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SHOULD INCARCERATED PRISONERS & TERRORISTS VOTE?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 16, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The answer should be rather obvious.

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The short answer is simple, No. Let us not forget that in the beginning of our Republic, only land owners could vote in elections. The premise here was that only RESPONSIBLE people should vote as they would do what was best for the country overall. This was expanded over the years to all citizens, including former slaves, women, and younger people (when the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1972). Nonetheless, it was assumed these people would vote RESPONSIBLY, but this hasn’t proven to be the case as we have a relatively poor turnout during elections, and many of those who vote are misinformed about history, current events, and how our government works.

Then along comes radical socialists like presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders who, in a recent CNN Town Hall meeting, insists convicted prisoners and terrorists, like the Boston Marathon bomber, should have the right to vote from prison. He said, “Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘Well, that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope.”

The fact people are incarcerated means they are a danger to society and, as such, forfeits their rights, such as freedom, owning a gun, and, Yes, voting. Consider this, will the imprisoned terrorist or prisoner vote as RESPONSIBLY as the hard working person who pays taxes, obeys the law, and supports his/her family, not to mention their community? Come on, honestly, who would vote with the best interests of the community and country in mind? It’s a no-brainer.

Let’s be clear about something, if a person has served his/her time and is released free and clear (no probation or supervision), then I personally see no problem returning to society and allowed to vote.

Are the Democrats so desperate for votes, they would give convicts and terrorists the same voting privileges as everyone else? Unfortunately, Yes. In fact, their ultimate voting scenario would be to allow illegal immigrants to vote, prisoners to vote, and 16 year olds to vote. What’s next, voters who have died but somehow manage to mysteriously cast votes? Oh, yea, that’s already been done. Sorry. All of this is designed to rig elections, not to do what is fair and RESPONSIBLE for the country.

From my perspective, we already have too many IRRESPONSIBLE voters, people who couldn’t pass a simple civics test if their life depended on it. I am still convinced people should pass such a test to be allowed to vote. (It wouldn’t hurt if they were land owners as well.)

So, should incarcerated terrorists and convicted prisoners be allowed to vote? Of course not. We all know it is a silly question. Only someone wanting to undermine our country would insist on it.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT BECOMING A SENIOR?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 14, 2019

BRYCE ON AGING

– AKA, “Why I wrote the book.”

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Following the release of my new book, “Tim’s Senior Moments,” interviewers asked what compelled me to write it. As I mentioned in the introduction of the book, I discovered people tend to treat you differently the moment you reach the magical age of sixty, the Big 6-0. Younger people think you are through with the productive part of your life and are just phasing into retirement. It’s like, “Hey Big Guy, here is your cookie, just sit there in the corner and we’ll take it from here.” And it gets worse with every passing year. I’m sorry, but I still have quite a few dances left on my card and I am not ready to give up yet. That’s why I particularly enjoyed Jack Palance’s acceptance speech at the 1992 Oscars, followed by his one-handed push-ups on the stage.

My old friend Chris Payne, who drew the cover of the book, made the following observation years ago, “Guys like us always have to keep doing something; with you, it’s writing; with me, it’s drawing. If you were to force us to quit, you might as well take a gun out and shoot us dead, as our lives are tied to what we do. It is an intricate part of us, something we have always loved to do.”

Chris is right, and as long as someone enjoys our work, we will persevere. In other words, you can take that cookie and…

Some people are embarrassed about growing old (like we can control it, right?), others recognize the change and role with the punches. While we might not be as physically agile or strong as we once were, we’re certainly smarter thanks to experience and the naivety of youth. Instead of picking up and moving that refrigerator like I used to, now I say, “Hmm, let me think about that for a moment,” and come up with a less strenuous way of moving the object. So, Yes, we get smarter, or is it guile?

I know seniors who would love to play golf everyday if they could. Not me. I was never too fond of it, and don’t look for me on the shuffleboard courts or in basket-weaving classes either. I simply like to meet people, attend meetings, and find out what is going on this crazy world of ours. If I lose my spark, I hope somebody will put me down quietly. Maybe a Viking funeral.

This is why when I hear a High School classmate proudly say to me, “Hey Tim, guess what, I’m retiring and moving to Florida (or Arizona).” Naturally, they expect me to say how happy I was for them, but instead, I say, “Oh, I am so sorry for you.” These are people who obviously hated their jobs and couldn’t wait to move along.

I have found retirement is like a race where people are competing for bragging rites as to who did it first. I have seen several friends rush into retirement, only to become bored out of their minds, and eventually go back to work in some capacity.

The other thing I mention to interviewers is that as you transfer to the senior ranks, your problems and concerns do not dissipate and go away, they just go through a metamorphosis. Let me give you an example. As we begin our professional careers and start a family, we are concerned about the development of our offspring. As years go by, and our children leave the nest, we honestly believe things will slow down and we can start to smell the roses. Wow, was I wrong. You discover you now have to look after your parents or perhaps an aunt or uncle. Next, along comes grandchildren to babysit and entertain, and of course your spouse. In other words, your concern and responsibilities shift from one group to another. This, of course, assumes you are not a deadbeat and willing to assume responsibility. In fact, the only time you are not taking care of someone is until the end, when you are trying to take care of yourself.

As you become a senior, your priorities begin to shift to figure a way out of this life with as few a complications as possible. Your mantra becomes, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” You find yourself downsizing to smaller living quarters and disposing of the tons of junk you managed to accumulate over the years. As I often remind people, everything you own, be it valuables, automobiles, houses, and all the other bric a brac you possess, must all eventually end up in the junk yard some day, like it or not.

So, while my friends line up for shuffleboard or golf, I would like to learn the tango instead, as it looks much more interesting. But in the end, I’ll settle for doing more interviews and lectures on aging. Call me.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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THE 2020 ELECTION SCHEDULE

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 10, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– “Play Ball!” (Yes, you are going to want to print this one).

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We’re getting close to election season. The Democrats are almost done with their draft for presidential candidates, but don’t be surprised if a few more enter the race. Now it is time to announce the playing schedule, just as the commissioners of MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, etc. announce the upcoming schedule of their seasons. So, get your scorecards ready as I am pleased to announce the 2020 schedule for U.S. elections, including local and state elections, congressional, and of course, the presidential race. Actually it’s pretty simple, but there are still a few loose-ends remaining (see “To Be Announced” below). Frankly, I do not understand why any state hasn’t announced its primary/caucus date yet, particularly New York. Talk about bad planning.

Codes:
DNC – Democratic National Committee
GOP – Grand Old Party; Republicans
LIB – Libertarian

2020 ELECTION SCHEDULE

Feb 03 DNC & GOP Iowa caucus
Feb 11 DNC & GOP New Hampshire primary
Feb 22 DNC Nevada caucus
Feb 29 DNC South Carolina primary
Mar 03 Super Tuesday (DNC & GOP) (Alabama, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia primaries)

(LIB) California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Oklahoma primaries

Mar 07 DNC & GOP Louisiana primary
Mar 08 DNC Maine caucus (likely amended to a Tuesday-in-March primary if primary legislation passes)

GOP Puerto Rico Primary

Mar 10 DNC Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington primaries; North Dakota firehouse caucus/primary

GOP Hawaii caucus, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington primaries

LIB Missouri and Ohio primaries

Mar 17 DNC & GOP Arizona, Florida, and Illinois primaries

LIB Arizona primary

Apr 04 DNC Alaska and Hawaii primaries
Apr 07 DNC & GOP Wisconsin primary
Apr 28 DNC & GOP Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island primaries

LIB Delaware primary

May 05 DNC & GOP Indiana primary
May 12 DNC West Virginia primary

GOP & LIB Nebraska and West Virginia primaries

May 19 DNC & GOP Kentucky and Oregon primaries
May 22-25 Libertarian National Convention; Austin, TX
Jun 02 DNC & GOP Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries

LIB Montana and New Mexico primaries

Jun 07 DNC Puerto Rico primary
Jun 16 DNC & LIB District of Columbia primary
Jun 20 DNC – All official Convention participants to be selected

(delegates, alternates, standing committee members, pages, and delegation chair)

Jul 13-16 2020 Democratic National Convention; Milwaukee, WI
Aug 24-27 Republican National Convention; Charlotte, NC
Nov 03 U.S. Election Day

TO BE ANNOUNCED (possible Rain Delays) –
GOP New York Primary (possibly Feb 04)
DNC New York Primary (possibly Feb 21)
Colorado primary (possibly March 3, 10 or 17; March 3 interim date)
Wyoming caucus (possibly March)
DNC Debates
Presidential Debates
Green Party National Convention

The commissioner reminds you to purchase your tickets early!

Keep the Faith!

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THE DEMS TAKE ANOTHER SWIPE AT RIGHT-TO-WORK

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 8, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– But will it work for them?

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Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) recently raised eye-brows by calling for a federal ban on “Right-To-Work” (RTW) laws in the United States. By doing so, she was pandering to American unions to support her candidacy. Other Democrat candidates will likely follow suit, as they do every four years, and by doing so RTW laws are once again becoming a campaign issue. Unfortunately, many people still do not understand what is at stake here.

Right-To-Work simply means a union cannot get a worker fired for not paying union dues. It also means joining a union is voluntary, not compulsory as you will find in a “closed shop.” Such laws started in the south and west, but are now moving north with Kentucky becoming the 26th (2017), Wisconsin the 25th (2015), Michigan (24th; 2012) and Indiana (23rd; 2012).

RTW laws weaken the strength of unions. To illustrate, Boeing’s North Charleston plant employs about 7,500 workers to build fuselages for 747s and 787s. In 2015, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers tried to build support to unionize 3,175 production and maintenance workers. The effort was called off as workers wouldn’t embrace the union. Boeing constructed the plant in South Carolina after several battles with unions at its Washington plant.

According to a February 2011 study by the Economic Policy Institute, the drawbacks to RTW include:

* Wages in right-to-work states are 3.2% lower than those in non-RTW states.

* The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance is 2.6 percentage points lower in RTW states.

* The rate of employer-sponsored pensions is 4.8 percentage points lower in RTW states.

However, it should be remembered that the cost of living in RTW states is less than non-RTW states.

Further, an article in the “Wall Street Journal” (“An Inspiration and a Warning From Michigan”; Dec 14, 2012) claims that “between 1980 and 2011, total employment in right-to-work states grew by 71%, while employment in non-right-to-work states grew 32%. Sadly, employment in Michigan increased just 14% during that time. Since 2001, RTW states added 3.5% more jobs, while other states decreased by 2.6%. Similarly, inflation-adjusted compensation grew 12% in RTW states, but just 3% in the others.”

Beyond this, RTW is an important indicator of a state’s prosperity. To illustrate, according to a report from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, it appears financial success in state governments is not by accident. The Mercatus report, examined the financial stability of the fifty states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam. The report considered debt and financial obligations, as well as state pension programs and health care benefits. Of the top 10 states, all had adopted RTW legislation:

#1 – Nebraska
#2 – South Dakota
#3 – Tennessee
#4 – Florida
#5 – Oklahoma
#6 – Wyoming
#7 – Idaho
#8 – Utah
#9 – North Carolina
#10 – Nevada

Of the bottom 10 states in the study, with the exception of Kentucky (which just adopted RTW legislation in 2017), none supported RTW:

#41 – New York
#42 – California
#43 – West Virginia
#44 – Delaware
#45 – New Mexico
#46 – Kentucky
#47 – Massachusetts
#48 – New Jersey
#49 – Connecticut
#50 – Illinois

In another article, I discovered the states reporting the highest levels of worker “engagement,” meaning the employees are motivated and self-starting, were primarily in the South, and the lowest were in the Northeast and Midwest. Again, in this instance, the South includes RTW states, and the Northeast and Midwest are under union control.

Time and again, RTW is somehow related to prosperity. Coincidence? I do not believe so. Bottom-line, it comes down to whether or not you believe trade unions serve the best interests of their constituents. With the passing of Kentucky’s RTW legislation, there are now more states interested in providing work for their people as opposed to trusting the unions.

As an aside, the territory of Guam has RTW laws, as does the Federal Government. Participation in unions is strictly voluntary.

In the upcoming presidential election, you will not hear a Democrat candidate openly support RTW legislation as they need union votes to get elected. However, the day is not far away when living in a non-RTW state will be considered a political liability as opposed to an asset. Therefore, Sen. Harris’ attack on RTW was to be expected, after all she is not a Republican.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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BRYCE LAUNCHES NEW BOOK, “Tim’s SENIOR MOMENTS”

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 6, 2019

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

– Essays celebrating life as we grow older.

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PALM HARBOR, FL (May 6, 2019) – Author and freelance writer Tim Bryce of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce the publication of his latest book, “Tim’s Senior Moments,” which celebrates life as we grow older. Bryce is well known for his blog, “The Bryce is Right!” (timbryce.com), which includes essays also published elsewhere in the press. In addition, he has authored several books including both fiction and nonfiction.

According to Tim, “This is my fourteenth book. Over the years, I have written for young people, techies, managers, political junkies, just about everybody, except seniors. So, I wanted to write something special for their particular interests. It is something I always wanted to do since I turned 60. The book is filled with observations of the foibles of life we must all experience, sooner or later. It addresses those items we tend to overlook or take for granted, such as dogs, drugs, doctors, and our perspective on life. There are both humorous and serious essays on history, nostalgia, athletics, and the nuances of life that make it worth living.”

The book is published through Amazon and is available in printed form ($25), Kindle eBook ($9.99), and PDF ($9.99) suitable for just about any machine. The author claims the book is designed to be a great reading companion for seniors, and will make them laugh, think, and bring back many memories. There are seven sections in the book:

1. AGING – An introduction to the nuances of growing old.

2. A LITTLE SILLY – Some humorous observations about being a senior.

3. HISTORY LESSONS – Why we must study the past.

4. NOSTALGIA – Taking a ride in the way-back machine.

5. THE NUANCES OF LIFE – Time to stop and smell the roses.

6. ATHLETICS – Observations on sports and the great outdoors.

7. CLOSING THOUGHTS

Helena Nunn of Tampa Bay, an early reviewer of the book wrote to Bryce, “You are amazing! I looked over the first part of your book, introduction, etc. Loved it. As a senior, I immediately connected with your theme and your introduction describing Aging, the Nuances of Growing Old, e.g., the frustration factor, growing old and why oldsters are mean (I think I am at that point!). Great you followed up with A Little Silly. Like that part. Loved your list of your senior moments. Can relate to frustration with robocalls and waiting on doctors. Loved too that you include a chapter on History Lessons.”

Larry Marlin, also of Tampa, added, “I read your first three entries and I am hooked.”

In addition to his books, Bryce has written for the Tampa Tribune, Huffington Post, News Talk Florida, and several computer related publications around the world.

Mr. Bryce is available for lectures, speeches, readings, interviews, and after-dinner talks. He can be contacted at timb1557@gmail.com

The cover illustration was created by famed artist C.F. Payne.

The printed version of the book is 348 pages. ISBN: 9781095194751. For more information or to order, either visit Bryce’s web site at timbryce.com or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/timbryce .

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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BASEBALL’S INTER-LEAGUE PLAY

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 2, 2019

BRYCE ON SPORTS

– Enough is enough.

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In Major League Baseball (MLB), for many years there was just one division within each league, American and National, and winning the pennant flag was a very big deal. Fans were glued to the newspaper or radio to follow the progress of the teams. It was kind of like watching a horse race as each contestant jockeyed for position. However, as the league expanded to the western states, the MLB found they could break each league into multiple divisions and devise a playoff system. At first, each league was broken into two divisions, East and West, but then split into three as we know it today, East-Central-West. As an aside, I always thought it was funny that the Cincinnati Reds were originally placed in the West of the old two-division system, while the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs remained in the East, even though they were much further west than Cincinnati (I never could figure that one out).

MLB was not unique in terms of splitting divisions. All of the major professional sports have done likewise, including the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Let’s face it, divisional playoffs makes a lot of money for the leagues and extends the season, but also know this, Division Crowns pale in comparison to a League pennant or championship.

The latest wrinkle in the MLB is inter-league play, whereby a National League team plays an American League team. Actually it began back in 1997 and frankly, I never got used to it. I realize the NFL has been doing inter-league play for a long time, but I think it waters down the competition. Prior to 1997, the only time MLB teams played others outside of their league was either during Spring Training, the All-Star Game, and, of course, the World Series. Today, inter-league play is quite common and, to my way of thinking, it distracts from the divisional races. Yes, I understand the wins and losses still count, but such games are essentially meaningless and seem more like trivial exhibition games as opposed to highly contested matches between league opponents. Even the players look like they are playing half-hearted in such games.

The only thing controversial in inter-league play is use of the Designated Hitter (DH) as used in the American League, and not the National League. NL purists abhor the DH, while AL fans do not understand why the NL doesn’t adopt it as it livens up the offense as opposed to working around a pitcher who cannot hit.

Let’s talk about rivalries, back when the Reds were in the NL West, they fought tooth and nail against their division rivals, particularly the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The competition became so fierce between these teams, attendance soared as the fans understood the impact of a win and a loss. This resulted in fierce rivalries and skyrocketing attendance. It also increased Radio-TV ratings, not to mention more money from advertising. The same was true elsewhere, such as between the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals, etc.

Today, MLB wants us to watch a meaningless game between the Tampa Bay Rays (AL) versus the Miami Marlins (NL), or the Cleveland Indians (AL) vs. Cincinnati Reds (NL), or the Yankees against the Mets, etc. The intent is to develop interstate rivalries, but all I can say is, “SNORE!” As someone from Tampa Bay, an AL team, I really do not have much of an interest in what goes on in Miami.

If inter-league play is being done just for amusement, then let’s stop kidding ourselves and not add it to the Win-Loss column as it means absolutely nothing.

Let us not forget, competition is what makes sports interesting. The MLB should be more concerned with creating rivalries and less on creating meaningless freak shows like inter-league play.

In other words, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH; GIVE IT A REST!

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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WHY ARE DEMOCRATS ABANDONING RELIGION?

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 30, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS & RELIGION

– Membership in organized religion continues to plummet.

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Gallup recently released an interesting report discussing the erosion of attendance and membership in organized religion. They claim membership in churches, synagogues, and mosques has reached a new low, 50%. From 1938 to 1999, membership averaged 70%, but since then it has steadily declined to its current level. This helps explain why so many institutions are suffering financially and being forced to make dramatic changes, such as selling their building, terminating leaders and staff, mergers and consolidations, etc. Interestingly, the same can be said for other nonprofits, such as fraternal, civic, trade groups, and amateur sports institutions. Most, if not all, are experiencing a decline.

The downsizing of membership in organized religion is interesting as there are political ramifications in play. According to the Gallup report, Republicans show a modest decline in terms of membership, dropping from 77% to 69%. However, Democrats showed a more dramatic decline, going from 71% to 48%.

Why the significant drop in membership? Some people theorize religion has become synonymous with the Republican party and, as such, do not want to be associated with such values. I believe it goes well beyond this though. As the Democrats have become more radically liberal, thereby embracing Socialism, there is a natural inclination to avoid religion and abandon God. This explains why moderate Democrats are leaving the party and are either voting independently or switching over to the Republican party as they do not want to see their religion ridiculed by the far Left. Let us not forget, there have been efforts in the last few Democrat conventions to eliminate “God” from the wording of the party platform.

In particular, Christianity has been in the cross-hairs of radical Democrats for a long time, and still is to this day. To illustrate, the San Antonio City Council, controlled by Democrats, recently banned the popular Chick-fil-A restaurant from opening a new store in the city’s airport. Although the company was originally included in the plans, they were forced out apparently for their charitable donations to Christian groups who allegedly are anti-LGBTQ. According to a USA Today report, San Antonio Councilman Manny Pelaez (D) even went so far as to “lambaste, denigrate, and openly mock the otherwise upstanding corporate citizen of Chick-fil-A.” Further, “He described Chick-fil-A as a ‘symbol of hate’ because it has donated to religious charities that he considered to oppose LGBTQ rights.” All of this has resulted in a request for an investigation into the City Council’s decision based on religious discrimination.

As another instance, former President Barack Obama and Sec. Hillary Clinton, recently commented on the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, by referring to the victims as “Easter worshippers” and not “Christians.” The snub was subtle, but significant in that it reflects the attitude by the Democrats to disrespect Christianity.

In a related story, it was recently announced the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers will no longer play Kate Smith’s rendition of the Irving Berlin classic, “God Bless America,” a time-honored patriotic song, claiming Smith was a racist. Please remember Kate Smith was the woman President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a Democrat) introduced to Winston Churchill years ago as “Mrs. America.” Smith was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her singing during World War II. In other words, something smells fishy here; is it the singer or the song on trial here? I suspect the latter.

It is perfectly obvious the Democrats are rebelling against the 4-C’s of Republicanism:

Christianity – Not only are they abandoning church, they are working to subvert it because of the moral values involved. The truth is, they are jealous of Christians in terms of what they have accomplished through their work ethic and benevolence.

Capitalism – They are trying to replace it with Socialism in order to expand government control and create dependencies (aka, “Master/Slave” relationship). Democrats have abandoned the concept of “earning a living,” preferring entitlements instead.

Constitution – They have made numerous attempts to undermine our governing document as it is perceived as an antiquated encumbrance against the Democrat agenda. This is why they wish to eliminate the Electoral College, change the makeup of the Supreme Court, implement gun control, and other changes to our Bill of Rights.

Conservative values – These are values developed over the country’s history and includes such things as love of country (patriotism), citizenship, reverence for family, belief in deity, being a good neighbor, lending a helping hand, etc. Instead, the Democrats have developed a set of moral values diametrically opposed to conservatives in an attempt to redefine history, government, freedoms and rights. According to Gallop polls in 2017 and 2018, liberal positions have led to a sharp decline in morality in the country as we know it today. This is greatly assisted by the entertainment and news media who no longer feel restrained from promoting liberal values and demeaning those of conservatives.

So, in terms of organized religion, the Democrats are rapidly becoming the anti-God party as it doesn’t fit in with their political agenda. Whereas the United States used to be considered one of the most religious countries in the world, it’s ranking has slipped due to the departure of the Democrats. Again, this will likely cause our sense of morality to continue to stumble and fall.

The refutation of the 4-C’s represents a rejection of the traditional values of the country. It ultimately represents a radical re-definition and implementation of America, one where liberty is steadfastly controlled by government. Yes, it is all about “control.”

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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AIRPORTS

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 25, 2019

BRYCE ON TRANSPORTATION

– Do you see anything “suspicious” there?

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It has been awhile since I’ve talked about airports. In the past, I enjoyed air travel but now look for excuses not to go, thereby avoiding the headaches associated with it. Suffice it to say, I find travel to be more laborious than exciting. I think the novelty wore off when they introduced the security checkpoints back in the early 1980’s. Now we have to strip and be subject to cavity searches by people who flunked their proctology exams in a foreign country. You really have to hand it to the terrorists for creating a billion dollar industry and putting the homeless to work as security inspectors.

Over the public address system you routinely hear the message, “Please report any suspicious behavior.” Hell, the whole thing is suspicious. People are plugged in and tuned out. Those people talking on cell phones look delusional as they wander aimlessly through the airport seemingly talking to themselves. Most are dressed as if they are going on a camping trip or bombing run. Even the security people look like they speak a foreign language, certainly not English. Report “suspicious behavior”? To whom? Muhammed, the head of airport security?

I’ve also noticed airports are now much more handicap accessible than in years past, but perhaps they have gone overboard on some things. For example, when I went to the men’s room recently I noticed there was an infant changing table. Okay, fine, men change diapers now. No big deal. Over the table hung a sign denoting the changing table, but in addition to plain English on the sign I noticed a Braille version for the blind. This got me thinking how a blind person would ever find the spot and use it properly. I imagined a person groping around a strange airport and rest room until he finally arrived at the station only to miss the sign (as it was displayed a tad high and inset, making it easy to miss). He might even end up circling the rest room for hours to find the right spot to change diapers. God knows what he will use if he misses it.

Luggage carousels haven’t really changed over the years. The baggage handlers still send out the same 100 empty suitcases before any of the bags from your flight shows up. Actually, I think it’s a stalling tactic as they rip through your luggage to find the good stuff.

The Gestapo runs the ground transportation, for both pickup and drop-off, complete with bomb sniffing dogs, mirrors to look under your car, and tow trucks. Most do nothing but wave their arms incessantly, blow their whistle, and yell at you to move your car. I still haven’t developed the knack for picking up someone while the car is still moving. I guess I need more practice.

So, do I see anything “suspicious” at the airport? You tell me.

First published: November 18, 2008

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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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 23, 2019

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The Democrats’ perspective of our country.

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As I watch the televised news and listen to Democrats, particularly the younger generation, be it on college campuses, the streets, or protesting in the halls of Congress, I am struck by their naivety in terms of our government, our history, and the concept of earning a living. I look at them and cannot believe what I am witnessing. It simply doesn’t add up. To illustrate…

Democrats, both young and old, seem to believe our country is a Democracy, when it really is a Republic, something they simply fail to grasp. No doubt they would be surprised to learn there is no country in the world based on democracy, least of all ours. As a result, they do not comprehend the necessity of such things as the Electoral College. They understand popularity contests, probably from watching too many reality shows, but they do not know how to achieve fair parity between urban and rural America.

Young Democrats naively believe socialism is a better economic system than capitalism. The fact socialism has consistently failed over the years and around the world is immaterial to them. They claim they want “fairness for all” (translation: a redistribution of the wealth), yet capitalism puts everyone on the same footing and says, “Go!”, whereby some will win, some will come in second or third, and some will fail. It all depends on the effort we exert, but we recognize nobody is going to give us anything for nothing, unless of course, socialism is allowed to supersede capitalism.

Young Democrats naively believe they have the right to do anything they want. Actually, their rights and freedoms are ultimately defined by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, something few have read. Sure, they have the right to ask questions and seek the truth, but they do not have the right to run amok and cause anarchy.

They seem to believe all presidential candidates are required by law to reveal their tax records, when in reality, they do not. They believe the public is entitled to an unredacted version of the Mueller report, which they are not, nor is the Congress for that matter. They further believe the reports of an emergency at the southern border are fabricated and the president has no right to declare a “National Emergency” to quell the problem. The Supreme Court will likely rule in favor of the president on this one.

Young Democrats believe they are entitled to just about everything, be it housing, food, communications, education, transportation, and health care. The concept of earning their way through life is foreign to them, thus promoting the concept of entitlements.

So, how did this come about? First, public education has failed miserably in teaching history, government, economics, and citizenship. This has deteriorated to the point our youth have become dangerous as they are grossly misinformed. I knew more by 5th grade years ago than the average High School graduate knows today.

Blame should also be placed on parents for failing to teach such subjects, as well as the concepts of work ethic, responsibility, and moral values. Finally, we have to point a finger at the media for misleading people and distorting reality.

What then can be done to solve this problem? If everyone understood some basics, I am convinced the rhetoric would be less visceral. Instead of respectful discussion, they have taken to boisterous, uncouth, and bullying behavior to sway people, which only impresses themselves, not the other party they are trying to convince. In fact, it causes the other party to embrace the opposing viewpoint. The Democrats have traded in reason and persuasion for programmable talking points. For example, they insist President Trump is a pathological liar. In contrast, I have yet to see anyone of authority in the Democrat party answer a question directly, and regularly catch them misinforming the public. Yet, when this is pointed out, it is dismissed out of hand and I am vilified.

What to do? Education is the key. Since they couldn’t learn it from Public Education, their Parents, or the Media, they have to learn it on their own.

First, there is the U.S. Constitution itself which can be found on the Internet for free. This should be read individually and discussed in groups to determine the rationale for the various parts of the document. To assist in this regards, may I suggest…

“The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle that Changed the World,” by W. Cleon Skousen. This is an easy read and explains the various parts of the Constitution. It sells for about $12-$20 and is available from Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. This makes an excellent holiday gift suitable for students in High School and College. In my humble opinion, all young people should be given a copy of this book as it describes the mechanics of our government. Think of it as a crash course in Civics.

“Elementary Catechism of the Constitution of the United States” (1828) by Arthur J. Stansbury – for many years, school children learned this catechism. It is just as relevant today as it was nearly 200 years ago. It is available free of charge as a PDF file on the Internet.

I have difficulty relating to the young Democrats of today, let alone sparring with them. I tend to look at them as aliens with three eyes, speaking a strange tongue I do not comprehend, all because they are uninformed about how our government works. This helps to explain the fissure between left and right in this country. It’s not just that they do not understand how the government works, they simply couldn’t care less.

Maybe what is really needed is to have citizens pass a certification test in order to vote. I can dream can’t I?

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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CHECKING OUT THE CHECKOUT

Posted by Tim Bryce on April 18, 2019

BRYCE ON LIFE

– In appreciation of old brass cash registers.

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When I was a young lad visiting my grandparents in Buffalo, New York, there was a local grocery store I loved to visit with them. It had wooden floors, a pickle barrel, and separate barrels for butter and cheese. Milk was still sold in glass bottles, and the store butcher cut meat in accordance with your wishes and wrapped it wax paper and string. There was also freshly ground coffee that smelled heavenly, as well as the fresh bread sold there. To a young boy, the shop was a wonder to behold with all of its sights, sounds, and smells. The only other institution that could hold a candle to it was an old hardware store in my hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut. It too had wooden floors, barrels on the floor for different nails and screws, a wide array of tools for just about any task, and the smell of freshly cut pine enraptured me. Such stores were magical and I never wanted to leave.

The focal point of both stores understandably was the checkout counter featuring a massive cash register with a wide array of white ivory buttons. I was mesmerized by the clerk whose fingers flew across the rows of buttons rapidly and accurately to record the transactions, each making a distinct and authoritative mechanical click. When the register drawer was opened, a pleasant sounding bell would ring. A simple receipt was printed which identified the store by name and number, today’s date, the price of each item you purchased, sales tax, and the total. The whole receipt was no bigger than a baseball card. The machine itself was a majestic instrument made of brass with decorative swirls and lines adorning it and there was a massive handle on the right side of the register to process the final transaction. The register drawer inside it was made of wood and the oils from the fingers of clerks over the years turned it deep brown thereby revealing its age. The machine was sturdy, reliable and never broke down. To my young mind, it was truly a work of art and added a touch of class to the establishment.

Today the checkout counter is a much less pleasurable experience. Registers are plain looking plastic boxes with considerable electronics, making them much less impressive than the splendid grandeur of yesteryear. In most stores we are asked to swipe credit cards or insert the memory chip. Then we must sign our names to acknowledge the transaction, not on paper, but on a touch screen which has a tendency of making our autographs look garbled as if it were signed by a five year old huckleberry.

Then there is the matter of the paper receipts. Instead of simple slips of paper, the machine now generates “War and Peace” containing legal terms and conditions, rebate offers that are too illegible to properly process, along with coupons and discounts on everything except what you want to buy. Reams of paper are generated thereby taking up considerable space in our wallets or purses. For a paperless society, we sure know how to kill a lot of trees.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, I’m always amazed by the automatic checkout counters in the mega hardware stores and supermarkets. The concept is to allow customers to check themselves out without assistance from clerks, thereby saving the company money in terms of personnel needed to process the order. Interestingly, I have yet to see an automatic checkout counter without a human standing nearby to supervise activity and intervene when trouble arises, which seems to be always. Because these checkouts seem to be prone to processing snafus, I wonder why companies bother. After all, I prefer human contact where you are, in theory, to be treated cordially and friendly, thereby encouraging repeat business, references, and increased sales. I don’t need clerks heckling me with “Good Mornings,” but rather someone who cares about me visiting his/her store.

God, how I miss those big brass cash registers.

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 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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