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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

IN PRAISE OF THE BBQ PIT BOYS

BRYCE ON LIFE

- It's just plain "GOOD!"

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Some time ago, I wrote about, "The Joy of Slow Cooking," meaning barbecue. I believe it to be a pleasant and unique cultural experience of the South. It requires planning, a knowledge of spices, and considerable patience. It takes awhile to learn how to smoke meat, and you will make mistakes along the way, but then you begin to figure things out and eventually become a "pit master." It is also a good way to build friendships; after all, everybody loves food, and men are particularly drawn to the aroma of smoked meat. So much so, I'm surprised they haven't invented a "smokey" perfume for women.

There are a lot of people to provide guidance in barbecuing, but one of the best is "BBQ Pit Boys" whom you can find on Youtube! They have produced several free instructional videos over the years on a wide variety of meats, everything from beef and pork, to bison, lamb, crab, fish and fowl, even alligator. What makes the Pit Boys interesting is they provide simple instructions, their creations are delicious, and more importantly, they make it fun. After watching their videos, you want to try your hand at recreating their recipes.

The Boys look like members of ZZ Top and occasionally bring firearms to the show for a little target practice while the meal is cooking. When I first started watching them, I somehow got the impression they were from Tennessee. The host, Bob Ahlgren, has a charming country voice reminiscent of the South. Surprisingly, I discovered the group was from the middle of Connecticut making them confirmed Yankees, and not Southern Boys.

After starting in 2007, their popularity grew at a whirlwind pace. Today, they have millions of hits on their videos (over 276m) and a worldwide audience, making them very attractive to advertisers. They are on just about every social network imaginable, including Facebook and Twitter. Today, they have an office to sell their "official merchandise," consisting of 35 employees, and I am told their revenues are in the neighborhood of $7 million, not too shabby for a fun idea that blossomed into quite an enterprise.

I have personally tried a few of their recipes and have yet to be disappointed. My favorite by far is the "BBQ Pork Roast," where I took a nine pound pork shoulder (with blade in), seasoned it and let it sit over night, then smoked it with apple wood (and juice in the drip pan) for eight hours. The meat fell off the bone easily and the seasoning resulted in a mouth-watering meal which I served to six hungry people. Even though it took a long time from start-to-finish, it was easy to do, and the taste was simply amazing.

I also had success with their "Bacon Firecracker Jalapeno Pepper Poppers" which is intended for adventurous spirits who love spicy food. It too was easy to prepare and went well with a few ice-cold beers.

For breakfast, I tried the "Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich" which was fabulous but too much for one person.

I also have my eye on their "Bacon Onion Rings," "Grilled Pocket Burgers," and their "Onion Burgers." And, Yes, bacon is an essential ingredient for many of their recipes. Their standard seasoning is SPG (Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder) which they apply liberally, as well as other spices, such as Paprika, Cayenne pepper, cumin, and others, all of which are available from their "official merchandise" store. They also sell tools, grills, smokers, shirts, and just about anything else you need for smoking.

Their secret to success is to make their recipes look easy to make, and have a lot of fun in the process. The result is a massive fan club with over 17,000 chapters around the world, including a couple hundred here in Florida alone. They have even simplified the process to create a Chapter, which means more and more people are signing up and following them through their "newsletter."

Once you start to peek behind the curtains, you begin to wonder if their Southern image is a gag, especially since they are from Connecticut. Frankly, it doesn't matter as their food can turn the heads of critics who, quite frankly, they couldn't care less about. Not only is the food good, but what we are witnessing is brilliant marketing. Think about it, you help your audience prepare good food while having fun and enjoying camaraderie in the process. That is a recipe for success if I ever saw one. As Bob Ahlgren would say, "It's GOOD!"

Note: The author received no compensation for this article. He's simply a fan.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. - Also, I have a NEW book, "Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works", What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

CAPITALISM VERSUS SOCIALISM: DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

BRYCE ON POLITICS


– What every young person should know.

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I originally wrote this piece in March 2019 and was pleasantly surprised by the flurry of questions I received regarding the differences between Capitalism and Socialism.  High Schools simply do not teach the differences between these two important subjects, hence the interest in my article. So much so, I produced a free mini-poster to show the differences (click to DOWNLOAD). As these two opposing philosophies are key to the upcoming elections in November, I decided to rerun it herein and included it in my latest book, "BEFORE YOU VOTE: KNOW HOW YOUR GOVERNMENT WORKS." Enjoy!


REFERENCE GUIDE

                                                              CAPITALISM                                SOCIALISM
WHAT IS IT?Socioeconomic system based on PRIVATE ownership of the means of production and operates for PROFIT.Encourages independence and the rights of the INDIVIDUAL over the group.
The individual is allowed to try any endeavor, including the development, marketing and support of products and services for public consumption.
The individual is allowed to keep and enjoy the fruits of his/her labors.
Socioeconomic system based on STATE ownership of the means of production; not driven by profit.Encourages state dependency and the rights of the GROUP over the individual.
The state dictates what products and services are to be developed, and who shall produce them.
Each person works for the state, not individually, and receives compensation in the form of shared wealth and free services.
A pseudo-Utopia.
ECONOMYFree economy; based on private buyers and sellers.Competition flourishes and causes natural evolution of products and services through market demand (akin to Darwin’s “Natural Selection”).
Consumers free to choose the products and services they want.
Economy is controlled by the state; little, if any, competition.
Buyer has fewer choices to make.
CLASS STRUCTURE3 levels – Upper/Middle/Lower classes.
Middle class powers economy through purchasing power.
2 levels – State/Worker classes (aka, “Master/Slave”).No middle class, no economic engine, a redistribution of the wealth.
Workers become wards of the state.
THE INDIVIDUALIndependence encourages personal initiative and work ethic.More earning power, but individual assumes risk.
Enjoys protection of Intellectual Property, e.g., patents, copyrights, trade secrets, etc.
Employment will experience ups and downs due to economic conditions.
Discourages personal initiative (“everyone wins”). No Super Rich.Compensation is evenly distributed among workers.
Earning power is limited. Individual assumes no risk.
Intellectual Property is owned by the state, not individual.
Employment is guaranteed.
EFFECT ON GOVERNMENTPersonal independence requires freedom and equal rights in order to function.Requires less bureaucracy, smaller government.
Flourishes under a Republic with democratically elected representatives.
Creates dependency on state; Requires more bureaucracy (larger government) through regulation as the state controls everything, including food, education, housing, communications, health care, energy, transportation, etc.Hinders rights and loss of liberty. Encourages autocratic rule.
Less freedom.

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Whereas Republicans tend to embrace Capitalism, Democrats tend to embrace Socialism, which helps explain the significant void between the two parties.

Keep the Faith!

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

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

HOW DO THE DEMOCRATS MANAGE?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- Not very well I'm afraid.

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As a long-time management consultant who has worked with a wide range of companies around the world, I have been considering how well Democrats manage at the municipal, county, state, and Congressional levels. Aside from giving away benefits in order to buy votes, they have not impressed me. I therefore beg the question...

WHAT DO THE DEMOCRATS DO FOR YOU?

1. As Mayors and city/town councils - Democrats command the lion's share of urban areas across the United States. One of the more controversial subjects they embrace is "sanctuary cities" which is intended to provide a safety zone for illegal immigrants from prosecution. They even go so far as to not cooperate with federal officials concerned with capturing illegals and returning them to their country of origin. Democrats claim they want to provide a safety zone for such people so they can enjoy the social, medical, and educational benefits of America, thereby grooming them for future voters. To this end, policies have been introduced to prevent local police and other city workers from asking about a person's immigration status.

Today, cities run by the Democrats foster a culture conducive to protests, rioting and vandalism. Such turmoil puts the safety of citizens in jeopardy, as well as local businesses. One side-effect from such a culture is the rise of gun violence in inner cities, the likes of which we haven't seen before. Quite frankly, there couldn't be a better time for being a criminal. All of this implies Democrats are anti-safety, anti-business, and anti-law and order, which I translate into un-American.

2. As county officials - Democrats are trying desperately to introduce the concept of "regionalism" which, in a nutshell, looks to create metropolitan governments spanning multiple counties. For example, in the Tampa Bay area, it is concerned with combining Hillsborough County with Pinellas, and possibly more, such as Manatee, Pasco, and Sarasota. In California, the Bay area region could involve San Francisco, Oakland, and Sonoma County. In Western New York, it might mean combining Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Jamestown. In southwest Ohio, it would include Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana. This is a concept that has been tested in Europe (such as in the Basque area between Spain and France).

By creating such regions, they are creating another layer of government bureaucracy and taxes. Translation: more big government that will usurp the power of municipalities and counties. Under this scenario, the ideal progressive power structure would appear as:

Global > Federal > State > Region > County > Municipal

Whereas globalization represents a threat to the authority of federal and state governments, regionalism will do likewise to counties and municipalities. The real intent is to increase political power by reshaping the structure of government. Basically, it negates the need for legal and long-standing geographical boundaries, even going so far as to cross state lines.

3. As Governors - Democrats do not have a stellar record for managing their states. To illustrate, for many years the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, reported the financial stability of the fifty states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam. The report considered debt and financial obligations, as well as state pension programs and health care benefits. The last report was in 2018. At that time, the Top 10 best run states were predominantly Republican:

#1 – Nebraska (R)
#2 – South Dakota (R)
#3 – Tennessee (R)
#4 – Florida (R)
#5 – Oklahoma (R)
#6 – Wyoming (R)
#7 – Idaho (R)
#8 – Utah (R)
#9 – North Carolina - (Democrat Governor, Republican Assembly)
#10 – Nevada - (D)

The Bottom 10 states were predominantly Democrat:

#41 – New York (D)
#42 – California (D)
#43 – West Virginia (D)
#44 – Delaware (D)
#45 – New Mexico (D)
#46 – Kentucky - (Democrat Governor, Republican Assembly)
#47 – Massachusetts (D)
#48 – New Jersey (D)
#49 – Connecticut (D)
#50 – Illinois (D)

It appears financial success in state governments is not by accident, but by responsible economic policies. Not surprising, the Bottom 10 have higher taxes which is ultimately causing people and businesses to flee their states as economic refugees.

All of this demonstrates the incompetence of Democrat Governors as managers.

4. Congress - not surprising, Congress is gridlocked. House Democrats spurn the label of "do nothing" as they point to the legislation they have passed, all of which they knew wouldn't pass in the Senate chamber. This implies their bills were designed more for political purposes than anything else.
This leaves them plenty of time to root on their Democrat constituents back home. It has now become obvious the Democrats at the municipal level are getting their marching orders from their Congressional leaders.

I personally find it amusing to see Democrats try to deceive the American public. To illustrate, following a recent night of violence in Portland, where local authorities declared it a riot, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D NY-10) told a reporter, the violence is a "myth that’s being spread only in Washington DC." How he says this with a straight face is beyond me.

So, as managers, Democrats do not rate very well. Instead of taking steps to correct the violence and destruction, they would rather put the welfare of their citizens and businesses in jeopardy, all for political purposes. They also spurn the rule of law, all for political purposes as well. As a result, they are driving people and businesses away who no longer want to experience their madness.

This is the Democrat Party of 2020. No wonder their symbol is the jackass.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. - Also, I have a NEW book, "Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works", What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

I WILL NOT FORGET!

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- As I go into the voting booth, here is what I'll be thinking about.

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We're now less than 100 days from our national election. Absentee ballots and early voting is just around the corner. The last four years have been tumultuous to say the least. As I go into the voting booth, here is what I'll be thinking...

I WILL NEVER FORGET...

1. The persecution by the Democrats during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh (click to VIEW video).

2. The Mueller Witch Hunt which wasted considerable taxpayer money and found nothing substantial to prove Russian collusion by the Trump administration (click to VIEW video).

3. The Government Shutdown as the Democrats tried to thwart the building of our southern wall (click to VIEW video).

4. The Impeachment Hoax as orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats (click to VIEW video).

5. The FISA investigation which triggered the Mueller Witch Hunt and Impeachment Hoax (click to VIEW video).

6. The Antifa uprising, bringing hatred and anarchy to our country (click to VIEW video).

7. The COVID-19 crisis taking a serious virus and politicizing it (click to VIEW video).

8. How Democrats support Sanctuary Cities, thereby promoting crime and violence (click to VIEW video).

9. The Do-Nothing Democrats in the House of Representatives (click to VIEW video).

10. How Fake News blossomed and misled the American people (click to VIEW video).

11. The destruction of historical icons, including early presidents and patriots (click to VIEW video).

12. How Democrats in major cities are de-funding Law Enforcement, thereby putting public safety at risk (click to VIEW video).

13. The 2020 "Summer of Hate" where protesters, rioters and looters ran amok in the United States (click to VIEW video).

14. The opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem, something promised by past presidents, yet failed to implement (click to VIEW video).

15. The elimination of ISIS terrorists (click to VIEW video).

16. Finally achieving Energy Independence, thereby bringing the cost of energy down, as well as inflation (click to VIEW video).

17. The reinvigorated American military (click to VIEW video).

18. New and stronger American trade deals (click to VIEW video).

19. A robust economy, the envy of the world (click to VIEW video).

20. I will particularly not forget the lying, cheating, subversion, deceptive practices, distortions of the truth, character assassinations, and the hateful violence, all by the Democrats. "Enough is Enough!" They have lost all credibility, their actions are treacherous, their moral turpitude is heinous, and this must all stop.

I will not forget. Will you?

Elephants never forget. Independents too. Now on to victory in November.

VOTE AMERICAN!

Keep the Faith!

P.S. - Also, I have a NEW book, "Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works", What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

WHAT HAPPENS IF TRUMP LOSES?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- 10 things to think about in a Biden presidency.

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Before we begin, let me be clear, I believe President Trump is going to win handily in November, but I've been pondering the consequences if he lost, which every American should consider. The polls tell us former VP Joe Biden is way ahead, just like they did for Sec. Hillary Clinton in 2016. Please remember, polls make their money not by telling the truth, but by creating controversy, just like the news media. Their surveying techniques are inconsistent and, as such, are flawed. If the polls said an incumbent was ahead, nobody would pay attention, but if the underdog is projected to win, then you've got something to peddle, which is what we have today in our presidential race. Just remember, none of the polls predicting a Biden victory were correct in 2016. In other words, don't hold your breath on Mr. Biden's chances.

Nonetheless, we know what the president's track record is, but what if former VP Joe Biden won by some miracle? Running through this scenario should cause us to pause and think of the consequences. Here are ten things to consider should the country elect Mr. Biden president:

10. Mr. Biden has said he will re-institute a lot of the Obama-era regulations, thereby causing government bureaucracy to expand and thereby hindering business.

9. As for education, school choice will disappear, as will charter schools. The teaching of history and civics will continue to abate. The Common Core program, as introduced under the Obama administration, will likely return.

8. The United States will likely reverse several foreign policy initiatives, including the Paris Agreement for climate control, the Iran nuclear agreement (former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley adamantly warns against doing this), and other NATO and WHO initiatives allowing our foreign allies NOT to pay their fair share of expenses.

7. Whereas the Trump administration has made considerable progress in trade deals (e.g., USMCA, Japan, and India), look for the United States to cave on others, particularly China.

6. The Supreme Court will likely change; first, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer will likely retire as they will be replaced by liberal candidates. No conservative member dare retire as this would open the possibility of liberals controlling the court and writing legislation from the bench.

5. Now that the far-Left has learned how to affect change, they will run amok and desecrate more historical icons and buildings. Law enforcement will be de-funded, thereby hindering their ability to do their job and plummeting the country into chaos. It will not be a good time to be in law enforcement.

4. With the increase of Biden tax hikes, look for manufacturing jobs to move offshore again. Add to this, elements of the New Green Deal which will close fossil fuel companies, causing a spike in energy costs, all of which will force the cost of living skywards. We will, of course, lose our energy independence.

3. Interest rates will rise sharply, thereby reducing home and automobile sales, which will hurt manufacturing and construction jobs. This will also signal the increase in unemployment, particularly among Latinos, and African-Americans.

2. As Mr. Biden has promised tax hikes if elected, the stock markets will experience a major sell-off immediately after the election, thereby devastating IRA's and 401Ks.

1. Bottom-line, the economy will tank.

My Democrat friends would claim this is an unrealistic doomsday scenario. Really? With minor exception, these same policies trace their roots back to those introduced under President Obama. Therefore this represents a return to Obamanomics and his foreign policies.

The reality is, if Mr. Biden is elected the United States would not be the same type of country we knew just a few short years ago. It will embrace a socialist agenda and drive businesses offshore. Basically, we will see the United states change in a similar manner as the State of California under Ronald Reagan, with a robust middle class, to today where the middle class is moving away, leaving a two class state: the very rich, and the very poor. Scary, very scary.

Frankly, I believe Mr. Biden to be in over his head. I still cannot comprehend how someone like Mr. Biden, who was beaten twice by Hillary Clinton, who was defeated by Mr. Trump, can beat the president. It just doesn't add up.

It's your choice America.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. - Also, I have a NEW book, "Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works", What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

WHAT IS THE NEW NORMAL?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- It is nothing like the 20th century.

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A good friend of mine recently told me he has given up on sports for the foreseeable future. This was a bit startling as I knew him to be an ardent fan of Major League Baseball, the NFL, the National Hockey League, and various college sports for many years (however, he gave up on the NBA years ago). He contends the interest in sports was beaten out of him by the news media, COVID-19, and the politicizing of sports. He is so disgusted with it, he won't even read the sports section in the local newspaper anymore, it is that bad. Frankly, I couldn't argue with him as there are many such changes happening all around us which is commonly referred to as the "new normal."

To take this further, on the highways there is no cooperation or courtesy, just individualism leading to angst and hostilities on the road. Instead of paying attention to the road, people are more concerned with texting and talking on their smart phones. Consequently, people clog the express lane (the left lane) and weave in and out of traffic or ride the bumper of the car in front of them; anything to get ahead, not wait your turn. This is the "new normal" on our roadways.

Customer Service is a fallacious concept. There is no longer any sense of keeping the customer happy in order to retain the customer's business which may lead to additional sales. Nobody cares. It is now a matter of processing the sale as fast as possible and let the customer fight afterwards with "voice mail jail" and the Internet. In stores, we now look like hooded thugs; no smiles, no pleasantries, no nothing. The "new normal" for customer service is "Look out for number 1" (the company), leaving the customer to avoid stepping in number 2.

News is depressing. Many have stopped watching it on television or reading it through official news sources. Not only is a lot of it repetitive, it is predictable as to how it will be interpreted (spun). Consequently, it has lost its integrity and legitimacy. The fact we no longer trust the news is another "new normal" by which we live by.

In our urban areas, gun violence is on the rise as is thuggish behavior, arson and looting. In the nation's capitol, the rhetoric in Congress is much more visceral and gridlock is commonplace. This too is the "new normal."

Basic courtesy is from a bygone era, such as holding a door open for someone, saying please and thank you, extending a helping hand and basic charity; all are rapidly fading into the past as evidenced by a dwindling number of places of worship and nonprofit charities. This will only grow worse as schools are closing in observance of CORONA-19 and the politics of teachers unions. Without schools, children will grow more dependent on technology and their socialization skills will further deteriorate. This too is part of the "new normal."

The CORONA-19 virus is causing people to become somewhat introverted. They hide in houses and avoid human contact of any kind. In addition, companies are no longer allowed to conduct business as usual. Not only does this hurt sales but it also hinders teamwork as people are now asked to work from home. All of this, of course, affects our socialization skills.

In addition to CORONA-19, the cause of the "new normal" is actually based on a combination of several things, such as declining moral values, an irresponsible media, politics (e.g., "The Summer of Hate"), and a reliance on technology to do the thinking for us. Unfortunately, it showcases the negative side of the human spirit, such as hate, jealousy, spite, greed, and a disregard for cooperation, courtesy and respect.

The "new normal" is "abnormal" to those of us who remember the go-go years of the 20th century. In fact, it is rather depressing. Interestingly, cases of anxiety and depression have been steadily increasing prior to 2020, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it spike in this election year.

The "new normal" is not about something as banal as tattoos, body piercings, orange hair, or vernacular. It is about our ability to socialize effectively, something that is radically declining as we are asked to choose sides in political ideology. It is a callous attitude regarding our fellow human-beings, and an egocentric view of our perceived individual importance. No, the "new normal" does not include cooperation, sacrifice, teamwork, or friendliness, but rather it involves confrontation, combativeness, ridicule, selfishness, and a sense of entitlement.

So, where did this come from? Look no further than the Baby Boomers who failed at raising their children responsibly, along with the media and far-Left who have been trying to change our moral values for years.

I would like to believe our attitudes will change following the November 3rd election, that we will somehow snap out of it, but I know this simply will not happen. Everything is drifting on the wind. Our choice is rather simple; we either accept the "new normal" and allow the country to chart a new course or reject it by saying, "Enough is enough!," and take on the task of correcting it. Understand this, it is not so much what the older generation wants to do, it is ultimately up to the younger generation. All the elders can do is offer advice (and vote).

Keep the Faith!

P.S. - Also, I have a NEW book, "Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works", What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

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

For Tim's columns, see:   timbryce.com

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

HOW IS THE FIGHT FOR FLORIDA SHAPING UP?

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- An increase in voter registration indicates an historic turnout.

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It's time for me to begin making preparations to do my annual statistical analysis on voting in Florida. This is when I dust off my spreadsheets and ready myself for the influx of voting data from the state. August 18th is the Florida Primary, and early voting for it is August 8th - 15th. As I'm sure you are aware, Florida is a swing state, just as it was in 2016.

In preparation for the primary, I wanted to check on registration by party affiliation to get a sense of who will be voting in the Fall. Not long ago (June 16th) I read a report titled, "Florida Among Group of States Seeing Decline in Voter Registration." I would really like to know how the reporter came to this conclusion as I found just the opposite, as there are more people registered as of today than in all of 2016.

As usual, I visited the web site of the Florida Division of Elections (under the Secretary of State), which is the agency charged with maintaining such data. Here is what I found:


GOP
DEM
INDEP

2020
4,851,116
5,127,920
3,595,208
as of April 30th
2016
4,577,406
4,914,593
3,129,277
Total

+6%
+4%
+15%


Note: The registration deadline to vote in the Florida primary ended yesterday (July 20th) and I do not yet have the final numbers.

The data reveals an upswing in registration by Republicans (up 6%), the Democrats (up 4%), and Independents (up a whopping 15%). Similarly, my county (Pinellas) is also showing a slight upswing in registration by both parties.

From studying the data, I can make the following observations:

Even though Republicans were behind the Democrats in terms of 2016 registrations, the state went to Donald Trump for two reasons; first, actual voting by Democrats lagged behind Republicans, and; second, Mr. Trump won the vote of the Independents.

Today, both parties are making gains over 2016 and will likely set new records in voting, but the biggest increase is that of Independents. The big question in 2020 is, "Will the Independents still support President Trump?" The Democrats say No, but I believe otherwise. In 2016, they went with Mr. Trump as they knew the nation's capitol is broken and, instead of electing another politician, they gave an outsider a try. To his credit, the president kept many of his campaign promises, including moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, exterminating ISIS, energy independence, reducing government bureaucracy thereby allowing America to go back to work in record numbers, and, an overall improvement in the economy.

In 2020 though, the Independents are fed up with the helter-skelter of the congressional Democrats, and the hate emanating from the far-Left anarchists, including an attempted elimination of our history and sweeping changes to our culture. Independents will likely say, "Enough is enough!" at the ballot box. In other words, the Silent Majority, which includes Independents, will carry the day.

Next, the press contends Republicans are gravitating away from Mr. Trump and turning to former VP Joe Biden. I hear just the opposite; moderate Democrats have had it with the socialist agenda of the far-Left and have no faith in Mr. Biden's abilities to govern. I have personally heard this on multiple occasions from older Democrats who would like to see the party turn the clock back to the 20th century.

The last thing I learned from studying this, is how wrong the "Fake News" can be. Finding the actual data from the State is incredibly easy, so why does the reporter in the article claim Florida is "experiencing a major decline in new voter registration numbers compared to this time in 2016." This is just plain sloppy reporting. It also means "Fake News" is still alive and well in the Tampa Bay area, as well as across the United States. This is why we created "Tampa Bay Conservatives" (TBC) web site to report REAL news. The site can be found at: TBCtampa.com

So, how is Florida shaping up for the 2020 election? If the Republicans and Independents continue making gains in registration, President Trump should have no problem in being re-elected. And as Florida goes, so goes the country.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. - Also, I have a NEW book, "Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works", What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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

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