The last day of 2007: End of the year.
Looking ahead to 2008: What will the New Year bring?
Or better yet: What will it not bring?
Our destiny of late seems determined more by what doesn’t happen. With that cheery thought in mind, here’s our predictions on what probably will or won’t happen in 2008:
President George W. Bush’s Presidency will not end in 2008. It will end on January 20, 2009, unless he finds a way to complete his seizure of absolute, dictatorial power over what used to be a Democratic Republic called The United States of America.
It justice were possible in our society, Bush would end 2008 doing hard time at Leavenworth but that ain’t gonna happen.
America’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq will not end in 2008: Probably not in 2009 either. Bush’s tarnished legacy will be a long-term presence in a country torn apart by a civil war we started.
The economy will crash into a full-blown recession in 2008. Housing prices are predicted to bottom out after dropping by 40 percent. That’s right: 40 percent. Your $200,000 house will be worth only $120,000 by the end of next year. Hopefully, you won’t owe more than that on the house but odds are that millions of Americans will find themselves owing more than their homes are worth.
Hillary Clinton will not be the next President of the United States. In the end, her negatives will take over and her campaign will fizzle.
Barack Obama will not be the next President either. Americans may talk equality but – in the end – this is still a racist nation and racists don’t elect blacks to the highest office in the land.
A major American retailer will close its doors in 2008: Don’t be surprised if it is more than one.
At least one well-known American auto nameplate will disappear in 2008. Plymouth and Oldsmobile are already gone. Who’s next?
The Bush Administration will predict a pending terrorist attack must before the November 2008 elections. Anything to help Republicans at the ballot box.
Professional baseball will continue its well-deserved slide towards oblivion.
Capitol Hill Blue will celebrate its 14th year on the Internet on October 1.
And, finally, despite the wishes of so many, I will not:
- Take a long walk off a short plank;
- End up in a cell in Gitmo;
- Wind up in a loony bin;
- Or start drinking again.
Happy New Year.