In which I boldly offer predictions about 2014.
Well, not predictions. No one can predict the future; we don’t really know what we’re going to run into, not even next week. Life is like driving down the highway at 100 mph with the windshield completely frosted over. Unfortunately, our defrosters don’t work and we can’t stop and scrape the windshield. Some events are scheduled to take place, and can be predicted with some success, but otherwise, maybe some trends can be noted, some possibilities speculated on:
First, I suspect there will be new scandals in the executive branch, and of course the President won’t know anything about them until they are revealed on Fox News. And, they won’t be his fault. Congress will investigate, and Democrats will stonewall.
All tough decisions will be put off until after the mid-term election, if not until the next presidential election. (This is an easy one; that’s what has been happening under Obama and the Democrats.) The cans will be kicked down the road.
The main-stream media will continue to talk up Hillary Clinton. On the Republican side, they will treat the likely candidates who are the least conservative the most favorably: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie.
The economy will continue to get worse, and Obama will find ingenious new ways to blame Republicans, even George Bush, for the problems, even the ones coming from Obamacare.
The train wreck that is Obamacare will continue to worsen. Insurance companies will go out of business. Doctors and Hospitals will struggle as well. Obamacare, which is supposed to bring insurance to more people, will instead leave many more people without it. Many others will be stuck with excessively high premiums and deductions. Young folks will refuse to buy expensive insurance out of the goodness of their hearts, just to make Obamacare work.
Obama will continue to ignore the Congress and the Constitution, by issuing executive orders to force his will on the people. The calls for his impeachment will be louder and more frequent.
This may just be wishful thinking on my part, but Republicans will take control of the Senate while retaining control of the House in the mid-term elections. If you think Obama is a lame duck now, just wait until he loses the Senate.
If Republicans gain control of both houses, here’s a free prediction for early 2015: Barack Obama will be impeached for failing to faithfully administer the laws of the land. Enough Senate Democrats will cross over to win conviction, which requires a two thirds vote. The much ridiculed Joe Biden will be a startlingly better president in serving out Obama’s term, and may make it possible for Democrats to retain the presidency in 2016.
My final prediction is: most of my predictions won’t come true, but a lot of things I didn’t predict will. Happy New Year.