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POLITICIANS – ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 17, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Think of it as a job interview.

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I’ve been making the rounds through local political meetings lately and have met a lot of candidates for the November elections, everything from congressman, to county commissioner, to school board representative, to dog catcher. There’s a lot of new faces running for office, probably because they realize the citizens are fed up with the status quo. Interestingly, I noticed a lot of the new faces are not much better than the old faces.

I don’t care what party you’re in, there’s a certain level of “smarminess” associated with a politician running for office. Maybe it’s because the candidate is trying to appease everyone. You have to smile a lot, shake a lot of hands, and be a “Jolly Wally.” I don’t take these type of politicians seriously and I tend to wash my hands afterwards. They’re just plain “smarmy” if you ask me.

I’m generally disappointed in the types of questions we ask candidates. People tend to ask about their position of the catastrophe du jour. I tend to believe it’s rather easy to answer such a question in retrospect. It’s a lot harder to get them to give their opinion on what they would do in a future calamity; you tend to get vague generalities in this situation.

I don’t believe we are asking the candidates the right questions. As for me, I see this as an interview for a job (which it is). Consequently, we should ask questions about their skills, experience, and why they believe they are qualified for the job. For example, here are the typical questions I like to ask politicians:

* “What is the biggest job you’ve ever had?”

* “How many people have reported to you?”

* “What kind of performance reviews have you had?”

* “How do you accept criticism?”

* “What is the biggest decision you have had to make in your professional career? How did you come to your decision?”

* “What was the largest project you worked on in terms of money and people? What was your specific role in the project? What was the outcome (was it successful or a failure)?”

* “How do you prepare a Feasibility Study? What steps do you go through?”

* “What business skills do you possess? e.g., speaking, writing, negotiations, cost/benefit analysis, return on investment, etc.”

Again, if this sounds like a job interview, it is.

In a Republic, the masses elect people to serve office and in the process make their own decisions. Although they should listen to their constituents, they are not bound to follow popular opinion (which would be a pure Democracy). I therefore want to know if the candidate knows how to make a rational decision and has the proper character for the job.

I would much rather know the answer to these questions, then the latest public relations spin. We need more government officials with character than we need smarminess.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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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TAKING A NEWSPAPER TO TASK

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 15, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– One person’s articulate explanation for cancelling subscription.

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It is no secret the main stream media has turned to the Left and actively supports liberal causes. As such, trying to get a conservative comment printed is next to impossible. This was one of the key reasons why I cancelled my subscription to the Tampa Bay Times a couple of years ago and started the Tampa Bay Conservatives web site. Enough is enough.

I am obviously not alone in this regard as I know many conservatives angered by the press. To illustrate, of the people in our Tampa Bay Trump Club, I have yet to meet anyone who subscribes to the Tampa Bay Times. It is simply loathed by conservatives and labeled “Fake News.” I also see this in other newspapers in Democrat-controlled urban strongholds where they pander to the Left, such as Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, etc.

I have offered suggestions for “Confronting the News Media,” including picketing and boycotting, but one of the most effective means to protest the media is simply the printed word which, unfortunately, few people use to express their displeasure.

Enter Larry Marlin, an old friend and conservative from Bryan, Texas (near College Station and Texas A & M University). For quite some time, Larry subscribed to the local newspaper, The Bryan-College Station Eagle. However, he began to notice a shift in the editorial slant of the paper and brought it to the attention of the Editor there. Unfortunately, the liberal slant went from bad to worse. Finally, he could stand it no more and wrote the following letter recently to the newspaper which I found particularly interesting:

Dear Editorial Board:

Since August 10th, I have kept copies of your newspaper and reviewed them for bias. As you may recall, you printed a letter I wrote saying most of “The Eagle” bias comes from your Associated Press articles. I later wrote a letter saying I had been mistaken and your paper was rife with bias. The second letter was based on material you printed after being “woke” by BLM and the rest of the “protesters.” You did not print that letter. I did say I was not a member of the “cancel culture” and, rather than cancel my subscription, I would see if your paper made any effort to reduce bias.

I have reviewed each issue since 8/10. You have not improved. If anything, you have gotten worse. During the period 8/10 through 9/4 you have printed 28 left wing editorials and 9 right wing ones. In editorial cartoons you did better with 5 right wing and 3 left wing. Concerning the cartoons, it is interesting that several days after Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hypocritical visit to get her hair washed, you finally printed something about it in a cartoon relegated to the bottom of the editorial page. Other than that, as near as I can tell, you completely ignored the story.

Of course, your AP articles continue to be overwhelmingly left wing. I have not seen any indication of an attempt on your part to reduce this left wing bias. I doubt you have contacted AP concerning their outrageously dishonest presentations of the news. I don’t have time to list all the left-biased articles by AP. I would mention Steve People’s articles about the Democrat convention compared to his articles about the Republican convention — day and night.

Anyway, I will be cancelling my subscription. I just can’t imagine you will ever change. Should you surprise me and decide to make needed changes such as blasting AP, hiring a few conservatives, balancing your editorials, writing more unifying local editorials, or anything else please let me know. I might resubscribe.

Sincerely,
Lawrence P. Marlin*
Sep 4, 2020

What I liked about this letter is that it wasn’t ranting and raving, but rather, a matter-of-fact dissertation as to why someone was unsubscribing. If I was the Editor, I would consider it carefully and not dismiss it out of hand as it represents a legitimate concern of a reader. If Larry’s data is correct, the Editor should now realize his slip is showing and should take steps to correct it before all of his conservative readers abandon him. The reality though is, as a supporter of the far-Left, the Editor couldn’t care less and is willing to sacrifice readership to preserve the Left’s dogma. This is essentially no different than the attitude of the mayors of Democrat controlled cities where their citizen’s lives and businesses are threatened. This, of course, is reckless behavior and speaks volumes of their priorities of choosing Democrat policies over the safety and well-being of their citizens.

Larry’s letter also happens to make a handy template for writing your own letter to other newspapers. For those of you who have difficulty penning a Letter to the Editor, simply copy Larry’s letter, update it with data specific to your area and send it in (preferably by e-mail). If enough people complain of the unfair tactics of the press, the better the chances of getting some honest news reporting. To do nothing is to surrender to the press.

I’ll leave it with you.

(* Letter written with the permission of the author)

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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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I BELIEVE IN AMERICA

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 10, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It is definitely worth fighting for.

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Note: The following is a recent speech I wrote. Please feel free to use it if you are so inclined.

I believe in America, and I have learned it is worth fighting for.

I believe in Americans.
While other countries are homogeneous societies, we are a melting pot of people who want to live the American dream.
From the creativity and hard work of our people, this is the home of craftsmen, scientists, artists, engineers and builders, and the best workers in the world, who simply want the opportunity to succeed, thereby making us competitive and an economic juggernaut.
If you want a piece of the American dream, and are willing to become lawful citizens, and adapt to our society, we welcome you with open arms.
We understand the need for sacrifice to build a better tomorrow.
We thank those people who have protected our freedoms by serving in uniform, people who came from across the country in all walks of life.
We cannot thank our heroes enough.
This is worth fighting for.

I believe in American Exceptionalism.
Yes, I believe we are unique, we are based on liberty, equality, and individual responsibility.
We should be proud to be Americans, not ashamed.
We have a remarkable history. Yes, we have made mistakes along the way; after all we are only human, and certainly not perfect, but we learn from them, and improve ourselves.
We relish our past, but look forward to the future.
We are the people the free world turns to in times of crisis; the people who have lent a helping hand on more than one occasion whether others are engaged in hostilities, natural calamities, and economic hardship. We are there for our friends.
We are the people who stand up against adversity, the heroes of the world.
We are also the explorers, the researchers, the people who pave the way.
We seek, we guide, we explore, we lead.
This too is worth fighting for.

I believe in our country.
The beauty of it from sea to shining sea; the spacious skies, the amber waves of grain, the purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plains.
We are fortunate to have abundant energy, mineral and natural resources; we are the world’s breadbasket, thanks to the ambition and resourcefulness of our people.
God has certainly graced us.
This too is worth fighting for.

I believe in our culture.
We are the home of religious freedom and the equality of our citizens.
I love the icons of our country and what they represent; the eagle, the flag, the pledge, the statues, and I’m a sucker for John Philip Sousa; they all inspire me.
I believe in morality; that we should do unto others as others should do unto us.
This is a country where honesty, integrity and teamwork take precedence over greed, selfishness and cheating.
We are mindful of the need to create a level playing field for everyone to compete.
Some will win, some will lose, it is only natural, but everyone deserves a chance.
Those that lose, we should encourage them to get back up, dust themselves off, and try again.
We should love our neighbor and help them in time of distress.
This requires empathy, compassion and a helping hand, but we do not want to create a dependency on government for that is slavery.
This is a nation based on law and order uniformly applied to all of our citizens.
We need law enforcement and first responders to protect, defend, and serve our people.
It is more than than the noble thing to do, it is simply the right thing to do.
This is worth fighting for as well.

I believe in the Constitution,
an incredible document defining who we are, our freedoms, our values, and our beliefs.
For example, it is an expression of the nobility of the human spirit by specifying the rights granted to all of us.
It is used to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”
The Constitution was a noble experiment that has survived well over 200 years and introduced some rather bold ideas, such as three separate but equal branches of government thereby establishing checks and balances.
All school children should read the Constitution, many adults as well.
This is certainly worth fighting for.

Yes, I believe America is great and I love it all.
And, Yes, I have learned it is definitely worth fighting for.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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 THREE TENETS OF MANAGEMENT

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 8, 2020

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– Is there any real management going on anymore?

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I have a friend who contends there is no real management going on in business anymore. She argues people are just playing with numbers and not trying to manage their way to success. To illustrate, I have another friend who is a manager of a popular restaurant franchise. I asked him how he manages his people. Interestingly, it is based on such things as sales volume, tips, and satisfaction surveys, which play a major role. From this, a score is computed and the waiters and waitresses are ranked accordingly. These scores ultimately dictate who will be assigned the best serving rotations in the restaurant. Other than this, he does little else in terms of managing his people, and it appears that’s how corporate likes it. Interestingly, he also commented to me there was a lack of team spirit by his people; “Nobody watches the back of another,” he said with dismay.

“No small wonder,” I thought to myself. True, the mechanics of waiting on tables has long been established, but there is a certain degree of finesse required to assure customer satisfaction, and that includes having people work together.

Numbers are useful, but management requires certain people skills in order to maximize work effort. We’ve always defined it as, “getting people to do what you want, when you want it, and how you want it.”

The three tenets of management have historically been: discipline, organization, and accountability. Let’s examine each individually:

* Discipline in itself implies standardization, building things or performing services in a uniform manner, hopefully to a high degree of craftsmanship. Communication and leadership skills are thereby required.

* Organization implies structure and the definition of Who, is going to do What, When, Where, Why, and How. In other words, a definition of the methodologies, techniques and tools to be used in the work effort.

* Accountability refers to assuming personal responsibility for the execution of a given assignment.

All three tenets require a certain level of standardization and enforcement. In fact, you cannot effectively implement any of these without some form of uniformity and coercion. How a manager elects to implement the three tenets ultimately defines the corporate culture and the quality of products produced or services rendered.

The reality though is that the three tenets are considered “not cool” by the freewheeling X-Y-Z Generations who adamantly resist structure, control, and responsibility. To them, Discipline, Accountability, and Organization is just that, DOA – Dead On Arrival. I recently read an article by a management consultant who openly opposes the three tenets. He fundamentally argues it is old and tired and should give way to new techniques. Frankly, I see this as a reckless form of behavior. I would agree that classic bureaucracies impede progress and should be flattened, but we still need the three tenets if we want to produce quality products in a uniform manner. In other words, his contention of throwing the baby out with the bath water doesn’t hold up with me. Instead, management needs to reexamine the three tenets and the levels they want to conform to.

Instead of trying to take control of the work environment and working with people, management seems more inclined to play with numbers and just hire and fire people (or outsource them). It’s no small wonder workers feel blind sided when they get booted from their job.

Maybe my friend is right. Maybe there isn’t any management going on anymore; that managers are doing nothing more than just playing with numbers. If she is correct, I’m reminded of the old expression, “Nobody’s driving officer, we’re all in the back seat.” Reckless, very reckless. Let’s hope my friend is wrong.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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MARRIAGE: IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 3, 2020

BRYCE ON MARRIAGE

– Like the Tango, marriage can be a thing of beauty if you and your partner are in synch.

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I first wrote this piece ten years ago. As a Notary Public in Florida, I have had the pleasure of marrying a few couples along the way. Before marrying them, I admonish them of the old expression, “It takes two to Tango,” which I will explain herein. As my daughter approaches her wedding day, I thought it would be a good idea to remind both her and her fiance of what this means. I hope you enjoy it.

After seeing so many marriages end in divorce, you cannot help but wonder why couples get married in the first place. Maybe they see it as some kind of legal permission slip to do nothing more than to have sex. If so, that seems to be rather shallow thinking to me. I tend to believe most people get married to quell the biological clock in their heads to reproduce. Under this scenario, husband and wife are doomed to failure after their mission has been fulfilled. There are probably dozens of reasons for getting divorced, but regardless, I think most people go into marriage with impractical expectations and hidden incompatibilities that are slow to surface.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about marriage is that it is easy; that by simply getting married all of your difficulties you experienced as a single person will somehow disappear. Hardly. If anything, your problems are only beginning as you have to learn to live with a new person unfamiliar with your customs, mannerisms, and lifestyle. I have yet to meet the couple who was perfectly compatible at the time of taking their marriage vows. Regardless of how long you may have lived with someone prior to marriage, you really don’t know the person until it becomes “legal.”

A lot of people fail to grasp that marriage is a partnership. This disturbs me greatly. With me, I have always compared it to the Tango. It involves forming a team which works together towards common goals and objectives, until we learn to dance as one. True, each person has their own unique duties and responsibilities, but to make such a partnership work, it is necessary for some give and take which some people can accept and adapt to, while others cannot. This means you cannot always do the things you did unilaterally when you were single. Now you must consider and consult your partner. Like any business venture, you must do what is best for both parties, not just one. This is the part of marriage most people do not understand. Any time one party ignores or excludes consideration for the other, the marriage is doomed.

If you have any doubt whatsoever about getting married, don’t do it. You must go into it with both eyes wide open and possess a genuine willingness to try to work together. Anything less will inevitably result in either an unhappy marriage or a nasty divorce.

So, my only advice to young people considering marriage, always be cognizant of the expression, “It takes two to Tango.” If you do it right, it can be a thing of beauty.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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EDUCATION AS A WEAPON

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 27, 2020

BRYCE ON EDUCATION

– Whom is it aimed at?

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Prior to the 1800’s, obtaining an education was considered a luxury reserved exclusively for the rich. Everyone else had to tend to their livelihood which, in colonial America, was primarily based on agriculture or maritime activities. It wasn’t until the early-1800’s when the public school system was introduced as an attempt to educate the nation’s youth. The intent was to fight ignorance, improve communications, and make better decisions. Educating the general public was considered rather revolutionary for the times. Today we tend to take it for granted.

By combating ignorance, education was used as a tool to improve the country internally and externally. In other words, it allowed us to become more competitive, something sorely needed for a fledgling country. From this perspective, education was used as a weapon to allow us to effectively compete on the world’s stage.

Beyond combating ignorance for competitive purposes, governments found education to be indispensable for pushing forward political agendas. As Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin correctly observed, “Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.” From his perspective, Stalin saw education as a vital propaganda tool for controlling the masses, as did Hitler and others. By controlling their education systems, they controlled the masses. Not surprising, the Communist Goals of 1963 included, “Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.”

There is indeed power in shaping the minds of people, be it impressionable youth, teenagers, adults or senior citizens. As Americans though we tend to naively believe the public school system, which is funded by American taxpayers, is not being used for political or social purposes; that it is being used primarily to combat ignorance and improve the IQ of the masses. However, because of the failure of people to effectively parent their youth, the responsibility has defaulted to school systems which explicitly or implicitly teaches morality, socialization, sex education, and, Yes, politics. Such subjects are most definitely not what American taxpayers had in mind, but sadly this is the hard reality of the times we live in.

For example, consider the proposal in some states to teach a sex education curriculum at the elementary school level (K-5). Supporters contend the curriculum will help students better understand human anatomy as well as both hetero and homosexual relationships which should, in theory, result in students making better life decisions. Opponents see this as a threat to morality and question the necessity of teaching such lessons at an early age. Frankly, I think the proposal is improper as they are teaching the wrong people. Instead of instructing the students, the school system should have educated the parents so they can effectively instruct their offspring. Undoubtedly, parents would claim they do not have time for such education and would balk at attendance. “Hey, that’s the night for watching my reality shows.”

The K-5 issue begs the question though: Whose responsibility is it to teach our youth certain delicate issues such as sex education and morality? Again, in the old days, the responsibility was that of the parent; today, it is the school’s. As an aside, our school systems would do us all a great service by offering adult training in parenting, thereby taking the responsibility off the shoulders of the teachers where it doesn’t belong.

There is a fine line between teaching core subjects such as language skills, math, science, etc., and teaching political or social values. Whereas the former is used as a weapon to combat ignorance, the latter is a weapon for manipulating the masses. This is the primary reason why Islamic proponents want more say in education. Make no mistake, education is indeed a powerful weapon. As “Uncle Joe” pointed out though, who is holding the weapon, and who is it aimed at?

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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 SECRET OF THE NEWS MEDIA

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 20, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Intrigue = Money

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Regardless of your party affiliation, everyone seems to be on edge regarding the upcoming November elections. When you add on top of this the concern over the COVID-19 virus, and the violence and looting in our cities, the country is getting worn out, depressed, and frankly, very angry. This is all by design as the news media knows how to pull the strings of the people.

Let me preface my remarks by describing my participation in the 2016 election when I followed the press corps to several Trump Rallies in my state. One of the first things I learned was how immoral these people were and how they gladly sacrificed honest reporting for the almighty dollar.

Ever since the United States went to a 24/7 news cycle in 1980, the reporting of news media has been manipulated by executives for competitive purposes, and this goes for ALL media outlets, be it television, newspaper, radio, magazine, etc. Fewer and fewer reporters are allowed to produce honest copy, most must follow the guidelines as prescribed by their bosses. To illustrate, before all of the Trump Rallies I attended, those members of the press who produced written copy had finished their work PRIOR to Mr. Trump taking the podium. The next day, I would read their copy, and realized it had nothing whatsoever to do with what was actually said during the rally, making the reporting completely fallacious and nonsensical. It was just plain wrong.

It was at this time I learned the news media was in the business of making money, big money. Naively, I had believed reporters tried to report fairly and accurately, but this is simply not so. To make money, they have to create an audience following, and there is nothing better than to create intrigue a la “sensationalism.” Let me give you an example, if the press reported an incumbent will likely win re-election and the challenger will be easily defeated, there would be no intrigue, and consequently, no audience interest and no income. However, if it is reported the underdog will likely upset the incumbent, than the press creates intrigue, resulting in a bigger audience and makes more money on advertising, regardless if it is true or not. Not surprising, all of the news media is in on this, be it CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and just about everyone else. Creating intrigue results in big bucks. It is therefore in their best interest to do so, and to Hell with honesty and accuracy, it just gets in the way. Hence, the proliferation of “Fake News.”

Closely related to this are the polls, which are also geared to creating intrigue. Again, they will have little to sell if the incumbent is winning. Not surprising, no two polls follow precisely the same criteria and input gathering techniques (people to be selected to be interviewed). As such, they produce different results which is why I refer to them as mixing apples with oranges. Let us also not forget, Secretary Hillary Clinton possessed a double-digit lead going into the election. The same phenomenon is happening again. This explains why the political parties and campaigns do their own polling. In other words, they recognize the major polls are flawed and useless, which is why they rely on their own polling people. The point is, anyone who has complete faith in the political polls is a sucker and should avoid Aqueduct.

So, who should John Q. Public trust for news and polling? Nobody but themselves. I would suggest you watch current events, speeches, and other live events on television (Thank God for C-SPAN), and leave the spin behind you. You may also want to lookup voting results through your local board of elections (which is what I do).

Just remember, the news media’s business is not honest journalism, it is about making a buck, and to do so, they have to play the public as sheep. Sorry, but it is true.

So, for you Nervous Nellies out there, take a chill pill and relax. If you are really concerned with the outcome of the November elections, report for campaign duty. Otherwise, just turn off the network news and do your own homework.

Therefore, the lesson today is simple, “Do not believe half of what you read or hear.” Then again, you might want to make it 75%.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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DEMOCRACY VERSUS REPUBLIC: DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 18, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Most people get it wrong.

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I originally wrote this piece in March 2019 as a means to find out how many people knew the difference between a democracy and a republic. I was shocked by how many didn’t. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised as this simple concept is not taught in classrooms anymore. Yet this is something important to understand, particularly as we go into the upcoming November elections. As such, I decided to rerun it herein and included it in my latest book, “BEFORE YOU VOTE: KNOW HOW YOUR GOVERNMENT WORKS.” Enjoy!

One of my pet peeves involving politics is when people misstate our form of government. Normally, I would claim this as the fault of uneducated young people, but many politicians, members of the press, as well as grown-ups are also guilty of this faux pas. No, we most definitely do not live in a “democracy,” but a “constitutional republic” instead, as does most of the governments in the world.

In its truest sense, democracy means “Rule by the People,” meaning a system of government whereby the populace votes directly on each and every issue. When you consider the voluminous number of bills and candidates to be voted upon, this is simply not feasible, regardless if we had the most sophisticated computer software to do so. Time should be allotted to deliberate on each piece of legislation and, to do so, would require citizens to devote most of their time to such study, and not tend to their own business.

This is why we elect politicians, to represent our interests so the populace doesn’t have to vote on every bill, large or small, and explains why we refer to this as a “representative democracy,” aka “republic.” Here, the elected representatives are governed by a rule of law, such as a constitution, which defines the structure and responsibility of executive, legislative, and judicial tasks. Consequently, we call this form of government a “constitutional republic,” which is a more accurate description of our government than “democracy.” It should also be noted that under this form of government, the head of state is not a monarch, such as a King or Queen, which lends itself more to being a “monarchy” as opposed to a free-standing “republic.”

Every now and then, we hear a politician or member of the media proclaim, “This (or that) is a threat to our democracy.” This tells me they haven’t a clue as to what they are talking about. Instead, they should have said, “This is a threat to our republic.” Alas though, they do not.

The Democrats also have a problem with the name, particularly when they refer to themselves as the “Democratic” party. This too is incorrect. However, it is often difficult to describe the party, audibly or in writing, without making this common mistake. The term “Democracy” is so imbued in our culture, the Democrats try capitalizing on it to confuse the public, portraying the word “republic” as a constitutional threat to the country. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Interesting, Democrats today do not practice Democracy within their own party, but rather act as a Republic instead.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is now the largest socialist organization in the United States and aside from their far-left agenda, it is difficult to discern if they truly embrace democracy or a constitutional republic, I suspect the former.

Another commonly misunderstood area is the concept of the Electoral College in presidential elections, which is indirectly tied to the concept of “republic” as opposed to “democracy” by electing electorates (representatives) as opposed to a popular vote. By doing so, it provides parity between the interests of rural and metropolitan America. Frankly, the Electoral College is a testament to the sheer genius of our founding fathers as it encourages everyone to vote, not just large metropolitan areas.

The Left believes the Electoral College is a threat to democracy, and it is reported as such by the press. In reality, they are correct as the College is intended to be used in a republic, not a democracy.

So, in a nutshell, No, we do not live in a democracy, in the truest sense of the word. We live in a “constitutional Republic” and it is important all citizens understand the differences.

In fact, the U.S. Constitution defines our government in Article IV, Section 4: “The United States shall guarantee, to every State in this Union, a republican form of government…”

Following the writing of the U.S. Constitution, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin, who was one of the delegates and authors, and asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?” He coyly replied, “A republic — if you can keep it.”

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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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WHY THE HUBBUB OVER MAIL-IN VOTING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 13, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Who is doing the asking, you or the state?

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In the early days of this country, voting was restricted to white male landowners. Of course, this changed over the years, but there is something to be said about having landowners vote as they have a vested interest in the country, but that is another subject for another day.

Historically, voting was done in person, using either paper and pencil or a variety of machines. Over time, it became necessary to create an “absentee ballot” for people who could not vote in person, e.g.; people with physical disabilities, people scheduled to be out of town on voting day, members of the military serving far from home, etc. This provided the means for citizens to fulfill their civic duty.

Here in Florida, we refer to absentee voting as “Vote-by-Mail” but please do not confuse it with Vote-by-Mail programs implemented by other states. Florida’s “Vote-by-Mail” requires a person to first be registered with the state to vote, then requesting a ballot to vote. To register, you will need either your Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card (both include the person’s photo). You will also need the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Once registered, a person can request a ballot from the state either over the Internet, by telephone, in person, or by mail. The request can be for one time or as an on-going basis. This all sounds rather simple, right? It is, but the two key variables here are “registration” and “requesting.”

In other states, mostly western states controlled by Democrats, they are sending “Vote by Mail” ballots to all registered voters, whether they want it or not. Such initiatives are being exercised by Democrat politicians claiming it will help those voters who do not want to catch the COVID-19 virus. The fact such legislation is being implemented strictly along party lines makes one suspect there are other motivational factors involved, such as encouraging Democrats to vote. Using registered voters from Florida as an example, here is what the Democrats are afraid of. In 2016 there were more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida, yet Mr. Trump won the election here. Why? Simply because more Republicans voted than Democrats. So, their hope is to motivate more Democrats to vote this time than in 2016. As an aside, the same is shaping up for 2020.

As for me, I like the fundamental concept of an absentee ballot, simply because it gives people who want to vote the ability to do so, particularly if they are unable to vote in person. To ask for a ballot means you care and want to stay involved with the electoral process. Having it mailed out without requesting it is highly suspicious, as party officials may pick up ballots and vote on the voter’s behalf. Let’s also imagine if you know someone is missing, deceased, moved, hospitalized, or has no intention of voting, what is to stop them from voting on the person’s behalf? Not much. Then again, this is incredibly illegal and falls under the category of “Voter Fraud.” Moral people would avoid doing this, but what if you are desperate enough to do anything to regain the White House and Congress?

For these reasons, I am opposed to “Vote by Mail” as defined by other states. Frankly, it sounds crooked as Hell. I do not have a problem with normal absentee voting, so long as the person is “registered” and has “requested” the ballot. As to using the COVID-19 excuse to implement such a program, why is it we can go to super markets and stores and not catch the virus? Is it because they know something the Democrats do not? As someone else mentioned to me, “If we can’t trust states to properly count COVID deaths, how can we trust them to count our votes?”

Call me old-fashioned, but I would still prefer only landowners vote as they have a genuine concern for their country.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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 PRAISE OF THE BBQ PIT BOYS

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 11, 2020

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– It’s just plain “GOOD!”

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Some time ago, I wrote about, “The Joy of Slow Cooking,” meaning barbecue. I believe it to be a pleasant and unique cultural experience of the South. It requires planning, a knowledge of spices, and considerable patience. It takes awhile to learn how to smoke meat, and you will make mistakes along the way, but then you begin to figure things out and eventually become a “pit master.” It is also a good way to build friendships; after all, everybody loves food, and men are particularly drawn to the aroma of smoked meat. So much so, I’m surprised they haven’t invented a “smokey” perfume for women.

There are a lot of people to provide guidance in barbecuing, but one of the best is “BBQ Pit Boys” whom you can find on Youtube! They have produced several free instructional videos over the years on a wide variety of meats, everything from beef and pork, to bison, lamb, crab, fish and fowl, even alligator. What makes the Pit Boys interesting is they provide simple instructions, their creations are delicious, and more importantly, they make it fun. After watching their videos, you want to try your hand at recreating their recipes.

The Boys look like members of ZZ Top and occasionally bring firearms to the show for a little target practice while the meal is cooking. When I first started watching them, I somehow got the impression they were from Tennessee. The host, Bob Ahlgren, has a charming country voice reminiscent of the South. Surprisingly, I discovered the group was from the middle of Connecticut making them confirmed Yankees, and not Southern Boys.

After starting in 2007, their popularity grew at a whirlwind pace. Today, they have millions of hits on their videos (over 276m) and a worldwide audience, making them very attractive to advertisers. They are on just about every social network imaginable, including Facebook and Twitter. Today, they have an office to sell their “official merchandise,” consisting of 35 employees, and I am told their revenues are in the neighborhood of $7 million, not too shabby for a fun idea that blossomed into quite an enterprise.

I have personally tried a few of their recipes and have yet to be disappointed. My favorite by far is the “BBQ Pork Roast,” where I took a nine pound pork shoulder (with blade in), seasoned it and let it sit over night, then smoked it with apple wood (and juice in the drip pan) for eight hours. The meat fell off the bone easily and the seasoning resulted in a mouth-watering meal which I served to six hungry people. Even though it took a long time from start-to-finish, it was easy to do, and the taste was simply amazing.

I also had success with their “Bacon Firecracker Jalapeno Pepper Poppers” which is intended for adventurous spirits who love spicy food. It too was easy to prepare and went well with a few ice-cold beers.

For breakfast, I tried the “Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich” which was fabulous but too much for one person.

I also have my eye on their “Bacon Onion Rings,” “Grilled Pocket Burgers,” and their “Onion Burgers.” And, Yes, bacon is an essential ingredient for many of their recipes. Their standard seasoning is SPG (Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder) which they apply liberally, as well as other spices, such as Paprika, Cayenne pepper, cumin, and others, all of which are available from their “official merchandise” store. They also sell tools, grills, smokers, shirts, and just about anything else you need for smoking.

Their secret to success is to make their recipes look easy to make, and have a lot of fun in the process. The result is a massive fan club with over 17,000 chapters around the world, including a couple hundred here in Florida alone. They have even simplified the process to create a Chapter, which means more and more people are signing up and following them through their “newsletter.”

Once you start to peek behind the curtains, you begin to wonder if their Southern image is a gag, especially since they are from Connecticut. Frankly, it doesn’t matter as their food can turn the heads of critics who, quite frankly, they couldn’t care less about. Not only is the food good, but what we are witnessing is brilliant marketing. Think about it, you help your audience prepare good food while having fun and enjoying camaraderie in the process. That is a recipe for success if I ever saw one. As Bob Ahlgren would say, “It’s GOOD!”

Note: The author received no compensation for this article. He’s simply a fan.

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. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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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