First off, the economy. The Wall Street Journal starts us off:
5 Resolutions for the 2015 U.S. Economy
There's a lot of backslapping going on about closing the old year out with 5.0% 3Q GDP growth, and that's all well and good. Don't forget that it's leaving the middle class behind and heavily favoring the top 1%. The Democrats might have a point re the problems of income inequality, but don't forget who's been in charge for the last six years (eight years if you count the Democrat Congress during President Bush 43's final two years in office). If they'd intended doing something about that… well, why didn't they when they controlled the House, the Senate, and the presidency in 2009–2010?
Secondly, let's have some fun with the media, since they spend so much of the year having fun at our expense. And where better to find such fun than Twitchy? Presented in no particular order:
A baker’s dozen of the nuttiest Voxsplanations of 2014
Vox nuked with compilation of corrections (Note: NSFW)
Top 10 most glorious Photoshop jobs of the year
Twitchy presents the top ten bizarre on-air moments of 2014
That was so much fun, let's expand it into politics. Was it Mark Twain who said it was easy being a humorist when the entire government's working for you?
Joe ‘Big Effing’ Biden’s Top 7 most Biden-y moments
Fore! Eight things the president missed out on (or screwed up) while golfing
Year-end roundup: Twitchy’s 15 most read stories of 2014
10 issues Iowahawk hilariously summed up in 2014
From Jim Geraghty of National Review Online's Campaign Spot:
The Three Martini Lunch Awards of 2014
That last one's insightful as well as funny.
Enough looking back. So thirdly, what's to come in 2015? The incomparable Moe Lane has the best and IMO most likely accurate list:
Predictions for 2015
Robert Tracinski of The Federalist:
What To Expect In 2015
From the Fiscal Times' Brianna Ehley:
5 Federal Agencies in the GOP’s Crosshairs
I love it when a columnist talks dirty to me.
So that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by— wait, what? I'm supposed to spell out my own predictions for 2015? Well, it's true that nobody expects anybody to get it right… okay, here are a few thoughts.
2. The president subsequently vetoes same. Again, a no-brainer. He never understands why the veto doesn’t improve his polling numbers except among hardline progressives.
3. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas issues an injunction against the president’s executive power grab on immigration. It’s a) immediately appealed and otherwise b) ignored.
4. The Supreme Court rules that subsidies (tax credits) for the Affordable Care Act are only legal through an exchange established by the states.
5. The media and various Democrats wig out over same. They refuse to admit the Supreme Court decision is based solidly on a factual, no-frills, no-imagination reading of the law.
6. To progressives’ surprise, many red states refuse to set up exchanges. The media and various Democrats never admit that, while doing so denies red state residents the subsidies, it also invalidates the employer mandate and quite possibly the individual mandate, as well.
7. The U.S. economy continues to do well as defined by the federal government. The middle class continues to not feel it.
8. Texas and the Dakotas risk localized recessions based on the falling price of a barrel of crude.
10. The Ready for Hillary team come up with some spicy passages from possible opponent (for the 2016 Democrat presidential candidacy) Jim Webb’s novels. These excerpts are published widely. Jim Webb’s book sales improve. Nobody else cares.
11. Finally, this blog again does not win a Top Fifty blog award from Doug Ross @ Journal (DirectorBlue.com). And again I find snarky ways to console myself.
That's it, and this time it's for real. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, happy reading, and have a wonderful new year!
P.S. My latest book's out! Link on the cover image at the top of this post. Oh, and here, too.