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IS THE POLITICAL SYSTEM RIGGED?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 12, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What do you think?

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Throughout the electoral cycle thus far, Donald Trump has lamented about how the political system is rigged. It has become his mantra as he complained about the shady tactics used by other politicians, such as Ted Cruz who tried to steal delegates from Trump and tell Iowa voters Ben Carson was leaving the race prematurely. Trump also complained about politicians such as Mitt Romney and GOP elites who believe they know what is best for the party, and are trying to derail his campaign by changing the rules at the Republican Convention. Trump also points an accusing finger at the FBI who failed to recommend indictment of Hillary Clinton over her e-mail server, not to mention the scandalous meeting of Bill Clinton with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Just one week later, FBI Director James Comey, who works for Lynch, recommended no prosecution of Mrs. Clinton. Coincidence? You tell me.

What Trump has run into is much more than just the Clintons, but a massive political machine running the country, and includes both political parties. Outsiders such as Trump and the general public may not understand these political gyrations, but this is standard operating procedure for Washington insiders.

In 2013, Mark Leibovich, the Chief National Correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, wrote his exposé titled, “This Town.” From a journalist’s perspective, Leibovich reveals the true culture of DC, where an incestuous relationship exists between Government, Journalists, and Lobbyists (aka “The Washington Triad.”). All scratch each other’s backs in order to climb their respective totem polls and grab as much money as possible along the way. He paints a picture of unadulterated collusion and makes it clear Washington exists not to solve the problems of the country but to line the pockets of the residents there. From this perspective, we shouldn’t be surprised other than how widespread the problem really is. Whether you are a government official, lobbyist, or a member of the press, it’s about making money and control of the system. All three parties require love to stroke their ego, lots of it, and sees themselves as celebrities on the same level as Hollywood (or higher) which explains why they get along so well. They are so consumed by climbing the tree of power, they have lost sight of why they were sent to Washington.

One reason politicians resist term limits is because they do not want to get off the gravy train. If they somehow get voted out of office, they either join a lobby or the press.

According to Leibovich, this also explains the adoration of the Clintons, who are treated as royalty by the main street media. The Clintons understand the Washington Triad and are more than willing to safeguard it. On the other hand, Trump is the outsider nobody trusts to maintain the status quo, hence the overt opposition to him by the press, Democrats, and his own party, the Republicans.

Understand this, if Hillary Clinton is elected, both Lynch and Comey will likely keep their jobs. However, if Trump is elected, they will be pounding the pavement looking for work, as will the party elites, the press, as well as the lobbyists trying to pull the strings.

In terms of party politics, it is not unusual to suddenly change the rules to suit the needs of the party, not the candidate. This has been a headache Trump has long suffered.

So, is the system rigged as Trump suggests? Yes, most definitely, Yes, the fix is in. Anyone who doesn’t see it is blind, either naturally or intentionally.

Now what do we do about the system? Perpetuate it or tear it apart? Voters will be asked this question in November.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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LAST TIME:  BOOK REVIEW: “CRISIS OF CHARACTER”  – How Hillary Clinton is perceived by the Secret Service.

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BOOK REVIEW: “CRISIS OF CHARACTER”

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 10, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– How Hillary Clinton is perceived by the Secret Service.

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I read “Crisis of Character” over the 4th of July weekend (Center Street Publishing; 285 pages). It’s the new controversial book by Gary J. Byrne, former presidential secret service officer who served both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton while in office, including during the Monica Lewinsky affair and his impeachment proceedings.

Byrne considers himself a loyal and patriotic American who served the country in law enforcement. He began his career in the United States Air Force Security Police, before moving on to the Uniformed Division of the U.S. Secret Service, and finally ending his career as a Federal Air Marshal. From his writings, he claims to believe in God, the Constitution, and his duty to his country. He gave no hint of his political preferences as he felt it was immaterial to the jobs he performed.

In the book, Byrne claims the White House Secret Service agents had a fondness for “Papa Bush” (George H.W. Bush) who treated them with kindness and respect. This all changed with the Clinton administration who found the secret service to be an obstacle as opposed to a natural part of White House life. In one instance, Hillary Clinton insisted a Secret Service agent move baggage from the White House into a limo. Such a request would mean the agent’s hands would not be free to access weapons or communications, and he would be distracted from his job. The Clintons didn’t understand this and became infuriated with the agent.

Byrne claimed President Clinton was one of the most charming and engaging men he ever met. In the White House, he was not really the problem, it was the First Lady who possessed a volcanic personality and managed her staff by intimidation. From her perspective, the Clintons were a Royal Monarchy and everyone should treat them as such. Unfortunately, her Atilla the Hun personality caused a sense of paranoia among her staff. People were hesitant to deliver bad news to her in fear of suffering her wrath.

As a couple, Byrne claims the Clintons were only lovey-dovey for the cameras. It was all facade. In reality, there were numerous yelling tirades, primarily led by the First Lady. He also tells of an incident where the President inexplicably comes to work one day with a black eye covered with makeup.

Byrne was also charged in safeguarding the President’s office and was the last line of defense before allowing people to see Mr. Clinton. In the book, he describes how Monica Lewinsky tried to sneak into the Oval Office, fabricating excuses which the Secret Service didn’t believe and prevented her on numerous occasions from meeting with the president. However, her persistence paid off and she finally gained access to the president. The point is, the Secret Service tried to protect the president from himself.

Interestingly, throughout the book, Byrne complains how bureaucratic procedures and political correctness often interfered with getting the job done, be it in the Secret Service or Federal Air Marshal service. Even though there is concern for saying and acting a certain way, there is evidently no sense of adapting to situations. He contends building character is more important than bureaucracies and p.c., hence the name of his book.

In the book, when it comes to the Clintons, their modus operandi is “deny-deny-deny” everything and assume responsibility for nothing. This was apparent during the Monica Lewinsky case, Paula Jones, Vince Foster, Filegate, Travelgate, Whitewater, etc.

Byrne also made a comparison of the Benghazi incident to 1993 Somalia and “Black Hawk Down,” whereby the Clintons put people in harm’s way and denied them the proper support. This was done so people wouldn’t look upon America as invaders.

The author’s take on character is summarized towards the end of the book, where he discusses Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State during the Benghazi incident:

“I don’t care if Hillary Clinton watched caskets come home behind Secret Service protection at Andrews Air Force Base. That’s not leadership. Character in leadership comes down to two questions: Would you trade places with anyone under your command? Do you hold yourself to the same level of accountability as those for whom you bear responsibility? Would Mrs. Clinton have been willing to trade places with Chris Stevens and Sean Smith? No. She was too busy swapping gossip and classified information with Clinton loyalist Sidney Blumenthal.”

In other words, never ask your people to do something you are not prepared to do yourself. The end result, failed confidence in leadership and dampened morale. “We all wondered, ‘Will they come for us if we’re attacked? Will they stand by us? Does “no man left behind” mean a damned thing? Will they even tell the truth after I’m gone?'”

According to Byrne, “Let’s say it straight out: Hillary Clinton lied about the reason for the Benghazi attack. She lied to the nation as a whole and she lied to the faces of the grieving family members of those who died there – and then lied about her lying.”

Byrne implies the Clintons operated under the assumption “the ends justify the means” which sacrifices truth and honesty, and justifies their tactic of “deny-deny-deny.”

Byrne’s thesis is simple and true: Character is of paramount importance. Without character, how can you effectively lead, and who can you trust?

The question is, does anyone care anymore? The fact the Clintons have gotten away with this for so long, leads me to believe, No, we no longer care. Sadly, this is indicative of the decline of our moral values.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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GETTING THE POLITICAL FINGER

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 3, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– What to do with liberal antagonists.

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Last week as I was driving home at sunset, minding my own business, I ran into a strange situation. I was cruising in the right lane of a four lane highway (two lanes both ways). I suddenly spotted a small Chevy coming up from behind me and moving over to the passing lane. As he passed, it was a gentleman I judged to be in his early seventies with white hair, who made a point of flashing me the middle finger salute. At first I thought it must be a mistake, I certainly did not recognize the person or car and was keeping to myself. Then it hit me. I was driving with a Trump bumper sticker on the back of my car and the person was giving me his two cents, or perhaps one cent in this case, of Mr. Trump.

Frankly, I burst out laughing as to the absurdity of the situation, but the incident caused me to pause to consider Trump’s antagonists. Being at odds with Democratic liberals is certainly not new to me, I have jousted with them many times in the past over the Internet due to some of my editorials. What I experienced was the same type of hate many Trump supporters have encountered recently by protesters at Trump events, but on a smaller scale.

In a similar story, I have an illustrator friend who has built a strong reputation in the art world. He is often solicited to visit college campuses to discuss his craft. Interestingly, the faculty love him until they discover, to their horror, he is a conservative. They simply cannot believe an artist can be such. As this often causes problems in delivering his talks, it is not uncommon for him to keep his political beliefs to himself.

As we have witnessed over the past few months, the only opinions that seem to matter to the Trump protesters are their own. Conservatives are not allowed to have an opinion and the concept of respectable debate is simply not tolerated. This is why I cannot wait to see the debates between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton; the liberals outside of the event will likely turn it into a brawl and I frankly pity the police who will have to control these debates.

The left genuinely believes they enjoy mental superiority, which explains why they cannot comprehend how anyone could possibly have an opposing viewpoint. From their perspective, anyone who doesn’t share their view is presumed to be mentally inferior. As such, they take delight in explaining your stupidity. To illustrate, the rhetoric of Hillary Clinton is viewed by liberals as honest and forthright. Yet, the speeches of Donald Trump are characterized as obnoxious and offensive. In other words, there is no room for divergent opinions. In the minds of liberals, it is okay for them not to be politically correct, but not conservatives, which leads me to believe they confuse intelligence with social maladjustment.

The objective of the left is to provoke some form of response thereby duping conservatives into a confrontation designed to make them look bad to the press. I learned a long time ago not to take their bait, just as my friend has, and will not lower myself to their level. This is why there is a “silent majority” in this country. People on the right simply do not want to appear crass and offensive. They will make their voices heard in the voting booth as opposed to losing their dignity in a confrontation.

If you have to respond to a liberal provocation, perhaps the best thing to do is simply laugh at them as I did on the road. They won’t see the humor, but you will.

Just laugh.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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A TALE OF TWO BENGHAZI REPORTS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 29, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Democratic version versus the Republican.

The official report on the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 was released by the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. As the GOP controls the House, this lengthy report was predominantly written by House Republicans. To counter it, the Democratic minority issued their interpretation of the investigation on Monday, June 27th, as a preemptive strike. The two are substantially different. The Democratic version is 344 pages in length, while the official report is much more extensive as it also contains data and testimonies from the hearings.

According to the Democratic version, the key observations made include:

* The Defense Department could not have done anything differently on the night of the attacks that would have saved the lives of the four brave Americans killed in Benghazi, and although the military’s global posture prevented it from responding more quickly that night, improvements were made years ago.

* The State Department’s security measures in Benghazi were woefully inadequate as a result of decisions made by officials in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, but Secretary Clinton never personally denied any requests for additional security in Benghazi.

* The Intelligence Community’s assessments evolved after the attacks as more information became available, but they were not influenced by political considerations.

* Administration officials did not make intentionally misleading statements about the attacks, but instead relied on information they were provided at the time under fastmoving circumstances.

Interestingly, Donald Trump’s name appears 23 times in the Democratic report, someone who had literally nothing to do with the incident. More than anything, the Democratic version condemns how the investigation was handled under Chairman Trey Gowdy.

The official version, as written by the Republican majority is substantially different. Some of the key observations made include:

* Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began.

* With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.”

* A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times.

* None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines.

* The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution.

* The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning. …Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.”

* Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place.

* Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.” The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH [White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.”

The last section of the report includes concluding comments from the principal writers of the report, Republicans Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo.

* Officials at the State Department, including Secretary Clinton, learned almost in real time that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

* The American people expect their government to make every effort to help those we put in harm’s way when they find themselves in trouble. The U.S. military never sent assets to help rescue those fighting in Benghazi and never made it into Libya with personnel during the attack. And, contrary to the administration’s claim that it could not have landed in Benghazi in time to help, the administration never directed men or machines into Benghazi.

* Despite its claims, we saw no evidence that the administration held a sincere interest in helping the Committee find the truth about Benghazi. There is a time for politics and a time to set politics aside. A national tragedy is one of those times when as a nation we should join together to find the truth. That did not happen here. So while the investigation uncovered new information, we nonetheless end the Committee’s investigation without many of the facts, especially those involving the President and the White House, we were chartered to obtain.

It is this last comment which hints at the political divisiveness of the committee. Whereas Democrats openly condemned their Republican counterparts for how the investigation was performed, the Republicans were stonewalled by the Obama administration in terms of releasing information.

Bottom-line, the administration’s reaction to Benghazi was politicized as it occurred just two months before the presidential election. If the truth was known back then, the president would have likely not been re-elected. Hillary Clinton did, in fact, have a role to play in all of this, if nothing more than knowing the risks involved. It is unclear whether she deliberately issued a “stand down” order. In fact, this is an issue that doesn’t seem to have been resolved and if it is true, that no such order was issued by a ranking officer, than the military and administration are both guilty of gross incompetence.

Despite the political jockeying since the Benghazi incident, the reader needs to be reminded of what one of the diplomatic security agents in Benghazi said during the attacks:

“If you guys don’t get here, we’re all going to f—-ing die.”

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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GOP CONVENTION: IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF DAY TWO

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 20, 2016

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The Donald is nominated.

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

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

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

MORE INTRIGUE?

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

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

CALL TO ORDER

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

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

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

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

The final count of delegates included:

1725 – Trump
744 – Others

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

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

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

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

TUESDAY’S SPEAKERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

UP NEXT

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

Keep the Faith!

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THE CLINTON DIRTY TRICKS DEPARTMENT

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 18, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– What shenanigans will they pull before November?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Donald simply will not know what hit him.

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THE 2016 PARTY CONVENTIONS

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 13, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– A windfall for the press.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned, it will be great political theater.

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WILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS DEFEND THEMSELVES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 11, 2016

BRYCE ON DEFENSE

– Who will pull the trigger?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHO ADMINISTERS STATE GOVERNMENTS BETTER, DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 8, 2016

BRYCE ON GOVERNMENT

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

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

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

The TOP 10 states demonstrating financial solvency include:

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

The BOTTOM 10 states not demonstrating financial stability include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TRUMP’S GOAL: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 6, 2016

BRYCE ON ENERGY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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