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Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012 Highlights and 2013 Predictions

This is the second year I'm trying to force everyone to join me in a new NYE tradition. We write down our predictions for the new year, five years from now and ten years from now. Then we put them away until the following New Year's, at which point we can laugh at our predictions. Oh.. .and we can gloat at the things we got right (I mean, I did predict the Katie/Tom, Kristen/Robert break-ups).

Drew pretty well summed up the highlights in our Christmas letter. As Drew wasn’t in South Africa with me, he omitted my favorite part of the trip. While we loved the landscape, the wildlife, and the wine, the highlight was the time we spent getting to know our hosts. We had such a nice time with our hosts, I hope to see those crazy boertjies again sometime!

So here it goes, my 2013 predictions:


Politics

Tax Reform: Say farewell to the mortgage interest deduction as we know it. I think it will be revised so it continues to be made available to the middle and lower class, but to a lesser extent. I also think the charitable contributions deduction will be curtailed. I also think it is likely that the exclusion of taxpayer paid health benefits will be phased out. The Corporate Research Credit will be repealed... Oh, who am I kidding? Scratch all that.

Congress will fail to do anything because despite widespread agreement that we need entitlement reform, budget cuts, and a serious look at gun control; Congress won’t actually propose any substantial plans because they would all be wildly unpopular.

As a result Congress will continue to demonstrate levels of compromise that would be considered deplorable in any preschool. 

Congress will pass legislation requiring online retailers to collect and remit sales tax, making my graduate thesis irrelevant.

Chris Coleman will continue to please St. Paulites by finding new ways to make the city even more endearing, enchanting, clean and exciting than it already is; hopefully he'll kick off 2013 by figuring out a clever way to entice a new business into the Macy's vacancy.

Economics

Best Buy & Barnes and Noble will kick the bucket. The economy will continue to slug along at a 1.5-2% growth rate.  

I think 2013 will be the year we turn the corner on fuel efficiency. Technological breakthroughs will lay the foundation for affordable, fuel-efficient transportation.

Entertainment

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will fall in love. <3

Kate and William will have a little baby girl named Elizabeth. She will be the most beautiful child the world has seen since Suri Cruise.
The series finale of 30 rock will suggest that Jack and Liz are going to end up together in the long-run... (wishful thinking, I know.)

Stephanie Meyers will write a fifth Twilight book involving the Cullen takeover of the Volturi. (I predicted this last year and it did not come to fruition, but here’s hoping for 2013.)

Leo DiCaprio, the only man capable of pulling off Jay Gatsby other than Robert Redford, will surprise no one by being amazing, as usual.

Personal Life

Drew will write a story that will be published in Budget Travel about our trip to California and Oregon.

We will somehow strike it rich and abscond to a little village in Croatia or Italy... sigh. Wishful thinking again.

Sorry these are a little weak, but it's all I could come up with!

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