Well, these were my predictions for 2011. I did pretty good this year although none of my predictions were too far out there. On the other hand I totally whiffed the whole Japanese earthquake and tsunami and Kim Jong-il assuming room temperature.
Number 1 was dead on though it was pretty obvious. Moving on, Gitmo is open and combat is still ongoing in the Gan. The troops aren’t in Iraq as I predicted, however. The stock market didn’t have a good year although corporate profits are good. Unemployment did what I said it would do. Inflation is definitely here in terms of food and energy. I was right about SCOTUS agreeing to hear the case regarding the individual mandate but they didn’t get to it this year. Awareness of the education bubble has grown but there almost was a Christmas Eve session on extending the payroll tax increase. What a joke. I said Palin would run and she didn’t but I also said Christie wouldn’t and he didn’t. No meaningful reductions in government spending… duh. As for Brad and Lindsay Lohan… well, the year isn’t officially over yet. Memphis was definitely a good time.
Now, without further ado, are my predictions for 2012.
1) Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination to be their candidate for president but Ron Paul will give him a run for his money due to Republican open primaries.
2) Ron Paul will launch a third party candidacy.
3) Eric Holder will retire and say he is doing so in order to “spend more time with my family.”
4) Wisconsin governor Scott Walker will prevail in the recall effort against him.
5) Kagan will not recuse herself from the Obamacare case. The individual mandate will be upheld 5-4 due to her deciding vote. A handful of Tea Party Republicans will seek impeachment, but fail.
6) The unemployment rate will increase in the first quarter of 2012. This will be “unexpected.”
7) The Eurozone will double dip into recession. This will drag the US to near zero growth. The Euro will be the only major currency to slide against the dollar; which will remain weak. At least one nation will exit the EU; maybe two.
8 ) The GOP will hold the House and the Democrats will lose two seats in the Senate but retain control.
9) The presidential race will be extremely tight with the winner taking 282 electoral votes.
10) The current Mayan calendar cycle will end in December. The world won’t.
11) There will be good food, good drink, good fun and good fellowship in southern Missouri in May.