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PLEDGES, OATHS, VOWS & CODES

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 21, 2020

BRYCE ON MORALITY

– Do they mean anything anymore?

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I have been watching the History Channel a lot lately. I find as I get older there is little on the “prime time” channels that interest me. Instead, I find myself drawn to documentaries, biographies, and history, as well as classic movies (you know, the films they made before computers and had real scripts). Recently, the History Channel has been running a series on modern day gangs, both in and out of the prison system, and I have found it to be very interesting. These are gangs who have gone way beyond the Sharks and the Jets; bloodthirsty groups who stop at nothing to dominate a territory and extort money any way they can.

During the documentary, several current and former gang members are interviewed. Interestingly, one of the main reasons they join a gang is to establish a sense of family, a desire to belong to something in order to feel wanted and accepted, which is something they were not getting at home, regardless if they have parents or not. They are willing to pay dearly for this too, and voluntarily take a binding oath and suffer through a harsh initiation ritual, all for the sense of belonging. Such blood oaths and initiations leaves a lasting impression on the individual who dares not leave the gang, partially in fear of the consequences, but more as they desperately want the sense of family.

During our lifetime, we make a lot of pledges, and take certain oaths and vows. For example:

* “To love, honor and obey, until death do us part.”

* “To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.”

* “I pledge allegiance to the flag…”

* “I will play fair, and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best.”

* “I, (name), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

As an aside, I find it interesting that all such oaths related to serving in American government or military end with, “So help me God.”

These pledges are all nice and sound impressive, but I find few people take them seriously anymore and reject them when it suits them. In other words, there is no real commitment to stand behind our words. Consider, for example, “The Journalist’s Creed” or the “Hippocratic Oath” as administered to physicians. If you read them carefully, you have to wonder how many people truly adhere to them.

Mechanisms such as pledges, oaths and vows are intended to define our code of conduct. This, of course, refers to our honor and ability to keep our word, something people use as a measurement of trust. I find it interesting that criminals have a higher regard for such things as opposed to John Q. Public. Maybe its because the criminal code has stiff penalties which will undoubtedly be executed if violated, and the person knows it. In our society though, there is no real penalty for violating our obligations, least of all shame or embarrassment. In other words, taking an oath or vow has become a joke in our society, and as long as it remains a shallow inconsequential ceremony, it will always be regarded as nothing more than a triviality to be implemented only when it is convenient to do so.

It’s no small wonder why today we have a deterioration of ethics, both in our homes and in the work place. It is one thing to enact legislation, quite another to enforce it. You can make all the pledges, oaths, vows, and codes you want, but if there is no real consequence for violating them, there is little point in administering them. The criminal class understands this. John Q. Public does not.

Keep the Faith!

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

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

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PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT?

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 16, 2020

BRYCE ON TECHNOLOGY

– Does computer technology truly improve life?

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I have been using computer technology since the 1970’s. I have used mainframes of all kind, e.g., IBM and the rest of the BUNCH (Burroughs, Univac, NCR, CDC, and Honeywell); minis including DEC VAX/VMS (a personal favorite), HP-3000/MPE, and AS/400; and PC’s with Windows and the world’s best operating system, OS/2. And, Yes, I have also used smart phones and smart televisions. All of these machines are intended to improve productivity, and perhaps they have, but the jury is still out as far as I’m concerned. The fact remains, the government does not have analytical data to demonstrate whether technology honestly improves productivity. Perhaps the closest thing is the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but that is a measure of output only, not the process by which it is produced.

Technology has undoubtedly improved communications, but it has also caused more traffic accidents through abuse of smart phones. It has improved our ability to wage war, but at an incredible cost, thereby adding to the national debt. Even though technology is intended to improve life, it often becomes counterproductive due to misapplication by users, but blame the programmers who fail to make it intuitive to use.

Let me give you three simple examples to demonstrate my point:

First, as many of you know, I have served on over 50 Nonprofit Board of Directors. Along the way, I have opened quite a few bank accounts for the various organizations. This typically required some simple paperwork, the signing of an application and signature cards. Elapsed time, fifteen minutes (tops). Just recently, as the new Secretary of my Homeowners Association, I helped open a new account with a local reputable bank with a big name. I was joined by the President and Treasurer on our visit to the bank. We dutifully supplied the necessary paperwork, but spent considerable time setting up the account on the computer, along with prepping for electronic banking. Elapsed time, 2.5 hours. Needless to say, this ruined the rest of our afternoon.

Second, I wanted to begin working out again at a local gym. I discovered my Medicare supplement insurance provider would pay for my monthly membership, which makes sense as it encourages a healthy lifestyle. So, I Called my provider to apply for a special code to join the gym. I thought this would be rather quick and simple. Wrong. After traversing voice mail jail and waiting in queue, I was transferred to four different people throughout the United States. I finally found the right person who issued my special code, but it tested my patience. Elapsed time, 20 minutes for a simple code number.

Third, my mother tried to order some new book shelves from one of the Mega-Garden stores. The on-line order somehow aborted in mid-session, and asked us to call an 800 number. I was selected to make the call. They first asked for the order number, which I gave them. So far, so good. Then they asked for the last four digits of my mother’s Social Security Number, which I dutifully entered. Unfortunately, it didn’t accept it, I was allowed to try it again and again, but still no luck. My head was ready to explode with anger. Having no alternative, and no human being to talk to, I cancelled the order completely.

I also have a problem with this same store where you are supposed to do self-checkout. I personally prefer the classic checkout procedure where you work with a clerk who is concerned about customer satisfaction. I find it rather ironic the self-checkout still requires a human being to make sure you check out properly (and don’t steal anything). Where is the improved productivity here?

If our technology is so good, it would seem we would see a noticeable leap in productivity in our country. Unfortunately, there is nothing at the US Department of Labor to substantiate this.

To me, technology simply represents the tools we use at work and home, and like any tool we can either use it properly or improperly (like shooting ourselves in the foot). Even the finest tool in the wrong hands will produce inferior results. This implies there is more to productivity than the technology itself, that it depends on how the human being uses it. In other words, management is an integral part of the equation, and something sorely lacking in recent times.

Consider this, number crunching has always been one of the prime benefits of computing. If this is true, then why does it take so long to compile a financial report or budget? After all, everything should be available at the push of a button, right? Unfortunately, corporations and government agencies operate with poorly designed systems and data bases, thereby the reliability of data is doubtful, thus requiring rechecking.

So, for those companies claiming their technology improves productivity, “SHOW ME THE PROOF!” Not your test runs, but a company actually using it.

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Keep the Faith!

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

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

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

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HOLIDAY REPETITION

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 14, 2020

BRYCE ON LIFE

– It has become rather predictable.

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I happened to visit both my local drug store and supermarket on the day after Christmas. Interestingly, I noticed they were dutifully selling off holiday related food and items at rock-bottom prices, and starting to put out displays for Valentine’s Day in February. Of course, I have seen this drill many times before over the years, but it still struck me as odd to see red hearts and exotic chocolates even before the year came officially to an end.

In the United States, we have taken holidays to the sublime as there is something to celebrate or commemorate every day of the year. Fortunately, there are only a handful of “official” holidays requiring the closing of schools, banks, and government offices. Some, like Valentine’s Day and Halloween, may not be “official,” but represent a marketing bonanza for retailers. The obsession with holidays makes you wonder if Americans ever work anymore.

The main holidays observed by retailers include:

Valentine’s Day – February
Presidents’ Day – February
Saint Patrick’s Day – March
Easter, which is mid-April this year
Mother’s Day – May
Memorial Day – May
Father’s Day + Graduation – June
Independence Day – 4th of July
Labor Day – September
Halloween – October
Veteran’s Day – November
Thanksgiving – November
Christmas – December
New Year’s Eve – December

Many people also treat “Opening Day” for major sports as a holiday, as well as championship games. Regardless, these are the holidays retailer’s rely on to sell such things as cards, candies, costumes, libations, food, perfumes, and gifts. Car and truck dealerships take it a step further by offering discounts and rebates on vehicles during these holidays. Then again, they offer these same deals throughout the year; they just broadcast more advertising to show their pseudo-holiday spirit. Even television programming changes to match the holidays to put people in the proper mood. Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw a mattress company not have a sale on one of these days?

There are, of course, many more holidays, but these represent the bread-and-butter for sales purposes. These holidays are so repetitious and predictable, you can practically set the time of day by simply walking into a store. Maybe this is all intended to keep us on some sort of timetable to maintain the cash flow of merchants.

Unfortunately, I have been through this so many times, they have killed my holiday spirit. Instead of celebrating such holidays, they have taught me to loathe them, which is rather sad. I guess I just resent merchants telling me what and how to celebrate. Now I know where Scrooge picked up, “Bah! Humbug!”; at Walmart no doubt.

Keep the Faith!

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

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

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

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THE ECONOMY: THE BIG WHITE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 9, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Always remember: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

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If you are wondering why the Democrats in Congress are so aggressively resisting President Trump, look no further than the big white elephant in the room, the economy. More than anything, the Democrats are terrified of the president’s accomplishments in terms of the economy as it poses the single biggest threat to their regaining control of the House, along with winning the Senate and Presidency. They have been putting on a full court press against the president in the hopes the American taxpayer will forget the prosperity triggered by Mr. Trump’s policies.

This is why Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D CA-12) made her formal request for articles of impeachment on Thursday, December 5th; one day before the release of the Labor Department’s December report on job growth, the second-biggest monthly gain in the Trump presidency. Knowing such a report of prosperity would hurt them politically, the Democrats tried to preempt it by calling for impeachment, thereby disrupting the news cycle.

If you will excuse the pun, the economy represents the Trump card for the 2020 presidential election. The Democrats have tried to run from it, take credit for it, say that is was a flash in the pan, even calling it a total failure. There is one problem, the Democrats are offering no alternatives other than Socialism and skyrocketing taxes, which would likely cause the economy to go into a tailspin. The Democrats fully understand the political importance of a prosperous economy on the American public, and know it is the biggest obstacle to their success, which explains why we are faced with an impeachment based on flimsy charges and evidence.

These diversionary tactics have been going on since Mr. Trump assumed the presidency. To illustrate:

First, the Democrats claimed it was President Obama’s policies, not President Trump’s, that pointed the economy in the right direction. In reality, President Obama’s true economic record doesn’t come anywhere close to President Trump’s, and the Democrats know this, but hope they can fool the public. To illustrate, everyone knows manufacturing stalled out at the end of President Obama’s term, yet it has been experiencing a Rennaisance under President Trump. According to Barron’s just one year ago, “2018 was the best year for manufacturing job growth in the U.S. since 1997. Factories added 264,000 workers in 2018, up from 176,000 workers in 2017.” It was even better in 2019.

Even the Washington Post, one of the president’s chief antagonists, had to reluctantly admit the economy is booming, “The November and December data is preliminary, so the numbers could change, but without a doubt, it’s a great result: the largest annual gain in manufacturing jobs since the Great Recession wiped out nearly 1.4 million just in 2009.”

Second, the Democrats insist the United States is going into a recession. This is nothing more than political spin. If you study the data, this is simply not true. It is scary the Democrats want to panic the public with a doom-and-gloom scenario, but this is politics and they hope it will trick people into voting for them. Whether you like President Trump or not, it is disturbing the Democrats want to see the country fail.

Third, the Democrats would have us believe the Trump tax cuts only benefit the rich. The tax cuts helped John Q. Public in terms of putting more money in their pockets, which invigorated consumer confidence and led to the largest holiday spending spree in history, thereby propelling business and jobs even farther.

It has also brought more jobs back to our shores. As Bloomberg recently admitted, “Corporations have brought back more than $1 trillion of overseas profits to the U.S. since Congress overhauled the international tax system and prodded companies to repatriate offshore funds, a report showed Thursday.” And even more is on the way. It is no small wonder the unemployment numbers have declined sharply, particularly for African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and women, which will help President Trump at the ballot box, all of which terrifies the Democrats.

The Reshoring Initiative, a group which monitors jobs returning to our shores, insists President Trump is setting records for companies returning jobs to our shores. All of this translates into more jobs, a higher Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and prosperity for everyone.

It is likely the Democrats will try other diversionary tactics in order to dissuade people from voting for the president. I suspect, they will make some obscure claims that the stock markets, which have reached historic highs recently, will flounder and decline, or maybe claim it is slow and grew faster under Democrat administrations. They may also delay pending trade deals, all of which helps American workers.

All of these false claims and political histrionics is aimed at diverting Americans from the big white elephant in the room, the economy, which will ultimately torpedo Democrat fortunes in 2020, a year of reckoning for them. This is why they refuse to discuss it. We should be celebrating the economy, as opposed to trying to torpedo it. The American public will look past the facade, and likely re-elect the president, making him the most effective president since Theodore Roosevelt.

Just remember, “It’s the economy, stupid!”

Keep the Faith!

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

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

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

For Tim’s columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2020 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

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THE LOSS OF A SPOUSE

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 7, 2020

BRYCE ON LIFE

– It is not the same as an elder.

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Just before the holidays, I suffered the pain of losing my spouse due to complications resulting from COPD, something she suffered with over the last few years. I cannot begin to describe the incredible pain my family experienced as a result of her passing as it is very personal. I have attended a lot of family funerals over the years, including both pairs of grandparents, a set of great-grandparents, and my father. As much as we mourned their passing, it was somehow to be expected. The passing of a spouse though is different.

One of the first things I observed was the outpouring of sympathy and love by our friends, family, and the community during this terrible hour. We were overwhelmed. As a young man, I learned, “We enjoy life through the help and society of others.” This was particularly true since we lost my wife. People were very kind.

From this experience, I have learned there really is a lot of love out there among us, but we have somehow forgotten how to express it. It’s a shame we have to wait for tragedy to strike to express our feelings. Love represents such things as acceptance, affection and belonging. When you think about it, we all crave love but are either clumsy or mute in how to express it. There is nothing wrong with a hug, a handshake, a slap on the back, possibly a gentle kiss, or a word of kindness now and then. We, as human-beings, all need it. Just reach out and tell someone how you feel about them; take nothing for granted.

Since my wife’s passing, we have been on an emotional roller coaster. I think I’ve experienced just about everything;

* Denial, that she is gone. I still expect her to be there when I come home, with all her breathing tubes and medicine. In the morning, I used to prepare her medication, her breathing treatment, and her breakfast. I would also pick her a hibiscus flower for her in the morning and set it on the table to brighten her day. She was my delicate flower. Since her passing, I wanted to just hold her hand and talk with her again. I found myself even going into her closet to smell her clothes, just for the memory.

* I also experienced guilt, that I could have done something more in those last few moments, an image which will forever haunt me, but I felt so helpless. I felt like I let her down.

* I even felt a little anger; that she would leave me so suddenly. We all knew her day would come, but we weren’t prepared for it so soon. I always thought it should be the husband who passes first.

* In the end, I finally came to the conclusion that it was her time. That her lungs and heart had been through enough. And so, reluctantly, I had to accept she was gone.

Yes, her passing still hurts, but I am starting to figure a few things out; three things in particular:

First, I have learned how frail we are as human beings, both emotionally and physically. So it is important we enjoy every moment God has given us and take nothing for granted. It’s the little things in life that are more important than material possessions. For example, I always enjoyed giving her a kiss in the morning, and before going to bed. I still pick a hibiscus for her every morning. And I relished our talks, particularly this past year, and we laughed together, a lot.

Second, I have learned why the emotional pain hurts so much. As I mentioned, the passing of a spouse is different than someone from the family tree. If you have a strong marriage, you become one. Allow me to explain:

As a notary public, I have married a few people over the years. Before doing so, I admonish them that marriage is like dancing the Tango. “It takes two to Tango,” and it’s a matter of the couple working together as a team, both equals, in a spirit of cooperation, give and take. And if you do it right, it’s a beautiful dance; so is a marriage. And when your spouse passes, you are actually losing a piece of yourself, which explains why the pain is so hurtful.

As part of this, I have learned no matter what you do to help or comfort your partner towards the end, I can assure you it’s never enough, and you will beat yourself up over it. I know I have.

And third, I have come to the conclusion the pain never goes away; it never subsides; you just have to learn to live with it. There is no magic pill to get you through this, and sometimes you just have to take the pain; plain and simple.

I want to thank those of you for your kindness over our family’s tragedy. I cannot believe the overwhelming outpouring of sympathy expressed through cards, calls, and social media comments. I hope I can repay you someday. You really are special people, and I want you to know how much your love has affected us, and the spirit of my wife.

God bless you all, and goodnight my D.F.

Keep the Faith!

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

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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2019 YEAR-END WRAP-UP

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 24, 2019

BRYCE ON EVERYTHING

– My most popular columns and audio segments this year.

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This is my last column for the year as I prepare to enjoy the holidays and rest up for 2020. As has become customary, I’m using this opportunity to review my top essays from the past year.

As you know, I write on a variety of subjects, such as management, systems, technology, social issues, politics, and observations of our changing world. Sometimes my work is instructional and informative, other times it is controversial or humorous. I certainly hope it isn’t boring. By the number of subscribers I have, their comments, and the hits I have on my web sites, I do not believe this is the case.

This has been a fiery political year and, as such, my political columns did very well. Nonetheless, what follows is based on my “hits” by my readers.

My top columns for the year were:

1. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: DO WE REALLY HAVE A PROBLEM? – Jan 4th – I began the year with a report from Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who gave a border security briefing to ranking Congressional leaders. Unfortunately, the Democrats were not interested.

2. PRESIDENT TRUMP VS. THE SQUAD OF FOUR – July 17th – How four female freshmen Congressional Democrats are pushing the party left.

3. WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ASSAULT WEAPON? – Sep 19th – I found it necessary to write this column after I discovered how naive Americans are about guns.

4. CAPITALISM VERSUS SOCIALISM: REFERENCE GUIDE – Mar 6th – Another educational piece aimed at describing the differences between the two ideologies. Most young people haven’t a clue as to the differences.

5. HOW I LOWERED MY CABLE BILL – Sep 24th – This was a non-political piece where I described how I brought my bill down. Hopefully, people found it handy.

6. RULES FOR DEPLORABLES – NEW BOOK – Oct 3rd – A review of a new book by Cathi Chamberlain describing the political tactics of community organizer Saul Alinsky and the Democrats.

7. IMPEACHMENT? WHO ARE THEY TRYING TO KID? – Oct 1st – The Democrats’ movement to impeachment was predictable (and frivolous).

8. ANTIFA UPDATE – Aug 27th – The hate group is quickly becoming a terrorist organization. When they are finally declared as such, they will finally be stopped.

9. WHO IS CREATING THE CULTURE OF HATRED? – Aug 13th – It certainly isn’t the Republicans.

10. TIME FOR A NATIONAL DEBATE ON SOCIALISM – Feb 13th – For a country so obsessed with Socialism, I’m surprised how many do not understand what it is.

HONORABLE MENTION

SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP – Apr 23rd – It’s amazing how politically naive young Americans are.

THE WHISTLE-BLOWER RULE IS WRONG – Nov 12th – And may very well violate the Constitution.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN GET ACTIVE – Oct 17th – and are pushing back.

BRYCE LAUNCHES NEW BOOK, “Tim’s SENIOR MOMENTS” – May 6th – On how we celebrate aging. I’ve been pleased with the response.

AUDIO SEGMENTS ON YOUTUBE

I also provide an audio version of most of my columns for those people on the go, courtesy of YouTube. I would like to believe people listen to me at the gym or beach, but more realistically, people tend to tune in while they are traveling or at work. Interestingly, the popularity of my audio segments is not the same as my written columns.

1. WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE ALEXANDRIA ORTEGA-CORTEZ SERIOUSLY – Jan 25th – She may appear goofy to us, but young people are listening.

2. THE TRUMP CULTURAL REVOLUTION – Mar 1st – How society has changed under President Trump.

3. REDISCOVERING THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW – Jan 29th – This was a non-political piece where I remembered Dean Martin as an entertainer. A lot of people enjoyed this column.

4. THE WITCH HUNT CONTINUES – Mar 25th – and ultimately found nothing in the end. What a waste of time and money.

5. ANTIFA UPDATE – Aug 27th – See #8 above.

6. TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS, PART DEUX – Apr 16th – There is still no requirement for the President (or anyone) to release their tax records to the public.

7. TIME FOR A NATIONAL DEBATE ON SOCIALISM – Feb 13th – See #10 above.

8. WHO IS REALLY THE RACIST HERE? – Jan 30th – Democrats have been conditioned accordingly.

9. IMPEACHMENT? WHO ARE THEY TRYING TO KID? – Oct 1st – See #7 above.

10. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: DO WE REALLY HAVE A PROBLEM? – See #1 above.

HONORABLE MENTION

SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP – Apr 23rd – how politically naive young Americans are.

PRESIDENT TRUMP VS. THE SQUAD OF FOUR – Jul 17th – See #2 above.

WHY ARE DEMOCRATS ABANDONING RELIGION? – Apr 30th – A very good question. Gallup contends they are.

I will be on sabbatical for awhile until I am ready to get back in the saddle. Merry Christmas.

Keep the Faith!

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

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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TRUMP IS BEATING THE SWAMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 19, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Score another “win” for the president and the American people.

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Despite resistance from the Congress, President Trump has made considerable progress in his first term; he has reshaped the federal courts to enforce the Constitution, he has moved the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (something other presidents promised to do, but failed to deliver), he has rebuilt our military and is assisting veterans, illegal immigration is being slashed, he made several key trade deals (particularly the recent USMCA to replace NAFTA), he crushed ISIS, and introduced policies and programs resulting in a booming economy of historic proportions. Despite all this, perhaps his biggest achievement is taking “The Swamp” to task and is beating them.

Let’s be clear, the Washington establishment likes it better when one of their own serves as president. Mr. Trump is the first outsider to break the pattern and challenge the culture. As we know, the “Swamp” consists of Democrats, the Main Stream Media, RINOs, and the “Deep State” bureaucrats, all of whom have banded together to obstruct this president. However, President Trump is a quick study and has forced their hand, by branding the news media as “Fake News” (thereby causing them to lose the trust of the people), taking RINOs to task, unmasking and weeding out “Deep State” officials, and butting heads with the Democrats. He is being successful as it is simply no longer business as usual in Washington.

Indicative of the Congressional meltdown is the president’s impeachment which is all part of the Swamp’s coup d’état to rid the country of President Trump. More than anything, this coup denotes the presence of a cultural revolution. Such a revolution happens when an outsider enters a new culture; the person either adapts to the culture or the culture rejects the person, which is quite normal. However, when the culture grows to the point that it fails to serve its constituents, you need an outsider to change it, like President Trump. This is all about serving the needs of the people, not the political power brokers in Washington.

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK drove his Conservative Party to an overwhelming victory over the Labour Party thereby opening the door for the British to finally exit the European Union (BREXIT). This victory is significant as it was viewed as the will of the people. This should be considered a harbinger of things to come in the 2020 U.S. elections. People are simply sick and tired of the political class going against the will of the people. Democrats are now in the unenviable position of facing angry voters in November. It is highly likely President Trump will experience the same landslide victory Boris Johnson did last week.

Thus far, the Democrats have failed in all their attempts to besmirch the character of the president; the Mueller Investigation produced nothing, and the impeachment is going nowhere fast. Shortly after the impeachment coup ends in defeat, the Democrats will continue to hound the president the best they can. It is conceivable they could do another impeachment inquiry, but this will not likely happen. I believe the next thing you will hear is the House trying to censure the president. A censure is a condemnation of an individual, but carries no penalty.

Perhaps the best known censure of an American president was that of Andrew Jackson in 1834. Believe it or not, Abraham Lincoln was censured during the Civil War (1864), and the last president to be censured was William Howard Taft in 1912. This didn’t appear to hurt him politically as he was appointed the tenth chief justice of the Supreme Court in 1921. In all cases, censure was politically motivated, just as it will be with President Trump. Nonetheless, this will be the last desperate act of the Democrats before they are voted out of office.

So far, President Trump has played this all quite shrewdly. He has rattled the cage of the Swamp who now face losing their jobs. By doing so, he has cracked the Washington establishment which is now beginning to crumble. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for this.

As to those who feel Mr. Trump doesn’t act “presidential,” I ask what acting “presidential” has gotten us over the last few decades, other than an erosion of our values and a lowering of the prestige of the country. He may not be politically correct, but he sure knows how to get things done.

Thank God for Donald J. Trump, the first American president with the strength and courage to take on “The Swamp,” and win.

Keep the Faith!

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

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WHAT IF HILLARY JUMPS BACK IN?

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 17, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Democrats may not like it.

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Secretary Hillary Clinton has been flirting with the idea of running for president again. If she does, this will be her third try, having lost to President Obama in 2008 and President Trump in 2016. She drops strong hints everywhere she goes, be it on the speaking circuit or on the radio with Howard Stern.

Mrs. Clinton has good reason to believe she could win the nomination; according to a recent Harvard-Harris Poll, she was rated above all of the current Democrat contenders.

When Democrats were asked who they would vote for if Hillary Clinton or John Kerry got in the race:

21% – Clinton
20% – Biden
12% – Sanders
09% – Warren
05% – Buttigieg & Kerry

Normally, this should be of concern to the other candidates, except for two things: her health is still in question, and; it is quickly becoming too late for her to file the necessary paperwork for the key primary states. If she were to jump in the race now, this could be construed as another admission the Democrats are sporting a weak lineup, which is also the same reason why Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw his hat in the ring. Her only hope is to have an open convention where she would be nominated as a dark horse candidate. This would be unfortunate as all the other Democrats have been trudging through the states working hard for votes. It would also damage the concept of primary voting.

Basically, Mrs. Clinton is a person who believes she should get the nomination by acclimation, that it is below her dignity to campaign for primaries. She is a woman who feels cheated of the prize and blames everyone but herself for her failure.

Some Democrats honestly believe Mrs. Clinton is the savior of the party. The reality though is that her time has passed. President Trump would love to have a re-match as he knows he would handily win. Democrats should consider another candidate. The problem is, the leading candidates are showing their age. Next year, Senator Bernie Sanders will be 79, and former VP Joe Biden will be 78, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 78, making them the oldest people to serve as president if elected.

President Ronald Reagan was considered the oldest to serve at ages 70 and 74. Interestingly, President Trump is following Reagan’s path, also at ages 70 and 74.

The Democrats are badly in need of younger blood and new ideas. Unfortunately, Secretary Clinton is not it.

Keep the Faith!

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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 SWAMP WAR

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 12, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– It was inevitable.

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When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D CA-12) made a formal request for articles of impeachment against President Trump on December 5th, it was tantamount to a declaration of war with the Republicans. As if the division between Democrats and Republicans wasn’t already bad enough, Speaker Pelosi drove a spike between the two sides that may never be repaired. Just about everyone understands this was politically motivated and certainly not a bipartisan effort. Of my liberal friends, I could only find three who honestly believed the Speaker did this as an unbiased move. Everyone else, including most Democrats grudgingly admit it was political in nature.

This was the same Nancy Pelosi who said in a Washington Post article from March 11, 2019, “I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this, impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path because it divides the country. He’s just not worth it.”

This was echoed by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D NY-10) who now chairs the House Judiciary Committee and has the responsibility of producing the charges of impeachment. Back in 1998, during the impeachment of President Clinton, a younger Rep. Nadler said, “There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other.” He added, “Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.”

No bipartisanship has surfaced, yet the Speaker and Rep. Nadler persevere with impeachment, meaning they are hypocrites and are pushing forward for political gain. Rep. Al Green (D TX-9) confirms this by stating in an interview, “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get reelected.” Let us not forget Rep. Green has been calling for the President to be impeached since May 20, 2017, more than two years before any alleged whistle blower surfaced.

As Republicans have known for a long time, this is all being orchestrated to negate the President’s election in 2016 and his re-election in 2020. Deep down, Democrats admit this as well.

All of this was predictable the moment the Democrats took back the House of Representatives in 2018. It has become glaringly obvious they have no evidence of any impeachable offense, no smoking gun, but they have painted themselves into a corner and must move forward with it. If they drop impeachment now, they lose face among their left-wing constituents and the news media. However, when the case is turned over to the Senate, their allegations will be overturned, the charges dismissed, and the House’s method of jurisprudence will be severely criticized. In other words, they will lose face with the American public who will likely vote them out of office in 2020.

I call this the “Swamp War” for there is more to it than just the Democrats at work here. Because he is an outsider, the President has been impeded by the Democrats, the Main Stream Media, Republicans In Name Only (RINO), and government bureaucrats (the “Deep State”). Plain and simple, President Trump represents a genuine threat to “The Swamp,” and naturally, they are fighting back. As such, we are witnessing a cultural revolution of huge proportions.

There has always been a political divide in this country, but not as pronounced as it is today as the underpinnings of America are being undermined, e.g., The Constitution, Capitalism, Christianity, and Conservative values (4-C’s).

Perhaps the best book I have read predicting this state of affairs was “This Town” (2013) by Mark Leibovich, the Chief National Correspondent for “The New York Times Magazine.” In the book, Leibovich describes an incestual relationship between the news media, journalists, and politicians. This was well before the expression “Fake News” was ever coined.

The reality is the Democrats have dug themselves into a hole, which will be impossible to crawl out of after the Senate trial. When it is over, they will not have destroyed the President’s political chances, but their own. Rep. Al Green (D TX-9) is correct, this will only serve to provide President Trump with a landslide win, and re-taking the House of Representatives.

One last thought, ever wonder why Speaker Pelosi made her announcement on December 5th? She knew the government’s jobs report was coming out the next day and wanted to give a big splash to her announcement in order to cloud the remarkable jobs report which indicates the economy is booming under President Trump. The announcement was all about misdirection. In a way, it was like the end of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” – “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

Today it is, “Pay no attention to the booming economy.”

The impeachment is nothing more than a clever subterfuge to keep people’s attention away from the President’s biggest achievement; the economy. Fortunately, it will backfire and likely cost the Democrats the Congress.

Make no mistake, this is war.

Keep the Faith!

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

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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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A PROPOSED NEW COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SYSTEM

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 10, 2019

BRYCE ON SPORTS

– Creating conference competition.

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I have always had a problem with the way the college football national championships are formulated, whereby no more than four teams are selected for a playoff system involving just three games (the semi-finals and national championship). Other college sports, particularly basketball, have a more inclusive system of brackets involving many teams. So, why not football? Even state high school championships include more teams.

Currently, the final four is based on a selection committee which is greatly influenced by newspaper polls. Further, it is possible that a single conference can have more than one team in the playoffs, such as Alabama and Georgia of the SEC in 2017. It doesn’t sound very fair does it, and discourages inclusion by many other fine teams.

Part of the problem is scheduling. I’ve watched the Ohio State Buckeyes for fifty years now. Back in the 1960’s, they would play a nine game schedule, and a visit to the Rose Bowl if they won the Big 10. Today, all Big 10 teams play a 12 game schedule, followed by a conference championship (pitting East vs. West), a bowl game, and possibly the final four playoffs. This year, OSU is likely to play 15 games, assuming they make it to the championship.

How about this instead; there are many Division I college conferences; for example:

ACC
BIG 10
BIG 12
BIG EAST
BIG SKY
BIG WEST
CONFERENCE USA
MAC
MOUNTAIN WEST
PAC 12
SEC
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
SUN BELT
WAC
WEST COAST
INDEPENDENTS

There are, of course, many more, but let’s stay with these 16 for the purpose of example, and to give us a round playoff number. Let’s assume each team in the conference plays a regular season of ten games, followed by a conference championship game (which could be played in a “bowl” setting; giving us 16 bowls).

The winner of each conference would then be seeded based on press polls and put in eight match-ups (Round 1 bracket). Again, these could be played in a bowl setting, giving us eight more bowl games.

The winners of Round 1 would then play in four quarter-final games with eight teams (Round 2), and four more bowls.

The winners of the quarter-finals would then play in the semi-finals (Round 3) with four teams, and two more bowls. And, of course, the final national championship game with two teams (Round 4), and one last bowl.

This would give us a total of 29 bowl games. Currently, there are 40 bowl games played. The surplus bowls could be used for matches between conference runner-ups. Isn’t this why the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was created in basketball?

So, going back to the Ohio State example mentioned earlier, where they may play 15 games this year, here is how it would work under this system for any of the teams depending on their performance:

10 – Regular season games
1 – Conference championship game
1 – Round 1 playoff game
1 – Round 2, quarter-final game
1 – Round 3, Semi-final game
1 – Round 4, National Championship game
15 games – TOTAL

In other words, there is no difference in terms of games. Under this scenario though, there would be no excessive regular season games. If a team did poorly, their season would mercifully come to an end.

This system avoids the problem of having two teams from the same conference participate in the national championship. Critics would argue, “What if the best teams come from one conference?” Let them slug it out in their conference championship instead.

Better yet, this playoff approach establishes rivalries between whole conferences as opposed to team versus team. Conceivably, this would stimulate attendance and media participation. Imagine, “BIG 10 vs. SEC” or “ACC vs. PAC 12,” etc.

Basically, it takes the playoff system out of the hands of a selection committee and the sports media, and opens the door for more teams to be given a chance.

Better yet, it makes the conference championships and playoffs more meaningful.

What do you think?

Keep the Faith!

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

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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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