This has been a very interesting year to say the least and there are some still to be resolved issues coming in 2009. The election is over and we will have a new President shortly. We've had and oil crisis that push gas prices to over $4 a gallon, but magically they are now $1.50. We've had a huge financial crisis with billions spent, but no one knows on what as of yet. Companies and states are lining up for government handouts, but are doing little to fix the problems that caused their bankruptcy.
I wonder what the new year will bring. I see lots more fun in the Middle East as Israel continues to punish her enemies for killing her citizens. This will of course open the door to a whole host of fun when the new President is seated in a couple of weeks. I see oil prices ramping back up in time for the summer driving season. I see the economy continuing to sputter along and a long line of hands out to get a piece of the government dole. I see the citizens rising up to say enough is enough as some point in the next year or so. There will be a huge push of nationalism as state after state can no longer afford to support the illegal population in the manner that they've grown accustom.
The public is going to push back on the social programs that allow those who won't to take from those who do. If you are working your butt off to make ends meet then you aren't going to be overly generous with those who can but won't. This is going to lead to some serious problems in the Congress as the Democrats fail in their give away platform. I would like to see common sense return in our national fiscal plan, but I won't hold my breath. In case you missed it, you will be paying a lot more taxes in the up coming years, but not getting a lot. Congress will piss away every dime of revenue on "stimulus" packages that will be putting band aids on the sucking chest wound of an economy vice make real changes in policy that balances the budget and pays off the national debt. The good news is that they will find billions of dollars to spend by once again eviscerating the military.
I know that I sound a little gloomy, but this is on a national level because on an individual level I think Americans will wake up and realize what is truly important and start fixing their own house. Debit spending will come to an end as more people realize that you can spend your way out of debt. They will reduce their spending on crap that they don't need to put food on the table and gas in the tank. We saw some of that this past summer, but this is going to be a continuing trend. People are going to have to say no to their kids every want and desire. This will have an actual positive affect as they reduce the spoiled brat entitlement mentality. I pray that this new self reliance spreads and ignites a wave of pressure for responsible government.
I wish every one hope and prosperity in the New Year. I pray that we as a country will wake up and remember what once made this country great. We will once again know that good things are worth working for and that you are responsible for your own happiness.