Looking Back and Ahead (December 31, 2007)

The Mortgage Meltdown continues unabated.  Someone should collect a chronological list of the statements of the economists and businessmen in 2007 who predicted that the Mortgage Meltdown was “no big deal.”

The political pundits have voted.  ________________ is the Republican nominee. ________________ is the Democratic nominee.  No doubt about it, they proclaim.  Someone should collect a chronological list of the prognosticators’ predictions in 2007 and those yet to be made in 2008.  What do the tenth-graders say:  Faze the Nation; Beat the Press; Almost Broadcasting Company; Faux News; Useless News and World Distort; The Compost, etc.; those crazy kids.

The Neo-Confidence Men (“Neo-Cons” in ordinary parlance) have once again declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq.  The pundits seem to be bamboozled again.  More Americans died in Iraq in 2007 than in any other year.  World War III continues unabated.  The escalation surge has not advanced any fundamental interests.  The cauldron in Iraq and the Middle East continues to roil and boil and percolate.  Afghanistan and Pakistan and ________stan are roiling and boiling and percolating.

Someone observed that “’experience’ is simply the name we give to our mistakes.”  Now may be the time to call our recent experiences mistakes.

The sports pages are laced with steroids and punctuated with asterisks.  Turn off the tv and go biking, hiking, running, living.  The writing in the sports pages is still worth reading.

Global climate change/warming is heating up and is the subject of ordinary conversation.  Embryonic stem cells may now be available without controversy.

Resolution for 2008.  The Republic needs every citizen to commit to a private sector health care initiative.  Eat less; exercise more.  Exercise your mouth less and your feet more.  At least in January.

Prediction for 2008.  An ugly, vicious, amusing and expensive political campaign.  Something big will happen abroad (Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, ________stan, Yemen, etc.) in Aug. – Oct. and all bets will be off.  Or what is happening at home in the economy will finally become clear to the electorate and command attention.

And Anna Nichole Smith, RIP.

Bumper stickers of the year:

If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.  GBS

If all political pundits were laid end to end, they would not reach a clue.

If all climatologists were laid end to end, they would ___ would not ___ reach a consensus.

Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes.  Oscar Wilde

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