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IS CNN “THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE”?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 3, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS & THE MEDIA

– Jim Acosta is angry over his recent treatment at Trump rallies.

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It began at the Trump Rally this past Tuesday in Tampa. I was covering the rally as part of the press corps for News Talk Florida. A sizable crowd was on hand and, as is customary, the attendees and media had to wait for a couple of hours for President Trump to take the podium. To fill the time, news reporters wrote their columns and the television media made brief on-air reports, including Jim Acosta of CNN, a well known adversary to this administration.

Seeing Mr. Acosta begin to make his live report, the crowd turned around towards the camera, waved their Trump signs and began to chant “CNN sucks” as well as “USA” and “Trump.” As more people began to notice what was going on, they joined in and their voices grew louder and louder. So much so, Mr. Acosta was forced to curtail his report. This happened not just once, but at least two times.

The next day, the White House correspondent was interviewed on CNN and was visibly upset with the heckling in Tampa, whining, “It felt like we weren’t in America anymore,” and portrayed himself as a victim.

Some reports claimed President Trump had instigated the verbal attack on Mr. Acosta. This is simply not true as it happened long before Mr. Trump took the stage.

He also claimed the media worried about their safety. Frankly, the only person singled out by the crowd was Mr. Acosta during his report. Nobody cared about him when the camera was turned off. No other member of the media was addressed, other than a member of the press asking an attendee a question.

This is evidently a common occurrence with Mr. Acosta as it has happened at other events. Bottom-line, the Trump supporters know who Mr. Acosta is and are acutely aware of his adversarial relationship with the president, which they do not appreciate.

Pursuant to this, in Thursday’s press conference, Mr. Acosta persisted in asking the press secretary, Sarah Sanders, if the Trump administration considered the media, “The enemy of the people.” Although she dodged the question, she claimed to be offended by the attacks by the press on her personally.

Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter issued a statement that, No, she didn’t consider the media as an enemy of the people. This caused President Trump to Tweet on Thursday, “They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”

It is no secret the public no longer trusts the media, reaching incredible lows. Republicans and independents generally regard it as an organ of the Democrats.

When there is any push back to a story in the press, particularly by the president, they claim foul. Ever since the beginning of his candidacy, Mr. Trump knew he wasn’t liked by the press, which is typical for most Republican presidents. Unlike his predecessors though who simply took the abuse, Mr. Trump is not afraid to return fire which annoys the press to no end, claiming he is being “unpresidential.” He refutes this comment by saying, “It is a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do,” a reference to his results orientation.

Sitting there as a member of the press, I was asked my opinions on various subjects. Inevitably, the first question asked was, “Are you with CNN?” After I assured them I was not, they asked some rather interesting questions about the media and politics in general.

Basically, I think CNN’s Jim Acosta is getting a small taste of his own medicine, and certainly doesn’t like it. Somehow he believes he should be exempted from criticism. The heckling he receives at the Trump rallies is a result of his own doing. He has gone out of his way to irritate the administration and certainly doesn’t come across as “fair and balanced.” Supporters of the president recognize this and treats him accordingly.

Somehow I am reminded of the old saying, “If you cannot stand the heat…”

Keep the Faith!

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TRUMP SEALS THE DEAL FOR DeSANTIS

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 1, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The President campaigns for Republicans running for office.

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TAMPA, FL (Aug 1, 2018) – President Donald J. Trump paid a visit to Tampa Bay yesterday to campaign for Republican candidates. He held a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds which was attended by an estimated 7,000 people and a sizable press corps. The president is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area, having held four rallies here in 2016 when running for president. He understands the importance of Florida as a swing state which helped elect him to office. As such, he wants to keep the state red.

This was my fourth rally which I covered for News Talk Florida, and the second time Mr. Trump visited the fairgrounds. This time around, I sat outside the press pool, up in the stands with the people. Seeing my media credentials, people eyed me suspiciously but started asking me questions about Florida politics and the press in general. Sitting with the people, as opposed to behind the fenced in area for the press, gave me the opportunity to observe the Trump supporters first hand and determine their interests. From this, I sensed there was more electricity in the air, kind of like attending a World Series game or Super Bowl. I overheard one gentleman say, “Wow, this is better than a football game.”

During his introduction, the president recognized political leaders running for office, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (Dist 1) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Dist 12). Governor Rick Scott, who is running for the U.S. Senate, could not be there for the meeting, possibly because he wanted to appear neutral on the DeSantis-Putnam contest to replace him as governor.

The president saved the bulk of his praise for Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-D6) who he publicly endorsed for Florida governor. In reality, the rally was designed to solidify Rep. DeSantis’ candidacy. Currently, the representative enjoys a twelve point lead in a Mason-Dixon poll (7/23-25) and a nine point lead in a Florida Atlantic University poll (7/20-21). The president’s endorsement should propel him further to clinch the Republican primary on August 28th.

Rep. DeSantis, whose roots are in Tampa Bay (Dunedin), welcomed the president and thanked him for his endorsement. He went on to support Mr. Trump’s policies on illegal immigration, which resulted in a “Build the Wall” chant by the audience. He was also opposed to Sanctuary Cities and Common Core, and is a proponent of teaching the U.S. Constitution in the classroom.

President Trump also made a plug for Governor Scott to replace Senator Bill Nelson (D), claiming, “The only time I see Nelson is five months before an election.” He also attacked the senator’s voting record, claiming he had voted for Obamacare, against the recent Tax cuts, and for Sanctuary Cities.

The president appeared to be in good spirits and was pleased to report how the economy has turned around for the better. Specifically, he mentioned…

– The Gross Domestic Product was now up to 4.1%.
– There are 3.7 million new jobs since he has taken office.
– African-American and Hispanic unemployment is at the lowest levels in history.
– The unemployment rate for Women is at the lowest level in 65 years.
– 3.5 million Americans are off of food stamps.
– Oil production is high.
– For the first time ever, America has become an exporter of Natural Gas.
– The country will soon be the largest energy producer.
– The Trade Deficit was falling.
– And it was time to straighten out the trade deals.

Although he talked about other things, it was obvious the president understands the importance of the economy as a sales tool for Republican candidates.

“But now, it is time to rebuild our country,” he said. All of this was met with enthusiastic cheers from the audience. The president was also pleased to announce U.S. Steel had opened six new steel mills, and as a surprise, mentioned Newport Steel was going to open a steel mill in Florida. This was particularly well received.

Mr. Trump went on to warn of the consequences of Democrats winning the midterm elections, claiming they want open borders and to abolish ICE, which would result in a higher crime rate and drug trafficking. He also observed, “Democrats are not allowing our values,” meaning patriotism, citizenship, and law enforcement. The president also warned of the Democrats’ attempt to give illegal immigrants the right to vote in our elections. “It is time for voter ID,” he stated which was heartily endorsed by the audience.

To me personally, the most interesting aspect of the evening was the eclectic audience in attendance, representing all walks of life; everything from young to old, blue collar to white. Even though the Democrats claim to be the party of the working people, President Trump has been able to connect to the general public, including steel workers, coal miners, people in manufacturing and construction, farmers, law enforcement, and, of course, the military and veterans. By doing so, he represents a significant threat to the Democrats who are moving towards a socialist agenda. Traditional Democrats should be worried for the future of their party.

The president also took his customary pot shots at the Fake News media. In response to their criticisms about his Avant Garde behavior, he said, “It is a lot easier to act presidential than to do what I do,” implying his results orientation.

Other notes of interest: Ivanka and Eric Trump were in attendance, as well as Eric’s wife, Lara who delivered a remarkably good talk in support of her father-in-law during the warm-up session. Towards the beginning of Mr. Trump’s speech, three or four protesters were ejected from the event, but due to the noisy condition of the event, nobody was sure what they were protesting. I also didn’t see any protesters outside. They may have been there, but they certainly were not as visible as the handful who were there in 2016.

Basically, the Trump Rally solidified the chances for Rep. Ron DeSantis to clinch the Republican candidacy for Florida governor. By bringing out his big gun, the President, Rep. DeSantis has put the other candidate, Adam Putnam, at a distinct disadvantage going into the primary elections on August 28th.

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 timb001@phmainstreet.com

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TRANSLATING TRUMPESE

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 24, 2018

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– America is separated by two languages, not ideology.

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Like a lot of people, I often get confused by news reports expressing different interpretations of what President Donald Trump allegedly said. Even when you hear it yourself, it is not uncommon to read or hear a different interpretation altogether from the press. At first, I thought it was nothing but spin by the main stream media, but it finally occurred to me, Americans speak two different languages based on English, Liberal and “Trumpese.” It is a simple matter of translation. In studying the lexicon of both, I have discovered how Liberals translate Mr. Trump’s comments and vice versa. For example, when liberals say something is “backwards,” it is translated to “forwards” for everyone else. Other examples, “disabled = strong”, “disgruntled = happy”, etc. For a more complete list, see the bottom of this article.

Now let’s consider how these words apply:

In a recent joint statement issued by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the two are quoted as saying:

WHAT THE LIBERALS SAY:
“President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment,” the statement reads. “His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the President is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies.”

TRANSLATION FOR EVERYONE ELSE:
“President Trump’s truthful observations and compliments of one of America’s most shaky allies, Germany, is an achievement,” the statement reads. “His behavior this morning is another profoundly refreshing signal that the President treats both the same, President Putin and our NATO allies.”

Let’s try another by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)…

WHAT MAXINE SAYS:
“Already you have members of your Cabinet who have been booed out of restaurants. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

TRANSLATION FOR EVERYONE ELSE:
“Already you have members of your Cabinet who have been cheered out of restaurants. Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you heartily welcome them. And you tell them they’re loved and appreciated.”

This handy translation filter works both ways, for example:

WHAT MR. TRUMP SAYS:
“We’ve had a very amazing two-day period in Brussels,” Trump told reporters. “Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before.”

“And now we’re very happy and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong NATO, much stronger than it was two days ago,” he said.

LIBERAL TRANSLATION:
“We’ve had a very catastrophic two-day period in Brussels,” Trump told reporters. “Everyone has disagreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to bring it down to levels that they’ve never thought of before.”

“And now we’re very disgruntled and have a very, very disabled, very, very week NATO, much weaker than it was two days ago,” he said.

Okay, now try it yourself. Suppose you are a liberal and want to say something like:

WHAT A LIBERAL WOULD SAY:
“45 is the worst president in American history. He should be impeached if, for no other reason, than campaign violations and treason. Nominating a supreme court justice under such a cloud of suspicion is ridiculous. Therefore, you must not move forward with ANY nominee proposed by 45.”

TRANSLATION FOR EVERYONE ELSE:
“President Donald J. Trump is the best president in American history. He should be reelected if, for no other reason, than being elected over Crooked Hillary and making America great again. Nominating a supreme court justice under a proven track record is inspiring. Therefore, you must move forward with ANY nominee proposed by President Donald J. Trump.”

Perhaps the best way to think of Trumpese is as a foreign language requiring translation tools, such as those provided by Google, and I cannot wait to see how it is implemented by the people at Babbel.

Business people will understand Trumpese better than most people as it is ultimately derived from those who are results oriented and not politically correct. Remarkably, most news anchors and reporters from the main stream media are fluent as well, as demonstrated by their interpretation immediately following a speech or news conference by President Trump.

So you see, “Trumpese” is actually quite simple. It’s not that we do not agree, we simply do not speak the same language. 😉

Here is a more complete list for translation:

LIBERAL – TRUMPESE
45 = President Donald J. Trump
backwards = forwards
booed = cheered
brazen insults = truthful observations
bring it down = up it
campaign violations = being elected over Crooked Hillary
catastrophic = amazing
chaotic = premeditated
cloud of suspicion = proven track record
condemning = highly warranted
democracy = republic
denigration = compliments
disabled = strong
disagreed = agreed
disgruntled = happy
disturbing = refreshing
embarrassment = achievement
enemies = potential customers
failure = success
friends = adversaries
grave = positive
horrible = great
impeached = reelected
in over his head = on top of his game
is more loyal to = treats both the same
must not = must
not welcome anymore, anywhere = loved and appreciated
offensive = candid
push back on = heartily welcome
ridiculous = inspiring
rude = personable
steadfast = shaky
successful = detrimental
traitor = patriot
treason = making America great again
weak = disabled
worst = best

The following has been a public service announcement for a better America.

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 timb001@phmainstreet.com

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WHY THE PRESS NITPICKS TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 12, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Ever watch a good Coon Dog in action? They’re unmerciful.

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It is interesting how Donald Trump seems to be embroiled in the pettiest of subjects. He swats at them like they’re gnats. Actually, it is time to get some bug spray and clear the air.

Mrs. Clinton has unleashed her media dogs who are chasing Trump like a Coon Dog tries to tree a racoon. Why are they so aggressively doing so? Simple, to create a diversion from the frailties and indiscretions of Mrs. Clinton. Somehow I am reminded of the scene where the massive head in the “Wizard of Oz” admonishes Dorothy & Company, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

The main street media is the last line of defense between the public and the truth. They want you to believe there is still infighting in the GOP while, in reality, the Democratic Party is melting down as their e-mail scandal is forcing the top officers to resign. The public doesn’t realize this though, as the press only reports on alleged rifts between Trump and Sen. McCain and Speaker Paul Ryan. Welcome to Fantasyland.

They also do not want you to dwell on Mrs. Clinton’s many indiscretions over the years, her lack of accomplishments, and lack of trustworthiness. It doesn’t matter she openly lies to the American people, as she did in her interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace last Sunday. Nor are they concerned about the Clinton Foundation, her changing positions, and that she hasn’t held a press conference in nearly a year. All of this doesn’t matter to the press; taking Trump down is their main objective, and the American people are terrified to challenge them.

The media’s intent is to attack Trump’s character, not his positions which they know are popular with the American public. If they can depict Trump as unfit to command, they believe Mrs. Clinton can win the White House. They are not so much concerned about his policies, which they seldom report, but with his politically incorrect comments, and by doing so they are trying to box him in and chase him up a tree where he can do less damage to Mrs. Clinton. By isolating Trump from the public, it changes the focus away from Hillary who will be free to say and do anything without fear of being checked by the press.

During the upcoming presidential debates, if the moderators begin by asking Mr. Trump why he said this or that, and if Mrs. Clinton isn’t asked about the Clinton Foundation and only given simple questions to answer, you’ll know the fix is in.

So, Mr. and Mrs. Voter, be wary of the Clinton News Network (CNN), the Clinton Broadcasting System (CBS), the Nation Beholding to Clinton (NBC), and Always Boost Clinton (ABC), not to mention the New York Crimes, the Worthlessness Post, and the Huffingandpuffing Pest. It is time to take the Main Street Media down.

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Dorothy

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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WILL TRUMP SUPPORTERS DEFEND THEMSELVES?

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 11, 2016

BRYCE ON DEFENSE

– Who will pull the trigger?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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TRUMP’S GOAL: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Posted by Tim Bryce on July 6, 2016

BRYCE ON ENERGY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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

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THE MAIN EVENT: THE TRUMP/CLINTON DEBATES

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 22, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Hold on to your seats, you won’t want to miss them.

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Aside from the party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the most anticipated series of events will undoubtedly be the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This is going to set historic records of viewership for the networks lucky enough to host one of them. Actually, a bidding war should be devised between the networks with the proceeds going to a mutually agreeable charity.

The debates will be “huuuge” and represent a flash point in the direction of the country. They will be even bigger than the heavyweight contests between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier in the early 1970’s. Such fanfare will be as a result of Mr. Trump’s ability to promote such events, as demonstrated by the high ratings of the GOP debates. Due to the sharp ideological differences between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump, the nation will watch in greater numbers than any previous presidential debate.

As a “Type A” businessman, Mr. Trump will be brash, boisterous, confident and entertaining. He will undoubtedly take the offense in the debate. Mrs. Clinton will try to depict him as a naive, uninformed clown with no practical experience in government. She may even poke fun at him for some of his positions.

In contrast, Mrs. Clinton will try to portray herself as super confident and experienced. She will maintain her sense of entitlement because of her background. This will be the same mistake she made against Obama and Sanders, and therein lies a weakness. She must earn the public’s vote and not take it for granted simply because she is a Clinton. Mr. Trump will attack her list of limited accomplishments, and portray her as an integral part of the Washington Triad (politicians, the press, and lobbyists). Trump’s goal is to depict her as a part of the establishment, which is considered broken by the general public. Consequently, she will be forced to play defense.

Mrs. Clinton will likely accuse Trump of being a hypocrite, violating business ethics and not treating women fairly, and by doing so she will unwittingly open Pandora’s Box which will be the green light for Trump to attack the past indiscretions of the Clintons.

She desperately needs to maintain her composure and will try to appear above it all. When Trump speaks, she will likely wear the same bored expression she wore in the Benghazi congressional hearings. This will work against her.

If Trump attacks her like his GOP rivals, she’ll say “You see, this is how he treats women.” To which Trump will in turn claim, “You see, she hides behind her skirt. How will she handle someone like Putin?” We saw the wrath in Carly Fiorina’s eyes after allowing Trump to get under her skin. If Hillary does likewise and cracks under the strain, she may go into one of her legendary tirades, thereby losing the debate. I call this the “Captain Queeg phenomenon” from the movie, “The Caine Mutiny.” Like Queeg, who was played by Humphrey Bogart, Mrs. Clinton may become unglued under pressure from Trump.

For his part, Mr. Trump will ask the hard questions the press and Senator Sanders will not, unlike what Romney did with Obama. The kid gloves will be off. If a debate moderator asks, “Why do you believe Mrs. Clinton belongs in jail?” Trump will be unafraid to reopen Benghazi and the e-mail server.

More than this, Trump will hammer away on her lack of political accomplishments. If he can get the American public to believe she cannot stand on her own two feet, without relying on the support of her husband, she will appear to be unfit to serve the office, and the game will be over.

Back in 1971, Ali was the overwhelming favorite to win the match, which is why everyone was shocked when Frazier won by unanimous decision. Likewise, in the 2016 debates, Mrs. Clinton comes into the contest as the odds-on favorite, but do not count Trump out, as he will likely pull a Frazier-like upset.

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DO WE REALLY NEED TO UNIFY?

Posted by Tim Bryce on June 1, 2016

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– Is it really necessary for Trump to unify the GOP?

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We call ourselves the “United” States of America, but it hardly seems that way anymore. Between our contrasting views of politics, socioeconomics, religion and morality, it seems there is little to agree on. The media claims the Republican party is divided and that Donald Trump, as presumptive candidate, should take steps to unify the party, a party that tried to undermine his every step in the campaign. However, the Democratic party is just as divided, maybe more so. The ultra Left, as characterized by Sen. Sanders’ campaign cannot stomach Mrs. Clinton, nor does she have any use for him.

This is not to suggest political unity cannot be achieved. For example, the differences between Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were substantial. Even though they despised each other, they teamed up to win the 1960 election. However, today it is less likely for such marriages to occur as the campaign language has become more venomous and the relationship between candidates more toxic.

Going beyond party unity, let’s consider this; no matter who wins the presidential election in November, half of the country will not accept the candidate and violence will likely ensue, and, Yes, some people will move out of the country in protest. This is indicative of the intolerance we maintain for our ideological opposites.

People will inevitably blame one candidate or the other for the divisiveness of the country, but the reality is, we are no longer a nation willing to unify anymore. It is not in our nature to do so. Regardless of the institution we work in, we have been taught to be rugged individualists as opposed to team players. Companies still give preference to individual achievement over group effort, and nonprofits are run as “Good Ole Boy” clubs practicing crony capitalism. Only in certain team sports or natural disasters do Americans pull together. We no longer respect, nor tolerate, the values and opinions of others.

Why the push for unity in our political parties? It is the American media trying to create political drama for the purpose of raising revenues. The truth is, we haven’t been a united country since the 1930’s and 40’s where we battled the Great Depression and World War II. All other times it has been facade.

Here is the reality of the situation, in 2008 and 2012, Republicans voted AGAINST Obama, not FOR McCain or Romney. This is unity by default, not because we were willing to fall in line behind a candidate.

So, when Donald Trump says he can win the presidency without a unified Republican party, he is probably right. Then again the party has never really been truly united, nor the Democrats.

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PRODUCING POLITICAL SOAP OPERAS

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 25, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The obnoxious press; it’s all about the money.

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Please note: This column was originally written on April 26, 2016 for News Talk Radio. Some changes have occurred wince its publication, but the point of the article remains intact.

This has to be one of the most tumultuous electoral cycles in recent memory. The Democratic Party is split between an openly Socialist candidate and a classic politician few people trust. In the GOP, candidates smear the front runner and call each other names. Old nominees are coming out of the closet to take jabs at the candidates, and for the first time in forty years, there is talk of a contested convention, and political demonstrations threaten the safety of rallies. If you listen to the press, the Republican Party is imploding and a new party will likely emerge.

And that is just the point, it is the media stirring the pot more than anyone else, and it’s all about money.

Traditionally, the bread and butter for the media is political advertising, and with 17 GOP candidates, the political year started out as a bonanza. Even the Republican debates generated record setting ratings and revenues, thanks in large part to a controversial candidate, businessman Donald Trump. Slowly but surely though, the gravy train dried up as the candidates, one-by-one, suspended their campaigns, particularly Governor Bush and Senator Rubio who spent approximately $150 million in campaign advertising. With these candidates gone, the media felt the pinch of a greatly reduced cash flow.

So, what to do? The Wisconsin primary was a flashpoint for the press. Senator Ted Cruz was dangerously close to being pushed out of the race, and if he went, Governor Kasich wouldn’t be far behind, along with their advertising budgets. This would leave only one candidate remaining, Donald Trump, a notorious skinflint in terms of campaign advertising. This caused the media to come to the defense of Cruz by openly attacking Trump, thereby winning Wisconsin and allowing Cruz and Kasich to remain in the race.

Wisconsin though was followed by New York, Trump’s home state, and today’s Super Tuesday of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, which Trump should win handily. By doing so, Trump is building momentum which will carry him through the remaining primaries.

When you study the polls for the remaining contests, Trump already holds substantial leads, but the press doesn’t want you to know this and will argue Cruz and Kasich may still pick up a few more primaries. File this under “wishful Thinking” as the press doesn’t want to lose its audience until the party conventions, a few short months away. If Trump wraps it up early, and it is probable he will, the media will have nothing to sell to its audiences which would be catastrophic to their operations. The same is true if Hillary Clinton clinches the delegates for the Democrats next week.

So, what we are watching is a well scripted political soap opera intended to keep money flowing into the coffers of the media. As with all soap operas on television, it is a figment of someone’s imagination, certainly not based on reality. For example, every television network and newspaper claims Trump will have difficulty making the 1,237 delegate count by the convention. In other words, they want you to believe it as a nail-biter so you will keep coming back to watch them. It is no longer about fair and accurate news reporting, as much as it is about “Days of Our Lives.”

In short, it’s all about the money.

The truth is, Donald Trump has this one in the bag. It won’t even be close. And, Yes, the media will feel the pinch as a result.

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WHO WILL BE TRUMP’S RUNNING MATE?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 23, 2016

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– And the winner is…

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Now that Senator Cruz and Governor Kasich have dropped out of the GOP presidential race following the Indiana primary, Donald Trump can now make plans to move forward as the presumptive nominee. Actually, Trump had it in the bag all along as he had a lock on all of the remaining primaries, contrary to what the media told us.

There are three things for the Trump camp to address prior to the convention in July:

1. Secure the 1,237 delegates needed to win on the first ballot. Trump cannot leave anything to chance as he still has enemies within the party bent on stopping him. The reality though, Trump will end up with approximately 1,500 delegates.

2. Form a strategy to combat the Democratic nominee, either Mrs. Clinton or Sen. Sanders. Should the Socialist Senator from Vermont be the nominee, Trump will easily clinch the election. The Clinton camp is another story though and will be treacherous.

3. Select a running mate.

Choosing a Vice Presidential candidate is a bit tricky as this will reflect the candidate’s ability to make decisions. Trump will consider three types of candidates: former rivals, consiglieres, and dark horses.

FORMER RIVALS – Of the 16 other candidates who ran for the Republican nomination, only six have been mentioned for possible running mate: Senator Ted Cruz, Governor John Kasich, Governor Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Marco Rubio, and former Governor Mike Huckabee. Cruz will not get the nod, not just because of his volatile relationship with Trump, but because his sealed birth records hang over him like the sword of Damocles. Kasich is qualified, but his skills would be better put to use as Secretary of the Treasury. The same is true with Christie who would make an effective Attorney General. Ben Carson would also be a good candidate, but he will likely end up as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rubio would appeal to Latino voters, conservatives, and youth, but he claims he has no interest in the job. This leaves Huckabee who is a capable administrator and loyal foot soldier.

As an aside, in 1860 Lincoln’s presidential rivals ultimately became his cabinet. Today, Trump is sitting on a wealth of similar talent who will form his cabinet.

CONSIGLIERES – Dick Cheney offered sage advice to President George W. Bush. As an outsider in Washington, Trump could also use such insight. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would be good, but his talents will be used as Secretary of Homeland Security. The only person who fits the bill here is former Speaker Newt Gingrich who not only understands the Congress inside and out, but has a strong sense of history. As an adviser, there would be none better.

DARK HORSES – George H.W. Bush surprised everyone when he selected Sen. Dan Quayle of Indiana as his VP. Unfortunately, the press went for his jugular to discredit him. A competent dark horse candidate can represent the president without taking up too much of the spotlight. One such person would be Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a conservative with a strong background in business, including an MBA degree. Thune is polished and would be an asset to Mr. Trump.

THOSE THAT ARE OUT – Some political rivals will likely not be asked to participate because of their toxic relationship with Trump, such as Sen. Rand Paul, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Mitt Romney.

There is no hurry for Trump to name his running mate. He may very well wait until the Cleveland convention to make his announcement, but I think it will come just prior to the convention in order to attract more attention from the media.

So, who will Trump pick? As much as I like Newt, it will likely go to Huckabee. He offers sound advice and will help with securing the votes of the religious Right. As for Gingrich, I cannot think of a better chief-of-staff.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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