passes, the Left will likely test it in the courts, claiming it somehow violates the 1st Amendment. They would much rather use political correctness to shape public opinion than to be restrained by some regulation.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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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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TRUMP’S “BIG AGENDA” (Book Review)

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 22, 2017

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– Trump was vilified like no other presidential candidate in history, yet he still defeated the Democrats.

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David Horowitz’ new book, “BIG AGENDA – President Trump’s Plan to Save America,” has been receiving good reviews and is a bestseller on the New York Times list. In it, he outlines President Trump’s plans to take back the country and reverse the Progressive agenda as put forth by President Obama, the Clintons, Senator Bernie Sanders, et al. From the outset, Horowitz makes it clear the country is at war with itself, something many of us have long known, but others should study, particularly Republicans.

The author begins by discussing the tactics of the Left, which is ultimately based on the work of Saul Alinsky, the famed community organizer and mentor to Obama, Clinton, and many others. Alinsky’s approach is less about frontal warfare and more designed to undermine the status quo by capturing the minds of the masses. The Progressives genuinely believe they are on a noble mission on the same scale as a religious movement, hence their zealous ferver. They believe they know what is best for America and will not be deterred. Consequently, no lie or wrongdoing is too great as long as the end justifies the means.

The Left portrays Republicans as unfit to lead the country. This comes from the Alinsky playbook whereby the best way to undermine your opposition is to vilify them. Calling people “racist” or any other deplorable moniker is an an attempt to make them social outcasts and enemies of the state. In reality, Progressives are the real party of hate as they try to prohibit free thinking and free speech using bullying tactics.

Democrats do not accept the Constitution as it is viewed as an impediment to their agenda of social change. For example, they do not want a Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution, but implement social justice instead. This was obvious during the presidential debates and recent Judge Gorsuch confirmation hearings. Their Achilles’ heel is their sense of morality; e.g., they do not believe in the rule of law as it pertains to illegal immigrants.

The Left is aided by the media and academia which is overwhelmingly Democrat and influencing the masses, particularly our youth. Congressional Democrats have implemented a stalling tactic in hopes the country will elect a new Congress controlled by the Democrats, and anarchists funded by Democratic causes stay in the media’s eye to protest anything violating their agenda. Such chaos could very well backfire on them come time for next year’s mid-term elections as independent voters grow weary of the Left’s whining.

With all this in mind, Horowitz makes an important point: Donald Trump was vilified like no other presidential candidate in history, yet he still defeated the Democrats. This shocked the Republicans as much as it did the Democrats. For example, Mr. Trump was the first nominee who had the audacity to stand up to Hillary Clinton, a woman no less, and called her a liar and crook during the debates. Republicans let out a gasp of disbelief, as this had never been done before, even by Mitt Romney who had the chance to call out Barack Obama during the 2012 debates, but failed to do so. Trump’s outspokenness resonated with Americans who were tired of “business as usual” in Washington. It also provided an important lesson; the Democrats must be put on the defensive. The Republicans need to learn how to be tough, a strong lesson Trump gave to a bewildered set of GOP Presidential candidates. He taught us it is time to be strong and fight back.

Towards the end of his book, Horowitz finally gets around to describing his vision of Trump’s battle plan, particularly in the first 100 days of his administration. Interestingly, most of the items listed have been addressed by the President. There are some points that were not implemented but will likely be considered shortly, such as relocating America’s Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Infrastructure spending, and attacking the past indiscretions of the IRS, but there is still considerable time remaining to do so.

Horowitz also stresses the importance of offering a new deal to Black America in the inner cities, who have suffered for decades under the rule of the Democrats. If Trump can improve education, clean up crime, and create jobs for the inner cities, this will be welcomed by Black Americans, an important voting block for the Democrats. This is why the mayors of Democrat-controlled cities are fighting Trump over such things as Sanctuary Cities and school voucher programs.

As I said, Horowitz’ book will be an epiphany for those who haven’t been paying attention to the political landscape over the last ten years, but it is common sense for the rest of us. All Republicans should read it for the battle-cry it represents. High school and college students should also study it to understand both sides of the two political ideologues. Yes, this is war, yet some Republicans naively believe it is nothing more than simple politics. As Horowitz points out, we have gone well beyond simple politics, this is a fight for the fundamental character of America, our morality, our sense of right and wrong. A war where one side embraces the morality and governing principles of our founding fathers, and another determined to set us on a different path. One side believing in capitalism, another in the redistribution of wealth a la socialism. One aimed at improving the gross domestic product, and the other nothing more than a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The book spells out a “take no prisoner” approach to fighting the Left and saving the country. Basically, Horowitz is admonishing Republicans to reverse the tables and do unto Democrats what they have been doing all along to the GOP.

“BIG AGENDA – President Trump’s Plan to Save America” – David HorowitzHumanix Books
http://www.humanixbooks.com/bigagenda.html
ISBN 978-1-63006-087-9 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-63006-088-6 (E-book).
188 pages

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT; HERE WE GO AGAIN

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 10, 2017

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– It looks like history is going to repeat itself.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in late March, prior to withdrawing the legislation. The point remains valid.

I have some grave reservations about the pending American Health Care Act, not because of political or health care reasons, but for management. Eight years ago I wrote about the outrage I had in how Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act was concocted behind closed doors and written by lawyers. Any company embarking on such a huge undertaking would have first developed a Feasibility Study in order to make a proper business decision. This would have included a Project Scope specifying the limitations of the project, a Current Systems Analysis describing the strengths and weaknesses of the current system, Requirements to define the specifications for the new product, a System Approach to satisfy the requirements (with consideration given to proposed alternatives), a System Evaluation to enumerate the costs, schedule and financing of the System Approach, and finally a Review with participants signing off on the project.

This did not happen back in 2009 and it is not happening in 2017. Despite their best intentions, the Republicans are approaching this in the same manner as the Democrats. Today’s American Health Care Act may be much smaller (123 pages) than what Mr. Obama offered, but it is still written with legal blather. Click to download a PDF version of the document.

I would have liked to have seen a Feasibility Study built in a Congressional Committee with input from both parties, not just one. A frank and open discussion would be one way to de-politicize the bill and build consensus, something we haven’t seen in our nation’s capitol for quite some time. Wouldn’t it be interesting to read an accurate description of the strengths and weaknesses of the current system? In addition, I would have also liked to have seen someone think beyond mere insurance and consider such things as Tort Reform and the nightmare medical systems now in place, but such is not the case.

As I wrote in 2009, “If our Congress went through the motions of building a true Feasibility Study, it would promote cooperation through effective communications, thereby eliminating partisan sniping; it would produce a proper solution for the right set of problems, and; it would go a long way to improving the trust in the government by the American people, simply by assuring them that the “T’s” were crossed and the “I’s” were dotted (that it has been thoroughly thought through).”

Politicians will read this and claim it’s nice, but “We don’t have time to do it right.” Translation: “We have plenty of time to do it wrong.” This is the same excuse I commonly hear from programmers who practice “Fire, Aim, Ready,” as opposed to “Ready, Aim, Fire.”

Consider this, had we performed a proper Feasibility Study back in 2009, we wouldn’t have this discussion now and we would have implemented a system we all are proud of, not a partisan pile of legal gibberish. Regrettably, it appears history is going to repeat itself.

Related article: WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HATE OBAMACARE

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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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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OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 5, 2017

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– In just two months, we have gone well beyond just a war of words.

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Photo: Occupy OaklandPresident Trump has been in office for just two months and in that short time the activities in our nation’s capitol and around the country already reads like a Tolstoy novel. He began with an ambitious agenda, signing many executive orders that took the country by storm and alarmed the Washington establishment. In an attempt to slow him down and express their disdain, the Democrats boycotted the inauguration, moved slowly to confirm his cabinet nominees, and accused him of wrong-doing. They resisted just about everything in his recent address to the joint session of Congress. Democratic women flashed “thumbs down” signs and the rest basically sat on their hands to prohibit applause. In contrast, 70-80% of the country saw his speech as positive.

A “resistance” movement has emerged with organized demonstrations in the streets, Congressional Town Hall meetings that are loud and angry, and there have been some physical skirmishes between anti-Trump demonstrators and supporters of the president. There is also an open war between Mr. Trump and the main street media who fails to report anything positive regarding the president. Suddenly there are calls for investigations of alleged Russian relationships, wire taps by the Obama administration, leaks to the press, calls for resignation of Mr. Trump’s cabinet appointments, even calls for impeachment of the president.

All of this is designed to discredit the president and sidetrack him, thereby rendering him impotent as commander-in-chief.

True, Mr. Trump is fighting the ideological differences of the Democrats, but he is ultimately fighting the Washington establishment which views him as a threat to the lucrative relationship they have in the capitol. This includes Democrats, the press, bureaucrats, and lobbyists. There are even doubters in his own party who would like to see him disappear. All of this reflects the corruption of Washington, DC.

Other indicators of our divisiveness can be found in the economic boycotts of companies and institutions supporting one political side or another. There is also the problem of repressing free speech on college campuses by the left, and their embracing of political correctness.

The push back to Mr. Trump goes well beyond gridlock, bordering on insurrection. In order for him to survive, the president has to persevere and not allow himself to be distracted. Yes, he must call out his detractors and reveal their intentions, but he cannot afford to be sidetracked by them. This would be playing into their hands. Instead, he has to simply persevere. If he can correct immigration, health care, our tax structure, and pass a viable budget this year, he will not only have kept his campaign promises, but he will have gone a long way to make the country stronger, while taking the Washington establishment down a peg. In the process, he will break the liberal elements of the Democratic party and put it into a tailspin going into the mid-term elections next year.

The Democrats are acutely aware of this, which is why they are fighting the president so vehemently. If the president loses, the left wins, our country will stagnate, and Mr. Trump will be a one term president.

Yes, the country is at war. Maybe not a war of deadly force, at least not yet, but the determination by both sides is something to recognize. Such histrionics may be interesting to watch, but there are substantial risks at stake for the country. Do not kid yourself, it is no longer business as usual in Washington, this is a life or death struggle for the direction of the country.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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HOW LIBERALS CONTROL THE MEDIA

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 22, 2017

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– Lesson #1: If you don’t play ball, you don’t get the ink.

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The press is howling over President Trump’s recent attacks on their professionalism and credibility, even going so far as contending he represents a genuine threat to the first amendment, specifically the freedom of the press. Remarkably, many people perceive this threat as legitimate. It is not. Thanks to our Constitution, there is no way he can do so, but there is nothing in there about how he treats the press, or they towards him.

Way before he was elected, Mr. Trump has been under attack by the news media, claiming he was a pompous clown who didn’t have a chance in hell of being elected. During the campaign, the press gave the distinct impression they were protecting Mrs. Clinton and trying to smear Mr. Trump. So, even a blind man should realize, there is no love lost between the President and the press.

The question becomes what to do about it. Since Richard Nixon’s term of office, there hasn’t been an amicable relationship between Republican presidents and the press. This includes Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. They were often portrayed as incompetent buffoons and the slightest indiscretion was blown out of proportion. This is not to suggest they were all saints, but by comparison, Democrats did not experience the same scrutiny or ridicule.

Unlike most Republican presidents, who sat there and took the abuse from the press, Mr. Trump is taking a different tact and is willing to stand up to them. He is cognizant of the fact the credibility of the press is at an all-time low, and that the public simply doesn’t trust it. Such low esteem is reflected in diminishing circulation of newspapers and lower TV news viewership.

Mr. Trump’s genius resides in his ability to manipulate the press, something he has cultivated for years as a businessman and entertainer. Although the news media will not admit it, Mr. Trump put millions of dollars in their tills. The presidential debates set new ratings for viewership and circulation. Whether you loved him or hated him, the public watched closely, simply because he was provocative and avant garde. He endeared himself to the voters by saying what had been on their minds for a long time, thereby awakening the silent majority. Simply genius.

Now that we’re past the election, and as the media was embarrassed by Mr. Trump, they have stepped up their attacks, desperately looking for any chink in his armor. For example, I cannot remember the last time I read or heard anything favorable about Mr. Trump from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and others. Not surprising, Mr. Trump knew this was coming and instead of cow-towing to the press, he defiantly stood his ground and turned the tables on the media, to which they claimed “foul!”

I believe there is little doubt the media is biased against Mr. Trump. Having accompanied the press at Mr. Trump’s campaign rallies, I saw this first hand. Beyond this, there is also the problem of having any pro-Trump articles printed by the press. Over the years I have submitted a multitude of articles to different news outlets. One thing I learned from this, if it does not suit their political agenda, it will not get any ink (produced or promoted). And if you don’t get the ink, your career as a journalist will go nowhere.

If the media is owned and operated by the left, anything other than liberal dogma is censored, be it a major article or a simple letter to the editor. It is not uncommon for conservative articles to be ignored or buried by the main street media. Publishers will deny it, but this is a common occurrence. If you don’t play ball, you simply do not get posted or properly publicized. Such censorship has not gone unnoticed by the general public, which helps to explain why circulation is dropping.

I have an illustrator friend who has noted the same attitude by the news media. His work has attracted national attention over the years and has appeared on the cover of just about every major news and sports magazine in the United States. Early in his career, he was contracted to draw a picture of the current Vice President, Dan Quayle, for a major publication. Nearing completion, he was asked by the magazine, “We want you to make him look a little dumber,” and he complied. Then, as the Clinton administration entered office, he was asked to draw a picture of Vice President Al Gore by the same magazine. Using the same style he used for Mr. Quayle, he submitted his picture of Gore, whereby he was quickly reprimanded, “What? You’ve really gone too far this time! Make him look smarter.”

So, Yes, there is a double standard in the news media and frankly, nobody should be surprised by this. Newspapers in this country were founded on political agendas, going as far back as the 1700’s.

This is why I am an advocate of the Constitution First Amendment Press Association’s (CFAPA) Constitutional Journalist’s Pledge which seeks to improve ethics in the field of journalism.

Until such time as the press corps cleans up its ethical standards and truly promotes freedom of speech, look for them to remain at war with the President. This may sell newspapers but is unhealthy for the country overall. One thing is for sure, their days of controlling the president are over, and this is what angers them most of all.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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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 LIBERAL PLAYBOOK

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 20, 2017

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– The left is getting its grassroots organized; here is how.

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Following their loss in the 2016 elections, liberals went into a state of shock, followed by a deep sense of outrage and hate, which has caused them to renew their sense of campaigning to take back the government from the Republicans. To do so, they are getting organized and following the community organizing model as touted by Saul Alinsky years ago. This is the same techniques former President Obama used to get elected.

Now, with a sense of urgency behind them, they are using the power of the Internet and social media to quickly transmit their message, solicit volunteers, and train new recruits. Aside from their Twitter and Facebook accounts, four web sites bear watching:

MOVEON.ORG

Founded in 1998, MoveOn.org is perhaps the best known liberal advocacy group and political action committee in this country, claiming a membership in excess of seven million people. Yes, this is the same group financier George Soros has been giving generous donations to over the years.

Their web site is primarily used to solicit donations and create awareness about liberal causes. To this end, they provide a feature to create on-line petitions. As of the date when I wrote this column, their petitions included:

* Investigate Donald Trump
* Don’t let Trump cut PBS Kids
* Tell Congress: Stop Bannon’s national security takeover
* Require Trump to prove he has no Dakota Access Pipeline conflicts of interest
* Require President Trump to provide the audit trail of papers proving he is no longer involved in any way, shape, or form with the Dakota Access Pipeline.
* Tell the White House Press Corps: Stand up to Trump’s blacklist
* If Trump blacklists or bans one journalist, the entire White House Press Corps must stand up and fight back.
* Tell U.S. mayors: Protect undocumented immigrants – Declare your city a sanctuary of safety!

These petitions are monitored by the press to determine newsworthy stories and to encourage members to action. More importantly, it is used to collect names and e-mail addresses, presumably to send out solicitations for liberal causes. It may also be a slick way to sell e-mailing lists to companies thereby supplementing their income.

RESISTANCE CALENDAR

This is a new web site started by liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, the purpose of which is to track all anti-Trump demonstrations and meetings. It’s nothing more than a simple calendar, but it is a convenient way for people to monitor “resistance” activities in their area, thereby encouraging participation. The volume of postings is growing rapidly, but there is a search feature to quickly find events in a specific geographic area.

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION (OFA)

Like MoveOn.org, OFA is another nonprofit 501(c)4 organization aimed at promoting community organizing as supported by former President Barack Obama. The group is headquartered in Chicago and is closely aligned with the Democratic Party. It claims to have more than 250 local chapters around the country.

More than anything, this web site is geared towards educating liberals in techniques pertaining to community organizing and soliciting members.

Their six step program includes:

1. WATCH – videos on liberal causes, including some by Mr. Obama.

2. WRITE A LETTER – either to a newspaper or politician. This includes tips for writing such letters, and even a template to do so.

3. ATTEND AN EVENT – or plan one. This also has a feature to locate meetings and demonstrations in your area.

4. BUILD SUPPORT – includes slick tips for spotting potential members and soliciting their support.

5. CONNECT WITH OTHERS – through the Internet and social media.

6. GET TRAINED – includes available training programs, internships, even a manual containing tips and techniques. The Community Organizing Institute (OSI) is also available for training purposes.

INDIVISIBLE GUIDE

Started this past December, InvisibleGuide is another 501c(4) nonprofit. According to its web site, it is “A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda. Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.” Their guide can be read on-line or downloaded in PDF or MS Word DOCX formats. An audio version is also available either for download or to be streamed live. The Indivisible Guide provides guidance in how to influence Members of Congress, particularly when they hold a town hall meetings (and disrupt them).

All of this is aimed at manufacturing protests and creating photo opportunities for the media, thereby creating the illusion the country, as a whole, is unhappy with President Trump.

The point is, considerable thought has been invested in these programs. They are well organized and quite effective. The Republicans should be so organized. Remarkably, they are not.

Also published in The Huffington Post.

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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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