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“NOW, WHERE WERE WE?”

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 2, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– In the midst of primary season.

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In case you have forgotten, we are still embroiled in a national election, and the Democrats have yet to officially select their candidate to run against President Trump. Three more primaries are in the offing with Alaska and Hawaii on April 4th, and Wisconsin on April 7th. Due to the coronavirus, in-person voting has been cancelled in Alaska, and mail-in voting has been extended until April 10th. As of this writing, Hawaii and Wisconsin will proceed as planned. Following this, several more primaries are planned throughout April, May and June, with the Democrat convention scheduled for July 13-16, in Milwaukee.

It appears Sen. Bernie Sanders has lost the nomination to former VP Joe Biden thanks to Democrat traditionalists who helped push other nominees off the stage, and to the coronavirus which threw Sanders off the front page and TV screens. It is possible he may elect to take his supporters and form a third party, but this depends on how he performs in the remaining primaries. April 28th will be a key date as this represents a big primary day in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. If he fails to pass the muster, he is out, but if he does well, he may very well pick up his marbles and go elsewhere.

As an aside, the coronavirus may have an impact on the Democrat primaries as it may discourage people from voting, leaving only ardent supporters to cast their vote. Under this scenario, Bernie still has a shot at it.

In all likelihood, former VP Biden will get the nod as the candidate, but two things bother me about him; first, he is a liberal and not a moderate as the media is trying to portray him. Aside from abortion, Mr. Biden has a liberal background, particularly when it comes to gun ownership, health care, immigration, the Green New Deal, and civil rights.

Second, if elected president, Mr. Biden will be the oldest president in our history, inaugurated at age 78. During this campaign, there have been numerous awkward moments where Mr. Biden has sparred with voters, causing people to wonder about his mental acuity, and questioning if perhaps this is the onset of dementia. He is now being watched carefully by his handlers to avoid any more flubs or offensive remarks.

As to how the former VP would do against President Trump in a debate, he may have many years of government service, but he doesn’t have the business acumen the president possesses. It is likely he will not score well in a debate regarding the economy, a key issue for victory in November. The concern of the Democrats is that Mr. Biden will come out of the debates looking tired and confused.

We now return you to your regular programming of coronavirus panic.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also, I have a NEW book, “Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works”, What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. DON’T FORGET GRADUATION DAY. This is the perfect gift!

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

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WHAT WE CAN EXPECT AFTER THE CORONAVIRUS

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 26, 2020

BRYCE ON THE VIRUS

– Coming attractions.

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By the time the coronavirus (COVID-19) has run its course, what can we expect from the fall-out? Hopefully, we will learn from this episode and make changes to address future epidemics, and believe me, this will not be the end of it as the media has discovered such disasters are bigger business than mere politics. What can we expect though from this episode and what awaits us in the months ahead?

First, this will be on everyone’s mind as we head to the voting booths in November. As of now, President Trump has been getting favorable poll ratings for his handling of the problem, so this shouldn’t effect him in a negative way. However, the key will be to see how the economy bounces back. It will undoubtedly take a dip in the Spring, but when the panic is over and life begins to return to normal, will another bull market emerge? If not, this could present a serious problem for the Republicans. As of now, the American public doesn’t blame President Trump for the declining stock markets, but when this is over, they will want to see it come roaring back.

Now that stocks are down, shrewd investors will be picking up some bargain stocks and making a killing. Transportations may be slow to rebound, but others should come back faster, such as electronics and food related companies. One of the biggest surprises during the panic was our attachment to paper products. Who would have thought toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues would be so much in demand? Companies such as Scott Paper, Kimberly-Clark, and Procter & Gamble should be sitting pretty following the panic.

Likewise, pharmacies have taken a noticeable upturn and will continue to grow.

Supply chains will need to be re-evaluated and improved in order to prevent another product shortage in the future. Freight truck sales are booming and will continue to do so to help in this regard. Freight trains should also do well.

People have learned the need for maintaining emergency supplies on hand. Look for increased sales in refrigerators and freezers to accommodate this. Shelving, storage and security items should also do well.

The service industry should prosper substantially; “Sit down” restaurants will eventually recover but there will be an explosion in “To Go” ordering, something people have become used to during the panic and has altered our eating habits. Look for a revolution in home delivery. Walmart, Amazon, and the major Supermarkets have been moving in this direction for a long time, but the panic clearly demonstrated its viability.

The tobacco industry will take a hit as we were once again reminded of the ill-effects of tobacco. Not surprising, liquor sales held strong as people got together in impromptu groups and enjoyed libations to pass the time of day.

As much as we hate the politically correct expression, “Social Distancing,” it will become a part of life from now on as it has become a habit. There will be fewer handshakes and hugs, people will keep their distance, and there will still be fewer group activities, including nonprofits and church meetings. Also watch for surgical masks to become more commonplace, as well as the re-introduction of gloves at group events.

Perhaps the most noticeable coming attraction will be a baby boom in December. As people went into hibernation during the panic, as requested by government, they had to find ways to entertain themselves. Hence, we are on the verge of a major baby boom, the likes of which will make the old New York blackouts seem pale by comparison. Inevitably, even more paper products will be needed to accommodate the influx of infants.

Should there be another virus like this, it is hoped we will be better prepared. Personally, I would like to see someone take the news media to task, but this will likely never happen. And I certainly hope a panic such as this never happens again during an election year. This was too much of a coincidence for my liking.

By the way, Rod Serling couldn’t have written a better script than what the coronavirus politicians and media did.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also, I have a NEW book, “Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works”, What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. DON’T FORGET GRADUATION DAY. This is the perfect gift!

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

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SUPER TUESDAY DEFINES THE DEMOCRAT PARTY

Posted by Tim Bryce on March 4, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What have we learned?

By now, most of us know the results of the Super Tuesday voting. Former VP Joe Biden, made a come from behind charge, and Sen. Bernie Sanders did well out West and in his home state of Vermont. I found the results illuminating, particularly how it defines the interests of the Democrats.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column on which direction the Democrats were heading. At the time, the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary were behind us and the results showed a 60%-40% split in the party (Traditionalists vs. Far-Left). As I mentioned then, we would have a clearer picture of the character of the party following Super Tuesday (yesterday) and, Yes, it has indeed come more into focus.

I have been doing some number crunching today and found on Super Tuesday, over 10.7 million Democrats voted. When you combine the total votes cast for Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, representing the Far-Left interests of the party, you come up with 48.1%, leaving 51.9% for Traditionalist candidates such as former VP Joe Biden, Mayors Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg (both of whom have bowed out of the race), et al. This is substantially different than the 60/40 split I originally mentioned. Frankly, the party is now split down the middle.

Considerable pressure will be placed on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to exit the race as she has failed to win anything substantial, and consider this; if Sen. Warren had been out of the race, Sen. Sanders would have likely beaten VP Biden in Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Texas (not so in Traditionalist states such as Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia). To combat this, look for a cash infusion into Sen. Warren’s campaign from Traditionalist supporters who want to keep her in the race in order to derail Sen. Sanders campaign.

The most important point to make here is that the personality of the party has split from 60/40 to a near 50/50 split. If the Traditionalist Democrats wrestle the nomination from Sen. Sanders, watch for him to exit the party with his constituents and create a new third party, e.g., “The Democrat Socialists.” It is also conceivable his group would take over an existing party, such as the Green Party, or Socialist Party USA. Either way, the split would be the death knell of the Democrats, at least for the 2020 election.

Keep the Faith!

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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE SILENT MAJORITY?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 25, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– And why are they remaining quiet?

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READER: “Tim, why do people ‘privatize’ their political thoughts?” (C.P. of Tarpon Springs, FL)

Back in 1969, President Richard Nixon coined the expression “Silent Majority” when referring to normal citizens who were patriotic and God-fearing, yet silent in their political beliefs. Keep in mind, this was the end of the 1960’s, a turbulent decade which bore witness to civil rights demonstrations, Viet Nam War protests, urban riots, political assassinations, hippies, yippies, and political activism. It was a time denoted by the rise of the Baby Boomers; a time when our culture was changing (e.g., music, movies, fashion, vernacular, etc.), a drug culture emerged, and our morality began to change. The “Silent Majority” could not relate to such changes, and preferred a more stable way of life. It was this group who elected Richard Nixon over former VP Hubert Humphrey in 1968, and over Sen. George McGovern in 1972. It will also be this group who will carry President Trump over the winner’s line in November.

Ultimately, the Silent Majority represents the status quo, something young people naturally resist and try to overcome. We saw this in the 1960’s, and we are seeing it again in the present decade. In both instances, the press covered the changes to our culture and even cultivated it.

Getting back to the reader’s question though, why is the majority silent? Have they been intimidated and now afraid to speak up? Frankly, No. As evidence, consider the massive Trump rallies. No matter where President Trump goes, it is always a Standing Room Only (SRO) affair, and the silent majority voices their support. Such events represent more of a pep rally as opposed to a traditional political speech. By doing so, President Trump energizes his political base.

Aside from the rallies, most Americans just want to get on with their lives, which is why they are reluctant to wave flags, march in protests, or write editorials or simple letters to the editor.

So, why do people “privatize” their political thoughts? Simple:

1. Many people were not born with the gift of gab or know how to articulate their thoughts in print. It is not something they were gifted with in their school years, and explains why they are reluctant to do so today.

2. Some people are more timid than others. They are either too bashful or too courteous to say something derogatory about anyone or anything. They have either been trained to avoid the limelight or it is simply not in their DNA to complain.

3. The biggest reason though is people are consumed by their work and family. Both require considerable time and effort to master. This affords them little time to voice their political displeasure. They simply want time to relax and rest. To such people, they would rather be fishing, playing golf, or some other entertainment vehicle as opposed to butting heads with others over politics. Nevertheless, these are the people who quietly pay their taxes, come to the defense of the country, and vote.

If we had a responsible news media who would fairly represent both sides of the political drama, it wouldn’t be necessary for people to voice their opinion as they could formulate it on their own. However, because of the irresponsibility of the news media, it is important for the silent majority to voice their concern if, for no other reason, than to seek the truth.

My children have grown into adulthood and are finding their place in society. I have told them the day will come when they will have to take a stand on politics. Currently, they are more concerned with work and their jobs, as I was at their age. However, I noticed as I got older, some members from my school years began to voice liberal dogma and, as such, I felt obliged to take them to task. At some point, my children, as members of the Silent Majority, will have to do likewise.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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

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ARE WE BETTER OFF UNDER TRUMPONOMICS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 20, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– A new Gallup Poll says “Yes.”

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A new Gallup Poll should be sounding warning bells to the Democrats, “More in U.S. Say They Are Better Off Than in Past Elections” (Feb 12, 2020). In it, the poll reveals 61% of Americans today believe they are better off than they were just three years ago, meaning under the Trump administration. This is significantly better than the mid-term reports of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush, which averaged a mere 48.75%.

The Gallup Poll assumes the country specifically feels more positive about the state of the economy. This is supported by another recent poll by ABC News/Washington Post (Jan 27, 2020) which stated:

“Key to Trump’s opportunity is a rise in economic confidence. One year before he took office, 63 percent of Americans said they were worried about maintaining their standard of living. Today, 43 percent say so, a broad 20-point drop in personal economic uncertainty… as reported Friday, 56 percent approve of his handling of the economy, up 10 points since early September to a career high.”

The Gallup Poll supports this notion of economic confidence by stating 52% of adult Americans say it is easier to “go and buy things in the stores” than just three years ago. This too was higher than previous midterm election cycles where the numbers were closer to 40%.

The poll also noted 51% of Americans felt the nation was safer/stronger under President Trump, a six point difference than under President Obama.

The main thrust though of both the Gallup Poll and the ABC/Washington Post poll is regarding confidence in the economy, which is what the President and his administration has been touting for quite some time. It is their biggest asset going into the 2020 election. As I have said all along, “It’s the economy, stupid!”

With this type of confidence, it is highly unlikely the American public will turn around and embrace Socialism as proposed by Democrat candidates. It simply will not happen and a sharp rebuttal is in the offing.

Knowing the President claims the prosperous times are due to his policies, the Democrats are desperate to undermine “Trumponomics.” Working through the news media, they have tried to divert attention away from the economy, but Americans see through this smoke screen. They also tried to share credit in the economy’s success claiming President Obama was behind it all, but this too has been rejected. Now, their strategy will be to claim the economy is not as good as the President claims it to be and will recruit economists to say so.

To illustrate, a recent CNS News report claimed:

“Despite creation of 225,000 jobs, a 3.6% unemployment rate, a 3.1% increase in earnings over the past year, and extension of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared the January employment numbers ‘the rot at the heart of the Trump economy.'”

“In a statement reacting to the January employment report, Pelosi said January’s numbers provide proof of ‘all of President Trump’s mistruths at the State of the Union’ when he touted his range of economic successes…”

However, if the polls mentioned herein are correct, the public will see through all this and it will be game, set, match in November.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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

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IN WHICH DIRECTION ARE THE DEMOCRATS HEADING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 18, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Which side is winning?

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It is not much of a secret the Democrats have a divided party. One side consists of “moderates,” representing traditional party values, and the other consisting of “extreme-Leftists,” representing radical politics, such as Socialism, the New Green Deal, and a plethora of entitlements. The question is, which side is winning? In 2019, and for the first time ever, a Gallup Poll noted the majority of the party classified themselves as “liberals.” This is to be expected as the Democrats began to turn extreme-left in 2016 when Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, began preaching his far-left dogma on the campaign trail to the Democrats. This opened the door in 2018 allowing extremist Democrats to be voted into the House of Representatives, e.g., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) (aka, “AOC”), Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN-5), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).

We are now in the early stages of the political primary season, and already we are learning more about Democrat inclinations from the voters. Between the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), both generally acknowledged as representatives of the extreme-Left, pulled approximately 40% of the votes cast. This leaves approximately 60% for the other Democrat candidates. Some would claim Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former VP Joe Biden, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar are “moderates,” but their background suggests otherwise as they subscribe to liberal doctrine. None could possibly be accused of being a conservative. All support abortion, open borders, health care, and additional entitlements. So much so, the Democrats are now referred to as the party of “giveaways.”

The fact there is a 60/40 split in the party suggests the majority of Democrats are traditionalists and do not necessarily embrace radical concepts like Socialism. Yet, if front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders lands the nomination, this is precisely what the party will ask Democrats to accept.

News reports claim voter turnout was down in both Iowa and New Hampshire. I could not verify this, but if it is true, why? Three possible reasons: general voter apathy, people believe there isn’t a candidate who can beat President Trump, or more likely, the extreme-Left leanings are turning off traditional Democrats. Apathetic voters do not bode well for the party as we approach the elections.

The perspective of the party split is still a bit hazy, but will become clearer following the primaries of Nevada, South Carolina, and Super Tuesday. After this, we should have a complete picture of who is leading the party, “moderates” or the “extreme-Left.”

As an aside, the New Hampshire primary also had a Republican contest. At this time, President Trump received approximately 128K votes, representing the largest voter approval by an incumbent President in history, easily trouncing the last three incumbent Presidents:

2020 – Donald Trump – 128,781
2012 – Barack Obama – 49,080
2004 – George W. Bush – 53,962
1996 – Bill Clinton – 76,797

The President received strong support as he has energized his base through a solid economy and anti-extreme-Left policies. It appears the more he is attacked by the Democrats, the stronger he becomes politically.

So, are the Democrats prepared to accept extreme-Left doctrine? Maybe, but the American people overall are not. Either way, this will be an awkward election for the Democrats.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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

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THE DEMOCRATS ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 13, 2020

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– Only nine months left in the 116th Congress.

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As of this writing, President Trump delivered his 2020 State of the Union address, was acquitted by the Senate of charges of impeachment by the House, and we are now less than nine months away from the 2020 election. Now that the President has been exonerated, and with little time left in the 116th Congress, what can we expect from the Democrats? As the smoke clears, it would be nice if both parties sat down and tended to the nation’s business. There is obviously a lot to do, such as infrastructure, lowering the price of medicine, addressing education needs, and much more. I would like to believe we could begin again and get some of these pressing issues under control, but I am not optimistic.

Thus far, the only major milestone passed by the 116th Congress is the USMCA trade deal which was initiated by the President. Other than that, we have been in gridlock as the Democrats have practiced “resistance.” The big question now is, will they continue to do so following the failed impeachment? As much as I would like to believe otherwise, I see no reason for them to change and, unfortunately, they will continue to resist this President as long as he is in office.

The fact the Democrats have been unable to dislodge this President, and watch his popularity grow in the process, fills them with rage. There are rumblings they will continue to issue subpoenas for former U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify before Congress. As in the first impeachment hearing, the intent is to besmirch the President’s character. Should the Congressional Democrats persist in this endeavor, they will likely be committing political suicide as the country has had enough, except for the far-left who is Hell-bent on the destruction of President Trump.

There is no better example of the Democrats’ hatred for the President than that of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12) ripping up the President’s manuscript following his State of the Union address on February 4th. Essentially, it represented a temper tantrum. The far-left may have loved it, but the rest of the country found it rather disturbing for the Speaker to act this way. This speaks volumes of the political polarity in this country and the unwillingness to seek a way to work together. This will undoubtedly taint the reputation of the party’s leadership, not only of Speaker Pelosi, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD5), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA28), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY10), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Such histrionics by the Democrats leads me to only one conclusion, the Congressional Democrats will remain at war with President Trump and any other future Republican successor. This will be on the minds of voters as we go into the election. Consider this, even with an obstinate Congress, President Trump has still been able to make great progress. The voters will then begin to ask how far he can go with a cooperative Congress, and vote accordingly.

The next Congress, the 117th, will be installed on January 3, 2021. If the 116th cannot make any measurable progress in the next nine months, there will likely be some significant changes in the 117th.

At this late date though, the Democrats have no choice but to play their hand out to the bitter end and let the chips fall where they may. Only a national election with a shift in the leadership of the House will change their strategy.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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

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

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THE IMPEACHMENT CHARADE IS FINALLY OVER

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 6, 2020

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– And what have we learned?

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The impeachment trial is finally over and, as expected, President Trump was acquitted. Anyone really surprised? Democrats will claim this was a cover-up by the Senate, but the reality is this represents another win for the president. Despite this, I am glad it is over as I found it rather boring and predictable in terms of finger pointing and jurisprudence. This desperate act also represents another chapter of how the Democrats have wasted an enormous amount of taxpayer money and time to do whatever they could to resist the president; for example:

* They radically slowed the process of selecting members of the president’s cabinet, ambassadors, judges and other presidential appointees.

* Turned the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing into a three ring circus by intentionally smearing his name to make the president look bad.

* By insisting on the Mueller Witch Hunt, the Democrats failed to reach anything conclusive in terms of establishing a relationship between the president and the Russians. The investigation, lasted two years, and cost taxpayers millions.

* Triggered by the Democrats refusing to pay for border security, the Government Shutdown of 2018-2019 cost the government $5 billion. In the end, President Trump still moved forward on building the southern wall.

* The Impeachment Hoax was designed by the Democrats to besmirch the character of the president and keep him off the ballot in November. The case was easily defeated and the president gained political strength simply because the public grew weary of the histrionics of the Left.

Let us also not forget the findings of the FISA Investigation, the problems associated with Sanctuary Cities, and the “Do-Nothing” House which basically threw the government into gridlock. All of this was supported by the “Fake News” of the main stream media who fanned the flames of hate in the country.

All of these attempts were designed to not only vilify the president, but to distract the public from his accomplishments, such as:

* Successfully installed a substantial number of federal judges at many levels, including two Supreme Court justices.

* Built and opened the American embassy in Jerusalem. While other presidents in the past claimed they would do it, it was President Trump who saw it through to completion, even in spite of resistance from Democrats. More recently, the president revealed his plan for peace between Israel and Palestine, using a two-state approach, something that has never been offered before.

* Cut bureaucratic red tape to lift the burden of government off the shoulders of businesses thereby allowing them to move forward.

* Crushed ISIS and is slowly pulling us out of the Middle East.

* Curbed illegal immigration.

* Moved us to energy independence.

* Reinvigorated our military and cleaned up the VA.

* Caused new and stronger trade deals, particularly with USMCA, China, and many more on the way.

* Created a robust economy which is now the envy of the world. The Democrats fear this the most, which is why I refer to it as the “Big White Elephant in the Room.”

President Trump has become politically stronger following the impeachment acquittal. His base is energized, and independents are leaning his way. In contrast, the Democrats have branded themselves as untrustworthy stewards of the House, a stigma which will haunt them until election day. The Americans want results, not soap opera.

You have to pity the Democrats going into the 2020 election as they are about to be mutilated politically. Their resistance has left them with an image of being an impediment to progress and are now portrayed as spiteful people only concerned with political control and not the best interests of the country overall. Then again, it was their own doing. Their strategy to vilify the president was an enormous gamble which backfired on them. When you couple this with the far-left leanings of the Democrat presidential candidates, you have the perfect storm which will lead to their demise.

One thing I have observed about the Democrats during President Trump’s first term, they do not accept defeat graciously. It is time for an overhaul within the party or split it into moderate and far-left factions.

BEFORE YOU VOTE, REMEMBER…

The Brett Kavanaugh Hearing.
The Mueller Witch Hunt.
The Government Shutdown.
The Impeachment Hoax.
The FISA Investigation.
Sanctuary Cities.
The Do-Nothing House.
Fake News.
The Jerusalem Embassy.
The crushing of ISIS.
Energy independence.
Our reinvigorated military.
New and stronger trade deals.
Our robust economy.

VOTE AS AN AMERICAN, NOT AS A DEMOCRAT.

Keep the Faith!

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WHO IS REALLY ABOVE THE LAW?

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 4, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Is there an inconsistency?

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Throughout President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, the prosecuting House Managers reminded us several times, “Nobody is above the law, particularly the president.” It became the mantra of the Democrats while litigating the case and, if anybody defied them, they were criticized as unpatriotic and accused of lacking any common sense.

Actually, I do not have a problem with the basic concept and accept the notion, “Nobody is above the law.” Unfortunately, this is simply not so as we have watched the super-rich and power-elites elude prosecution many times over the years. For example, money has kept members of the Kennedy family from getting into trouble on more than one occasion, starting with Ted Kennedy at Chappaquiddick. I am still at a loss as to how the Clintons have avoided prosecution over the years. The reality is, if you have the money for the best attorneys and/or hold political strings, you really can be “above the law.”

Recently, because of the Senate trial of the president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-NH) was unable to spend time in Iowa, the highly contested site of the first presidential caucus. Consequently, he sent Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14, aka “AOC”) to Iowa to campaign on his behalf while he attended the trial. During her stumping for Sanders, AOC told voters the senator stood out because he was in favor of breaking up Immigration (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). She said, “Sen. Sanders is the only candidate to commit to breaking up ICE and CBP.”

Democrats have long been known to support open borders, as they represent new voters to support them. Further, the controversial concept of Sanctuary Cities, as offered by metropolitan areas controlled by Democrats, provides a safe-haven for illegal immigrants. This establishes an inconsistency by Democrats claiming illegals are “above the law.”

If the Democrats truly believe nobody should be “above the law,” they would dismantle the sanctuary cities and assist ICE and the CBP in capturing illegal immigrants. Unfortunately, they do not, which labels them as hypocrites as they only accept “above the law” when it suits their political agenda.

Frankly, the Democrats’ insistence that nobody should be “above the law” is laughable.

Keep the Faith!

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LACKING FAITH IN POLITICAL POLLING

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 30, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– And how they are being used to confuse voters.

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As we enter another major electoral cycle, we begin to hear more from political polling organizations, most of which I do not trust. They were dead wrong in the 2016 presidential election. So much so, their credibility has yet to recover. I think it comes down to the methodology they use to conduct a poll. Some use general registered voters, some do not, some are strictly aimed at a particular political party, and others will take whoever has a pulse, be it a citizen or not.

All of the polls are aligned somehow with the news media and a political party. As such, they are there to make money to support their operations. They do not make money for predictable results, but rather by the unexpected, just like the sensational press. Consequently, they exist to create intrigue and controversy. This is helpful for their cause, but unfortunately it confuses voters who begin to question their favorite candidate’s viability as a contender. This is precisely what they want. In other words, it is not in the polling institution’s best interests to make accurate predictions, but to create voter anxiety in an attempt to create an addictive dependency on their service. This is why I no longer take political polling seriously as I have witnessed this drill so many times over the years.

Let’s be clear, like the main stream media, most support the Democrat agenda. However, even the Republican leaning polls are trying to cast doubt among the voters in order to improve ratings. It is all about money.

Even ardent Republicans have doubts about the president’s chances for re-election. It is one of those situations where if you tell people something enough times, they will eventually believe it (see “Political Branding”). Cooler heads know the president will easily win.

Over the years, I have studied the polls closely and reported on the progress of candidates. Personally, I rarely found the polls of the main stream media to be accurate. This includes those of: ABC/Washington Post, CBS, CNN, FOX, New York Times, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal/NBC. I cannot remember the last time a Fox poll ever got it right, nor NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. In 2016, night after night the news media quoted the polls to tell the public Donald Trump didn’t have a chance to win the nomination or the election. Remarkably, he won in spite of their predictions.

The remaining polls tend to be more independent but most still have some form of political connection. For example:

GALLUP

Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Washington, DC and Omaha, NE, Gallup is one of the oldest and most trusted polls. The CEO is Jim Clifton who is thought to lean Republican. Since its founder, George Gallup, passed away in 1984, the company was sold to Selection Research, Incorporated (SRI). Clifton may be a Republican (in name only), but his writings suggests he leans to the left.

PEW RESEARCH

Founded in 2004 and also headquartered in Washington, DC, Pew is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. The company was founded by the Times Mirror Company which was acquired by the Tribune Company in 2000. The Tribune Company owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel, (Central Florida) Sun-Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, (Allentown, Pennsylvania) The Morning Call, Hartford Courant, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as many radio and TV stations, including superstation WGN. The President is Michael Dimock whose roots are from academia.

PUBLIC POLICY POLLING (PPP)

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Raleigh, NC, PPP’s CEO is Dean Debnam, an admitted Democrat.

RASMUSSEN REPORTS

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Asbury Park, NJ, the company was founded by Scott Rasmussen who is believed to lean Republican. However, he left the company in 2013 to pursue other interests. The company is now owned by Noson Lawen Partners (the majority investor), and there is no sign of the political inclinations of the company.

The three universities commonly quoted in polling are:

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Their polling division was established in 2005, and is located in West Long Branch, NJ. The Director is Patrick Murray.

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

Their polling division was established in 1988, and located in Hamden, CT. The Director is Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY

Their polling division was established in 2002, and is located in Boston, MA. The Director is David Paleologos.

Interestingly, all of the directors are careful about not disclosing their political inclinations. Aside from residing in the New England area, which tends to lean to the Democrats, there appears to be nothing in writing suggesting their political bias.

Other polls worth noting are:

* Investors Business Daily/TIPP – has been very accurate in their predictions.

* ISideWith.com – I have found this little known site to be very accurate in the primaries. Although it is intended to be a political matchmaking site that gives insight into how voters think, it is updated daily and provides surprisingly accurate data.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

The “Big Kahuna” of political polling is RealClearPolitics, the source most quoted by the news media. Surprisingly, most people are unaware of how it works and naively accept their findings as gospel. Basically, the company doesn’t conduct polls itself, but analyzes the polling data of others. It lists any poll and calculates an average.

For example:

Clinton Trump
Poll-A 46% 43%
Poll-B 49% 45%
Poll-C 49% 46%
AVG 48% 44.6%

Here is the rub though; what if the polls are biased, such as those mentioned earlier by the main stream media? Mixing tainted data with legitimate polls is mixing apples with oranges and will inevitably produce erroneous results, something you definitely do not want to bet the ranch on.

So, is the system rigged? If the main stream media is either quoting their own poll, or the averages from RealClearPolitics, then Yes, their credibility is highly questionable. However, knowing the news media’s agenda, they will keep quoting these polling results over and over again until the public buys it.

Something to remember from the 2016 election; going into voting day, the polls said Mrs. Clinton had already clinched the election. Her supporters become too confident and failed to show up on election day, and we know the rest of the story. A similar phenomenon will likely occur again in the 2020 race where the polls and news media will claim a victory for the Democrats. What they fail to mention is how the Republicans distrust the media. Also, the impeachment hoax has energized the president’s base and will encourage more people to vote. In all likelihood, the 2020 election will be the largest voter turnout in our history, and I didn’t need a poll to figure this out.

So, is the system rigged? You betcha!

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also do not forget my books, “How to Run a Nonprofit” and “Tim’s Senior Moments”, both available in Printed and eBook form.

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

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

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