We’ve spent quite a bit of time the past week looking back over 2010. But the start of a new year is also a chance to look ahead and imagine what might be. Sometimes those predictions are way off, like when I (and almost every sportswriter) thought the Tigers would be unstoppable in 2008. Sometimes those predictions are a little more accurate, like when people predicted the Democrats would lose seats in 2010. Sometimes the predictions are eerily prescient, like this:
So, I guess I want to build on that and take this opportunity to make a couple predictions for 2011.
First, I predict that Obama will pull an Obama and find a way to mediate between the extreme craziness of the Tea Partiers and the extreme idiocy of the crazies in his own party. I also predict that even though he will do this in a very different way than Bill Clinton, it will still be continuously compared to Clinton’s own recovery following devastating midterms.
Secondly, I predict that hiring will pick up by the 4th quarter of this year and people will be amazed. All this despite the fact that we have seen time and time again how the economy is cyclical and it was really only a matter of time before things turned around. I also predict that both sides of the aisle will claim that their actions are the only reason things got better.
Finally, I bet that 2011 will see many instances of Mr. Lung maligning the Tigers and Cubs whilst opining the Cardinals. He will also ask you many times not to hate him.
Hey, I didn’t say my predictions would be earth-shattering. I’m not a betting man. If I’m going to predict something, I like to know that I’m going to be right. And in that same vein, here’s another one you can take to the bank. Apple will release a new version of the iPad that includes either Flash compatibility or a camera and then release another version several months later that includes the upgrade they decide to forgo in the 2nd generation.
Just remember, you heard it here first. Now get out there and start spending your upcoming tax breaks. Like your girlfriend, this economy ain’t gonna stimulate itself.