Sunday, December 26, 2010

Diggapredictions for 2011

US GDP will grow by 4% in 2011
Unemployment will drop to a still unacceptable 8.5%
By Q4 the Federal Reserve will be seriously considering a rate hike

Darrel Issa (R-CA) will appear on the Sunday Talk Shows more often any other Republican with the exception of Boehner and McConnell.
Without an Omnibus spending bill in place and with funding only in place to run the government through March, expect the incoming Tea Party and pro-business Republicans to begin their assault on defunding key elements of the Affordable Healthcare and Financial Reform Acts.
Thirteen Republicans will announce Presidential intentions: Barbour, Pence, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Daniels, Thune, Huckabee, Romney, Ron Paul, Greenspon, Karger, Santorum, and Cain.  Palin will NOT.

Patriots defeat Falcons 37 – 31 in Super Bowl XLV in Texas.
Auburn defeats Oregon for national championship 35-34.  Cam Newton drafted by Carolina Panthers in April.
Red Sox defeat Phillies 4-3.  Adrian Gonzalez is Series MVP.
Jack Del Rio, Gary Kubiak, Tom Coughlin, John Fox, Mike Singletary, Norv Turner, Marvin Lewis will be seeking new work.

Realizing Karzai isn’t a reliable partner and Pakistan will not clamp down on the Taliban, US switches it’s Afghanistan strategy to containment of Al Qaeda similar to approach in the Arabian peninsula and begins troop drawdown on schedule.
More South Asian nations embrace the US as regional fears of China’s increasingly nationalistic actions.
Sanctions against Iran bolstered by Russian support lead increased civil unrest as prices skyrocket and Ahmadinejad and his security forces clamp down harder.
The UN Special Tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri will release its findings and will implicate Hezbollah and Iran.  Secretary of State Clinton will earn her salary as she tries to prevent a new Lebanese Civil War.
Credit crises in Europe will lead to further austerity measures and protests in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.  This will drive further anti-immigration rhetoric and legislation across the continent, increased  neo-nazi and nationalistic activities, and new terrorist attacks in European cities.
Russia will continue on its course of human rights violations, private property seizures, corruption, and suppression of all opposition voices.  Worse, this approach will foment similar totalitarian governments in Hungary and Ukraine.

Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Social Network, Hailee Steinfeld, and Christian Bale walk away with Oscars.
Kanye West will say something stupid.
AMC, FX, HBO, and Showtime will air the best dramas on TV because network serial drama is dead.

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