Sunday, 28 October 2012

My Predictions

Occasionally, I will make predictions.  This time....I'm predicting the environment around us in 2016.....the next election.

First, tens of thousands of people are now in serious trouble on repaying their university loans.  The parents who co-signed with Junior?  They are social security age and discovering everyday that if Junior doesn't pay....you don't work out a payment deal yourself....then your social security fund is attacked and $500 pulled monthly to cover the payment.  Naturally, these people are upset and living on the bare means of survival.  Most still work at some grocery store...even into their seventies because they can't survive off $800 a month after the college loan money is deducted.

This group will be demanding government intervention.  It'll be hard for the President (either guy), or Congress to just forget about this in an election year.  So they will give away tens of billions in loan money that was supposed to come back to the US government.  We will slip deeper into debt, with a lot of folks standing around with French literature degrees.

Second, between 2013 and 2016, a number of kids and parents will wise up and say "no" to four-year universities.  They will opt for a two-year program at the local community college.  I will predict that college enrollment by 2016 is down by six percent across the nation.  Naturally....the four-year universities are furious and on the borderline of finance issues.  Professors with tenure....will be told to retire and be forced out.  Weekly meetings will be held with your state senator to figure out a way to bring the students back.

Third, after cutting seven percent of the government civilian work-force in 2013 and 2014....the facts are that most of the people who left were in the junior or lesser grades.  You've now got a over-balanced situation with more managers than desired.  The government experts are suggesting to hire 100k civilian government workers in 2017....to give the current managers....people to manage.  No one much believes the logic, and it never occurs.

Fourth, for the 2016 Senate race in Nevada....Harry Reid is 76 years old and frankly....would like to retire.  The problem is that no one from the Democratic Party in the state is a obvious replacement.  So Harry runs again.

Fifth, no less than thirty books are written in 2013....describing the inside workings of the Obama White House between 2008 and 2012.  They all tend to show an organization that was screwed up internally, and could never get moving in a forward direction with any true agreement.

Sixth, and final.....at least two thousand dead people will have been found to have voted in the 2012 election.  Officials in all fifty states are at a loss to explain how some....even dead for a year.....still voted.  A Senator will put forward a vote to declare dead people lose their voting status within twenty-four hours after they expire....however....there isn't enough votes (60) in the Senate to approve the bill and push it onto the House.

My Neighborhood

Saturday night turned out to be an interesting deal in DC.  Around 8:45 that evening...a METRO bus (the #64 route in DC) was going down the street, when some Cadillac appeared out of nowhere.  The Cadillac ...was apparently being chased by DC cops.  No one is saying why....but I'd assume the car was stolen or the driver was acting weird.

At some point, the Cadillac ends up hitting the rear end of the #64 METRO bus.  The impact was such.....that the Cadillac ends up doing some kind of twist and turn...into the other lane.  And at that exact time.....the other #64 METRO bus (number two on the scene)....going in the opposite direction....runs smack into the Cadillac.

Cop reports indicate the ambulance folks were fairly busy....toting off at least ten passengers from the two buses.  None of those folks are bad off....at least the cops hint that.

The Cadillac driver?  Well...he's got a broke leg and I'm guessing a concussion.

The interesting thing is that a special unit of the DC cops come out, and spend a fair amount of time with the blade-unit to saw pieces of the Cadillac up so they can get to the interior.  I'd be guessing a search for drugs.  The Cadillac driver?  He's fairly doped up on pain-killers right now and just resting.

Statistically....the odds of hitting the eastbound #64 bus and the westbound #64 bus?  It's a one in a million deal.  But this is DC....so it's probably closer to one in a thousand.