“Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.” –
So, we come to the end of the year and it’s time to grade my
2023 predictions and look ahead to 2024.
Grade F - (Now it’s going to be a stalemate until the 2024
election is over).
_2 With the Ukraine-Russia situation
settled world energy markets calm down and the European economy starts a slow
recovery. 2023 will not be great and we will have a recession. But
it won’t be very deep nor will it last long. Inflation eases up.
B - (I should have said we might
have a recession. We dodged that one, so
I was wrong. Otherwise, not too far off
on this prediction.
_3 The 2024 Presidential campaign is
in full swing by the second half of the year. The Democrats are stuck
with Biden/Harris and the Republicans try to figure out how to make Trump go
away. I predict Trump does indeed fade out. Barring a scandal of
some sort, DeSantis is the favorite going into 2024.
Grade F – (Trump has not gone away yet
and DeSantis has faded. Biden/Harris may
not be the ticket for the Dems. American
politics are in crazy land.
_4 The Stock Market surges in the
second half of 2023.
Grade A - Pretty accurate on this one.
_5 2023 will be a big year for M&A
activity, especially in transportation/logistics and food/grocery.
Grade A – Again not a bad prediction.
_6 Georgia repeats as college football
national champs. Kansas City wins the Super Bowl.
Grade A – 2024 will be different
_7 As evidence mounts that Covid
originated in a Chinese lab, the “Covid Story” goes away. Republicans
will push it, but it will be to a dead end.
Grade B – I think this is sort of the
way it turned out. Will probably be discussed
more so in 2024 as part of the Election battle.
_8 There will be some Federal
response, at last, to the border crisis. It has become a nasty loose end
going into the 2024 elections and the Democrats recognize the need to do
Grade F – Really doesn’t appear that
the Feds have done much and it’s going be a major issue during the 2024 campaign. Weak play by the Dems.
_9 The United States, along with other
Western industrialized nations, continues to move further to the left on
climate, economic and social issues. Conservatives will object and
continue to issue dire warnings. But the tide has turned and isn’t likely
to change until there is some sort of cataclysmic event.
Grade B – I figured this was an easy grade
A prediction but Climate was really the only move further to the left. If anything Economic and Social issues might
be leaning to the right just a bit.
lastly, I have one prediction that is guaranteed to be correct: Expect the