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THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LOSERS

BRYCE ON SPORTS

– No, I will not be watching this year either.

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This will be my third consecutive year in which I haven’t watched the National Football League (NFL). I originally quit because of the thug players who should have been behind bars and not on the gridiron, but when the players started the rukus over the flag, that did it for me. At first, this was hard for me as I had been a fan since the 1960’s, but as each year passes, the NFL was slowly divested from my system and, frankly, I do not miss it anymore. This should be cause for concern to the League as there are many people who feel the same way, as indicated by declining viewership. In my eyes, the institution is corrupt and lacks class. All of the athleticism and heroics of the past are gone, and we are left with nothing but overpaid deadbeats on the field, certainly nothing of interest to me. They simply need to clean house, something they are obviously afraid to do.

I do not want to dwell on the past, such as watching a Dick Butkus tackle, a Ray Guy punt, a Barry Sanders sprint, an Anthony Munoz block, a Joe Namath pass, or the heroics of a George Blanda. I’ll always relish their memory, but it is time to move on to something else more meaningful.

Fortunately, I have Little League, the only true remaining spirit of baseball. Their World Series concludes this Sunday and it is always a pleasure watching all the kids from teams around the world compete at this level, playing their hearts out. If it’s a choice between Little League and the Majors, the kids win hands down. The MLB is a lot like the NFL in one sense, it is no longer a game; now it’s a business, which is why I prefer watching the youth programs and farm clubs.

Over the last couple of years, I have found myself gravitating to college and high school football as opposed to the pros. It’s always a pleasure to watch such games, particularly my high school alma mater, Wyoming HS in Cincinnati. Whereas the pros take a knee during the national anthem, my old team proudly carries and waves the flag as they take the field. As an aside, we have high expectations for my high school team this year. They were good in 2017, but could very well win the state this year.

As to college football, I enjoy the SEC down here in the South, but there are many other fine schools with football programs in Florida, including USF, UCF, Miami, FSU, and UF. I also keep an eye on Ohio State and the Big 10. My college alma mater, Ohio University, is part of the Mid American Conference (MAC) and I relish any victory they can muster.

Following the high school and college football seasons, my interests turn to hockey and we are fortunate to have the Tampa Bay Lightning in our area, a true contender. By the way, they do not seem to have a problem with the American flag or national anthem at their venue.

So you see, I’m not going to be at a loss for football or sports this Fall. The NFL certainly hasn’t got a monopoly on it. If anything, they are going out of their way to deter people from watching it. So, how do I spend my Sundays now? That’s simple, I would rather mow the lawn than watch the National Football Losers.

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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Be A Blogger

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund Crowned Miss America 2018!

Here she is Miss America, Cara Mund.  And she complains that the Miss America hierarchy has silenced her.  She also said that in her year as Miss America they had bullied and humiliated her.  They told her what to wear, what to say and worse, what she couldn’t say.  Oh the horror!  Now maybe we’re off base here but we thought that wearing the clothes, looking a certain way and mouthing merry little inanities, was the job of Miss America.  And, not just for Miss America but just about all spokespersons, everywhere.  If Cara Mund wanted to speak her mind whenever and about whatever she chose, she should have been a Blogger.  Nobody tells us what to write here.  Of course the pay isn’t the same and she wouldn’t be on TV but the price of freedom is high.  Bloggers have always paid it.  And, it’s not too late Cara Mund.  Just forward your thoughts on any subject and we’ll give you an airing, right here.

Now former Director of the CIA, John Brennan says that the revoking of his Security Clearance by President the Donald Himself is an affront to his free speech and yours too.  We’re not sure how that last thing works, as 98.8 % of the American people do not have a Security Clearance but what do we know.  And, revoking his Security Clearance Mr. Brennan says, is an attempt to silence him.  He hasn’t shut up since but obviously, it’s just like Miss America.  If you can’t see the connection here, we can’t help you but once again.  Oh the horror!  But if John Brennan wanted to speak his mind whenever and about whatever he wanted, instead of being Director of the CIA, he should have been a Blogger.  And what we are willing to do for Miss America, we are certainly willing to do for the former Director of the CIA.  Just send it here Mr. Brennan.

And our Governor Andrew Cuomo or as we refer to him here affectionately, Cuomo the Younger has made a big gaff.  While speaking off the cuff at a bill signing Cuomo the Younger said.  “America was never that great.”  He got slammed from all sides for that one.  Probably he even heard from his father Cuomo the Elder from the other side, since Cuomo the Elder always said America was great.  The greatness of America, Cuomo the Elder would say all the time, was why he and his family could flourish here.  That included Cuomo the Younger, we’re sure.  And, Cuomo the Younger’s staff and even Cuomo the Younger himself, quickly tried to say he didn’t mean what he said.  But this may be one of those gaffs that politicians make from time to time that are never forgotten.  Sort of like Richard Nixon’s.  “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”  And, we feel Cuomo the Younger’s pain, as we know what it’s like to make a faux pas from time to time.  But the good news for us is it gets lost in the haze of the internet and pretty damn quick too.  So if Cuomo the Younger is going to make big gaffs well instead of being Governor of New York, maybe he should be a Blogger.  Just send those big gaffs to us right here.

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REALLY, what’s a NARCISSIST?

REALLY, what’s a NARCISSIST?
SOMEONE who gets REALLY PISSED,
IMAGINED GREAT THINGS that were MISSED,
LIVID! – ASS that wasn’t KISSED!!!

MR. TRUMP’S ECONOMIC PLAY BOOK

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– This is an important lesson for ALL Republican candidates.

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At a recent Trump Rally in Tampa, the president put on a clinic for Republican candidates going into the midterm elections. Basically, he is selling prosperity or, to paraphrase an expression from Jerry Maguire, “Show them the money!” More than anything, it is the booming economy that will drive voters in the Fall. If I heard the president correctly, the Mueller probe has essentially burned itself out, the visceral rhetoric of the left is a turnoff to Independents, and the Democrats have nothing to offer except for socialism, higher taxes, and more crime resulting from unprotected borders. It is the economy though, which people seem to grasp, thereby providing more jobs, and allowing workers to earn more money. This is an important lesson for all Republican candidates, be it for Congress, state, county or municipal office.

The only problem is, the Republicans are not properly selling the economy to voters, which is why the president found it necessary to show candidates how to do it. At all of his recent rallies (Tampa, Wilkes-Barre, and Ohio), the people grasped his message and relished the changes Mr. Trump enumerated, such as:

– The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has risen to 4.1%
– There are 3.7 million new jobs since he took office.
– Unemployment is down to 3.9%.
– 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.
– The tax cuts have put more money in people’s pockets and causing businesses to reinvest in the United States.
– 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.

Mr. Trump is correct when he claims this will get better if we secure better trade deals. Even though he has been chipping away at it, the total U.S. trade deficit in 2017 was $566 billion, importing $2.895 trillion of goods and services while exporting $2.329 trillion. The deficit is still higher than in 2013 when it was $478 billion. Currently, the United States is the third largest exporter, but if the president can renegotiate trade deals to reduce tariffs, this could ignite the economy even further.

Some people pooh-pooh Mr. Trump’s efforts claiming, “He inherited this upswing from President Obama,” a notion they have learned from the main stream news media. The reality is, in 2015 the GDP was 2.9%, and in 2016, Mr. Obama’s last year, it was 1.6%. In terms of unemployment, Mr. Obama ended his term of office at 4.9% for the year. Lastly, more people were on food stamps under the Obama administration than any other time in our history.

The president’s detractors conveniently overlook how he was wooing business even before his inauguration. They also forget his cutting the red tape of government bureaucracy, thereby freeing companies to go to work.

So, President Trump’s lesson to Republican candidates is simple, this era will be remembered as the “good old days” in terms of the economy. Years from now, people will talk about this period as the go-go years for business. He made it clear, this should be of paramount importance to Republican campaign efforts.

Aside from the economy, the second most important subject he stressed at the Wilkes-Barre rally was immigration. He recognizes most law-abiding citizens want secured borders, not just to stop illegal immigration, but to curb the flow of criminals, drugs and human trafficking.

Aside from some unexpected natural or man-made disaster, from now until the election in November, watch for Republicans to focus on the economy. Knowing this, the Democrats will try to lay down a smokescreen to distract people from the economy. If GOP candidates can keep voters focused on their economic success, they should have little problem winning in the Fall.

Thus ends the president’s lesson.

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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THE BOSTON GLOBE CALLS FOR WAR AGAINST TRUMP

BRYCE ON POLITICS & NEWS MEDIA

– The cat is finally out of the bag.

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Last Friday (Aug 10th), the Boston Globe called on the American news media to produce editorials tomorrow (Thurs, Aug 16th) denouncing what they describe as President Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.” The Globe claims they have already recruited dozens of major metropolitan dailies, as well as several smaller weeklies. Locally, I’m sure our Tampa Bay Times is chomping on the bit for this one.

I am confident tomorrow’s papers will be loaded with aspersions against the president, who will be cast as a Nazi dictator trying to suppress the news media. There will be a lot of whining, cat-calling, and some rather unfortunate comments made. In the end, the press will have finally come out of the closet and shown its true colors as to their feelings about the president. It won’t be pretty. Now, instead of random attacks against the president, it will be an orchestrated effort, which will finally be put on display for all to see.

In the end, this temper tantrum is going to hurt the press as they will lose further credibility with their readers and cause them to lose more subscribers. By forcing a confrontation, the press is ultimately asking the public to choose sides, thereby further dividing the country, for in the end, people will be asked to determine if the press is “the enemy of the people” or if it is Mr. Trump, and I’m afraid they are not going to like the answer they receive.

Here are some realities:

First, the news media has already lost the trust of the people, which has been eroding over the last few years. People realize news is important in order to be good and responsible citizens. A new Knight-Gallup survey shows Americans believe the media has an important role to play, but they do not see that role being fulfilled.

Second, the public understands money drives the press, thereby making it sensational. As such, it appears the press is shooting itself in the foot as newspapers continue to close, subscriptions plummet, and TV viewership declines. As a recent Pew poll reports:

* The average audience for the evening newscasts for ABC, CBS and NBC decreased by 7% in 2017, down to 5.2 million, compared with 5.6 million in 2016.

* The average audience for morning news programs from ABC, CBS and NBC also declined over the past year, down 10% in 2017, to about 3 million.

* The average audience for the four news magazine shows aired by the networks – ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, and NBC’s Dateline – declined in 2017, down 12% from 2016.

All of this means, they are losing the trust of the American people.

As an aside, Pew also reports the news media is more trusted in Europe than it is in the United States.

More importantly, Pew reports 78% of Americans say the news media should never favor one political party over another. Yet, this is precisely what has become of the American news media.

And third, look for a major push back from the Trump administration following the August 16th editorials. I’m sure the president will Tweet his displeasure but look for some other major changes, such as:

* The White House could distribute news through written press announcements only. After all, if the press is not honest with the White House and often misinterprets the news secretary, why bend over backwards for the press?

* The White House could insist on granting press credentials only to those who belong to The Constitution First Amendment Press Association (CFAPA). This pledge is a sort of hippocratic oath as applied to journalists. The CFAPA pledge means they will conform to ethical standards.

* We must remember the press has no “rights” to be in the White House, that it is a a privilege instead. This could result in some changes being made, such as holding a press briefing outdoors, not in the comfort of an indoor facility.

There might also be some possible libel lawsuits or other drastic measures. One thing is for sure, if they want to fight him, Mr. Trump will not let the challenge go unchecked.

Bottom-line, the news media is playing with fire and will likely earn a black-eye as a result of their editorials on Thursday. By announcing their intentions publicly, they only confirm what a lot of people already know, that the press is out to get President Trump at all costs. Their timing couldn’t be any more obvious, just before the midterm elections. What they do not realize though with this president, he is not afraid to do battle with them.

So, is there a war on the news media? Yes, definitely, just as there is a war against President Trump. While other presidents have taken the abuse, Mr. Trump has elected to fight back, and the press doesn’t like it one bit.

Anybody who believes the press is fair and impartial is taking it in the arm. Journalistic integrity is a myth. The rhetoric is already so vicious by the liberal press that drastic measures are likely in the offing. Since the press is not honest with the White House and often misinterprets the news secretary, why bend over backwards for someone whose mission is to destroy the president?

The one sad thing about all of this is that honest and professional journalists will be hurt in the process.

It will be interesting to see how the press fires upon Fort Sumter tomorrow. Expect cannonade in return, certainly not a flag of truce.

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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HOW PRODUCTIVE ARE YOUR MEETINGS?

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

– Some guidelines for making your meetings meaningful.

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INTRODUCTION

As a businessman, one of my favorite movies is “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” featuring Steve Martin as an advertising executive trying to return to Chicago during the Thanksgiving holidays. The movie opens with Martin attending a meeting in New York City where he is pitching an ad campaign to the President of a large corporation, played by William Windom. The meeting is rather long and boring as Windom quietly agonizes over the layout of Martin’s proposed ads. All of the meeting attendees sit quietly and patiently as they wait for Windom to make a decision (which he never makes). As it is the holiday season, they all have other things they want to do (in Martin’s case, it is to return home to Chicago). Ultimately, the meeting is a colossal waste of time for all of the attendees.

We’ve all been involved with such meetings where the person running it is either insensitive to the needs of the attendees or the subject matter is painfully boring. It should come as no surprise that excessive or pointless meetings are probably the number one cause for decreased productivity in organizations, be it corporate or nonprofit (as Dilbert has pointed out to us time and again). Understand this, unless someone is looking for an excuse to duck a work assignment, nobody wants to attend an inconsequential meeting.

Remarkably, there are a lot of people who don’t understand the basics of running a productive meeting, hence the problem as exemplified by Martin’s movie. There is nothing magical about conducting a good meeting. It just requires a little preparation, along with some leadership and structure during its execution. Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

PREPARATION

First, determine the necessity of the meeting itself. Do you really have something important to discuss or do you just want to simply “chew the fat.” Meetings are nice but we should never forget they distract people from their work assignments. Therefore, we should only hold a meeting if it is going to benefit the attendees and assist them in their work effort. Let us not forget there are many other communication vehicles at our disposal: memos, e-mails, web pages (including blogs and discussion groups), posted notices, general broadcasts over a PA system, etc.

If you are convinced of the necessity of the meeting, you will need to know three things:

  • Your objective – Is the purpose of the meeting to communicate a particular message, develop a dialogue and reach consensus, educate/train people, or to offer a simple diversion for the attendees? People do not want to hear the boss pontificate on some trivial manner (a la Dilbert). Make sure you have a firm grasp of the purpose of the meeting and what you hope to accomplish. Ask yourself how the attendees will benefit from the meeting.
  • Your audience – Be sure to understand the targeted audience, their interests, their work assignments, and their attention span.
  • How the meeting should be conducted (this is critical). Should it be held on-site or off-site to minimize distractions? Who should lead the meeting? How should the meeting room be setup, such as required audio-video equipment, flipcharts/blackboards, computer equipment, podiums, and the setup of tables and chairs. A classroom setup is fine for lectures and presentations but not necessarily conducive if the participants are going to work in teams. For dialogs and strategy sessions, a roundtable or u-shaped layout is better. Even the chairs are important; everyone likes comfort but if you want to keep people’s attention, there is nothing wrong with hard chairs that force the participants to sit-up and take notice during the meeting.

Print up agendas in advance so everyone knows the meeting’s purpose, the items to be discussed, the timetable, and what is needed for preparation. It is not uncommon to also advise the dress code for the meeting. If possible, send agendas and any other items in advance for the attendees to adequately prepare themselves for the meeting. This will save considerable time during the meeting.

Post scheduled meetings to calendars and, whenever possible, send out reminders at least one day in advance.

EXECUTION

Having a strong and fair leader for the meeting is essential for its success. This may or may not be the main speaker. Nevertheless, the leader has to play the role of traffic cop so the meeting doesn’t get sidetracked and stays on schedule. Knowing when to defer peripheral discussions to a later time or place (such as after the meeting) is important to keep everyone focused on the main mission of the meeting. Being the traffic cop often requires skills in tact and diplomacy so the meeting doesn’t spin out of control.

Here are some other items to consider:

  • Stick to the agenda. Start and end on time and maintain order. Got a gavel? Do not hesitate to use it judiciously. Maintain civility and decorum. Allow people to have their say but know when issues are getting out of hand or sidetracked.
  • Follow the old military principle of: “Tell them what you are going to tell them; Tell them, and then; Tell them what you’ve told them.” Developing a punchlist of action items at the conclusion of the meeting can be very useful for certain situations.
  • Introductions are important so participants know the cast of characters involved and their interests, but do not waste an inordinate amount of time here. Also, name tags or name cards are useful to avoid the embarrassment of forgetting names and titles.
  • Make the meeting worthwhile. Keep it interesting and informative; Heck, make it fun if you can. Make it so the attendees feel they are not wasting their time.
  • Again, know your audience – speak in terms your audience will understand. An eloquent vocabulary might be impressive, but it may also intimidate and confuse the attendees (beware of the “verbosity of bullshit” phenomenon). Also, read the body language of the attendees to see if they are paying attention.
  • I am not a big fan of histrionics. Many lecturers like people to get up, stretch, shake hands with everyone or hold a group hug. This can be downright embarrassing to people. Get to the point and move on.

REVIEW

All meetings should be reviewed, either formally or informally, to determine the success of the meeting. Informal reviews are used for short meetings to determine action items to be followed up on. Formal reviews should be considered for all lengthy meetings. Standard critique sheets should be used for attendees and the leader to evaluate the meeting. Prepare a summary and evaluate the meeting’s success. More importantly, learn from the comments received. There is little point of going through the motions of a review if you have no intention of acting on it.

CONCLUSION

Mastering the execution of an effective meeting requires a little planning, a little organization, and a lot of management. Bottom-line, how do you know if your meeting was a success? People do not groan when you call the next one.

First published: January 23, 2006

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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The Tombs

Situated in lower Manhattan just alongside all the famous court houses you see in the TV shows and movies is, The Tombs.  The Tombs, is the prison that holds all the real criminals before they go to trial in all those various court houses.  The Tombs are so named because of the Egyptian style of the first prison that was built there in 1838.  That structure was an imposing and frightening thing that looked like the Tombs of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.  What that building said to its occupants was, this is the end.

Since 1838 there have been new prisons built on that site but no matter how many times they built a new prison there and no matter how many times they’ve officially gave it a new name, it has always remained, The Tombs.  No one ever calls it, anything else.

But now some people on the City Council and their friends have looked at the site and realized it would be a great place for “affordable housing”.  Now you could say it is already a great place for “affordable housing”, as none of the occupants pay any rent or any other housing costs.  Those costs are all paid by the State, City and Federal governments or the tax payers, better known as, you.  But the geniuses behind this idea are saying that regular people like you, will be able to live there.  That’s what you’re supposed to think, when you hear the term “affordable housing”.   And, it’s a great location as it’s in lower Manhattan and just minutes from everything the City has to offer.  Be aware though, “affordable housing” usually goes to the friends of friends and or, others who know somebody.  Your chances of getting a unit there short of getting arrested, are nil to non-existent.  But why throw cold water on a dream?  Of course some of the new housing has to be sold at “market cost”.  It always is.  And, that means only the millionaires and the billionaires will be able to “afford” it.  Hey they have to pay for the “affordable housing” by selling “some units” at “market cost”, don’t they?  And “some units” has been known to turn into a whole lot of units.

Now you might ask what to do with the prisoners currently held in The Tombs?  But the geniuses on the City Council and their friends say not to worry.  They’ll just build on top of the current structure.  The prisoners will remain where they are for now, with the “affordable housing”, right on top.  The prisoners will be relocated later.  They’re in rush to get this built.  I mean people in New York City need “affordable housing” right?

Perhaps all involved need to remember one of the basic rules of the Real Estate business, caveat emptor which means, let the buyer beware.  For whoever gets one of those units, no matter how they dress it up, no matter how much an apartment there will eventually cost and no matter what they try to call the new place, it will always be, The Tombs.  And for many who enter, it just could be, very may well be, the end.

 

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IT’S MUDSLINGING SEASON

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Tis the season for slinging political dirt on your opponent.

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Here in Florida, as it is in many other states, it is Primary season where political parties select their candidates to run in November. Unlike the general election, I tend to believe Primaries bring out the worst in candidates who inevitably turn to back-stabbing. Back in 1966, Ronald Reagan coined his famous eleventh commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” Reagan obviously didn’t foresee the 21st century as mudslinging is now the norm regardless of what side you are on.

In Florida, for example, the Republicans are at each other’s throats over the governor’s race, Agriculture Commissioner, and for Attorney General. The GOP is not alone though, as the Democrats also pummel their party opponents below the belt. It’s all rather distasteful. The dirt dug up during the primaries will obviously re-surface by the opposing party following the primaries.

American mudslinging has been around at least since the 19th century, but it rose to prominence in 1988 when former President Richard Nixon (a victim himself of dirty politics), advised VP George H.W. Bush to take off the kid-gloves in his bid for the presidency. Not only did he attack his Democrat opponent Gov. Michael Dukakis, then Governor of Massachusetts, but he also assailed Sen. Bob Dole’s record in the Republican primary, angering Dole greatly. Since then, attack politics has been the norm, be it in the general election or the primary.

In my little part of the world, here in Florida, candidates use the airwaves, Internet, and newspapers to cast aspersions against each other.

In the Republican governor’s race, there is obviously no love lost between Rep. Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Likewise, the Democrats have their own battle royale consisting of Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, and Philip Levine. The candidates from both parties do not mince words over their opponents. Their campaigns are the most visible in the state.

For Florida Attorney General, the Republicans have Ashley Moody versus Frank White; the Democrats have Sean Shaw versus Ryan Torrens. The Republicans have been running more commercials as the campaigns heat up; one side accuses the other of being a former liberal Democrat, the other side mocks the lack of experience of the other.

In the Florida House contests in Pinellas County, there are tight races in the Republican primaries for; District 64, pitting incumbent Jamie Grant against newcomer Terry Power, and; District 66, matching Nick DiCeglie versus Berny Jacques. Believe me, there is no love lost between these candidates as evidenced by their advertising.

Beyond the primaries we have Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) running for Bill Nelson’s (D) Senate seat. Both sides are already accusing the other of foul play and the public really doesn’t know who to believe.

I suspect Florida is not alone in such venomous attacks between candidates, and it represents the ugly side of politics, turning voters off and driving them away from their voting precincts in disgust. As a result, the voters do not truly know the positions and accomplishments of the candidates, just the hate and misinformation. After primary season, the candidates want to kiss and makeup in a show of unity for the party. Are we really supposed to believe this? Hardly.

How about a simple side-by-side comparison conducted by a neutral third party? I cannot help but believe such a comparison would clear up a lot of misinterpretations. It should include the candidates’ personal and professional background, their positions on the various issues of the day, and who is endorsing them. Such a subjective analysis cannot be performed by the news media though as they are already too biased.

Another problem is the long cycle for American elections. In many cases, candidates begin to run as soon as the current election is completed. I have watched many local candidates wear themselves out over an 18-24 month campaign, and deplete financial resources which could be used for better purposes. The public is also burned out by the television ads, telephone solicitations, and door-knocking. This is sheer madness. Understand this, the only group who prospers from long campaigns is the news media whose bread-and-butter is electoral advertising. Want to curb the media’s political influence? Shorten the campaigns to three or six months. By doing so, maybe we can minimize the vicious rhetoric and regain our sanity.

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 ARE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATS FADING AWAY?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The more Democrats resist President Trump, the more working people move to the GOP.

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The Democrats are on a collision course with disaster. They used to be known as the party of the working man and woman. No more. It has turned extreme left, to socialism, leaving its base behind. So much so, many have defected to the Republican party, starting in 2016 with the rise of Donald Trump. All of the shenanigans of the Democrats are coming home to roost; the vicious rhetoric, the “resist” and obstructionist movement, the media’s fake news, illegal immigration, open borders, anti-ICE, free entitlements, and their turn to the socialist revolution. No, this is no longer the party of the Clintons, Jimmy Carter, LBJ, JFK, Harry Truman, FDR, or Woodrow Wilson. This is now the party of vulgarity, hate, and twisted sense of morality. Admittedly, the Republicans may not be Congressional dynamos, but they are not in loony-tune land either.

Remarkably, President Trump understood the frustration of traditional Democrats and campaigned for their vote in 2016. He has been able to successfully connect with both blue-collar and white-collar workers like no other Republican in recent memory. Today, he commands the loyalty of steel workers, coal miners, people in manufacturing and construction, farmers, not to mention law enforcement, veterans and the military. Even African-Americans and Hispanics are giving him a second look as he has been able to reduce their unemployment. All of these groups used to pledge their loyalty to the Democrats, but not so today. Thanks to a robust economy championed by the president, along with the party turning to socialism, traditional Democrats are abandoning their party in favor of either becoming a Republican or an independent. In other words, Mr. Trump has hijacked the traditional Democrats.

Normally, I am not a big believer in American polling, but there have been a few produced recently which indicate trouble for the Democrats:

First, in a recent Gallup Poll, Americans who are satisfied with the direction of the country has reached a twelve year high, going back to September 2005. In the survey, all age groups and genders showed a marked improvement, but in particular, independents showed an eleven point bump, making it bad news for the Democrats.

Second, Rasmussen reports 41-44% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction. This is in sharp contrast to the end of the Obama administration which only showed an approval rating in the upper 20’s.

Rasmussen also notes voters are strongly opposed to allowing Illegal Immigrants to vote in Local Elections (62% – 31%). This is an area Democrats have repetitively voiced support for.

As to moving towards socialism, Rasmussen found 51% of Democrats like parts of socialism, but reject becoming a socialist party 53% – 28%. Nonetheless, the movement to socialism continues, causing moderate Democrats to flee the party.

As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, the Socialists (under the Democrat banner) have 42 men and women running for offices at the federal, state and local levels in 20 states, including Florida, Hawaii, Kansas and Michigan; In the Senate, Maine’s Zak Ringelstein is its sole senatorial candidate.

The socialists want to offer free college education for everyone, as well as health care. The single-payer health-care plan offered by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders would cost taxpayers $32.6T over 10 years. Yes, that is in trillions of dollars. No doubt, American workers realize this is not cost effective.

It appears the socialists will not be happy until they have bankrupted the country, torn up the Constitution, and outlawed Capitalism and organized religion. It is no small wonder, traditional Democrats are abandoning the party, and independents are leaning to the Republicans because of a robust economy. Understand this though, Republicans are aligning themselves with President Trump, not Congress (64% – 20%; click HERE) as are independents. In other words, the one person the Democrats and Media have targeted for removal, President Trump, is also the person workers are gravitating towards.

Regardless of what the Democrats and Media tells us, the Democrats are looking at sizable losses in the fall. If they were to win, people realize it would represent a cultural revolution that would dramatically alter the economy, morality, and America as we know it.

Assuming a Democrat defeat in November, we would then witness the birth of a full Socialist party, be it a complete takeover of the Democrats or a separate party altogether, which will likely be as unsuccessful as the Libertarian party as we know it today. Either way, it would split the Democrats thereby negating their chances to win in 2020.

As an aside, such a defeat could finally be the catalyst needed to change the press which is rapidly dying as it is generally considered an organ of the far left.

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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A NEW DIGITAL DIVIDE

BRYCE ON TECHNOLOGY

– What will be its effects?

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I have frequently discussed the addictive powers of technology on the human personality, but something new has come to my attention which I never considered before. Whereas everyone from the Greatest Generation to the Millennials are generally aware of computers in the traditional sense, e.g.; the processing unit, screen, keyboard, mouse, etc., we now have a new generation, “Z”, which is unfamiliar with such concepts. In a recent report from Japan, the members of Generation Z, who grew up with smart phones, have no concept of basic computing, nor how to use it.

What is emerging is a new “digital divide” among the generations whereby Generation Z is losing the sense of how to use a simple keyboard and mouse. Consequently, the use of such things as spreadsheets and other programs designed around the keyboard and mouse are becoming nebulous concepts. For example, they are at a loss as to entering data or formulas into a cell in a spreadsheet.

Beyond the effective use of classic computers, you have to wonder what other effects we can expect from the excessive use of smart phones. First, we must remember the smart phone may be fine for watching videos, listening to audios, and looking at graphics and photos, but as an input device it has definite limitations. This is a situation where ergonomics has been sacrificed for the sake of miniaturization. Consequently, most of us are now content sending small text messages using a sort of shorthand. This may be fine for basic communications, but not a professional way to write letters and agreements with customers, vendors and employees. In other words, it is having an adverse effect on our ability to communicate professionally.

In the Japanese report, they claim young people have learned to write reports for school on their smart phones. This is a bit mind-boggling when you consider the small screen size. You also cannot help but wonder how much text is cut/pasted from other sources, which implies an increase in plagiarism, thereby affecting our morality. It would be nice if voice-type dictation was more effective, but it has not made significant progress over the last few decades.

Without the aid of a keyboard, I am at a loss as to how programmers will write the precise and voluminous source code for software. This might signal a slowdown in technology improvements.

Also, because of the screen size, you have to wonder about the future of books and lengthy news articles as it is unlikely people would actually read such voluminous items on smart phones.

This digital divide may also have a significant impact on education. For example, whereas the personal computer made typing classes obsolete, the smart phone may very well do the same thing to Personal Computers.

What happens though when the smart phone has run its course and a new, even smaller device, is introduced, perhaps even a chip in the brain? Will we have to simply “think” to compose a letter? If so, will we know how to effectively write for people or will it just be gibberish?

No matter what happens in the future, the days of the lengthy novel and storytelling appears to be numbered. So much for the likes of Hemingway, Poe, Clavell, Dickens, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Tolstoy, Salinger, Rowling, Kipling, Lawrence, Hardy, Twain, et al. As Margaret Mitchell would have said, they represent “A civilization…Gone with the Wind.”

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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