Since this is my last column of the year, I will statement this space to accord you my trusty predictions for 2005. While none of these are guaranteed and any predictions are always fraught with risks, I’m reasonably sure the majority of them will prove to be certainly accurate. They are based on my analysis of the personalities involved and the outcomes of agnate situations from the former. About the Author Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He again serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website – http://www.commenterry.com – on which he posts commentaries on assorted subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and able-bodied-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries action a altered point of appearance that is not generally activate in mainstream media.
(1) The Iraqi elections will action on as scheduled. This is the one I’m the most sure of. Barring some affectionate of cataclysmic accident,Iraqis will action to the polls on January 30. As of terrorist action, which will alone intensify as that date draws closer, it is anyone’s guess as to how abounding Iraqis will actually action to the polls. However, President Bush is bound and curved that these
elections will booty abode on timetable, come hell or aerial baptize. I suspect if anyone, other than Absolute being Himself, would be capable of changing the President’s apperception on this affair.
(2) Michael Jackson will be acquitted. Despite how bad Jackson might attending, there’s aloof not enough evidence linking him to the crime he’s be accused of. Most of the stuff that makes him attending so bad has annihilation to accomplish with this position. If he is acquitted, he should then accomplish the “moonwalk” on the courtroom steps to rub Jane
Velez-Mitchell’s nose in it.
(3) Gas prices will abide to drop. This is simply a matter of supply and demand. Oil and gas prices were road too aerial for road too continued. This caused oil producing nations to cheat on their quotas and export added crude. Refiners increased their output as able-bodied to booty advantage of the higher prices. As a aftereffect, there’s any more an oil glut, despite OPEC’s announced cut in production. This will
abide to put heavy downward pressure on oil prices. I expect the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. to dip to $1.30 sometime in 2005 before recovering a babyish.
(4) Al Gore will re-emerge onto the political scene. He will alpha manufacture added aerial visibility speeches as able-bodied as added appearances on the TV speak appearance circuit, in preparation for his amble for the presidency in 2008. Gore will once again alter to a formidable candidate for the highest office in the land.
(5) Progress will be fabricated in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza will action on as planned. The advanced Palestinian Authority baton not be anywhere near the adamantine-liner that Arafat was. In response, Ariel Sharon will booty less of a adamantine line toward the Palestinians. I’m not saying that 2005 will bring
buttoned up between Israel and the PLO, but a step in the adapted direction will be taken. However, accustomed their history, any progress could be aloof impermanent.
(6) Bush will tackle levy advance, but chicken out on Social Security advance. Social Security advance, at least for 2005, will prove to be too much of a ardent potato for the President and for Congress. Levy advance, although ambitious itself, is the path of least resistance. I don’t foresee a above overhaul, though. Attending for some affectionate of simplification of the current levy code, along with some version of
the Lifetime Chief Statement. The Roth 401(k) might finally alter to a absoluteness as able-bodied.
(7) VoIP will alpha to booty off. Articulation over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology allows consumers to accomplish phone calls over their broadband internet connections. It is much cheaper and less restrictive that standard phone service. Most bodies are still not accepted with it but the above phone companies, along with some smaller companies which specialize in that technology, will alpha to chicken feed that in 2005. They are already heavily advertising it on the internet. I expect a above TV, radio, and newspaper ad blitz to activate in early 2005.
(8) The Florida Marlins will stay put, but the Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins will alpha looking elsewhere. The Marlins will finalize their deal with the city of Miami for a advanced baseball stadium. They will then chicken feed their agname to the Miami Marlins. However, the A’s and the Twins won’t be so fortunate. The A’s will alpha austere negotiations with San Jose. The Twins will alpha looking at Las Vegas, Portland, Norfolk, or Monterrey, Mexico as a possible advanced venue. The Expos’ relocation to Washington was Above
Confederation Baseball’s aboriginal relocation in 33 age. Any more that the genie is out of the bottle, there could be several added in the abutting five age.
(9) The NHL season will be partially saved. There is no road the NHL wants to alter to the aboriginal above North American sports confederation to lose an entire season due to a labor dispute. Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners will temporarily drop their demands for a pay cap and accept a modified version of the players’ latest action. This will acquiesce the last 35-40% of the season, along with the playoffs, to proceed as scheduled. However, this will aloof be a short-chat deal that will alone booty the confederation buttoned up the borderline of the 2005-06 season. Then they’ll be adapted back to the picture board.
(10) Abutting season’s flu shot supply will be plentiful by October. I expect that everyone has learned their lesson from this year’s fiasco. There will be at least one company, possibly two, producing the vaccine in the United States. Congress will pass legislation to arrange that the production and distribution of the vaccine will be
less risky for American companies. Again, the FDA will probably accomplish a bigger action of monitoring worldwide supplies. Enough will be available for anyone in the U.S who wants one.
About the Author
Terry Mitchell is a software engineer, freelance writer, and trivia buff from Hopewell, VA. He again serves as a political columnist for American Daily and operates his own website – http://www.commenterry.com – on which he posts commentaries on assorted subjects such as politics, technology, religion, health and able-bodied-being, personal finance, and sports. His commentaries action a altered point of appearance that is not generally activate in mainstream media.
Originall posted April 3, 2012