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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PRODUCING POLITICAL SOAP OPERAS

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.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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

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LAST TIME:  WHO WILL BE TRUMP'S RUNNING MATE? - And the winner is...

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Monday, May 23, 2016

WHO WILL BE TRUMP'S RUNNING MATE?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- 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.

Keep the Faith!

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  PRODUCING POLITICAL SOAP OPERAS - The obnoxious press; it's all about the money.

LAST TIME:  TUNNEL VISION - Every now and then you need to take a step back.

Listen to Tim on WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific); and WWBA-AM (News Talk Florida 820). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.

Friday, May 20, 2016

TUNNEL VISION

BRYCE ON MANAGEMENT

- Every now and then you need to take a step back.

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Back before I was married and lived up north, I had a good friend who I would pal around with. We were somewhat of a "Mutt and Jeff" team whereby I was the tall one and my friend was the short one. Nevertheless, he came over to visit my condo one day and as we were leaving he happened to notice a light switch in my patio area. It was daytime and he went over to see what the switch was used for. He turned it on and off several times, but couldn't see what it was doing. Unbeknownst to him, the switch was used to turn on and off an outdoor globe light which was located just three feet above his head, but from where he was standing he couldn't see anything. To me, who was standing about ten feet away, it was all rather comical as I watched the light above his head turn on and off several times while my friend grew more exasperated with the switch. I suggested we change places and I turned on the switch whereby my friend could finally "see the light."

I tend to call this phenomenon "tunnel vision" and I sure seem to run into a lot of people these days who suffer from it. We see such people in the office all the time, but you can also see them driving on the highway or pushing a shopping cart in the store; people who are totally absorbed with what they are doing and are oblivious to everything else around them.

It's one thing to be focused on the task at hand, but every now and then you have to step back and see what you are really doing. I don't think there are enough people who see the big picture and are absorbed with their own piece of the puzzle. You see this a lot in business, particularly among clerks and I.T. people who are obsessed with minutia and lose sight of the fact that all of their energies should be geared elsewhere, such as promoting sales and servicing customers.

I used to blame this on the personal prioritization skills of people, but I think it goes beyond this. For example, even when you point out the big picture to some people, they will continue to keep flipping the switch like my friend did. This leads me to believe there are certain types of people who are incapable of seeing the big picture and prefer operating with blinders on. I think this goes back to personality types (e.g., Type A, B, C, and D) whereby some people can conceptualize and others need more detail. To illustrate, it is fairly easy for me to read a set of blueprints or artist renderings to conceptualize how a building or product will look. However, I know a lot of people who cannot assimilate in this regards and require a physical model in order to understand how something will look. However, I believe we have many more detailists out there than we have conceptualists.

I primarily work in the I.T. world and have met more than my share of people who were so fixated with a problem that they overlooked the obvious solution. This is a situation where it is helpful to have a second set of eyes look over your shoulder who is more likely to see the problem. Interestingly, people resist having others look over their work due to pride or arrogance. Nonetheless we need more people to be able to take a step back and look at the big picture (I would use the word "global" but that's a $3 word that has been overused enough). But to stubbornly remain blinded due to tunnel vision does everyone a disservice, particularly yourself. If you keep switching on and off a switch and see no apparent results, perhaps it's time to step back a few feet or let someone else take a look. Just remember, the obvious is not always obvious.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  WHO WILL BE TRUMP'S RUNNING MATE? - And the winner is...

LAST TIME:  WACKO DECISIONS - Instead of rationale thought some people rely on questionable methods.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WACKO DECISIONS

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

- Instead of rationale thought some people rely on questionable methods.

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I have always found it interesting how people formulate decisions. Actually, I believe there are two sides for doing so, the logical side, and what I like to call the wacko side.

The logical side should be rather obvious; decisions are formulated based on the latest information received, or perhaps we study statistical trends, and calculate the economics involved to formulate a cost/benefit analysis. If we're still not certain, we may solicit the advice of a trusted family member or confidant, such as a friend, a financial expert, or some other consultant. We may also do some research at the library or on the Internet. In other words, we are trying to gather as much reliable information as possible to arrive at a proper decision or course of action.

Then again, there is the wacko side where decisions are made based more on emotion than logic. In this regard, there is no concern that 2 + 2 = 4, only a desire or impulse to do something. To justify their decision, people prefer such things as rumors, a coin toss, a magic eight ball, a Ouija board, tarot cards, a fortune teller, or astrology.

I find horoscopes to be particularly amusing. They're fun to read but hardly a trusted means to lead your life. Mine typically reads something like this, "Leave important financial decisions alone, the moon is still full. Wait until it comes in contact with Mars soon. Save time for Sagittarius today." Yea, right.

Why anyone relies on these wacko devices is beyond me. Maybe it's because when something goes wrong, you can blame the device. Sorry nitwit, but you made the wrong decision by using such devices. Try using your brain instead.

Frankly, the reason people use wacko devices is because they realize thinking is difficult and they prefer having someone or something tell them what to do. They also fear assuming responsibility for their actions. They'll take credit when things go right, but will blame the device when it goes wrong.
In a way, the difference between logical and wacko decision making is like gambling. Over the years I have learned not to do any serious betting on those games involving an animal element. Instead, I prefer games where I know the precise odds and house winning percentage, such as craps or blackjack. Games involving an animal element is simply too unpredictable.

One last note, we have a Bryce's Law which states, "There is little point in producing information if nobody is going to act on it." This means, if you are going to go to the trouble of collecting information, do not ignore it, use it. And stay away from things like Ouija boards.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  TUNNEL VISION - Every now and then you need to take a step back.

LAST TIME:  HONORING YOUR COMMITMENTS - Is it good business to do so?

Listen to Tim on WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific); and WWBA-AM (News Talk Florida 820). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.

Monday, May 16, 2016

HONORING YOUR COMMITMENTS

BRYCE ON BUSINESS

- Is it good business to do so?

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Our firm has been in business for 45 years, yet it seems like yesterday when we started. We have had our share of ups and down, but perhaps the one thing we are most proud of is that we have never failed to honor commitments to our customers. This means we shipped our products on time, conducted our consulting and training services on time and professionally, issued reports promptly, and never lied to our customers. They may not have liked what we had to say, but we always endeavored to tell the truth. In other words, you can take our word to the bank.

We have even walked away from prospective customers simply because we didn't believe it would be beneficial for both parties. Our competitors found this perplexing.

Not many companies can make the same claim, which is why we are proud of this fact, but we always believed in treating our customers fairly and honestly. We may worry about meeting a deadline, but we sleep well at night otherwise. I would also like to believe we delivered products and services with quality and class, never with any shlock.

All of this was specifically designed to maintain our credibility and sense of professionalism. In other words, our integrity. From the start we tried to maintain a moral compass, and as an inherent part of it, we took the position, "Our word is our bond." Without such integrity, we believed we couldn't live with ourselves. Others may not have a problem cheating others, we do.

I have a friend who is in the construction business and develops high quality houses and condos both in the Midwest and Southeast. A few years ago, he partnered with a consortium of developers who had big plans for real estate. However when the housing bubble burst, all of the developers reneged on their commitments and filed for bankruptcy, except my friend. Some from the group became despondent and committed suicide; it was that bad. Unlike the others though, my friend saw this as a stain on his reputation and couldn't imagine remaining in the field unless his integrity remained intact. Although he was strapped financially at the time, he worked with his creditors and over time paid them all off. Whereas his former partners fell into obscurity, my friend's reputation grew as a result. Today he is back stronger than ever as a developer, and has an excellent credit rating. He is also asked to be a professional witness or negotiator in cases between banks and developers. All of this because he maintained his integrity.

It is very easy to walk away from your commitments. Some of our bankruptcy laws have made it perhaps too easy. The fact remains though you are judged, both professionally and personally, by your work ethic. If your integrity tumbles, you will likely tumble in life. It's all about establishing trust with the people you come in contact with and honoring your commitments. Bottom-line, it is just plain good business.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  WACKO DECISIONS - Instead of rationale thought some people rely on questionable methods.

LAST TIME:  WHY WE SLOW DOWN - Is it because we cannot perform a task like we did when we were younger?

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Friday, May 13, 2016

WHY WE SLOW DOWN

BRYCE ON LIFE

- Is it because we cannot perform a task like we did when we were younger?

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I have found the study of the aging process to be interesting; somewhat annoying, but interesting nevertheless. Last year I wrote a column titled, "Slowing Down," (June 5, 2015) where I made the observation we slow down, not necessarily because of our physical prowess, but because we become more sensitive to our limitations and smarter in terms of their use.

I would like to amend my premise slightly, as we can blame a certain degree of physicality for slowing us down. Consider this; when we're young, we're faster, stronger, and more coordinated. However, as we get older we find we cannot perform tasks as rapidly as we could before, e.g., we cannot multitask as we did in our youth. For example, I prize myself on the speed by which I use a computer, but I recognize I'm slowing down a bit by becoming more cautious in my execution as I despise making a mistake and having to re-do something. Whereas we used to have a good reaction time, now we occasionally drop things. And this irritates us to no end.

Inevitably, this irritation causes us to rethink what we are doing and, instead of making ourselves angry, we decide to slow down a bit. Whereas we could handle the pressure more easily in our youth, now we tend to become grumpy and cantankerous when we cannot.

Recently, I found myself slowing down just for this purpose. Instead of becoming obsessed with a task I was working on, I decided to step back, take a breath, and slowed down. In other words, we slow down in order to maintain our sanity.

Maybe this is why older people tend to drive in the right lane when they are on the Interstate highway. It's irritating when they refuse to get out of the left lane. This is a matter of not admitting you're growing older.

Recognizing this, maybe I was right with my original premise that we do get smarter as we get older. Maybe there is truth in the old Dutch proverb,

"We get too soon old and too late smart."

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  HONORING YOUR COMMITMENTS - Is it good business to do so?

LAST TIME:  A NEW WAR BETWEEN THE STATES?   - It's already here and New York cast the first shot in the LGBT debate.

Listen to Tim on WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific); and WWBA-AM (News Talk Florida 820). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A NEW WAR BETWEEN THE STATES?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- It's already here and New York cast the first shot in the LGBT debate.

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Trouble is brewing between Republican and Democratic governed states. It started recently when North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill barring transgender individuals from the use of restrooms of their personal choosing, not their proper gender. It also prohibits municipalities from extending such options to LGBT citizens (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender).

This created a stir among Democratic governors who looked upon this act as discrimination. In response, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) penned the first executive order banning all non-essential travel to North Carolina by state employees until they lift the law. This was quickly followed by other governors and mayors. As of this writing, it includes:

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D)
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D)
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D)
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D)

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (D)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D)
West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio (D)

By issuing such orders, these officials are interfering with the affairs of another state.

Further, because of the North Carolina bill, PayPal has suspended plans to open a new operations center in Charlotte for 400 workers. The NBA is also threatening to move next year's All-Star game from Charlotte if this matter isn't reversed.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D), who is openly bisexual, denounced North Carolina's policy but refused to issue a travel ban, fearing repercussions. This was actually a shrewd move on her part as North Carolina may very well fight back. There are several things they can do in retaliation, such as:

* Banning non-essential travel to the opposing cities and states.

* Hindering travel from these states and cities. Imagine what life would be like along the east coast should the Interstates be closed, or stopping cars and trucks from the opposing states and forcing them to produce identification and other records.

* Opposing commerce, such as banning the purchase of goods from these locales which could start a trade war.

And it could get even uglier after that.

The differences between North Carolina and these other states are substantial. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is North Carolina is a "right to work" state, the others are not. Not surprising, North Carolina's economy is on the upswing, while others such as New York and Connecticut are steadily losing people and businesses due to their exorbitant tax structure.

Let's take it a step further. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) also recently signed into law a bill similar to North Carolina's. This quickly resulted in travel bans by most of the same states and cities opposing the Tar Heel State. Interestingly, Mississippi is also a "right to work" state that is growing economically.

In Georgia, another "right to work" state, its legislature will likely override their governor’s veto and approve a bill to give faith-based organizations the right to deny services and jobs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has already said he would institute a travel ban to Georgia if this comes about. The others will likely follow suit.

Other "right to work" states, particularly in the South, will probably follow North Carolina's, Mississippi's and Georgia's lead with similar legislation. More travel bans will likely ensue, and retaliatory actions will undoubtedly follow.

So, are we nearing another Civil War? Let's certainly hope not. However, the more states issue such legislation, the louder we will hear from the Democratic controlled states voicing their disapproval. The point is, do they have the right to interfere in the laws and policies of other states? Of course not. They may not like it, and can voice their displeasure, as Oregon Governor Kate Brown did, but trying to provoke another state through orders and decrees is only going to accelerate the tensions between the states and the parties.

In hindsight, a lot of this could be avoided if North Carolina installed some strategically placed porta-pottys, which are neutral when it comes to sexual orientation.

The scary part though is the analogy between this conflict and the first Civil War is uncanny. Whereas the north and south fought over the freedom of slaves, now it is about LGBT rights.

I hope cooler heads will prevail, and the Democrats lift their bans before this goes any further. I understand they want to pacify certain constituents in their states and cities, but this is a matter for the citizens of North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia to tend to, not the other states. Frankly, it is none of their business.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Copyright © 2016 by Tim Bryce. All rights reserved.

NEXT UP:  A NEW WAR BETWEEN THE STATES? - It's already here and New York cast the first shot in the LGBT debate.

LAST TIME:  THE TIN HORN COMPLEX - A term to characterize the micromanager.

Listen to Tim on WZIG-FM (104.1) in Palm Harbor,FL; KIT-AM (1280) in Yakima, Washington "The Morning News" with hosts Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey (weekdays. 6:00-9:00am Pacific); and WWBA-AM (News Talk Florida 820). Or tune-in to Tim's channel on YouTube.