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Sunday, December 31, 2006

2007 A LOOK FORWARD - THE SUNDAY COMMENTARY

2006 was a year that brought many surprises but then again as the year progressed some of the so called surprises were not as much a surprise as they were an obvious result of bad choices. One of the largest that loomed with the political prognosticators at the end of 2005 was the result of the 2006 Mid Term election. Few predicted that 2006 would bring a complete change in leadership in both the House and the Senate but yet as the year progressed with the GOP making several wrong moves and bad choices in their watch of the Congress the election became more and more obvious that it would be a disaster for the GOP. Many thought there was a slight chance of the House turning over in 06 but almost no one predicted the Senate to follow suit. Yet here we are ready to enter 2007 and January will bring the swearing in of a new Democrat controlled House and Senate. So obviously speculating what a new year will bring is just that, "speculation," but it has become a tradition by many political analysts and by most Hollywood gossip columnists. The difference between the two is only in who and what they predict and not in the accuracy in their predictions. Though from the stand point of pure hilarious entertainment Hollywood takes its predictions much more serious than do political prognosticators as if on what Hollywood predicts the future of all society rests. So as we step into 2007 this writer will offer a few thoughts as to what may be in store for 2007 and just maybe some of it could happen and much of it totally miss the boat.

First the obvious for 2007.

The 08 Presidential race - With 2008 bringing with it the seemingly never ending campaigning that accompanies a Presidential election year, the positioning for that run will begin in earnest. 2007 will find Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Hillary, Biden and Obama making their candidacy official. The possibles who will join the list consist of Huckabee, Gingrich, Kerry and Gore. Though Kerry seems one who should be on the obvious list, there have been a number of incidents in recent months including his insult of the troops and his unpopular visit to Iraq that could actually cause him pause in running. In the end though his arrogance and his own conviction that he, "deserves, " the Presidency will push him into the race. Gingrich and Gore will depend upon reaction to their feelers in the first few months of 2007. Of the two Gingrich is the most likely to enter the race but Gore is gaining popularity for a run because of his highly touted global warming fantasies.

Saddam Hussein - With the dictator dead it may seem odd that he makes the list of obvious 2007 predictions but like a bad penny he will not go away for several reasons. The foremost reason is because of the Iraqi people themselves. His brutal reign as dictator for more than 30 years over Iraq has left very large and lasting scars on the country. There will be a large number of Iraqis who even faced with video and photographic evidence of his execution as well as a grave bearing his name will still believe that this persona of evil is alive and will find a way to return to power. For many in the country it will take some time for the truth of his demise to sink in and the acceptance that he is gone to allow them to live without the fear of his return. A secondary reason is because of the conspiracy theorists which have already started fanning the flame that the execution was one of Hussein's many doubles and that he is alive and well and drinking Pina' Colladas somewhere outside of Iraq waiting for the opportune moment to return. With the emergence already of the conspiracies 2007 will be filled with Saddam sightings and stories of where he living and with whom he is meeting to prepare for his return to Iraq.

The minimum wage - This has become the agenda cry of the incoming Democrats as they tell of what they plan to do in the first 100 days as leaders in Congress. Shortly after they take control the House will present and pass an expected raise in the minimum wage allowing an increase of more than two dollars over the next two years. While its passage will take more time in the Senate since the balance between parties is much closer than in the House the support for the raise has strong backing in the Senate and should pass will bipartisan support. President Bush has unfortunately already indicated that he too supports the raise with certain incentives for small business which are not likely with a Democrat Congress but in the spirit of showing his bipartisanship at the onset of Democrat Congressional leadership, Bush will sign the bill.

Now a few not so obvious.

Iraq - While many are trying to portray Iraq as a lost cause and that United States presence in the country should cease to exist the truth of the matter is that there is still much work to be done and that the work requires the continued presence of the United States in order for the work to be completed. There are lingering questions as to the immediate future of the US in Iraq bouncing back and forth between a, "surge, " ( where did they come up with this word for a troop increase ?), of US troops to quell the situation in the Sunni Triangle area and an increase in diplomatic measures especially concerning Iran and Syria. As the President is leaning to an increase of around 30, 000 troops the, "surge, " seems likely. The diplomatic overtures that are being discussed depends greatly on political pressure here at home. Bush is against negotiating with Iran and Syria over Iraq or anything else for that matter for which I give him kudos since we do not need to be negotiating with these two terror states. Yet political pressure is mounting for negotiations and as that pressure increases Bush may fall to it and at least send lower level diplomats as feelers to both countries then eventually Condi Rice and an official US delegation. Again all of this is still up in the air but as 2007 progresses the full direction of US policy in Iraq will better reveal itself.

The economy - While the increase in the minimum wage will have an adverse effect of the economy as the raise is implemented and business reacts to the increase with labor changes in the form of cut backs in hiring and downsizing of employees to meet the forced increase in labor costs, the full extent of the effect on the economy will not take effect until the raise begins attacking consumer prices through increases brought on by higher labor costs. The effect on slowing the economy or not will depend on consumer confidence in the economy at the time and whether consumers feel comfortable enough in their own pockets with the price increases to continue spending at the healthy pace that has been the case over the last few years. Another indicator of the 2007 economic picture will be the housing market. While it has shown signs of slowing over the last months of 2006 each time it has slowed the next month followed with increases that not only countered the previous months slow down but actually increased the housing market. Again consumer comfort in their own finances and well being will determine if housing will continue at the record pace it has kept in recent years. The stock market will vary with world situations and the legislation that is presented by a Democrat Congress. Wall Street is taking a look and see attitude as they anticipate what Democrats will do, so their reaction will be based on future legislation and how that legislation will effect the market at the time. Oil prices will depend on futures market reaction to world crises that erupt in 2007 and also on how greedy OPEC will be if the price of a barrel of oil begins to drop again.

Hurricanes - There will be hurricanes. If any of those who predict the numbers for any hurricane season and 2007 is no exception were to actually admit the truth the only prediction that any of them can make is that next years hurricane season will produce hurricanes. Now as to numbers and intensity that depends only upon ocean temperatures and upper level air currents at the time and if any of these dire hurricane weather sooth sayers were honest in their assessment of future activity they would admit that we will have them and stop trying to scare the coastal residents with numbers and strength predictions which only succeed in fear mongoring and driving up the price of insurance on the coast.

The President - Bush and 2007 all depends on whether he has resigned himself to being a lame duck President or if he still believes even with a Democrat Congress that he has the ability to govern and have a strong Presidency or one that weakly bows to the Congress through compromise after compromise. Ronald Reagan proved that even with a majority from the other party controlling Congress that by creating a coalition within the opposition Democrat party that leaned toward a more conservative agenda a President could get what he wanted passed in Congress. Bush seems to believe that his only option is to work with the leadership and follow their lead in legislating. If that is the case then he will be a lame duck President and much of 2007 will find him ineffective from that stand point. If he does lead and works the Congress as Reagan did then the strength of his leadership will shape legislation that emerges from even a Democrat Congress in 2007.

One final item for 2007 is the shape of the Senate. This all depends upon the recovery of Senator Tim Johnson from South Dakota who had emergency brain surgery earlier in December. If he recovers and is able to complete his term then the Senate will remain in Democrat control. If on the other hand he cannot then South Dakota Republican Governor Mike Rounds will appoint a Republican to fill the vacant seat thus changing the makeup of the Senate to 50/50 causing both parties to equally share in all leadership and committee positions and the Vice President would then become the deciding vote in the case of a tie.

As in any change of years from one to another in the continued advancement of time on this planet that we all share, predictions are just predictions and the year will play out as it will despite what anyone speculates or contemplates. So as we begin the eighth year of the 21st century may it be a prosperous one for each of you and please accept my wish for each of you for a very Happy New Year!

Ken Taylor

17 Comments:

Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

This is quite a post, Ken. Good job on the round-up.

I think 2007 could be a decisive year for President Bush. He could go down in history as one of our greatest leaders...or not. As you say, it all depends on whether he compromises or not with Democrats. Will he remain a strong leader?

Happy New Year to you!

12:19 PM, December 31, 2006  
Blogger Mike's America said...

If the economy does turn south after the enactment of an increase in the minimum wage the Democrats will just use it as they did during the 1992 campaign to claim we are in a "Republican Recession.... worst economy since the great depression, blah, blah, blah." They count on Democrats to forget the warnings we made regarding the minimum wage and increasing taxes. That strategy seems to work since most of their voters are willfully ignorant.

As for Iraq and Saddam. The poison that Saddam unleashed on this country is still there. He created a cadre of mini-monsters, all the guards in his prison, secret police and intelligence fiends who are still doing the killings, bombings and murder that they did under Saddam (only at a lower rate because of the US).

I see Hamas is complaining that Saddam's execution is a violation of International Law. When did Hamas ever object to Saddam putting men, women and children into woodchippers feet first? And when did Hamas ever follow international law? Isn't using combatants dressed as civilians a violation of international law? That execution was a model which I hope is one day followed in number of other Arab countries, including Palestine.

Happy New Year Ken! I got so backed up with the Ford Funeral and Saddam's execution I haven't started my Bloggers New Year wrap up. I might do it today, or I might go to the beach.

12:19 PM, December 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike and Wordsmith. Hey Mike tomorrow is New Years Day -go to the beach before it rains!

12:30 PM, December 31, 2006  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Go to the beach Mike....and bring your laptop.

1:14 PM, December 31, 2006  
Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Hopes and dreams come true, I hope. 2007 will be the decider for 2008. Bush must come out of it stronger, and the Congress being led by the Dems must expose the left for the idiots that they are - - - but we need a true conservative to run for the Republican Ticket that can win - that's where I get worried. Too many moderates out there.

5:19 PM, December 31, 2006  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Wow, where to start.

How about with a drink since it is New Years, boy are we going to need it to make us forget what is about to happen in the oncomming days!

I think Kerry is washed up, like you said over at my place, "Put a fork in him"

We need to write our Republican Senator's and Congresspeople and tell them in no uncertain terms we want our Cowboy back and pass along the message to President Bush! That's what we elected him for to begin with was his strength. And he needs to "Snap Out Of It" and get back to being the strong leader at the helm again.

I think if we do have "A Surge" in Iraq there must be a mission, and that mission must include al-Sadr. He may wind up being as much of a pain in the ass as Saddam was unless controlled or taken out!

Most clear thinking people know how good the economy is and any change in it, us bloggers will raise holy hell over, and the blame will lay soley at the Democratic feet and THEY KNOW IT! If Minimun wage is in the mix, and jobless rates increase, and the stock market falls, and inflation comes back etc, etc, the Democrat's know there will be hell to pay so they have to walk on egg shells too.

Unfortunately I see investigation after investigation, on President Bush for trying to protect this Country, but the Dems will call it "Accountability", and in the long run thier sole ambition will be to impeach the President. Tying up our Country in a mess for the next two years.

The only good thing I see is the fact that President Bush still has his pen that says "Veto" on it!

Basically we are screwed.

Enjoy these next few days, because when the Dems take control the first 100 hours will be hell.

But Hey! Nice post, and happy New Year to you to :-)

1:47 AM, January 01, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

The economy will get back to normal after '08, as after all democratic national winning elections, because Wall Street will heave a sigh of relief along with Main Street, and the rest of the world. As always has happened whenever dems are elected.

If you are predicting that the Dems will "inherit" a lousy economy, then who do you think they will be inheiriting the economy from?

10:27 AM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Gayle said...

A very Happy New Year to you too, Ken, and to all here, including Mudkitty. (I'm feeling magnanimous this morning.)

Here it is New Year's day, and - as you say- only time will tell what the New Year brings, but I feel certain you are dead on regarding some people's reaction to Saddam's much deserved demise. After all, we all know "Elvis lives." ;)

I hope that President Bush will take at least a few pages from Reagan's excellent example, and will pray that he does! I think raising the minimum wage is a huge mistake, but what to do? More government and higher taxes also loom on the horizon, neither of which are necessary to anyone except Democrats. We will just have to hope for the best.

11:16 AM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Mudkitty,

The economy will get back to normal after '08, as after all democratic national winning elections, because Wall Street will heave a sigh of relief along with Main Street, and the rest of the world. As always has happened whenever dems are elected.

If you are predicting that the Dems will "inherit" a lousy economy, then who do you think they will be inheiriting the economy from?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You a nut's. This economy is strong NOW! Lowest uneployment rate in decades, more homes ownned by American's than ever before, more money in the pocket's of American's thank's to President Bush's tax cut's, highest stock market in history closed at 12,500 last week, Highest GDP, etc, etc, all that will be gone once the Democrat's take office and when Charlie Rangel get's in there, everything will collapse. But then again Bush has his Veto pen so you Lunatic's cat possibly get that far out of control!

No my dear the Dems will "Inherit" a strong economy, it will be the Dems who tear it up, as they alway's do and they will be held accountable for it.

By getting back to normal, do you mean tax increases, the stock market falling, the GDP lowering, people not having enough money to buy a home, and countless people out of work?

Oh yes I see Wall Street breathing a *sigh* alright, but it wont be relief, it will be watching the fall of the most wonderful economy we ever had!

3:39 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Ken Where did you get this loon?

"heave a sigh of relief along with Main Street, and the rest of the world. As always has happened whenever dems are elected."

What a complete load of rubbish!

Well there might be only a scintilla of truth there if we look for it.

One thing is FOR SURE: if a Dem is elected President, the media will ALL OF A SUDDEN discover the good news about our economy and relations with foreign policy that they have been ignoring the last six years.

It's just like Dems and the WMD's in Iraq. They count on all of us to be so stupid not to recall what they say and how they act.

Willful ignorance may be the mainstay of mudkitty as it reinforces the clear prejudices and biases he/she/it displays with alacrity.

Those of us who live in the real world don't have that luxury.

10:27 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

Happy New Year to you too Gail - I hope it didn't hurt too much when you reluctanly wished me one. Sounded like a strain.

*****

On the Bush "great economy" numbers...ever hear of voodoo economics? If you belive Bush numbers, then I can tell you where the Bush-wmds are. The Bushies won't even let their own climate scientists publish their findings, and you're going to believe the Bush stats.

And for goodness' sake, when are "you" people gonna recognize a stock market (not to mention war induced) buble when they see one. This precipitates a fall. The historical evidence is there for everyone to see. Fasten your seatbelts, all you small investor suckers whom the big investors prey upon.

My advice is to get out.

Remember this advice, when you are kicking yourselves. That is, if you can even afford to invest, much less afford to lose money.

Just don't say I didn't warn you. And it will happen in '07, on Bush & Co's watch.

12:23 PM, January 03, 2007  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Kitty Litter: You are SUCH a moonbat! Pull your head out of Moveon.org double-wide ass before you suffocate. It's clear you suffer from a lack of oxygen.

I'll take voodoo economics over your witch doctor socialism any day.

Moonbat!

10:55 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

You do that Mike, cuz there's a sucker born every minute.

9:34 PM, January 06, 2007  
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