We are about to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome 2014. That means it’s time to make predictions for the year to come. Who will win the elections? The World Series? Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?
Come look inside my crystal ball.
Let’s get the elections out of the way. Senate stays with the Democrats in November, but they lose a few seats. Final tally will be 51-49, and people will thank/blame the Tea Party for once again saving the Senate for the Democrats.
House will stay in Republican control, and they might even pick up a few seats. The votes will be close to even, but the House is so gerrymandered for Republicans that equal votes means about a 40 seat advantage for the GOP.
Also, Ted Cruz continues to be nuts but fewer people care. Scott Walker emerges as the new fountain of far-right insanity.
Democrats push minimum wage hard. Immigration becomes an issue in the spring. Gun stuff gets no real attention federally, but Vermont passes historically strict gun controls. Immigration reform passes in the summer. Democrats eventually get their minimum wage increase but at the cost of cuts to Social Security. The left wing grumbles, and the right wing primaries a few hardcore conservatives who voted for the deal.
Edward Snowden releases something truly major, but it doesn’t get a lot of attention, because Miley Cyrus says something scandalous in an interview two days later.
While I have an annual tradition of predicting a World Series win for the Mets, here’s an alternate pick in case that seems unrealistic: the Washington Nationals. It will be Nats over the Rays or A’s.
Pacers win the NBA championship, Seahawks win the Super Bowl and the Blues win the Stanley Cup. Please send me 10 percent of your gambling revenue.
3D printers drop 60 percent in price from the start of the year to the end. We start seeing prototypes for 3-D light displays that replace a traditional screen, and some billionaire drives a printed car. Printed medicine becomes more viable, but doesn’t reach the market, and printed meat gets easier to do, but is entirely unappetizing.
Netflix starts to take over cable TV. A start-up we’ve never heard of makes a high quality original show, and Amazon releases a slew of original series, all of which flop.
Time Magazine Person of the Year
Hassan Rouhani. Who works out a deal with the U.S. to end the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for an IMF loan to build solar plants and an airport.
Runner-up: Kim Jong-Un. Who continues to walk the line between crazy and truly frightening.
What do you think will happen in 2014? Let us know!