Tuesday, December 30, 2014

End of the Year!

At the beginning of the year I posted the comment below.  It’s time to see how we did:

As we look ahead we can see any number of positive possibilities for this year.  How many do you think will come to pass?

A positive outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian talks that Kerry is pushing.  NOPE!
A positive outcome to the Syrian civil war talks scheduled to begin this month.  NOPE!
A positive outcome to the talks with Iran about rolling back their nuclear program.  NOPE!
A new immigration policy for the U.S.  A PARTIAL NEW POLICY, THANKS TO OBAMA!
A positive view of Obamacare by the end of the year.  MORE PEOPLE ARE POSITIVE, YES!
A reduction in the dysfunction/gridlock on Capital Hill.  NOPE!
Less violence and killing in S.Sudan/Egypt/Somalia/Iraq/Afghanistan/Nigeria/Pakistan/Congo++
A great World Cup in Brazil.  I’D GIVE IT A YES!
A higher minimum wage.  IN A FEW PLACES – A PARTIAL YES!
Less unemployment/More jobs.  YES!

Ten possibilities.  The cynics among us would not expect many positive outcomes.  As for the optimists, well hope springs eternal.  I’ll revisit this list a year from now and report on the results.

OK, to summarize:  Five on the “YES” side.  Five on the “NOPE” side.  I’m surprised at the number of positive outcomes.  Maybe a little less cynicism is in order. 

Happy New Year!


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