Every year I make predictions for the following year. But before I do I review the previous year’s predictions at the end. Here are mine from last December 31st.
1. Obama will cause a constitutional crisis due to his executive orders circumventing US Constitutional law (which is illegal). He has already done this here and elsewhere. When the administration allows international law enforcement to supersede US sovereignty, there will be a huge backlash and they will have to back down, or they will become seriously damaged as a result. I suspect it will be over a terrorist related issue.
This specifically didn’t happen too much, but the president has done a lot of unconstitutional things this year. Most recently circumventing congress and the courts on the EPA and FCC power grabs.
2. Democrats will suffer epic losses in November, despite a slew of outrageous voting shenanigans involving the usual suspects. The Senate may go to Republicans and the House will be close to flipping. This will be aided by many Democrats changing parties in 2010.
Yes, except the Republicans won 63 seats in Congress not the Senate. The Dems barely held that. But it was a historic win for the Republicans in any event. Not too many Dems flipped parties except in state houses where it was more common.
3. But a third party conservative movement continues to grow as tea parties get larger through the year. Some congressional seats will go to these candidates.
Yes, the tea party made some gains and if the Republicans fail to stick to their promises, they will have to fight them in 2012.
4. The health care bill will not sustain the internecine politics of the Democrats and public opinion. So Obama care will fail, barely.
It was passed over the will of the people. Hopefully it will be killed next year. It is still very unpopular.
5. Obama will poll consistently in the 40s, and then in the 30s toward the end of the year. A growing anger toward his administration will begin to dominate the news cycle. Rumors that he won’t run in 2012 will circulate.
He is in the 40s and has been in the 30s. The rumors that he won’t run in 2012 have also been circulating.
6. Obama’s second stimulus will not help the economy. Unemployment continues to be bad. Housing sales will be sluggish due to continuing lending problems and defaults.
Yes, all of this happened.
7. Obama’s “cool” demeanor will slip publicly more than a few times. He will be openly mocked by the press that once lionized him Especially when they they sense he can’t recover his popularity and theys tart to blame him for his party’s fall from grace.
This also happened, but they came back to his side in the last few weeks calling him the “comeback kid” despite the fact it was the Lame Duck Congress that did all the work.
8. Many top Democrats will lose their seats including Dodd, Reid, Boxer, Nelson. “Blue dogs” will be especially vulnerable.
Blue dogs were decimated. Dodd retired. Reid and Boxer survived.
9. The stock market will continue to have sucker’s rallies, but it will also have more bear sessions.
Yes, and it’s still not looking safe.
10. A commercial real estate crash will continue to harm the economy.
Yes, it has.
11. Obama will try to claim we came out of the recession only to go into a “double dip” recession again. At this point most of the press will lable it the Obama recession after all his failed polices and empty rhetoric.
The press is trying to tell us we’ve been out of the recession for a year. Reality says otherwise. As for a double dip recession, it feels like that has happened but since the government runs the reports it says otherwise.
12. Massive protests around the world due to unemployment and inflationary problems that will be blame on US spending policies. Obama will get a lot of fire for his spending, which he will try to claim he is cutting back. But it will be too little too late.
Yes, this happened also.
13. Apple’s tablet PC will be a hit when it debuts next year. Tablet PCs will become a vogue form of PC use. Comics will make major inroads there.
Yes they were a solid success and other tablets are making their way into the market now.
14. Climate Change will continue to die a slow painful death in the public’s mind and certain proponents of it will come under increasing disfavor and even lawsuits. Politicians will start back peddling on it. More climate scandals will erupt.
The warm mongers refuse to give up. Too much at stake. But the brutal winter is making a mockery of their claims.
15. There will be more terrorist attacks on the US and the administrations attempts to PC whitewash the Islamic aspect will start to incite a backlash.
Yes, this has happened in a small scale.
16. The Obama birther issue will not die. It will grow. More calls for his background documents like college, etc, to be disclosed will grow louder.
Yes, even Chris Matthews recently called for his birth certificate.
17. Growing calls for impeachment will start to echo across the land.
18. Hillary Clinton will quit the Obama administration and start to become a critic, trying to distance herself from it. But she will not be able to recapture her political power.
I will probably do my 2011 predictions tomorrow. But this year’s were mostly on target.
The future as people in the late 1950s imagined it at Disney. That is a future not accounting for the reality of human nature and bad government.
On Nancy Pelosi’s first day as leader of the 111th Congress in 2007 she made the following pledge.
But what really happened is her congress is responsible for more debt and spending than all the previous 100 congresses combined. This is a congress that was criminally negligible, if not criminally intent. There have been several times when they said they wanted more power from the people. They wanted more taxes constantly, to pay for their reckless behavior. And anyone who dared criticize them or speak out was labeled an extremist. Remember all the tea party bashing?
Of course, plenty of people believed their lies and still do, despite all that’s happened. Fortunately, most do not. Obamacare is still unpopular as ever. The voters kicked out a lot of Democrats last month.
The president said last week that this was the most “productive” congress ever. Considering how much damage they did to the economy, I guess those theories about him trying to trash America are true.
Another show coming out next year that looks interesting is AMC’s The Killing. About a murder investigation in a small town.
I am looking forward to this series on NBO. I just started reading the book and am about 1/4 of the way in. It’s really entertaining stuff. The kind of fantasy I like, which does not rely on magic tricks to keep the story flowing but good characters and plotting. The characters in this series are believable. There are no elves and dwaves (though there is a human dwarf who is one of the best characters). I understand the fifth book in the series has been a long time in coming but since each book is 750 pages long, I have a way to go before I worry about it. Hopefully, having a TV series will motivate him to get the final book done.
It’s been a long time since I read a fantasy novel. I used to love them but I got burned out on the genre. This series is a breath of fresh air since it eschews most of the cliches of the genre. It is more like Dune in some respects, because about powerful families vying for power in a vast kingdom. It’s all about politics and intrigue with a little magic thrown in here and there.
Here is a behind the scenes on the HBO series coming in March.
Without terrorism as a bogeyman, statists would have little excuse to impose draconian police state measures on the populous. And just to show they mean business, the Obama administration is now taking their act to hotels and shopping malls.
The United States is stepping up security at “soft targets” like hotels and shopping malls, as well as trains and ports, as it counters the evolving Al-Qaeda threat, a top official said Sunday.
A year after a foiled plot to bomb a US-bound passenger plane, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that other places and modes of transportation must now be scrutinized.
“We look at so-called soft targets — the hotels, shopping malls, for example — all of which we have reached out to in the past year and have done a fair amount of training for their own employees,” Napolitano said.
Since an attempted bombing on a packed Saturday night in Times Square in May, New York, for example, has installed hundreds of security cameras as part of a plan to triple the number of cameras to 3,000.
In September, the city activated some 500 new surveillance cameras at its three busiest subway stations — Times Square, Penn Station and Grand Central.
“The overall message is everything is objectively better than it was a year ago, particularly in the aviation environment. But we’re also looking at addressing other areas,” Napolitano said.
Don’t you feel safe now? The government is your friend. Noting to fear. They are just looking out for your interests after all. Or, I should say, their own.