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ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR…AND POLITICS

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 18, 2013

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– How the office of the president has been reshaped.

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Washington politics wasn’t always as visceral as it is today. True, there have been several knockdown, drag-out fights over the years, but nothing like the “take no prisoners” approach of today.

President Obama’s legacy will likely be how he changed the rules of the presidency. It is no longer about governing, but constant campaigning instead, be it for himself, his programs, or members of the party. The fact that a community organizer with no demonstrable management skills is indicative of this.

Instead of “give and take” a la President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neal, it is now common to smear the character of your opponents and claim ignorance of any wrongdoing. It is attack politics at its worst.

The president keeps the media on a short leash and uses them to do his bidding for him. Case in point, the media has been successful in manipulating the psyche of the country into believing anyone but a Democrat is a racist. I have been active in Republican politics for a number of years. I have also met and spoken with a lot of members of the Tea Party. Not once have I heard a disparaging comment against President Obama regarding the color of his skin. I’ve heard a lot about his ideology, his programs, and questions about his religion and birthplace, but virtually nothing about his race. Not once.

However, I have heard several comments from the left claiming conservatives are racist by definition. This is particularly true for the talking heads on NBC related networks. If you say something enough times, people will believe it. This racist claim has been said so many times, they have brainwashed the American people. I have friends who now claim Republicans are racists. When I challenge them to name a specific person or incident to verify their claim, they come up blank but contend, “Isn’t it obvious?” Not to me. Then again, I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid yet.

President Obama is more in tune with the media culture than any of his predecessors. The media understands if they get out of line, they will be taken to the woodshed, something they greatly fear. If a reporter questions anything the president does or says, the White House contacts the person and threatens their livelihood. To illustrate, CNN anchor Carol Costello is quoted as saying, “President Obama’s people can be quite nasty. They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job.”

Such intimidation is common today which explains why the president is given a pass by the media. He owns them. The message is clear: Get out of line and we’ll turn the attack dogs loose.

The president also claims ignorance of anything wrong during his administration, be it the Affordable Care Act, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious, etc. This either makes him the least informed president or he is covering up. He simply will not tell the truth as it may have an adverse affect on his supporters.

Even his alleged apology regarding Obamacare was shallow at best; “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me.” He didn’t apologize to the American people for misleading them, only how sorry he is that people acted on his advice.

The administration even went so far as to get Senate Democrats to change the filibuster rules, the alleged “Nuclear Option,” thereby paving the way to expedite the president’s judicial appointees, as well as others. This is tantamount to a declaration of war.

The point is, politics today is no longer about discussion, compromise, and building consensus; instead it is about intimidation, character assassination, and brainwashing the public. We should have known this after the Affordable Care Act was shoved down our throats. There was certainly nothing “transparent” about how it was produced or passed.

Now the question becomes, is this the state of American politics from now on? Hard to say. In the pending field of presidential candidates from the Democratic party, I see many who understand Capitol politics, but none with any governing experience. This tells me they are likely to take a page from the Obama play book.

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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SO, WHAT ARE OUR PRESIDENTIAL CHOICES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 22, 2012

– How the race is shaping up for 2012.

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The presidential race is now in full swing, and we didn’t even have to wait for the party conventions which normally denote the start of the official race. Then again, I don’t think anyone is really surprised the race would be between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Obama is the unchallenged incumbent, and Romney has been begging for this opportunity ever since he lost to John McCain in 2008. The differences between the two candidates are startling.

The president will desperately do anything to prevent voters from scrutinizing his true record which includes a broken economy and skyrocketing debt. He may be a master politician, but his management skills score badly, particularly in the area of leadership. Thus far he has offered no proposals for correcting Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, the budget deficit, protecting our borders, or providing any direction for the country to follow other than deeper into debt. He stands at the helm of a bloated bureaucratic government that is becoming more invasive in our lives and discourages business. He certainly cannot admonish the country to “Stay the course” as all of the economic indicators point to disaster. What Obama lacks in governing skills, he makes up for as a demagogue obsessed with his ideological view of America. Instead of looking for ways to negotiate a respectable budget or broker changes to the debt ceiling, he wallows in polarized politics at the country’s expense.

This election is certainly not about race or the 1% (even though the left would have you think otherwise); it’s about failed policies and leadership. Ask yourself the question, what are the priorities of the country? What is our direction? Is it space? Energy independence? Becoming fiscally responsible? Instead, he fabricates catch phrases such as “paying fair share of taxes,” an expression aimed at dividing the classes. He also wants to move towards Green energy, and allow spending and entitlements to go unabated. He is quick to accuse the Republicans of playing politics with the nation’s economy, but feigns innocence of any political wrongdoing himself. Is this being hypocritical or just an example of sleight of hand? The country is now more divided than when he was inaugurated.

I find it rather ironic that President Obama who desperately wants to be compared to Ronald Reagan is primarily responsible for transforming Mitt Romney into the next Reagan. Originally considered a moderate, Romney is being pushed to the right by Obama’s election campaign where he is being portrayed as a right-wing zealot. The vicious GOP primaries galvanized Romney and made him a more polished politician who is now more than ready to withstand the slings and arrows the president will undoubtedly throw at him. Now, as the Republican contender, he is beginning to act and sound more like Ronald Reagan. For example, consider his acceptance speech on April 24, 2012:

“We believe in America. We believe in ourselves. Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans!”

And now compare it to Reagan who said:

“America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”

Both quotations are positive, uplifting and optimistic. Romney is obviously taking a page from the Reagan playbook.

Frankly, Romney was not my first choice in the GOP primaries, but I am now gravitating towards him. I have heard people complain about Romney being a Mormon, and as such, they cannot vote for him based on religious grounds. Such people have to be reminded, this election is about the economy, unemployment, energy independence, and maintaining our mantle as the leader of the free world. It is certainly not about being a Mormon, it is about our survival.

As part of his program on class warfare, the President wants people to resent Romney’s success as a businessman. Under no condition should Romney apologize. After all, as we live in the land of opportunity, Romney experienced the American dream. What would be the alternative; electing a failure? I don’t think so.

After studying all the facts, I cannot imagine an intelligent person voting for Obama. They either have a distorted interpretation of reality or they have drunk his “Kool Aid.”

I’ve been thinking long and hard about Obama’s legacy when he is voted out of office in November. He will not be remembered for rebuilding the economy, Obamacare, or “hope and change” in uniting the country. Instead, I believe he will best be remembered as the element which reignited the conservative movement in this country. It wasn’t Romney who lit the fire, it was the president who ignited our passions and taught the country to ever be diligent and never take elections for granted again. For this, we should be grateful to him for teaching us this valuable lesson regardless how painful it was for us to learn. Whereas he liked to portray former President George W. Bush as the poster child for failure, Obama’s legacy will be as the worst president in our history.

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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DATA MINING VOTES

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 3, 2012

– What does the Obama re-election “app” really do?

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The concept of Data Mining involves harvesting data, organizing it, and using it for such things as trend analysis. Historically, it is a technique used by companies in the absence of a managed data base environment whereby companies resigned themselves to simply pouring through huge volumes of data to arrive at some conclusions. More recently it has come to represent a technique for gathering data external to a company which is particularly useful for evaluating the likes and dislikes of consumers thereby providing the means to court their favor.

Recently, it was revealed the Obama re-election campaign is actively Data Mining the interests of potential voters. Some suspected the campaign was collecting data through such proprietary networks as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other sources, but this has not yet been proven. Critics cried “foul”, that this was an insidious attempt to manipulate the election, but as someone who has been in the business a long time, I frankly wondered what took them so long to figure it out. With the advent of such things as social media, search engines, and smart phones, the means to Data Mining votes was begging to be implemented.

One item that is likely the cornerstone of the Obama Data Mining efforts is their “app” (also available on iTunes), a small program used on a smart phone. Although it provides handy campaign information, such as news and announcements, it is allegedly a backdoor approach to tracking a person’s computing habits and interests. By having the “app” implanted on a phone, a viable mechanism is now in place to monitor and scrutinize such things as: a person’s age and sex, their political and religious inclinations, their likes and dislikes, and much more. This data is then stored in a massive data base where it becomes a relatively simple matter to sift through and identify potential voters and make decisions to modify the candidate’s campaign. By downloading the app, Obama supporters are giving more than just their support to the President, much more.

It appears the Democrats have a leg-up in terms of Data Mining, but I’m sure the Republicans are not far behind. As the 2012 election gets closer, we will all doubtless receive more campaign e-mails and telephone calls than ever before, regardless if we’re on the “No-Call List” or if we have spam filters in place. What I find interesting is how easily we allow ourselves to jeopardize our identity and personal interests. I guess Big Brother is watching after all, but don’t forget we were the ones who allowed him to do so. Data Mining votes may seem rather insidious, but it was inevitable.

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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