Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top 5: Predictions for 2010

These were my predictions for 2009:
  1. Obama and Democratic congressional leaders will avoid any issue dealing with homosexuality and abortion (except to modify the Mexico City policy).
  2. Russia will invade a former Soviet satellite nation.
  3. Olympia Snowe will break with Republicans to enable Obama to pass a major piece of his legislative agenda.
  4. Illinois Governor Blagojevich will voluntarily step down without being indicted or impeached.
  5. A Republican will win Virginia’s gubernatorial election.
I got 2 and 4 wrong.  Number 1 is only partly correct.  They would have liked to avoid the abortion issue in the health care bill, but pro-life Democrats pressed their case.  Congress also passed a hate crimes bill dealing with homosexuality.  Snowe voted with Democrats on the stimulus bill and Republican Bob McDonnell won the Virginia gubernatorial election.

Here's my predictions for the coming year:
  1. Republicans will gain 25 House seats and 5 Senate seats in the November election.
  2. Charlie Crist will fail to win his primary election.
  3. Continued protests in Iran will lead to a more violent crackdown from Iranian leaders.
  4. The cap and trade bill will fail to pass the Senate.
  5. Joe Biden will say something stupid and have to apologize to a world leader.
If you have some predictions of your own, please leave them in the comments section.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Poll: What was the most important event in US politics over the past decade?

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Video: The Story of Cap & Trade

A new video is out from Annie Leonard, who made the popular The Story of Stuff video, on Cap and Trade.  I liked parts of The Story of Stuff, but she relies too much on questionable data for me to recommend it.  Some of those problems appear in this video as well, but they are not as pronounced.  Plus, she does a good job of explaining cap and trade, and the potential problems associated with it.  You can also read about the video and some the controversy surrounding it on the New York Times' Green Inc. blog.

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